Index Caps Helmets Jerseys Numbers Patches

Click the "G" underneath each year to see a game-by-game breakdown.
G G G G G G G










2011

94-68, 1st Place in NL West
Lost to Brewers 3-2 in NLDS

Kirk Gibson's first full season as manager brought another surprise return to the postseason.  Phoenix was also host of the 2011 All Star Game, which meant that a special patch was worn all season on the right sleeves of all jerseys.

Another change brought about by the All Star Game was the special designation worn by players and coaches selected to the game.  During the week between the naming of the teams and the game itself, such players wore a patch on the left side of their caps, and two gold stars on the back of the caps and jerseys.  The stars on the jersey were outlined in a team color (red for the Diamondbacks), but the cap stars had no outline.  Players had worn All Star Game patches on their jersey and caps for many years during the game itself, but this was the first time anything like it had been worn during a regular season game.

Home

Addition of All Star Patch, but no other changes.

Home Alternates

Addition of All Star Patch, but no other changes.

Hispanic Heritage Day was held on September 24th, with the "Los D-Backs" jerseys worn again.

2001 Turn Back the Clock

Since the 1990's, teams have frequently held Turn-Back-The-Clock Nights, honoring the teams and uniforms of their past.  With such a short history, the Diamondbacks obviously don't have the vast amount of uniforms to bring back from the past that others do.  This hasn't stopped their 1998 expansion counterparts, the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays from holding such promotions, honoring the legacy of local minor league teams such as the Tampa Tarpons.  The Diamondbacks certainly could wear the old Phoenix Firebirds uniforms, but have chosen not to do so.

They have still been a part of such games, however, as the visiting team when another teams honors its past.  Thus, we end up with scenes like this, where the Padres harken back to the 1970's, while the Diamondbacks wear their modern uniform.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 World Series Champions, the team brought back the purple during a reunion weekend.  Originally, the throwbacks were only going to be worn on Friday, September 9th, but the players enjoyed them so much, they decided to bring them back for the entire weekend.

While the current players wore the alternate sleeveless vests, the 2001 team was honored on the field wearing the regular home jerseys.

With the new black and red look only being around since 2007, the games featured the unusual sight of current players wearing a "throwback" look that they actually wore as a regular uniform earlier in their career.  Chris Young and Miguel Montero were two such players, and Stephen Drew also wore the originals, although he was injured and did not play in the series.

For their first effort at a turn back the clock night, the Diamondbacks got most of the look right (as would be expected for a uniform that was only discarded four years earlier), however there were some minor details that differed from the originals.

In 2001, the uniforms were manufactured by Rawlings.  Since 2003, all Diamondbacks uniforms have been made my Majestic, as were the throwbacks for these games.  Majestic has put their logo on the top of the left shoulder on sleeveless vests since 2005.  Rawlings used to put theirs on the sleeve of the undershirt.  Also on the undershirt is the most noticeable discrepancy, the lack of any patches.  Sleeve patches were removed from the vests in 2003.  The team first started using the Rawlings Cool Flo helmet in 2006 (the last season in purple), and has been used exclusively since 2007.  The throwback helmets were also Cool Flo (more on helmet issues below), so with the Cool Flo helmets, Majestic shoulder patch, and no sleeve patch, the uniforms were almost an identical copy of the 2006 set, and less so of the 2001 look they were going for.  The only feature that was from 2001 was the American flag patch on the back of the jerseys, which had been added after the 9/11 attacks and worn the rest of that season.

 

The original 2006 uniform (L) was closer to what was worn for the reunion weeked, as opposed to the 2001 look (R) they were going for.

It appears as though the caps were some of the leftover old styles and materials from New Era, with the white inner sweatband and gray underbill.  When the team switched looks in 2007, New Era introduced a new cap style for all teams, with the insides being all black.

Another peculiar issue was the logo on the helmets.  The original logo, and that used on the jerseys was a teal A with purple diamonds.  However, when used on a purple background, such as the caps and helmets, the diamonds have always switched to black.  As they simply used caps originally made during that era, they were correct, but the logos used on the helmets had purple diamonds, instead of the proper black.

 
The helmets used for reunion weekend on the left, with purple diamonds, compared to the original on the right (admittedly a replica version) with black diamonds.

September 11th Anniversary

Also a part of the reunion weekend, Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Instead of the red, white, and blue caps that teams had been wearing recently, they opted to bring back the original flag caps that were first worn in 2001 and a few years following on holidays and special occasions.  They were simply the regular caps with a flag attached to the left side.  Also making a return, the first time since 2001, were the flags on the backs of jerseys.  Interstingly, the purple jerseys were only going to be worn on Friday before a last minute decision to wear them all weekend.  The flag appeared on the jerseys all weekend, even though it was originally meant for Friday.  Every other team only wore it on Sunday, the anniversary.  The flag was only used on the caps (by the Diamondbacks, and all teams) on Sunday.  In 2001, flags also appeared on the sides of the helmets, but they were not used this time around.

Road

Addition of All Star Patch, but no other changes.

Road Alternates

Addition of All Star Patch, but no other changes.

All Star Game

The theme of recent All Star Games had been to tie-in the host team's colors and designs for the BP jerseys and caps.  Thus, the American League wore red, and the National League wore black.  The pattern was the same as the regular BP pattern, introduced this year, with color panels down the sides and on the back of the shoulders.  A new feature was the snake-skin pattern used in the player numbers, which was the first time any pattern had been used by any MLB jersey.  The letter "I" was dotted with a sky blue star, matching the coloring in the ASG logo.

For the game itself, teams wore their regular home or away uniforms, with an ASG patch on the left side of the caps and the right sleeves.  Any team that already had patches on both sleeves moved one to the chest of the jersey (as seen on the Reds and Pirates jerseys below).  The gold stars on the jerseys and caps mentioned at the top of this page were also worn during the game.

Several players wore special Nike shoes which used the All Star Game colors of black, red, and sky blue.

Batting Practice/Spring Training

A move of the Spring Training facilities from Tucson to Scottsdale brought with it a new batting practice jersey.  The new design had panels down the sides and on the back of the shoulders that could be used for different colors, or a solid one-color design, based on the choices of each team.  The Diamondbacks used black on the sides (which also extended to a small stripe on the edge of the sleeve), but chose to use solid red for the rest of the jersey.  They kept the same "D" logo and player name/number scheme as before, but the new jerseys were now a full button-down front instead of a pullover with only two buttons at the top.  The BP cap remained the same as before.