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Timeline

  1. 1998-2000
  2. 2001-2003
  3. 2004-2009
  4. 2010-Present
  1. 1998-2000

    1998

    January 10: Single-game tickets go on sale for Opening Day on March 31 against the Colorado Rockies. All tickets are gone before lunch.

    February 13: Pitchers and catchers take the field at Kino Veterans Memorial Sportspark in Tucson to inaugurate the Diamondbacks' first Major League Spring Training.

    February 27: In the Diamondbacks' first Cactus League exhibition game, Edwin Diaz hits a ninth-inning sacrifice fly that scores Kelly Stinnett with the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Tucson Electric Park.

    March 20: Jerry Colangelo and county officials break bottles of sparkling water over the rotunda railings to highlight the official dedication ceremony at Bank One Ballpark.

    March 29: The final exhibition game of the season serves as a trial run for Bank One Ballpark as 49,198 fans see the White Sox defeat Arizona, 3-0.

    March 31: With 50,179 fans overflowing Bank One Ballpark, the Diamondbacks celebrate the first regular season game in franchise history. Colorado wins, 9-2, but not before Travis Lee collects Arizona's first hit (a first-inning single), first homer, first run and first RBI.

    April 5: Arizona celebrates its first victory, a 3-2 win over San Francisco that evens Andy Benes' record at 1-1.

    July 30: Omar Daal pitches the franchise's first complete-game shutout, scattering four hits in a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Bank One Ballpark.

    September 4: A 3-1 win over Houston gives the Diamondbacks their seventh consecutive victory, equalling the longest winning streak by any expansion team in history.

    September 13: Andy Benes comes within two outs of pitching a no-hitter in a 5-0 win at Cincinnati, highlighting a September in which he was 3-0 with an 0.47 ERA. Benes ends the season with a string of 27.1 scoreless innings.

    1999

    February 26: Tony Womack arrives from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Minor League outfielder Paul Weichard and a player to be named later (pitcher Jason Boyd).

    April 11: Luis Gonzalez cracks a seventh-inning homer off Atlanta's Greg Maddux, beginning a hitting streak that will last through May 18. Gonzalez is the 37th player in major-league history to reach the 30-game plateau.

    April 19: Jay Bell is named National League Player-of-the-Week, becoming the first Diamondback ever to win the award. Before the season ends, he will be joined by Matt Williams (twice), Randy Johnson (twice) and Steve Finley. Williams was also NL Player-of-the-Month for April and Johnson was Pitcher-of-the-Month for July.

    May 12:Matt Williams two-run, game-winning homer caps a five-run ninth as Arizona comes from behind for an 8-6 win over Montreal. It is the third straight night that the Diamondbacks beat the Expos with a homer in their final at-bat. Jay Bell was the hero on May 10, with Luis Gonzalez doing the honors on May 11.

    June 25: Bank One Ballpark plays host to its first no-hitter as St. Louis' Jose Jimenez outduels the Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson, 1-0. The game's only run scores on Thomas Howard's single in the top of the ninth inning.

    July 9: Arizona's bullpen is solidified with the addition of closer Matt Mantei, acquired from Florida for pitcher Vladimir Nunez, pitcher Brad Penny and a player to be named later.

    July 11:Jay Bell's grand slam in the sixth inning wins $1 million for fan Gylene Hoyle of Chandler, who predicted the player and the inning before the game as part of Shamrock Farms Grand Slam Sundae. As an afterthought, the Diamondbacks beat Oakland, 7-4.

    July 13: Third baseman Matt Williams and second baseman Jay Bell become the first Diamondbacks to start an All-Star Game. Pitcher Randy Johnson and left fielder Luis Gonzalez also make appearances. No team could boast more representatives.

    July 21: Tony Womack legs out a ninth-inning, inside-the-park grand slam off relief ace Billy Wagner to give the Diamondbacks a 7-4 victory in Houston. It is the first inside-the-park homer in franchise history.

    September 24: Matt Williams scoops up Doug Mirabelli's ground ball and throws to first base for the final out of an 11-3 victory in San Francisco that mathematically clinches the National League West championship for the Diamondbacks. Arizona becomes the first expansion team to reach the playoffs or win a division title in its second year of competition.

    September 26: An estimated 8,000 fans jam the Bank One Ballpark Plaza to greet the Diamondbacks on their return home from their sweep of the Giants.

    October 3: The Diamondbacks notch win No. 100 of the year in the season finale. Bernard Gilkey and Rod Barajas hit back-to-back home runs in a 10-3 win over San Diego at Bank One Ballpark.

    October 5: In the team's first post-season appearance, Arizona drops an 8-4 decision to the New York Mets. Edgardo Alfonzo's ninth-inning grand slam, his second homer of the day, makes the difference.

    October 6: Todd Stottlemyre scatters four hits over 6.2 innings to help the Diamondbacks notch their first post-season win, 7-1, Steve Finley's two-run single in the third puts Arizona ahead to stay.

    October 9: Arizona's season ends when Todd Pratt homers in the bottom of the 10th inning to give New York a 4-3 victory in Game Four of the NL Division Series.

    November 11: The Diamondbacks earn their first Gold Glove Award when Steve Finley is honored as one of the National League's top fielding outfielders.

    November 16: After leading the Major Leagues in strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games, Randy Johnson gives the Arizona franchise its first major individual trophy by winning his second Cy Young Award.

    2000

    April 30: Randy Johnson compiles what might have been the best first month in baseball history, going 6-0 with an 0.91 ERA, three complete games and a pair of shutouts.

    May 2: Tony Womack begins a 24-game hitting streak which would wind up being tied for the longest in the NL in 2000 (Tony Eusebio).

    May 13: Diamondbacks set a club record by winning nine consecutive games.

    May 31: Diamondbacks turn the first triple play in club history in the fifth inning of their game against the St. Louis Cardinals with Mark McGwire at the plate.

    June 26: After hitting 35 home runs in 53 Minor League games, Alex Cabrera makes his big league debut and homers as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He becomes the 78th player in baseball history to homer in his first career at-bat.

    July 5: Luis Gonzalez becomes the first Diamondbacks player to hit for the cycle when he homers in the ninth inning at Houston.

    July 11: Randy Johnson starts for the National League in the All-Star Game in Atlanta, giving up one hit and striking out one in one inning of work. Steve Finley enters the game as a defensive replacement and singles home a run in his lone at-bat.

    September 10: Randy Johnson records the 3,000th strikeout of his career in Miami.

  2. 2001-2003

    2001

    April 26: Luis Gonzalez hits home runs No. 12 and 13, tying Ken Griffey Jr. for the most homers in Major League history for the month of April.

    May 8: Randy Johnson ties the Major League record for strikeouts in nine innings when he fans 20 Cincinnati Reds at Bank One Ballpark. Johnson leaves after nine innings with the score tied 3-3 and the Diamondbacks win in 11 innings, 4-3.

    May 19: Diamondbacks outlast the Giants, 1-0, in an 18-inning marathon at Pacific Bell Park.

    June 30: Luis Gonzalez earns his second National League Player of the Month Award for batting .417 with 12 home runs and 35 RBIs. He also won the award in April.

    July 10: Randy Johnson is the National League's starting pitcher at the All-Star Game in Seattle. It is the Big Unit's second straight starting assignment and his eighth trip to the Midsummer Classic.

    July 25: For the third straight year, the Diamondbacks make a deal before the trading deadline, acquiring starting pitcher Albie Lopez from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    August 23: Randy Johnson becomes the first pitcher in Major League history to record four consecutive 300-plus strikeout seasons.

    September 5: Curt Schilling becomes the Diamondbacks' first-ever 20-game winner.

    September 27: Randy Johnson ties the Major League record for double-digit strikeout games in a season as he records his 23rd of the campaign.

    October 5: The Diamondbacks beat the Brewers, 5-0, to clinch at least a tie for the NL West crown. The Giants fall to the Dodgers later that night, giving the D-backs their second division title in three years..

    October 14: The Diamondbacks defeat the Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to advance to the NLCS.

    October 21: The Diamondbacks defeat the Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS for their first NL pennant and trip to the World Series.

    October 28: Randy Johnson hurls a three-hit complete game, striking out 11 Yankees as the Diamondbacks win Game 2, 4-0, and take a 2-0 lead in games heading to New York.

    November 3: After three dramatic losses in New York, the Diamondbacks return home and beat the Yankees, 15-2, to set up a decisive Game 7.

    November 4: Luis Gonzalez's soft single to left field scores Jay Bell and caps a two-run ninth-inning comeback as the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees, 3-2, to become the quickest expansion team ever to win a World Series.

    November 13: Randy Johnson wins his third straight Cy Young Award, and and fourth overall. Teammate Curt Schilling finishes second in the voting.

    2002

    April 2: The Diamondbacks are awarded their 2001 World Series rings in a pregame ceremony.

    April 7: Curt Schilling tosses a one-hitter and strikes out 17 Brewers in Milwaukee.

    April 26: Randy Johnson wins his sixth straight start and becomes the first pitcher ever to win six games prior to May 1 in two different seasons (1999). He would be named Pitcher of the Month for April.

    May 29: Schilling beats the Giants to move his season record to 10-1. He would be named Pitcher of the Month for May a few days later.

    June 8: Schilling extends his club-record winning streak to nine as he outduels Pedro Martinez, 3-2, at Fenway Park.

    June 12: Pitching in Yankee Stadium for the first time since blowing two saves in the 2001 World Series, Byung-Hyun Kim finishes up a 9-5 D-backs win and fires the game ball over the left field wall.

    July 9: D-backs manager Bob Brenly leads the National League in the All-Star Game at Milwaukee's Miller Park. Schilling started for the NL, while Damian Miller, Junior Spivey, Luis Gonzalez, Kim and Johnson also were selected.

    July 27: Schilling holds the Padres to one run in eight innings to complete July a perfect 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA good enough for Pitcher of the Month honors.

    August 10: Johnson strikes out 14 Marlins to move past Tom Seaver and into fifth place on the all-time strikeout list.

    August 16: Schilling strikes out 12 Cubs at Wrigley Field to earn his 20th win.

    September 2: The D-backs suffer worst defeat ever, 19-1, to the Dodgers. There is some levity to the moment as Mark Grace winds up pitching the ninth for Arizona.

    September 4: Johnson tosses a three-hitter and moves past Bert Blyleven and into fourth place on the all-time strikeout list. It's also Johnson's 20th win, making he and Schilling only the sixth pair of teammates since 1950 to win 20 games in back-to-back seasons.

    September 9: ohnson sets an MLB record with his fifth straight 300-plus strikeout season. He also ties Nolan Ryan for most 300-plus strikeout seasons in a career (six).

    September 15: Schilling strikes out eight Brewers to join Johnson as only teammates in MLB history to record 300-plus strikeouts in the same season.

    September 18: Greg Colbrunn becomes second player in team history to hit for the cycle.

    September 26: Johnson caps a 5-0 September by beating the Rockies for his Major League-best 24th victory. Johnson's record and 0.66 ERA for the month earned him Pitcher of the Month honors.

    September 28: The D-backs clinch their third NL West title in four years, beating the Rockies, 17-8, in front of 46,170 at Bank One Ballpark.

    October 15: Diamondbacks fall 6-3 to the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL Division Series to end their season.

    November 5: Johnson wins his fourth consecutive NL Cy Young Award and the fifth of his career. The lefty is a unanimous selection after capturing the "Triple Crown" of pitching, leading the NL in wins (24), ERA (2.32) and strikeouts (334).

    2003

    January 9: Agreed to terms with P Elmer Dessens on a two-year contract.

    March 19: Signed Luis Gonzalez to a three-year contract extension through the 2006 season.

    March 24: Signed Randy Johnson to a two-year contract extension through the 2005 season.

    May 1: Randy Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

    May 29: Traded Byung-Hyun Kim to the Boston Red Sox for 3B Shea Hillenbrand.

    June 3: An MRI confirms a fractured bone in Curt Schilling's right hand.

    June 30: Diamondbacks win 12 consecutive games.

    September 14: Randy Johnson tosses a one-hitter against the Rockies.

    September 19: The Big Unit hits his first career homer.

    November 28: Acquired LHP Casey Fossum, RHP Brandon Lyon, Minor League LHP Jorge de La Rosa and a player to be named later from Boston in exchange for Curt Schilling.

    December 1: Acquired slugger Richie Sexson in a six-player trade with the Brewers.

  3. 2004-Present

    2004

    In a season in which Randy Johnson pitched his first perfect game, the Diamondbacks had a year that was far from perfect. A preseason pick to contend in the NL West, the Diamondbacks lost newly acquired slugger Richie Sexson to a shoulder injury early on and went downhill from there. Johnson provided one of the Major Leagues' top highlights of the season by pitching a perfect game at Atlanta on May 18, striking out 13 and at age 40 becoming the oldest to accomplish the feat. The Diamondbacks changed managers in midseason from Bob Brenly to Al Pedrique and that was only the beginning. In November, they named Wally Backman manager only to take back their contract offer following a background check, before turning to former D-Backs bench coach and Seattle manager Bob Melvin to become the fourth manager in team history.

    2005

    The Diamondbacks of 2005 did not resemble the 2004 edition on the field or in the standings. The roster overhaul during the offseason led to a 26-game improvement as Arizona stayed in the NL West race until the final week and finished with a 77-85 record, five games behind the Padres.

    2006

    Things started out promising for the D-backs as they were in first place at the start of June, but struggled during the month with an 8-20 mark. Arizona rebounded and was in the postseason chase until the first week of September. The D-backs promoted several of their top prospects during the season which gave fans a preview of a bright future.

    2007

    The D-backs had a new look in 2007 as they ditched their purple and teal colors in favor of Sedona Red and Sonoran Sand. The change was fitting as the team was transitioning to a new era filled with young players like Conor Jackson, Stephen Drew and Chris Young. The young core exceeded everyone's expectations as the D-backs won the NL West for the first time since 2002. Their 90 wins were the most in the NL and they made quick work of the Cubs in the NL Division Series sweeping past Chicago and into the NL Championship Series. There, the D-backs squared off against divison-rival Colorado, the same team they had clinched the division against during the final series of the regular season. The D-backs magical run ended in the cold at Coors Field as they were swept in four games by the Rockies.

    2008

    The D-backs seemed to carry the momentum of 2007 into the 2008 when they raced off to a 20-8 start and a big lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. Ace Brandon Webb was every bit as hot winning his first nine starts of the season and forming a tough one-two punch with the recently-acquired Dan Haren. Arizona, however, is unable to maintain the hot pace, finishing below .500 during the months of May and June and by the All-Star Break its lead was down to a single game. When the D-backs hosted the Dodgers towards the end of August with a 3 1/2 game lead they appeared to be on the brink of putting the division away as they won the first game of the series and had Haren and Webb going in the final pair. However, the Dodgers would win both of those games and go on to pass the D-backs, who would finish 82-80, two games back of Los Angeles.

    2009

    The year got off to an ominous start for the D-backs when ace Brandon Webb lasted just four innings on Opening Day against the Rockies. After the game, Webb complained of shoulder stiffness and the right-hander wound up missing the rest of the season. The club's most consistent hitter, Conor Jackson, also missed much of the year with Valley Fever. After a 12-17 start, manager Bob Melvin was dismissed May 8 and replaced by farm director A.J. Hinch. The move did not pay off in the standings as the D-backs lost 92 games, the third-most in franchise history. There were bright spots as outfielder Justin Upton continued his emergence and along with Dan Haren represented the D-backs at the All-Star Game in St. Louis. Mark Reynolds, meanwhile, blasted 44 home runs including several tape-measure shots.

  4. 2010-Present

    2010

    With a 65-97 record, the D-backs found themselves in the National League West basement for the second consecutive season. It also marked the second year in a row that the team saw a managerial change as Kirk Gibson replaced A.J. Hinch, who was dismissed along with GM Josh Byrnes on July 1.

    The team hired Kevin Towers as its permanent GM in September and Towers gave Gibson a two-year contract extension not long after that.

    The D-backs win total matched the 1998 inaugural season squad for the second-worst in franchise history behind the 111-loss 2004 team. The team struck out a Major League record 1,529 times in 2010 surpassing the previous mark set by the 2001 Milwaukee Brewers (1,399). The bullpen was the team's weak point all season as relievers compiled a 5.74 ERA, third worst in the history of Major League Baseball.

    Outfielder Chris Young, who was the team's lone All-Star, bounced back from a disappointing 2009 season to collect 33 doubles, 27 homers and 91 RBIs along with 28 stolen bases. Power was the name of the game for the D-backs as they were one of just three teams to have four or more players eclipse the 25-homer mark with Mark Reynolds (32), Chris Young (27), Kelly Johnson (26) and Adam LaRoche (25) leading the way.

    2011

    The D-backs posted a 94-68 mark and captured the franchise's fifth NL West title completing a worst-to-first turnaround. The 29-game improvement from the year before tied the D-backs for the third-best in the Majors since 1998 according to Elias Sports Bureau. Arizona lost to the Brewers in a hard-fought five-game NL Division Series.

    The D-backs rise to the top started with a historic May during which they won 17 of 19 at one point and became the first team in Major League history to enter the month of May with at least a 6 1/2-game deficit in their league (pre 1969) or division (since 1969) and gain sole possession of first place during the month.

    In his first full season as manager, Kirk Gibson won Manager of the Year Awards from both The Sporting News and the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Ian Kennedy won 21 games and finished fourth in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Outfielder Justin Upton hit .289 with 31 homers and 88 RBIs and finished fourth in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting.

    Upton along with pitcher Daniel Hudson also garnered Silver Slugger Awards while outfielder Gerardo Parra won his first Rawling's Gold Glove Award.

    2012

    The D-backs entered Spring Training with high hopes following their National League West title the season before, but they struggled to find consistency throughout the season and wound up with an 81-81 record and a third-place finish.

    Catcher Miguel Montero, who was signed to a five-year $60 million contract extension in May, was a force behind the plate. Montero set career highs with 88 RBIs, 73 walks and a .391 on-base percentage, sixth-highest in club history.

    Meanwhile second baseman Aaron Hill made history in June when he hit for the cycle twice in the span of 11 days -- June 18 vs. Seattle and June 29 at Milwaukee. Hill became the second player to hit for two cycles in one season in the modern era, joining Brooklyn’s Babe Herman, who accomplished the feat in 1931.

    Rookie Wade Miley began the season in the bullpen, but moved to the rotation in April and went on to become the D-backs lone representative at the All-Star Game in Kansas City where he threw a scoreless one-third of an inning.

    Miley led the team in wins with 16, becoming the first NL rookie to win that many games since Jason Jennings did so in 1986.

    2013

    For the second year in a row the D-backs finished with an 81-81 record, good for second place in the National League West, 11 games in back of the Dodgers.

    Paul Goldschmidt led the Arizona offense as he hit .302 with 36 homers and 125 RBIs to go with an on-base plus slugging of .952. All of those totals either led or were tied for the NL lead. As a result, Goldschmidt won the Hank Aaron Award, a Silver Slugger, a Rawlings Gold Glove and he finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting to the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen.

    Goldschmidt was one of Arizona’s two All-Star representatives joining pitcher Patrick Corbin, who had a breakout year in his first full big league season.

    Corbin went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA in a career-high 208 1/3 innings.

    The D-backs started the season well and for 67 days Kirk Gibson's team held onto first place in the division. On June 21 they were 9 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Dodgers. The Dodgers, though, would go on a historic 42-8 tear and the D-backs were unable to keep pace.