History of the Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks played their expansion season in 1998. After their first season, the Diamondbacks became a force in Major League Baseball. The D-Backs won 100 games in 1999 and clinched the NL West Division Championship. They were the first expansion team in history to win a division championship in just their second season. The offseason acquisitions of pitcher Randy Johnson and outfielder Luis Gonzalez were the keys to the quick turnaround. However, the D-Backs were defeated in the NLDS by the New York Mets. The greatest season in team history would come in 2001. The D-Backs returned to the playoffs and defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves on their way to their first National League Pennant in team history. In the World Series the Diamondbacks faced the three time defending World Series Champion New York Yankees. The Diamondback defeated the Yankees in seven games to win their first World Series Championship in team history. The Diamondbacks were the youngest franchise in history to win the World Series.

Early in their existence, the Diamondbacks benefited from fantastic starting pitching from Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. Unfortunately, both pitchers were plagued by injuries in 2003 and the D-Backs missed the playoffs. Arizona was forced to trade Schilling prior to the 2004 season in order to save money and after the 2004 season, they traded Johnson as well. The Diamondbacks returned to the playoffs in 2007. In 2011 the Diamondbacks won the NL West for the fifth time in team history and Kirk Gibson was named manager of the year. The D-Backs lost in the NLDS to the Milwaukee Brewers in five games.