Results tagged ‘ Tony Clark ’

Clark may join front office

Former D-backs first baseman Tony Clark has joined the MLB Network as a studio analyst.

Clark has also had discussions with the D-backs about possibly joining the club in a baseball operations role. After being released by Arizona on July 12, Clark was told by the organization that it would like him to remain involved in some way.

“It’s an area of the game that I would like to learn more about,” Clark said of baseball operations. “At the end of the day I am hopeful that something will work out that will allow me to do that.”

While Clark has not officially retired, he has begun in earnest to explore post-career opportunities. As articulate as he is, it is no surprise well-respected player, there have been several offers.

Clark and his wife Frances, along with their three children Kiara, Jazzin and Aeneas have become ensconced in the Phoenix-area community and will continue their charitable endeavors regardless of whether he continues to play.

“I told my wife after I got the news that my playing career may be done,” Clark said. “And if it is I’ve gone from being an old player to a young non-player at 37. If it is time to move on to the next chapter it could be a 30-year one so I want to get it right.”

Clark to DL, Whitesell recalled

The D-backs on Wednesday placed first baseman Tony Clark on the 15-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right hand and recalled first baseman Josh Whitesell from Triple-A Reno.

Clark has been bothered by the hand injury since he injured it against the Rangers in the final week of Spring Training and it has particularly bothered him while swinging left-handed.

Whitesell was hitting .356 for Reno in 87 at-bats. He is hitting fifth in Wednesday’s lineup.

Lineup/Roster Move

Just wanted to check in with tonight’s lineup: Lopez (2b), Ojeda (ss), Upton (rf), Reynolds (3b), Whitesell (1b), Jackson (lf), Montero (c), Byrnes (lf) and Garland (p).

That’s Whitesell as in Josh Whitesell, who was called up this morning when the team placed Tony Clark on the DL with a strained ligament in his right hand.

As I had speculated yesterday, Clark’s hand has been bothering him more than he has let on, especially when he swings from the left side.

I’ll check back in with more after we talk with Bob Melvin in a couple of hours.

Opening Day thoughts

Baseball is such a game of routine, a marathon rather than a sprint. That’s why Opening Day is so different. There’s bunting hanging all around the stadium, big pregame ceremonies, everything is fresh, the day seems to move quickly.

That’s a really long and non-poetic way of explaining why I am posting some Opening Day thoughts today rather than last night after the game. If any of you have thoughts you like to share, please post them in the comments below or email me and I’ll post them here for you. I really would like for this to be an interactive blog this year.

Now, back to Opening Day:

— Tough spot for the D-backs to be in with regards to the roof being open or closed. I think everyone agrees the ballpark looks much nicer and has a better feel to it when the roof is open. I would have loved for it to have been open yesterday, but the press box is in the shade and I don’t pay to get into the ballpark so I tend to think my opinion on that subject means far less than someone who not only buys a ticket, but has to sit directly in the sun.

— Bob Melvin looked like a genius on Day One by starting Tony Clark at first base. More significant, at least to me, is that Melvin right off the bat laid down the law as far as how things are going to work this year. No longer will playing time just be given to players, it will have to be earned. And on a given day if the matchups call for a change, he’s going to make it.

— On that same subject, Mark Reynolds should have done better than “no comment” when asked about sitting on Opening Day. Look, I like Reynolds a lot. I think he’s a good guy, a good player and someone who really works hard and wants to do well more than fans may realize. And I also know that it had to hurt not starting yesterday, but for his teammates he should have done what Justin Upton did and give a politically correct response of he would like to play and was disappointed, but understands the manager wants to do what he thinks is best.

His no comment said far more than I am sure he intended.

— I don’t know what to make of Webb’s comments about his shoulder being stiff. No one seemed overly concerned yesterday, though his velocity did seem down a bit. It’s something that we will have to keep an eye on in the coming days.

— Tony Pena was to me a guy that flew under the radar in this one. Shutting things down in the seventh and then getting through the eighth was huge not just in the game, but also for Pena’s confidence.

Pena is a sensitive kid who can get down on himself when he does not pitch well and as we’ve seen that can spiral on him. He was beaming in the clubhouse after the game and that certainly is encouraging.

— I wrote it before Spring Training and then again during it, but Chad Tracy is going to have a big year. He looks a lot better at the plate now that he has two healthy legs.

— Felipe Lopez sure did what he could to help fans forget Orlando Hudson with a pair of homers.

Home run derby

OK, well so much for the concern about the D-backs’ offense. They’ve been playing home run derby today against the Rockies.

Here are just a couple of notes about the homers:

— Felipe Lopez’s leadoff homer was the 35th in franchise history.

— Lopez became the fourth player to homer from both sides of the plate in a game. Ironically the last player to do so was the man he replaced at second base, Orlando Hudson.

— Clark obviously became the fifth player to homer from both sides of the plate in a game.

— The pair became the first teammates to each homer form both sides of the plate in the same game since New York’s Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams did so on April 23, 2000.

— It’s the first time in Major League history that teammates have accomplished that feat on Opening Day.