Year In Review : 2009 National League

O ff the field...

The National Football League crowns a new champion, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 and became the first team in NFL history to win six Super Bowls.

The passing of pop superstar Michael Jackson triggers an outpouring of worldwide grief, so large in fact Internet traffic cripples several major websites and services.

Golf legend Tiger Woods does his part to cripple websites after he is involved in a car accident the day after Thanksgiving, triggering media coverage that the married father of two has had affairs with about one dozen women, and ultimately the loss of many of Woods' corporate sponsors.

I n the American League...

When the Angels clinched the West Division title they celebrated with champagne, but not just inside the clubhouse. As a team they took the celebration out onto the field where they poured bubbly over the center-field picture of Nick Adenhart's baseball cap - their 22-year old friend and teammate who lost his life earlier during the season.

The Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig, played a prominent role in 2009, as Derek Jeter toppled the all-time hits mark for pinstriped players set nearly 70 years earlier. A sad day in history, September 11, gave Other Yankees who did pretty good in 2009, Mariano Rivera who notched the 500th career save of his career.

I n the National League...

Some historians think 2009 might see the last 300 game winner in history as Randy Johnson reached the plateau pitching with the San Francisco Giants and all but guaranteed his future plaque in Cooperstown. The Big Unit was the twenty-fourth member of the 300 Wins Club and the sixth southpaw to reach the milestone.

Pudge passed Pudge in 09. Ivan Rodriguez caught his 2,228th game on June 28th passing Carlton Fisk for the all-time games caught mark.

Mark Reynolds, the third baseman of the Arizona Diamondbacks, broke his own record for most strikeouts in a season by fanning for the 205th time against the San Francisco Giants on September 22 at Chase Field. He finished the season striking out 223 times.

A round the League...

Harry Kalas, play by play announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies, passed away on April 13th after collapsing in the press box at National Park.

The Big Apple added two sparkly new jewels in the form of ballparks, one for each team from each league; in the American League a new Yankee Stadium for the New York Yankees (who played their first game there on April 16, losing 10-2 to the Cleveland Indians) and in the National League, Citi Field for the crosstown New York Mets (who played their first game there on April 13, losing 6-5 to the San Diego Padres).

Tony La Russa passed John McGraw for second-most games managed in baseball with his 4,770th game managed (2,552-2,214-4) on October 1. La Russa gets three more games (October 4) to extend his managed games to 4,773 (2,552-2,217-4) by the end of 2009.

"When the history of this (becoming the first player in baseball history to homer as the first batter in a new ballpark) is being written, my place is in it is going to be very light, very shallow. It's going to be about Tom Seaver throwing the first pitch to Mike Piazza and it's going to be about Donald Trump and Mayor Bloomberg being in the first row and just the aura about the whole thing. I was happy to be there. Don't get me wrong. But when the history is written, it's going to be less of a big deal." - Jody Gerut in the San Diego Union-Tribune (Tim Sullivan, 04/13/2009, 'Gerut not jacked by Citi Field first', Link )

2009 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

San Diego

119

Batting Average

Florida

.342

Doubles

Houston

46

Hits

Milwaukee

203

Home Runs

St. Louis

47

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.443

RBI

Milwaukee

141

Philadelphia

Runs

St. Louis

124

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.658

Stolen Bases

Houston

61

Total Bases

St. Louis

374

Triples

Philadelphia

13

2009 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

San Francisco

4

San Francisco

ERA

St. Louis

2.24

Games

New York

88

Saves

San Diego

42

Shutouts

Cincinnati

2

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

San Francisco

St. Louis

Strikeouts

San Francisco

261

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.810

Wins

St. Louis

19

2009 National League

Team Standings

Philadelphia Phillies

93 69 0 .574

--

$113,004,046

Florida Marlins

87 75 0 .537

6

$36,834,000

Atlanta Braves

86 76 0 .531

7

$96,726,166

New York Mets

70 92 0 .432

23

$149,373,987

Washington Nationals

59 103 0 .364

34

$60,328,000

St. Louis Cardinals

91 71 0 .562 --

$77,605,109

Chicago Cubs

83 78 0 .516

$134,809,000

Milwaukee Brewers

80 82 0 .494

11

$80,182,502

Cincinnati Reds

78 84 0 .481

13

$73,558,500

Houston Astros 74 88 0 .457 17 $102,996,414

Pittsburgh Pirates

62 99 0 .385

28½

$48,693,001

Los Angeles Dodgers

95 67 0 .586 --

$100,414,592

Colorado Rockies

92 70 0 .568 3

$75,201,000

San Francisco Giants

88 74 0 .543

7

$82,616,450

San Diego Padres 75 87 0 .463 20 $43,734,200

Arizona Diamondbacks

70 92 0 .432 25

$73,516,666

2009 National League Final Standings



Jody Gerut , playing with the San Diego Padres , became the first player to open a new ballpark with a leadoff home run, as the Padres beat the New York Mets 6-5 at Citi Field which opened its doors on April 13, 2009 .

Did you know Gary Sheffield of the New York Mets became the 25th member of the 500 Home Runs Club on April 17, 2009 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field? The historic home run came in the bottom of the seventh inning as a pinch hitter, the first time a player has reached 500 home runs in this way.

Troy Tulowitzki hit for the cycle against the Chicago Cubs on August 10, 2009 and became the second player in baseball history to have hit for the cycle and have an unassisted triple play in their career. His unassisted triple play came on April 29, 2007 against the Atlanta Braves . John Valentin is the other player.

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