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He compiled similar completed a sweep with a 5–1 road win in Game 3. Livan Hernandez pitched six strong innings for Arizona. In the next round, the NLCS, the Diamondbacks faced a division rival, the wild-card Rockies. The Rock- numbers in 2010, confirming that ies were he was one of baseball's best young energetic. They had swept the talents. Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS. 36 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS also young and Justin Upton prepares to bat in Game 1 of the 2007 NLCS against Colorado. The right fielder, one of Arizona’s “Baby Backs,” was just 20 years old at the time.

Giants. The team also got boosts from The Diamondbacks made first baseman Tony Clark (30 several other changes that off- homers) and pitcher Brandon season. 54 ERA). the team traded its ace pitcher, Arizona improved its record sig- Johnson, to the New York nificantly from the year before. Yankees in January 2005 for The team finished 77–85. The right-hander Javier Vazquez Diamondbacks ended up in sec- and two other players. Arizona’s ond place in a weak NL West, new management was trying to five games behind the San rebuild the team.

But with each. The series returned to strong hitting and a talented Miller Park for Game 5, where bullpen, the Arizona Diamond- the Brewers edged the D-backs backs can look forward to a 3–2 to win the division. future trip to the Fall Classic. "BABY BACKS" AND GROWING PAINS 41 TIMELINE 1995 1995 1998 1999 1999 2000 2000 42 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2001 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007 2009 2011 43 QUICK STATS KEY PLAYERS (position[s]; seasons with team) FRANCHISE HISTORY 1998– WORLD SERIES (wins in bold) 2001 NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 2001, 2007 DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011 WILD-CARD BERTHS None Jay Bell (IF; 1998–2002) Craig Counsell (IF; 2000–03, 2005–06) Steve Finley (CF; 1999–2004) Luis Gonzalez (LF; 1999–2006) Randy Johnson (SP; 1999–2004, 2007–08) Mark Reynolds (3B; 2007–2010) Curt Schilling (SP; 2000–03) Justin Upton (RF; 2007–2012) Brandon Webb (SP; 2003–2009) Matt Williams (3B; 1998–2003) Tony Womack (OF/IF; 1999–2003) Chris Young (CF; 2006–2012) KEY MANAGERS Bob Brenly (2001–04): 303–262; 11–9 (postseason) Bob Melvin (2004–09): 337–340; 3–4 (postseason) Buck Showalter (1998–2000): 250–236; 1–3 (postseason) HOME FIELDS Chase Field (2005– ) Known as Bank One Ballpark (1998–2005) * All statistics through 2013 season 44 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS QUOTES AND ANECDOTES Randy Johnson was known over his long career as an overpowering pitcher.

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