Updated Feb 14, 2012 - 11:03 am
Newsmakers Week: Derrick Hall joins Doug and Wolf
Coming off a surprising 2011 campaign that saw the Diamondbacks capture the National League West crown and an offseason that saw them bolster their starting rotation and depth, the expectations for this club have changed dramatically in one year's time.
"Right away, we're a little bit weaker in the sense of we are on the map now and teams are after us. We have a target on our back," Hall said. "We're rolling into cities now they're going "hey, this isn't so easy, it's not a pushover, we've got to beat Gibby and those D-backs, so I think teams are going to be gunning for us."
"We hear one day that the commissioner really wants to expand and add another and then I'll hear the next day that it's too soon and we'll have to wait for the 2013 campaign," Hall said. "Selfishly, knowing that our division has gotten a little tougher and knowing that the East has gotten a little tougher, I wouldn't mind having an extra spot to be able to slide into just in case we don't win this thing."
"I'm in favor of shortening the season and expanding the playoffs, I'd be all for that," he said. "I think you're going to make up the revenue with playoffs anyway.
"There are times when fans will tell you 'I think you're season's gotten too long', and when we're going into November and it's cold, and there's threats of snow, that's crazy to me. So I think if you can shorten the season, and expand the playoffs, everybody's going to be fine."
The 162-game schedule has been in effect in MLB since 1961.
The threads: The current ownership group decided to give the Diamondbacks an aesthetic overhaul in time for the 2007 season, changing the trademark original colors from purple and teal to Sedona red and black.
The original color combo was almost completely absent from Chase Field until last fall, when the organization celebrated the ten year anniversary of their only World Series title, and brought back the throwback jerseys for one game. The players liked them so much, they ended up wearing the original uniforms throughout the weekend series.
The weekend was such a hit, the Diamondbacks will don the original color scheme again in 2012 and beyond.
"We saw the success of it, and I think we' re going to do it every year," Hall said. "It bridges the gap between the past and the present."
Hall's future: A terrific Yahoo! Sports article by Steve Henson article earlier this month discussed Hall's recovery from prostate cancer surgery and speculated on his future in baseball.
Henson wrote that Hall had been contacted by prospective owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers about running their operation, and that Hall is so highly regarded in baseball circles, that he could be considered as Selig's replacement when the commissioner retires.
Hall put the rumors to rest. "There's no place I'd rather be, I'm thrilled to be here with this organization," Hall told Doug and Wolf. "I love our fans, I love our employees, I'm so proud of the culture we've built. I go into work every day with a smile on myself and I could't see myself doing anything else."
Those are reassuring words for an organization that is seemingly in the very early stages of a prolonged run of success.
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