Baseball / Spring Training / 2012 Cactus League / Diamondbacks / Rockies / Scottsdale Real Estate
Opening its second spring season is this beautiful state of the art facility that’s home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, prior of their departures from Tuscon. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is situated on Native American Indian land. What’s unique about the ballpark is it’s the only park used by teams in Major League Baseball that was built on Native American Indian land also. The Rockies and the Diamondbacks take pride in being part of the Indian community. The ballpark is surrounded with the Talking Stick Resort, so after the game, you can go to the casino for a few rounds of black jack or live entertainment. Just west of the ballpark is the Municipality of Scottsdale and the McCormick Ranch area. There are many properties available and close to the ballpark.
Arizona’s favorite team really shocked the baseball world this past season with stellar performances by this young club. They have proven to the world that they can compete with the best in baseball, including their divisional foe and 2010 World Champions, San Francisco Giants. Manager Kirk Gibson was the key of the Diamondbacks’ success in his managerial skills in winning the National League West Division crown, only to come just short in the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
I am looking at the hitting team this year. I don’t have any question that the Diamondbacks are armed and ready to contend for at least another wild card spot or the championship in their division. Again, I do believe their projected #3 hitter Justin Upton will be the key of success for Arizona. Last year at the shortstop position, Stephen Drew was hit with an ankle injury and the question remains if he will be back on the field by opening day or not. Will Drew be ready to go or will they rely on Willie Bloomquist again at the leadoff position? Overall, this lineup will be strong again and feel their new left fielder, Jason Kubel will be a huge asset of this team. If the right chemistry is there in the line-up, I do believe they have enough offensively to make another run for the playoffs again.
The Diamondbacks are back in full force in pitching as well. You have a good core of young talent on the team, which really could set this team up for years to come. It would be interesting to see what Ian Kennedy will do this year, just after he came short of winning the Cy Young award. I don’t doubt he will have another repeat performance. I do like the pick up of Trevor Cahill from Oakland, though he will have a transition to the National League from the American League that has the Designated Hitter. The rotation is good and the pen should be even better this year. We know what JJ Putz can do as the D-Backs closer.
Overall, the Diamondbacks have a huge advantage all around. They have a manager who has been exposed to playoff baseball numerous times. Their divisional competition is tough as well. This National League Division is still wide open. If Kirk Gibson manages the team to a championship caliber team in 2012, look out.
The 2011 season was disappointing for the Rockies. Now that’s behind them, they are looking ahead for a better season in 2012. They dealt with injuries and the rest was just awful. The pitching was inconsistent and they knew changes had to be made to prepare for the 2012 campaign. The position players had a difficult season and the Diamondbacks won in their division.
As I look at this team for the 2012 season, they had to make the moves and picked up some key positional players who could put this team back in the playoff hunt. They picked up an All-Star from the Minnesota Twins, Michael Cuddyer will start for them in right field. Casey Blake at 3rdbase is a good pick up for them and should make some noise and provide good veteran leadership for the Rockies. Without a doubt, their two bright spots in the lineup of Carlos Gonzales at Left Field and shortstop Tony Tulowitzki will pick up where they left off from 2011. The Rockies do have some players who are All-Star caliber and some of the key moves could really make them pretend the 2011 season didn’t happen. Chemistry in the lineup isn’t yet determined.
The 2011 pitching staff was an absolute disaster. Of course, those off season moves had to be made and they made some key moves, of which I like. Their number one pickup Jeremy Gutherie from Baltimore is a good pick up. Yes, his Earned Run Average was over 4.00 last season, but he has the longevity to stay on the mound as he pitched over 200 innings each of the last three seasons. The bullpen can rest a little easier. Guillermo Moscoco and Jhoulys Chacin are solid starters despite losing records in 2011. Rafael Bettancourt is a solid pitcher in the pen and could really provide the Rockies a good number of saves this year. Pitching coach, Bob Apodaca will have his work cut out for him to get this staff going in a place full of thin air at elevation 5,280.
Overall, the Rockies will be competitive. I really like the additions they made in hitting. Pitching is in question, but if Manager, Jim Tracy can get this team ready and overcome some obstacles, I feel the Colorado Rockies could be in playoff contention this year.
As the Diamondbacks fans have homes here, I will provide real estate information to fans from Colorado. I will be glad to assist and welcome Rockies’ fans in finding real estate. I have all the keys! Welcome Rockies fans!
Scottsdale Real Estate For Sale for Colorado Rockies Fans:
In vicinity of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick:
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(all data current as of 2/13/2012)
$139,500 : 9450 N 95th Street, Unit 201, Scottsdale2 beds, 2.00 bathsHome size: 1,164 sq ftLot size: 126 sq ft
$179,900 : 8750 E Via De La Luna –, Scottsdale3 beds, 2.00 bathsHome size: 1,465 sq ftLot size: 167 sq ft
2 beds, 2.50 bathsHome size: 2,392 sq ftLot size: 7,908 sq ft
$349,500 : 8520 N 85th Street, Scottsdale4 beds, 2.00 bathsHome size: 2,073 sq ftLot size: 10,414 sq ft
2 beds, 2.00 bathsHome size: 1,121 sq ftLot size: 180 sq ft
$215,000 : 8726 E San Pedro Drive, Scottsdale2 beds, 2.00 bathsHome size: 1,949 sq ftLot size: 7,125 sq ft
2 beds, 3.00 bathsHome size: 2,113 sq ftLot size: 1,797 sq ft
$799,000 : 10148 E Topaz Drive, Scottsdale3 beds, 3.50 bathsHome size: 3,426 sq ftLot size: 7,750 sq ft
$125,000 : 9125 E Purdue Avenue, Unit 108, Scottsdale2 beds, 2.00 bathsHome size: 1,084 sq ftLot size: 1,084 sq ft
$250,000 : 10191 N 105th Way, Scottsdale2 beds, 2.00 bathsHome size: 2,041 sq ftLot size: 4,480 sq ft
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