After a week of pitchers and catchers going through drills and preparing for Spring Training, the time had finally arrived for the remaining players to report to camp. Position players began arriving soon after the pitchers but today marked the first day for the full squad to be available. The first order of business today was meetings with the front office staff for everyone to get to know each other. The 2007 Diamondbacks are an interesting collection of ballplayers. It is a mixture of veterans coupled with a large contingency of very young players. This is by far different than the 2001 World Series Championship club which was a predominantly veteran club. It is even different than the dreaded 2004 club which due to injuries was forced to utilize an extremely young team with little major league experience. Diamondbacks fans have been hearing for quite some time of how talented the minor league system is and how the team should be a dominant force in the National League Western Division. With the 2007 team it is time to prove out that theory.

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