As the 1998 inaugural season for the Arizona Diamondbacks ended, the freshness of having Major League Baseball in Phoenix was still fresh on everyone’s minds. Despite having the sixth best record for an expansion team, much of the public still focused on the fact that the Diamondbacks had lost 97 games. Then General Partner Jerry Colangelo took a monumental risk and decided to change the long-term plan for the franchise and turn them into an immediate contender.

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