The 2000 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the East Division champion New York Yankees and the Wild Card Seattle Mariners. The Yankees had advanced to the Series after beating the West Division champion Oakland Athletics in the ALDS three games to two and the Mariners advanced by beating the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox three games to none. The Yankees won the Series four games to two and went on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series to win their third consecutive World Series championship, twenty-sixth overall.
|2000 American League Championship Series|
|MVP||David Justice (New York)|
|Umpires||John Hirschbeck, Angel Hernandez, Wally Bell, Mark Hirschbeck, Gerry Davis, Randy Marsh (Games 1–2), Fieldin Culbreth (Games 3–6)|
|Television||NBC (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Bob Costas and Joe Morgan (NBC)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez|
New York won the series, 4–2.
|1||October 10||Seattle Mariners – 2, New York Yankees – 0||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:45||54,481|
|2||October 11||Seattle Mariners – 1, New York Yankees – 7||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:36||55,317|
|3||October 13||New York Yankees – 8, Seattle Mariners – 2||Safeco Field||3:35||47,827|
|4||October 14||New York Yankees – 5, Seattle Mariners – 0||Safeco Field||2:59||47,803|
|5||October 15||New York Yankees – 2, Seattle Mariners – 6||Safeco Field||4:14||47,802|
|6||October 17||Seattle Mariners – 7, New York Yankees – 9||Yankee Stadium (I)||4:03||56,598|
|WP: Freddy García (1–0) LP: Denny Neagle (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)|
SEA: Alex Rodriguez (1)
Game 1 at Yankee Stadium started as a pitchers' duel between Mariners' Freddy García and Yankees' Denny Neagle. Neither team would score until the top of the fifth inning when Mark McLemore hit a two-out ground rule double off Neagle before scoring on a Rickey Henderson single. Alex Rodriguez homered in the sixth inning to make it 2–0. The Yankees could not score any runs off García or three Mariner relievers and Seattle took a 1–0 series lead.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Arthur Rhodes (0–1)|
NYY: Derek Jeter (1)
In Game 2, the Yankees' offense was again dead silent, this time against Mariner starter John Halama and reliever José Paniagua. Yankees starter Orlando Hernández pitched eight innings giving up just one run, a John Olerud single in the third that scored Mike Cameron, who walked and stole second, on six hits, but was set to get the loss until the Yankees' offense exploded in the eighth against Arthur Rhodes and José Mesa. David Justice led off with a double before scoring on a Bernie Williams single to tie the game. Back-to-back singles by Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada then gave the Yankees 2–1 lead. Paul O'Neill then hit a sacrifice fly to make a 3–1 game. Mesa replaced Rhodes pitching and gave up a single to Luis Sojo. After Posada was caught stealing for the second out, José Vizcaíno doubled to score Sojo and make it 4–1 Yankees. Vizcaíno would score on a Chuck Knoblauch single before Derek Jeter homered to make it a 7-1 lead. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth and the series was tied 1–1 heading to Seattle.
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0) LP: Aaron Sele (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Tino Martinez (1)
The Mariners struck first in Game 3 on three consecutive singles in the first, the last of which by Edgar Martínez off Andy Pettitte scored Mike Cameron from third. However, the Yankees responded with back-to-back home runs from Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez to lead off the second off Aaron Sele. The Yankees extended their lead to 3–1 when Derek Jeter, who reached on a forceout, scored on a double from Chuck Knoblauch. The Mariners made it a one-run game when Rickey Henderson doubled, then scored on a single from Cameron in the fifth, but the Yankees got that run back the next inning on a Paul O'Neil single to score Bernie Williams. The Yankees broke the game open in the ninth. With runners on first and third, Chuck Knoblauch hit an RBI single off of Brett Tomko, who then walked Jeter to load the bases. Robert Ramsay relieved Tomko and allowed a two-run single to Justice and sacrifice fly to Williams to make it an 8–2 game while Mariano Rivera retired the Mariners in order in the bottom of the inning as the Yankees went up 2−1 in the series.
|WP: Roger Clemens (1–0) LP: Paul Abbott (0–1)|
NYY: Derek Jeter (2), David Justice (1)
In one of the most dominant pitching performances in postseason history, Yankees starter Roger Clemens struck out an ALCS-record fifteen batters in a complete game one-hit shutout of the Mariners. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning when Al Martin lined a leadoff double off first baseman Tino Martinez's glove for the Mariners' only hit of the game. Clemens got offensive support when Derek Jeter hit a three-run home run off Paul Abbott in the fifth and David Justice hit a two-run home run off José Mesa in the eighth after a leadoff walk to Jeter. The Yankees won 5–0 and were just one win away from the World Series.
|WP: Freddy García (2–0) LP: Denny Neagle (0–2)|
SEA: Edgar Martínez (1), John Olerud (1)
The Mariners struck first in Game 5 when Denny Neagle walked three to load the bases in the first before Mike Cameron scored on a sacrifice fly from John Olerud. The Yankees responded in the fourth when Luis Sojo hit a two-run double off Freddy García that scored Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada with the bases loaded. Their 2–1 lead stayed until the fifth when the Mariners put runners on second and third with one out. Neagle was replaced with Jeff Nelson, who gave up a single to Alex Rodriguez that scored both runners on base, Mark McLemore and Rickey Henderson, giving the Mariners a 3–2 lead. Nelson then gave up back-to-back home runs to Edgar Martínez and John Olerud to make it 6–2 Mariners. Neither team scored afterwards, forcing a Game 6 at Yankee Stadium. Neagle accounted for the loss in the two games of the series that Seattle won and García beat him each time. The Yankees left 15 runners on base and were 2 for 15 with them in scoring position.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (2–0) LP: José Paniagua (0–1)|
SEA: Carlos Guillen (1), Alex Rodriguez (2)
NYY: David Justice (2)
The Mariners again struck first in Game 6, taking a 2–0 lead in the first when Yankees starter Orlando Hernández walked Al Martin, then gave up back-to-back doubles to Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martínez. Seattle made it 4–0 when Carlos Guillen hit a two-run home run in the fourth. The Yankees responded in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases before Jorge Posada hit a double off John Halama that scored David Justice and Bernie Williams. Posada then scored on a Paul O'Neil single to make it a 4–3 game. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh when the Yankees put runners on first and third with one out off José Paniagua, who was replaced with Arthur Rhodes. Rhodes gave up a three-run home run to David Justice to give the Yankees a 6–4 lead. The Yankees then loaded the bases on a single, double and intentional walk before O'Neill's single scored two. José Mesa relieved Rhodes and walked Luis Sojo to reload the bases before Jose Vizcaino's sacrifice fly made it 9–4 Yankees. Alex Rodriguez led off the top of the eighth with a home run off Hernández. After walking Edgar Martínez, Hernández was replaced with Mariano Rivera, who gave up a double to John Olerud, then two outs later, another double to Mark McLemore that scored both Martinez and Olerud before striking out Jay Buhner to end the inning. Rivera then pitched a scoreless ninth as the Yankees won 9–7 and advance to the World Series.
|New York Yankees||0||2||1||5||3||1||6||9||4||31||57||1|
|Total attendance: 309,828 Average attendance: 51,638|
On September 26, 2000, NBC declined to renew its broadcast agreement with Major League Baseball. After fifty seasons — 1947–1989 and 1994–2000 — Game 6 is the last Major League Baseball game that NBC has televised to date. In Houston, due to the coverage of the 2000 Presidential Debate, KPRC-TV elected to carry NBC News' coverage of the debate while KNWS-TV carried NBC's final baseball game.
Alex Rodriguez would leave the Mariners for the Texas Rangers after this series for a ten-year, $252 million deal. Three seasons later, Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees, where he remained until 2016.
The Mariners returned to the ALCS the following season, after they broke the Yankees' American League record and tied the Major League record for regular season wins with 116. However, they fared worse in a rematch with the Yankees and were dispatched in five games.
The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2000. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.2016 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2016 throughout the world.Alex Rodriguez
Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975), nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily with the New York Yankees. He also played for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Rodriguez began his professional career as one of the sport's most highly touted prospects, and is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Rodriguez amassed a .295 batting average, over 600 home runs (696), over 2,000 runs batted in (RBI), over 2,000 runs scored, over 3,000 hits, and over 300 stolen bases, the only player in MLB history to achieve all of those feats. He was also a 14-time All-Star, winning three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. Rodríguez is also the career record holder for grand slams with 25. He signed two of the most lucrative sports contracts in baseball. In addition to his accomplishments, he also led a controversial career due to some of his behaviors, including the use of performance-enhancing drugs.The Mariners selected Rodriguez first overall in the 1993 MLB draft, and he debuted in the major leagues the following year at the age of 18. In 1996, he became the Mariners' starting shortstop, won the major league batting championship, and finished second in voting for the AL MVP Award. His combination of power, speed, and defense made him a cornerstone of the franchise, but he left the team via free agency after the 2000 season to join the Rangers. The 10-year, $252 million contract he signed was the richest in baseball history at the time. He played at a high level in his three years with Texas, highlighted by his first AL MVP Award win in 2003, but the team failed to make the playoffs during his tenure. Prior to the 2004 season, Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees, for whom he converted to a third baseman, because Derek Jeter was already the Yankees' full-time shortstop. During Rodriguez's career with the Yankees, he was named AL MVP in 2005 and 2007. After opting out of his contract following the 2007 season, Rodriguez signed a new 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees, extending his record for the sport's most lucrative contract. He became the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, reaching the milestone in 2007. He was part of the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship over the Philadelphia Phillies, which was the first year of the new Yankee Stadium and Rodriguez's only world title. Toward the end of his career, Rodriguez was hampered by hip and knee injuries, which caused him to become exclusively a designated hitter. He played his final game in professional baseball on August 12, 2016.
During a 2007 interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs. In February 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for Rangers due to "an enormous amount of pressure" to perform. While recovering from a hip injury in 2013, Rodriguez made headlines by feuding with team management over his rehabilitation and for having allegedly obtained performance-enhancing drugs as part of the Biogenesis baseball scandal. In August 2013, MLB suspended him for 211 games for his involvement in the scandal, but he was allowed to play while appealing the punishment. Had the original suspension been upheld, it would have been the longest non-lifetime suspension in Major League Baseball history. After an arbitration hearing, the suspension was reduced to 162 games, which kept him off the field for the entire 2014 season.After retiring as a player, Rodriguez became a media personality, serving as a broadcaster for Fox Sports 1, a cast member of Shark Tank and a member of the ABC News network. In January 2018, ESPN announced that Rodriguez would be joining the broadcast team of Sunday Night Baseball In January 2017, CNBC announced Rodriguez would be the host of the show Back In The Game, where he would help former athletes make a comeback in their personal lives; the first episode debuted on the network in March 2018.Edgar Martínez
Edgar Martínez (born January 2, 1963), nicknamed "Gar" and "Papi", is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a designated hitter and third baseman for the Seattle Mariners from 1987 through 2004. He served as the Mariners' hitting coach from 2015 through 2018.
Martínez grew up in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Not highly regarded as a prospect, he signed with the Mariners as a free agent in 1982, and was given a small signing bonus. He made his major league debut in 1987, but did not establish himself as a full-time player until 1990. In the 1995 American League Division Series, he hit "The Double", which won the series and increased public support for Mariners baseball as they attempted to fund a new stadium. He continued to play until 2004, when injuries forced him to retire.
Martínez was a seven-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger, and two-time batting champion. He is one of 18 MLB players to record a batting average of .300, an on-base percentage of .400, and a slugging percentage of .500 in 5,000 or more plate appearances. The Mariners retired his uniform number and inducted him into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Martínez was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.Glenallen Hill
Glenallen Hill (born March 22, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Hill played with the Toronto Blue Jays (1989–91), Cleveland Indians (1991–93), Chicago Cubs (1993–94, 1998–2000) San Francisco Giants (1995–97), Seattle Mariners (1998), New York Yankees (2000), and Anaheim Angels (2001) during his thirteen-year career. With the Yankees, he won the 2000 World Series over the New York Mets. Hill batted and threw right-handed. Hill was also infamous for his defensive escapades, which were once described by then-Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price as "akin to watching a gaffed haddock surface for air."Jimmy Roberts
Jimmy Roberts (born 1957) is a sportscaster for NBC Sports. Roberts joined NBC in May 2000 after serving as a sports reporter for almost 12 years at ESPN, where he won 11 Sports Emmy Awards.Luis Sojo
Luis Beltrán Sojo Sojo ( SOH-hoh; Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwiz βelˈtɾan ˈsoxo]; born January 3, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball infielder and right-handed batter.
In his career, Sojo filled a role as a utility infielder for the Blue Jays, Angels, Mariners, Pirates and, most notably, for the Yankees.Major League Baseball on CBS
Major League Baseball on CBS is the branding used for broadcasts of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network in the United States.Major League Baseball on NBC
Major League Baseball on NBC is the de facto branding for weekly broadcasts of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by NBC Sports, and televised on the NBC television network. Major League Baseball games first aired on the network from 1947 to 1989, when CBS acquired the broadcast television rights; games returned to the network in 1994 with coverage lasting until 2000. There have been several variations of the program dating back to the 1940s, including The NBC Game of the Week and Baseball Night in America.Raúl Ibañez
Raúl Javier Ibañez (; born June 2, 1972) is an American former professional baseball left fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) now serving as a special advisor to Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. He played 11 of his 19 big league seasons for the Seattle Mariners, while also playing for the Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While primarily a left fielder, Ibañez often saw considerable time as a designated hitter (DH), throughout his career.
An All-Star in 2009, Ibañez won the Player of the Week Award five times. Despite not reaching 500 plate appearances in a single season until the age of 30, Ibañez batted .272 with 424 doubles, 305 home runs and 1,207 runs batted in (RBI) over nineteen major league seasons. He had eight seasons with at least 20 home runs, two seasons with at least 30 home runs, six seasons with at least 90 RBI, four seasons with at least 100 RBI, and ten consecutive seasons (2002–2011) with at least 30 doubles. In 2004, Ibañez tied an American League record with six hits in one game.The Baseball Network
The Baseball Network was a short-lived television broadcasting joint venture between ABC, NBC and Major League Baseball. Under the arrangement, beginning in the 1994 season, the league produced its own in-house telecasts of games, which were then brokered to air on ABC and NBC. This was perhaps most evident by the copyright beds shown at the end of the telecasts, which stated "The proceeding program has been paid for by the office of The Commissioner of Baseball". The Baseball Network was the first television network in the United States to be owned by a professional sports league. In essence, The Baseball Network could be seen as a forerunner to the MLB Network, which would debut about 15 years later.
The package included coverage of games in primetime on selected nights throughout the regular season (under the branding Baseball Night in America), along with coverage of the postseason and the World Series. Unlike previous broadcasting arrangements with the league, there was no national "game of the week" during the regular season; these would be replaced by multiple weekly regional telecasts on certain nights of the week. Additionally, The Baseball Network had exclusive coverage windows; no other broadcaster could televise MLB games during the same night that The Baseball Network was televising games.
The arrangement did not last long; due to the effects of a players' strike on the remainder of the 1994 season, and poor reception from fans and critics over how the coverage was implemented, The Baseball Network would be disbanded after the 1995 season. While NBC would maintain rights to certain games, the growing Fox network (having established its own sports division two years earlier in 1994) became the league's new national broadcast partner beginning in 1996, with its then-parent company News Corporation eventually purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 (although the company has since sold the team).
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