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Carson Kelly thinks about being a D-Backs player and talks Tigers

Former key player acquired in the Paul Goldschmidt trade, Carson Kelly, is back in Arizona and playing at Chase Field. The only difference from the many previous games he has played there is that he will be visiting Chase Field as a guest player for the first time. He is a member of the Detroit Tigers, the club he signed with following his Designation for Assignment last August after being cut by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kelly was a member of the D-Backs for five years and five seasons. During his time there, he served as the team's franchise catcher quite often when healthy. Unfortunately for the team and him, that health didn't last as various random injuries robbed him of important playing time.

Still, Kelly did his best to represent the Arizona Diamondbacks in the best possible way and maintain a great relationship with the fans who cheered for him on multiple occasions. Asked Saturday if he had anything to say to the many fans who have supported him, Kelly said: “I'm just grateful for everything they've given me over the last five years and you know, it's been great “To play in it.” Be in front of them and be a Diamondback and just grateful and grateful for all the support through the ups and downs.

Kelly talked about how different it is being at Chase Field as a member of a visiting team. “Funny, it's a little weird being on the other side, and you know you're so used to how everything is organized there and the hallways and things like that, come here, it's a little different. “

“Everything's different, you know, but it's crazy seeing the guys and a lot of the guys I've played with the last couple of years, so it's cool to reconnect with them.”

Before Saturday's game, manager Torey Lovullo and the D-Backs presented Carson Kelly and former D-Backs reliever Andrew Chafin with their NL Champions rings, hence the main image.

When asked how it feels to get a championship ring, even for the NL, he said: “It's special, you know, every time you get the opportunity to play on a team that's in the Playoffs and then make a good run and you know that. “It's special and at the end of the day it's something I'll have forever.

The Tigers pitching staff has improved significantly this year compared to recent years. AJ Hinch, former D-Backs manager and former MLB catcher and current manager of the Detroit Tigers, attributed much of the improvement to Kelly's leadership and catching skills. The feeling between Kelly and Hinch is mutual.

“AJ is a great person, a great manager and you know we have a lot of conversations off the field during games…You can see he's a great baseball mind…I continue to learn things from him and have fun made to be on his team.”

As catchers, they get along quite well with each other. Kelly soaks up as much knowledge and information as possible from Hinch, especially when it comes to “gameplay and what are we going to do in certain situations, how would we approach that?”

Of course, after Tarik Skubal completely dominated the D-backs and how great the Tigers' pitching was, Kelly couldn't help but talk about the pitching staff.

“We have a lot of great guns, young guns, experienced guns guys that have a plan and know what to do and good stuff too. There's a combination of having the knowledge and knowing the good stuff, but then also being able to apply it in certain situations… it's a great team, you know, it was fun to be a part of to be of it.

This season, Carson Kelly shared time behind the plate with Jake Rogers. In his 27 games, Kelly posted a .232/.329/.304/.633 OPS with two doubles, one home run and nine RBI.

He had the crucial shot that tied the Tigers' game against Zac Gallen last night and changed the course of the ballgame. This was particularly ironic since the two are good friends and former roommates and battery mates. Good luck to Carson Kelly for the rest of the season.

Anna Harden

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