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Arizona Diamondbacks
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Established in 1998
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Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations


Current uniform
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Retired numbers
Colors
  • Sedona Red, Sonoran Sand, Black, Teal, White [1] [2]
                        
Name
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present)
Other nicknames
  • The D-backs, The Snakes, The Rattlesnakes
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (1) 2001
NL Pennants (1) 2001
West Division titles (5)
Wild card berths (1)
Front office
Owner(s) Ken Kendrick
Manager Torey Lovullo
General Manager Mike Hazen
President of Baseball OperationsMike Hazen

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.

Professional baseball is played in leagues throughout the world. In these leagues and associated farm teams, baseball players are selected for their talents and are paid to play for a specific team or club system.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,660,272 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

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Franchise history

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. [3] 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.

The 1998 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series, after they had won a then AL record 114 regular season games. The Yankees finished with 125 wins for the season, which remains the MLB record.

Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise in Denver, Colorado, United States

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

The 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks season was the Diamondbacks' inaugural season. They looked to contend in what was a strong National League Western Division. They finished the season 33 games behind the National League Champion San Diego Padres with a record of 65-97, last in the division. However, they would improve in 1999, finishing with a record of 100-62 and winning 35 games more than the previous year.

Since their debut, the Diamondbacks have won five NL West division titles, one NL pennant, one Wild Card game, and the 2001 World Series.

2001 World Series baseball championship series for Major League Baseball

The 2001 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2001 season. The 97th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Arizona Diamondbacks and the three-time defending World Series champions and American League (AL) champion New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees, four games to three to win the series. Considered one of the greatest World Series of all time, memorable aspects included two extra-inning games and three late-inning comebacks. Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were both named World Series Most Valuable Players.

Logos

The Diamondbacks' original colors were purple, black, teal and copper. [4] 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.

Purple Range of colors with the hues between blue and red

Purple is a color intermediate between blue and red. It is similar to violet, but unlike violet, which is a spectral color with its own wavelength on the visible spectrum of light, purple is a secondary color made by combining red and blue. The complementary color of purple in the RYB color model is yellow.

Black The darkest shade, resulting from the absence or complete absorption of light. Like white and grey, it has no hue

Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence or complete absorption of visible light. It is an achromatic color, literally a color without hue, like white and gray. It is often used symbolically or figuratively to represent darkness, while white represents light. Black and white have often been used to describe opposites; particularly truth and ignorance, good and evil, the Dark Ages versus Age of Enlightenment. Since the Middle Ages, black has been the symbolic color of solemnity and authority, and for this reason is still commonly worn by judges and magistrates.

Copper (color) reddish brown color

Copper is a reddish brown color that resembles the metal copper.

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. [5] 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. [4] A sleeve patch was added featuring a lowercase "d" and "b" configured to look like a snake's head. [4] 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.

Red color

Red is the color at the end of the visible spectrum of light, next to orange and opposite violet. It has a dominant wavelength of approximately 625–740 nanometres. It is a primary color in the RGB color model and the CMYK color model, and is the complementary color of cyan. Reds range from the brilliant yellow-tinged scarlet and vermillion to bluish-red crimson, and vary in shade from the pale red pink to the dark red burgundy. The red sky at sunset results from Rayleigh scattering, while the red color of the Grand Canyon and other geological features is caused by hematite or red ochre, both forms of iron oxide. Iron oxide also gives the red color to the planet Mars. The red colour of blood comes from protein hemoglobin, while ripe strawberries, red apples and reddish autumn leaves are colored by anthocyanins.

Sandstone A clastic sedimentary rock composed mostly of sand-sized particles

Sandstone is a clastic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized mineral particles or rock fragments.

Canyon Deep ravine between cliffs

A canyon or gorge is a deep cleft between escarpments or cliffs resulting from weathering and the erosive activity of a river over geologic timescales. Rivers have a natural tendency to cut through underlying surfaces, eventually wearing away rock layers as sediments are removed downstream. A river bed will gradually reach a baseline elevation, which is the same elevation as the body of water into which the river drains. The processes of weathering and erosion will form canyons when the river's headwaters and estuary are at significantly different elevations, particularly through regions where softer rock layers are intermingled with harder layers more resistant to weathering.

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. [1] [6] [7]

Radio and television

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. [8]

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 [9] 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. [10] 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 [11] (Grace was later indicted on four DUI counts [12] ). 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. [13]

On October 18, 2012, the team announced that Bob Brenly would be returning as a broadcaster to replace Grace, and that he would be joined by then-ESPN personality Steve Berthiaume. [14]

Spanish broadcasts

The flagship Spanish language radio station is KHOV-FM 105.1 with Oscar Soria, Rodrigo Lopez, and Richard Saenz. [15]

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. [16]

Achievements

Baseball Hall of Famers

Arizona Diamondbacks Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Arizona Diamondbacks

Roberto Alomar

Randy Johnson

Alan Trammell

  • Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Diamondbacks cap insignia.
  • - Randy Johnson is depicted on his Hall of Fame plaque wearing a Diamondbacks cap insignia; however, the Hall of Fame recognizes the Seattle Mariners as his primary team. [17]

Ford C. Frick Award recipients

Arizona Diamondbacks Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Joe Garagiola

  • Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

Diamondbacks in the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
No.NamePositionTenureNotes
Jerry Colangelo Owner1998–2004
20 Luis Gonzalez LF 1999–2006
38 Curt Schilling P 2000–2003Grew up in Phoenix, attended Yavapai College
51 Randy Johnson P 1999–2004
2007–2008
17 Mark Grace 1B 2001–2003Elected mainly on his performance with Chicago Cubs

All-time leaders

Hitting
Games played: Luis Gonzalez (1999–2006) – 1,194
At bats: Luis Gonzalez – 4,488
Hits: Luis Gonzalez – 1,337
Batting average: Greg Colbrunn – .310
Runs: Luis Gonzalez – 780
Doubles: Luis Gonzalez – 310
Triples: Stephen Drew – 52
Home runs: Luis Gonzalez – 224
Runs batted in: Luis Gonzalez – 774
On-base percentage: Paul Goldschmidt* – .396
Walks: Luis Gonzalez – 650
Strikeouts: Chris Young* – 814
Slugging percentage: Paul Goldschmidt* – .538
Stolen bases: Tony Womack – 182
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Randy Johnson pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pitching
ERA: Randy Johnson (1999–2004, 2007–08) – 2.83
Wins: Randy Johnson – 118
Losses: Randy Johnson/Brandon Webb (2003–10) – 62
Games: Brad Ziegler – 290
Saves: José Valverde – 98
Innings: Randy Johnson – 1630.1
Starts: Randy Johnson – 232
Strikeouts: Randy Johnson – 2,077
Complete games: Randy Johnson – 38
Shutouts: Randy Johnson – 14
WHIP: Curt Schilling – 1.04

* signifies current Major League player

Championships

Preceded by
New York Yankees
World Series Champions
2001
Succeeded by
Anaheim Angels
Preceded by
New York Mets
National League Champions
2001
Succeeded by
San Francisco Giants
Preceded by
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
National League Western Division Champions
1999
2001, 2002
2007
2011
Succeeded by
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants

Retired numbers

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Luis
Gonzalez

LF
Retired August 7, 2010
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Randy
Johnson

P
Retired August 8, 2015
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Jackie
Robinson

All MLB
Honored April 15, 1997

Season record

Personnel

Current roster

Arizona Diamondbacks roster
Active rosterInactive rosterCoaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

60-day injured list


25 active, 14 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 10-day injured list
Dagger-14-plain.png Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated June 3, 2019
Transactions Depth chart

All MLB rosters

Minor league affiliations

LevelTeamLeagueLocation
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

See also

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This article is about the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks, an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, were formed in 1998, based at Bank One Ballpark. This followed five years of preparation under the leadership of Jerry Colangelo. The Diamondbacks won the World Series championship in 2001, becoming the fastest expansion team in the Major Leagues to win a championship, doing so in only the fourth season since inception in 1998. Financial difficulties were then encountered and the home field was renamed to Chase Field in 2005, as a result of Bank One Corporation's merger with JPMorgan Chase & Co. After a lean period the team won the National League West division in 2011.

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