YEAR IN REVIEW : 2001 American League

Off the field...

For the second time in the nation's history, a president's son followed in his father's footsteps as George W. Bush (Jr.) was sworn in as the United State's 43rd leader.

On September 11 the world changed forever as two hijacked airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center's twin towers and a third airplane hit the Pentagon in Washington DC. A fourth plane was brought down before reaching its intended target by a heroic group of passengers in a field in western Pennsylvania. In the end, over 3,300 innocent people were killed and the United States along with a collalition of over sixty countries declared war on terrorism.

The New York Yankees weren't the only baseball team from the Bronx that played well in 2001, only to come up short in the end. The Little League team from the South Bronx stole the show at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, but was later disqualified after it was discovered that star pitcher Danny Almonte was actually a fifteen year-old ringer.

In the American League...

Baltimore Orioles icon "Iron Man" Cal Ripken re-enacted the final scene from "The Natural" with a dramatic home run blast in the third inning off of Chan Ho Park during his final All-Star Game appearance.

Despite losing three of their greatest players (Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez) the resilient Seattle Mariners set the record for most wins in a season for an American League club, bettering the mark of one-hundred fourteen set by the already legendary 1998 Yankees. Japanese sensation Ichiro Suzuki sweetens the deal by winning Rookie of the Year as well as the Most Valuable Player.

The New York Yankees' Mike Mussina comes within one batter of perfection, but Carl Everett's two-out, ninth-inning single spoiled the Moose's bid for a perfect game. In the end, the right-handed veteran finished with a one-hitter and the Yankees swept the Boston Red Sox at Fenway.

In the National League...

A new era of baseball in Pittsburgh began with the opening of PNC Park resembling the classic stadiums of old. The park served as the fifth home for the Buccos replacing Three Rivers Stadium, which had replaced the sacred grounds at Forbes Field. Unfortunately, Pirate legend Willie Stargell died the evening before its Opening Day casting a dark shadow over the debut festivities.

Barry Bonds of the Giants broke St. Louis Cardinals' slugger Mark McGwire's single-season home run record. Before an ecstatic throng at San Francisco's Pac Bell Park, the Hall-of-Fame-bound outfielder took Chan Ho Park deep for No. 71. He would later go on to reset the record at seventy-three.

In one of the most exciting editions of the World Series, the adolescent Arizona Diamondbacks beat the 3x defending champion New York Yankees after Luis Gonzalez lined a Series-winning single off closer Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Game 7.

Around the League...

Major League Baseball rose to the occasion as part of the post 9/11 healing process. After taking center stage with patriotic tributes throughout the remainder of the regular season, the national pastime returned to the Big Apple to host the World Series. With the city's emotions running high and the American flag pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center flying overhead, President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch symbolizing the unwavering strength of America.

The 1-2 pitching combination of Arizona Diamondbacks Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson results in the first World Series Co-Most Valuable Players.

The 2001 season ended bittersweet as fans say goodbye to two future hall-of-famers in Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres and Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Baseball Hall of Fame congratulated its newest inductees including Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield, Hilton Smith and Bill Mazeroski (who finally opened the door for defensive players).

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The amazing thing about baseball is that no matter how many games you win, unless you win a World Series, you're going to feel disappointment." - Seattle Mariners Manager Lou Piniella

2001 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Oakland
129
Seattle
.350
Oakland
47
Seattle
242
Texas
52
Oakland
.477
Seattle
141
Texas
133
Oakland
.660
Seattle
56
Texas
393
Minnesota
14

2001 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Detroit
8
Seattle
3.05
Toronto
80
New York
50
Oakland
4
Boston
220
New York
.870
Oakland
21

2001 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees 95 65 .594 0 $109,791,893
Boston Red Sox 82 79 .509 13½ $109,558,908
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 .494 16 $75,798,500
Baltimore Orioles 63 98 .391 32½ $72,426,328
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 62 100 .383 34 $54,798,500
Cleveland Indians 91 71 .562 0 $91,974,979
Minnesota Twins 85 77 .525 6 $24,350,000
Chicago White Sox 83 79 .512 8 $62,363,000
Detroit Tigers 66 96 .407 25 $49,831,167
Kansas City Royals 65 97 .401 26 $35,643,000
Seattle Mariners 116 46 .716 0 $75,652,500
Oakland Athletics 102 60 .630 13 $33,810,750
Anaheim Angels 75 87 .463 41 $46,568,180
Texas Rangers 73 89 .451 43 $88,504,421
American League Team Standings

2001 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Oakland
640
Seattle
.288
Oakland
334
Seattle
1,637
Texas
246
Seattle
.360
Seattle
927
Texas
.471
Seattle
174
Detroit
60

2001 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Detroit
16
Seattle
3.54
Fewest Hits Allowed
Seattle
1,293
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Boston
146
Fewest Walks Allowed
Oakland
440
New York
57
Seattle
14
New York
1,266
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Average Salary: $2,654,403.00
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The 2001 Seattle Mariners set several records this season including most wins by any American League team during a season and they tied the Major League record for most wins by any team during a single season!

Did you know that in 2001 Corey Koskie of the Minnesota Twins became the first American League third baseman with at least 20 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and 20 stolen bases during the same season?

Trivia alert: Name the only three pitchers in Major League history with 20 win seasons in three separate decades. The answer is Bob Feller , Warren Spahn and their newest member Roger Clemens !

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