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September 4, 2017: J.D. Martinez hit 4 home runs in a game against the Dodgers. He was the 18th player to achieve this milestone. 

May 3, 2017: D-Back pitchers struck out 10 batters for the ninth game in a row, setting a new major-league record. 

November 1, 2016: The D-Backs had plenty of pop in 2016, thanks to Paul Goldschmidt and young teammates Jake Lamb, Brandon Drury, Yamsany Tomas, Chris Owings, and Jean Segura. The pitching was another story. Zack Greinke was the only starter with a winning record and the bullpen was a mess. Five victories in the final week were all that kept Arizona from finishing in last place.

October 5, 2016: The Diamondbacks hoped their young stars would blossom in 2016 and they were not disappointed. Jake Lamb, Yasmany Tomas, Jean Segura, and Brandon Drury joined slugger Paul Goldschmidt to give Arizona an awesome lineup. Unfortunately, only Zack Greinke delivered a quality season on the mound and the D-backs won just 69 games.

October 14, 2015: The Dbacks did much better than expected, finishing two victories shy of a .500 season. Paul Goldschmidt cracked 33 homers and all three outfielders—AJ Pollock, Ender Inciarte, and David Peralta—batted over .300. Brad Ziegler and Rubby De La Rosa were the team’s best pitchers.

April 5, 2015: Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt had disappointing years in 2014. If they return to form in 2015—and if rookie Yasmany Tomas is as good as everyone says—the Dbacks could surprise the experts and compete for a division crown. For that to happen, Arizona will also need big years from their pitchers.

November 1, 2014: The Diamondbacks finished last in the NL West with 64 wins—the fewest in all of baseball. Injuries to Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt ruined Arizona's season, but fans did have some things to cheer about. Ender Enciarte, David Peralta, Chris Owings, Matt Stites and Evan Marshall showed they could be ready to take on bigger roles in 2015 and beyond. Had the lineup and pitching staff remained healthy in 2014, the Dbacks could have been a .500 team.

March 31, 2014: Newcomer Mark Trumbo and young slugger Paul Goldschmidt could be the Ruth and Gehrig of the National League in 2014—that's how much combined power they have. The loss of their best pitcher, Pat Corbin, to an injury casts a shadow over the season. It will take some unexpected starpower for the D-Backs to be contenders.

October 1, 2013: Two fantastic performances kept the D-backs in the Wild Card chase until the closing weeks of the season. Patrick Corbin, just 23, started the year 12–2 before tiring in the final two months. Paul Goldschmidt never got tires. The 26-year-old slugger tied for the league lead with 36 homers and was the NL RBI king with 136 runs driven home. He also was tops in total bases and slugging average.

September 29, 2013: Paul Goldschmidt finished tied for the league lead with 36 home runs, and topped the NL with 125 RBIs and a .551 slugging average. No Arizona player had ever led the league in any of those categories.

August 25, 2013: The D-backs set an NL record by drawing 18 walks against the Phillies in an 18-inning game that started on 8/24/2013.

March 30, 2013: Martin Prado, Didi Gregorius, and Brandon McCarthy are among the new faces in Arizona who will help the team try to return to the top of the NL West after a so-so 2012 season. They join sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero and pitching stars Ian Kennedy and Wade Miley.

October 3, 2012: The Diamondbacks had plenty of hitting in 2012, and got some great pitching. However, they were not always able to put these parts together at the right times. The result was an 81–81 record. Outfielder Jason Kubel and pitcher Wade Miley were the big surprises in 2012. Along with Ian Kennedy, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero, Aaron Hill, and Justin Upton, they give the D-backs a good core of players to build around in 2013.

June 29, 2012: Aaron Hill hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple, and homer in the same game) for the second time in 10 days. The only other player to hit for the cycle twice in a season was Babe Herman of the Dodgers, in 1931. Hill's first hit of the game was also the 1,000th of his big-league career.

April, 2012: Trevor Cahill joins Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson atop the Arizona starting rotation in 2012. Cahill won 40 games for the Oakland A's by the age of 24; D-back fans hope he'll continue to improve. The team traded away a major prospect, Jarrod Parker, to get Cahill.

     
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Matt Williams
This Matt Williams insert has a little piece of his uniform from the 2001 season. Very cool! (Fleer Corp.)

 

 

Ian Kennedy

The New York Yankees had to give up Ian Kennedy to get Curtis Granderson in a three-way trade. It worked out well for both teams. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

 

 

Matt Williams — Third Baseman
Born: 11/28/1965
Played for Team: 1998 to 2003
Matt Williams put up jaw-dropping numbers in his second year with the Diamondbacks. He batted .303 with 35 home runs and 142 RBIs. Williams finished third behind Chipper Jones and Jeff Bagwell in the NL MVP voting that year.


Byung-Hyun Kim — Pitcher
Born: 1/19/1979
Played for Team: 1999 to 2003 & 2007
Byung-Hyun Kim was just 20 when he joined the Diamondbacks. His sidearm fastball confused enemy hitters and made him one of baseball's top strikeout artists. Kim saved 36 games in 2002 and was a member of the NL All-Star team.


Eric Byrnes — Outfielder
Born: 2/16/1976
Played for Team: 2006 to 2009
Eric Byrnes was one of the most popular players to wear the Arizona uniform. He made baseball fun to watch, and he had even more fun playing the game. In 2007, Byrnes led the D-backs in hits, runs, doubles, and stolen bases—and helped the club win the NL West title.


Ian Kennedy — Pitcher
Born: 12/19/1984
Played for Team: 2010 to 2013
The Diamondbacks traded for Ian Kennedy because they believed he was a diamond in the rough. All he needed was a chance to prove himself. After a so-so 2010 season, Kennedy blossomed into the NL's top winner, with 21 victories in 2011.


Aaron Hill — Second Baseman
Born: 3/21/1982
Played for Team: 2011 to 2015
One of the best trades the Diamondbacks ever made was the one that brought Aaron Hill to the team in August of 2011. Hill batted .315 for Arizona down the stretch, and the team went 17–4 after the trade to win the NL West.

     
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Eric Byrnes
I don't think any D-back played harder than Eric Byrnes—or had more fun! He works for the MLB Network now. (Black Book Partners)

 

Brandon Webb
They called Brandon Webb "Sponge" because he soaked up every little bit of information and used it to get hitters out. (Black Book Partners)
 

20–50 CLUB
In 2007, Eric Byrnes became the 11th player to hit 20 homers and steal 50 bases in the same season. He joined a group that included Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg, Lou Brock, Rickey Henderson, and Joe Morgan. Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins also joined the "20-50 Club" that season.


FOUR FOR ONE
The trade that brought Curt Schilling to Arizona in 2000 was very costly. The D-backs sent the Philadelphia Phillies four highly regarded players—Vicente Padilla, Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, and Travis Lee. The deal was worth it, however. Schilling was one of the heroes of the team's 2001 championship run.


VERY SUPERSTITIOUS
When Brandon Webb pitched for the Diamondbacks, he made sure to eat a breakfast of pancakes the morning of every start. This superstition began in 2006, when he ate at the International House of Pancakes before each of his 16 victories. Webb won the NL Cy Young Award that year.


BIRD HUNTING
The Diamondbacks scored 17 runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals three years in a row—in 1999, 2000, and 2001.


MUSIC TO HIS EARS
Ian Kennedy is married to former college basketball star Allison Jaskowiak. At their wedding, they walked down the aisle to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."


ON SECOND THOUGHT
Jay Bell was a shortstop when he joined the Diamondbacks. After they switched him to second base in 1999, he hit 38 home runs—36 as a second baseman. That ranked fourth all-time behind Rogers Hornsby, Davey Johnson, and Ryne Sandberg. One of Bell's home runs that season was a grand slam that won a million dollars in a contest for a Diamondbacks fan.


MONEY BALL
In Game 6 of the 2001 World Series, the Diamondbacks set a new record with 21 hits against the New York Yankees. The ball from the 21st hit—a single by Greg Colbrunn—is now at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

     
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Tony Womack

Tony Womack was not just a fast runner. He was a

 

clutch hitter, too. (Fleer Corp.)


Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was just amazing during his years with the Diamondbacks. Striking out 372 batters in 2001? That's crazy! (Black Book Partners)

 

Home Runs
2013 — Paul Goldschmidt — 36*

* Tied with another player


Batting Average
No Diamondback has led the league in batting average.


Runs Batted In
2013 — Paul Goldschmidt — 125


Stolen Bases
1999 — Tony Womack — 72


Wins
2001 — Curt Schilling — 22
2002 — Randy Johnson — 24
2006 — Brandon Webb — 16
2008 — Brandon Webb — 22
2011 — Ian Kennedy — 21


Strikeouts
1999 — Randy Johnson — 364
2000 — Randy Johnson — 347
2001 — Randy Johnson — 372
2002 — Randy Johnson — 334
2004 — Randy Johnson — 290


Earned Run Average
1999 — Randy Johnson — 2.48
2001 — Randy Johnson — 2.49
2002 — Randy Johnson — 2.32
2015 — Zack Greinke — 1.66

     
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YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
2001 New York Yankees Won 4–3
     
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