Zack Greinke talks about the breaking ball the Padres’ Erick Aybar hit for a home run, his only blemish in a 1-0 loss in San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the pitchers’ duel that ended in a 1-0 loss against the San Diego Padres.
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Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis talks about the pitch Erick Aybar hit for a homer off Zack Greinke, and about the effectiveness of Padres right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
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Shelby Miller won for the second time this season, beating the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s strong outing in an 11-2 win over the Padres.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo after his team rallied to beat the Dodgers 3-2 on Monday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray walked four batters early but settled in and struck out 10 in six innings against the Dodgers on Monday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Zack Greinke’s slump and the Cardinals and Sun Devils continuing their preparations for the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Fernando Rodney’s save, Taijuan Walker’s performance and his team’s win against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta talks about his home run against Dodgers lefty Rich Hill and the performance of teammate Taijuan Walker in Sunday’s win. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he used closer Fernando Rodney with his team trailing in the eighth inning on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings vs. the Dodgers in Arizona’s 8-4 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday night. Nick PIecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw’s dominance vs. the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up five runs in five innings against the Dodgers on Friday night, coming up short in his matchup against Clayton Kershaw.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers series and the NBA playoffs.
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Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke and Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw will combine to make more than $69 million this season.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller took the blame for Wednesday night’s loss to the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s outing and his hitters’ struggles with guys in scoring position.
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Now that the Cubs have their rings, a look back the Diamondbacks’ World Series ring from 2001.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about his play on Aaron Hill’s third-inning drive and Jake Lamb’s go-ahead, three-run triple.
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Lefty Robbie Ray worked around five walks and was helped by his defense in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Giants on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker said he made a mistake by trying to throw home on a strange play against the Giants in Monday’s loss in San Francisco. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin talks about his personal performance so far this season after the team swept the series against the Indians, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley disagree on the NBA MVP and share their thoughts on the D-Backs’ hot start.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s win against the Indians, sweeping the series, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Breaking down the Diamondbacks’ fantastic start to the 2017 season.
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Right-hander Zack Greinke gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Indians as the Diamondbacks rolled to another victory.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks about the team’s ups and downs in a win against the Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about his 2017 season start in a win against the Cleveland Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ start to the season as well as the retirement of Shane Doan.
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta discusses Thursday’s win over the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 3-1 start to the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs at Chase Field.
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Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discusses his first start in a Diamondbacks uniform on Wednesday against the Giants. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his club’s 8-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks need a shortstop. Scott Bordow and Jay Dieffenbach discuss that and the Hamilton hazing scandal in the Shot Clock.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about his error in the Giants’ five-run fifth inning.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. the Giants and his struggles to retire Hunter Pence.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks dedicated Paul Goldschmidt Field in Goodyear on April 4, 2017. It’s the 39th “Diamonds Back” Field in Arizona. Video: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Former Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals slugger had an emergency brain procedure to address a brain hemorrhage.
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You can stream baseball online using MLB.TV, but the service does have restrictions.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings delivered the game-winning hit on Sunday vs. the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the hug he gave walk-off hero Chris Owings and about his first win in his new job.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in five innings against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the upcoming baseball season. The lineup appears to be solid. What about the pitching staff? Video: Cheryl Evans/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
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The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
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D-Backs’ Zack Greinke on his performance vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo on his team’s ‘frustrating’ loss vs. Padres
Jeff Mathis on D-Backs’ 1-0 loss to Padres
Shelby Miller on his win vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs split series vs. Dodgers
Robbie Ray on his 10-strikeout game vs. Dodgers
Shot Clock: Time to worry about Zack Greinke?
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win 3-1 win over Dodgers
Taijuan Walker tosses five strong innings vs. Dodgers
D-Backs’ Chris Iannetta on facing Rich Hill, catching Taijuan Walker
Torey Lovullo on usage of Fernando Rodney vs. Dodgers on Saturday
D-Backs lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. Dodgers
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ 7-1 loss to the Dodgers
D-Backs’ Zack Greinke on his loss vs. Dodgers
Why series vs. Dodgers is big for D-Backs
Greinke-Kershaw matchup is incredibly expensive
Shelby Miller says loss vs. Giants is ‘definitely on me’
Manager Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ rubber-match loss to Giants
Remembering the Diamondbacks’ championship rings
A.J. Pollock talks about his big catch in D-Backs’ win over Giants
Robbie Ray after tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings vs. Giants
Taijuan Walker discusses his errant throw vs. Giants
Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin describes personal performance
Shot Clock: NBA MVP and surprising D-Backs
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ sweep against the Indians
Diamondbacks’ hot start by the numbers
Zack Greinke after strong start vs. Indians
Torey Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ win against the Indians
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller describes starting his 2017 season
Shot Clock: What D-Backs’ good start means
David Peralta on hot start: ‘We’re ready for anybody’
D-Backs manager Lovullo on starting year 3-1
D-Backs manager Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs
Taijuan Walker on his first D-Backs start
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Giants
Shot Clock: Answer to D-Backs’ shortstop question?
Chris Owings talks about his fifth-inning error
Patrick Corbin after loss to Giants
Diamondbacks dedicate ‘Paul Goldschmidt Field’
Former Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero in critical condition
How to watch every baseball game in 2017
Chris Owings discusses his walk-off hit vs. Giants
Torey Lovullo on his emotional first win as D-Backs’ manager
Zack Greinke after his start vs. Giants on Opening Day
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The way Greg Schulte remembers it, his tiny hometown of Silvis, Ill., was so small, it wasn’t big enough for a kid to get into any kind of trouble. But it had everything a young boy could want.
And it all led to tonight (Wednesday night), when Schulte will call his 3,000th game in the Diamondbacks booth in San Diego against the Padres.
In Silvis, there was the soda fountain parlor on the corner, the ice cream shop down the block, a bike store somewhere in the middle and of course, a baseball field at the park.
“All the kids in my neighborhood played baseball,” Schulte, the longtime radio play-by-play voice of the Diamondbacks, recalled. “We’d get up early in the morning during the summer and we’d play baseball until either the mosquitos got too bad at night or it got too dark to see.”
In between, Schulte spent the rest of his free time listening to baseball on the radio, particularly broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals games, as called by the great Harry Caray and Jack Buck.
“Early on, I dreamt of being Stan Musial or one of the Cardinals,” Schulte said, “but my fascination was listening to Cardinals baseball. I’d listen from the dugout interview pregame show, through the game and through the postgame show just to hear highlights from a game I just listened to for three hours.
“That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to broadcast St. Louis Cardinals baseball. I wanted to be the next Harry Caray or the next Jack Buck.”
Ultimately, that’s exactly what happened for the kid from Silvis. After relocating to the Valley and starting a family, Schulte dedicated himself to a career in radio. He spent several years at KTAR, calling Arizona State basketball and baseball games and also served as a color commentator during Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns broadcasts.
Schulte was at the radio station when Jerry Colangelo, who was in the process of landing a major league expansion team, offered him a job as the as-of-yet-unnamed franchise’s lead radio play-by-play job.
“I was kind of taken aback,” Schulte said. “It was really a big moment that I’ll always remember, finally getting to do something that I always wanted to do.”
He’s been with the Diamondbacks ever since.
Three-thousand games. What do you give a guy who’s called 3,000 baseball games for the same team? A golden microphone, perhaps?
“That would be kind of a nice,” Schulte said during a phone interview from San Diego on Wednesday morning. “That would be really nice, actually. In fact, we were just in LA and I think they’re going to have a Vin Scully Microphone night that they’re going to give to the first 20,000 fans or something.
“But yeah, a golden microphone, eh? That would be kind of neat.”
Actually, all Greg Schulte needs is more baseball and more Diamondbacks games to broadcast alongside color commentator Tom Candiotti, his fourth partner in 20 years after working with Rod Allen, Victor Rojas and Ken Phelps.
“I owe a lot to those guys and especially Thom Brennaman and Bob Brenly,” Schulte said, referring to the former and present Diamondbacks television announcers. “They mentored me and helped me get my feet wet the first year or two. … I owe a lot to a lot of people – Jerry Colangelo, Rich Dozer, Scott Brubaker, Derrick Hall.”
Schulte joked he still isn’t sure what to make out of broadcasting 3,000 games. It almost seems surreal to him.
“I think what I take the most pride in,” he said, “is it’s been 3,000 games and 20 years with one team. That shows some longevity and I guess I must be doing something right.”
Schulte figures he’s missed about 100 games over the years for various reasons, including a pair of cancer scares in 1992 and ’94. He missed only one game during the first five or six years and that was so he could attend his son’s high school graduation.
“As time went on, I began taking a series off here or there,” Schulte said. “But I don’t like missing ballgames. I was always afraid I was going to miss something special when I took a day off. You know, maybe I’d miss a no-hitter or a triple play or we’d go on a long winning streak or something like that.”
Schulte, 65, never missed any of the big moments. He was there in Atlanta in 2004 when Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher to ever throw a perfect game. He was there in Tampa in 2010 when Edwin Jackson threw the second no-hitter in franchise history, which was one of the most peculiar no-hitters ever. Jackson threw 149 pitches, walked eight batters and hit another.
Ask him for his favorite memory along the way and Schulte will state the obvious.
“That would be Gonzo’s hit in the World Series,” he said. “That’s a pretty easy one right there. But that whole postseason in 2001 was special.”
Every game behind the microphone is magical for Greg Schulte. Each time he steps into the broadcast booth, it takes him home and makes him think of those long summer days as a young boy with the transistor next to his ear listening to Harry Caray and Jack Buck.
“There was just some fascination with just shutting my eyes and just imagining Sportsman’s Park or Wrigley Field or old Forbes Field or new Dodger Stadium at that time,” Schulte said. “It could be anywhere like Crosley Field in Cincinnati and dreaming of being there and watching baseball and talking about it.
“In ’98 when we became a ball club, I’ll never forget that time in St. Louis when Jack pulled me aside and asked me if he could do an interview with me. And for a kid growing up in a town of about 2,500 in western Illinois who was a big Cardinals fan, that’s still a thrill of a lifetime for me – Jack Buck interviewing me for one of the dugout interview shows in St. Louis.”
Schulte can’t say how many more games and how many more years he’ll be calling games for the Diamondbacks. The thought has crossed his mind a lot, however, in the days leading up to his 3,000th broadcast.
“I don’t know. I just knock on wood and hopefully, God lets me do as many as I can possibly do,” he said. “I’m not going to set a number. I’m not going to a year. But 3,000 games is pretty special and hopefully, we can keep it going and get back to another World Series one day.”
Reach McManaman at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @azbobbymac and listen to him live every Wednesday night between 7-9 on Fox Sports 910-AM on The Freaks with Kenny and Crash.
Diamondbacks at Padres
When: 6:10 p.m.
Where: Petco Park, San Diego.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-2, 2.81) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (1-2, 3.60).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Corbin was in trouble throughout much of his start last week at Dodger Stadium, but he managed to navigate his way through six innings, giving up five runs (three earned). … He has just seven strikeouts and seven walks in 16 innings. … Corbin logged 13 2/3 innings against the Padres last season, posting a 3.95 ERA with six walks and 14 strikeouts. … Richard tossed eight scoreless innings against the Dodgers in his first start of the season but has allowed four earned runs over six innings in each of the past two. … Richard, who split last season between the Cubs and Padres, faced the Diamondbacks three times and had solid results, posting a 3.24 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. … Richard has a three-pitch mix, with a fastball around 90 mph, a slider and a change-up.
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 3.94) vs. Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (1-0, 1.00).
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.96) vs. Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 7.07).
Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (2-1,3.50) vs. Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 2.12).