MIAMI -- When his D-backs hitters go through slumps, or get off to a tough start to the season like Kelly Johnson did, hitting coach Don Baylor likes to tell them about his 1973 season.
Playing for the Orioles, Baylor hit just .228 in the first half of the season.
"At that point, you would give your first born up for a hit," Baylor said.
Baylor, though, went on to hit .364 in the second half to finish the year with a more-than-respectable .286 mark.
"Experiences like that, I can tell guys you're not the only one who's gone through hard times, rough times," Baylor said. "And you just kind of have to weather the storm, just keeping taking good at-bats."
That approach has paid off for Johnson, who struggled mightily out of the gate before turning things around.
They key thing for Baylor is that the hitters maintain a good frame of mind.
"We always talk about the positives, not the negatives," Baylor said.
Roberts wins Fan Vote Bobblehead contest
MIAMI -- D-backs infielder/outfielder Ryan Roberts was the winner of the Fan Vote Bobblehead contest and will have his own bobblehead doll distributed to the first 15,000 fans attending the Sept. 24 game against the Giants at Chase Field.
Fifty random fans will also receive a limited-edition bronze version of the Roberts bobblehead that night.
After playing an important role on the 2009 team, Roberts suffered through a miserable 2010 during which he spent much of the year at Triple-A Reno.
A longshot to make the roster at the start of Spring Training, Roberts led the Majors in batting average, and he not only made the team, but wound up with the bulk of the playing time at third base.
"It's awesome," Roberts said of winning the fan vote. "From where I was last year coming into this season, I never would have thought something like that would happen. So it's very special to know that I have fans that want me to win."
Roberts was the leader among write-in votes from fans on www.dbacks.com in the contest which ran from March 2 until April 30.
D-backs to host top Draft picks this week
MIAMI -- Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley, the D-backs' top two picks in last week's First-Year Player Draft, will visit Phoenix and tour Chase Field this week.
It would figure that with the in-person visits that contract negotiations with the pair will intensify.
The D-backs became the first team in Major League Baseball history to have two of the first seven picks in the Draft.
Bauer, a right-hander from UCLA, was picked third overall, while Bradley, a high school hurler from Oklahoma, was selected seventh.
"We're excited to have them tour the ballpark, see the clubhouse and meet our front office," D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. "It will be good timing because we'll be home and they can get a feel for atmosphere in the ballpark."
D-backs left-hander Leyson Septimo was claimed off waivers by the White Sox. Septimo was pitching for Double-A Mobile.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after the club released first baseman Russell Branyan that he expected Juan Miranda to get the majority of the playing time at the position. Recently, though, Xavier Nady has gotten the bulk of the starts. "He played for a while and he got hit and then he played for a while again and he got hurt again and he just hasn't played as much since then," Gibson said of Miranda. "That's just how it goes. He may play the next five games. I haven't made up my mind up about it yet."
Gibson is looking forward to the matchup with the Giants that starts Tuesday night at Chase Field. "They've had our number," Gibson said. "What, have we beat them one time this year? They beat us three one-run games last time we played them, didn't come away with what we wanted to, so this will be a good check for us. We're looking forward to that. They're a good team. We're good too."