The 2001 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2001 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 9, and ended on Monday, October 15, 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 Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Yankees became the American League champion, and lost to the National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series.
|2001 American League Division Series|
|Television||Fox (Games 1, 3, 5)|
Fox Family (Games 2, 4)
|TV announcers||Josh Lewin, Rex Hudler|
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, Tim McCarver (Games 1–2)|
Thom Brennaman, Steve Lyons (Games 3–5)
|Umpires||Steve Rippley, Ted Barrett, Kerwin Danley, Jerry Layne, Mark Hirschbeck, Ron Kulpa (Mariners–Indians, Games 1–2, 5; Yankees–Athletics, Games 3–4)|
Dana DeMuth, Jeff Nelson, Paul Schrieber, Rick Reed, Ed Rapuano, Greg Gibson (Yankees–Athletics, Games 1–2, 5; Mariners-Indians, Games 3–4)
Seattle won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 9||Cleveland Indians – 5, Seattle Mariners – 0||Safeco Field||3:05||48,033|
|2||October 11||Cleveland Indians – 1, Seattle Mariners – 5||Safeco Field||2:41||48,052|
|3||October 13||Seattle Mariners – 2, Cleveland Indians – 17||Jacobs Field||3:24||45,069|
|4||October 14||Seattle Mariners – 6, Cleveland Indians – 2||Jacobs Field||3:16||45,025|
|5||October 15||Cleveland Indians – 1, Seattle Mariners – 3||Safeco Field||3:18||47,867|
New York won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 10||Oakland Athletics – 5, New York Yankees – 3||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:45||56,697|
|2||October 11||Oakland Athletics – 2, New York Yankees – 0||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:24||56,684|
|3||October 13||New York Yankees – 1, Oakland Athletics – 0||Network Associates Coliseum||2:42||55,861|
|4||October 14||New York Yankees – 9, Oakland Athletics – 2||Network Associates Coliseum||4:13||43,681|
|5||October 15||Oakland Athletics – 3, New York Yankees – 5||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:23||56,642|
|WP: Bartolo Colón (1–0) LP: Freddy García (0–1)|
CLE: Ellis Burks (1)
In Game 1, the Indians held the Mariners scoreless. Bartolo Colón pitched brilliantly, giving up six hits and no runs in eight innings while fanning 10. The highlight for Seattle was the hitting performance of Ichiro Suzuki, who went 3 for 4 in his playoff debut. Roberto Alomar doubled off Freddy Garcia to leadoff the fourth, then scored on Juan Gonzalez's single. A single and walk loaded the bases before back-to-back RBI singles by Travis Fryman and Marty Cordova made it 3–0 Indians. In the sixth, three consecutive one-out singles made it 4–0. Ellis Burks's leadoff home run in the eighth off Jose Paniagua made it 5–0, the final as they took a 1–0 series lead.
|WP: Jamie Moyer (1–0) LP: Chuck Finley (0–1)|
SEA: Mike Cameron (1), Edgar Martínez (1), David Bell (1)
In the first inning, Seattle made up for Game 1 by scoring four runs in the first inning, headlined by two two-run blasts by Mike Cameron and Edgar Martínez. David Bell helped the cause with an insurance homer in the fifth. Jamie Moyer kept the Indians at bay with one run in six innings, and the trio of Jeff Nelson, Arthur Rhodes, and Kazuhiro Sasaki sealed the deal out of the bullpen. The Indians scored their only run in the seventh on a bases-loaded double play from Marty Cordova off Jeff Nelson.
|WP: CC Sabathia (1–0) LP: Aaron Sele (0–1)|
CLE: Juan González (1), Kenny Lofton (1), Jim Thome (1)
The Mariners drew first blood early on after a bases-loaded walk by John Olerud off CC Sabathia drove in a run, but Seattle would not score again until the seventh on Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single with two on. Sabathia pitched six innings while four Indian relieves held the Mariners scoreless over the final three innings. In the bottom of the first, a one-out single by Omar Vizquel off Aaron Sele was followed by an RBI double by Roberto Alomar and RBI single by Juan González. Next inning, an error and single was followed by Vizquel's two-run triple, both runs unearned. Next inning, reliever Paul Abbott allowed a leadoff home run to Gonzalez, then after two strikeouts and two singles, Einar Diaz drove in a run with a single. A walk loaded the bases before Vizquel's single and Alomar's walk made it 8–1. Abbott pitched a scoreless fourth before allowing a home run to Kenny Lofton in the fifth. Next inning, Jim Thome's leadoff home run made it 10–1. After walking two, John Halama relieved Abbott and allowed an RBI single to Jolbert Cabrera and sacrifice fly to Lofton. Sele was charged with four runs on five hits in two innings while Abbott was charged with eight runs on nine hits and five walks in three innings, but the Indians piled on in the eighth off Jose Paniagua, who after getting two outs, loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and two walks. Vizquel cleared them with a double before back-to-back RBI doubles by Alomar and Gonzalez capped the scoring at 17–2. Up two games to one in this series, the Indians were ready to pull one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
|WP: Freddy García (1–1) LP: Bartolo Colón (1–1)|
SEA: Edgar Martínez (2)
CLE: Juan González (2)
The Mariners, in a do-or-die spot, called on Freddy García to go up against Bartolo Colón in a Game 1 rematch. Garcia allowed a leadoff home run to Juan Gonzalez in the second while Colon pitched six shutout innings, but allowed two walks and a single to load the bases in the seventh. A sacrifice fly by David Bell tied the game, then back-to-back RBI singles by Ichiro Suzuki, and Mark McLemore put the Mariners up 3–1. Travis Fryman's groundout with runners on first and third off Jeff Nelson cut the lead to 3–2, but Seattle got that run back on Mike Cameron's RBI double in the eighth off Danys Baez, then Edgar Martínez's two-run home run off Paul Shuey in the ninth put the Mariners up 6–2. Kazuhiro Sasaki retired the Indians in order in the bottom of the inning, forcing a Game 5 in Seattle.
|WP: Jamie Moyer (2–0) LP: Chuck Finley (0–2) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)|
In a must-win game for both sides, Seattle came out on top and advanced to the ALCS for the third time in their history, and avenged their loss to the Indians in the 1995 ALCS. The difference came in the second inning, when Mark McLemore knocked in two runs on a bases-loaded single off Chuck Finley. Jamie Moyer got his second win of the series by pitching six innings while giving up only one run on Kenny Lofton's RBI single with two on in the third. Edgar Martínez's RBI single in the seventh off Ricardo Rincon scored Ichiro Suzuki from second and put the Mariners up 3–1, the final.
For the Indians, it marked the third time in six seasons they had lost the ALDS, following defeats in 1996 and 1999. Cleveland, a perennial playoff team throughout the late 1990s, would not return to the postseason until 2007.
To date, this is the Mariners most recent playoff series win.
|Total attendance: 234,046 Average attendance: 46,809|
|WP: Mark Mulder (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)|
OAK: Terrence Long 2 (2), Jason Giambi (1)
NYY: Tino Martinez (1)
Roger Clemens, coming off a 20–3 regular season record, struggled in Game 1, lasting four innings while giving up two runs. Johnny Damon singled to lead off the first, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on Jason Giambi's sacrifice fly. Terrence Long then homered in the fourth.
Sterling Hitchcock, Clemens' replacement, gave up two more runs, home runs to Jason Giambi in the seventh and Terrence Long's second of the game in the eighth. Jay Witasick relieved Hitchcock and walked Ramón Hernández. Frank Menechino hit into a forceout, moved to third on Damon's single and scored on Miguel Tejada's sacrifice fly.
The Yankees trailed 5–1 in the bottom of the eighth when Bernie Williams singled with one out off Jim Mecir, then Tino Martinez blasted a two-run home run that brought them within two. Jason Isringhausen, however, sat the Yankees down in order in the bottom of the ninth for Oakland.
|WP: Tim Hudson (1–0) LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (2)|
OAK: Ron Gant (1)
With Paul McCartney in the crowd, Andy Pettitte pitched well in Game 2, giving up one run in six innings, but Tim Hudson pitched better, pitching eight shutout innings. Oakland scored first on a Ron Gant homer in the fourth---just as McCartney was shown on tv---and tacked on an insurance run off Mariano Rivera in the top of the ninth when Johnny Damon tripled with one out and scored on Scott Brosius's error. Jason Isringhausen got the save for the second straight night as the Yankees got the first two runners on base before wasting three opportunities to tie or win it.
The Yankees were now in a two games to none hole and the Athletics were just one win away from advancing to the ALCS for the first time since 1992.
|WP: Mike Mussina (1–0) LP: Barry Zito (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
NYY: Jorge Posada (1)
This series is notable for a defensive play in the seventh inning of Game 3. With Oakland leading the five-game series two games to none, on the verge of completing a sweep, the Yankees took a 1–0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning behind a strong performance from Mike Mussina and Jorge Posada's home run in the fifth (Shane Spencer followed with a double for the Yankees' only other hit of the game). With two outs and Jeremy Giambi on first base, Terrence Long hit a line drive into the right field corner. With Giambi rounding third base, right fielder Shane Spencer's throw missed both cut-off men. It appeared that Giambi would score easily, tying the game, when the shortstop Derek Jeter, while running across the diamond, reached out, cradled the ball, and shovel passed it to catcher Jorge Posada. Posada tagged Giambi, who attempted to jump over the tag as opposed to sliding around it. ESPN ranks this play as the 45th most memorable moment of the last 25 years. It would be replayed countless times over the following years, most recently as part of filmmaker Ken Burns's documentary The Tenth Inning in late September 2010. After the game, Jeter told the press that the team had been practicing this type of play all year as a result of a similarly botched throw in spring training. According to Jeter, the idea of stationing the shortstop down the first base line on balls hit to deep right field came from Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer, who was a shortstop and second baseman during his playing career; however, he stated that his initial intent was to throw the ball to third to try to get Long, and that his throw home was a reaction play. Zimmer confirmed the origin of the play's design in a conversation with Oakland's third base coach Ron Washington the next day.
This single play is often credited with changing the momentum of the series as the Yankees' win forced a Game 4.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Cory Lidle (0–1)|
With the momentum of the dramatic Game 3 on their side, the Yankees attacked early. In the second with runners on first and second on two walks, Oakland second baseman F.P. Santangelo's error on Paul O'Neill's ground ball scored a run, then Scott Brosius's ground out scored another. Next inning, the Yankees made it 4–0 on Bernie Williams's two run double. In the bottom of the inning with runners on first and second, Terrance Long's scored a run, then after a wild pitch, Jeremy Giambi's groundout scored another. However, Orlando Hernández would allow no other runs and pitched 5 2⁄3 and Mike Stanton and Ramiro Mendoza sealed the deal out of the bullpen. In the fourth, O'Neill hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Alfonso Soriano's single, knocking Cory Lidle out after 3 1⁄3 innings. Erik Hiljus walked two with two outs to load the bases, then Williams hit a two-run single off Mike Magnante. In the ninth, David Justice tripled with one out off Jeff Tam and scored on Williams' double, his fifth RBI of the game. After moving to third on a groundout, he scored on Jorge Posada's single as the Yankees 9–2 win forced a Game 5 in New York.
|WP: Mike Stanton (1–0) LP: Mark Mulder (1–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
NYY: David Justice (1)
In Game 5, RBI singles by Jason Giambi in the first and Jeremy Giambi in the second off Roger Clemens, both coming after leadoff doubles, put Oakland up 2–0. In the bottom of the second, the Yankees loaded the bases off Mark Mulder on two singles and a hit-by-pitch before Alfonso Soriano's two-run single tied the game. Next inning, two errors by Oakland allowed the Yankees to go up 3–2. Next inning, Chuck Knoblauch hit a leadoff single, reached second on an error, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Derek Jeter's sacrifice fly. The A's cut the Yankees lead to 4–3 on Jason Giambi's single with two on off Mike Stanton, but the Yankees got that run back off Tim Hudson on David Justice's home run in the sixth. Roger Clemens pitched just 4 1⁄3 innings, but the bullpen pitched well as Mariano Rivera closed it out to send the Yankees to the ALCS for the fourth straight season.
For Oakland, it marked the second straight season they lost the ALDS to the Yankees in five games. The Yankees became the first MLB team to win a division series after losing the first two games at home. The San Francisco Giants would follow in 2012 and Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.
Jeter also made another spectacular play (again with Terrence Long batting) that is often overlooked. In the top of the eighth inning of Game 5, Long hit a towering foul pop up in a two-run game. Jeter, running and following the ball at the same time made a backhanded grab and then turning his body, flipped into the stands. For a moment, no one knew if the ball had been caught. Here is Thom Brennaman's call of the play on Fox television:
"1-1 to Terrence Long. Popped up, third base side, Brosius and Jeter both over. JETER...DID HE GET IT?! DID HE GET IT?! DID HE GET IT?! HE GOT IT! HE GOT IT! They throw to second; the runner tags and he's safe. Or are they saying he didn't get it? Now they're appealing; the first base umpire didn't know if Jeter caught it, had to ask the second base umpire and they said he caught it."
Jeter would continue to play in the postseason despite a slight leg injury from the tumble.
|New York Yankees||0||4||3||4||2||1||0||2||2||18||40||4|
|Total attendance: 269,565 Average attendance: 53,913|
The Oakland Athletics' 2001 season was the team's 34th in Oakland, California, and the 101st season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 102-60.
The Athletics entered the 2001 season with high expectations. Much of the excitement stemmed from the team's trio of promising young starting pitchers (Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, and Tim Hudson); after a strong showing in 2000, many expected the Athletics' rotation to rank among the American League's best in 2001. The signing of additional starter Cory Lidle during the 2000-01 offseason helped solidify the rotation's back-end. On offense, the Athletics were loaded; sluggers Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez, and reigning American League MVP Jason Giambi comprised the core of a powerful Oakland attack. The addition of Johnny Damon, acquired in a three-way trade for Ben Grieve, promised to add a new dimension to the Athletics' offense. A strong bullpen (led by Chad Bradford, Jim Mecir, and Jason Isringhausen) rounded out Oakland's roster.
These high expectations quickly evaporated. The Athletics stumbled out of the gate (winning just two of their first dozen games); while their play nominally improved over the first half of the season, they failed to build upon the momentum of their division-winning 2000 campaign. The rival Seattle Mariners, in stark contrast, raced to a historic 52-14 start. As expected, the offense performed well; Oakland was instead hamstrung by unexpectedly terrible starting pitching. At the season's midpoint, the A's boasted a sub-.500 record (39-42); they trailed the division-leading Mariners by some 21 games.
The Athletics responded with arguably the most dominant second half in modern MLB history. Over their final 81 regular season games, the A's went 63-18 (a record since the league switched to a 162-game schedule); this included 29 wins in their final 33 games. The Athletics' maligned rotation returned to form; over their final games, Zito, Mulder, Hudson, and Lidle went a combined 48-10. On July 25, the Athletics acquired slugger Jermaine Dye from the Kansas City Royals for prospects; this move further energized the already-surging squad. The Athletics ultimately weren't able to catch up with Seattle (which won an AL-record 116 games), but their remarkable run allowed them to clinch the AL's Wild Card. The Athletics' 102 wins remain the most by a Wild Card team in MLB history.
The Athletics faced the New York Yankees (the three-time defending World Series champions) in the ALDS. Oakland took the first two games, but unraveled after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in Game 3, in which Jeremy Giambi was infamously thrown out at the plate after a relay throw was flipped by Derek Jeter to Jorge Posada; they would lose the series to the Yankees in five games. At the end of the season, Oakland would lose Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen to free agency; this would set the stage for the events portrayed in Michael Lewis' bestselling book Moneyball (and the film by the same name).Best Play ESPY Award
The Best Play ESPY Award has been conferred annually since 2002 on the play in a single regular season or playoff game contested professionally under the auspices of one of the four major North American leagues or collegiately under the auspices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association adjudged to be the most outstanding or best.
Between 2002 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. The ESPY Awards ceremony is conducted in July and awards conferred reflect performance and achievement over the twelve months previous to presentation. In the last few years, the format has been: sixteen plays are placed in brackets (1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, etc.) The winners in voting then advance to the second round. The winners go to the finals, where voters select Best Play.Derek Jeter
Derek Sanderson Jeter ( JEE-tər; born June 26, 1974) is an American former professional baseball shortstop, businessman, and baseball executive. He has been the chief executive officer (CEO) and part owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB) since September 2017.
As a shortstop, Jeter spent his entire 20-year MLB playing career with the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as one of the primary contributors to the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195). His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter was the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career ranked sixth in MLB history in career hits and first among shortstops. In 2017, the Yankees retired his uniform number 2.
The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in the major leagues at age 21 in 1995. The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop, won the Rookie of the Year Award, and helped push the team to win the 1996 World Series. Jeter continued to play during the team's championship seasons of 1998–2000; he finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1998, recorded multiple career-high numbers in 1999, and won both the All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP Awards in 2000. He consistently placed among the AL leaders in hits and runs scored for most of his career, and served as the Yankees' team captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2014. Throughout his career, Jeter contributed reliably to the Yankees' franchise successes. He holds many postseason records, and has a .321 batting average in the World Series. Jeter has earned the nicknames "Captain Clutch" and "Mr. November" due to his outstanding play in the postseason.
Jeter was one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation and is involved in numerous product endorsements. As a celebrity, his personal life and relationships with other celebrities has drawn the attention of the media.Eric Byrnes
Eric James Byrnes (born February 16, 1976), is a baseball analyst and former Major League Baseball outfielder. He has played for the Oakland Athletics, the Colorado Rockies, the Baltimore Orioles, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Seattle Mariners. He retired from playing in 2010 and is now an analyst for MLB Network.
Byrnes was considered a player who relied on his speed and hustle. He could hit for power, but tended to be a "free-swinger" and went through hitting droughts. He was ranked in the top-three for best defensive left fielders in John Dewan's publication, Fielding Bible. Byrnes was selected to the All-Time great Oakland A's 50th Season team in 2018.F. P. Santangelo
Frank-Paul Santangelo (born October 24, 1967) is a former American professional baseball player from the University of Miami, Sacramento City College, and Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, California. He played Major League Baseball from 1995 to 2001. During his career, he played for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics. Since 2011, he has been a broadcaster for the Washington Nationals.Mark Hirschbeck
Mark Hirschbeck (born September 22, 1960 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the National League from 1987 to 1999, and both Major Leagues from 2000 until his retirement in 2003. He wore uniform number 4 (previously worn by former NL umpire Satch Davidson) throughout his NL career, but changed to 20 when the umpiring staffs unified in 2000. His brother John is also a major league umpire, making the Hirschbecks the first pair of brothers to umpire in the Major Leagues at the same time. (Brothers Tim and Bill Welke became the second such pair.)
Mark Hirschbeck's assignments included the 1997, 1999 and 2002 National League Division Series, the 2001 American League Division Series, the 1996 NLCS, the 2000 ALCS, and the 1998 and 2001 World Series. Hirschbeck also officiated the 1993 and 2000 All-Star Games.Hirschbeck was forced to retire seven games into the 2003 season after it was discovered that he needed a hip replacement. Although Hirschbeck originally hoped to return to umpiring after he recovered from his surgery, his ceramic implant cracked six weeks after the operation. About two months later, a staph infection formed in Hirschbeck's hip and he was unable to return to baseball. Hirschbeck later sued Wright Medical Technology, makers of the ceramic prosthetic, as well as the doctor who performed the surgery. Hirschbeck settled out of court with both the surgeon and the medical device company.In 2012, Hirschbeck opened the Shelton, Connecticut restaurant, Hirschbeck's Sports Bar & Grille, which later closed in 2015.Mike Mussina
Michael Cole Mussina (born December 8, 1968), nicknamed Moose, is an American former baseball starting pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles (1991–2000) and the New York Yankees (2001–2008). In 2019, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his sixth year of eligibility.
Mussina spent his entire career in the American League East, won at least 11 games in 17 consecutive seasons – an American League record – and recorded a career .638 winning percentage. Among pitchers, he ranks 33rd in all-time wins (270), 33rd in games started (535), 66th in innings pitched (3,562.2), 19th in strikeouts (2,813), and 23rd all-time in pitching Wins Above Replacement (82.9). A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, Mussina's consistency resulted in six top-five finishes in the voting for his league's Cy Young Award.Mike Stanton (left-handed pitcher)
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Moneyball is a 2011 American sports film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane's attempts to assemble a competitive team.
In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise's limited budget for players, build a team of undervalued talent by taking a sophisticated sabermetric approach to scouting and analyzing players. Columbia Pictures bought the rights to Lewis's book in 2004.Moneyball premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 23, 2011 to box office success and critical acclaim. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for Hill.Phil Rizzuto
Philip Francis Rizzuto (September 25, 1917 – August 13, 2007), nicknamed "The Scooter", was an American Major League Baseball shortstop. He spent his entire 13-year baseball career with the New York Yankees (1941–1956), and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
A popular figure on a team dynasty that captured 10 AL titles and seven World Championships in his 13 seasons, Rizzuto holds numerous World Series records for shortstops. His best statistical season was 1950, when he was named the American League's Most Valuable Player. Despite this offensive peak, Rizzuto was a classic "small ball" player, noted for his strong defense in the infield. The slick-fielding Rizzuto is also regarded as one of the best bunters in baseball history. When he retired, his 1,217 career double plays ranked second in major league history, trailing only Luke Appling's total of 1,424, and his .968 career fielding average trailed only Lou Boudreau's mark of .973 among AL shortstops.
After his playing career, Rizzuto enjoyed a 40-year career as a radio and television sports announcer for the Yankees. His idiosyncratic style and unpredictable digressions charmed listeners, while his lively play-by-play brought a distinct energy to his broadcasts. He was well known for his trademark expression "holy cow!"Ramiro Mendoza
Ramiro Mendoza (born June 15, 1972), nicknamed "El Brujo" (The Witch Doctor), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Mendoza played with the New York Yankees (1996–2002, 2005) and Boston Red Sox (2003–04). He batted and threw right-handed. Although Mendoza made 62 starts in his major league career, he was primarily known as a middle relief pitcher. He threw a sinker along with a slider, a four-seam fastball and a changeup. In Mendoza's ten seasons in the Major Leagues he was a part of five World Series champion teams.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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