YEAR IN REVIEW : 2002 American League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

Cleveland
122
Boston
.349
Anaheim
56
Boston
New York
209
Texas
57
Boston
.450
Texas
142
New York
128
Cleveland
.677
New York
41
Texas
389
Boston
11

2002 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Kansas City
7
Boston
2.26
Oakland
84
Minnesota
45
New York
3
Boston
239
Boston
.833
Oakland
23

2002 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees 103 58 .640 -- $125,928,583
Boston Red Sox 93 69 .574 10½ $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
American League Team Standings

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
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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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