Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Padres lefty Clayton Richard’s performance and the home run by Chris Iannetta on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta returned from the disabled list on Sunday and slammed a home run on the first pitch he saw. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley threw seven innings and allowed three runs, all of them scoring in the fifth in a loss to the Padres on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s easy win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s eight-run first inning and right-hander Taijuan Walker’s sharp outing vs. the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings, but he wasn’t satisfied with the way he threw on Friday night in a win over the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Brandon Drury talks about his team’s offensive outburst vs. the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the NBA MVP, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers and the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo, catcher Chris Herrmann and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to the 5-4 win against the Mets, sweeping the series, May 17, 2017.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to Tuesday’s 5-4 Diamondbacks win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Zack Godley talks pitching and gameplay after his team’s 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo discusses the pace his team kept during a 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about the injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s loss to the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta doesn’t think his glute injury is significant, he said. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Sunday and provides updates on his injured outfielders. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta says he ‘got lucky on all accounts’ after being hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball on Friday night vs. the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 13, 2017.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo provides an update on catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a pitch during Friday’s game, before Saturday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to 11-4 win against the Pirates, May 12, 2017.
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke describes his night, in which he nearly threw a no-hitter against the Pirates.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to Zack Greinke’s near-no-hit performance in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Godley and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 7-1 win.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray react to the 7-3 loss.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ difficulties on the road and the NBA’s big issue in the playoffs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Braden Shipley’s outing and his offense’s struggles vs. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley gave up three runs in four-plus innings against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s inability to come up with a hit in a key situation on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray had everything working but still came away with a loss on Wednesday night in D.C., May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his pitching staff did well to hold the Nationals to three runs on Tuesday night.
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Taijuan Walker didn’t blame a small strike zone for his abbreviated, 4 2/3-inning outing on Tuesday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Ali Joseph estimates she’s helped deliver nearly 240 babies.
A 1st Lt. in the United States Air Force, the Scottsdale native has served as a labor and delivery nurse for the last four years at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital in Destin, Florida.
Since becoming an active duty service member in 2013, Joseph, whose husband, Tommy, is the Phillies’ first baseman, has dedicated her days to helping bring new life into the world.
“I just had this desire to serve, and I’m a patriot at heart and thought there’s no better population I could serve,” Ali Joseph said. “I felt like it was part of my duty to the country.
“How cool is it to bring these babies into the world for service members who are willing to sacrifice everything for us? To be a small part of that experience for them is a really neat thing for me. I love every single delivery I do.”
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Tommy’s admiration and pride for his wife is evident the moment he starts talking about her accomplishments and desire to help others. He can’t help but smile, calling her fearless and selfless.
In addition to her military service, Ali has been a support system for Tommy through trades, seven different minor league cities and his multiple concussions.
It wasn’t always easy, but the Josephs became each other’s rock as they pursued their dreams.
They started dating in eighth grade and planned to break up after graduating from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tommy had been drafted in the second round by the San Francisco Giants in 2009. Ali was headed off to college.
That breakup never happened. They got married last July during the All-Star break.
“I’ve definitely admired her will to want to do what she’s done since she was 18 years old,” Tommy Joseph said. “It’s what she’s always wanted to do. I wasn’t ever going to stand in her way.”
Ali Joseph, 25, has known she wanted to pursue a military path since high school. Her uncle, Frank Gavin, was a helicopter pilot in the Army and she was originally recruited by the Air Force Academy to play soccer. She visited the campus in Colorado Springs the summer before junior year. Ali ultimately received an Air Force ROTC scholarship to Baylor University, where she earned a bachelor of science in nursing.
The scholarship required Ali to serve four years of active duty after graduating.
As a labor and delivery nurse, Ali works seven 12-hour shifts in two weeks and, as an activity military member, is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a floor gets too busy or if a patient worsens and requires additional help, a nurse gets called in.
On shift days, Ali wakes up at 4 a.m. and arrives at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital around 5:15 a.m. The unpredictability of the work means sometimes getting home at 7:30 p.m. or later.
Her patients are service members and wives or daughters of service members. Ali assists when women go into labor, checking vitals and monitoring progression, helping throughout the birthing process. On shift days when no babies are delivered, she takes care of mothers and their babies, working with the new mothers on newborn education, teaching breast feeding, caesarean section post-op care and other postpartum care.
On top of her duties as a nurse, Ali, who went through boot camp at the beginning of her service, also has monthly military obligations.
“First you’re an officer, then you’re a nurse,” Ali said. “Our military stuff takes precedence – not patient-care wise – but we’re always on call as a officer. You don’t get time off.”
Although she hasn’t been deployed, she must remain up to date on military training. That includes shooting and being qualified with firearms, computer and safety training, and Air Force Base exercises.
“I’m so proud of her and everything she’s been able to accomplish,” Tommy said. “Any time I’ve had the opportunity to be around her peers or any families she’s had the opportunity to help, everybody always highly of her and her knowledge and how she prepares and helps others. That’s just who she is as a person.”
Ali and Tommy Joseph’s careers create a unique dynamic. Professional baseball can be tough on personal relationships, with the travel schedule, long season and the constant unknowns of what city or level a player could be at on any given day.
Because she works long hours during the day and has to be up early, Ali is often in bed before Phillies games end. Waking up to missed calls or text messages from Tommy is normal. Even when Tommy is home in the offseason, Ali maintains her typical schedule.
“I feel like our relationship is based off of FaceTime and phone calls,” Ali said, laughing. “We’re obviously not joint military, but it in a way is very much like the military has control over my life and baseball has control over his life and we’ve been able to be supportive of each other’s dreams and made it work.”
Added Tommy: “You have to find ways to work around it. I think it’s something we’ve done a really good job of doing that, realizing we’re important in each other’s lives as well as our careers.”
When Tommy earned his first call-up to the majors last May, Ali was stationed in Mississippi. She was nearing the end of what had been a three-month assignment when Tommy called with the good news.
Ali was unable to take leave to make it to Citizens Bank Park for Tommy’s MLB debut. So instead, Ali went back and forth between helping a mom through labor and trying to watch his big-league debut on a computer.
However, her assignment ended in time to be there for his next game three days later. Ali saw Tommy collect his first big-league hit and then his first career home run the following day. Tommy understood her job came first, regardless of what time of the season he might’ve been called up.
“For him to be able to have his dream come true and to be a small part of the support system that got him there, was really an incredible thing for me,” Ali said. “He never ever took me away from my dreams either, and I just think that’s a really great part of our relationship, that we’ve both been able to pursue the things that were important to us and support each other along the way but also have our own identity.”
The craziness of the Josephs’ demanding careers is coming to an end, though.
Ali has known for the last year that she would not re-enlist at the end of her four years of service. She received orders last May to go to Japan a week before Tommy was called up, but felt it would be too far from him to accept. When her active duty service ends June 29, Ali, who will be promoted to captain on June 17, will transition to civilian life.
Currently in the application process with an eye on the University of Cincinnati’s online program, she plans to study to become a nurse practitioner. Online classes will allow Ali the freedom to move up to Philadelphia for the remainder of the season and travel with Tommy. Last season, Ali made it to Philadelphia only twice and went on just one road trip.
Tommy is looking forward to Ali getting to know his teammates and their families, and vice versa. Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp is one of Tommy’s closest friends on the team and one of the few who has been around Ali.
Rupp and Tommy often spend their downtime together on road trips, though that will likely change when Ali joins Tommy at the end of June. When it was pointed out to Rupp that he’d be losing his road buddy, he quipped, “She’ll be the third wheel, not me.”
“We always call her lieutenant when we see her,” Rupp said. “It’s cool because it’s not something you see that often in our profession. They do it right, as hard as it might be to not see each other very often. The commitment they make to one another is neat.”
These upcoming months will represent the most time the couple has spent together since high school. Ali was able to help Tommy move into his Philadelphia apartment at the start of the season, joking that she wanted to make sure it didn’t look like a bachelor pad.
“It’s definitely going to be a learning period for us,” Tommy said. “An exciting one and a good one, too, because we get to see each other and find out what that’s like. We’re looking forward to it.”
The Josephs are keeping their offseason home in Destin, amid the close-knit military community where they’ve built a foundation and friendships.
“I think the military will always be a part of who we are as people and what is important to us,” Ali said. “As it’s started to wind down, all of these emotions come up because I can’t believe these four years have gone so quickly. The sense of community within the military has been more than I expected.”
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