The Arizona Diamondbacks, often shortened as the D-backs, are an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The club competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) West division. The team has played every home game in franchise history at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks have won one World Series championship (defeating the New York Yankees in 2001) – becoming the fastest expansion team in the Major Leagues to win a championship, which it did in only the fourth season since the franchise's inception. They remain the only professional men's sports team from Arizona to have won a championship title.
|2019 Arizona Diamondbacks season|
|Established in 1998|
|Major league affiliations|
|Major league titles|
|World Series titles (1)||2001|
|NL Pennants (1)||2001|
|West Division titles (5)|
|Wild card berths (1)|
|General Manager||Mike Hazen|
|President of Baseball Operations||Mike Hazen|
On March 9, 1995, Phoenix was awarded an expansion franchise to begin play for the 1998 season. A $130 million franchise fee was paid to Major League Baseball and on January 16, 1997, the Diamondbacks were officially voted into the National League. The Diamondbacks' first major league game was played against the Colorado Rockies on March 31, 1998, at Bank One Ballpark. The ballpark was renamed Chase Field in 2005, as a result of Bank One Corporation's merger with JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Since their debut, the Diamondbacks have won five NL West division titles, one NL pennant, one Wild Card game, and the 2001 World Series.
The Diamondbacks' original colors were purple, black, teal and copper. Their first logo was an italicized block letter "A" with a diamond pattern, and the crossbar represented by a snake's tongue. Prior to their inaugural season, they released their baseball caps. The home cap had a cream color crown with a purple visor and button. The road cap was black and had a turquoise visor and button. Their alternate cap had a turquoise crown with a purple visor and button. Depending on the cap, the "A" logo on the front of the cap had different color variations.
In the Diamondbacks' second season, they introduced a new logo which was a copper color snake in the shape of a letter "D". It was used on a solid black cap, which in the beginning, was worn as a road cap.
The franchise unveiled new uniforms and colors of Sedona Red, Sonoran Sand and black on November 8, 2006. The red shade is named for the sandstone canyon at Red Rock State Park near Sedona, while the beige (sand) shade is named for the Sonoran Desert. A sleeve patch was added featuring a lowercase "d" and "b" configured to look like a snake's head. The team also kept the "D" logo, but was slightly altered and put on an all red cap to be used as their game cap. They also kept the "A" logo with the new colors applied to it, with a solid black cap used as the alternate cap. A similar color scheme is currently used by the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League.
Prior to the 2016 season, the Diamondbacks reincorporated teal into its color scheme while keeping Sedona Red, Sonoran Sand and black. They also unveiled eight different uniform combinations, including two separate home white and away grey uniforms. One major difference between the two sets is that the non-teal uniforms feature a snakeskin pattern on the shoulders, while the teal-trimmed uniforms include a charcoal/grey snakeskin pattern on the back. Arizona also kept the throwback pinstriped sleeveless uniforms from their 2001 championship season for use during Thursday home games.
The primary television play-by-play voice for the team's first nine seasons of play was Thom Brennaman, who also broadcasts baseball and college football games nationally for Fox Television. Brennaman was the TV announcer for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds (along with his father Marty Brennaman) before being hired by Diamondbacks founder Jerry Colangelo in 1996, two years before the team would begin play.
In October 2006, Brennaman left the Diamondbacks to call games with his father for the Reds beginning in 2007, signing a four-year deal (his FOX duties remained unchanged).
The English language flagship radio station is KTAR. Greg Schulte is the regular radio play-by-play voice, a 25-year veteran of sports radio in the Phoenix market, also well known for his previous work on Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University (ASU) broadcasts.
Jeff Munn is a backup radio play-by-play announcer; he served as the regular public address announcer at Chase Field in the early days of the franchise. He is well known to many Phoenix area sports fans, having also served as the public address announcer for the Suns at America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in the 1990s. He is also the play-by-play radio voice for ASU women's basketball.
On November 1, 2006, the team announced that the TV voice of the Milwaukee Brewers since 2002, Daron Sutton, would be hired as the Diamondbacks primary TV play-by-play voice. Sutton was signed to a five-year contract with a team option for three more years. Sutton is considered one of the best of the younger generation of baseball broadcasters. His signature chants include "let's get some runs" when the D-backs trail in late innings. Sutton's father is Hall of Fame pitcher and current Atlanta Braves broadcaster Don Sutton.
Former Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace and former Major League knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti were the Diamondbacks primary color analysts for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Former Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams also did color commentary on occasion, as did former Cardinals and NBC broadcast legend Joe Garagiola, Sr., a longtime Phoenix-area resident and father of Joe Garagiola, Jr., the first GM of the Diamondbacks (as head of the Maricopa County Sports Authority in the early 1990s, Garagiola, Jr. was one of the primary people involved in Phoenix obtaining a Major League Baseball franchise).
The Diamondbacks announced in July 2007 that for the 2008 season, all regionally broadcast Diamondbacks TV games will be shown exclusively on Fox Sports Arizona, and a few could possibly be shown on the national Fox MLB telecasts. Fox Sports Arizona (or FS Arizona) is currently seen in 2.8 million households in Arizona and New Mexico. The previous flagship station, since the inaugural 1998 season, was KTVK, a popular over-the-air independent station (and former longtime ABC affiliate) in Phoenix.
From 2009 to 2012, Mark Grace and Daron Sutton were tagged as the main broadcasters of the Diamondbacks with pre-game and postgame shows on Fox Sports Arizona, being hosted by former big-league closer Joe Borowski.
On June 21, 2012, Daron Sutton was suspended indefinitely, amid rumors of insubordination. Then on August 24, the team announced that Mark Grace had requested an indefinite leave of absence after being arrested for his second DUI in less than two years  (Grace was later indicted on four DUI counts). For the remainder of the 2012 season, Sutton was replaced by Greg Schulte (Jeff Munn replaced Schulte on the radio broadcast) and Grace was replaced by Luis Gonzalez. At the end of the 2012 season, the team announced that neither Sutton nor Grace would be returning for the 2013 season.
Games were televised in Spanish on KPHE-LP—with Oscar Soria and Jerry Romo as the announcers—but this arrangement ended prior to the 2009 season due to the team switching fully to Fox Sports Arizona and the lack of carriage of KHPE-LP on the Cox cable system.
|Arizona Diamondbacks Hall of Famers|
|Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum|
|Arizona Diamondbacks Ford C. Frick Award recipients|
|Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum|
|Diamondbacks in the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame|
|38||Curt Schilling||P||2000–2003||Grew up in Phoenix, attended Yavapai College|
|17||Mark Grace||1B||2001–2003||Elected mainly on his performance with Chicago Cubs|
* signifies current Major League player
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|AAA||Reno Aces||Pacific Coast League||Reno, Nevada|
|AA||Jackson Generals||Southern League||Jackson, Tennessee|
|Advanced A||Visalia Rawhide||California League||Visalia, California|
|A||Kane County Cougars||Midwest League||Geneva, Illinois|
|Short Season A||Hillsboro Hops||Northwest League||Hillsboro, Oregon|
|Rookie||Missoula Osprey||Pioneer League||Missoula, Montana|
|AZL D-backs||Arizona League||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|DSL D-backs||Dominican Summer League||Boca Chica, Dominican Republic|
The 1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft was conducted by Major League Baseball (MLB) on November 18, 1997, in the Phoenix Civic Center to stock the major league rosters of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, new major league expansion franchises that were set to start play in the 1998 season. Tampa Bay joined the American League (AL) East division, displacing the Detroit Tigers (who moved to the AL Central division, thus displacing the Milwaukee Brewers, who moved to the National League (NL) Central division, and Arizona joined the NL West division.2001 National League Division Series
The 2001 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2001 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 9, and ended on Sunday, October 14, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:
(1) Houston Astros (Central Division champion, 93–69) vs. (3) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 88–74): Braves win series, 3–0.
(2) Arizona Diamondbacks (Western Division champion, 92–70) vs. (4) St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card, 93–69): Diamondbacks win series, 3–2.The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage (Games 1, 2 and 5 at home), which was determined by playing record. Houston and St. Louis tied for the Central Division title, but Houston was awarded the division winner's playoff-seeding over St. Louis due to their 9–7 advantage in head-to-head play. Officially the two clubs were co-champions. Although the team with the best record was normally intended to play the wild card team, the Astros played the Braves, rather than the wild card Cardinals, because the Astros and Cardinals were in the same division.
The Diamondbacks and Braves went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Diamondbacks became the National League champion, and defeated the American League champion New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series.Andy Green (baseball)
Andrew Mulligan Green (born July 7, 1977) is currently the manager of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. He previously worked as the third-base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks.He was a versatile fielder, who had the ability to play in almost all of the positions in baseball. After making his debut, he played second base, third base, shortstop, and in the outfield. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 165 pounds (75 kg) as an active player.
He was a consistent .300 hitter in the minor leagues, won a Pacific Coast League MVP award, and played in the majors for three years with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a year with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, he played in the Cincinnati Reds organization and returned to the Major Leagues for a brief time in 2009 with the New York Mets.Arizona Diamondbacks Radio Networks
The Arizona Diamondbacks Radio Networks are 2 radio networks, of 24 total stations with 2 F.M. translators, carrying games of the Arizona Diamondbacks. There is an English-language network consisting of 20 stations and a Spanish-language network of five stations, including four in Mexico. The English-language network originates at KTAR/620 and KMVP-FM/98.7 in Phoenix, Arizona, while the Spanish-language network originates at KHOV-FM/105.1 serving Phoenix. The main play-by-play announcer on the English-language network is Greg Schulte. The color analyst is former major-leaguer Tom Candiotti. The games' pre- & post-game host is Jeff Munn who also fills in on play-by-play. On the Spanish-language network, the play-by-play announcer is Oscar Soria and the color analyst is Miguel Quintana. Arturo Ochoa is the fill-in Spanish play-by-play announcer, and the fill-in color analyst is Richard Saenz.Arizona Diamondbacks all-time roster
This list is complete and up-to-date as of May 10, 2016.The following is a list of players, both past and current, who have played in at least in one game for the Arizona Diamondbacks franchise.
Players in Bold are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Chris Owings
Christopher Scott Owings (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has played shortstop, second base, and center field.Gerardo Parra
Gerardo Enrique Parra (born May 6, 1987) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, and San Francisco Giants.List of Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day starting pitchers
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Phoenix, Arizona. They play in the National League West division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Diamondbacks have used 10 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 21 seasons. The 10 starters have a combined Opening Day record of eight wins, seven losses (8–7), and six no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.
Randy Johnson holds the Diamondbacks' record for most Opening Day starts with six, and has an Opening Day record of 3–2. Brandon Webb started four Opening Days, and Ian Kennedy has been the Opening Day starter thrice. Andy Benes, Javier Vázquez, Dan Haren, and Wade Miley have started one Opening Day each. Kennedy has the best winning percentage as the Opening Day starting pitcher with a record of 2–0. Benes, Vázquez, and Miley are tied for the worst Opening Day record, at 0–1. Webb is Arizona's only pitcher with multiple no-decisions on Opening Day (three), and Johnson is the only pitcher to have won three or more opening games.Overall, the Diamondbacks have a record of 8–7 at home on Opening Day, compared to a 4–2 record at away games. The Diamondbacks went on to play in the National League Division Series (NLDS) playoff games in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2017, winning the National League Championship Series and World Series in 2001.List of Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasters
This article is a list of Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasters. The following is a historical list of the all-time Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasters:
Rod Allen, Television Analyst (1998–2002)
Bob Brenly, Television Analyst (1998–2000, 2013–present)
Joe Garagiola, Television Analyst (1998–2012)
Mark Grace, Television Analyst (2004–2012)
Steve Lyons, Television Analyst (2003–2004)
Jim Traber, Television Analyst (2001–2003)Television Play-by-Play
Steve Berthiaume, Television Play-by-Play (2013–present)
Thom Brennaman, Television Play-by-Play (1998–2006)
Greg Schulte, Radio and Television Play-by-Play (1998–present)
Daron Sutton, Television Play-by-Play (2006–2012)Radio
Rod Allen, Radio Analyst (1998–2002)
Thom Brennaman, Radio Play-by-Play (1998–2006)
Tom Candiotti, Radio Analyst (2006–present)
Mike Ferrin Fill-In/Secondary radio play-by-play (2016–present)
Jeff Munn, Fill-in/Secondary Radio Play-by-Play (2001–2015)
Ken Phelps, Radio Analyst (2004)
Greg Schulte, Radio Play-by-Play (1998-present)
Miguel Quintana, Spanish Radio Play-by-Play (1998–present)
Victor Rojas, Radio Analyst (2003)
Richard Saenz, Spanish Radio Analyst (2001–present)
Oscar Soria, Spanish Television and Radio Analyst (2000–present)
Jim Traber, Radio Analyst (2001–2003)List of Arizona Diamondbacks managers
There have been a total of nine managers in the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise of the National League. The Diamondbacks franchise was formed in the 1998 Major League Baseball season as a member of the National League. Buck Showalter was hired as the first Diamondbacks manager. Showalter served for three (1998-2000) seasons before being replaced after the 2000 season. In terms of tenure, Bob Melvin has managed more games and seasons than any other coach in the Diamondbacks franchise history. He has managed the Diamondbacks to one playoff berth, in 2007, in which he led the team to the National League Championship Series (NLCS). Al Pedrique and A.J. Hinch are the only two managers in the Diamondbacks history to not lead a team into the playoffs.
In the 2000 baseball season, the Diamondbacks decided to release Buck Showalter, soon then to be replaced by manager Bob Brenly. The following year, Brenly led the Diamondbacks to win the 2001 World Series. However, after a poor 2003 and start of the 2004 season, Brenly was also released and was replaced with Al Pedrique
, the third base coach for the Diamondbacks at the time. At the end of that season, the Diamondbacks originally hired Wally Backman as their new manager for the team. Though, after allegations of Backman driving under the influence, the Diamondbacks decided to instead hire Bob Melvin as their new manager instead of hiring Backman. Melvin, the former Mariners manager, led the Diamondbacks since the 2005 season of baseball. Prior to the May 8, 2009 game the Diamondbacks replaced Melvin with A.J. Hinch.List of Arizona Diamondbacks owners and executives
This article is a list of Arizona Diamondbacks owners and executives. The Arizona Diamondbacks have had two owners and five general managers in their 20-year history. As of October 2017, these executives have compiled a 1222–1208 (.503) record, five National League West Division titles (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2011), one National League pennant (2001), and one World Series title (2001). The Diamondbacks' current top executive is owner Ken Kendrick.List of Arizona Diamondbacks seasons
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks are part of the National League and play in the West Division. Since beginning play in the 1998 season, the Diamondbacks called Chase Field (formerly named "Bank One Ballpark") their home. The name "Diamondbacks" was inspired by the Western diamondback snake and was chosen among thousands of entries in a contest to name the team.Arizona made their Major League debut in the 1998 baseball season when they became the 14th expansion team. After going 65-97 in their first their first season, the Diamondbacks were the National League West Division Champions in the 1999 baseball season when they went 100-62. They made it to the National League Division Series but they lost to the New York Mets. The early success of the franchise was exemplified in 2001 when the Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees in a dramatic seven game World Series in 2001. In the 2002 baseball season, Arizona returned to the playoffs but were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. Post season baseball did not return to the desert until the 2007 season when Arizona lost to the Colorado Rockies in the National League Championship Series. The following season, Arizona narrowly missed the playoffs, when they finished 2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2011, the Diamondbacks won their division but were ousted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series. In 2017, the Arizona Diamondbacks finished 2nd in the NL West, and they played in the National League Wild Card Game against the Rockies. This would be the team's first appearance in the postseason as a Wild Card team. Arizona won 11-8 and played the Dodgers in the NLDS that year but were swept in 3 games.List of Arizona Diamondbacks team records
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They compete in the Western Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League (NL). Arizona first competed in Major League Baseball during the 1998 baseball season as an expansion team. The list below documents players and teams that hold particular club records.
In 21 seasons from 1998 through 2018, the team has won 1,678 games and one World Series championship, in 2001. The team has appeared in six postseasons and has won one league pennant. Luis Gonzalez owns the most franchise career batting records with 11 and the most franchise single-season batting records with 9. Randy Johnson owns the most franchise career and single-season pitching records with 10 and 7, respectively.
Having won the World Series in 2001, the franchise's fourth season in existence, the Diamondbacks hold the distinction of being the fastest expansion team in Major League Baseball to win a championship. In addition, two no-hitters have been thrown in the history of the franchise.
Statistics are current through the 2018 season.Mark Grace
Mark Eugene Grace (born June 28, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman who spent 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks of the National League (NL). He was a member of the 2001 World Series champion Diamondbacks that beat the New York Yankees. Grace batted and threw left-handed; he wore jersey number 28 and 17 during his rookie season of 1988, and he kept number 17 for the remainder of his career.Matt Williams (third baseman)
Matthew Derrick Williams (born November 28, 1965), nicknamed "Matt the Bat" and "The Big Marine" is a former professional baseball third baseman and current third base coach for the Oakland Athletics. A right-handed batter, Williams played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, the Cleveland Indians, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the manager of the Washington Nationals from 2014 to 2015.
Williams played in a World Series for each of these teams (1989 with the Giants, 1997 with the Indians, and 2001 with the Diamondbacks in which he won over the New York Yankees). During these years, Williams became the only player to hit at least one World Series home run for three different Major League baseball teams. During his career, Williams had an overall batting average of .268, with 378 home runs and 1218 runs batted in (RBIs). He scored 997 Major League runs, and he accumulated 1878 hits, 338 doubles, and 35 triples, while playing in 1866 regular-season games. As of August, 2015 – 13 years after his final game – he still ranks in the top 75 all-time players for career home runs and the top 150 all-time players for career RBIs.Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Edward Goldschmidt (born September 10, 1987), nicknamed "Goldy", is an American professional baseball first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. Prior to playing professionally, Goldschmidt played baseball for The Woodlands High School and Texas State Bobcats.
Goldschmidt was lightly recruited out of The Woodlands. After playing at Texas State, the Diamondbacks selected him in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB draft. He rose through the minor leagues, reaching the major leagues on August 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks traded him to the Cardinals during the 2018–19 offseason.
Goldschmidt is a six-time MLB All-Star. He led the National League in home runs and runs batted in during the 2013 season. He has won the National League (NL) Hank Aaron Award, Gold Glove Award, and Silver Slugger Award. Goldschmidt has also twice finished runner-up for the NL Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, in 2013 and 2015.Steve Berthiaume
Steven Berthiaume (; born 1965 in Medfield, Massachusetts) is an American television sportscaster who serves as the play-by-play broadcast announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks and is a former anchor on ESPN and a former sportscaster for SportsNet New York (SNY). He is married to former SportsCenter anchor Cindy Brunson. He grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts where he ran cross country track and was the announcer for the basketball team.The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty
Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty is a book written by ESPN sportswriter Buster Olney that chronicles the rise and fall of the New York Yankees' 1996-2001 dynasty against the backdrop of the franchise's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. It also has multi-page accounts of several key members of the Yankees organization during this time period and during the time period of the Yankees' dynasty.
division titles (5)
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