D-backs hitting coach Short honored by Elgin Sports Hall of Fame

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Larkin High School grad Rick Short spent 2001 as a minor-leaguer for the Cubs. He finished his playing career with four years in Japan, then started with the Diamondbacks as an area scout in 2010.

    Larkin High School grad Rick Short spent 2001 as a minor-leaguer for the Cubs. He finished his playing career with four years in Japan, then started with the Diamondbacks as an area scout in 2010. File photo

 
 
Updated 7/24/2021 4:54 PM

Ron Lange and Mark Sharf from the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame are planning a presentation to Diamondbacks co-hitting coach Rick Short, a Larkin High School grad, before Sunday's game at Wrigley Field.

Short was promoted from hitting coach at Triple A Reno to the big leagues on June 10 when Arizona fired its two hitting coaches due to the team's poor performance.

 

Originally a 34th round draft pick of Baltimore out of Western Illinois, Short made a long climb through the minors until finally making his major-league debut in 2005 at age 32 for the Washington Nationals. He hit 2 home runs in 11 games for the Nats.

Short spent 2001 as a minor-leaguer for the Cubs. He finished his playing career with four years in Japan, then started with the Diamondbacks as an area scout in 2010.

As a hitting coach, Short has moved up the ladder from rookie league Missoula, to the Kane County Cougars in 2018, and Double A Jackson (Miss.) in 2019-20.

D-backs release Young:

Former Carmel High School pitcher Alex Young was designated for assignment by Arizona on Wednesday. The Diamondbacks made the move to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Young's future is unclear, but it's possible he could return to Triple A Reno after clearing waivers.

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Young, 27, joined the Arizona rotation as a rookie in 2019, going 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA. He split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2020, then was mostly a reliever this year.

Originally a second-round draft pick out of TCU in 2015, Young got off to a decent start this year, posting a 3.45 ERA in his first 26 appearances before a series of rough outings in June. He last pitched for the Diamondbacks on July 10.

Home run streak ends:

When Javy Baez drilled a 3-run homer in the first inning on Friday, it ended a streak of 75 straight home runs by the Cubs that were either solo or 2-run shots. The Cubs' last 3-run homer was by Matt Duffy on May 15 in Detroit.

The most recent grand slam hit by a Cubs player was Kris Bryant in Atlanta on April 26.

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