Arizona Diamondbacks: Our 10 Least-Favorite Locals -- and Why

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Don't take this personally, guys (I'm sure you could give a hoot), but here's our least favorite D-Backs over the course of the team's 11-year history.

1. ARMANDO REYNOSO--Was popular in the clubhouse, but the right-hander from Mexico drove us crazy during his 66 starts here by being the slowest worker we've ever seen. We never made it through an entire game--thank God he only had two complete games during his four-year run.

2. TRAVIS LEE--Big bonus baby who got the D-Backs first hit and first home-run in his rookie season (1998). Showed flashes of being a perennial All-Star before fading into oblivion and retiring in 2007 at the age of 31. Huge disappointment.

3. CURT SCHILLING--Tough call. Came through untold times in big moments with Arizona and others (see Boston Red Sox), and was a fierce competitor. Phoenix Shadow Mountain High product got dubbed the "Big Blowhard" by a Boston columnist, which seems to have fit. Good quote, though.

4. ROBERTO ALOMAR--Because this baseball Hall of Famer was so past his prime when he briefly played here in 2004, lasting just 38 games.

5. RUSS ORTIZ--D-Backs paid this dude $33 million on a four-year deal that started in 2005. Won four of first six games, then hurt his ribs. Won one--one!!--game after that before the team cut him in 2006, eating $22 million with more than two years left on contract. One of MLB's biggest blunders ever.

6. JUNIOR SPIVEY--This one's more on us than on him. We thought he'd be the heart-and-soul of the franchise, especially after he made the All-Star team in 2002 at the age of 27. Little did we know that he'd be out of the Bigs within three years. Injuries and whatever. Sad.

7. MATT WILLIAMS--We know that he cheated with PEDs, and were very disappointed. Just saying.

8. CARLOS QUENTIN--Actually, we're mad at the geniuses who got rid of this All-Star slugger (17 homers already this year). The onetime Stanford player was a good interview, too. Stud power hitter.

9. RICHIE SEXSON--Was paid more than $8 million in 2004 and played just 24 games (did hit nine home-runs, but...). Don't even want to do the math.

10. RANDY JOHNSON--Just kidding on this one. He may have been a big (very big) grump at times, but this guy was one of the all-time greats and seeing the Big Unit reach the magic 300-win mark in his final season was a thrill.

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