Saturday, June 4, 2011

Arizona Diamondbacks

1B  Chad Tracy – Batted over .280 three consecutive seasons; hit 27 HRs in ’05; drove in 80 in ’06.
2B  Jay Bell – Decent power; drew 70+ walks three times for AZ; batted .289 with 38 HRs and 112 RBI in 1999.
SS  Tony Womack – Batted over .270 three times for AZ; led NL with 72 steals in ’99; led league with 14 triples in 2000.
3B  Matt Williams – Still had some pop in his bat when he joined the Snakes; batted .303 with 35 HR and 142 RBI in ’99; beats out Mark Reynolds and his mighty strikeouts.
OF  Luis Gonzalez – Hit 24+ HRs six times for AZ (57 in 2001); five straight 100-RBI seasons; knocked home the winning run in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.
OF  Steve Finley – Batted .280 or better three times for AZ; hit HRs, stole bases, and drove in 89+ runs three times; Gold Glove winner in CF.
OF  Danny Bautista – Hit .296 over five seasons with AZ; batted .583 in 2001 World Series.
C  Damian Miller – Batted .270 or better four consecutive seasons for the Diamondbacks; hit 10+ HRs four times.
Bench  Stephen Drew – Batting over .270 for his career with four 12+ HR seasons (21 in ’08).
Pitcher  Randy Johnson – Won FOUR straight Cy Young Awards; led the NL in ERA three times; led NL in Ks five times; won three games in the 2001 World Series.
Pitcher  Curt Schilling – Led NL with 22 wins in ’01; won 23 a year later; went 4-0 in the 2001 postseason.
Pitcher  Brandon Webb – NL Cy Young winner in ’06; twice led the NL in wins; ERA never topped 3.60 in any of his six full seasons with AZ.
Closer  Jose Valverde – Led NL with 47 saves in ’07; three seasons with an ERA below 2.70.

Players from the 2001 World Series champs comprise the core of this team.

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