Moving Day!

  AZ Sportshub.com Adds Byrnes/Diamondbacks Blog to Growing Roster  

Monday, December 03, 2007 12:00 AM
(Industry: Sports)

Down The Left Field Line: Life,
Baseball & Eric Byrnes has moved from MLB.com to AZSportshub.com.
“I’ve always had a steady stream of visitors on the MLB web site,” said
Kellia Ramares a.k.a. ByrnesBlogger1, “but a community never formed
around my blog or indeed around most of the fan blogs at MLB. I hope
that by moving the ByrnesBlog to a site created by and for fans of
Arizona sports teams, more visitors will want to interact with my blog
rather than just read it.”

AZSportshub.com (http://azsportshub.com) covers
Arizona college and professional sports through fan blogs and audio and
video podcasts. Visitors can interact with the site by leaving sports
news tips, and comments for individual bloggers, voting in polls, and
participating in discussion forums in the site’s “Locker Room” (http://www.azsportshub.com/forum/).

Down the Left Field Line has always been more than one fan’s homage
to Eric Byrnes, said Ramares, and she sees the move as an opportunity
to grow it further. “Matt Blake, AZSportshub’s co-founder, has worked
very hard both to transfer my previous work to AZSportshub and to give
me new functionality. AZSportshub’s podcast support provides an
incentive for me to do interviews.” The journalist from Oakland, CA
continued, “Visitors can now listen to an interview Eric Byrnes gave me
in San Francisco during the heat of last season’s playoff race. That’s
just the beginning. I’m open to talking to anyone connected to the
Diamondbacks and I hope that visitors will contribute suggestions for
stories. Right now I’m working on lining up interviews from the Winter
Meetings in Nashville.”

Greg Esposito, content manager of AZSportshub said of Ramares,
“We’re thrilled to have her on board. We think she’s a great talent and
we’re giving her free rein to write about anything in baseball she
wants,” adding that she has indicated an interest in covering the
arraignment of Barry Bonds on Federal charges stemming from the BALCO
investigation.

The new URL for Down The Left Field Line: Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes is http://byrnesblog.azsportshub.com

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I will keep this space open until the end of the subscription sometime next August. But it will be like Rumor Mill’s. New Posts will direct you to stuff at AZSportshub.

Thanks to Mark Newman, Matt of Diamondhacks, Russell of Arizona via Slough, Tracy of Chicks Dig The Long Ball, Michael and Christopher of Some Ballyard/Clubhouse, more Red Sox bloggers than I can name, and all  the other past & present MLB folk who shared my ups and downs following the fate of Eric Byrnes. I learned alot; I had a good time, but with Eric signing a 3-year contract with the Diamondbacks, it makes sense for me to affiliate with this Arizona contingent, especially since they asked me.

BTW, Eric and Tarah got married Dec. 1. Within just under 5 months Eric Byrnes has gotten his first multi-year contract (with a complete no-trade clause no less), an XM Radio show, and a wife. Could he be growing up? Naaah! Don’t let the trappings of adulthood fool ya! He’ll always be "our boy" and we’ll always love him for that childlike quality of not taking himself or his money too seriously.

Eric, all we ask is that you always do your best at work, respect the game and the fans, be good to Tarah, and don’t drink and drive!

See y’all at the new place! http://byrnesblog.azsportshub.com/

ByrnesBlogger1

Blood Clot Slows Tracy’s Rehab

Infielder feeling better after post-surgery complications


Tracy, who had microfracture surgery on his right knee on Sept. 20,
experienced a blood clot in the calf area last week. He is currently
taking blood thinners to help alleviate the problem and will stay away
from working with the leg for a week or so.

The entire Steve Gilbert article is here.

Get Well Soon, Chad!

ByrnesBlogger1

Excerpts of online chat with Derrick Hall

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
lineup.

The next chat is Dec 6.

ByrnesBlogger1

R.I.P. Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy, who pitched briefly for the Diamondbacks in 2007, collapsed and died early Friday morning in Florida. He was 28. He leaves behind a wife, Jami, and a 1-year-old son, Kaige.

Kennedy, a Denver-area resident was in Florida to be the best man at a wedding.

Cause of death has not yet been determined.

Condolences to the Kennedy family and the friends whose wedding he was going to help celebrate.

ByrnesBlogger1

BoMel is NL Manager of the Year!

D-backs’ manager steered his club to NL-best 90 victories