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The Arizona Diamondbacks are a National League team.
The Diamondbacks started playing in '98 as an expansion franchise, got to the playoffs in '99, '01, and '02, won the World Series in '01, and fell hard in 2004, losing 111 games. They are now in Devil Rays territory as they try to reclaim respectability.
They have historically been known as "Free Money" for aging veterans. Sources claim that in late 2004 team officials located the famed Lost Dutchman's gold mine in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, providing them the backing needed to sign such veterans despite being under a cloud of debt.
- Arizona is about to become a team that traded Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling for Jorge de la Rosa, Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, Shawn Green, Brad Penny and Yhency Brafa9ana@ov. This can't be legal. Someone needs to step in now.
(The best part is that Brad Penny and Yhency Brafa9ana@ov are now part of a losing club in Los Angeles.)
The Diamondbacks are slowly building one of the best farm systems in baseball, thanks to some savvy drafts by scouting director Mike Rizzo. His work compensated somewhat for the dumb decisions made higher up in the management chain.
Entering 2006, Rizzo was promoted to VP of scouting operations, working under a brand new GM, Josh Byrnes, and a brand new ownership regime led by Ken Kendrick and Jeff Moorad.
See Fans of my team for the rest.
- Official Site (diamondbacks.com)
- Arizona Republic
- East Valley Tribune
- Arizona Daily Star
- Tucson Citizen
- CBS Sportsline
- ESPN Clubhouse
- Fox Sports
- USA Today