ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS IN THE POSTSEASON
World Series Titles: 1
National League Championships: 1
National League Divsion Titles: 5
As one of two expansion teams that began play in 1998, the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks were named after the state's famed rattlesnake which is very common throughout the area. Like most expansion teams, the Diamondbacks struggled during their first year of existence, but a series of shrewd roster moves and major free agent signings would propel them to their first division title in 1999 during their second year of existence. With the addition of hard-hitting outfielder Luis Gonzalez and pitcher Randy Johnson, the Diamondbacks shocked the baseball world in the 1999 season and made it all the way to the National League Championship Series, before they were knocked out by the New York Mets in five games.
After a down year in 2000, the Diamondbacks came roaring back during the 2001 season, boasting the best 1-2 pitching punch in baseball with Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. Along with solid hitters like first baseman Mark Grace and shortstop Craig Counsell, the Diamondbacks made quick work of many of their NL opponents throughout most of the regular season. After making quick work of the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and NLCS, the Diamondbacks were heavy underdogs against the New York Yankees in the World Series. Thanks to a series of heroic pitching performances and timely hitting, the Diamondbacks were able to pull through in a thrilling Game 7 victory to capture their first title. In only their third year of existence, the Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion team to win a championship in professional sports history.
Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, their moment in the sun was a fleeting one, and while they did manage to capture another division title the following year, much of their veteran-laden lineup was traded for prospects as the team hoped to rebuild for another run at a title. The team would enjoy a stellar season in 2007, when the pitching staff once again featured Randy Johnson, who was reacquired from the New York Yankees, as well as ace Brandon Webb. Along with a series of talented young stars, the Diamondbacks cruised to a division title, swept the Chicago Cubs in the opening round but were swept themselves by the Colorado Rockies in the NLCS. In recent years, the Diamondbacks have continued their youth movement and boast one of the most talented rosters in the National League, which should be contending for a pennant in the near future.