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From 'Triple-A' team to contender in one season

Originally Published: May 12, 2005
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It was about this time last year that Richie Sexson tore up his shoulder on a check swing, leading to one of the worst stretches by any team in recent major league history. Before long, seemingly all the Diamondbacks were hurt, they went 39-97 after May 6 and finished 51-111, 42 games out of first place and 17 games behind the fourth-place Rockies.

A year after going through 52 players, 16 rookies and three managers, the Diamondbacks are contenders in a winnable National League West. Entering ...

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