Year In Review : 2000 National League

O ff the field...

"Y2K" spawned a paranoid phenomenon due to the impending threat of the world's computers crashing. Despite millions of dollars and countless man-hours spent in preparation, the impending cyber-disaster amounted to nothing.

The U.S. presidential race between Republican candidate George W. Bush and Democratic hopeful Al Gore ended amid controversy. The world watched as the most powerful nation on earth used the courts to sort out what was the most evenly divided recent presidential election of the United States.

After years of delays, the International Space Station was finally operating in orbit thanks to a combined effort of technological resources from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, eleven nations of the European Space Agency and Brazil.

I n the American League...

The Detroit Tigers topped the Minnesota Twins, 12-11 on October 1st, as Shane Halter became the fourth Major Leaguer in history to play all nine positions in a game. Both teams combined to use fifteen pitchers, tying the Major League mark and setting an American League record.

The Cleveland Indians became the leagues fifth, triple play victim at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles during a September 1st outing. With runners at first and second and no outs, shortstop Melvin Mora intentionally dropped Sandy Alomar's pop fly, then threw to Jerry Hairston who tagged the runner at second as well as the runner coming from first. A confused Alomar retreated to the dugout believing the infield fly rule is in effect and was called out for leaving the basepath.

I n the National League...

Major league baseball ordered Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker to undergo psychological testing following racial remarks he had made during an off-season interview with Sports Illustrated. He was later suspended for fourteen days and allowed to attend Spring Training after paying an undisclosed fine and attending sensitivity training.

The Chicago Cubs christened the 2000 season by defeating the New York Mets, 5-3 in the Tokyo Dome in Japan marking the first Major League game ever played on Asian soil.

Following the death of Montreal Canadian Maurice Richard, the Expos announced that they would wear "The Rocket's" number nine for the remainder of the season as a tribute to the late hockey icon. It was the first time that a Major League Baseball team was believed to have honored an athlete from another sport.

A round the league...

American League president Gene Budig resigned and was appointed a senior adviser to baseball commissioner Bud Selig. The American and National leagues were officially disbanded as separate legal entities with all rights and functions consolidated in the commissioner's office.

Following a May 16th incident in which sixteen Los Angeles Dodger players and three coaches entered the stands during a fight with fans at Wrigley Field, nineteen suspensions are handed out resulting in the loss of sixty games for the players and twenty-four for the coaches.

Andrew Klein, a boy who was struck in the head and suffered permanent brain damage while attending batting practice before a Florida Marlins game in 1997, was finally awarded $1.05 million by a state court jury. The decision set the stage for limiting children's access to players on the field and required stricter safety guidelines for kid's pre-game ballpark programs.

Four American League teams finished with a better winning percentage than the New York Yankees. However, the Bronx Bombers were really not concerned with the final standings and progressed through the post-season with ease defeating their cross-town rival Mets four games to one in the fourteenth rendition of the "Subway Series".

"He's (Mike Hampton of the New York Mets) been pitching that way all year (2000). We just haven't scored enough runs for him." - Robin Ventura
2000 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

San Francisco

117

Batting Average

Colorado

.372

Doubles

Colorado

59

Hits

Colorado

216

Home Runs

Chicago

50

On Base Percentage

Colorado

.463

RBI

Colorado

147

Runs

Houston

152

Slugging Average

Colorado

.698

Stolen Bases

Florida

62

Total Bases

Colorado

405

Triples

Arizona

14

2000 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Arizona

8

Philadelphia

Arizona

ERA

Los Angeles

2.58

Games

St. Louis

83

Saves

Florida

45

Shutouts

Atlanta

3

Arizona

Strikeouts

Arizona

347

Winning Percentage

Arizona

.731

Wins

Atlanta

21

2000 National League

Team Standings

Atlanta Braves

95 67 .586 0

$84,537,836

New York Mets

94 68 .580 1

$79,509,776

Florida Marlins

79 82 .491 15½

$20,072,000

Montreal Expos

67 95 .414 28

$34,807,333

Philadelphia Phillies

65 97 .401 30

$47,308,000

St. Louis Cardinals

95 67 .586 0

$61,453,863

Cincinnati Reds

85 77 .525 10

$46,867,200

Milwaukee Brewers

73 89 .451 22

$36,505,333

Houston Astros

72 90 .444 23

$51,289,111

Pittsburgh Pirates

69 93 .426 26

$28,928,333

Chicago Cubs

65 97 .401 30

$60,539,333

San Francisco Giants

97 65 .599 0

$53,737,826

Los Angeles Dodgers

86 76 .531 11

$88,124,286

Arizona Diamondbacks

85 77 .525 12

$81,027,333

Colorado Rockies

82 80 .506 15

$61,111,190

San Diego Padres

76 86 .469 21

$54,821,000

2000 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

San Francisco

709

Batting Average

Colorado

.294

Doubles

Colorado

320

Hits

Colorado

1,664

Home Runs

Houston

249

On Base Percentage

Colorado

.362

Runs

Colorado

968

Slugging Average

Houston

.477

Stolen Bases

Florida

168

Triples

Colorado

53

2000 National League Team Review

Pitchin Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Arizona

16

ERA

Atlanta

4.06

Fewest Hits Allowed

Los Angeles

1,379

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

San Francisco

151

Fewest Walks Allowed

Atlanta

484

Saves

Atlanta

53

Shutouts

San Francisco

15

Strikeouts

Arizona

1,220



On March 29, 2000, the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets opened the season in the first regular season game ever played outside of North America.

On March 30, 2000, the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets matched up again and the first ever regular season extra-inning game was played outside of North America.

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