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If you've followed baseball since the Arizona Diamondbacks' inception—an opportunity afforded to many of you by the young franchise—you probably associate three players with the team.
Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Luis Gonzalez carried Arizona to the 2001 playoffs and the franchise's only World Series championship.
Johnson and Schilling shared the World Series MVP award, and Luis Gonzalez, who blasted 57 homers and hit .325 in the regular season, hit the walk-off blooper against Mariano Rivera in Game 7.
While Schilling and Gonzalez are both notable Diamondbacks, Johnson is definitely the franchise's MVP.
Schilling only spent three-and-a-half years in Arizona, and even though Gonzalez was one of the most feared hitters for a time, he's not nearly as irreplaceable as Johnson.
The Big Unit played eight seasons with the Diamondbacks—1999-2004 and 2007-2008—and won four Cy Young awards. In those four seasons, Johnson went 81-27 with a 2.48 ERA and 1,417 strikeouts. His 118 wins, 2.83 ERA and 2,077 strikeouts rank No. 1 in the franchise.