The 2000 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2000 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:
The Mariners and the defending World Series champion Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series for the right to advance to the 2000 World Series against the National League champion New York Mets.
|2000 American League Division Series|
|Dates||October 3 – 6|
|TV announcers||Chris Berman, Rick Sutcliffe|
|Radio announcers||Ernie Harwell, Dave Campbell|
|Dates||October 3 – 8|
|Television||NBC (Games 1, 3–4)/Pax (Game 1)|
Fox (Games 2, 5)
|TV announcers||Skip Caray, Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3–4)|
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman, Bob Brenly (Game 5)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman, Buck Martinez|
|Umpires||Charlie Reliford, Kerwin Danley, Mike Reilly, Mike Winters, Rick Reed, Doug Eddings (Mariners–White Sox, Games 1–2; Yankees–Athletics, Games 3–5)|
Tim Welke, Chuck Meriwether, Tim McClelland, Paul Schrieber, Al Clark, Jeff Nelson (Yankees–Athletics, Games 1–2; Mariners–White Sox, Game 3)
Seattle won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 3||Seattle Mariners – 7, Chicago White Sox – 4 (10 innings)||Comiskey Park (II)||4:12||45,290|
|2||October 4||Seattle Mariners – 5, Chicago White Sox – 2||Comiskey Park (II)||3:16||45,383|
|3||October 6||Chicago White Sox – 1, Seattle Mariners – 2||Safeco Field||2:40||48,010|
New York won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 3||New York Yankees – 3, Oakland Athletics – 5||Network Associates Coliseum||3:04||47,360|
|2||October 4||New York Yankees – 4, Oakland Athletics – 0||Network Associates Coliseum||3:15||47,860|
|3||October 6||Oakland Athletics – 2, New York Yankees – 4||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:12||56,606|
|4||October 7||Oakland Athletics – 11, New York Yankees – 1||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:42||56,915|
|5||October 8||New York Yankees – 7, Oakland Athletics – 5||Network Associates Coliseum||3:50||41,170|
The Seattle Mariners returned to the postseason to avenge two postseason failures in the 1990s. The Chicago White Sox returned to the postseason for the first time since 1993. This series ended with a game-winning bunt by Carlos Guillén in Game 3.
|WP: José Mesa (1–0) LP: Keith Foulke (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)|
SEA: Joe Oliver (1), Edgar Martínez (1), John Olerud (1)
CWS: Ray Durham (1)
In Game 1, Freddy García faced Jim Parque. Parque struggled early and often, allowing a single to Rickey Henderson and hitting Mike Cameron with a pitch to open the game. An RBI single by Alex Rodriguez that moved Cameron to third and a forceout by John Olerud put the Mariners up 2–0. Joe Oliver's leadoff homer made it 3–0 in the second. However, in the bottom half, Paul Konerko drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a triple by Chris Singleton, who then scored on a wild pitch by Garcia to make it a one-run game. In the bottom of the third, the Mariners' lead evaporated when Ray Durham homered to tie it, then Jose Valentin walked before Magglio Ordóñez tripled in the go-ahead run. The game remained 4–3 until the seventh when Mike Cameron hit the bases-loaded game-tying single off Bob Howry. That hit almost gave the Mariners the lead, but David Bell was out at home trying to score the go-ahead run. The game moved to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Cameron hit a leadoff single off Keith Foulke, then two outs later, back-to-back homers by Edgar Martínez and John Olerud gave the Mariners a 7–4 lead. That lead would stand as Kazuhiro Sasaki got the save.
|WP: Paul Abbott (1–0) LP: Mike Sirotka (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (2)|
SEA: Jay Buhner (1)
The White Sox struck first with back-to-back leadoff doubles by Ray Durham and Jose Valentin off Paul Abbott, but the Mariners loaded the bases in the second off Mike Sirotka on a double, walk, and hit-by-pitch when David Bell's single and Dan Wilson's sacrifice fly scored a run each, putting them up 2−1. The White Sox tied the game in the third on Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly, but the Mariners regained the lead on Jay Buhner's home run in the fourth. Next inning, Rickey Henderson drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third, and scored on Alex Rodriguez's groundout to make it 4−2 Mariners. In the ninth, they extended the lead to 5−2 on Mike Cameron's RBI single off Mark Buehrle that scored Mark McLemore from third, the run charged to Bill Simas. Kazuhiro Sasaki struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning as the Mariners went up 2−0 in the series heading to Seattle.
|WP: José Paniagua (1–0) LP: Kelly Wunsch (0–1)|
In Game 3, James Baldwin faced Aaron Sele in the clincher. The White Sox took an early 1–0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Herbert Perry. In the bottom of the fourth, the Mariners tied the game on an RBI single by Stan Javier. A pitcher's duel took place and both teams struggled to score. The game moved to the bottom of the ninth tied at one. John Olerud singled to the pitcher, but it hit the pitcher in the stomach, allowing Olerud to move to second. Rickey Henderson pinch ran for Olerud. Then Javier's sacrifice bunt moved Henderson onto third. The White Sox walked David Bell and then pinch hitter Carlos Guillén drove in the series-winning run with a bunt past a diving Frank Thomas.
|Chicago White Sox||1||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||17||2|
|Total attendance: 138,683 Average attendance: 46,228|
|WP: Gil Heredia (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)|
In Game 2 Jorge Posada singled with two outs in the second inning off Gil Heredia, then back-to-back RBI doubles by Luis Sojo and Scott Brosius put the Yankees up 2−0. Roger Clemens walked Eric Chavez to lead off the fifth and allowed a subsequent single to Jeremy Giambi. Ramón Hernández's RBI single cut the Yankees' lead to 2−1, then one out later, Randy Velarde's RBI single tied the game before a wild pitch to Jason Giambi put the A's up 3−2. Bernie Williams doubled to lead off the top of the sixth, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Tino Martinez's sacrifice fly to tie the game, but, in the bottom of the inning, Chavez and Giambi hit back-to-back two-out singles before Hernandez's double scored Chavez with Giambi thrown out at home to end the inning with the A's up 4−3. They got an insurance run in the eighth off Mike Stanton when Miguel Tejada hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Chavez's single. Jason Isringhausen retired the Yankees in order in the ninth as the A's 5−3 win put them up 1−0 in the series.
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0) LP: Kevin Appier (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
In Game 2, Andy Pettitte pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk. Mariano Rivera pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings for the save. Oakland's Kevin Appier pitched five shutout innings before allowing runners on first and third with two outs in the sixth before Glenallen Hill's single scored a run, then Luis Sojo's double scored two more to put the Yankees up 3−0. They made it 4−0 in the ninth on Clay Bellinger's RBI double with runners on first and third off Jeff Tam. The series was tied 1−1 heading to New York.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Tim Hudson (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
OAK: Terrence Long (1)
In Game 3, the A's got runners on first and second on two walks off Orlando Hernandez in the second inning when Jeremy Giambi's RBI single put them up 1−0, but, in the bottom of the inning, the Yankees got runners on first and third with no outs off Tim Hudson when Glenallen Hill's fielder's choice tied the game. One out later, Scott Brosius walked to load the bases before Derek Jeter's RBI single put the Yankees up 2−1. In the fourth, Luis Sojo drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on an error, and scored on Jeter's forceout. Terrence Long's home run in the fifth cut the Yankees' lead to one. The Yankees extended their lead to 4−2 in the eighth on Sojo's single that scored Tino Martinez from second with Sojo tagged out at second to end the inning. Hudson pitched a complete game in a losing effort as Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth for the save, and the Yankees were one win away from the ALCS.
|WP: Barry Zito (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–2)|
OAK: Olmedo Sáenz (1)
In Game 4, Oakland, in a must-win situation, struck first when after two walks, Olmedo Saenz's three-run home run off Roger Clemens gave them a 3−0 first-inning lead. In the sixth, Clemens allowed a leadoff single to Eric Chavez and subsequent double to Miguel Tejada before both men scored on Ben Grieve's single. Mike Stanton relieved Clemens and allowed a single to Jeremy Giambi before Grieve scored on Ramón Hernández's forceout to put the A's up 6−0. The Yankees scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the inning on Jorge Posada's double with two on off Barry Zito. Tejada drew a leadoff walk off Randy Choate in the eighth and stole second. After Ben Grieve struck out, Ryan Christenson's RBI single off Dwight Gooden made it 7−1 Oakland. They loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs on a double, walk, and hit-by-pitch. Adam Piatt relieved Gooden and allowed a two-run double to Chavez, RBI groundout to Tejada, and RBI single to Bo Porter. Doug Jones pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth as the Athletics' 11−1 blowout win forced a Game 5 in Oakland.
|WP: Mike Stanton (1–0) LP: Gil Heredia (1–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)|
NYY: David Justice (1)
In Game 5, the Yankees loaded the bases in the first inning on a walk and two singles when Bernie Williams's sacrifice fly put them up 1−0. David Justice walked to reload the bases before Tino Martinez cleared them with a double. After Jorge Posada singled, Oakland starter Gil Heredia was relieved by Jeff Tam, who allowed a sacrifice fly to Luis Sojo, then Scott Brosius singled before Chuck Knoblauch's RBI single made it 6−0. The A's loaded the bases in the second on two singles and a walk off Andy Pettitte when Randy Velarde's two-run single made it 6−2. Next inning, Miguel Tejada singled with one out and scored on Eric Chavez's double, but the Yankees got that run back on Justice's home run in the fourth off Kevin Appier---the Yankees' only home run in this series. In the bottom of the inning, the A's loaded the bases on two singles and a walk when back-to-back sacrifice flies by Jason Giambi and Olmedo Saenz made it 7−5. After allowing a single to Tejada, Pettitte was relieved by Mike Stanton, who pitched two shutout innings in relief to get the win. Neither team scored for the rest of the game as the Yankees' win advanced them to the ALCS.
|New York Yankees||6||4||0||2||0||5||0||1||1||19||41||2|
|Total attendance: 249,911 Average attendance: 49,982|
Barry William Zito (born May 13, 1978) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and musician. He played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. His pitching repertoire consisted of a curveball (his strikeout pitch), a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a circle changeup, and a cutter–slider.
Zito attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Pierce College, and the University of Southern California. Drafted three times while in college, Zito signed with the Athletics when they chose him in the first round of the 1999 MLB draft. A year later, he was in the major leagues, finishing fifth in American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award. He struggled to begin the 2001 season but improved greatly down the stretch, finishing the year with an 11–1 win–loss record over his final two months. He won 23 games (while only losing five) in 2002 and won the Cy Young Award. His record was only 14–12 in 2003, but he still made the All-Star team for the second year in a row. In 2004, he had his worst season at the time, going 11–11 with a career-high 4.48 earned run average. He became Oakland's Opening Day starter in 2005 and finished fifth in the AL with 171 strikeouts. In 2006, he made the All-Star team and posted a 15–1 record when receiving two or more runs of support.
Following his seventh season with the Athletics, Zito signed a seven-year deal with the Giants in December 2006. At the time, it was the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. He posted double-digit wins in his first three seasons, and in 2010 he helped San Francisco win their first championship since 1954. However, he struggled the last month of the season and he was left off the postseason roster. After sitting out much of the 2011 season with a foot and ankle injury, he came back in 2012 and flourished, finishing with a 15–8 record, his best season in a Giants uniform. The same October, Zito helped lead the Giants to their second World Series title in San Francisco history by going 2–0 with a 1.69 ERA in three postseason starts. In his first career World Series start, he outdueled Tigers' ace Justin Verlander in Game 1, setting the stage for San Francisco's sweep to their seventh World Series title in franchise history. Zito struggled in 2013 but received a standing ovation from the fans in his final appearance as a Giant. Following the year, he became a free agent. Zito, a philanthropist, founded Strikeouts For Troops, a national non-profit that provides comforts of home and lifts the spirits and morale of injured troops as well as offering support to military families.Bob Wischusen
Robert Wischusen (born October 1, 1971) is an American sports commentator who is currently a college football and basketball voice for ESPN and the radio voice announcer for the New York Jets on WEPN-FM.Carlos Guillén
Carlos Alfonso Guillén (born September 30, 1975) is a former Venezuelan professional baseball infielder.Guillén was signed by the Houston Astros as a non-draft amateur free agent in 1992. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners with pitcher Freddy García and John Halama in the deal that sent Randy Johnson to the Astros. Guillén made his debut in 1998 and was traded to Detroit at the end of the 2003 season. He retired after the 2011 season.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."Lorenzo Barceló
Lorenzo Barceló (born August 10, 1977) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 2000–2002.Luis Polonia
Luis Andrew Polonia Almonte (born December 10, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. He currently resides in Santiago, in the Dominican Republic, his hometown.
Signed by the Oakland Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1984, Polonia would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Oakland Athletics on April 24, 1987, and appear in his final game on October 1, 2000. He played for two World Series Championship teams, winning with Atlanta in 1995 and the New York Yankees in 2000.Mike Sirotka
Michael Robert Sirotka (born May 13, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University.
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 15th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft, Sirotka made his major league debut in 1995, pitching in 6 starts that season.
The 1996 and 1997 seasons saw Sirotka appear in only 22 games combined between both seasons.
After impressing in spring training, Sirotka opened the 1998 season in the White Sox rotation. Sirotka went on to pitch in 33 starts, pitching 5 complete games and recording a win-loss record of 14-15 in 211 2⁄3 innings.
In 1999, Sirotka lowered his ERA one run lower than the previous season, finishing at an even 4.00. He pitched 3 complete games to go along with a record of 11-13 in 32 starts.
The 2000 season saw Sirotka have a breakout year. He had a career high 15 wins with a career low 3.79 ERA for the White Sox, and made his first postseason appearance for the team in the 2000 American League Division Series, starting a game against the Seattle Mariners. In the offseason he traveled to Japan as part of the 2000 MLB Japan All-Star Series and pitched for the MLB squad.
On January 14, 2001, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays with Kevin Beirne and Brian Simmons for Matt DeWitt and David Wells in a deal that would infamously become labeled by White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams as "Shouldergate", as Sirotka would never pitch again, labeled "damaged goods" by then-Toronto GM Gord Ash. Ash believed that Williams did not turn over all information pertaining to Sirotka's shoulder. Ash later appealed the trade to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, but Selig refused to overturn the trade.Sirotka underwent major reconstructive shoulder surgery in April 2001 and an arthroscopic procedure in July 2002 in an attempt to get off the disabled list, but neither surgery was successful. The Blue Jays released him after the 2002 season.
In October 2002, Sirotka signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and was invited to spring training. If he made the Cubs' 25-man major league roster on Opening Day, his contract allowed him to make as much as $4 million with incentives. At the time of the signing, Sirotka attributed his "Shouldergate" injuries to pitching with a hurt elbow late in 2000 for the Sox, followed by pitching six innings in Japan that extended the damage into his shoulder.When shoulder problems persisted during the spring, the Cubs sent Sirotka to minor-league camp on March 26, 2003.While with the White Sox, Sirotka surrendered the sole career hit to country music superstar Garth Brooks, who at the time was participating in spring training with the San Diego Padres. Brooks' spring training hitting record was one hit in 22 at-bats.Paul Konerko
Paul Henry Konerko (; born March 5, 1976) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and, for most of his career, the Chicago White Sox. Konerko helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series over the Houston Astros, the franchise's first since 1917. From 2006 to 2014 he served as the White Sox captain.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.Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West Division. The team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome. Since July 1999, the Mariners' home ballpark has been T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.
The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M's, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992. They adopted their current team colors – navy blue, northwest green (teal), and silver – prior to the 1993 season, after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose.
The organization did not field a winning team until 1991, and any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, served as a powerful impetus to preserve baseball in Seattle, and has since become an iconic moment in team history.
The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season.
Through the end of the 2018 season, the franchise has finished with a losing record in 28 of 42 seasons. The Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, and one of two (along with the Washington Nationals) never to have played in a World Series. They hold the longest playoff drought in all of the four major North American professional sports, having not qualified for the playoffs since their 116-win season in 2001.
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