2001 Major League Baseball season

The 2001 Major League Baseball season, the first of the 21st century, finished with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees in seven games, for the 2001 World Series. The September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. pushed the end of the regular-season from September 30 to October 7. Because of the tragedy, the World Series was not completed until November 4. The 2001 World Series was the first World Series to end in November.

This season was memorable for the Seattle Mariners equaling the Major League regular season record of 116 wins, Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire's single-season home run record, and baseball's patriotic return after a week's worth of games being postponed due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2001 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 1 – November 4, 2001
Top draft pickJoe Mauer
Picked byMinnesota Twins
Season MVPAL: Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upSeattle Mariners
NL championsArizona Diamondbacks
  NL runners-upAtlanta Braves
World Series
ChampionsArizona Diamondbacks
  Runners-upNew York Yankees
World Series MVPRandy Johnson and Curt Schilling (ARI)

Major league baseball final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) New York Yankees 95 65 0.594 51–28 44–37
Boston Red Sox 82 79 0.509 13½ 41–40 41–39
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 0.494 16 40–42 40–40
Baltimore Orioles 63 98 0.391 32½ 30–50 33–48
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 62 100 0.383 34 37–44 25–56
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Cleveland Indians 91 71 0.562 44–36 47–35
Minnesota Twins 85 77 0.525 6 47–34 38–43
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 8 46–35 37–44
Detroit Tigers 66 96 0.407 25 37–44 29–52
Kansas City Royals 65 97 0.401 26 35–46 30–51
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Seattle Mariners 116 46 0.716 57–24 59–22
(4) Oakland Athletics 102 60 0.630 14 53–28 49–32
Anaheim Angels 75 87 0.463 41 39–42 36–45
Texas Rangers 73 89 0.451 43 41–41 32–48

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Atlanta Braves 88 74 0.543 40–41 48–33
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 2 47–34 39–42
New York Mets 82 80 0.506 6 44–37 38–43
Florida Marlins 76 86 0.469 12 46–34 30–52
Montreal Expos 68 94 0.420 20 34–47 34–47
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Houston Astros 93 69 0.574 44–37 49–32
(4) St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 54–28 39–41
Chicago Cubs 88 74 0.543 5 48–33 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 25 36–45 32–49
Cincinnati Reds 66 96 0.407 27 27–54 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 100 0.383 31 38–43 24–57
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Arizona Diamondbacks 92 70 0.568 48–33 44–37
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 2 49–32 41–40
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 0.531 6 44–37 42–39
San Diego Padres 79 83 0.488 13 35–46 44–37
Colorado Rockies 73 89 0.451 19 41–40 32–49



  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 Seattle 3  
3 Cleveland 2  
  1 Seattle 1  
American League
  2 NY Yankees 4  
2 NY Yankees 3
  4 Oakland 2  
    AL2 NY Yankees 3
  NL2 Arizona 4
  1 Houston 0  
3 Atlanta 3  
  3 Atlanta 1
National League
  2 Arizona 4  
2 Arizona 3
  4 St. Louis 2  

League Division Series

American League

(1) Seattle Mariners over (3) Cleveland Indians, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
1 October 9 Indians 5, Mariners 0 0–1 Safeco Field
2 October 11 Mariners 5, Indians 1 1–1 Safeco Field
3 October 13 Indians 17, Mariners 2 1–2 Jacobs Field
4 October 14 Mariners 6, Indians 2 2–2 Jacobs Field
5 October 15 Mariners 3, Indians 1 3–2 Safeco Field
(2) New York Yankees over (4) Oakland Athletics, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
1 October 10 Athletics 5, Yankees 3 0–1 Yankee Stadium
2 October 11 Athletics 2, Yankees 0 0–2 Yankee Stadium
3 October 13 Yankees 1, Athletics 0 1–2 Network Associates Coliseum
4 October 14 Yankees 9, Athletics 2 2–2 Network Associates Coliseum
5 October 15 Yankees 5, Athletics 3 3–2 Yankee Stadium

National League

(2) Arizona Diamondbacks over (4) St. Louis Cardinals, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
1 October 9 Diamondbacks 1, Cardinals 0 1-0 Bank One Ballpark
2 October 10 Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 1 1–1 Bank One Ballpark
3 October 12 Diamondbacks 5, Cardinals 3 2–1 Busch Stadium
4 October 13 Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 1 2–2 Busch Stadium
5 October 14 Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 1 3–2 Bank One Ballpark
(3) Atlanta Braves over (1) Houston Astros, 3–0
Game Date Score Series
1 October 9 Braves 7, Astros 4 0–1 Enron Field
2 October 10 Braves 1, Astros 0 0–2 Enron Field
3 October 12 Braves 6, Astros 2 0-3 Turner Field

League Championship Series

American League

2001 American League Championship Series
(2) New York Yankees over (1) Seattle Mariners, 4–1
ALCS MVP: Andy Pettitte, P, NYY
Game Date Score Series
1 October 17 Yankees 4, Mariners 2 1–0 Safeco Field
2 October 18 Yankees 3, Mariners 2 2–0 Safeco Field
3 October 20 Mariners 14, Yankees 3 2–1 Yankee Stadium
4 October 21 Yankees 3, Mariners 1 3–1 Yankee Stadium
5 October 22 Yankees 12, Mariners 3 4–1 Yankee Stadium

National League

2001 National League Championship Series
(2) Arizona Diamondbacks over (3) Atlanta Braves, 4–1
NLCS MVP: Craig Counsell, SS, ARI
Game Date Score Series
1 October 16 Diamondbacks 2, Braves 0 1–0 Bank One Ballpark
2 October 17 Braves 8, Diamondbacks 1 1–1 Bank One Ballpark
3 October 19 Diamondbacks 5, Braves 1 2–1 Turner Field
4 October 20 Diamondbacks 11, Braves 4 3–1 Turner Field
5 October 21 Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 4–1 Turner Field

World Series

2001 World Series
(NL2) Arizona Diamondbacks over (AL2) New York Yankees, 4–3
World Series Co-MVPs: Randy Johnson/Curt Schilling, P, Arizona
Game Date Score Series
Location Attendance Time
1 October 27 Diamondbacks 9, Yankees 1 1–0 Bank One Ballpark 49,646 2:44
2 October 28 Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0 2–0 Bank One Ballpark 49,646 2:35
3 October 30 Yankees 2, Diamondbacks 1 2–1 Yankee Stadium 55,820 3:26
4 October 31 Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3
(10 innings)
2–2 Yankee Stadium 55,863 3:31
5 November 1 Yankees 3, Diamondbacks 2
(12 innings)
2–3 Yankee Stadium 56,018 4:15
6 November 3 Diamondbacks 15, Yankees 2 3–3 Bank One Ballpark 49,707 3:33
7 November 4 Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2 4–3 Bank One Ballpark 49,589 3:20

MLB statistical leaders

Angels vs. Yankees 2001 (Bernie Williams vs. Lou Pote)
The Anaheim Angels hosting the season's eventual American League Champions New York Yankees in August 2001 at Edison Field.
Statistic American League National League
AVG Ichiro Suzuki SEA .350 Larry Walker COL .350
HR Alex Rodriguez TEX 52 Barry Bonds SF 73
RBI Bret Boone SEA 141 Sammy Sosa CHC 160
Wins Mark Mulder OAK 21 Matt Morris STL
Curt Schilling ARI
ERA Freddy García SEA 3.05 Randy Johnson ARI 2.49
SO Hideo Nomo BOS 220 Randy Johnson ARI 372
SV Mariano Rivera NYY 50 Robb Nen SF 45
SB Ichiro Suzuki SEA 56 Juan Pierre COL
Jimmy Rollins PHI


American League

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Mike Hargrove
Boston Red Sox Jimy Williams Replaced during the season by Joe Kerrigan
Chicago White Sox Jerry Manuel
Cleveland Indians Charlie Manuel
Detroit Tigers Phil Garner
Kansas City Royals Tony Muser
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Joe Torre Won the American League pennant
Oakland Athletics Art Howe
Seattle Mariners± Lou Piniella
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Larry Rothschild Replaced during the season by Hal McRae
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates Replaced during the season by Jerry Narron
Toronto Blue Jays Buck Martinez

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly Won the World Series
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Don Baylor
Cincinnati Reds Bob Boone
Colorado Rockies Buddy Bell
Florida Marlins John Boles Jr. Replaced during the season by Tony Pérez
Houston Astros Larry Dierker
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Davey Lopes
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou Replaced during the season by Jeff Torborg
New York Mets Bobby Valentine
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

±hosted the MLB All Star Game


Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols (STL) Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Cy Young Award Randy Johnson (ARI) Roger Clemens (NYY)
Manager of the Year Larry Bowa (PHI) Lou Piniella (SEA)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (SF) Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mike Mussina (NYY)
Catcher Brad Ausmus (HOU) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
1st Base Todd Helton (COL) Doug Mientkiewicz (MIN)
2nd Base Fernando Viña (STL) Roberto Alomar (CLE)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (PHI) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Orlando Cabrera (MTL) Omar Vizquel (CLE)
Outfield Jim Edmonds (STL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Larry Walker (COL)
Mike Cameron (SEA)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Mike Hampton (COL) Edgar Martínez (SEA)
Catcher Mike Piazza (NYM) Jorge Posada (NYY)
1st Base Todd Helton (COL) Jason Giambi (OAK)
2nd Base Jeff Kent (SF) Bret Boone (SEA)
3rd Base Albert Pujols (STL) Troy Glaus (ANA)
Shortstop Rich Aurilia (SF) Alex Rodriguez (TEX)
Outfield Barry Bonds (SF)
Luis Gonzalez (ARI)
Sammy Sosa (CHC)
Juan González (CLE)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)

Other awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Manny Ramirez Luis Gonzalez
May Jason Giambi Barry Bonds
June Mike Sweeney Luis Gonzalez
July Jim Thome Jeff Bagwell
August Jermaine Dye Sammy Sosa
September Eric Chavez Barry Bonds

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Brad Radke Wade Miller
May Pedro Martínez Curt Schilling
June Roger Clemens Greg Maddux
July Mark Mulder Greg Maddux
August Barry Zito Javier Vázquez
September Barry Zito Woody Williams

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Ichiro Suzuki Albert Pujols
May Ichiro Suzuki Albert Pujols
June Ichiro Suzuki Ben Sheets
July CC Sabathia Pedro Feliz
August Ichiro Suzuki Roy Oswalt
September Ichiro Suzuki Bud Smith

All-Star game

See also

External links

2001 American League Championship Series

The 2001 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a rematch of the 2000 ALCS between the New York Yankees, who had come off a dramatic comeback against the Oakland Athletics in the Division Series after being down two games to zero, and the Seattle Mariners, who had won their Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in five games. The series had additional poignancy, coming immediately after downtown New York City was devastated by the events of September 11, 2001 (the series was played in late October due to Major League Baseball temporarily shutting down in the wake of the attacks). The Yankees would go on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series.

Though the Mariners had won an American League record 116 regular season games (tying the major league record established by the 1906 Chicago Cubs), and had home field advantage, the Yankees won the first two games in Seattle. The Mariners' manager, former Yankee player and manager Lou Piniella, guaranteed after Game 2 that the Mariners would win at least two of the next three games in New York to return the series to Seattle. But the Yankees closed out the series in New York, beating the Mariners four games to one. The series ended with a 12–3 Yankees victory in Game 5.

2001 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels 2001 season involved the Angels finishing third in the American League west with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses.

2001 Atlanta Braves season

The 2001 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 36th season in Atlanta and 131st overall. The Braves won their tenth consecutive division title. The season saw the team finish first in the NL East Division with an 88-74 record – the worst among playoff teams in 2001, and also the worst record for the Braves since 1990 (meaning the worst record through their run of 14 consecutive division titles starting in 1991. Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season). Atlanta finished the season with just a 2 game division lead over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves swept the favored Houston Astros in the NLDS before losing to the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS 4-1, in which Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling notably dominated Atlanta's offense.

2001 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2001 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 63 wins and 98 losses. It would also be the final season for Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

2001 Boston Red Sox season

The 2001 Boston Red Sox season was the 101st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 82 wins and 79 losses, 13½ games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox did not qualify for the postseason, as the AL wild card was the Oakland Athletics who had finished second in the American League West with a record of 102–60.

2001 Chicago Cubs season

The 2001 Chicago Cubs season was the 130th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 126th in the National League and the 86th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League Central with a record of 88–74.

2001 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2001 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League Central. The Reds were managed by Bob Boone.

2001 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2001 season was the 9th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their season from 2000. Their managers were John Boles and Tony Pérez. They played home games at Pro Player Stadium. They finished with a record of 76-86, 4th in the National League East.

2001 Kansas City Royals season

The 2001 Kansas City Royals season involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 65 wins and 97 losses.

2001 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2001 season saw Jim Tracy take over as the Manager, after serving as the Bench coach the previous two seasons. The Dodgers won 86 games, finishing third in the Western Division of the National League, six games behind the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks. This was their last season to be broadcast by KTLA (5).

Shawn Green had his best season, hitting a Dodger-record 49 home runs and also setting L.A. records for extra-base hits (84) and total bases (358). Paul Lo Duca became the full-time catcher and led the team with a .320 batting average and Jeff Shaw became the Dodgers all-time leader in saves, with 129.

2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 72nd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, home of the Seattle Mariners of the American League. The American League defeated the National League, 4–1. This was Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 19th and final All-Star Game. It was also the final All-Star Game for San Diego Padres legendary right fielder Tony Gwynn.

2001 Major League Baseball draft

The 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 5 and 6.

2001 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2001 season involved the Brewers' finishing 4th in the National League Central with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses. The 2001 Brewers scored in 740 runs, 11th in the NL, and ranked 1st in strikeouts, 1,399.

2001 National League Championship Series

The 2001 National League Championship Series (NLCS) saw the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Atlanta Braves in five games to win the National League pennant in the franchise's fourth year of existence. The Diamondbacks went on to defeat the New York Yankees in seven games to win the World Series.

2001 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2001 season was the 40th regular season for the Mets. They went 82-80 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2001 Oakland Athletics season

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).

2001 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2001 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their fourth since the franchise was created. This season, they finished last in the AL East division, and managed to finish the season with a record of 62-100. Their manager were Larry Rothschild and Hal McRae, the latter whom replaced Rothschild shortly after the season began.

2001 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2001 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses.

The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty

Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty is a book written by ESPN sportswriter Buster Olney that chronicles the rise and fall of the New York Yankees' 1996-2001 dynasty against the backdrop of the franchise's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. It also has multi-page accounts of several key members of the Yankees organization during this time period and during the time period of the Yankees' dynasty.

Pre-modern era
Modern era
See also
2001 MLB season by team

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