“30 Teams, 30 Posts”: The Arizona Diamondbacks are now the forgotten team of the NL West

In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2015 season. Previous installments can be found here. Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For years, the Padres were the forgotten team of baseball, or, at the very least, the NL West. The Dodgers were the Dodgers and thus seemingly inherently interesting. The Giants have been winning world titles every even year. The Rockies have had Troy Tulowitzki, who is always in the news because he is always on the brink of being traded, and yet never is. The Diamondbacks were full of talk about “grit” and so on, and the Padres… were just kind of there.

But now, after a crazy off-season for the Padres that may well have turned them into a contender, the Diamondbacks are the forgotten team of the NL West. They don’t have Kirk Gibson there anymore trumpeting things about grit anymore, and it’s likely they will be an afterthought in the race for the postseason.

Although they do still have Paul Goldschmidt, and he’s really good, so that’s cool. But, alas, it’s unlikely he’ll be enough to make the Diamondbacks anything more than a minor character in this season of Major League Baseball.

In Case You Missed It: WBC Pool C, D and 1 Previews

With Pools C and D of the WBC’s first round starting, and Pool 1 of the second round (it is happening earlier so that there is less jet-lag later on) also beginning, here are the previews of those pools. Note that in some cases they (whether they are rosters that have had last-minute changes or information about a country) are out of date- for example, the preview of Venezuela mentions that Hugo Chavez is the country’s president, since I wrote it before he passed away.

Pool C Preview (Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Spain, Dominican Republic)

Pool D Preview (USA, Canada, Mexico, Italy)

Pool 1 Preview (Cuba, Japan, Taipei, Netherlands)

So, there you go.

World Baseball Classic Preview: Pool D (Arizona)

USA. Canada. Mexico. Italy. Those are the four teams in the D Pool of the World Baseball Classic.

Go below the jump for the preview:

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