Arizona Diamondbacks All-Time Team: The Outfield


In their relatively brief franchise history the Arizona Diamondbacks have had some great players patrolling the outfield in the desert. Heatwaved selected best the of the best an assembled them into an all-time Arizona Diamondbacks team.

This article focuses on an outfield that contains two members of the 2001 World Series Champions.  This group has it all! Power, clutch hitting, basestealing ability and gold glove defense are the hall marks of the Arizona Diamondbacks all time outfield.

I hope you can imagine all of these players in their prime roaming the same outfield and terrorizing opposing pitchers at the plate.  We hope you enjoy this list as much as we do.

Luis Gonzalez – Leftfield

Luis Gonzalez spent 8 years in a Diamondback uniform from 1999 to 2006. Gonzo had a monster of a season in 2001 when he hit 57 home runs and 142 RBI while batting .325.  That season he provided the muscle in the middle of the line-up for a squad that went on to beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.

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In fact it was Luis Gonzalez who plated the game winning run for the Arizona Diamondbacks securing their first world series title.  With one out and Jay Bell on third base, Gonzo blooped a single to left off Mariano Rivera completing a two run bottom of the ninth comeback win.

Gonzalez had his best years in Arizona racking up 224 dingers a 774 ribbies while wearing the Diamondback pinstripes.  In the short history of the franchise he is clearly the best outfielder ever to play in Arizona.

Steve Finley – Centerfield

Another member of the 2001 World Series champion ball club, Steve Finely patrolled centerfield in Arizona for 6 seasons.  While a Diamondback, Finely had two 30 + home run seasons and was on his way to a third before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a trio of prospects at the trade deadline in 2004.

Finley was a stellar fielder earning five gold gloves for his play in centerfield, three of which came as an Arizona Diamondback.  For his abilities both at the plate and in the field, Steve Finely earns his spot on the HeatWaved All-Time Arizona Diamondbacks team.

Justin Upton – Rightfield

Upton broke into the majors as a member of the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks at the age of 19.  That year Upton played in 43 games hit .283 with 13 extra base hits (including 2 home runs).  He earned a permanent spot on the club in 2008 went on the have a succesful 6 years in the Diamondback’s uni.

The two-time all-star’s best season to date came in 2011 when he hit 31 home runs 88 RBI while recording a career high 6.1 WAR.  Upton was traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2013 season in a blockbuster deal that brought 5 players, including Martin Prado, to the Diamondbacks.

After yet another offseason trade from the Braves, Justin Upton now calls San Diego home.

Justin Upton may no longer be a Diamondback but during he time in Arizona his all-star caliber play earns him a spot on the all-time team.

Gerardo Parra – Bench

Parra bring defense and versatility to our all-time team.  He ability to play all three outfield positions is validated by the two gold gloves her earned while wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform. Parra was traded to Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline but because of his fiery play and versatility he lives forever on our all-time Diamondbacks team.

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