APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7.
Tryouts are by invitation only and will be closed to the public.
Questions regarding the Racing D-backs Racing Legends? Please call 602-462-6630, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Attn: Noah Berlin
PO Box 2095
Phoenix, AZ 85001
The D-backs Legends Race, presented by Jack in the Box, takes place following the fifth inning of every home game. Similar to the Presidents Race at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and the Sausage Race at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the D-backs Legends Race features Mark Grace, Matt Williams, Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez.
The Legends run in a race that starts near the right field foul pole and continues on the warning track until the finish line at the on-deck circle near the D-backs dugout.
To see the Legends up close, visit the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot, located on the Upper Concourse in leftfield (northwest corner past Section 332), during the 7th Inning Stretch.
Legends Race: Randy Johnson
After an eight-season stint with the D-backs from 1999-2004 and 2007-08, Randy Johnson is the franchise's all-time leader in nearly every pitching category. Johnson leads all D-backs' pitchers in wins (118), strikeouts (2,077), complete games (38), innings pitched (1,630.1), games started (232), ERA (2.83) and shutouts (14). The left-hander won an unprecedented four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1999-2002 and represented Arizona in the All-Star Game from 1999-2002 and 2004. Johnson set the club record with 20 strikeouts in a game on May 8, 2001 against Cincinnati, threw the only perfect game in franchise history on May 18, 2004 in Atlanta and shared World Series MVP and Sports Illustrated "Sportsmen of the Year" honors with Curt Schilling following the D-backs' World Championship season in 2001.
Overall, Johnson compiled a 303-166 record with a 3.29 ERA and 4,875 strikeouts for six teams during a 22-year career from 1988-2009. His 4,875 strikeouts are second all-time behind Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Johnson also became the 24th Major League pitcher to record 300 wins when he defeated the Nationals, 5-1, as a member of the Giants in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2009.
Legends Race: Luis Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez is the franchise's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category after an eight-year stint with the D-backs from 1999-2006. Gonzalez leads all D-backs' players in games played (1,194), hits (1,337), doubles (310), home runs (224), walks (650), runs (780), RBI (774), at-bats (4,488), total bases (2,373), slugging percentage (.529) and on-base percentage (.391). The outfielder represented Arizona in the All-Star Game in 1999, 2001-03 and 2005 and is most remembered for hitting a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the D-backs their first World Championship.
Gonzalez compiled a .283 batting average, 2,591 hits, 354 home runs and 1,439 RBI for six teams during a 19-year career from 1990-2008. With his 596 career doubles ranking 15th in baseball history, he is one of only 17 players in Major League history to collect at least 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 350 home runs and 1,000 RBI.
Legends Race: Matt Williams
After a six-season stint with the D-backs from 1998-2003, Matt Williams ranks among D-backs' players in home runs (99, fourth), RBI (381, third), total bases (1,067, third), hits (629, fifth), doubles (127, fifth), at-bats (2,265, sixth), runs (317, sixth), slugging percentage (.471, seventh) and games played (595, seventh). The third baseman represented Arizona in the All-Star Game in 1999 and was one of the original D-backs after he was acquired in a post-Expansion Draft trade on Dec. 1, 1997. Williams played an integral leadership role on D-backs teams from 1998-2003, including the 1999 season when he finished third in National League MVP voting after batting .303 with 35 home runs and a then-team-record 142 RBI.
Williams compiled a .268 batting average, 1,878 hits, 378 home runs and 1,218 RBI for three teams during a 17-year career from 1987-2003. He appeared in five All-Star Games, won four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and four Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards as a third baseman during his career.
Legends Race: Mark Grace
Mark Grace batted .268 with 55 doubles, 25 home runs, 142 RBI and a .359 on-base percentage during his three years with the D-backs from 2001-03. He also had a .993 fielding percentage manning first base during his three seasons in Arizona. An integral part of the D-backs' World Championship team in 2001, Grace's single to lead off the ninth inning of Game 7 ignited the rally that led to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
Grace compiled a .303 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, 2,245 hits, 173 home runs, 511 doubles and 1,146 RBI for the D-backs and Cubs during a 16-year career from 1988-2003. He appeared in three All-Star Games and won four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards during his career. Grace's 1,754 hits and 364 doubles during the 1990s were the most of any Major League player during the decade.