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Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks
2021 Arizona Diamondbacks season
Established in 1998
Arizona Diamondbacks logo (low res).svg
Team logo
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
Ballpark
Major league titles
2001
NL Pennants (1)2001
West Division titles (5)
Wild card berths (1)
Front office
Principal owner(s)Ken Kendrick
President of baseball operationsMike Hazen
General managerMike Hazen
ManagerTorey Lovullo

The Arizona Diamondbacks (colloquially known as the D-backs) are an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The franchise was established as an expansion team and began play in 1998. The team plays its home games at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark. In its fourth season, Arizona won a World Series championship, defeating the New York Yankees in 2001 to become the fastest expansion team in major league history to win a championship.

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.

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

From 1998 to 2020, the Diamondbacks have an overall record of 1,788-1,836 (.493).[4]

In 2021, they made history when pitcher Tyler Gilbert threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in his first start, becoming the first player to do that since 1964.

Logos and uniforms

1998-2006

Uniform design from late 1990s through mid-2000s

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. This period saw the Diamondbacks wear various uniform combinations.

At home, the Diamondbacks wore cream uniforms with purple pinstripes. The primary sleeved uniform, worn from 1998 to 2000, featured the full team name ("Diamond" and "Backs" stacked together) in front and chest numbers. The alternate sleeveless version contained the "A" logo on the right chest, and was paired with purple undershirts. Before the 2001 season, the sleeved uniform was changed to feature the "A" logo. In all three uniforms, player names were teal with purple trim, and numbers were purple with white with teal trim.

The Diamondbacks' primary road gray uniform also contained purple pinstripes. The first version featured "Arizona" in purple with white and teal trim along with black drop shadows. Chest numbers were also added. Player names were in purple with white trim, and numbers were teal with white and purple trim. In 2001, the uniform became sleeveless with black undershirts, and the lettering scheme was changed to purple with white, copper and black accents.

The alternate home purple uniform featured "Arizona" in teal with white and copper trim and black drop shadows. Originally the letters were rendered in teal with copper and white trim, but was changed to copper with teal and white trim after only one season. This set was worn until 2002.

The alternate road black uniform initially featured the "A" logo on the right chest, while letters were in purple with white trim and numbers in teal with white and purple trim. A zigzag pattern of teal, copper and purple was also featured on the sleeves. In 2001, the uniform was changed to feature "Arizona" in front. Letters were now purple with white and copper trim.

The Diamondbacks initially wore four different cap versions. The primary home cap is all-purple, while the road cap is black with a teal brim. They also wore a cream cap with purple brim, and a teal cap with purple brim. All designs featured the primary "A" logo. In 1999, the road cap became all-black and contained the alternate "D-snake" logo rendered in copper. Also, the teal and cream alternate caps were dropped.

The left sleeve of all four uniforms initially contained the snake logo with the full team name, but became only exclusive to the road black uniform after the 2003 season.

2006-2015

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.

The white home uniform featured "D-Backs" in red with sand and black trim. The road gray uniform featured "Arizona" in red with sand and black trim. Player names were red with black trim while numbers were black with red trim.

The alternate red uniform contained "D-Backs" in sand with red and black trim, with player names in sand with black trim and numbers in black with sand trim.

There were two versions of the alternate black uniform. One design has the alternate "A" logo on the right chest, while the other has "Arizona" written in red with black and sand trim. The latter was introduced in 2013 as a tribute to the victims of the Yarnell Hill Fire. On both uniforms, player names were sand with red trim, and numbers in red with sand trim.

2016-present

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]
Year Total attendance Game average League rank
1998 3,610,290 44,571 2nd
1999 3,019,654 37,280 5th
2000 2,942,251 36,324 6th
2001 2,736,451 33,783 9th
2002 3,198,977 39,494 2nd
2003 2,805,542 34,636 5th
2004 2,519,560 31,106 8th
2005 2,059,424 25,425 12th
2006 2,091,685 25,823 14th
2007 2,325,249 28,707 12th
2008 2,509,924 30,987 11th
2009 2,128,765 26,281 11th
2010 2,056,697 25,391 13th
2011 2,105,432 25,993 12th
2012 2,177,617 26,884 13th
2013 2,134,895 26,357 14th
2014 2,073,730 25,602 14th
2015 2,080,145 25,681 12th
2016 2,036,216 25,138 11th
2017 2,134,375 26,350 11th
2018 2,242,695 27,688 9th
2019 2,135,510 26,364 12th
2020 N/A N/A N/A
2021

Radio and television

The primary television play-by-play voice for the team's first nine seasons of play was Thom Brennaman, who also broadcast 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 Phoenix Suns 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 would be shown exclusively on FOX Sports Arizona (now Bally Sports Arizona) and a few could possibly be shown on the national MLB on FOX telecasts. Bally Sports 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 KPHE-LP on the Cox cable system.[19]

Achievements

Baseball Hall of Famers

Randy Johnson pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ford C. Frick Award recipients

Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

OF Luis Gonzalez (1999-2006)
Diamondbacks in the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
No. Name Position Tenure Notes
-- Jerry Colangelo Owner 1998-2004
20 Luis Gonzalez LF 1999-2006
38 Curt Schilling P 2000-2003 Grew up in Phoenix, attended Yavapai College
51 Randy Johnson P 1999-2004
2007-2008
17 Mark Grace 1B 2001-2003 Diamondbacks Broadcaster from 2004 - 2012
-- Derrick Hall Executive 2005-present Attended Arizona State University
-- Roland Hemond Executive 1996-2000
2007-2017

All-time leaders

All-Star Paul Goldschmidt (2011-2018) had a on-base percentage of .396, during his tenure in Phoenix
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
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
  • all stats are current as of December 9, 2015 from the Arizona Diamondbacks website.[20]

* 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

Luis
Gonzalez

LF
Retired August 7, 2010
Randy
Johnson

P
Retired August 8, 2015
Jackie
Robinson

All MLB
Honored April 15, 1997
  • No. 42 was retired throughout Major League Baseball in 1997 to honor Jackie Robinson.

Season record

Roster

Minor league affiliations

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

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Gilbert, Steve (November 8, 2019). "D-backs unveil 'cleaner' uniforms for 2020". Dbacks.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Organization" (PDF). 2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Media Guide. MLB Advanced Media. April 2, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Baseball Expansion Teams Put in Leagues". Southeastern Missourian. January 17, 1997.
  4. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks Team History & Encyclopedia". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "D-backs shed their skin after unveiling new uniforms, colors on runway". Dbacks.com (Press release). MLB Advanced Media. November 8, 2006. Archived from the original on July 11, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Steve (November 8, 2006). "D-backs unveil new colors, new look". Dbacks.com. MLB Advanced Media. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Gilbert, Steve (December 3, 2015). "D-backs wow with cutting-edge new uniforms". Dbacks.com. MLB Advanced Media. Archived from the original on July 11, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "2016 Uniforms". Dbacks.com. MLB Advanced Media. December 3, 2015. Archived from the original on July 11, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Axisa, Mike (December 4, 2015). "Look: Diamondbacks unveil seven new uniforms for 2016". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks Attendance, Stadiums, and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Sutton to broadcast Diamondbacks games on D-backs TV network, FOX Sports Net Arizona through 2011". Dbacks.com (Press release). MLB Advanced Media. November 1, 2006. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "FSN Arizona to become exclusive TV home for the D-backs starting next season". Dbacks.com (Press release). MLB Advanced Media. July 13, 2007. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Piecoro, Nick (June 27, 2012). "Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew's ankle holds up". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ Boivin, Paola (August 24, 2012). "Arizona Diamondbacks hit hard again in the public eye". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ Merrill, Laurie. "Mark Grace indicted on 4 DUI counts". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ Piecoro, Nick (October 4, 2012). "Diamondbacks announce Mark Grace and Daron Sutton will not return to the broadcast booth". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ Piecoro, Nick (October 18, 2012). "Arizona Diamondbacks name Steve Berthiaume, Bob Brenly as TV announcing team". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ "Broadcasters". Dbacks.com. MLB Advanced Media. Archived from the original on July 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ Piecoro, Nick (January 22, 2009). "No Spanish TV broadcasts for D-Backs". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "All-Time Leaders". Dbacks.com. MLB Advanced Media. Archived from the original on July 11, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2020.

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