Now let's get on with their All-Time Team.
Leading off and playing Center Field, Eric Byrnes. The now MLB analyst was a typical utility outfielder, until he got to play everyday. Then he put up great offensive line highlighted by 50 stolen bases and a dirt dog attitude.
Batting second the Right Fielder, Justin Upton. The former first overall pick was a high risk/medium reward player for the D-Backs. While he never quite lived up to expectation, he was better than people give him credit for. He had the athleticism and power for Right Field. He showed his talent in 2011 finishing 4th in MVP. The Diamondbacks have since ship him to the Braves, where he is putting up plus numbers.
Batting third and playing Second Base, Jay Bell. Jay Bell was part of the combination of himself and Matt Williams that led the team to a 100 win season. He crushed nearly 40 Home Runs and thanks to Matt Williams, he scored over 130 runs.
Batting cleanup and playing Left Field, Luis Gonzalez. The only player to have his number retired by the Diamondbacks, led them to a game 7 victory over the New York Yankees in the World Series. His 2001 season was also probably the best season in Franchise history, when he blasted over 50 Home Runs and drove in over 140 RBIs. He is however criticized for PED use.
Batting fifth and playing First Base, Paul Goldschmidt. Goldie broke out in 2013 and immediately gave himself a spot on the All-Time Team. He led the National League in Home Runs, RBI, Slugging, OPS and Total Bases. He had my pick for MVP, but Andrew McCutchen snatched it up.
Batting sixth and playing Third Base, Matt Williams. Williams had one of his better seasons with the Diamondbacks in 1999, driving in a career high 142 RBI. While he wasn't the type of guy to take a walk, he made contact more often than not.
Batting seventh the Designated Hitter, Mark Reynolds. Mark Reynolds is known for two things, Striking Out and hitting Home Runs. He crushed 44 Home Runs, but also stole 24 bases, which I never would have guess from him. This was a plus season for him in every category and good enough to make the All-Time Team.
Batting eighth and catching, Miguel Montero. The best catcher in Franchise history is still active. While he's had a down season in 2013, he had back to back seasons that I had trouble choosing from. I eventually went with the season where he hit more extra base hits.
And batting ninth the Shortstop, Stephen Drew. Drew can and did hit anywhere the Diamondbacks put him. One of the leagues most consistent Triples hitters in the National League, Drew used his intelligence to make him an above average base threat. He was finally traded after an injury to his ankle and had a bounce back season for the Red Sox. He's batting ninth so he can Triple men home and then get hit in by the lead off man.
Now for the pitching staff that makes them an above average team. Sorry Mariners fans, but Randy Johnson is on the Diamondbacks.
- Randy Johnson* 2.32/35/35/334/71/260/8/4/24-5/1.03 (195)
- Curt Schilling 2.98/35/35/293/39/256/6/1/22-6/1.07 (157)
- Brandon Webb 3.01/34/34/194/72/236/4/3/18-10/1.18 (158)
- Dan Haren 3.14/33/33/223/38/229/3/1/14-10/1.00 (142)
- Ian Kennedy 2.88/33/33/198/55/222/1/1/21-4/1.08 (137)
Now don't let the Rays bullpen cloud your view, the Diamondbacks bullpen is a plus too.
- Byung-Hyum Kim 2.04/72/0/92/26/84/66/36/8-3/1.07
- Jose Valverde 2.15/54/0/71/26/50/33/10/2-1/0.99
- Greg Swindell* 2.51/63/0/51/21/64/15/1/4-0/1.16
- Brad Zieglar 2.22/78/0/44/22/73/33/13/8-1/1.13
- Omar Daal* 2.88/33/23/132/51/162/0/0/8-12/1.21
- Miguel Batista 3.54/36/29/142/60/193/0/0/10-9/1.32
The Diamondback bench is a plus defensive bench with Gold Glove caliber defenders.
- Orlando Hudson .287/87/166/34/9/15/67/9/.354
- Damien Miller .271/45/103/19/0/13/47/0/.337
- Chad Tracy .308/73/155/34/4/27/72/3/.359
- Chris Young .257/94/150/33/0/27/91/28/.341
- Kelly Johnson .284/93/166/36/5/26/71/13/.370
Their starting line-up would look like this.
- Eric Byrnes .286/103/179/30/8/21/83/50/.353
- Justin Upton .289/105/171/39/5/31/88/21/.369
- Jay Bell .289/132/170/32/6/38/112/7/.374
- Luis Gonzalez .325/128/198/36/7/57/142/1/.429
- Paul Goldschmidt .302/103/182/36/3/36/125/15/.401
- Matt Williams .303/98/190/37/2/35/142/2/.344
- Mark Reynolds .260/98/150/30/1/44/102/24/.349
- Miguel Montero .282/65/139/36/1/18/86/1/.351
- Stephen Drew .291/91/178/44/11/21/67/3/.333
Next up, the Florida/Miami Marlins.