Year In Review : 2011 American League

O ff the field...

A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the east of Japan on March 11, killing 15,840 and leaving another 3,926 missing. Tsunami warnings were issued in 50 countries and territories. Emergencies were declared at four nuclear power plants affected by the quake.

On April 29th an estimated two billion people watched the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London.

The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, the most elaborate Martian exploration vehicle to date, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on November 26th. It was scheduled to land on Mars on August 5, 2012, and it successfully landed there on August 6th, 2012.

I n the American League...

At U.S. Cellular Field, May 3rd, Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins pitched the first no-hitter of the season over the Chicago White Sox. Despite walking six batters, he was helped out by three double plays. A fourth-inning home run by Jason Kubel off Edwin Jackson (himself a no-hit pitcher on June 25, 2010) accounted for the game's only run. The game was Liriano's first complete game in 95 Major League starts and the first no-hitter by a Twin since Eric Milton in 1999.

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees became the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club, homering off David Price in the third inning of the Yankees' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on July 9th. Jeter became the first player to reach the milestone exclusively as a Yankee, and only the second to do so with a home run, joining Wade Boggs in 1999.

Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers wons his 20th game of the season on August 27th. He was the first Tigers 20-game winner since Bill Gullickson in 1991, and it marked the 44th time in Tigers history that a pitcher had reached 20 wins in a season.

I n the National League...

The New York Mets agreed to sell a minority, non-operating investment in the team to David Einhorn, president of Greenlight Capital Inc., for $200 million, pending the completion of exclusive negotiations and approval by Major League Baseball owners. The deal gave him a one-third stake in the team and he has an option to own sixty percent in three years.

Two days of baseball? July 26–27, the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates played a nineteen inning marathon (the longest game in either franchise's history) that ended in the early morning hours.

The New York Mets won 10-9 win over the Cincinnati Reds to complete a four game sweep at Great American Ballpark on July 28th. It was the first sweep of a four game series against the Reds in their entire history.

A round the League...

The defense in the Barry Bonds perjury case rested without calling a single witness to the stand on April 6th. After prosecutors dropped one of the five charges against Bonds, and called 25 witnesses to the stand over 2½ weeks, the defense takes just one minute to present its side. Prosecutors drop the count accusing Bonds of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he says prior to that season he never takes anything other than vitamins from trainer Greg Anderson. One week later, the jury deciding the federal case against Barry Bonds found him guilty of obstruction of justice. The jury was hung on the three counts of making false declarations during his 2003 testimony before the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) grand jury, resulting in a mistrial.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced that Major League Baseball takes over operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt. The press relesase stated, "Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day to day operations of the club. I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt's ownership. I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days. The Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, and we owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future."

World Baseball Classic Inc. announced the introduction of a play-in round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic that allowed twelve new countries to compete for the first time. The new round brings in sixteen teams divided into four pools, and the winner of each pool would advance to play in the World Baseball Classic. Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama and South Africa compete in the play-in round after not winning a game in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. New participants include France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Colombia, Nicaragua, Brazil, Israel, Thailand, the Czech Republic and the Philippines.

"This one is going to cost me a lot of money this is patetic <sp>." - Ozzie Guillen Tweet (04/27/2011, Ejected for arguing a called third strike & was fined $50,000, Twitter)

2011 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Toronto

132

Batting Average

Detroit

.344

Doubles

Detroit

48

Hits

Boston

213

Texas

Home Runs

Toronto

43

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.448

RBI

New York

119

Runs

New York

136

Slugging Average

Toronto

.608

Stolen Bases

Oakland

49

New York

Total Bases

Boston

364

Triples

Los Angeles

11

Detroit

2011 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Tampa Bay

11

ERA

Detroit

2.40

Games

Detroit

75

Saves

Detroit

49

Shutouts

Texas

4

Tampa Bay

Strikeouts

Detroit

250

Winning Percentage

Detroit

.828

Wins

Detroit

24

2011 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees 97 65 0 .599 -- $202,689,028
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 91 71 0 .562 6 $41,053,571
Boston Red Sox 90 72 0 .556 7 $161,762,475
Toronto Blue Jays 81 81 0 .500 16 $62,567,800
Baltimore Orioles 69 93 0 .426 28 $85,304,038
Detroit Tigers 95 67 0 .586 -- $105,700,231
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0 .494 15 $49,190,566
Chicago White Sox 79 83 0 .488 16 $127,789,000
Kansas City Royals 71 91 0 .438 24 $36,126,000
Minnesota Twins 63 99 0 .389 32 $112,737,000
Texas Rangers 96 66 0 .593 -- $92,299,264
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 86 76 0 .531 10 $138,543,166
Oakland Athletics 74 88 0 .457 22 $66,536,500
Seattle Mariners 67 95 0 .414 29 $86,524,600

2011 American League Final Standings



Did you know that Mariano Rivera became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to make 1,000 appearances with one team, reaching the milestone on May 25, 2011? Rivera also becomes the 15th pitcher in MLB history with 1,000 career appearances.

The Los Angeles Angels' Ervin Santana no-hit the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 2011 . Despite not giving up a hit, his team was down 1-0 until a fifth inning sacrifice fly by Mike Trout , as Ezequiel Carrera reached base on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar in the first, proceeded to steal second, reached third on Asdrubal Cabrera's ground out, then scored on a wild pitch. The Angels won by a final score of 3-1.

On August 15, 2011 , Jim Thome hit two home runs in the Minnesota Twins' 9-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the second of which made Thome the eighth player with 600 career home runs. After homering off Rick Porcello in the sixth inning, Thome hit his milestone home run off Daniel Schlereth one inning later.

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