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