Even though his new ball club in the Arizona Diamondbacks took a tough loss to the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day, Mark Trumbo proved that he is willing and able to brighten the future of baseball in the desert. The left fielder went 3-for-5 and knocked in two RBIs in his debut at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. on Monday. He is poised to put up similar numbers all season long.
No longer does Trumbo have to play in the shadows of Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout — three players the world seemed to revolve around in Anaheim. Instead, Trumbo will now complement the calm, cool and collected Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado as the Diamondbacks try their best to relive the days when they won their first and only World Series championship back in 2001.
Many believe that the Diamondbacks will contend for the NL West title come the end of September, especially since Trumbo was acquired in a three-team deal back in December of 2013. Trumbo’s power strengthens a Diamondbacks lineup that thrived on the hitting off the bat of Goldschmidt and Goldschmidt alone last season. The two will now pair up to help put together what could be one of the most powerful tandems in all of baseball.
Playing in Arizona will undoubtedly put Trumbo in a better place where he can succeed and play his game without the distractions of two underachieving yet highly paid players in Hamilton and Pujols. The Diamondbacks are a team that means business. Trumbo’s demeanor fits the mold of the Diamondbacks perfectly, and this new rock solid relationship that he has with his new team already will help him prove that a winning ball club can partially be centered around him.