Arizona Diamondbacks reveal new Nike uniforms for 2020 season
CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday revealed their 2020 uniforms, their first iteration of Nike jerseys.
They revealed the set of six uniforms in full at the ninth annual D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic at the Whirlwind Golf Club.
Since the news broke in January that Nike would become Major League Baseball’s outfitter beginning in 2020, it was expected that each club would roll out new versions of their jerseys after the 2019 season.
The new-look uniforms aren’t a complete overhaul of the ones the Diamondbacks wore in 2019, but they include minor tweaks. Most notably, the gradient patterns on the shoulders and elsewhere are completely gone, while the font and color schemes remain largely the same.
“The black and teal is a nice little different kind of thing, and obviously the white and teal is my favorite. I pulled for that one to stay,” pitcher Robbie Ray said.
“I wasn’t a real fan of the gradient. I’m fine that it’s gone.”
Ray said he will miss the darker gray alternates, but admitted he liked the cleanliness of the new gray Nike outfits.
In another change to the jerseys, there is now a Nike logo on the chest. Previously, the former jersey manufacturer, Majestic, had its logo on the sleeve.
Infielder Eduardo Escobar, who modeled the uniforms before the reveal, said they feel the same as the previous jerseys. He’s a fan of the white versions and the red and black look.
“So beautiful,” he said Friday before taking in a round of golf.
Arizona last had a major uniform overhaul prior to the 2016 season.
The kits that include color schemes of Sedona red, teal, dark grey and black also received a tweak in 2017, when the graphics on the pant legs were most notably cut for a more simplistic look.
The D-backs, after receiving feedback from fans, also removed the teal outlining on the dark grey uniforms that clashed with the red piping and made the player names and numbers harder to read. It was replaced by white on that alternate uniform.
The Diamondbacks showed off their new jerseys prior to teeing off on the golf course Friday.
The tournament, which comes a week before Veteran’s Day weekend, has raised funds for military veteran initiatives through the team’s charitable foundation since 2011.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has donated more than $1.8 million to organizations including Military Assistance Mission, Folds of Honor Foundation, Soldier’s Best Friend, Catholic Charities MANA House, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, USO and Fighter Country Partnership.
“It’s been great,” Ray said of the event, which he’s attended the past three years. “Come out here, play golf, connect with everyone out here, it’s been fun.
“Obviously out on the golf course on a day like today, you can’t beat it.”
Arizona Diamondbacks unveil gold City Connect jersey, referencing Sonoran Desert, Hispanic culture
The Arizona Diamondbacks have unveiled a gold uniform referencing the Sonoran Desert and the state's Hispanic culture as the latest alternate jersey in the City Connect collection.
The jersey reads "Serpientes" across the front, intended to highlight Arizona's Hispanic culture, while the uniform patch features the Arizona state flag and a reference to Phoenix's nickname as the Valley of the Sun.
The Diamondbacks will debut the uniforms June 18 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and plan to wear them six more times: July 16 against the Chicago Cubs, July 30 against the Dodgers, Aug. 13 against the San Diego Padres and for a three-game series with the Dodgers on Hispanic Heritage Weekend from Sept. 24 to 26, which includes Roberto Clemente Day.
"I was really excited about that because we are involving the Spanish community in a special way. Arizona has a really big Hispanic community, and for me to be part of that, I am really proud and excited about it," said Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta, who is Venezuelan. "We have Venezuelan guys, Dominican guys on our team to represent the Spanish community in Arizona. It really is a big deal for us, especially the way they're doing it with the team name."
Arizona will join the Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox and Cubs with a City Connect jersey.
The Diamondbacks conducted Zoom calls during the 2020 season to survey players on their thoughts about potential City Connect uniform designs. Peralta said that while many of the uniforms featured a nod to Arizona's Hispanic culture -- according to the most recent U.S. census data, more than 42% of the state's residents identify as Hispanic -- the gold design jumped off the page.
"I was looking at the colors in the computer and I thought it looked good, but when I saw the jersey, the way the colors come out, the contrast levels, it was like whoa, this is unique," Peralta said. "This is something different."
Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall said the jersey will replace the current alternative that reads "Los D-backs" and could become a regular part of the rotation depending on the reaction from fans and whether the team wins while wearing the uniforms.
"If we have an overwhelmingly favorable reaction to it, then we are going to start working them in a little more," Hall said. "If we see that the hoodies and the T-shirts and jerseys are flying off the shelf in the team shop, we'll know that fans want to see it more, and we'll get feedback from fans and players. Our players are extremely superstitious, and if we turn the season around, you'll see Serpientes out there a lot more, especially if we can rattle off some wins with it."
When approached by MLB and Nike regarding City Connect, the Diamondbacks immediately agreed to take part in the inaugural run of uniforms. When deciding on which colors to use, they decided to stick to their existing set.
"Our preference was to have more of a bright or loud color, but we thought that it was a reflection of the desert," Hall said. "It was a color that we already had, so it's not an escape from what we have already, but I think our fans would have been more shocked if we had completely abandoned our colors."
The Diamondbacks historically have been one of the more experimental teams when it comes to uniform designs. Ahead of the 2016 season, the team unveiled a complete redesign featuring a polarizing gradient snakeskin pattern on the uniforms and pants, widely considered among fans to be among the worst in the sport. When Nike took over as the uniform provider for MLB, Arizona once again redesigned its jerseys.
"We've been bold at times, maybe too bold, had too many options in the past, and we simplified," Hall said. "We were one of the first teams to completely abandon our original colors and we were purple and teal, and for years, we had MLB asking us to consider changing our colors. We already had the Rockies with the purple. The purple never really matched up, and on TV, it looked more blue. The purple and teal was somewhat outdated.
"There was no red in our division, and they put on an entire presentation for us where baseball was showing us that we should be the color red because of the Sedona Mountains and the sky and we said, no, thank you, but the more we thought about it, it made sense. We're such a young franchise, and you can do that."
Peralta said that while gold is not a typical color for a baseball uniform, he thinks the unique look will appeal to fans. During a photoshoot ahead of the jersey reveal, the outfielder noticed a similar shade of gold on a snake's skin to the one found on the jerseys.
"It's just all about doing something different," Peralta said. "The fans, the young guys, they like it, all of the kids. With these new uniforms, it's different, and I think that's the best part of that. People are going to be like, 'Wow, I've never seen something like that.'"
Arizona Diamondbacks unveil Nike MLB City Connect Series 'Serpientes' uniform for 2021
The Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled their long-awaited Nike MLB City Connect Series uniforms on Sunday.
Seven MLB teams are unveiling the special uniform this season, with the Diamondbacks being the fifth.
The uniforms feature the word "Serpientes," a spanish translation of snakes, across the chest and "were designed in collaboration with Nike to highlight the franchise’s desert roots, the state’s Hispanic culture and the bond between the team and its fans," according to a release from the team.
The team is first scheduled to wear the uniform on June 18 in the first game of a 3-game series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers
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It will also wear them during Hispanic Heritage Weekend, Sept. 24-26, also against the Dodgers, the team announced.
“We are proud to be among the first teams to launch our City Connect uniforms that pay homage to so much of what makes life in Arizona unique,” Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. “This concept is about bringing our community together, with respect for the past and an eye toward the future.”
The uniform is sand colored and includes patches featuring Arizona’s state flag and a nod to Phoenix’s moniker, The Valley of the Sun.
Serpientes merchandise is now available in the Chase Field Team Shop.
The team is also scheduled to wear the uniform on July 16 vs. the Cubs, July 30 vs. the Dodgers and Aug. 13 vs. the Padres.
The San Francisco Giants and Dodgers are the two teams that haven't released their uniform yet.
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The Red Sox, Marlins, White Sox and Cubs are the previous MLB teams that have unveiled their Nike City Connect uniforms this season.
Nike described the jerseys as follows:
"After Major League Baseball and Nike announced their partnership to provide on-field uniforms in 2020, the relationship would help guide one of the most historic visual connections in sports: the bond between baseball club identities and their fans. Balancing that sanctity and ingenuity in a club's identity through creative partnership is what energizes the 2021 Nike MLB City Connect Series. The designs continue to explore a franchise’s connection to its city and its fanbase, each with distinct personalities, values, customs and traditions."
A press release announcing the jerseys added some insights:
“Developed in partnership with MLB Clubs, the Nike MLB City Connect series celebrates the bond between each team and its city. "The uniform series explores the personality, values and customs that make each community and their residents unique. Building on the rich heritage of each Club, the City Connect series pushes the boundaries of baseball uniform design to create new traditions and help grow the game of baseball."
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Careful. There’s s-s-s-s-s-s-something extra picante emerging from the desert today.
That hissing sound you hear comes from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who just unveiled their new Nike MLB City Connect uniform, the fifth of seven big league clubs to do so during this inaugural campaign of Nike’s new uniform program. The Diamondbacks will wear the new uniform at least seven times in 2021 with its début coming this Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“When we heard that we’d be one of the first teams to have a City Connect uniform, we were thrilled,” Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall told SportsLogos.Net. “We had sessions up at Nike, they also came down here a few times, and they were really good listeners. They wanted to hear what was important, what is unique and special about our landscape and about our market. Nike was extremely cooperative and collaborative. I could not be happier with the process and with the interaction and creativity set forth by Nike.”
The main feature of the new Sonoran Sand-coloured uniform is the magnificant scripted “Serpientes” (Spanish for “Snakes”) wordmark in black, winding itself across the chest of the jersey. The same snake which has long been used by the Diamondbacks on various caps over the years has now been re-coiled into the shape of an “S”. The back half of the snake’s body has been stretched out long, acting as a flourish to underscore its own name, with a trio of diamond-shaped rattles at its tail.
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“In the past, we’ve had too many jerseys at one time, so we’ve tried to simplify things. This uniform is taking the place of the ‘Los D-backs’ jersey that we’ve worn forever, so we wanted to have a Hispanic twist, a nod to our Hispanic culture and population here,” Hall continued. “I was on a plane to Portland when I was testing different names in Spanish, and for ‘snakes’ the word ‘serpientes’ came up. I liked it, so I asked Nike and they thought to make it look like scripting in a snake-type script and they did it! That’s just how good they are, they’ll they blow you away with their creativity.”
Beneath this wordmark is the player’s number in Sedona Red in the D-backs standard font. On the right sleeve is a re-coloured black, red, and sand Arizona state flag, on the left is the Diamondbacks primary “A” logo in black and sand.
One Diamondbacks player, catcher Carson Kelly, has a unique perspective amongst players when it comes to uniform design. Carson’s father worked with Nike as a Global Brand Marketing Director and the family would relocate back and forth between Oregon and Toronto as his father was transferred between Nike offices.
“I really enjoy the process [of designing the uniform] and seeing the final product because I know there’s a lot that went into it, the design work, what font do we use?” Kelly told SportsLogos.Net. “The amount of time and effort that are put into these uniforms, I think, sometimes is taken for granted.”
“[As a player], it’s really cool when you come into a locker room and see something different, something new, and you’re feeling the material, and learning what’s the purpose behind every single logo, every single stitch, things like that makes it truly special to put it on it, and go out onto the diamond wearing it. The jerseys turned out phenomenal.”
While the team eventually decided against making this a “Valley of the Sun” themed uniform, they did work in a reference to it courtesy a new logo which has been added to the bottom of the jersey near the “jock tag”. This logo shows a snake, with the Diamondbacks’ old alternate ‘db’ logo for a head, shaped into the letter “V” surrounding a red sun – a nod to the common nickname used for the City of Phoenix.
“We looked at ‘Valley’, we looked at Del Sol, there were so many different treatments that we looked at, but we really wanted to have a Spanish word and for us to be able to keep that snake reference was important,” said Hall. “It’s important for us to recognize the Latino community, they’ve been very supportive of us. They’re so enthusiastic about baseball, for us to give them a nod and let them know just how special they are to us, that’s an added reward. We really lucked out and picked the ideal name, I think the fans are going to have such a positive reaction to it like our players did and I think they’re even going to have fun shortening ‘Serpientes’ to ‘Serps’.”
“We get to play a game at the highest level and having a community like this behind you, that backs you like that, it’s extremely special,” Kelly added, in regards to the team’s large Latino fanbase. “Just getting to wear this jersey is actually really, really special.”
Though this is the first time the Diamondbacks have worn Sonoran Sand as a primary jersey colour, this new uniform doesn’t stray away whatsoever from the team’s existing colour scheme and makes sure to utilize elements already present in their usual uniform set. It’s very easy to imagine this as a uniform that could slide right in alongside their other options as a regular alternate option.
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The new caps carry over the same colour scheme as the jersey, the crown is sand with the team’s primary logo re-coloured black and sand on the front. There are no side patches (aside from the usual New Era logo), the visor is black, and the MLB silhouette on the back is coloured black/white/sand.
“We were trying to come down to an agreement on the colour and how we could tie that in with the Arizona desert,” said Hall. “Nike had suggested oranges and yellows and we had to be really cognizant of the fact that the Giants own orange and with yellow we knew that the Red Sox were going to have a strong yellow presence with their City Connect uniform. So we wanted to stay away from that and go with one of our existing colours – Sonoran Sand. It matches perfectly with the desert.”
Unlike the other teams to unveil their City Connect uniform thus far, the Diamondbacks are immediately committing to wearing the new look beyond its initial series. In addition to the June 18th début, the D-backs will wear the new uniforms on July 16th against the Cubs, July 30th against the Dodgers, August 13th vs San Diego, and across an entire three-game series vs. the Dodgers from September 24th through 26th, during which time the D-backs will be celebrating both Hispanic Heritage Weekend and Roberto Clemente Day.
Based on my conversation with Hall it seemed very likely that the team will wear this uniform even beyond the above seven-game schedule and that it’ll be brought along on road trips in case the players choose to wear it away from home. Pants will be either white or grey depending on if the game is at home or on the road, this is not a head-to-toe Sonoran Sand uniform.
“If there’s strong support and enthusiasm from the fans or players, we will encourage our guys to rotate them in more,” Hall said. “Hopefully we turn this poor season around and start playing better and I hope it’s somewhat associated with these jerseys to where they want to wear them more. If we can attach winning to this jersey, even better.”
The Nike MLB City Connect uniform series was first announced back in early April as an opportunity to “celebrate the bond between each club and its city” while also “pushing the boundaries of baseball uniform design to create new traditions and grow the game of baseball.”
Things were kicked off with the unveiling of an all-yellow Boston Marathon themed Boston Red Sox uniform, this was followed up with a red Miami Marlins tribute to the Cuban Sugar Kings, the Chicago White Sox love letter to the Southside of Chicago, and the Chicago Cubs navy blue Wrigleyville set which they just wore last night against the Cardinals.
The San Francisco Giants (July) and Los Angeles Dodgers (August) are the last two teams who are set to release theirs in 2021. The City Connect program will eventually expand across the rest of the league with some joining during the 2022 season and the rest in 2023.
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Arizona Diamondbacks reveal Nike City Connect ‘Serpientes’ jerseys
The Arizona Diamondbacks revealed their Nike City Connect ‘Serpientes’ jerseys on Sunday.
They are one of seven MLB teams that will sport Nike's MLB City Connect Series, which the team says will "highlight the franchise’s desert roots, the state’s Hispanic culture and the bond between the team and its fans."
Arizona will wear the uniform seven times this season and will debut the jerseys on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs have already debuted their City Connect uniforms.
“We are proud to be among the first teams to launch our City Connect uniforms that pay homage to so much of what makes life in Arizona unique,” said Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall. “This concept is about bringing our community together, with respect for the past and an eye toward the future.”
Arizona's jersey features a Sonoran Sand color, with the word “Serpientes” (Spanish for “Snakes”) in black. Two Diamondbacks logo, one with the Arizona state flag and are placed on the sleeve and at the bottom left corner of the jersey.
The team will also wear the uniforms on July 16 against the Cubs, July 30 when they take on the Dodgers, August 13 vs. the San Diego Padres and the entire series against the Dodgers starting Sept. 24.
Arizona Diamondbacks' new 'Serpientes' uniform draws rave reviews: 'Simplicity is sexy'
The Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled a new uniform over the weekend and reaction to the new look for the team has been very positive overall.
The uniform is part of Nike's MLB City Connect Series and the Diamondbacks are the fifth of seven teams who will unveil new looks as part of the series this season.
The uniforms feature the word "Serpientes," a Spanish translation of snakes, across the chest and "were designed in collaboration with Nike to highlight the franchise’s desert roots, the state’s Hispanic culture and the bond between the team and its fans," according to a release from the team.
The team is first scheduled to wear the uniform on June 18 in the first game of a 3-game series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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The Sporting News ranked all five released Nike City Connect uniforms for this season and they had Arizona's ranked No. 3, but the site heaped a lot of praise on the look.
Joe Rivera wrote: "The D-backs rank third here, but they might as well be tied for first. While some of the other uniforms on here are heavily over-designed, the Diamondbacks opted for simplicity with these uniforms, and they're very, very nice. The color of the uniform is meant to mirror that of the sands of the Sonoran desert, while the script "Serpientes" across the front honors the Hispanic culture of Arizona. There's also a very, very nice "V" patch, meant to symbolize Phoenix's nickname, the "Valley of the Sun." These are simple, but sometimes simplicity is sexy, which these are."
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Reaction to the look was also pretty positive on social media.
In an azcentral sports poll, more than 70% of voters selected "I love them" or "I like them" when asked for their thoughts on the new uniform.
Less than 30% voted "I don't like them" or "I really don't like them."
Some people raved about the look on Twitter.
Not everyone, however, was a fan of the look …
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Major League Baseball franchise in Phoenix, Arizona
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The Arizona Diamondbacks (colloquially known as the D-backs) are an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The franchise was established as an expansion team and began play in 1998. The team plays its home games at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark. In its fourth season, Arizona won a World Series championship, defeating the New York Yankees in 2001 to become the fastest expansion team in major league history to win a championship.
From 1998 to 2021, the Diamondbacks have an overall record of 1,840–1,946 (.486).
Main article: History of the Arizona Diamondbacks
See also: 1998 Major League Baseball expansion
On March 9, 1995, Phoenix was awarded an expansion franchise to begin play for the 1998 season. A $130 million franchise fee was paid to Major League Baseball and on January 16, 1997, the Diamondbacks were officially voted into the National League. The Diamondbacks' first major league game was played against the Colorado Rockies on March 31, 1998, at Bank One Ballpark. The ballpark was renamed Chase Field in 2005, as a result of Bank One Corporation's merger with JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Since their debut, the Diamondbacks have won five NL West division titles, one NL pennant, one Wild Card game, and the 2001 World Series.
Logos and uniforms
The Diamondbacks' original colors were purple, black, teal and copper. Their first logo was an italicized block letter "A" with a diamond pattern, and the crossbar represented by a snake's tongue. This period saw the Diamondbacks wear various uniform combinations.
At home, the Diamondbacks wore cream uniforms with purple pinstripes. The primary sleeved uniform, worn from 1998 to 2000, featured the full team name ("Diamond" and "Backs" stacked together) in front and chest numbers. The alternate sleeveless version contained the "A" logo on the right chest, and was paired with purple undershirts. Before the 2001 season, the sleeved uniform was changed to feature the "A" logo. In all three uniforms, player names were teal with purple trim, and numbers were purple with white with teal trim.
The Diamondbacks' primary road gray uniform also contained purple pinstripes. The first version featured "Arizona" in purple with white and teal trim along with black drop shadows. Chest numbers were also added. Player names were in purple with white trim, and numbers were teal with white and purple trim. In 2001, the uniform became sleeveless with black undershirts, and the lettering scheme was changed to purple with white, copper and black accents.
The alternate home purple uniform featured "Arizona" in teal with white and copper trim and black drop shadows. Originally the letters were rendered in teal with copper and white trim, but was changed to copper with teal and white trim after only one season. This set was worn until 2002.
The alternate road black uniform initially featured the "A" logo on the right chest, while letters were in purple with white trim and numbers in teal with white and purple trim. A zigzag pattern of teal, copper and purple was also featured on the sleeves. In 2001, the uniform was changed to feature "Arizona" in front. Letters were now purple with white and copper trim.
The Diamondbacks initially wore four different cap versions. The primary home cap is all-purple, while the road cap is black with a teal brim. They also wore a cream cap with purple brim, and a teal cap with purple brim. All designs featured the primary "A" logo. In 1999, the road cap became all-black and contained the alternate "D-snake" logo rendered in copper. Also, the teal and cream alternate caps were dropped.
The left sleeve of all four uniforms initially contained the snake logo with the full team name, but became only exclusive to the road black uniform after the 2003 season.
The franchise unveiled new uniforms and colors of Sedona red, Sonoran sand and black on November 8, 2006. The red shade is named for the sandstonecanyon at Red Rock State Park near Sedona, while the beige (sand) shade is named for the Sonoran Desert. A sleeve patch was added featuring a lowercase "d" and "b" configured to look like a snake's head. The team also kept the "D" logo, but was slightly altered and put on an all red cap to be used as their game cap. They also kept the "A" logo with the new colors applied to it, with a solid black cap used as the alternate cap. A similar color scheme is currently used by the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League.
The white home uniform featured "D-Backs" in red with sand and black trim. The road gray uniform featured "Arizona" in red with sand and black trim. Player names were red with black trim while numbers were black with red trim.
The alternate red uniform contained "D-Backs" in sand with red and black trim, with player names in sand with black trim and numbers in black with sand trim.
There were two versions of the alternate black uniform. One design has the alternate "A" logo on the right chest, while the other has "Arizona" written in red with black and sand trim. The latter was introduced in 2013 as a tribute to the victims of the Yarnell Hill Fire. On both uniforms, player names were sand with red trim, and numbers in red with sand trim.
Prior to the 2016 season, the Diamondbacks reincorporated teal into its color scheme while keeping Sedona Red, Sonoran Sand and black. They also unveiled eight different uniform combinations, including two separate home white and away grey uniforms. One major difference between the two sets is that the non-teal uniforms feature a snakeskin pattern on the shoulders, while the teal-trimmed uniforms include a charcoal/grey snakeskin pattern on the back. Arizona also kept the throwback pinstriped sleeveless uniforms from their 2001 championship season for use during Thursday home games.
Starting with the 2020 season, the Diamondbacks made slight redesigns to their current uniforms. The snakeskin patterns were removed while the teal-trimmed grey uniforms were retired. The team also reverted to a standard grey uniform after wearing a darker shade on the previous set. Two home white uniforms remain in use: the primary Sedona Red and the alternate teal. They would also wear two black uniforms: one with the primary "A" logo on the left chest and the other with "Los D-Backs" trimmed in teal. Three cap designs were also unveiled: the primary "A" cap, the teal-trimmed "snake" cap (paired exclusively on the teal alternates), and the sand-trimmed "snake" cap (paired exclusively on the Sedona Red alternates). The Nike swoosh logo is also placed on the right chest near the shoulder.
Regular season home attendance
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Radio and television
The primary television play-by-play voice for the team's first nine seasons of play was Thom Brennaman, who also broadcast baseball and college football games nationally for FOX Television. Brennaman was the TV announcer for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds (along with his father Marty Brennaman) before being hired by Diamondbacks founder Jerry Colangelo in 1996, two years before the team would begin play.
In October 2006, Brennaman left the Diamondbacks to call games with his father for the Reds beginning in 2007, signing a four-year deal (his FOX duties remained unchanged).
The English language flagship radio station is KTAR. Greg Schulte is the regular radio play-by-play voice, a 25-year veteran of sports radio in the Phoenix market, also well known for his previous work on Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University (ASU) broadcasts.
Jeff Munn is a backup radio play-by-play announcer; he served as the regular public address announcer at Chase Field in the early days of the franchise. He is well known to many Phoenix area sports fans, having also served as the public address announcer for the Suns at America West Arena (now Phoenix Suns Arena) in the 1990s. He is also the play-by-play radio voice for ASU women's basketball.
On November 1, 2006, the team announced that the TV voice of the Milwaukee Brewers since 2002, Daron Sutton, would be hired as the Diamondbacks primary TV play-by-play voice. Sutton was signed to a five-year contract with a team option for three more years. Sutton is considered one of the best of the younger generation of baseball broadcasters. His signature chants include "let's get some runs" when the D-backs trail in late innings. Sutton's father is Hall of Fame pitcher and current Atlanta Braves broadcaster Don Sutton.
Former Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace and former Major League knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti were the Diamondbacks primary color analysts for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Former Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams also did color commentary on occasion, as did former Cardinals and NBC broadcast legend Joe Garagiola, Sr., a longtime Phoenix-area resident and father of Joe Garagiola, Jr., the first GM of the Diamondbacks (as head of the Maricopa County Sports Authority in the early 1990s, Garagiola, Jr. was one of the primary people involved in Phoenix obtaining a Major League Baseball franchise).
The Diamondbacks announced in July 2007 that for the 2008 season, all regionally broadcast Diamondbacks TV games would be shown exclusively on FOX Sports Arizona (now Bally Sports Arizona) and a few could possibly be shown on the national MLB on FOX telecasts. Bally Sports Arizona is currently seen in 2.8 million households in Arizona and New Mexico. The previous flagship station since the inaugural 1998 season was KTVK, a popular over-the-air independent station (and former longtime ABC affiliate) in Phoenix.
From 2009 to 2012, Mark Grace and Daron Sutton were tagged as the main broadcasters of the Diamondbacks with pre-game and postgame shows on FOX Sports Arizona, being hosted by former big-league closer Joe Borowski.
On June 21, 2012, Daron Sutton was suspended indefinitely, amid rumors of insubordination. Then on August 24, the team announced that Mark Grace had requested an indefinite leave of absence after being arrested for his second DUI in less than two years  (Grace was later indicted on four DUI counts). For the remainder of the 2012 season, Sutton was replaced by Greg Schulte (Jeff Munn replaced Schulte on the radio broadcast) and Grace was replaced by Luis Gonzalez. At the end of the 2012 season, the team announced that neither Sutton nor Grace would be returning for the 2013 season.
On October 18, 2012, the team announced that Bob Brenly would be returning as a broadcaster to replace Grace and that he would be joined by then-ESPN personality Steve Berthiaume.
The flagship Spanish language radio station is KHOV-FM 105.1 with Oscar Soria, Rodrigo Lopez, and Richard Saenz.
Games were televised in Spanish on KPHE-LP—with Oscar Soria and Jerry Romo as the announcers—but this arrangement ended prior to the 2009 season due to the team switching fully to FOX Sports Arizona and the lack of carriage of KPHE-LP on the Cox cable system.
Baseball Hall of Famers
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Ford C. Frick Award recipients
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Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
Main article: Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
Main article: List of Arizona Diamondbacks team records
- Games played: Luis Gonzalez (1999–2006) – 1,194
- At bats: Luis Gonzalez – 4,488
- Hits: Luis Gonzalez – 1,337
- Batting average: Greg Colbrunn – .310
- Runs: Luis Gonzalez – 780
- Doubles: Luis Gonzalez – 310
- Triples: Stephen Drew – 52
- Home runs: Luis Gonzalez – 224
- Runs batted in: Luis Gonzalez – 774
- On-base percentage: Paul Goldschmidt* – .396
- Walks: Luis Gonzalez – 650
- Strikeouts: Chris Young* – 814
- Slugging percentage: Paul Goldschmidt* – .538
- Stolen bases: Tony Womack – 182
- ERA: Randy Johnson (1999–2004, 2007–08) – 2.83
- Wins: Randy Johnson – 118
- Losses: Randy Johnson/Brandon Webb (2003–10) – 62
- Games: Brad Ziegler – 290
- Saves: José Valverde – 98
- Innings: Randy Johnson – 1630.1
- Starts: Randy Johnson – 232
- Strikeouts: Randy Johnson – 2,077
- Complete games: Randy Johnson – 38
- Shutouts: Randy Johnson – 14
- WHIP: Curt Schilling – 1.04
- all stats are current as of December 9, 2015 from the Arizona Diamondbacks website.
* signifies current Major League player
- No. 42 was retired throughout Major League Baseball in 1997 to honor Jackie Robinson.
Main article: List of Arizona Diamondbacks seasons
Minor league affiliations
Main article: List of Arizona Diamondbacks minor league affiliates
The Arizona Diamondbacks farm system consists of nine minor league affiliates.
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