Year In Review : 2000 American League

Off 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.

In the American League...

Shortstop sensation Nomar Garciaparra earned his second consecutive batting title and Pedro Martinez earned his third Cy Young Award in four years, but it wasn't enough to get the Red Sox to the playoffs for a third consecutive season. Despite their best efforts, "The Curse of the Bambino" continued to reign as the Sox finished 2½ games behind the Yankees in the American League East.

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.

In 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.

Around 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".

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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
American League Team Standings

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
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | All-Star Game | All-Star Game | World Series
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Average Salary: $1,998,034.00
Minimum Salary: $200,000.00
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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