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D-Backs president and CEO Derrick Hall is doing a Reddit AMA and it probably won’t go well


One of the Diamondbacks’ social media interns (presumably) posted a thread on Reddit’s /r/baseball on Wednesday night, gathering questions ahead of Thursday evening when club president and CEO Derrick Hall would stop by and answer those questions.

You may remember the Diamondbacks from such blunders as trading for Shelby Miller and then defending trading for Shelby Miller. You may also remember them from the time chief baseball officer Tony La Russa stormed into the Pirates’ broadcast booth after the broadcasters criticized the team over hitting opposing batters in retaliation.

There’s so much more, really, and the displeasure among fans could not have been captured better than in that Reddit thread. In the thread’s most upvoted comment, a fan with the moniker “ThisMachineKILLS” writes, “But as a diehard Diamondbacks fan … it’s also apparent that baseball has moved on without us, except to look back at us and laugh. Why are we the laughing stock of the league?” That comment received Reddit Gold, a way other readers and commenters reward the comment’s author for a good comment.

Another fan, prob25, writes, “I’ve been a fan since the beginning of the franchise and have stuck with them even after all the horrible seasons. So I have to say, Congratulations! This front office has killed my interest in the team.”

Rhinojo writes, “Why did you hire two guys with no team building experience to build the team?”

lrpatt writes, “[My dad and I] have watched this franchise devolve into the laughing stock of the division and league. I still watch, but go to bed angry almost every night.”

These are all within the seven most-upvoted comments as of this writing. Hall and his social media team don’t appear to realize what they’ve just stepped into, but it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. Hall will start answering questions at 5 PM EDT. Getcha popcorn ready.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.