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Arizona Diamondbacks All-Time Top 50: #21 Gerardo Parra

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The Parrazooka gunned down runners at the plate and launched himself into the hearts of a generation of Diamondback fans

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  • Average Ranking (High/Low/Average): 23.05 (1/48/24)
  • Seasons: 2009-2014
  • Stats: 787 games, .274/.326/.395 = OPS .721, OPS+ 94, WAR 11.8
  • Best Season: 2013 - 156 games, .268/.323/.403, 6.1 WAR, 4.0 dWAR

Gerardo Parra spent most of five seasons here in the desert. His all out, 110% style of play won him the hearts of many fans here in the desert. He never left anything out on the field, and he was the heart and soul of the team for pretty much his entire time here, leading pretty much confrontation that the team got in while he was in Sedona Red.

His best season was far and away 2013, and as Jim wrote about for his series on the 20th Anniversary team, it was actually pretty historic. His 4.0 dWAR was the second most since the stat’s inception, and it made up the vast majority of his total WAR for the season. Offensively that season, he was pretty average, but the defense was great, and his arm? Forget about it. No one was successfully running on him. The best part, in my opinion, was his constantly goading runners into trying to tag up and take an extra base anyway, even though they knew better. That season especially it never worked out for them.

What really won over the fans wasn’t the stats, which as a whole weren’t HoF worthy by any stretch, but it was the pure passion and fun he always had while playing the game. Even when the Diamondbacks were toiling along in perfect mediocrity, he put it all out there and left it on the field for us to enjoy. For several years, the bleachers behind him usually had the most consistently loud and passionate fans, cheering him on with their giant cut outs of his face and their #9 signs.

For all of that, and much more, even though he now wears the purple of the Rockies instead of the purple and teal on Throwback Thursdays, he remains one of the most popular players this team has seen so far.