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Arizona Diamondbacks : D.Baxter

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D. Baxter is the official mascot of the Arizona Diamondbacks, which is a Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are in the National League West division. In just their first five seasons of existence, the Diamondbacks won three division titles (1999, 2001, & 2002) and one World Series. In 1999, Arizona won over 100 games in only its second season to win the National League West division.

They lost to the New York Mets in the first round of playoffs. In 2001, Arizona had postseason victories over the St. Louis Cardinals (3-2 in the NLDS), the Atlanta Braves (4-1 in the NLCS), to advance to the World Series where, in one of the most exciting series ever, they beat the reigning champions, the New York Yankees, 4 to 3, to become the youngest expansion franchise to win the championship. By the 2004 season, however, the Diamondbacks had drop to a dismal 51-111 record. Manager Bob Brenly was fired partway through the season and was replaced on an interim basis by Al Pedrique.


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Following the season, the Diamondbacks hired Wally Backman to be the team's manager. Backman was formerly manager of the Class A California League Lancaster JetHawks, one of the Diamondbacks' minor-league affiliates. Backman was then fired after a legal dispute, and Bob Melvin became the new manager after Backman's ten day tenure. Following the Backman debacle, the Diamondbacks sought to regain their credibility by spending on free agents in order to build a contender.

But to the chagrin of their savvy fans, the club committed more than $80M to an injury-prone 3B (Troy Glaus), a starting pitcher who finished second in the major leagues in walks in both 2003 and 2004 (Russ Ortiz), and a pair of offensively-challenged middle infielders (Royce Clayton and Craig Counsell).Then, traded Randy Johnson to the Yankees, while acquiring Javier Vázquez, Brad Halsey and Shawn Green in a triple deal that includes the Dodgers, and sent Shea Hillenbrand to the Blue Jays, and Stephen Randolph to the Cubs. In June of 2000, D. Baxter the Bobcat was introduced as a member of the Diamondbacks. Baxter immediately won over the crowd with his stunning athleticism, crazy antics and good looks.


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This season, fans can also visit and learn more about Baxter at Baxter's Den, located off the main concourse in centerfield. Baxter's Den is a great addition to the ballpark that includes pictures, stories, and a chance to visit Baxter's house! In addition, Baxter will be in his den for a few innings every game. Fans are invited to come and visit Baxter during this time to get autographs and have their picture taken with their favorite cat. Announcements during the game, as well as signs throughout the ballpark and at the den itself, will let fans know what innings they can come and meet Baxter. In addition to his appearances in the ballpark, Baxter can be seen at a variety of events throughout the state of Arizona.

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