PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibsons offseason letter to his players came with a warning.
I told them if they werent in shape, theyd have a tough spring," Gibson said when camp opened Sunday.
Dont get Gibson and the Diamondbacks wrong -- they are proud of their success last year, and they believe the reservoir of confidence gained will help moving forward. But make no mistake: Reaching the first round of the playoffs was only a base, not an end-all.
"One of our goals is to be physically and mentally tougher. We came a long way last year, but we need to do better," Gibson said. "What were after this year is to win enough games to get to the playoffs and become world champions.
General manager Kevin Towers and Gibson are on the same page there.
"Were not looking just to win divisions and get knocked out in the first round," Towers said.
The D-backs 29-game turnaround led to a 94-68 record in 2011 and a division title going away, as they finished eight games ahead of defending World Series ch...