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Garagiola Jr. Returns to Diamondbacks In Front Office Role

Joe Garagiola Jr.
Phil Latzman/KJZZ
Joe Garagiola Jr. shows a picture of his longtime family friend Yogi Berra.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing back one of the team’s early architects to the front office.

Joe Garagiola Jr. previously served as the D-backs original vice president and general manager. The team recently announced he’ll rejoin them as a special advisor to team president and CEO Derrick Hall.

The son of baseball and broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola Sr., Junior is credited with helping to bring the franchise to the region, then building one of the most successful expansion teams in the history of pro sports, a Diamondbacks club that won a World Series in only its fourth season back in 2001.

A longtime Valley resident, Garagiola left the team in 2005 for a job as an MLB executive, where he’s been ever since.

Phil Latzman is an award-winning digital journalist and broadcast professional with over 25 years of experience covering news and sports on a multitude of platforms.