Year In Review : 2000 American 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".

"It was basically an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and in the NFL you get fifteen yards for that. They found there was no intent (during the bat throwing incident in the 2000 World Series) and we knew it was that way from the beginning." - Roger Clemens
2000 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Oakland

137

Batting Average

Boston

.372

Doubles

Toronto

57

Hits

Anaheim

240

Home Runs

Anaheim

47

On Base Percentage

Oakland

.476

RBI

Seattle

145

Runs

Kansas City

136

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.697

Stolen Bases

Kansas City

46

Total Bases

Toronto

378

Triples

Minnesota

20

2000 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Toronto

9

ERA

Boston

1.74

Games

Chicago

83

Saves

Detroit

42

Boston

Shutouts

Boston

4

Strikeouts

Boston

284

Winning Percentage

Oakland

.769

Wins

Oakland

20

Toronto

2000 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

87 74 .540 0

$92,538,260

Boston Red Sox

85 77 .525

$77,940,333

Toronto Blue Jays

83 79 .512

$46,238,333

Baltimore Orioles

74 88 .457 13½

$81,447,435

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

69 92 .429 18

$62,765,129

Chicago White Sox

95 67 .586 0

$31,133,500

Cleveland Indians

90 72 .556 5

$75,880,971

Detroit Tigers

79 83 .488 16

$58,265,167

Kansas City Royals

77 85 .475 18

$23,433,000

Minnesota Twins

69 93 .426 26

$16,519,500

Oakland Athletics

91 70 .565 0

$31,971,333

Seattle Mariners

91 71 .562 ½

$58,915,000

Anaheim Angels

82 80 .506

$51,464,167

Texas Rangers

71 91 .438 20½

$70,795,921

2000 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Seattle

775

Batting Average

Cleveland

.288

Doubles

Texas

330

Hits

Kansas City

1,644

Home Runs

Toronto

244

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.367

Runs

Chicago

978

Slugging Average

Anaheim

.472

Stolen Bases

Baltimore

126

Triples

Minnesota

49

2000 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Toronto

15

ERA

Boston

4.24

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,433

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Oakland

158

Fewest Walks Allowed

Detroit

496

Saves

Anaheim

46

Boston

Shutouts

Boston

12

Strikeouts

Cleveland

1,213



Pedro Martinez of Boston was the ERA champion in 1999 as well, but did you know that during the 2000 season his nearest competition was Roger Clemens of New York who finished the season with a 3.70 ERA?

On April 23, 2000, Bernie Williams of New York hit two home runs - one from each side of the plate . Jorge Posada matched the feat with his second homer in the ninth inning and they became the first duo to perform the feat during the same game!

In Major League history, no player had won the All-Star Most Valuable Player Award and World Series Most Valuable Player Award during the same season until Derek Jeter won each during this season!

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