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The Arizona Diamondbacks joined the MLB in the National League West Division in 1998 as an expansion franchise. Along with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Diamondbacks are the youngest organization in baseball. Less than 20 years of team history has produced an impressive amount of accolades for this young team.
Playing their home games at Chase Field, this desert climate team has racked up five NL West titles, one National League pennant, and a World Series title in their lone appearance back in 2001. These accomplishments are pretty impressive, as the team built from nothing to champion in just four seasons.
The 2001 World Series was epic. Featuring the inexperienced Diamondbacks against a dynastic New York Yankees ball club in the wake of 9/11 going for four World Series titles in a row, Arizona had their work cut out for them. The stacked Yankees roster seemed to tilt the series in their direction, but the heart and determination of the Diamondbacks ultimately proved to be the deciding factor. Jumping out to a two games to none lead in the series, Arizona would lose three straight when the series moved to the Bronx. However, a decisive 15-2 win in game six rallied the team for an incredible game seven to close out the series. Down by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, smart fundamentals against Mariano Rivera, one of the game’s greatest closers of all-time, put the D-backs in a position to retake the game. After tying the game off a Tony Womack double, Luis Gonzalez placed a shot over the head of Derek Jeter, landing in the outfield and allowing Jay Bell to cross home plate for the walk-off single to win the World Series.
A memory still in the hearts of Arizona Diamondbacks fans, many hope the current squad can help achieve that same kind of postseason magic. Manager Torey Lovullo would love nothing more than to achieve this accolade as the skipper for the D-backs. Management cannot wait to see what he can pull off in his first season in the Arizona dugout.
Last season was one of major disappointment for the Diamondbacks. Despite moves by management, including spending big money to bring in Zack Greinke, the team still finished with a record of 63-93. New blood in the front office has been tasked with righting the ship, but the best thing to do may be to stay the course. Between Greinke, AJ Pollock, Shelby Miller, and Paul Goldschmidt there is definitely talent on the roster. The trick will be to keep these players healthy and getting them to play to their potential. It will be a long road for Arizona in the 2017 season, but there is definitely a chance they can turn some heads and surprise the sports writers in the desert.
Legendary past players for the Arizona Diamondbacks include Randy Johnson, Paul Goldschmidt, Luis Gonzalez, Curt Schilling, and Steve Finley. More information pertaining to the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks as well as the current team can be found by clicking here.