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This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: September 20

Record: 4-7 - Home: 1-3 - Road: 3-4

  • 2002: The Arizona Diamondbacks released Willie Morales.I love days like this, when there are no birthdays, and the only transaction of note involves a player who appeared in three major-league games (and those, not even for the D-backs). So it is with Morales, who managed the remarkable feat of signing as a free-agent with Arizona not once, nor twice, but three times in consecutive season, without ever appearing for the club. He did play in 12 minor-league seasons, accumulating 3,769 PAs there: compared to eleven in the bigs...
  • 2006: Eat your heart out, Paul Goldschmidt. For Luis Gonzalez snorts derisively at your 40 doubles. As the D-backs beat the Padres 8-2, Gonzo collected his single-season franchise best 52nd double, off David Wells, and moved into 20th place on the all-time list with 547. He'd end the year with 57 two-baggers. The D-backs rapped out 18 hits, with three-hit games for Gonzo, Conor Jackson, Johnny Estrada and Alberto Callaspo. Another Gonzalez, Edgar, got the win, allowing one run over seven innings, on six hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.
  • 2009: The D-backs dedicate the broadcast wing of the Chase Field Press Box to Hall-of-Famer Joe Garagiola. Was listening to Joe on Sunday, and he mentioned he used to do pro wrestling - perhaps surprisingly, this was more than just a passing fancy. He was the play-by-play guy for four years, from 1959-63, back in St. Louis, for a show that was among the most popular sports programs in the area. Ironically, the show was called Wrestling at the Chase, after the venue, the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. They really should have got him to work the lucha show...
  • 2011. Daniel Hudson came us short in his quest for a 17th victory, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings, as the Pirates beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 at Chase Field. Arizona couldn't solve Charlie Morton, who threw six shutout innings, though after coming into the bottom of the eighth four down, scored two and had the tying run on base. Willie Bloomquist, Chris Young and Gerardo Parra each had two hits for the D-backs, while Aaron Hill reached three times on a hit, walk and hit by pitch.