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5 Reasons for Arizona Diamondbacks Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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5 Reasons for Arizona Diamondbacks Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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On the surface it would be very easy to call the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks season a disappointment and maybe it was to some degree. As far as them not making the playoffs or staying in contention they for certain should be disappointed as should their fans. On the other hand they should be proud and thankful to be disappointed at not winning. Allow me to explain.

This time of the year is a great time for baseball fans to find everything right about their favorite team and build hope for a winning season in 2014. For the DBacks fans that really shouldn’t be that hard. One could easily say that if it wasn’t for an incredible run by the Los Angeles Dodgers that they could have been in the fight for a weak division for the entirety of the season.

As things stood at the end they were way out of all races and sure that is a bit of a letdown. But it is only a letdown because they had it in hand during the first part of the season. The same thing happens with a lot of teams before they go on a long successful run. The young stars need to see what it takes to fail sometimes in order to really succeed.

That should be something the fans can be thankful for. It could be worse after all, they could have been in last place from start to finish and never had a chance at all. Here are a few more things that each and every DBacks supporter should be able to be thankful for going into the 2014 season. Leave a comment below if you agree or disagree.

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5 – Martin Prado

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During the 2013 season the ever-valuable Prado saw a lower WAR than he has in years past but this coming season being his second as a DBacks member will help a great deal. Look for him to come into the season playing extremely well and don’t be surprised when that WAR stat is above 4.0 by the end of the season.

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4 – Gerardo Parra

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Parra is probably the most deserving of all outfield gold glove winners with a great 4.0 dWAR that helped him become one of the most valuable defenders in MLB. The upcoming 2014 season looks to be another showcase for Parra who will be very difficult to dethrone in the Gold Glove category of awards.

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3 – Promising Farm System

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Each year that goes by provides proof that the DBacks are building a nicely strong farm system. As long as they keep the best players in place they should be looking at a great deal of success from their home grown talent very soon. Archie Bradley is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Matt Davidson and Chris Owings will probably fight for a roster spot out of Spring Training this season. There are others that will develop and have an impact on the upcoming season as well.

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2 – Patrick Corbin

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Though he faded a little bit in the second half of the season Corbin still wound up with 14 wins and a 3.41 ERA with a 2.8 WAR. Because he is still so young look for 2014 to allow him to be strong armed longer. He very well could be a Cy-Young candidate if all things go the same for longer in 2014.

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1 – Paul Goldschmidt

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The American League MVP race was a mess this season but the National League wasn’t. It came down to two tough competitors and most would agree that Goldschmidt only lost because his team didn’t make the postseason. He is one of the best first baseman in baseball and has a ton of good years left to prove just how great he will be. The 2014 season should just be the next one in line.