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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. 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 champions of baseball 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 second season in the Arizona dugout. His first season marked a major advancement for the club, finishing the year at 93-69 for a 24 game improvement. Arizona won the Wild Card before being knocked out by the LA Dodgers. Lovullo was named the 2017 National League Manager of the Year.
The leader of this team has been first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. His consistent play set the tone for the kind of professionalism expected of this ball club. However, in an effort to rebuild, Arizona was forced to move Goldschmidt in a blockbuster offseason trade with St. Louis. Though his professionalism has rubbed on starters like Jake Lamb, Ketel Marte, and Nick Ahmed, who always show up ready to play, Goldschmidt will be sorely missed by D-Backs fans and his former teammates. Arriving in Arizona as a result of the deal are pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, and infielder Andy Young. Starting veteran catcher Alex Avila was brought in this year to work from behind the plate. The outfield consists of strong players in David Peralta, Chris Owings, and Steven Souza.
The decorated career of pitcher Zack Greinke continues to impress and he picks up additional accolades. The 2018 season saw Greinke win his fifth consecutive NL Gold Glove Award. The club can rest a little easier when he comes up in the rotation, usually allowing for Brad Boxberger to close it out for a win.
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.