The road to landing a Major League Baseball franchise is long and filled with many events and even more individuals. But getting a team is only part of the journey. Here you will find a chronological listing of events that act as milestones and markers along the path that has made baseball possible in the Arizona desert.

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Jun 28 Bill submitted by Representative Chris Herstam (R-Phoenix) passed by the Arizona Legislature allowing Maricopa County to assess a quarter-cent sales tax for building a baseball-only stadium. The tax can only be levied after a franchise is granted.
Aug 1 Arizona presents to baseball's Expansion Committee for franchises to be awarded in 1991. Denver, Phoenix, Buffalo, and Tampa are top choices.
Nov 13 Phoenix ownership group drops out of contention after failing to raise necessary franchise fees of $95 million.
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Jul 5 Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins awarded National League franchises to begin play in 1993.
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Jun 9 USAToday reports baseball considering another round of expansion at next owners meetings.
Jul 25 MLB owners officially announce plans to add two new franchises. Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo gets assurance from baseball owners that Tampa and Phoenix are lead contenders. Colangelo begins a drive for investors and a stadium.
Nov 10 Jerry Colangelo holds news conference announcing his intention to lead ownership group to bring major league baseball to Phoenix.
Dec 28 Maricopa County Sports Authority launches season ticket lottery for rights to buy tickets to a nonexistent team. 20,000 fans sign up for season tickets.
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Feb 17 Maricopa County Supervisors vote for the proposed stadium tax. The vote passes 3-1 for the stadium tax with one abstention. Major League Baseball has until April 1, 1995 to award a franchise to Phoenix or stadium financing deal is void.
Jun 9 Twenty applications are received by Major League Baseball from 9 cities to make presentations for one of two proposed expansion franchises.
Jun 17 Ellerbe Becket's design is selected for the proposed new baseball stadium in Phoenix Arizona. The design is for a retractable-roof natural grass field in downtown Phoenix. A stadium site is selected just south of Jefferson Stree and west of Seventh Street for the new stadium.
Nov 2 Jerry Colangelo makes Arizona's presentation to Expansion committee along with representatives from Tampa Florida, and two groups from northern Virginia.
Dec 2 Phoenix ownership group raises $110 million towards franchise fees for proposed expansion team.
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Jan 20 Major League Baseball Expansion Committee recommends moving ahead with expansion for four new teams. Two teams will be added immediately, and two others in "in a reasonable time thereafter".
Feb 13 Phoenix newspapers launch a state-wide "name the team" contest. The new team name, colors, and logo will be unveiled when the franchise is awarded.
Mar 9 The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays are awarded franchises to begin play in 1998 making them the 13th and 14th teams expansion teams in Major League Baseball history. Franchise fees are set at $130 million per team. Richard H. Dozer is named President of the Diamondbacks while Joe Garagiola Jr. is named Vice President and General Manager.
Mar 11 Season tickets go on sale during a celebration party at America West Arena. 2,000 fans attend the first official fan-fest for the new team.
Apr 5 Bank One is brought in as a sponsor for the new downtown stadium which will be named Bank One Ballpark.
Aug 17 The Diamondbacks announce their first minor league affiliate will be the Lethbridge Alberta Canada Black Diamonds of the Pioneer League. Up until this time the Lethbridge team had been known as the Lethbridge Mounties.
Sep 14 Jose Luis Bibo and Jhonathan Leyba become the first Diamondback players by signing contracts in the Dominican Republic for the 1996 season.
Oct 27 Roland Hemond is hired as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.
Nov 15 William Nathaniel Showalter III is named the first manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before coming to the Diamondbacks, Showalter was the manager for the New York Yankees earning the American League's Manager of the Year honors in 1994 and taking the team to the play-offs in 1995 as a wild card team in 1995. Showalter signs a 7-year contract with the Diamondbacks through the 2002 season.
Nov 16 Ground breaking ceremonies are held in downtown Phoenix to begin construction of Bank One Ballpark. The ceremonies included a game between two Little League teams.
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Feb 1 Cuban defectors Vladimir Nuñez and Larry Rodriguez sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mar 14 Ticket prices are announced for Bank One Ballpark seats for the 1998 season. Ticket prices range from $50 to $1 for single-game tickets.
Apr 24 The Diamondbacks announce Bank One Ballpark will include a swimming pool beyond the right-center field fence that can be rented out for each game.
May 17 America West Airlines unveils a Boeing 757 jet painted in the colors of the Arizona Diamondbacks including a large baseball on the tail fin. Excited fans, staff, sponsors, and investors boarded the plane that flew to Denver Colorado to see the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a 12-11 slugfest.
May 30 The 1,200 ton steel roof truss is raised 174 feet into the air providing the first structure to Bank One Ballpark's retractable roof.
May 31 Ground is broke for Tucson Electric Park, the new spring training facility for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox beginning in 1998.
Jun 4 Left-handed pitcher Nick Bierbrodt becomes the first draft choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the amateur draft.
Jun 17 Lethbridge Black Diamonds begin their season in the Pioneer League becoming the first team of Arizona Diamondbacks players to take the field.
Jun 24 Phoenix Diamondbacks of the Arizona Rookie League play their first game at Scottsdale Stadium before 6,000 fans, a Rookie League attendance record.
Sep 3 After winning the second half of the Pioneer League season, the Lethbridge win the first play-off game in franchise history beating Helena 13-0.
Sep 15 The High Desert Mavericks of the California League become the Advanced Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Oct 5 Organization awards are given to Vladimir Nunez as top pitching prospect and Kevin Sweeney as best position player.
Oct 11 Diamondbacks sign Olympic player and first round draft pick (and second overall pick) of the Minnesota Twins, Travis Lee through a draft loophole. Diamondbacks also sign John Patterson giving them 3 first round draft picks in 1996.
Dec 12 The South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League become a Class A Minor League affiliate of the Diamondbacks.
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Jan 16 Baseball owners during the winter meetings vote to place the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West Division beginning in 1998.
Mar 3 Pitchers and catchers report for the first ever spring training for the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system. Spring training is held in Yuma while new facilities are being built in Tucson. Players in attendence will be assigned to High Desert of the California League or South Bend of the Midwest League.
Aug 8 The final piece of structural steel is put in place to complete the roofline of Bank One Ballpark.
Sep 12 The Tucson Toros end their relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers and become the AAA Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks changing their name to the Tucson Sidewinders.
Nov 17 Shortstop Jay Bell of the Kansas City Royals signs a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the eve of the Expansion Draft making him the first major league player on the Diamondbacks roster.
Nov 18 Major League Baseball holds the Expansion Draft at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. The Arizona Diamondbacks select Brian Anderson of the Cleveland Indians with their first pick (second overall pick). The Diamondbacks select 35 players during the expansion draft selecting from the other MLB teams rosters.
Dec 1 Matt Williams is traded from the Cleveland Indians for third baseman Travis Fryman and pitcher Tom Martin. Williams signs a 5-year contract extension through the 2003 season.
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Jan 10 Single game tickets go on sale for Opening Day 1998. All seats are sold out before noon.
Feb 13 Pitchers and catchers report for the inaugural Arizona Diamondbacks spring training camp in Tucson at Kino Veterans Memorial Sportspark.
Feb 27 The Arizona Diamondbacks play their first spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Tucson Electric Park in Tucson. The Diamondbacks come from behind in the ninth to win 6-5 when Edwin Diaz hits a sacrifice fly to score catcher Kelly Stinnett.
Mar 20 Jerry Colangelo and county officials break bottles of sparkling water over the railings on the rotunda at Bank One Ballpark culminating the official dedication ceremonies of the new stadium.
Mar 29 The Diamondbacks close out spring training playing the first game at Bank One Ballpark. It was raining outside but the fans stayed dry to see the Diamondbacks lose 3-0 to the Chicago White Sox.
Mar 31 The Arizona Diamondbacks host their first regular season game at Bank One Ballpark playing the Colorado Rockies in front of 50,179 fans. The Rockies win the game 9-2. Andy Benes is the starting Diamondbacks pitcher. First baseman Travis Lee collects the first hit (single in the first inning), first home run, first run and first RBI in franchise history.
April 5 The Arizona Diamondbacks record the first win in franchise history defeating the San Francisco Giants 3-2. Andy Benes earns the win evening his record to 1-1 as the season begins.
Jul 7 Devon White becomes the first Arizona Diamondbacks player to be named to the All-Star team. He goes 3-3 including a triple in the All-Star game.
Jul 30 Omar Daal pitches the first complete game shutout in Diamondbacks history winning 4-0 against the Chicago Cubs at Bank One Ballpark. Daal allowed only 4 hits in the victory.
Sep 4 The Diamondbacks record a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros and in the process win their seventh consecutive game tying an expansion team record.
Sep 13 Andy Benes takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds coming within 2 outs of achieving history. Benes completes the season with a streak of 27.1 innings without allowing a run. During September Benes record is 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA.
Sep 27 The Arizona Diamondbacks conclude their inaugural season with a record of 65-97, fourth best win total in expansion history. Jeff Summers throws out the ceremonial first pitch before 48,390 cheering fans.
Nov 18 On the one year anniversary of the Expansion Draft, the Diamondbacks sign free agent pitcher Todd Stottlemyre to a four-year contract.
Dec 1 The Diamondbacks add to the already potent pitching staff by signing Randy Johnson to a four-year contract.
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Feb 15 Diamondbacks report to spring training with an entirely new look and new attitude. The team has the attitude of a contender.
Feb 25 President Bill Clinton visits the Arizona Diamondbacks spring training facilities and meets with players and coaches. During an on-field ceremony the president is given a Diamondbacks jersey with his name and the number 1 sewn on the back.
Apr 11 Left fielder Luis Gonzalez hits a home run off Atlanta Braves starter Greg Maddux beginning the longest hitting streak in the Diamondbacks short history.
Apr 19 Jay Bell is named National League Player-of-the-Week becoming the first Diamondbacks player to earn this award. By seasons end he will be joined by Matt Williams (won award twice), Randy Johnson (won award twice) and Steve Finley.
Apr 30 Matt Williams is named National League Player-of-the-Month for April becoming the first Diamondbacks player to earn this award.
May 12 For the third consecutive night the Arizona Diamonbacks beat the Montreal Expos with a walk-off home run. Matt Williams hit the shot during the May 12th game while Jay Bell completed the task on May 10 and Luis Gonzalez doing the honors on May 11 (the hit preserved his hitting streak).
May 18 Left Fielder Luis Gonzalez puts together a 30-game hitting streak that is finally broken in San Francisco. Gonzalez becomes the 37th player in Major League Baseball history to record a 30-game hitting streak.
Jun 25 The first no-hitter recorded in Diamondbacks history is thrown by St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez. Jimenez beats the Diamondbacks 1-0 beating Randy Johnson who allowed only 5 hits while striking out 14 pitching a complete game.
Jul 9 The Diamondbacks completed a trade with the Florida Marlins receiving closer Matt Mantei in exchange for pitcher Vladimir Nuñez along with minor league pitcher Brad Penny and a player to be named later (outfielder Abraham Nuñez).
Jul 11 Jay Bell hits a grand slam during a Sunday game at Bank One Ballpark. Chandler fan Gylene Hoyle successfully predicted the player and inning before the game as part of the Shamrock Farms Grand Slam Sundae promotion. Her prize for her prediction was 1 million dollars. The Diamondbacks beat the Oakland Athletics 7-5 and in the process Matt Mantei recorded his first save for the Diamondbacks.
Jul 13 The Diamondbacks are represented at this year's All-Star game by four players. Reserves Matt Williams, Luis Gonzalez, and Randy Johnson. Jay Bell was voted as a starter by the fans for second base. Due to injury Matt Williams was selected as the starter. No other team had more representatives than the Diamondbacks at the All-Star game.
Jul 21 Arizona Diamondback Tony Womack found himself at the plate with the bases loaded against the Houston Astros closer Billy Wagner. Womack hits a ball deep to the outfield and circled the bases to record the first in-the-park home run and grand slam in Diamondbacks history. The hit gave the Diamondbacks the lead and they won the game 7-4.
Sep 24 In dramatic fashion, the Arizona Diamondbacks clinch the National League Western Division title in only their second year by beating the San Francisco Giants 11-3. Arizona becomes the first expansion team to reach the play-offs or win their division in only their second season.
Sep 26 Over 8,000 fans turn out at Bank One Ballpark to greet the team as they arrive from San Francisco where they swept the Giants.
Oct 5 The Arizona Diamondbacks host their first play-off series against the New York Mets at Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks would lose the game 8-4 on a grand slam by Edguardo Alfonzo. Randy Johnson takes the loss as the Diamondbacks pitcher in front of 49,584 fans.
Oct 6 Coming back from injuries including a partially torn rotator cuff, Diamondbacks pitcher Todd Stottlemyre allows 6 hits beating the New York Mets 7-1 to earn the first post season win in Diamondbacks history.
Oct 9 The New York Mets eliminate the Arizona Diamondbacks 3 games to 1 in the Divisional Play-offs on an extra innings home run by Todd Pratt off closer Matt Mantei.
Nov 11 Center fielder Steve Finley is honored for his defensive abilities earning a Gold Glove. He becomes the first Diamondbacks player to receive this award.
Nov 16 Leading the major leagues in strikeouts, innings pitched, and complete games; starting pitcher Randy Johnson receives the Cy Young for the National League making him the first Diamondbacks pitcher to receive this award. This is the second overall Cy Young award Johnson has earned having previously won it when with the Seattle Mariners.
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Apr 11 Randy Johnson is selected as the co-National League Player-of-the-Week sharing the honors with Montreal Expos outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. Johnson is also named National League Pitcher of the month for April.
May 31 The first ever triple play is recorded during a game at Bank One Ballpark against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the fifth inning the Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs. Mark McGwire came to the plate and hit a fly ball to center field. Steve Finley caught the ball to record the first out. Placido Polanco tagged at third and attempted to come home but was thrown out when Finley threw a bullet to catcher Damian Miller to record the second out. Cardinals baserunner Edgar Renteria tried to move from second to third on the play but Miller threw to third base where shortstop Tony Womack applied the tag for the third out. Those scoring at home would record F8 - 8-2 - 2-6 for the triple play.
Jun 23 The Arizona Diamondbacks introduce their new mascot D. Baxter the Bobcat. The idea for the mascot came from the son of infielder Jay Bell. His name is taken from D-backs and the bobcat is for the fact that the Diamondbacks play at Bank One Ballpark which is known as BOB by the locals.
Jul 5 Luis Gonzalez added to his Diamondbacks resume when he hit for the cycle against the Houston Astros. He became the first Diamondbacks player to record this feat with a home run in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks won the game 12-9.
Jul 11 Pitcher Randy Johnson and center fielder Steve Finley represented the Arizona Diamondbacks in Atlanta at the All-Star game. Johnson started the game for the National League while Steve Finley entered as a defensive replacement in center. Finley did record a single with an RBI in his only at-bat during the game.
Jul 20 The Arizona Diamondbacks host their first ever afternoon game which they won in dramatic fashion on a two-run home run in the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 40,937 fans.
Jul 24 The Arizona Diamondbacks played the Cleveland Indians in the Hall of Fame game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown New York. The Diamondbacks pervailed 12-7 with minor league outfielder Luis Terrero being named game MVP.
Jul 26 The Arizona Diamondbacks added an important piece when they acquired starting pitcher Curt Schilling from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for first baseman Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, and Vicente Padilla.
Sep 10 Randy Johnson recorded his 3,000th strikeout in the fourth inning of a game against the Florida Marlins at Pro Player Stadium in Miami by getting third baseman Mike Lowell out. Earlier in the game Johnson recorded his 300th strikout of the season making him only the second pitcher to record 300 strikeouts in 3 consecutive seasons. The other player to do that was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.
Oct 2 After a disappointing season the Diamondbacks fired Buck Showalter as manager.
Oct 30 Diamondbacks broadcaster and former catcher Bob Brenly is named as the second manager in Diamondbacks history. This is Brenly's first managing job.
Nov 7 Outfielder Steve Finley earns his second consecutive National League Gold Glove and his fourth in his career.
Nov 14 Randy Johnson wins his second consecutive National League Cy Young award and his third in his career becoming only the eighth pitcher in baseball history to accomplish that.
Dec 8 Long-time Chicago Cub and free agent Mark Grace signs a two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks after a meeting and pizza with owner Jerry Colangelo.
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Apr 3 Bob Brenly opens his managing career with a 3-2 victory against National League West rival the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Apr 26 Luis Gonzalez sets a National League record and ties the Major League record (with Ken Griffey Jr.) by hitting his 12th and 13th home runs for the month of April. The Diamondbacks win the game 13-6 over the Atlanta Braves and the performance earns Luis Gonzalez player of the month award for April.
May 8 Randy Johnson pitches a gem against the Cincinnati Reds striking out 20 batters in 9 innings. The performance was not enough as he left the game without a decision. The Diamondbacks win the game 4-3 in 11 innings but Johnson does not get credit for tying the record for most strikeouts in a game since the game went longer than 9 innings. His efforts were not completely lost as Randy did earn player of the week honors for May 7-13.
May 29 Erubiel Durazo lined a double at Pac Bell Stadium in the 18th inning to earn the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. The 18 inning affair marked the longest game in innings that the Diamondbacks had ever played. This game occurred a day after the Giants and Diamondbacks locked up for a 12 inning battle where the Diamondbacks also won that contest.
Jun 4 Starting pitcher Curt Schilling earns pitcher of the month honors for May posting a record of 5-1 with an ERA of 2.35.
Jun 8 During interleague play against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez ties a franchise record by hitting 3 home runs in a single game. What was even more amazing was that Gonzalez hit one to each field. The Diamondbacks win the game 11-4.
Jun 17 Tony Womack led the charge of Diamondbacks hitters capping off his performance with a grand slam on Father's Day. It was especially emotional for Womack as his father had passed away just two short months earlier.
Jul 2 Luis Gonzalez continued his torrid pace hitting .417 in June with 12 home runs and 35 runs batted in. His efforts earned him player of the month honors for June.
Jul 9 After his power displays during the first half of the season, Luis Gonzalez was invited to the All-Star game in Seattle to compete in the Home Run Derby. Compete he did beating all other players to become the Home Run Derby champion for 2001.
Jul 19 Randy Johnson added his name to the record books once again this time as a relief pitcher. After a game that was postponed from the day before due to a faulty power transformer in San Diego, the game resumed in the bottom of the second inning. After Schilling threw one pitch to start the game, Randy Johnson was brought in as an official relief pitcher. He would strike out 16 Padres in route to a 3-0 Diamondbacks win.
Aug 12 Rookie second baseman Junior Spivey is making a mark for himself as a hitter becoming only the second rookie in 50 years to record two 5-hit games. The latest came against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field while his first 5-hit game occurred on June 21 against the Colorado Rockies.
Aug 19 By beating the Chicago Cubs, the Arizona Diamondbacks tied the club record of winning 9 consecutive games.
Aug 23 During a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Randy Johnson becomes the first pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to record four consecutive seasons of 300 or more strikeouts.
Aug 30 In a blow out game against the San Francisco Giants, centerfielder Steve Finley becomes the first Diamondbacks position player to pitch during a game. He threw a scoreless ninth inning.
Sep 5 Curt Schilling becomes the first Diamondbacks pitcher to record a 20-win season by beating the San Francisco Giants at Pac Bell field.
Sep 8 The Diamondbacks through Matt Williams bat beat the San Diego Padres with a walk-off 2-run home run in the tenth inning. This occurred after Steve Finley hit a home run in the ninth inning to tie the game and snap Padres reliever Trevor Hoffman's streak of 27 consecutive save conversions.
Sep 11 Terrorists bring tragedy to the United States with attacks against the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Baseball postpones games for one week before resuming the season. Games missed are added to the end of the season moving the post season into November for the first time in Major League Baseball history.
Sep 27 Randy Johnson beat the Milwaukee Brewers to become a 20-game winner for the Diamondbacks, an event he also achieved as a Mariner. The game marked the 23rd double-digit strikeout game for Johnson tying a Major League record. Johnson joined Curt Schilling as the first teammates since 1999 to win 20 games in a season.
Sep 28 Luis Gonzalez recorded his 54th home run of the season in the 11th inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers giving the Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory.
Oct 5 Diamondbacks pitcher Albie Lopez records a 3-hit win over the Milwaukee Brewers clinching a tie for the National League West Division title. Later that evening the San Francisco Giants lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers clinching the division for the Diamondbacks.
Oct 9 Curt Schilling started game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Play-off Series and earned a 1-0 victory on a 3-hit shutout.
Oct 12 Craig Counsell hit a 3-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Diamondbacks a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals giving the Diamondbacks a 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Oct 14 Tony Womack hit a single into right field allowing Danny Bautista to score giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. The win gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 series victory. This was the first play-off series win in Diamondbacks history. Curt Schilling is the winning pitcher for his second straight game throwing a complete game.
Oct 16 The Diamondbacks faced the Atlanta Braves in game 1 of the National League Championship series. Randy Johnson broke his personal streak of 7 consecutive losses in the post season pitching a 3-hit complete game shutout for the Diamondbacks in a 2-0 win in game 1 or the series.
Oct 19 Curt Schilling continued his post season mastery throwing a complete game 4-hitter in route to a 5-1 victory over the Braves. The Diamondbacks take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Oct 20 Capitalizing on 4 Atlanta Braves errors, the Diamondbacks bats come alive to win game 4 with a 11-4 victory. The Diamondbacks lay claim to a 3-1 lead in the best of 7 series.
Oct 21 Defeating the Atlanta Braves in game 5 by the score of 3-2, the Arizona Diamondbacks become the fastest team to reach the World Series in only their fourth year in existence. Infielder Craig Counsell is named league series MVP by hitting .381 in the five games. Randy Johnson gets his second win of the series with Byung-Hyun Kim recording his second save. The offense for game 5 was led by Erubiel Durazo who hit a 2-run home run in the fifth inning.
Oct 27 For the first time in the history of Major League Baseball, the World Series comes to Arizona with game 1 of the series at Bank One Ballpark. Curt Schilling pitches 7 strong innings allowing only 3 hits by the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks win the game 9-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Oct 28 The second game of the World Series again went to the home team with a 4-0 Diamondbacks win over the New York Yankees. Randy Johnson throws a complete game shutout allowing only 3-hits while striking out 11. Matt Williams hit a 3-run home run in the seventh inning to break the game open for Arizona.
Nov 3 After losing three heart-breaking games in New York, the Diamondbacks returned to the warm Arizona weather. Facing elimination the Diamondbacks came alive beating the New York Yankees 15-2 setting the series up for a seventh and deciding game. The Diamondbacks hitters set a World Series record scoring 8 runs in the third inning off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. Randy Johnson was the winning pitcher with a strong performance over 7 innings.
Nov 4 In an ending made for Hollywood, the Diamondbacks found themselves in one of the greatest games in World Series history. With the game tied, Yankees second baseman Alfonzo Soriano hit a home run in the eighth inning to give the Yankees the lead. With Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on the mound the Diamondbacks mount a comeback in the ninth inning culminating with a bloop single by Luis Gonzalez over the head of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter that scores Jay Bell from third to win the game 3-2. Curt Schilling pitched a steller game but Randy Johnson got the win when he came in one day after pitching game 6. Schilling and Johnson are named co-MVP for the World Series.
Nov 7 In celebration of their victory, the Diamondbacks held a parade in downtown Phoenix. Over 400,000 people attended the parade with over 50,000 people entering Bank One Ballpark for a rally after the parade.
Nov 13 Randy Johnson is awarded his third consecutive Cy Young award receiving 30 out of 32 first place votes. Johnson now has 4 Cy Young awards for his career.
Dec 13 The Diamondbacks team flies to Washington DC where they are guests of President Bush at the White House. The Diamondbacks players also receive a special tour of the US Capitol as guests of Senator John McCain.
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Feb 5 Arizona Diamondbacks sign 18-year old Tetsuya Yamaguchi to a minor league contract making him the first Jampanese amateur player ever signed by the franchise.
Apr 26 Randy Johnson begins the season winning his first six starts and is named National League Pitcher-of-the-Month for April.
May 17 Afer injuring his wrist in Spring Training, Erubiel Durazo returns from the disabled list and breaks the Diamondbacks club record and ties the home run record by hitting three 2-run home runs and adding a 3-run double in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies.
May 29 Curt Schilling increased his dominance after beating the San Francisco Giants to set his record at 10-1. He is named Pitcher-of-the-Month for May with a 5-0 record and a 2.80 ERA.
Jun 8 Against the Boston Red Sox, Curt Schilling outduels Pedro Martinez 3-2 to earn his ninth consecutive win in the season.
Jul 9 Bob Brenly leads the National League All-Star team during the midsummer classic in Milwaukee. Curt Schilling was the starting pitcher for the National League going 2 innings without allowing a run. Damian Miller tied an All-Star game record hitting two doubles. Other Diamondbacks on the National League All-Star team included Junior Spivey, Luis Gonzalez, and Byung-Hyun Kim. Randy Johnson was named to the All-Star team but bypassed the game. The All-Star game ended in a tie when both managers used all of their roster players.
Jul 13 Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim completed a streak of 3 saves in 3 consecutive days. His efforts earned him Player-of-the-Week honors for July 11-14.
Jul 27 Curt Schilling shuts down the San Diego Padres allowing only 1 run. This makes Schilling's record 5-0 in July with an ERA of 1.64. He earns Pitcher-of-the-Month for July.
Aug 10 Randy Johnson defeats the Florida Marlins and in the process strikes out 14 moving him past Tom Seaver into fifth place in all-time strikeouts. Johnson's performance earns him Pitcher-of-the-Week for August 5-11
Aug 16 Curt Schilling became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to record back-to-back 20 win seasons with a victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Schilling strikes out 12 batters in the game.
Sep 2 In a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Diamondbacks are defeated 1-19 for their worst loss in the history of the franchise. Mark Grace becomes the second Diamondbacks position player to pitch in a game. Grace gives up a home run to David Ross. It is Ross' first home run in his career.
Sep 4 Randy Johnson throws a 3-hit game leading Arizona to a 7-1 victory agains the Dodgers. In the game Johnson moves past Bert Blyleven into fourth place on the all-time strikeout list. Johnson's victory is his 20th for the season, the second consecutive season he achieved that mark. It is only the sixth time in the history of Major League Baseball where teammates have earned 20 wins in back-to-back seasons.
Sep 9 Randy Johnson sets a Major League Baseball record by becoming the only player ever to record 300 strikeouts in five consecutive seasons. Johnson ties Nolan Ryan for most 300 strikeout seasons with 6. The victory was his 21st tying a career high.
Sep 15 Curt Schilling did not get the victory against the Milwaukee Brewers but he struck out 8 batters to record 300 strikeouts for the season. He and Randy Johnson have combined to be the only teammates ever to record 300 strikeouts in the same season.
Sep 18 Greg Colbrunn becomes the second player in Diamondbacks to hit for the cycle during a 10-3 win over the San Diego Padres. He goes 5-6 at the plate and becomes only the second player (George Brett) to hit 2 home runs and hit for the cycle during the same game.
Sep 26 Randy Johnson sets a career best and franchise record winning his 24th game of the season. He finishes the year 24-5 and wins the "triple crown" of pitching leading the league in wins, ERA (2.32) and strikeouts (334). Johnson is named Pitcher-of-the-Month for September.
Nov 5 Randy Johnson is unanimously selected as the Cy Young award winner in the National League. He is only the second pitcher ever to win the award in 4 consecutive years tying Atlanta Brave pitcher Greg Maddux for that honor. This is the fifth Cy Young award for Johnson one short of the record set by Roger Clemens.
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Mar 31 The Diamondbacks lose the season opener to the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 and in the process lose pitcher Bret Prinz with a pulled muscle.
Apr 13 Robby Hammock goes 3-4 with a 3-run home run in his first Major League start leading the Diamondbacks to a 9-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers
Apr 17 Carlos Baerga hits 2 home runs including a grand slam to record 7 RBI in a 11-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Apr 27 Pitcher Brandon Webb throws 7 scoreless innings in his first career Major League start allowing 3 hits and striking out 10 New York Mets winning the game 6-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game Randy Johnson strikes out 12 batters giving the Diamondbacks starters a combined 22 strikeouts which is a Major League record for a doubleheader.
May 1 Randy Johnson is placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of his knee. The injury would cause Johnson to lose 12 weeks of the season.
May 5 Matt Williams hits his 12th grand slam of his career helping pitcher Miguel Batista to a 10-1 victory. The grand slam would be the last of Williams' illustrious career.
May 14 Curt Schilling makes his final appearance in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium and throws his second consecutive complete game shutout. Schilling strikes out 14 batters in the 2-0 victory.
May 29 Arizona acquires infielder Shea Hillenbrand from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim.
May 30 Curt Schilling suffers a fracture to his pitching hand as a result of being struck by a line drive off the bat of San Diego's Sean Burroughs. Schilling would miss 6 weeks because of the injury.
May 31 Matt Williams drives in a run with a pitch hit single in the eighth inning. The hit would be the last Major League appearance by Matt Williams who is designated for assignment and released the next day. He would announce his retirement 8 days later.
Jun 1 Edgar Gonzalez makes his Major League debut earning his first win 10-4 over the San Diego Padres in San Diego.
Jun 18 With the score 0-1 in the ninth inning Luis Gonzalez hits a home run against Houston Astros pitcher Billy Wagner to tie the game. Quentin McCracken will later hit a 2-out single to score the winning run. This is the beginning of a club record 12 game winning streak.
Jun 28 In the midst of the winning streak Brandon Webb throws his first career complete game shut-out allowing 7 hits and a single walk with 2 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers.
Jun 30 The Diamondbacks winning streak went to 12 games when Arizona scored 4 runs in the top of the 12th inning against the Colorado Rockies then held on in the bottom of the inning when Chris Stynes of Colorado hit a 3-run home run to preserve a Diamondbacks victory 8-7 in Denver.
Jul 7 Shea Hillenbrand becomes the sixth player in Major League Baseball history when he hit a home run in three consecutive innings. Hillenbrand collected 15 total bases to set a club record as the Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 14-6.
Jul 29 At the trade deadline the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Raul Mondesi in a trade with the New York Yankees that sent David Dellucci, Bret Prinz, and minor league player Jon-Mark Sprowl to the American League.
Aug 9 When Steve Finley hit a walk-off home run to beat the New York Mets 2-1 it gave manager Bob Brenly his 251st victory as a manager giving him more victories than any Diamondbacks manager.
Aug 25 Raul Mondesi ties a Diamondbacks record reaching base 9 consecutive plate appearances after earning a first inning walk against the San Diego Padres in an 11-8 win.
Aug 30 Randy Johnson records his 1,500th strikeout as an Arizona Diamondback when he strikes out Jerome Williams of the San Francisco in the third inning.
Sep 10 Oscar Villarreal establishes a franchise record when he appears in his 79th game in a single season as a relief pitcher. Villarreal gets the win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 when the Diamondbacks score all 5 of their runs in the eighth inning.
Sep 14 Randy Johnson dominated the Colorado Rockies allowing only 1 hit in a complete game shutout. It is Johnson's first 1-hitter as a Diamondback and his fourth in his career.
Sep 19 Randy Johnson hits his first home run in his career when he hits a solo shot off Milwaukee Brewers starter Doug Davis. The Diamondbacks win the game 3-2.
Sep 23 With a week left in the season the Arizona Diamondbacks are eliminated from the play-offs ending their post season run for the first time since the 2000 season. They were eliminated losing to the Colorado Rockies 20-9 at Coors Field.
Sep 26 Before the first game of the final series of the year, first baseman Mark Grace announced he would retire from baseball at the conclusion of this season.
Sep 27 Mark Grace makes his final Major League start going 2-3 at the plate including his 511th career double, moving him into 35th place on the all-time list.
Sep 28 In the final game of the season Mark Grace enters the game as a late-inning defensive replacement at first base. Carlos Baerga breaks David Dellucci's club record by getting his 19th pinch hit for the season.
Oct 17 After an up and down season, the Diamondbacks make several coaching changes adding Al Pedrique as third base coach, Rick Schu as hitting coach, Robin Yount as bench coach. Glenn Sherlock becomes the first base coach and is the one remaining coach from the inaugural season.
Nov 28 Arizona trades starting pitcher Curt Schilling to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, minor league player Jorge De la Rosa and a player to be named later.
Dec 1 Arizona acquires first baseman Richie Sexon, Shane Nance, and a player-to-be-named (Noochie Varner) from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for infielders Craig Counsell, Junior Spivey and Lyle Overbay, pitchers John Patterson, Chris Capuano and Jorge De la Rosa.
Dec 24 Sandy Johnson is promoted to Vice President/Senior Assistant General Manager and Bob Miller is promoted to Assistant General Manager.
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Jan 6 The Diamondbacks added second baseman and former All-Star Roberto Alomar to the roster signing him to a one-year contract.
Apr 20 During a game with the Milwaukee Brewers, Roberto Alomar was hit by a pitch fracturing his right hand forcing him to miss 56 games.
Apr 22 Infielder Chad Tracy makes his Major League start against the Milwaukee Brewers where he goes 5-8 in a 15 inning marathon that saw the Diamondbacks win 11-9.
Apr 26 In a game against the Chicago Cubs, Diamondbacks first baseman hit his ninth home run of the season to center field at Bank One Ballpark. The ball hit the JumboTron destroying part of the screen.
Apr 27 A day after the monster home run, Richie Sexon is injured when he checked his swing in the ninth inning against the Cubs. The injury was diagnosed as subluxation of the right shoulder and would end Sexon's season.
May 5 Casey Daigle was brought up from Tucson and recorded his first Major League win against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field 2-0.
May 9 Relief pitcher Matt Mantei's season ended when he could not overcome right shoulder tendinitis.
May 18 On a cool night in Atlanta Georgia Randy Johnson added another record to his credit. He became the 16th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves. Johnson used 115 pitches to put the Braves down in order and concluded his night by striking out Eddie Perez on a 98 MPH fastball. The game was the first no-hitter in Diamondbacks history and the first perfect game the franchise had been a part of.
May 21 Richie Sexon attempts a comeback to the active roster and plays one game going 1-5 against the Florida Marlins in 10 innings.
May 22 One day after returning Sexon re-injures his shoulder and is finished for the season. The injury would end up requiring surgery to repair.
Jun 17 In an interleague game with the New York Yankees, Diamondbacks knuckleball pitcher Steve Sparks allows only 3 hits in 7 innings to collect the win. It is the only win the Diamondbacks would earn against the Yankees. The three game series at Bank One Ballpark is sold out for every game, the first series sell out since August 23-25, 2002 against the Chicago Cubs.
Jun 29 Randy Johnson continues his march in the record books becoming the fourth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to accumulate 4,000 strikeouts in his career. The victim for 4,000 was San Diego Padres third baseman Jeff Cirillo in the 8th inning. The Diamondbacks lose the game, their eleventh loss in a row.
Jul 2 Bob Brenly is fired as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team makes several coaching changes besides manager. Bench coach Robin Yount resigns in support of Brenly, Tucson hitting coach Lorenzo Bundy becomes the new bench coach. Glenn Sherlock moves from first base coach to third base coach and Director of Player Development Tommy Jones becomes first base coach. Mark Davis moves from bullpen coach to pitching coach when Chuck Kniffin is fired. Minor league pitching coordinator Dennis Lewallyn is named bullpen coach.
Jul 4 Al Pedrique earns his first managerial win when Randy Johnson pitches the Diamondbacks to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in an interleague game. Johnson throws a complete game to earn the win.
Jul 26 Brandon Webb rights the ship by earning a victory over the Houston Astros by throwing 7.1 innings to hold onto a 4-1 lead. The game puts an end to the Diamondbacks 14 game losing streak and also marks the first save for pitcher Greg Aquino.
Jul 31 At the trade deadline the Arizona Diamondbacks trade centerfielder Steve Finley and catcher Brent Mayne to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for catcher Koyie Hill, outfielder Reggie Abercrombie and pitcher Bill Murphy.
Aug 1 Luis Gonzalez season ends when he elects to have season-ending surgery to repair a 50 percent tear in his right elbow.
Aug 3 Danny Bautista hits an 8th inning home run propelling the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 win over the Florida Marlins breaking an 11 game home losing streak for the Diamondbacks.
Aug 6 Diamondbacks CEO Jerry Colangelo announces he will leave his post effective the end of the season. His successor will be former agent Jeff Morrad.
Aug 25 Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Wilson and Jason Bay each hit a home run against Randy Johnson and the Pirates went on to win the game 2-1. The nine inning game was played in 1 hour and 47 minutes becoming the shortest game in Diamondbacks history in what was quickly becoming the longest season Diamondbacks fans would have to endure.
Sep 10 Randy Johnson earns his 100th win as an Arizona Diamondback on his 41st birthday. Outfielder Doug DeVore hits a 2-run home run to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Sep 15 Randy Johnson becomes Major League Baseball's all-time strikeout leader for left-handers when he strikes out Colorado Rockie infielder Vinny Castilla in the seventh inning. Johnson moves ahead of Steve Carlton to be in third place.
Oct 2 Randy Johnson pitched his final game for the purple and teal Diamondbacks earning a 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres. Johnson allowed 1 run in 8 innings and struck out 8 batters. He also hit a 2-run double to help his own cause. The win puts Johnson's record at 16-14 for a year that saw his run support disappear costing him 4-6 games.
Nov 1 The Arizona Diamondbacks make a managerial change naming Lancaster JetHawks manager and former New York Met Wally Backman as their fourth manager in franchise history. Backman's tenure as Diamondbacks skipper was short lived when the job offer was recinded 4 days later after a drunk driving arrest was revealed. Backman would leave the Diamondbacks organization after character allegations were brought up.
Nov 5 Bob Melvin was named manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Melvin served as bench coach during the 2001 campaign under Bob Brenly. Melvin's first hire is former Diamondback Jay Bell who will act as his bench coach.
Dec 9 Free-agent third baseman Troy Glaus signs a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dec 10 Free-agent right hand pitcher Russ Ortiz signs a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks after a successful season with the Atlanta Braves that saw him win 15 games.
Dec 14 Free-agent shortstop Royce Clayton signs a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dec 15 Infielder and fan favorite Craig Counsell signs a contract to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Jan 11 The Arizona Diamondbacks sent left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Brad Halsey and catcher Dioner Navarro. The Diamondbacks then completed a second trade sending Dioner Navarro and minor league pitchers Danny Muegge, Beltran Perez and William Juarez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Shawn Green. Green waived his no-trade clause by signing a three-year extension.
Jan 12 Infielder Shea Hillenbrand is traded to Toronto for right-handed pitcher Adam Peterson. The Diamondbacks also sign right-handed pitcher Shawn Estes to a one-year contract.
Jan 24 The Diamondbacks sign free-agent first baseman Tony Clark to a one-year contract.
Feb 6 The Diamondbacks acquire centerfielder Jose Cruz Jr. from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for pitcher Casey Fossum and cash considerations.
Feb 22 Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig approves Jeff Moorad as the Diamondbacks new General Partner in the new ownership group.
Apr 14 With the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington DC, baseball returns to the nation's capital. The Diamondbacks would play the first home series for the new Washington Nationals. President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the first home game for the Nationals.
Apr 27 With a 3-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers the Arizona Diamondbacks run their winning streak to 6 games. With the victory the Diamondbacks are atop the National League West in first place.
May 16 Brandon Lyon who at the time was the Diamondbacks closer is placed on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.
May 19 Pitcher Brad Halsey beats Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros 6-1. Jose Valverde comes in to earn his first save of the season.
Jun 9 Javier Vazquez walks Minnesota Twin Michael Cuddyer in the fifth inning breaking a streak of 221 batters and 54.1 inning pitched without a walk. Both of these streaks are new Diamondbacks records.
Jun 13 Shawn Estes thros a complete game as the Diamondbacks win the series opener against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Arizona takes two out of three games from the eventual World Series Champion White Sox.
Jun 16 Pitcher Russ Ortiz goes on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career as a result of a stress fracture to his right rib cage.
Jun 20 The Diamondbacks claimed Nationals pitcher Claudio Vargas off waivers. Seventeen days later Vargas earns his first win as a Diamondback beating the San Francisco Giants 6-4.
Jul 6 Pitcher Shawn Estes goes on the disabled list with an injury to his left ankle.
Jul 21 The Diamondbacks acquire relief pitcher Tim Worrell from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for infielder Matt Kata.
Jul 22 Alex Cintron hits a game winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Diamondbacks a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Jul 24 Javier Vazquez strikes out 11 batters to beat the Atlanta Braves and earn the Diamondbacks the series win. Tony Clark hits his 15th home run of the season to win the game for Arizona.
Jul 27 Claudio Vargas along with two relief pitchers shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0. After the game first baseman Conor Jackson is called up from Tucson.
Jul 30 Conor Jackson makes his first Major League start for the Diamondbacks getting his first hit in the second inning and getting the game-winning hit in the eighth inning as the Diamondbacks defeat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 at Wrigley Field.
Jul 31 During a four game series with the Chicago Cubs the Diamondbacks take three games including the finale that saw Luis Gonzalez and catcher Chris Snyder each hit two home runs. For Snyder, one of these home runs was his first career grand slam. The wins put the Diamondbacks in a first place tie with the San Diego Padres.
Aug 2 Joe Garagiola Jr. resigns as the Diamondbacks General Manager to take a job as Vice President at the MLB offices. Assistant General Manager Bob Gebhard is named interim General Manager.
Aug 4 Brad Halsey sets a personal record beating the Houston Astros for the second time and his sixth consecutive victory of the season.
Aug 18 Luis Gonzalez hits two home runs to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-6 victory in the final game the Diamondbacks will play at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Aug 27 Brandon Webb establishes a career-hit earning his 11th win of the season beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 at Bank One Ballpark.
Aug 28 One day after the birth of his daughter Chandler Rose, outfielder Shawn Green goes 3-5 including a grand slam a double and scoring 3 runs propelling the Diamondbacks to beat the Phillies 10-5.
Sep 17 Led by Tony Clark's two home runs and a back-to-back shot with Chad Tracy, the Diamondbacks overcome the largest deficit they faced all year to win the game 6-5 over the Colorado Rockies.
Sep 21 Brandon Webb continues to set career marks when he strikes out 11 Los Angeles batters in route to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers.
Sep 25 The Diamondbacks close out their home season beating the San Diego Padres 4-3 in 10 innings on a single by Chad Tracy.
Oct 1 The Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 11 innings in San Francisco. The win brings their winning streak to 6 games.
Oct 17 Bob Melvin names Bryan Price the new Diamondbacks pitching coach. The move reunites Melvin and Price who worked together with the Seattle Mariners.
Oct 28 Former Red Sox assistant General Manager Josh Byrnes is named the new General Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nov 1 Lee Tinsley is named first base coach. His previous job was as minor league outfield coordinator for the Diamondbacks. Former Major League Pitcher Jerry DiPoto is named Director of Professional Scouting.
Nov 23 Peter Woodfort is named Assistant General Manager for the Diamondbacks after having been Director of Baseball Operations/Assistant Director of Player Operations with the Boston Red Sox.
Dec 7 In his first trade as the Diamondbacks General Manager, Josh Byrnes acquires catcher Johnny Estrada from the Atlanta Braves.
Dec 8 Ken Crenshaw is named Head Athletic Trainer for the Diamondbacks.
Dec 20 The Arizona Diamondbacks trade right-handed pitcher Javier Vazquez to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino and minor league outfielder Chris Young.
Dec 27 Pitcher Miguel Batista returns to the Diamondbacks after being traded along with second baseman Orlando Hudson from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for third baseman Troy Glaus and infielder Sergio Santos.
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Jan 6 Diamondbacks first round and first overall selection in the 2005 amateur draft, Justin Upton, signs a contract with the team and will be invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.
Jan 13 Pitcher Brandon Webb agrees to a contract extension that will keep him in a Diamondbacks uniform through the 2009 season. The contract includes a club option for 2010.
Mar 26 A week prior to the start of the regular season, the Diamondbacks acquire righthanded pitcher Juan Cruz from Oakland for lefthanded pitcher Brad Halsey.
Apr 3 The Diamondbacks drop a 3-2, 11-inning decision to the Colorado Rockies in Denver in the season opener.
Apr 9 Arizona's first shutout of the season comes courtesy as Claudio Vargas and the bullpen limit the Brewers to four hits in a 7-0 triumph.
Apr 14 Brandon Webb records his first win of hte season, limiting the defending NAtional League Champion Astros to one run on sevel hits over seven innings in a 5-1 victory.
Apr 24 Webb improves to 3-0 by allowing one run on six hits over 8.0 innings in a 4-1 win at San Diego.
Apr 26 Arizona completes their first series sweep of the season with a 3-2 win over the Padres in San Diego.
May 6 The Diamondbacks win their seventh consecutive game, defeating the Reds 3-1. The win was also their sixth in a row at home.
May 20 Brandon Webb defeats the Braves with his arm and his bat. Webb moves his record to 7-0 with a complete-game, four-hit shutout, and recorded a career high three runs batted in with a bases-loaded double in the sixth in a 13-0 win over Atlanta.
May 24 Arizona completes its first three-game sweep at home in 2006, beating the Pirates, 8-7. Orlando Hudson's four-for-four performance highlights a 13-hit attack. Prior to the game, the Diamondbacks acquire righthanded reliever Jorge Julio from the New York Mets in exchange for righthanded starter Orlando Hernandez.
May 26 Brandon Webb tosses his second consecutive complete-game shutout, blanking the Reds in Cincinnati on a seven-hitter, 3-0.
May 27 The Diamondbacks blank the Reds for a second straight night, as Juan Cruz and three relievers limit the Reds to five hits, Luis Gonzalez ties Mark Grace for 36th place on the all-time doubles list at 511. The win moves the Diamondbacsk 10 games above .500 for the first time since July 20, 2003.
May 30 Miguel Batista gets a complete-game, 7-2 victory over the Mets in New York.
May 31 One of the top pitching matchups of the 2006 Major League season occurs at Shea Stadium, and ironically, neither Arizona's BRandon Webb (7.0 IP, 4h, 1bb, 5k) nor New York's Pedro Martinez (8.0 IP, 5h, 8k) figure in the decision. Endy Chavez drives in the game's only run in a 1-0, 13-inning Met win. Webb did stretch his scoreless streak to 25 innings.
Jun 4 The Diamondbacks complete a four-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta with a 9-3 win. Tony Clark hits two home runs, and Damion Easley hit his fourth round-tripper of the series, backing the starting pitching of Miguel Batista.
Jun 13 Righthanded rookie starting pitcher Enrique Gonzalez retires 18 consecutive Giant batters enroute to a 2-1 win over San Francisco at Chase Field. Newly acquired Jorge Julio records his third save since coming to the Diamondbacks.
Jul 1 Miguel Batista takes a perfect game into the seventh inning, while the Diamonbacks' offense scores six runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 7-2 win at Oakland.
Jul 9 The Diamondbacks go into the All-Star break rolling, completing a three-game sweep of the Rockies in Denver, winning the finale 8-5.
Jul 14 The opener of the post All-Star break schedue, Johnny Estrada hits a two-run walkoff homer to defeat Milwaukee at Chase Field, 4-3. The win is costly, as Arizona loses infielder Craig Counsell due to a right rib fracture.
Jul 15 Stephen Drew, Arizona's first round draft selection in the 2004 amateur draft, makes his Major League debut, Drew reaches base twice on a walk and a strikeout-wild pitch as Arizona runs its winning streak to five with an 8-1 defeat of the Brewers.
Jul 17 Drew picks up his first Major League hit with a fourth-inning single. The Diamondbacks defeat the Dodgers, 8-5.
Jul 19 Miguel Batista tosses his third complete game of the season, blanking the Dodgers at Chase Field on a six-hitter, 8-0.
Jul 20 Another of the Diamondbacks' heralded youngsters, outfielder Carlos Quentin, makes his Major League debut.
Jul 25 Quinten's 11th inning homer off Ryan Franklin gives the Diamondbacks a 6-5 win in the opener of a three-game set in Philadelphia.
Jul 28 The Diamondbacks open a weekend set in Houston with an 8-7, 11-inning victory. Astros lefthander Andy Pettite takes the loss, making his first relief appearance in 10 years.
Jul 30 Conor Jackson's pinch 2-run homer in the ninth lifts the Diamondbacks to a series-clinching win at Houston, 7-6.
Jul 31 Orlando Hudson becomes the third player in D-Back history to homer from both sides of the plate, helping Brandon Webb to his 12th win of the season, as Arizona defeats the Cubs, 15-4, at Wrigley Field.
Aug 7 Arizona adds to its pitching depth by acquiring righthanded starter Livan Hernandez from Washington in exchange for two minor league pitchers.
Aug 11 Jeff DaVanon, one of Arizona's most dependable bench players is lost for the remainder of the season. The club places him on the disabled list after he suffered a right ankle sprain five days earlier. The injury would eventually need surgery.
Aug 15 For the second time in franchise history, the Diamondbacks play an 18-inning game, and as was the case in the first 18-inning marathon, the Diamondbacks win on the road. Luis Gonzalez' single scores the game-winner in a 2-1 triumph at Colorado.
Aug 18 Outfielder Chris Young, acquired over the winter from the Chicago White Sox, makes his Major League debut. Young gets his first Major League hit with an eighth-inning single off San Diego's Woody Williams.
Aug 25 Arizona plays another marathon, defeating the Dodgers 9-7 at Chase Field. Righthanded pitcher Brandon Lyon makes the first plate appearance of his career, drawing a 15th inning walk, and later scoring on Orlando Hudson's walk-off homer.
Sep 6 Florida's Anibal Sanchez becomes the second pitcher to no-hit the Diamodnbacsk in Arizona franchise history, as the Marlins complete a three-game sweep of the D-Backs in Miami, 2-0. The loss spoiled a strong outing by Diamondbacks' starter Edgar Gonzalez, who allowed two runs on five hits over 6.0 innings. Earlier in the day, Rich Dozer, the only President in club history, announces his intention to resign at season's end, to be replaced by Executive Vice President Derrick Hall.
Sep 9 Brandon Webb limits the eventual World Champion Cardinals to one hit in a complete-game, 3-0 Diamondbacks' win at Chase Field. It was Webb's first-ever one-hitter, and was also the shortest game in Chase Field history, lasting one hour, fifty-four minutes.
Sep 15 Webb throws his second consecutive complete game, and his fifth of the season, defeating the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field, 5-1.
Sep 16 The Diamondbacks tied the record for the longest game in Chase Field history in terms of innings, needing 16 frames to defeat the Rockies, 7-6. Arizona set a franchise record with nin pitchers used in the game.
Oct 1 The Diamondbacks say goodbye to Luis Gonzalez, Craig Counsell and Miguel Batista as they drop a 7-6 decision to San Diego. A franchise record crowd of 48,946 witnessed the game and post game ceremonies. The game is also the last for two members of the Diamondback's coaching staff, as hitting coach Mike Aldrete and bench coach Jay Bell announce their intentions to leave.
Oct 28 Kevin Seitzer, a veteran of 12 seasons as a Major League player, is hired to serve as the Diamondbacks' hitting coach.
Nov 1 Daron Sutton joins the Diamondbacks as the club's television play-by-play broadcaster. Sutton replaces Thom Brennaman who leaves to take a play-by-play post with the Cincinnati Reds teaming up with his father Marty Brenneman.
Nov 3 Second baseman Orlando Hudson receives his first Gold Glove in the National League after winning an American League Gold Glove in 2005 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Hudson becomes the second Diamondbacks player to win the award.
Nov 8 The Arizona Diamondbacks unveil a new color scheme and logos at the Valley Ho resort in Phoenix. Gone are the purple and teal. They are being replaced by Sedona Red, Black, and Sonoran Sand. Players model the new uniforms during a fashion show at the event.
Nov 10 Kirk Gibson, a veteran of 17 Major League playing seasons, joins the Diamondbacks as bench coach. Chip Hale, who guided the Diamondbacks' Class AAA team to the Pacific Coast League and AAA Championship, joins the Major League coaching staff as third base coach.
Nov 14 After a stellar 2006 season, starting pitcher Brandon Webb is voted as the National League Cy Young award winner. Webb becomes the second Diamondbacks player to receive the award following Randy Johnson who collected 4 during his tenure with the Diamondbacks.
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Jan 9 The Diamondbacks re-acquire lefthanded pitcher Randy Johnson from the New York Yankees, in exchange for righthanded reliever Luis Vizcaino and three minor leaguers.
Apr 2 Following a formula that would be the foundation of a 90-win campaign, the D-backs open the regular season with an 8-6 win over Colorado. Eric Byrnes’ 2-run single and a sacrifice fly from Orlando Hudson capped a 3-run rally in the eighth inning. Four relievers combined to blank the Rockies over the game’s final 3.0 innings.
Apr 9 Arizona completes a 4-game sweep of the Nationals in Washington, which also completed a 5-2 season opening road trip.
Apr 25 Stephen Drew hits a 2-run, walk-off homer off all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman as Arizona defeats San Diego at Chase Field, 3-2. The win offset a 16-strikeout performance by San Diego starting pitcher Jake Peavy.
Apr 30 Brandon Webb limits the Dodgers to 1 run on 4 hits over 7.0 innings as Arizona wins its sixth consecutive game, 9-1. The win closes out the month, with Arizona posting a 16-11 mark, leading the National League West by a half-game.
May 19 The D-backs, down 7-2 going into the seventh inning, score 5 to tie the game, then 2 more in the eighth to beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 9-7. Tony Clark’s pinch grand slam tied the game in the seventh.
May 24 Rookie Micah Owings tosses his first career complete game, as Arizona defeats Houston, 9-1 at Chase Field.
May 25 Rookie third baseman Mark Reynolds goes 5-for-5, slugging 2 home runs and driving in 5 in a 13-3 rout of the Astros. His performance came just nine days after his contract was purchased from Mobile (AA).
Jun 7 Right handed pitcher Jarrod Parker of Norwell High School in Bluffton, Ind., is the D-backs’ first-round selection (ninth overall) in the 2007 June Amateur Draft.
Jul 10 Orlando Hudson makes his first career All-Star game appearance, taking over at second base in the seventh inning. Brandon Webb was selected to the mid-summer classic, as a replacement for Colorado’s Brian Fuentes, for the second straight season, but did not see action in the game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Jul 11 Rick Schu replaces Kevin Seitzer as D-backs hitting coach.
Jul 26 Longtime Major League Baseball executive Roland Hemond returns to the D-backs’ organization as a special assistant to President Derrick Hall. Hemond was with the D-backs from 1996-2000 as Senior Executive Vice President.
Jul 28 Conor Jackson’s 10th-inning single gives Arizona its second consecutive walk off win over the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field, 4-3. The night before, Tony Clark’s home run in the 11th defeated the Braves, 8-7 in 11 innings. Jackson’s heroics allowed the D-backs to stretch their winning streak to eight games, moving them back into a tie for the NL West lead.
Aug 1 Arizona survives a 4-run Padre eighth, scoring 4 in the top of the 11th to defeat the Padres, 9-5 at Petco Park. Chris Young robbed Mike Cameron of a fifth-inning grand slam when he reached over the center field fence to catch Cameron’s blast with the bases loaded and 2 outs.
Aug 2 The D-backs purchase the contract of Justin Upton, the number one overall pick in the 2005 June Amateur Draft. Upton makes his Major League debut in the eighth inning of the club’s game in San Diego.
Aug 5 Brandon Webb outduels Brad Penny, tossing a complete-game 7-hitter, as Arizona completes a sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 3-0. The shutout ran Webb’s scoreless inning streak to 24.
Aug 11 Brandon Webb limits Washington to 5 hits, striking out 10, tossing his second consecutive complete-game shutout, 1-0. Webb’s consecutive scoreless inning streak reached 33 innings. The only scoring occurred on rookie Justin Upton’s fourth inning RBI triple.
Aug 17 Brandon Webb tosses his third consecutive completegame shutout, blanking the Braves in Atlanta, 4-0, extending Webb’s scoreless inning streak to 42.
Aug 18 Playing in his home state, Micah Owings pitches and hits Arizona to a 12-6 win over the Braves in Atlanta. On the mound, Owings limits the Braves to 3 runs on 3 hits, with no walks and 7 strikeouts over 7.0 innings. At the plate, Owings goes 4-for-5, with 2 home runs, a double and 6 runs batted in.
Aug 22 Brandon Webb’s scoreless inning streak is halted at 42, as Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder drives in a run with a first inning single. The streak ties for the 12th best in Major League history. The D-backs beat the Brewers, 3-2, for Webb’s 14th win of the year.
Sep 5 In the final meeting of the year between the clubs, the D-backs defeat the Padres and eventual Cy Young winner Jake Peavy, 9-6 at Chase Field. Pitching on three days’ rest, Peavy allows eight runs over four innings. It was the highest run total and shortest outing Peavy had among his 34 starts in 2007.
Sep 5 Arizona’s Justin Upton is named Minor League Player of the Year by USA Today.
Sep 10 Jeff Salazar’s 3-run ninth-inning homer gives Arizona a 5-3 win at San Francisco. The win is Arizona’s sixth in a row, and increases the D-backs’ lead in the NL West to 3.5 games.
Sep 27 in Pittsburgh, 8-0. Notified shortly before game time that he would start in place of Brandon Webb, Owings limits the Pirates to 4 hits over 6.1 innings, while contributing 4 hits in 4 at-bats, with 3 RBI. The win allows Arizona to maintain a 1-game lead in the NL West with 3 games to play.
Sep 28 The D-backs clinch their fourth postseason berth in 10 years of existence, beating the Colorado Rockies, 4-2 in Denver. Brandon Webb allows 2 runs on 8 hits over 7.0 innings for his 18th win of the year. Jose Valverde earns his Major Leagueleading 47th save, striking out the side, the last 2 coming with the tying runs on base.
Sep 29 Prior to that night’s game in Denver, the D-backs secure their fourth National League West title in franchise history, as Milwaukee rallies to defeat San Diego.
Oct 3 The D-backs’ first postseason game is a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field, in the opening game of the National League Division Series. Brandon Webb allows 1 run on 4 hits over 7.0 innings, striking out 9. Mark Reynolds’ solo homer and Conor Jackson’s sacrifice fly break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning.
Oct 4 Arizona moves to a 2-0 series lead on the Cubs by beating Chicago, 8-4, at Chase Field. Chris Young’s 3-run homer in the second inning stakes Arizona to a 4-2 lead. Doug Davis and four relievers preserve the victory.
Oct 6 Arizona scores its first postseason series win since the 2001 World Series by completing a sweep of the NL Division Series. The D-backs beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 5-1. Livan Hernandez allows 1 run on 5 hits over 6.0 innings, while Chris Young’s leadoff homer stakes Arizona to a lead it would relinquish. The Cubs hit into 4 double plays in the game.
Oct 15 The D-backs’ season ends where it began, as the Colorado Rockies complete a sweep of the National League Championship Series, winning in Denver, 6-4. Arizona rallies from a 6-1 deficit with a Chris Snyder 3-run homer in the eighth, and had the tying run at the plate at game’s end.
Nov 6 Despite missing the final three weeks of the regular season, D-backs’ infielder Orlando Hudson earns his third consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Nov 14 The Baseball Writers’ Association of America names Arizona’s Bob Melvin as National League Manager of the Year. Melvin earns similar honors from The Sporting News and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Dec 3 Arizona trades outfielder Carlos Quentin to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for infielder Chris Carter.
Dec 14 Arizona makes three trades, the most significant of which resulting in the D-backs acquiring right-handed pitchers Dan Haren and Connor Robertson from Oakland for six minor league players. In addition, the D-backs send right-handed relief pitcher Jose Valverde to Houston for right-handed pitchers Chad Qualls and Juan Guiterrez and outfielder Chris Burke, and they acquire right-handed pitcher Billy Buckner from Kansas City for infielder Alberto Callaspo.
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Apr 8 Outfielder Chris Young agrees to a contract extension that will run through the 2013 season, with a club option for 2014.
Apr 9 Left-hander Doug Davis wins his final start against the Dodgers before being placed on the disabled list for surgery to remove thyroid cancer. Davis (6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts) goes 2-for-2 with a RBI at the plate as well before missing the D-backs’ next 38 games.
Apr 29 Right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer, Arizona’s firstround pick in 2006, makes his big league debut against Houston, retiring all 13 batters he faces in 4.1 innings of relief, including 7 strikeouts, the longest debut in modern Major League history (since 1900) by a pitcher who retired every batter he faced.
Apr 30 Pitcher Micah Owings becomes the first pitcher in the Majors since Milwaukee’s Brooks Kieschnick on April 22, 2004 vs. Arizona to hit a pinch-hit home run as his 2-run shot ties the game against the Astros. The D-backs go on to an 8-7 win.
May 3 Brandon Webb wins the National League Pitcher of the Month award for April, going 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA, leading the league in wins, fourth in ERA and third in opponent batting average (.192). The last pitcher in the Majors to end April with 6 wins was Randy Johnson in 2002.
May 15 Webb becomes the first pitcher since 1985 to win his first 9 starts of the season after striking out 8 Rockies in 7.1 innings of work in an 8-5 win over Colorado. Webb’s streak would end there as he loses on May 21 at Florida.
May 31 Webb tosses his eighth career complete game shutout against Washington, allowing 6 hits with 8 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over the Nationals.
Jun 3 Randy Johnson’s first-inning strikeout of Milwaukee’s Mike Cameron is his 4,673rd, moving him past Roger Clemens into second place on the all-time strikeout list.
Jun 5 Left-handed pitcher Daniel Schlereth of the University of Arizona is the D-backs’ first-round selection (26th overall) in the 2008 June Amateur Draft.
Jun 13 Chad Tracy’s walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning broke a scoreless tie for the win at home over Kansas City.
Jul 2 Dan Haren wins the National League Pitcher of the Month award for May, going 3-0 with a league-best 1.32 ERA.
Jul 15 Dan Haren (2.0 IP) and Brandon Webb (1.0 IP) each make scoreless appearances for the National League in the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Both pitchers end their appearances with 2 strikeouts in the 15-inning NL loss.
Jul 17 Fan favorite Tony Clark is re-acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league pitcher Evan Scribner.
Jul 21 Randy Johnson improves to 13-0 in his career against the Cubs, tossing 7.0 scoreless innings. Alex Romero hit his first big league home run.
Jul 22 Right-handed reliever Jon Rauch is acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals in exchange for infielder Emilio Bonifacio.
Jul 23 Conor Jackson goes 3-for-3 with a triple, run scored and RBI a day after going 3-for-5 with a home run, double, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI against the Cubs. Jackson would win NL Player of the Week honors for July 21-27 with a .542 average in that span.
Jul 26 Brandon Webb strikes out San Francisco’s Dave Roberts in third inning at San Francisco for his 1,000th career strikeout joining Randy Johnson as the only other D-back to reach that mark.
Aug 5 Dan Haren agrees to a contract extension that will run through the 2012 season, with a club option for 2013.
Aug 11 The D-backs trade for Cincinnati Reds’ slugger Adam Dunn in exchange for minor league pitcher Dallas Buck and two players-to-be-named (Wilkin Castillo and Micah Owings).
Aug 12 The D-backs’ 4-2 win over the Rockies in Denver gives Bob Melvin his 304th regular season win as Arizona’s manager, moving him past Bob Brenly for the franchise lead.
Aug 16 Miguel Montero and Chris Young both hit grand slams in an 11-5 win in Houston, the first of both of their careers and the first time in franchise history that two D-backs have hit grand slams in the same game.
Aug 21 Infielder David Eckstein is acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league pitcher Chad Beck.
Sep 1 Stephen Drew becomes the third player in D-backs history to hit for the cycle against the Cardinals. The cycle was the first ever at Chase Field as Drew also tied the franchise-record with 5 hits.
Sep 22 Brandon Webb wins his 22nd game of the season in St. Louis, 4-2 over the Cardinals, allowing 2 runs over 7.0 innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. The 22 wins tied for the Major League-lead and were tied for the third-most in franchise history with Curt Schilling in 2001.
Sep 23 The D-backs announce that their AAA affiliate, Tucson Sidewinders, will relocate for the 2009 season and be renamed the Reno Aces.
Sep 24 After spending most of the season in first place, the D-backs are eliminated from the postseason with a 4-2 loss in St. Louis, giving the Dodgers the NL West title.
Sep 28 Randy Johnson tosses his 100th career complete game in the season finale, a 2-1 win over Colorado, allowing 1 unearned run with 9 strikeouts.
Dec 12 The D-backs sign free agent infielder Felipe Lopez to take over at second base on a one-year contract.
Dec 30 Chris Snyder agrees to a contract extension that will run through the 2011 season, with a club option for 2012.
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Jan 2 General Partner and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Moorad resigns and Derrick Hall is promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer.
Jan 29 Arizona signs free agent right-handed pitcher Jon Garland to bolster their rotation on a one-year contract.
Apr 6 The D-backs hit 5 home runs as they defeated Colorado 9-8 on Opening Day at Chase Field...Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark each homered from both sides of the plate, the first time two teammates had ever accomplished the feat on Opening Day and the first time in the regular season since April 23, 2000...Brandon Webb (6 H, 2BB,2K,2HR)makeshislonestartof the season, allowing 6 earned runs in only 4.0 innings of work.
Apr 11 Major League Baseball awards the D-backs the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as announced by Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig in a press conference at Chase Field.
Apr 12 Nine-year old Phoenix-resident Blaise Wagner becomes the 30,000,000th fan to enter Chase Field as the D-backs became the second-fastest team to reach the mark since an inception of a franchise, trailing only the Colorado Rockies, who reached the milestone in 1993 during their ninth season.
Apr 27 Dan Haren tosses a complete- game, 7-2 win vs. the Cubs...Haren fin- ishes April with a 1.54 ERA, second in the NL, as opponents hit .171 with 36 strike- outs and 5 walks while leading the NL with fewest walks per 9.0 innings (1.3).
May 8 Bob Melvin is dismissed as D-backs manager and replaced by A.J. Hinch while the D-backs also named Jack Howell as hitting coach and Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. as pitching coach... Hinch, at age 34 years and 357 days, became the youngest person to be named manager of a Major League team since Eric Wedge (34 years, 275 days) was appointed manager of the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 29, 2002.
May 10 Manager A.J. Hinch and pitcher Esmerling Vasquez both earned their first career victory with a 10-8 triumph vs. Nationals... it was the 19th time since 1900 that a manager and pitcher both recorded their first win in the same game... the most recent pair was Dale Sveum and Mark DiFelice for the Milwaukee Brewers in Sept. 2008...the most notable was Hall-of-Fame manager Joe McCarthy and Charlie Root for the Cubs in 1926... Root was on the mound for Babe Ruth’s alleged “called shot” home run in the 1932 World Series
May 11 Justin Upton’s career-high 18-game hit streak from April 24-May 11 ties for fifth longest in D-backs his- tory with Mark Grace and Junior Spivey... Upton is named NL Player of the Month for May after hitting .373 (41-for-110) with 8 doubles, 4 triples, 7 homers and 21 RBI.
May 13 Gerardo Parra, making his Major League debut vs. Reds, homers in his first at-bat, becoming the second D-back (Alex Cabrera on June 26, 2000 vs. Astros) and the 100th player in Major League history, second of the season (Braves’ Jordan Schafer on April 5 @ Phillies), to accomplish the feat...Parra was named NL Rookie of the Month after hitting .319 (22- for-69), with 3 doubles, 3 triples, a home run and 16 RBI.
May 16 Max Scherzer earned his first career win with a 12-0 blanking on May 16 @ Braves, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing 4 hits and 3 walks with 4 strikeouts...the victory came in his 23rd career appearance (14th start) and snapped a personal 7-game losing streak to start his career.
Jun 9 INF Bobby Borchering from Bishop Verot High School and OF A.J. Pollock from the University of Notre Dame are taken with the 16th and 17th picks, respectively, in the First-Year Player Draft.
Jun 12 Dan Haren (CG,1R,2BB,7K, 1 HR) tossed his first career 2-hitter in an 8-1 vs. Astros.
Jun 14 Mark Reynolds named NL Player of the Week for June 8 -14 (co- winner with the Rockies’ Huston Street).
Jun 30 Dan Haren hit his first career home run @ Reds, the latter of back- to-back homers with Miguel Montero, the 16th time in franchise history that a pitcher has hit a home run..Haren goes 3-1witha1.64ERA(8ERin44.0IP)in 6 starts in June...his ERA ranked second in the NL and sixth in the Majors (min. 25.0 IP)...held opponents to a Major- League low .151 batting average (23- for-152) while ranking second with 42 strikeouts.
Jul 7 INF Brandon Allen acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for RHP Tony Pena.
Jul 13 Dan Haren becomes the first pitcher in Major League history to reach the All-Star break leading the Majors in the following four categories: ERA (2.01), strikeout to walk ratio (8.1), WHIP (0.81) and opponents’ on-base percentage (.219)...his 9 wins and 2.01 ERA at the break marked the first time that a NL pitcher had at least 9 wins and an ERA that low at the break since 2000 (Randy Johnson--14 wins, 1.80 ERA and Danny Graves--9 wins, 1.99 ERA)
Jul 14 Dan Haren (third time) and Justin Upton (first time) play for the NL All-Star Team at the Midsummer Classic in St. Louis...Haren tossed a scoreless fourth inning, allowing a hit to Texas’ Michael Young while retiring Boston’s Jason Bay, Texas’ Josh Hamilton and Toronto’s Aaron Hill...Upton entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning, grounding out against Seattle’s Felix Hernandez...Upton took over defensively in his second at-bat, Upton grounded out against New York’s Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning.
Jul 16 The D-backs and Colorado Rockies in partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announce plans for a new Spring Training facility on Community land slated to open in will be the first Major League spring training facility in the U.S. to be built on Indian land.
Jul 19 D-backs trade INF Felipe Lopez to the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Cole Gillespie and RHP Roque Mercedes
Aug 4 Yusmeiro Petit took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and got the win as he and Leo Rosales combined to record a 1-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory @ Pirates.
Aug 9 Mark Reynolds named NL Player of the Week for Aug. 3-9 after hitting .448 (13-for-29) with 6 home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.103 slugging percentage.
Aug 22 The D-backs streak of plate appearances without a walk ended at 153 when Mark Reynolds drew a walk in the fifth inning last night...the streak, which extended from Aug. 17-22, is the longest streak in franchise history and the fifth- longest streak in baseball since 1998 as Detroit had the longest streak at 183 plate appearances without a walk from Sept. 4-9, 2002.
Aug 28 John Hester became the ninth D-backs player to make their big league debut on the season and connected for a 2-run pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning, the second Arizona player of the season to hit a homer in his first Major League at-bat. RHP Jon Rauch traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named.
Aug 29 Former D-back Luis Gonzalez announces his retirement and rejoins club as Special Assistant to the President & CEO as the D-backs host “Luis Gonzalez Appreciation Night.”
Aug 31 RHP Jon Garland traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named (INF Tony Abreu).
Sep 20 The D-backs dedicate broadcast wing of Chase Field Press Box to Hall-of-Famer Joe Garagiola.
Oct 22 Mark Reynolds named as third baseman on The Sporting News National League All-Star Team.
Nov 6 The D-backs exercise the club option on RHP Brandon Webb for 2010.
Nov 11 he D-backs name former D-back Matt Williams first base coach and Bo Porter third base coach.
Nov 16 The D-backs, Colorado Rockies and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community officially break ground on the Community’s new Spring Training facility.
Nov 19 RHP Aaron Heilman acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Scott Maine and INF Ryne White.
Dec 9 The D-backs acquire RHP Edwin Jackson from the Detroit Tigers and RHP Ian Kennedy from the New York Yankees in a three-team trade that sent RHP Max Scherzer and LHP Daniel Schlereth from the D-backs to the Tigers. In the deal, the Tigers also received OF Austin Jackson and LHP Phil Coke from the Yankees in exchange for OF Curtis Granderson.
Dec 28 RHP Bobby Howry agrees to terms on a one-year contract with a club option for 2011.
Dec 30 INF Kelly Johnson agrees to terms on a one-year contact.
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Jan 15 INF Adam LaRoche agrees to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2011.
Apr 5 Dan Haren allows only a run on 3 hits while striking out 4 over 7.0 innings in a 6-3 win vs. Padres on Opening Day... the sold-out crowd of 49,458 was the second-largest Opening Day crowd in franchise history and the ninth sellout in 13 home openers.
Apr 11 The D-backs set a club record by scoring 13 runs in the fourth inning vs. Pirates.
Apr 17 Kris Benson made his D-backs debut and joined Andy Benes and Justin Upton as the third No. 1 overall draft pick to play for the D-backs.
Apr 21 Cole Gillespie recorded a pinch- hit double in his Major League debut vs. Cardinals becoming one of 300 players to get a pinch-hit double in their first career plate appearance since 1920.
Apr 24 Kelly Johnson’s 14 extra-base hits through the D-backs first 17 games tied Matt Williams for the most extra- base hits to start a season in club history.
Apr 26 Mark Reynolds was named the NL Player of the Week after batting .421 (8-for-19) with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 11 RBI in 5 games.
May 3 Kelly Johnson named the NL Player of the Month for April.
May 11 Dan Haren sets a franchise record by recording 9 consecutive outs on strikeouts to begin the game.
May 20 Mark Reynolds becomes the fourth-fastest third baseman in Major League history to reach 100 homers.
Jun 1 LHP Dontrelle Willis acquired from the Tigers for RHP Billy Buckner.
Jun 4 The D-backs announce the new Spring Training facility to be shared with the Rockies on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian land starting in 2011 will be called Salt River Fields at Talking is the first Major League Spring Training facility built on Indian land...the 140-acre site will include 12 practice fields and an 11,000-seat ballpark that will have the most lawn seating in the Cactus League.
Jun 8 The D-backs played their 1,000th regular-season home game at Chase Field, a 7-5 loss vs. Braves.
Jun 15 The D-backs acquire RHP Sam Demel from the A’s for OF Conor Jackson.
Jun 25 Justin and B.J. Upton face each other for the first time as one of eight sets of brothers currently active in the majors.
Edwin Jackson tossed the sec- ond no-hitter in franchise history @ Rays...had 6 strikeouts, 8 walks, a hit batter and 149 pitches, the most in a no-hitter, while his 8 walks tied for the was also the fourth no-hitter in Interleague Play and fourth by a pitcher against his former team since 1950.
Jun 27 The D-backs recorded their 1,000th win after 12 seasons and 76 games, becoming the second-fastest expansion-era club to reach 1,000 victories since 1961.
Jun 29 Edwin Jackson named the NL Player of the Week after throwing a no- hitter vs. Rays.
Jun 30 Barry Enright becomes the sixth D-back to make his Major League debut on the season.
Jul 2 The D-backs dismissed Executive Vice President & General Manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch from their duties and named Jerry Dipoto interim General Manager and Kirk Gibson interim manager.
Kirk Gibson makes his mana- gerial debut against the Dodgers and becomes the fourth manager since 2001 to make his managerial debut against a team he formerly played for...with a 12-5 win, joined Bob Brenly (3-2 @ Dodgers, April 1, 2001) as the only D-backs’ managers to win in their managerial debuts.
Jul 13 Chris Young (first career) plays with the NL All-Star Team at the Midsummer Classic in Anaheim...Young went 0-for-2 and caught the ball to end the game to snap the NL’s 13-year losing streak...he also finished with 1 homer in the State Farm Home Run Derby.
Jul 23 Kelly Johnson collected his first career cycle and the fourth in franchise history with a solo homer in the first, a double in the fifth, a sixth-inning triple and a single in the eighth.
Jul 25 The D-backs acquire LHP Joe Saunders, LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named (Tyler Skaggs) from the Angels for RHP Dan Haren.
Jul 30 D-backs acquire RHP Daniel Hudson with LHP David Holmberg from the White Sox for LHP Edwin Jackson.
Jul 31 The D-backs trade RHP Chad Qualls to the Rays for a player to be named (RHP Matt Gorgen) and acquired OF Ryan Church, INF Bobby Crosby and RHP D.J. Carrasco from the Pirates for C Chris Snyder and INF Pedro Ciriaco.
Aug 7 The D-backs retire Luis Gonzalez’s No. 20 as he becomes the first D-back to have his number retired... at the time, Gonzo is the franchise leader in nearly every offensive category after an eight-year stint with the D-backs from 1999-2006.
Chris Young becomes the first D-back and fourth player in the last 40 years to hit a lead-off and walk-off home run in the same game.
Aug 8 Stephen Drew becomes the fifth D-back to play in 600 games and collect 250 RBI joining Luis Gonzlez (1,194/774), Steve Finley (849/749), Chad Tracy (704/318) and Jay Bell (616/304)... Chris Young hits his 20th home run becoming the Major’s first 20-homer, 20-stolen base player on the season... it marks the second time he has accom- plished the feat.
Aug 11 Solo home runs by Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew in the fourth inning tied a Major League record for most consecutive homers in a game for the seventh time in history.
Sep 2 Daniel Hudson is named the NL Rookie of the Month for August after going 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA (9 ER in 43.2 IP) and a .195 opponents average (30- for-154) with 8 walks and 42 strikeouts in 6 starts.
Sep 13 The D-backs’ and Reds’ back-to-back homers in the second inning (D-backs’ Miguel Montero and Ryan Church and Reds’ Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs) were the first back-to-back homers in the same inning since April 16, 2006.
Sep 21 The D-backs unveil the logo for the 2011 All-Star Game...the logo features the “All-Star Game” script adjoined with the D-backs and MLB logos set against a traditional Arizona mountain scene involving the organization’s Sedona Red and Sonoran Sand colors with a touch of light blue.
Sep 22 Kevin Towers agrees to a two-year contract with club options to become the third Executive Vice President & General Manager in club history.
Sep 23 Kelly Johnson becomes the 13th player in franchise history to reach the 25-homer mark.
Sep 25 The D-backs eclipse the 2 million mark in attendance for the 13th straight season.
Sep 27 Miguel Montero hits 2 triples to tie the Major League single-game record for a catcher.
Oct 1 Adam LaRoche has an RBI-double and a 2-run homer to reach the 100-RBI mark for the first time...he is the sixth player in club history to reach the mark joining Luis Gonzalez (5 times), Matt Williams, Jay Bell, Steve Finley and Mark Reynolds.
Oct 4 The D-backs ink Kirk Gibson to a two-year contract through 2012 with a club option for 2013 as manager after compiling a 34-49 mark as interim manager...the D-backs also announce that base coach Matt Williams and bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock will return on Kirk Gibson’s coaching staff in 2011...interim general manager Jerry Dipoto is promoted to Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development.
Oct 26 The D-backs name Alan Trammell as bench coach, Don Baylor as hitting coach, Eric Young as first base coach and Charles Nagy as pitching coach.
Nov 15 The D-backs agree to terms with INF Geoff Blum on a two-year contract... Billy Ryan is named Assistant General Manager...Mike Bell is named Director, Player Development.
Nov 18 The D-backs acquire INF Juan Miranda from the Yankees for RHP Scott Allen.
Nov 24 The D-backs acquire LHP Zach Duke from the Pirates for a player to be named (Cesar Valdez).
Dec 2 LHP Zach Duke agrees to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012.
Dec 6 INF Melvin Mora agrees to terms on a one-year contract...the D-backs acquire RHP David Hernandez and RHP Kam Mickiolo from the Orioles for INF Mark Reynolds and a player to be named or cash considerations.
Dec 7 RHP J.J. Putz agrees to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for 2013.
Dec 9 The D-backs select LHP Joe Paterson from the San Francisco Giants in the Rule 5 Draft.
Dec 17 C Henry Blanco agrees to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012...OF Xavier Nady agrees to terms on a one-year contract.
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Jan 18 INF/OF Willie Bloomquist agrees to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012...INF Stephen Drew avoids arbitration and agrees to terms on a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2013...RHP Aaron Heilman agrees to terms on a one-year contract... LHP Joe Saunders avoids arbitration and agrees to a one-year contract for 2011.
Jan 24 The D-backs acquire RHP Armando Galarraga from the Detroit Tigers for RHP Kevin Eichhorn and LHP Ryan Robowski...Luis Gonzalez named the Ambassador for 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Summer.
Jan 26 C Miguel Montero avoids arbitration and agrees to terms on a one-year contract.
Feb 15 INF Kelly Johnson avoids arbitration and agrees to terms on a one-year contract.
Feb 26 Inaugural game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick...D-backs lose, 8-7, vs. Rockies...sellout crowd of 12,514.
Mar 28 Set club record for Cactus League attendance with 189,737 fans in 17 games (11 sellouts)...third-highest total and fifth-highest average attendance in Cactus League history.
Apr 3 Third game of season @ Rockies postponed due to snow.
May 27 Franchise-record 6-run comeback win @ Astros...trailed 6-0 at end of the fourth, won 7-6.
Jun 6 Select pitchers Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley with third and seventh picks, respectively, in First-Year Player Draft... first team in history with two of the first seven picks in the draft.
Jul 12 D-backs host 82nd All-Star Game... NL defeats AL, 5-1...Justin Upton and Miguel Montero both play in contest...Kirk Gibson (coach) and trainer Ken Crenshaw also serve on NL squad.
Aug 9 Franchise-record-tying 6-run come- back win (second time) @ Astros...trailed 7-1 at end of the fourth, won 11-9.
Aug 12 Kirk Gibson’s 100th win, 4-3 vs. Mets.
Aug 23 Aaron Hill and John McDonald acquired from Blue Jays for Kelly Johnson.
Sep 10 Final win, 6-5 vs. Padres in 10 innings, in club-record 15-game home win- ning streak from Aug. 9-Sept. 10.
Sep 19 Ian Kennedy become NL’s first 20-game winner, 1-0 vs. Pirates, allowing 1 hit with career-high-tying 12 strikeouts... only other pitcher since 1900 to register at least 10 strikeouts and allow 1 hit or less in his 20th win was Warren Spahn, who tossed a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts on Sept. 16, 1960 vs. Phillies (Elias)...fourth D-back to reach mark: Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Brandon Webb.
Sep 23 Clinch fifth NL West crown with 3-1 win vs. Giants.
Sep 24 Fifth-largest crowd of all-time as 49,077 fans watch 15-2 win vs. Giants.
Sep 25 J.J. Putz gets career-high 45th save, second-most in club history...con- verted a franchise-record 24 straight saves from July 27 through end of season (Sept. 25), surpassing Gregg Olson’s 22 straight (June 13-Sept. 22, 1998).
Sep 27 Ryan Roberts’ first career grand slam and walk-off homer caps 6-run 10th inning in 7-6 win vs. Dodgers...became fourth player in history to hit an extra-inning grand slam with his team trailing by 3 runs along with Babe Ruth (1925 Yankees), Roger Freed (1979 Cardinals) and Jason Giambi (2002 Yankees) (Elias)...only second game in history in which winning team fell behind by 5 or more runs in an extra inning...on April 21, 1991, the Cubs and Pirates were tied, 7-7, went into extra-innings, Cubs scored 5 runs in the top of 11th and Pirates countered with 6 runs for 13-12 win.
Oct 4 Post 8-1 win vs. Brewers NLDS Game No. 3...Paul Goldschmidt hits a grand slam and joins Ricky Ledee (NYY) on Oct. 17, 1999 @ Boston as only rookies since 1998 with grand slam in Postseason (Elias)...Goldschmidt’s 5 RBI tie franchise record for third time.
Oct 5 Post 10-6 win vs. Brewers NLDS Game No. 4...Ryan Roberts hits grand slam, only second time in history a team has hit grand slams in consecutive Postseason games along with the Dodgers’ Ron Cey (Oct. 4, 1977, Game 1 of NLCS vs. Phillies) and Dusty Baker (Oct. 5, 1977, Game 2 of NLCS vs. Phillies).
Oct 7 Lose NLDS Game No. 5, 3-2 @ Brewers in 10 innings.
Nov 1 Gerardo Parra wins first career Rawlings Gold Glove (third D-back to do so).
Nov 2 Justin Upton and Daniel Hudson win Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards.
Nov 16 Kirk Gibson named BBWAA NL Manager of the Year (also received same honors from Sporting News and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum)...joins Bob Melvin (2007) as D-backs to win honors.
Nov 30 Double-A Mobile BayBears named Baseball America’s 2011 Minor League Team of the Year.
Dec 9 Acquire RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Craig Breslow and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill.
Dec 14 Agreed to terms with RHP Takashi Saito on a one-year contract.
Dec 20 Agreed to terms with OF Jason Kubel on a two-year contract with a mutual option.
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Jan 19 Host the first-of-its-kind Most Valuable Partner Awards to highlight best practices and take the standard business-to- business summit to a new level.
Mar 21 Dedicate Roland Hemond Executive Conference Room in executive offices of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Apr 14 J.J. Putz’s club-record 28-game consecutive save streak from July 27, 2011-April 12 ended @ Rockies on Todd Helton’s game-ending homer.
May 16 At Rockies, Patrick Corbin (22 years, 302 days) faced Jamie Moyer (49 years, 180 days) in the fourth-largest age difference (26 years, 243 days) in a starting pitching matchup all-time (source: Elias Sports Bureau).
May 26 Miguel Montero agrees to 5-year contract extension.
Jun 4 Select catcher Stryker Trahan (Traw-haw) out of Acadiana High School (Lafayette, La.) with first pick (26th overall) in First-Year Player Draft.
Jun 18 Aaron Hill hit the first of two cycles vs. Mariners.
Jun 29 Aaron Hill hit the second of two cycles, @ Brewers, within 11 days of each other to become the second player in the modern era of Major League Baseball to hit for a pair of cycles in a season (also Brooklyn Robins’ Babe Herman in 1931)...John Reilly (1883 with Cincinnati Red Stockings) and Tip O’Neill (1887 with St. Louis Browns) also hits for 2 cycles in a season in the American Association.
Jul 1 Wade Miley named to first NL All-Star Team as a reserve, the first D-backs rookie All-Star...17th rookie pitcher named to NL squad and first since Marlins’ Dontrelle Willis in 2003.
Jul 21 Jason Kubel hit a career-high 3 homers vs. Astros, seventh D-backs player (ninth time) to accomplish the feat.
Takashi Saito became first player of Japanese descent to pitch for D-backs in his debut on July 21 vs. Astros.
Jul 30 Newly acquired Chris Johnson became first D-backs player to hit a grand slam in his first game with the club @ Dodgers (source: Elias Sports Bureau).
Aug 22 Hosted first-ever doubleheader at Chase Field (14th overall twinbill)...swept with 3-2 and 3-0 wins vs. Marlins.
Wade Miley earned 14th win (vs. Marlins) to become first rookie pitcher with at least 14 wins and sub-3.00 ERA in first 25 games since Orioles’ Mike Boddicker in 1983.
Aug 31 J.J. Putz had franchise-record-tying 24 straight scoreless outings from June 23-Aug. 31, tying Brandon Lyon from April 9-June 12, 2008.
Sep 16 Kirk Gibson’s 200th regular- season victory (10-2 win vs. Giants), fourth D-backs manager to reach 200 regular-season win mark.
Sep 18 Adam Eaton reached base safely 22 times through his first 11 games, tied with Mark Reynolds (2007) for most by D-backs player during that span.
Sep 21 Wade Miley secured his 16th win in a 15-5 victory @ Rockies, tying him for most wins by NL rookie since 1986 with the Rockies’ Jason Jennings and second-highest win total by a rookie pitcher since 1986.
Oct 18 Announce new television broadcast team featuring former D-backs manager and Emmy Award winner Bob Brenly as the analyst and former ESPN “Baseball Tonight” and “SportsCenter” host and veteran broadcaster Steve Berthiaume for play-by-play duties...duo later introduced at news conference on Nov. 5.
Oct 20 Acquire Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera from Athletics for Chris Young and cash considerations then sent Cabrera to Marlins for Heath Bell and cash considerations.
Nov 8 Aaron Hill named Louisville Slugger 2012 Silver Slugger Award® recipient for NL Second Basemen.
Nov 20 Acquire Matt Reynolds from Rockies for Ryan Wheeler.
Dec 6 Eric Hinske agrees to one-year contract.
Dec 8 Eric Chavez agrees to one-year contract.
Dec 11 RHP Brandon McCarthy agrees to two-year contract.
Acquired Didi Gregorius, Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson from Indians for Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw.
Dec 19 Name Steve Sax as First Base Coach and Turner Ward as Assistant Hitting Coach.
Dec 22 Cody Ross agrees to three-year contract.
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Jan 14 J.J. Putz agrees to one-year extension through exercised 2013 option on Oct. 20, 2012.
Jan 24 D-backs acquire Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Zeke Spruill, Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury from Braves for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.
Jan 31 Martin Prado agrees on four-year contract through 2016.
Feb 8 Aaron Hill agrees on three-year contract through 2016.
Jun 12 D-backs announce they will serve as the home team for MLB’s 2014 Championship Season opener in Sydney, Australia on March 22-23, 2014 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
Jul 1 D-backs announce plans to honor the memory of 19 firefighters from Prescott, Ariz. who perished fighting the Yarnell fire with a series of tributes, including a memorial “19” patch to remain on the team’s jersey through- out the season.
Aug 23 D-backs rebrand their physical front office as the D-backs Culture & Innovation Center.
Sep 19 D-backs ranked the No. 1 franchise in Major League Baseball and sixth overall in sports in ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Standings.
Sep 26 D-backs final extra-inning affair of season put them at 80 extra innings played, 2 shy of Major League record 82 innings by 1918 Washington Senators [Elias Sports Bureau] while franchise-record 25 extra-inning games were 2 shy of NL-record 27 (1943 Braves, 1967 Dodgers, 1990 Astros).
Sep 29 D-backs final game gives club Major- League-record 1,538 innings played, surpassing the 1964 Yankees’ 1,537 innings played (164 games) [Elias Sports Bureau].
Oct 27 Paul Goldschmidt named NL winner of the Hank Aaron Award, first D-back to win the honors...AL award won by Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.
Oct 29 Paul Goldschmidt (first) and Gerardo Parra (second) win Rawlings Gold Gloves.
Nov 6 Paul Goldschmidt wins first career Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger.
Nov 7 D-backs and Gerardo Parra named Wilson NL Defensive Team and Player of the Year, respectively.
Nov 14 Paul Goldschmidt finished second in NL Most Valuable Player voting behind Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen as announced by Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). Goldschmidt’s second-place finish was the best by a D-backs player in club his- tory, ahead of Matt Williams (1999) and Luis Gonzalez’s (2001) third-place result.
Dec 5 Former D-backs broadcaster Joe Garagiola named recipient of 2014 John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award by National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors...second D-back to win honors joining Roland Hemond.
Dec 10 Acquired Mark Trumbo from Angels and two players-to-be-named in 3-team trade also involving White Sox.
Dec 11 Billy Bryk (Special Assistant to the General Manager & Major League Scout) and Howard McCullough (Southeast Scouting Supervisor) named 2013 Midwest and East Coast Baseball Scouts of the Year, respectively, first D-backs to receive the award.
Dec 16 Acquired Addison Reed from White Sox for Matt Davidson.
Dec 16 Rodrigo Lopez becomes first former D-backs player to join the Spanish radio broad- cast team to serve as the color analyst.