Published at 12:47 pm MT January 24, 2019 |
A.J. The signing by Pollock with the Dodgers is a bitter pill to swallow for fans of Arizona Diamondbacks, but they have to get used to it.
He is not the first professional athlete to go from an Arizona team to Los Angeles. And several have been popular Diamondbacks players.
The Heat Index looks at some remarkable athletes who have left Phoenix for LA over the years:
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Pollock, 31, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks, has agreed to a deal with the NL West rival Dodgers. He went .281 with 74 home runs and 264 RBI's during his time in Arizona.
He was voted on the 20-year jubilee team of the Diamondbacks last season.
In six seasons with the Diamondbacks, Finley batted .278 with 153 homeruns and helped the team win the 2001 World Series. The Diamondbacks exchanged him with the Dodgers with Brent Mayne for Reggie Abercrombie (minors), Koyie Hill and Bill Murphy.
He was also chosen last season for the 20-year jubilee team of the Diamondbacks.
In eight seasons in Arizona, Gonzalez .298 hit home with 224 and is best known for his game-winning hit in Game 7 of the World Series.
In December 2006 he signed as free agent at Los Angeles (he was also elected to the 20-year jubilee team of the Diamondbacks in 2018).
In three seasons in Arizona, Hudson batted .294 with 171 homeruns. He signed as a free agent with the Dodgers in 2009 after he reportedly rejected a lucrative offer from the Diamondbacks.
He only played one season in Los Angeles.
Other notable deals with Arizona to LA:
Steve Nash: Nash played in 744 games for ten seasons for the Suns and won two NBA MVP prizes. In July 2012, the Suns exchanged him for Los Angeles Lakers for several collection points.
He ended his career in 65 games during two seasons for the Lakers.
Jennifer Gillom: Gillom played the first six seasons of her WNBA career with the Mercury, before finishing her career in Los Angeles with the Sparks after one season.
Mercury fans did not take the change well after six seasons of being a major player in the selection.
Tyson Chandler: After four seasons with the Suns, Phoenix has abandoned him earlier this season. Chandler immediately signed up with the Lakers two days later.