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  • Explaining the competitive balance round
    Doug Franz | August 01, 2013 8:14 am
    This may sound confusing, but draft picks in baseball can not be traded, but Competitive Balance Lottery (CBL) picks can be traded. Twenty teams every year are eligible for the CBL. The 10 smallest...
  • Good trade for Diamondbacks, but it stinks
    Doug Franz | July 31, 2013 8:20 pm
    About once every five years, I don't like my job. (Obviously, that shows you how blessed I am to be doing something I love. I hope you get the same enjoyment out of your job.) Wednesday was one...
  • Arizona Cardinals and the NFC West -- the negatives
    Doug Franz | July 31, 2013 9:27 am
    Last Thursday was the beginning of it all. Every team has reported for the start of the NFL season. I have no idea what the Arizona Cardinals' season will bring. It's easy to assume there won't...
  • Arizona Cardinals -- defensive questions
    Doug Franz | July 30, 2013 2:33 pm
    I have no idea what the season for the Arizona Cardinals will bring. It's easy to assume there won't be a trip to the playoffs but in the NFL, there's always a surprise team. The Cardinals have a...
  • Arizona Cardinals -- offensive questions
    Doug Franz | July 26, 2013 5:05 pm
    Thursday, we looked at the good. I have no idea what the season will bring for the Cardinals. It's easy to assume there won't be a trip...
  • Arizona Cardinals camp -- the good
    Doug Franz | July 25, 2013 1:32 pm
    Thursday is the beginning of it all. Almost every team is reporting or has reported for the start of the NFL season. I have no idea what the season will bring for the Cardinals. It's easy to assume...
  • The End of an Era
    Doug Franz | July 23, 2013 7:56 pm
    Monday, I praised Bud Selig for his recent work in trying to keep PEDs out of MLB. Tuesday, it's time to give the players and the MLBPA their due. None of Selig's work is possible without Michael...
  • Thanks, Bud
    Doug Franz | July 22, 2013 3:54 pm
    You turned your back on the reality of the situation in the 90s. You put your hands in your pockets when Bonds passed Aaron, acting as if your pout somehow protects you from criticism for your lack...
  • Doug's Four-Point Stance: ASU's Crow alienating respected Valley twosome
    Doug Franz | July 18, 2013 8:25 pm
    SEC MEDIA DAYS There's just nothing like it. Over 1,000 members of the media. Thousands of fans in the hotel area because the hotel is attached to a mall. We get Bret Bielema versus Gus Malzahn,...
  • Second half hopes for the Arizona Diamondbacks
    Doug Franz | July 17, 2013 9:28 pm
    If the Arizona Diamondbacks hope to stay atop the National League West in the second half of the season, there are a few scenarios that must play out. Don't trade Skaggs, Bradley or Holmberg The...
  • MLB needs to decide if the All-Star Game is an exhibition or if it counts
    Doug Franz | July 16, 2013 8:37 pm
    The All-Star Game is a great vehicle to determine home-field advantage for the World Series. This exhibition game is a terrible idea to be the determining factor for home-field advantage. Baseball...
  • I hope Johnny Manziel figures it out off the field
    Doug Franz | July 16, 2013 8:22 am
    I hate chocolate but I like candy bars. I love tomatoes. I love cheese. I love Caprese. I hate tomato soup and grilled cheese. I know. I can't explain it either. In sports, I root for losers...
  • Weekend wants
    Doug Franz | July 12, 2013 6:13 pm
    Here's what I want to see this weekend. AN OUTSTANDING OUTING Ian Kennedy pitches Sunday. We know he's been straddling the fence this year between poor and below average. The chances of...
  • We need Kennedy
    Doug Franz | July 10, 2013 1:35 pm
    It's even harder when there are no answers. When work ethic isn't in question, is it talent? When talent isn't in question, is it family or personal problems eroding performance? When mental...
  • Doug's Verbal Vomit: Cahill's struggles continue
    Doug Franz | June 26, 2013 3:37 pm
    Doug Franz of Doug and Wolf had a lot of topics he wanted to touch on during Wednesday's show, but not enough time to touch on them all. So, he crammed his thoughts into about three minutes -- or what...
  • The season's fulcrum
    Doug Franz | June 25, 2013 3:21 pm
    There is not a more important 20 games for the D-backs than between now and the All-Star break. The fulcrum of the season starts now. The starting pitching hasn't won a game in the last 16. Trevor...
  • Breaking down the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation
    Doug Franz | June 24, 2013 9:45 am
    If you've been wondering who to get mad at, who to support and who to believe in when it comes to the Phoenix Coyotes, the answer is NO ONE. Nobody is evil. Nobody is a saint. Very few are in over...
  • Doug's Four-point Stance: NBA Finals Edition
    Doug Franz | June 21, 2013 7:11 am
    GREGG POPOVICH: It's clear why you didn't play Tony Parker at the end of Game 6. He must be hurt much worse than the team is letting on. TIM DUNCAN: I love how you blamed yourself...
  • Call for Colly
    Doug Franz | June 20, 2013 7:25 am
    Josh Collmenter completely belongs as the long reliever. Josh Collmenter needs to become a starter right now. Is there any chance both of those two statements are true? I have a theory into...
  • Doug's Four-Point Stance: LeBron's greatness seen when it counts
    Doug Franz | June 18, 2013 9:04 pm
    LEBRON JAMES: The fourth quarter James displayed is exactly why this human being could become the greatest player of all-time. The fact we had to wait through 23 quarters of the NBA Finals...
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