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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
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. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) West division. The team plays its home games 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 Major League history to win a championship, which it did in only the fourth season since the franchise's inception. From 1998 to 2019, the Diamondbacks have an overall record of 1,763-1,801 (a .495 winning percentage'). [3]

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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. [4] 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.

Logos

The Diamondbacks' original colors were purple, black, teal and copper. [5] 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. [6] 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. [5] A sleeve patch was added featuring a lowercase "d" and "b" configured to look like a snake's head. [5] 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. [7] [8] [9]

Starting with the 2020 season, the Diamondbacks made slight redesigns to their current uniforms. The snakeskin patterns were removed while the teal-trimmed grey uniforms were retired. The team also reverted to a standard grey uniform after wearing a darker shade on the previous set. Two home white uniforms remain in use: the primary Sedona Red and the alternate teal. They would also wear two black uniforms: one with the primary "A" logo on the left chest and the other with "Los D-Backs" trimmed in teal. Three cap designs were also unveiled: the primary "A" cap, the teal-trimmed "snake" cap (paired exclusively on the teal alternates), and the sand-trimmed "snake" cap (paired exclusively on the Sedona Red alternates). The Nike swoosh logo is also placed on the right chest near the shoulder. [1]

Regular season home attendance

Home Attendance [10]
YearTotal attendanceGame averageLeague rank
1998 3,610,29044,5712nd
1999 3,019,65437,2805th
2000 2,942,25136,3246th
2001 2,736,45133,7839th
2002 3,198,97739,4942nd
2003 2,805,54234,6365th
2004 2,519,56031,1068th
2005 2,059,42425,42512th
2006 2,091,68525,82314th
2007 2,325,24928,70712th
2008 2,509,92430,98711th
2009 2,128,76526,28111th
2010 2,056,69725,39113th
2011 2,105,43225,99312th
2012 2,177,61726,88413th
2013 2,134,89526,35714th
2014 2,073,73025,60214th
2015 2,080,14525,68112th
2016 2,036,21625,13811th
2017 2,134,37526,35011th
2018 2,242,69527,6889th
2019 2,135,51026,36412th

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. [11]

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 [12] 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. [13] 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 [14] (Grace was later indicted on four DUI counts [15] ). 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. [16]

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. [17]

Spanish broadcasts

The flagship Spanish language radio station is KHOV-FM 105.1 with Oscar Soria, Rodrigo Lopez, and Richard Saenz. [18]

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. [19]

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.
  • * Arizona Diamondbacks listed as primary team according to the Hall of Fame

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 2001–2003Diamondbacks Broadcaster from 2004 - 2012
Derrick Hall Executive2005–presentAttended Arizona State University

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

Roster

Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 spring training roster
40-man rosterNon-roster inviteesCoaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Restricted list

29 active, 0 inactive, 14 non-roster invitees

Injury icon 2.svg 7-, 10-, or 15-day injured list
* Not on active roster
Suspended list
Roster, coaches, and NRIs updated February 24, 2020
Transactions Depth Chart
All MLB rosters

Minor league affiliations

The Arizona Diamondbacks farm system consists of nine minor league affiliates. [21]

LevelTeamLeagueLocation
Triple-A Reno Aces Pacific Coast League Reno, Nevada
Double-A Jackson Generals Southern League Jackson, Tennessee
Class A-Advanced Visalia Rawhide California League Visalia, California
Class A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Geneva, Illinois
Class A Short Season Hillsboro Hops Northwest League Hillsboro, Oregon
Rookie Missoula PaddleHeads Pioneer League Missoula, Montana
AZL D-backs Arizona League Scottsdale, Arizona
DSL D-backs 1 Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Santo Domingo
DSL D-backs 2

See also

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