The Arizona Diamondbacks were created as a result of the growing population in Phoenix,
Arizona, where there was a lack of a MLB team. In 1995, Jerry Colangelo was granted a
franchise that would soon be known as the Diamondbacks. They were to begin play in 1998,
and demand for Diamondbacks tickets was never higher, because many people who buy
Diamondbacks tickets now used to be fans of other teams before the Diamondbacks were
created. The name Diamondback comes from the Western Diamondback, a highly
poisonous rattlesnake that is commonly found in Arizona.
The Diamondbacks began play in 1998, and got off to a great start. They were able to win
division titles in 1999, 2001, and 2002, along with the World Series in 2001. Many believe
that this was due to the pure dominance of their pitching team: Curt Schilling and Randy
Johnson were the two stars. These two pitchers alone were enough to get Diamondbacks
tickets to outrageous prices around a decade ago.
After 2001, things took a turn for the worse, and Jerry Colangelo ended up selling his stake in
the team. They had a brief return to glory with a playoff berth in 2007, but again have been
floundering the past few seasons. Many Diamondbacks fans continue to purchase Diamondbacks
tickets to this day, hoping for a return to the glory that was the 2001 season.
4-14-14: Things haven’t gotten much better for the Arizona Diamondbacks since losing their first two games of the season in Australia. Arizona has baseball’s worst record at 4-11, and just got swept at home by the L.A. Dodgers in a weekend three-gamer. They rank dead-last in team ERA (5.95), and they’re allowing opponents to hit a whopping .283 against them. Mark Trumbo has been one of the very few bright spots, as he leads the league with six home runs and 18 RBI’s.
4-7-14: Arizona is a team that would probably like to hit “reset” on this season already. The D-Backs are 2-7 out of the gates, and have already lost three series. One bright spot has been the play of Mark Trumbo, acquired in the offseason in a trade with the L.A. Angels. Trumbo has already clubbed five home runs in nine games this season, and has knocked-in a league-leading 13 runs, as well. He’s homered in four straight, and will take his power show to San Francisco in a series beginning Tuesday.
4-1-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks got their 2014 season started earlier than most, but couldn’t do so in a positive fashion, dropping two games to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1 and 7-5. The D-Backs came up just short in a high-scoring tilt in the desert on opening day, as well, losing 9-8 to the San Francisco Giants. Miguel Montero made things interesting with a home run in the 9th off of Sergio Romo to bring Arizona to within a run, but Sergio Romo was able to retire Gerardo Parra, Eric Chavez and A.J. Pollock to end it.
3-27-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks lost 23 year old left-handed starting pitcher Patrick Schuster in the Rule 5 Draft by the San Diego Padres but have recently been offered the first overall choice in the draft back after not making the Opening Day roster in San Diego. That's the good news, the bad news is the Diamondbacks have never won a game in the country of Australia and are 0-2 to start the 2014 season. The Diamondbacks dropped the first two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the two game Opening Day series played in Australia. Now the team is back in the states and playing out their Cactus League schedule waiting on the rest of the league to catch up and start their seasons as well. The Diamondbacks were hit hard by injuries and stayed relatively quiet this offseason but will still be there in the National League West all season long.
3-20-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks have likely lost their ace starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to Tommy John surgery, a common occurrence the last couple of weeks with multiple pitchers getting the diagnosis. The Diamondbacks are obviously in the market for a starting pitcher now and are dangling Didi Gregorious, one of their many young shortstops, as a trade piece to acquire one. Gregorious was the incumbent starting shortstop for the snakes but has recently lost his starting job to fellow prospect Chris Owings, who outshined him this spring camp for Arizona. The New York Yankees seem like a likely trade candidate as Arizona is also still in the market, albeit quietly, for a backup catcher and insurance policy for Miguel Montero. The best news to come out of Arizona spring camp though has to be that 18 inch corndog that is stuffed with cheese, jalapenos, and bacon for the low price of only $25.
3-13-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are running in the middle of the pack in the Cactus League this year in spring training after a busy offseason. The D' Backs acquired new left fielder Mark Trumbo and he is already hitting Trumbombs in Arizona. The snakes are also holding a shortstop competition with Chris Owings and Didi Gregorious which will make one man the starter and the other likely headed out of Arizona in a trade, possibly for a backup catcher for Miguel Montero. Patrick Corbin, Bronson Arroyo, Wade Miley, Addison Reed, and the rest of the pitching staff should keep Arizona in any game they play in which is always great news. Go buy a ticket to swim in that pool in right field and watch the snakes go for another National League West title and a potential NL MVP award for Paul Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks season will start in Australia when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers starting on March 22.
3-5-14: Newly acquired Bronson Arroyo was scratched from the spring-training start due to a stiff back. However the news isn't all bad for Diamondbacks pitching as Archie Bradley struck out six batters and pitch preschool settings in his spring-training debut against the Colorado Rockies. Bradley's fastball was clocked anywhere between 92 and 96 mph on Monday. As far as opening day is concerned Patrick Corbin has given been given the nod to start when the team opens the regular season in Australia.
1-24-14: After narrowly missing out on a National League West division crown last season the Arizona Diamondbacks are out to improve upon where they left off a year ago. The Diamondbacks made a trade for the heavy hitting Mark Trumbo to help provide some offensive support for their budding superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
1-7-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the middle of trade rumors regarding JJ Putz. There are several rumors swirling regarding the Yankees and the Brewers as possible landing destinations for JJ Putz. JJ Putz has become expendable to the Diamondbacks because of the acquisition of Addison Reed. Regarding the infield of the Diamondbacks they have come to an agreement to re-sign Eric Chavez to play third base for the Diamondbacks. John is has a home in Phoenix and was a member of the Diamondbacks last year.
12-9-13: The Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to be busy this off-season but recently lost out on two outfielders one of which was their own in Chris Young who went to the Mets. Rumors on the hot stove say that the Diamondbacks were in play for Carlos Beltran and in fact offered him a more lucrative contract and the Yankees did. However last week Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees agreed on a three-year deal worth $45 million. The National League West was not one of the more competitive divisions and the Diamondbacks were able to finish in second place with only 81 wins giving them a 500 record. They finished 11 games out of the division lead but did put together a decent home record of 45–36. 32-year-old outfielder Cody Ross is recovering from off-season hip surgery and will apparently resume running at the end of the 2013 year.
8/21/13 - The Arizona Diamondbacks are in second place and trail the division by 7.5 games. They're six and four in the last 10 games. Last night the Diamondbacks pulled out a road victory in Cincinnati and won the game 5 to 2. Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts. Both Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt homered in the game. Over the weekend the Diamondbacks will travel to Philadelphia for a three game series against the Phillies. The Diamondbacks are 45 games out of the wildcard.
8/6/13 - The Arizona Diamondbacks have fallen out of first place and are now in second place with a record of 56 – 55. They have lost two straight games and will face the Tampa Bay rays this week.
7/31/13 - The DBacks have traded Ian Kennedy to the Padres in exchange for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, Class A reliever Matt Stites and a sandwich pick between the second and third rounds of the 2014 draft.
7/19/13: The NL West is one of the weaker divisions in baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place while being just 5 games over .500. With a record of 50-45 the D-backs have a 2.5 game lead for the division. Before the break, Arizona went 6-4 in their last 10 games. When play resumes they will face their division foes the SF Giants. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team in virtually every offensive category, including batting average, home runs as well as RBIs. Arizona ranks 14th in the MLB in terms of runs scored with 399. Ian Kennedy will face Chad Gaudin on Friday when the season resumes.
7/7/13: Left-hand pitcher Patrick Corbin, and first basement 1B Paul Goldschmidt were named 2013 National league All Stars. This is the first All-Star appearance for both players.
6/12/13 - The Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place of the NL West division with a record of 36-29. With upcoming matchups against the Dodgers and Padres, they will look to continue the small success they have had so far this season. Led offensively by Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt, the D-backs have a balanced attack at the plate. Pitching wise it is Patrick Corbin leading the way with a perfect 9-0 record and an ERA of 1.98. The 23 year old lefty is in just his second year in the majors and already dominating.