Year In Review : 2002 American League

O ff the field...

Big business took the witness stand in 2002 as Enron, WorldCom and Xerox were all exposed in major accounting scandals. The total cost of corporate fraud in the United States was estimated at more than five trillion dollars, coming in plunging stocks, loss of investments and tax revenue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed with U.S. President George W. Bush in Moscow a nuclear disarmament treaty and a strategic partnership agreement. Under the treaty, the two countries pledged to slash their nuclear arsenals by two-thirds.

On September 11, tributes around the nation showcased American emotion and patriotic pride on the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Major League Baseball held special opening ceremonies in every ballpark operating that day.

I n the American League...

The Anaheim Angels dethroned the perennial American League Champion New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins to face the San Francisco Giants in their first Fall Classic since entering the league forty-two years earlier. The victory was sweetened by overcoming a 5-0 seventh-inning deficit in Game 6, fittingly the greatest elimination-game comeback in Classic history. The Angels went on to win the contest four games to three.

From August 13th to September 4th, Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada and the Oakland Athletics set an American League record of twenty straight wins.

Seattle's Mike Cameron hit four homers in Comiskey Park on May 2nd, becoming the first Major Leaguer in nine years (Mark Whiten, 1993) to manage the feat. He was outdone twenty-one days later in Milwaukee as the Los Angeles Dodgers' Shawn Green totaled a six-for-six, nineteen total base spectacle and finished the week with nine home runs of his own.

I n the National League...

Barry Bonds continued to chase Babe Ruth as the most dominant player in MLB history. The San Francisco Giants outfielder tallied his 600th home run off the Pittsburgh Pirates' Kip Wells on August 9th and won his first batting title (.370) before falling to the Anaheim Angels in Game 7 of the World Series.

The Arizona Diamondbacks continued to dominate on the mound as Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling went 47-12 and ranked 1-2 in the Majors with a combined total of six-hundred fifty strikeouts. The lethal 1-2 combination also boasted thirteen complete games, more than any other big-league team.

No one demonstrated more resolve than the Cardinals, who experienced the untimely deaths of longtime announcer Jack Buck and pitcher Darryl Kile. The team, though mourning, went on to dominate the National League Central dedicating the season in the memory of their departed comrades.

A round the league...

Major League owners and players, inevitably heading toward a ninth play stoppage over labor issues, reached accord virtually minutes before the first feared cancellation. It was the first time a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was struck without the loss of a single inning.

For only the second time in the History of the Midsummer Classic, the 2002 All-Star Game was called at a 7-7 tie after eleven innings due to both teams running out of available pitchers.

The West was the best as six of the nine West Division teams won ninety-two-plus games (more teams than the other four divisions combined) and West players dominated the individual awards including the Cy Young, Most Valuable Player and eight of the nine American League Gold Gloves.

Baseball bid farewell to some of the greatest ever to lace up a pair of cleats including Ted Williams, Jim Spencer, Al Cowens, Minnie Rojas, Joe Black, Wes Westrum, Darrell Porter, Enos Slaughter, John Roseboro, Hoyt Wilhelm and Darryl Kile.

"The goal is to win it again. That's all we're here to do. People get remembered for championships, and that's what we want to do. We got one, so let's try to get two." - World Series MVP Troy Glaus
2002 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cleveland

122

Batting Average

Boston

.349

Doubles

Anaheim

56

Boston

Hits

New York

209

Home Runs

Texas

57

On Base Percentage

Boston

.450

RBI

Texas

142

Runs

New York

128

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.677

Stolen Bases

New York

41

Total Bases

Texas

389

Triples

Boston

11

2002 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Kansas City

7

ERA

Boston

2.26

Games

Oakland

84

Saves

Minnesota

45

Shutouts

New York

3

Strikeouts

Boston

239

Winning Percentage

Boston

.833

Wins

Oakland

23

2002 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

103 58 .640

--

$125,928,583

Boston Red Sox

93 69 .574

$108,366,060

Toronto Blue Jays

78 84 .481

25½

$76,864,333

Baltimore Orioles

67 95 .414

36½

$60,493,487

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

55 106 .342

48

$34,380,000

Minnesota Twins

94 67 .584 -- $40,225,000

Chicago White Sox

81 81 .500

13½

$57,052,833

Cleveland Indians

74 88 .457

20½

$78,909,448

Kansas City Royals

62 100 .383

32½

$47,257,000

Detroit Tigers

55 106 .342

39

$55,048,000

Oakland Athletics

103 59 .636 -- $39,679,746

Anaheim Angels

99 63 .611 4 $61,721,667

Seattle Mariners

93 69 .574 10 $80,282,668

Texas Rangers

72 90 .444 31 $105,302,124

2002 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

162
5,678
851
1,603
333
32
152
811
2,456
462

805

117

51
.341
.433
.282
162
5,491
667
1,353
311
27
165
636
2,213
452

993

110

48
.309
.403
.246
162
5,640
859
1,560
348
33
177
810
2,505
545

944

80

28
.345
.444
.277
162
5,502
856
1,475
289
29
217
819
2,473
555

952

75

31
.338
.449
.268
162
5,423
739
1,349
255
26
192
706
2,232
542

1,000

52

37
.321
.412
.249
161
5,406
575
1,340
265
37
124
546
2,051
363

1,035

65

44
.300
.379
.248
162
5,535
737
1,415
285
42
140
695
2,204
524

921

140

65
.323
.398
.256
161
5,582
768
1,518
348
36
167
731
2,439
472

1,089

79

62
.332
.437
.272
161
5,601
897
1,540
314
12
223
857
2,547
640

1,171

100

38
.354
.455
.275
162
5,558
800
1,450
279
28
205
772
2,400
609

1,008

46

20
.339
.432
.261
162
5,569
814
1,531
285
31
152
771
2,334
629

1,003

137

58
.350
.419
.275
161
5,604
673
1,418
297
35
133
640
2,184
456

1,115

102

45
.314
.390
.253
162
5,618
843
1,510
304
27
230
806

2,558

554

1,055

62

34
.338
.455
.269
162
5,581
813
1,457
305
38
187
771
2,399
522

1,142

71

18
.327
.430
.261

2002 American League Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

2002 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

99

63

3.69

7

14

54
70
1452.1
1,345
644
595
169
49
509

999

67

95

4.46

8

3

31
46
1450.2
1,491
773
719
208
54
549

967

93

69

3.75

5

17

51
68
1446.0
1,339
665
603
146
84
430

1,157

81

81

4.53

7

7

35
46
1423.0
1,422
798
716
190
60
528

945

74

88

4.91

9

4

34
53
1424.2
1,508
837
777
142
57
603

1,058

55

106

4.92

11

7

33
53
1414.0
1,593
864
773
163
62
463

794

62

100

5.21

12

6

30
54
1441.0
1,587
891
834
212
52
572

909

94

67

4.12

8

9

47
65
1444.2
1,454
712
662
184
45
439

1,026

103

58

3.87

9

11

53
69
1452.0
1,441
697
625
144
48
403

1,135

103

59

3.68

9

19

48
68
1452.0
1,391
654
593
135
62
474

1,021

93

69

4.07

8

12

43
64
1445.1
1,422
699
654
178
49
441

1,063

55

106

5.29

12

3

25
46
1440.1
1,567
918
846
215
94
620

925

72

90

5.15

4

4

33
65
1439.2
1,528
882
824
194
76
669

1,030

78

84

4.80

6

6

41
70
1438.1
1,504
828
767
177
71
590

991

2002 American League Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard



The 2002 Anaheim Angels set a new Major League record for most players (they had nine) on one team with one-hundred or more hits during a single season.

Did you know that Carlos Beltran of the Kansas City Royals set the American League record for most extra base hits (eighty) by a switch-hitter in 2002?

One of the longest "streaks" in Major League baseball belongs to the New York Yankees who through 2002 have played forty-four seasons without being held hitless during a game - the pitcher who last accomplished this feat was Hoyt Wilhelm on September 20, 1958.

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