D’Backs President Derrick Hall held this inline chat on Nov. 1 2007. The full transcript is here.
cnaylor62: Just read the Q&A regarding Tony Clark. Can we be optimistic by saying the D-backs will re-sign him for two more years?
Hall: Tony is wonderful and he is our leader. I certainly hope
we come to an agreement with him. We have been working on it. We have
to keep "Anybody. Anytime," alive — he’s the author.
D-BACXRULE: When you say that we just need to tweak our pitching staff, how are you planing on doing that?
Hall: By adding an arm or two. Our staff was fantastic, and we
have only lost Livan Hernandez. Dustin Nippert continues to strengthen,
and we have options from Triple-A. It is always a luxury to have extra
arms for the bullpen, so perhaps a deal or two will work to our
advantage in landing a reliever.
odogfan1: Can you give us an update on Randy Johnson?
Hall: Randy had successful surgery near the end of the season
and began rehab in September. We are expecting him to be back and ready
to go for Spring Training. He was so valuable to us for that five-game
stretch before his season-ending injury.
cherw: Is there any chance that Orlando Hudson will be returning?
Hall: He is a D-back. His surgery went real well and he will
back. He had a great season for us and was a major reason for our
success. It was unfortunate that he could not play in the postseason.
admin1013: What kind of improvements can fans expect at Chase Field next year?
Hall: We will have our new video board up by Opening Day, which
will be the largest and nicest in all of baseball. We also hope to have
Baxter’s Den and the Peter Piper Playhouse moved up to our new kids’
section, and a museum built out in center field where those two are
now. We may also be introducing a new candy shop in the ballpark with
D-backs branded candies.
krodversion2: What is the status of Chad Tracy and will third base present a problem when he’s healthy?
Hall: Chad is still recovering from his knee surgery and we look
forward to his return. When he does, he can play either first or third,
which is a luxury. With Mark Reynolds at third and Conor Jackson and
possibly Tony at first, we again have some great options. It is always
nice to have his left-handed bat and lifetime .300 average in the
The next chat is Dec 6.