A fresh start: The Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a fresh new start this upcoming season. With a new manager, and a new spring training facility, the D-backs are in it to win it in 2011.
According to an interview with MLB.com, new team skipper Kirk Gibson is emphasizing on a new attitude and a new frame of mind with the main focus of working as a team.
Likewise, team President/CEO Derrick Hall stated to MLB.com that “[W]e’re very comfortable and happy with the leaders that have in place, and that we’re all on the same page”.
A new sense of purpose and a new attitude will help the D-backs resurrect their infield and outfield. Coming from two consecutive last place seasons in the National League West, the team has added the talents of former Yankee 1st baseman Juan Miranda as well as Triple A sensation Brandon Allen. With Miranda on the roster, his experience at 1st and the outfield will give the D-backs the flexibility they need.
Along with Miranda and Allen in the lineup, the Diamondbacks have welcomed aboard outfielder Xavier Nady whose 15 homeruns in Triple A last year, could signal resurgence on the field as well as at the plate.
However, the main acquisition for Arizona was the signing of utility man Geoff Blum whose three year stint with Houston added up to .251 batting average and 97 homeruns.
With more versatility the D-backs armory could possibly give them the edge they need to be a force to reckon with the National League.