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The Arizona Diamondbacks surprised everyone last year with breakout performances from players such as Chris B. Young and Micah Owings. After narrowly winning the National League West division, the 2008 team will look to defend their title.
The Arizona Diamondbacks began playing in the National League in 1998. Their first regular season game occurred in their own ballpark, Bank One Ballpark, and the first pitch was by pitcher Andy Benes in front of an eager home crowd of 50,179. The team lost its first game and would go on to a record of 65-97 in its first season.
The team immediately rebounded from this setback by acquiring a record of 100-62 and by finishing in first place. Arizona lost to the New York Mets in the Diamondbacks first playoff appearance in the NL Division series. They did win one out of the four games, though.
In the last year of Buck Showalter's tenure as the manager of the Diamondbacks, the team slid to third place with a record of 85-77. Curt Schilling joined the team this year, and Steve Finley attended the All-Star game for the second time in his career (Randy Johnson attended for his 7th time, and after the season, won the Cy Young Award for 2000).
In Bob Brenly's first year as the Diamondback manager (and as a manager), the team went all the way and won the World Series. The team finished the regular season with a record of 92-70. The Diamondbacks defeated the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series (4-1), and defeated the New York Yankees 4 games to 3 to win the 2001 World Series.
In 2001 the team fielded these All-Stars: Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Randy Johnson won the Cy Young Award.
The Diamondbacks again win their division and head off to the playoffs, improving their regular season record to 98-64. This time, though, the team was defeated in the NL Division Series. Not only defeated, but swept in three games.
In 2002 the team fielded these All-Star: Damian Miller, Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Randy Johnson won the Cy Young Award.
In Brenly's third year as a manager, the Diamondbacks slid back to third place in the NL West with a record of 84-78. In 2003, the Diamondbacks sent only Luis Gonzalez to the All-Star game.
In Brenly's last year as a manager with the Diamondbacks, the team slid below .500 and down to fifth place in the NL West. They ended up with a record of 51-111. Brenly was fired after 79 games and a record of 29-50, and Al Pedrique managed the last 83 games (22-61). Despite their struggles, Arizona sent Randy Johnson to the 2004 All-Star Game.
In Bob Melvin's third year as a major league manager, and first with the Diamondbacks, the team rebounded to finish in 2nd place, but still ended up with a record below .500 (77-85). In 2005, the team sent Luis Gonzalez to the All-Star game.
Bob Melvin led his young Arizona Diamondbacks team to the West Division title with a record of 90-72. In the playoffs they defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-0 and lost to the Colorado Rockies in the NLCS 4-0. This young team has a bright future and contended for a title a year early. The 2008 season looks promising with the addition of Dan Haren and young stars Brandon Webb, Chris Young, Stephen Drew and Justin Upton.
- Bob Melvin 2004-Present (243-243 through 2007)
- Al Pedrique 2004 (22-61)
- Bob Brenly 2001-2004 (303-262)
- Buck Showalter 1998-2000 (250-236)
World Series MVP
- Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling SP 2001
- Home Runs: Luis Gonzalez 209
- Runs Batted In: Luis Gonzalez 701
- Batting Average (minimum 1,000 plate appearances): Luis Gonzalez .302
- Batting Average (minimum 2,000 plate appearances): Luis Gonzalez .302
- Batting Average (minimum 3,000 plate appearances): Luis Gonzalez .302
- Batting Average (minimum 4,000 plate appearances): Luis Gonzalez .302
- Hits: Luis Gonzalez 1178
- Runs: Luis Gonzalez 687
- Doubles: Luis Gonzalez 258
- Triples: Tony Womack 37
- Stolen Bases: Tony Womack 182
- Walks: Luis Gonzalez 581
- Wins: Randy Johnson 103
- Saves: Matt Mantei 74
- Strikeouts: Randy Johnson 1832
- Earned Run Average: Randy Johnson 2.65
Single Season Records
- Home Runs: Luis Gonzalez 57, 2001
- Runs Batted In: Luis Gonzalez 142, 2001
- Batting Average: Carlos Baerga .343, 2003
- Hits: Luis Gonzalez 206, 1999
- Runs: Jay Bell 132, 1999
- Doubles: Luis Gonzalez 47, 2000
- Triples: Tony Womack 14, 2000
- Stolen Bases: Tony Womack 72 1999
- Hitting Streak: Luis Gonzalez 30 (April 11, 1999-May 18, 1999)
- Walks: Luis Gonzalez 100, 2001
- Wins: Randy Johnson 24, 2002
- Saves: Byung-Hyun Kim 36, 2002
- Strikeouts: Randy Johnson 372, 2001
- Earned Run Average: Randy Johnson 2.32, 2002
Record Per Season
|2007||NL West Division||90||72|
|2002||NL West Division||98||64|
|1999||NL West Division||100||62|
Minor League Teams
- AAA: Reno Aces, Pacific Coast League
- AA: Mobile BayBears, Southern League
- Advanced A: Visalia Rawhide, California League
- A: South Bend Silver Hawks, Midwest League
- Short A: Yakima Bears, Northwest League
- Rookie: Missoula Osprey, Pioneer League