09/15/12 11:57 PM ET
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By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
Three D-backs affiliates win league titles
PHOENIX -- While the D-backs trailed by 4 1/2 games in the National League Wild Card standings after Saturday's loss to the Giants, three of the club's Minor League teams had capped off championship seasons.On Friday, rookie-level Missoula defeated Ogden, 10-0, to win the Pioneer League and Double-A Mobile edged Jackson, 1-0, to capture its second straight Southern League championship. And on Saturday, the Triple-A Reno Aces took the Pacific Coast League crown with an 8-2 win over Omaha. "It's great, huh?" D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's a tribute to the organization and the guys. There is more continuity throughout the organization. I get to work with a lot of those guys in Spring Training, you share concepts and philosophies, so it carries over." According to Gibson, all of the championships not only help the farm system but they also prepare the players for the Major League level. "Winning is important when you're trying to develop people," Gibson said. "It develops a mentality and what it takes to do so. When you get to that point, you either do it or you don't. It's a different level of commitment. You can't give in to deterring factors." D-backs rookie outfielder Adam Eaton, whom the Pacific League honored as its MVP earlier this month, is ecstatic to be in Arizona but also relishes his time he had with Reno for the majority of this season. "If they do win, I'll celebrate, definitely. I'll get a ring, too," Eaton said. "Those are the guys down there that you fought all year with. I wouldn't trade it for being up here in the big leagues, but definitely I'll send my congratulations to them." Although he hopes his Minor League career is over, Eaton recognized how fortunate he was to come up in a farm system built around winning. "It's awesome. Hats off to the Diamondbacks," Eaton said. "Our farm system seems extremely healthy and prosperous. I'm glad to be a part of it. It's a great feeling."
D-backs don purple on alumni night
PHOENIX -- Typically dressed in black for Saturday home games, the D-backs went back in time Saturday for their meeting against the Giants, wearing their 1998-2002 Alternate Purple Jerseys with Arizona across the front.The throwback uniform night was in cooperation with the club's first-annual alumni game, which was scheduled to take place at the conclusion of Saturday's contest at Chase Field. "It's nice, the guys kind of like it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's neat." D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill, who played collegiate ball at Louisiana State, was especially fond of the purple. "I wore that color for three years in college, purple is fine by me," Hill said. "It'll be fun to put it on again." Saturday is the only time this season the D-backs are scheduled to wear their throwback jerseys, which disappointed outfielder Jason Kubel. "I've been wanting to wear them since Spring Training," Kubel said. "I thought we'd wear them more than once, but it's going to be cool." A fashion statement in the eyes of most fans, the club also recognized the historical significance of the uniforms for the club that won the 2001 World Series while donning purple. "I don't know if it's the prettiest uniform ever, but it's the culture of the Arizona Diamondbacks," D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton said. "I haven't been around for a while, but I'm going to enjoy the little differences. It's great, I love it."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.