When Tony Clark signed a one year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks the expectations were that he would come in as an insurance policy to be used in case the Diamondbacks youth movement didn’t pan out.  In that season Clark saw more than his fair share of playing time getting 349 at-bats and put up statistics that were well above his career averages.  His .304 batting average coupled with 30 home runs and 87 RBI infused life into the Diamondbacks and led to a 2-year contract extension that kept him in what was then purple and turquoise.  Despite the gaudy numbers that Clark put up that season, expectations were that his role would continue to be a back-up infielder and pinch-hitter for the snakes in 2006.  Clark would also take on the role of clubhouse leader and mentor for young Conor Jackson to help mold him into a more complete defensive player.  Clark had an injury plagued 2006 campaign but his off the field contributions were immeasurable to this team as Arizona began infusing more youth into its roster.

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