As a child growing up in southern Florida, J.D. Martinez -- who clubbed 29 homers in just 62 games with the D-backs this season -- picked up the game of baseball at a very young age.
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Since getting his degree from University of Phoenix several years ago, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has worked to encourage others to do the same.
After watching the D-backs struggle in 2016, front-office executive Tony La Russa didn't feel he could walk away from the Arizona organization despite the dismissal of his handpicked general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale.
William Boor checks in on the D-backs' Arizona Fall League participants, led by the versatile Jack Reinheimer.
There was not a whole lot the D-backs wanted to remember from 2016, but when it came to 2017, well, the memories could fill a book.
D-backs players, looking tired and still somewhat in shock over their quick exit from the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile the night before, drifted in and out of the home clubhouse at Chase Field on Tuesday morning.
The final freeze frame for Paul Goldschmidt of the 2017 season on Monday night was the right-handed hitter flailing and missing at Kenley Jansen's full-count, 95-mph cutter just off the outside of the plate.
There will be a time the D-backs reflect on how magical a season 2017 was and how much they accomplished. Monday night, though, just minutes after watching their postseason run come to a crashing halt with a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers, was not that time.
His demeanor on the mound in 2017 was hushed and tranquil, but Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher J.J. Hoover is a fierce competitor with a passion for four things: God, family, farming and baseball. Before signing with the club last offseason, Hoover and his wife Megan-Kate were able to parlay all four of those passions into a two-week goodwill tour of Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
D-backs ace Zack Greinke's search for command Monday night led him to throw 29 first-inning pitches. His count would grow to 88 through four frames, but he trailed then by only a single run and would throw however many it took.
With Cody Bellinger driving in runs and Yu Darvish and the bullpen preventing them, the Dodgers completed their three-game sweep of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile on Monday with a 3-1 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field to reach the NL Championship Series for the second consecutive year.
J.D. Martinez slugged 29 home runs in 62 regular-season games with the D-backs -- and one more in four postseason tilts -- after arriving in a July trade from the Tigers, an astonishing display of power that helped the franchise earn its first playoff berth since 2011.
If anyone looked poised to give the Dodgers an early exit from another postseason, it was the Diamondbacks -- one of two National League clubs with a winning record against the best regular-season team in the Majors. But regular-season head-to-head matchups mean little in October.
Even though the D-backs' season ended on Monday night with a loss to the Dodgers in the NLDS, manager Torey Lovullo and GM Mike Hazen built a red-brick foundation that should stand for 2018 and beyond.
Vote J.D. Martinez for Best Performance in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball's ultimate honors.
Outfielder J.D. Martinez is confident that the future is bright for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but whether he will be part of it is not as clear.
The Dodgers swept the D-backs in the National League Division Series presented by T-Moble with a 3-1 win on Monday night at Chase Field. With the clinch, Los Angeles advances to its second straight NL Championship Series. We were on the scene in Phoenix.
Who do the D-backs have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Arizona's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo discusses Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers
After a breakout season in which he reached Triple-A for the first time, Michael Perez made an immediate impact on both sides of the ball on Tuesday in his Arizona Fall League debut.
First baseman Christian Walker and right-hander Jon Duplantier were named the D-backs' Hitting and Pitching prospects of the year by MLBPipeline.com.
Austin Barnes had a two-run double as part of a four-run fifth inning as the Dodgers raced past the D-backs for an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run homer in the first and Brandon Drury added a three-run long ball in the seventh, but Arizona couldn't prevent the Dodgers from taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
This was not something the D-backs expected to see -- the Dodgers scoring runs off Robbie Ray.
For the second time this postseason, Paul Goldschmidt made sure the D-backs were playing with an early lead. Goldschmidt sent left-hander Rich Hill's 89.6-mph fastball over the left-field wall for a two-run lead in the first inning -- before the Dodgers rallied for an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.
Many circled this National League Division Series between the Dodgers and D-backs as one that could surprise people. But to this point, Los Angeles' offense has shaken off the rust and displayed the relentlessness that spurred the club to the Majors' best regular-season record. Here are five things to know about the Dodgers' Game 2 win
The Dodgers overran the D-backs, 8-5, in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. We were on the scene in and around Dodger Stadium.
Justin Turner hit a three-run homer run in the first inning of a victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. Turner knocked in five runs and Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager each drove in two runs. Clayton Kershaw allowed four home runs in 6 1/3 innings and had seven strikeouts. The D-backs got their homers from A.J. Pollock, J.D. Martinez, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis.
The D-backs did lose, 9-5, to Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile on Friday night, but they didn't let the Dodgers' ace escape unscathed.
The D-backs' May 12 win over the Pirates may never go down as one of Chris Iannetta's personal favorites, but it certainly marked the day Arizona discovered the catcher's mettle.
D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker didn't blame nerves as the easy diagnosis for his rough introduction to postseason play Friday night that included a four-run, nine-batter, 48-pitch first inning in a 9-5 loss in Game 1 of the best-of-five National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. He said the Dodgers hitter were the issue.
The D-backs didn't get the start they wanted from Taijuan Walker, but Zack Godley gave the team five important innings to save the bullpen in Friday's 9-5 loss to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.
The Dodgers took Game 1 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile with a 9-5 win Friday night over the D-backs. We were on the scene from Dodger Stadium.
For all of the theater of the Fernando Rodney experience in a game, it usually ends the same way: First, with sighs of relief, then with the imaginary arrow he shoots into center field.