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A Glance at Greatness: The Arizona Diamondbacks All-Time Team

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 17:  Mark Reynolds #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a 2-run home run during the 7th inning of the game on June 17, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ryan SmithCorrespondent IJune 23, 2009

This will be the first article in a series dedicated to selecting all-time teams for all 30 current major league franchises. To view the other teams, click http://bleacherreport.com/users/67791-schmitters

Team Name: Arizona Diamondbacks

Year Established: 1998

Current City: Phoenix

Previous Cities: None

Ballpark: Chase Field

League: National League

Division: NL West

Number of Playoff Appearances: 4

Number of Pennants: 1

World Series Titles: 2001

All-Time Team

Catcher: Damian Miller

First Base: Conor Jackson

Second Base: Jay Bell

Third Base: Matt Williams

Shortstop: Stephen Drew

Outfield: Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley, Danny Bautista

Pitchers: Randy Johnson, Brandon Webb, Curt Schilling, Jose Valverde, Byung-Hyun Kim

Bench: Craig Counsell, Orlando Hudson, Chad Tracy

Manager: Bob Brenly

Recap: 

This is a good team littered with current major leaguers who helped the Diamondbacks enjoy early succes.

The most obvious choices to this team were Luis Gonzalez and the entire pitching staff.

The hardest choice for this team was at second base. I debated between Hudson and Bell. It could've gone either way.   

Gonzalez is the franchise leader in batting average, hits, home runs, doubles, total bases, RBIs, runs scored, and walks.

Johnson and Schilling were both two-time 20 game winners with the D-Backs. They were also co-World Series MVPs in 2001. Webb is second on the franchise win list and has won a Cy Young Award.

Though the team is good, due to its short existence, it wouldn't stand a chance against most of the other all-time teams.

Next Team: Atlanta Braves

 

 

 

 

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