The Arizona Diamondbacks may be the youngest team in baseball, but the 14-year-old club has already seen some tremendous pitchers pass through the desert in its brief history.
With Ian Kennedy recently coming so close, yet so far, to winning the 2011 NL Cy Young Award, it is time to take a look at Arizona's pitchers.
When GM Kevin Towers met with the media earlier in November, he stated that the Diamondbacks will not be big spenders this offseason. Though the team could use "more veteran pitching...our primary focus has been veteran infielders," he said.
So let's open that up—the part about more veteran pitching.
Let's take it to the extreme and go all the way back to 1998 and the first season of the Arizona Diamondbacks. That was the year of pitchers Brian Anderson, Andy Benes, Willie Blair, Omar Daal, Amaury Telemaco and Jeff Suppan.
The Diamondbacks finished dead last in the NL West their inaugural season, winning only 65 games. Since that first season, the Diamondbacks have had some wonderful names on their pitching staff.
Let's use some of Arizona's greatest starting pitchers over the past 14 seasons to compose an all-time starting rotation made up of veteran Diamondbacks.