Feb 22, 2024 - News

High expectations as Diamondbacks start Spring Training

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Corbin Carroll bats during Game 5 of the 2023 World Series. Photo: Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

For the first time in a long time, baseball pundits and fans have high expectations as the Diamondbacks start the season.

Why it matters: The Snakes (and their fans) are salivating for another pennant after last year's shocking playoff run that took them to the World Series for the first time since 2001.

State of play: We'll get our first look at the 2024 D-Backs at their opening Cactus League game tomorrow against the Colorado Rockies.

  • Most of last year's roster is returning, and the team picked up some exciting players in the off-season including left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and third baseman Eugenio Suarez.
  • Expectations are high for outfielder Corbin Carroll, who's coming off a memorable Rookie of the Year season.

What we're watching: The D-Backs' run to the National League pennant was improbable and unexpected — they barely made the playoffs — and it's hard to say whether they'll be able to capture the same magic this year.

Plus: Their competition got tougher, with their division rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers signing superstar Shohei Ohtani and Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

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