Success for the Diamondbacks is ‘great for baseball’

Aug 18, 2011, 3:27 PM | Updated: 5:01 pm

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a great story.

The team has made a surprising run to the top of the NL West just one year after occupying the division’s basement and, while people have expected them to fall off by now, they show no signs of slowing down.

For a while it seemed nobody outside the state of Arizona knew what was going on in the desert, but a comeback win over Roy Halladay and the Phillies changed all that.

“It’s remarkable how baseball’s excited about the way the Diamondbacks are playing,” D-backs President Derrick Hall told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “Every owner, other than the Giants owner, is saying ‘We’re rooting for you, we’re pulling for you.'”

Hall, who is at the baseball owner’s meetings in Cooperstown, New York, said his team doing well is “great for baseball” and it’s hard to argue.

The Diamondbacks, after all, are not the Yankees or Red Sox. They’re not the Phillies.

They are a young team that is getting the job with a lower payroll, something that is not done nearly enough in the game today.

The D-backs having success shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune to field a winner, which should give confidence to other small-market teams around the country.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Zac Gallen...

Alex Weiner

How weather may or may not impact the D-backs’ pitching plans down the stretch

Rain falling in New York could change the D-backs' pitching plans in the final week of the regular season.

5 hours ago

Blake Walston...

Alex Weiner

D-backs prospects Ivan Melendez, Blake Walston to play in Arizona Fall League

Pitcher Blake Walston, infielder Ivan Melendez and outfielder A.J. Vukovich will represent the D-backs at the Arizona Fall League.

6 hours ago

The Arizona Diamondbacks logo on the field during the MLB baseball game between the Chicago Cubs an...

Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks vs. Yankees game on Saturday postponed, rescheduled for Monday

The game between the Diamondbacks and Yankees scheduled for Saturday at Yankee Stadium in New York City has been postponed.

10 hours ago

Aaron Judge...

Alex Weiner

Aaron Judge belts 3 home runs in Yankees win over D-backs

Yankees star Aaron Judge slammed three home runs to the opposite field to bury the Diamondbacks Friday at Yankee Stadium.

22 hours ago

Lourdes Gurriel Jr...

Alex Weiner

D-backs’ wild card tiebreakers primer, postseason magic number

With no more games against NL opponents, the D-backs' head-to-head tiebreakers are set in the postseason race.

1 day ago

Miguel Castro...

Alex Weiner

D-backs place Miguel Castro on paternity list, bring back Slade Cecconi

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed veteran reliever Miguel Castro on the paternity list and recalled Slade Cecconi from Triple-A.

1 day ago

Success for the Diamondbacks is ‘great for baseball’