2001 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 2001 season was the 99th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 95-65 finishing 13.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. Roger Clemens had sixteen straight wins, tying an American League mark shared by Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Schoolboy Rowe, and Smoky Joe Wood. Clemens would finish the season with the AL Cy Young Award and become the first pitcher to win six Cy Young Awards.[1]

Another chapter was written in the story of the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry. On September 2, 2001, Mike Mussina came within one strike of a perfect game before surrendering a bloop single to Carl Everett. This was Mussina's third time he has taken a perfect game to or beyond the 8th inning. Coincidentally, it would have been the 3rd perfect game in for the Yankees in a span of 4 seasons and could have been the 4th perfect game in franchise history.

In the emotional times of September 2001 in New York City, following the September 11 attack on New York's World Trade Center, the Yankees defeated the Oakland A's three games to two in the ALDS, and then the Seattle Mariners, who had won 116 games, four games to one in the ALCS. By winning the pennant for a fourth straight year, the 1998–2001 Yankees joined the 1921–1924 New York Giants, and the Yankee teams of 1936–1939, 1949–1953, 1955–1958 and 1960–1964 as the only dynasties to reach at least four straight pennants. The Yankees had now won eleven consecutive postseason series over a four-year period. However, the Yankees lost the World Series in a dramatic 7 game series to the Arizona Diamondbacks, when Yankees star closer Mariano Rivera uncharacteristically lost the lead – and the Series – in the bottom of the ninth inning of the final game. With the loss, this marked the second time in five years that a team lost the World Series after taking a lead into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 (following the Cleveland Indians in 1997) and the first time since 1991 that the home team won the seventh game of a World Series.[2][3]

Despite the loss in the series, Derek Jeter provided one bright spot. Despite a very poor series overall, batting under .200, he got the nickname, "Mr. November", for his walk-off home run in Game 4, though it began October 31, as the game ended in the first minutes of November 1. In calling the home run, Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay said "See ya! See ya! See ya! A home run for Derek Jeter! He is Mr. November! Oh what a home run by Derek Jeter!" He said this after noticing a fan's sign that said "Mr. November".

Also, during the emotional times following the attacks, Yankee Stadium played host to a memorial service, just before the Yankees played their first home game following the attacks. The service was titled "Prayer for America".

2001 New York Yankees
2001 AL East Champions
2001 AL Champions
World Series Runner-Up
Yankees vs. Angels 2001 (Yankees crop)
Yankees' fielders huddling on the
pitcher's mound during an August 2001 away game
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record95–65 (.594)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Brian Cashman
Manager(s)Joe Torre
Local televisionWNYW
(Bobby Murcer, Tim McCarver)
MSG
(Ken Singleton, Jim Kaat, Al Trautwig, Suzyn Waldman)
Local radioWABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Michael Kay)
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Offseason

  • November 21, 2000: Joe Oliver was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[4]
  • November 30, 2000: Mike Mussina was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[5]
  • December 7, 2000: Dwight Gooden signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[6]
  • December 7, 2000: Luis Sojo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[7]
  • December 11, 2000: Brandon Knight was drafted by the Minnesota Twins from the New York Yankees in the 2000 rule 5 draft.[8]
  • February 15, 2001: Henry Rodriguez was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[9]
  • March 21, 2001: Drew Henson was traded by the Cincinnati Reds with Michael Coleman to the New York Yankees for Wily Mo Pena.[10]
  • March 28, 2001: Glenallen Hill was traded by the New York Yankees to the Anaheim Angels for Darren Blakely (minors).[11]
  • March 28, 2001: Brandon Knight was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Minnesota Twins to the New York Yankees.[8]
  • March 30, 2001: Brandon Knight was released by the New York Yankees.[8]

Notable transactions

  • April 1, 2001: Brandon Knight was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[8]
  • June 5, 2001: John Ford Griffin was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 14, 2001.[12]
  • June 5, 2001: Bronson Sardinha was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (34th pick) of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 13, 2001.[13]
  • June 19, 2001: Henry Rodríguez was released by the New York Yankees.[9]
  • June 20, 2001: Joe Oliver was released by the New York Yankees.[4]
  • July 4, 2001: Bobby Estalella was traded by the San Francisco Giants with Joe Smith (minors) to the New York Yankees for Brian Boehringer.[14]
  • July 30, 2001: Sterling Hitchcock was traded by the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees for Brett Jodie and Darren Blakely (minors).[15]
  • August 31, 2001: Randy Velarde was traded by the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees for players to be named later. The New York Yankees sent Randy Flores (October 12, 2001) and Rosman Garcia (October 11, 2001) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.[16]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
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

Season summary

Yankees vs. Angels 2001
The Yankees taking the field during a late August 2001 game at Edison Field.

Record vs. opponents

2001 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 4–5 4–3 6–3 5–4 5–4 5–4 3–6 4–3 6–14 4–15 7–2 7–12 5–4 10–8
Baltimore 5–4 9–10 3–4 1–5 4–2 5–2 3–3 5–13 2–7 1–8 10–9 2–7 7–12 6–12
Boston 3–4 10–9 3–3 3–6 4–5 3–3 3–3 5–13 4–5 3–6 14–5 5–2 12–7 10–8
Chicago 3–6 4–3 3–3 10–9 13–6 14–5 5–14 1–5 1–8 2–7 5–2 7–2 3–3 12–6
Cleveland 4–5 5–1 6–3 9–10 13–6 11–8 14–5 4–5 4–3 2–5 5–1 5–4 2–4 7–11
Detroit 4–5 2–4 5–4 6–13 6–13 8–11 4–15 4–5 1–6 2–5 4–2 8–1 2–4 10–8
Kansas City 4–5 2–5 3–3 5–14 8–11 11–8 6–13 0–6 3–6 3–6 4–2 4–5 4–3 8–10
Minnesota 6–3 3–3 3–3 14–5 5–14 15–4 13–6 4–2 5–4 1–8 1–6 4–5 2–5 9–9
New York 3–4 13–5 13–5 5–1 5–4 5–4 6–0 2–4 3–6 3–6 13–6 3–4 11–8 10–8
Oakland 14–6 7–2 5–4 8–1 3–4 6–1 6–3 4–5 6–3 9–10 7–2 9–10 6–3 12–6
Seattle 15–4 8–1 6–3 7–2 5–2 5–2 6–3 8–1 6–3 10–9 7–2 15–5 6–3 12–6
Tampa Bay 2–7 9–10 5–14 2–5 1–5 2–4 2–4 6–1 6–13 2–7 2–7 4–5 9–10 10–8
Texas 12–7 7–2 2–5 2–7 4–5 1–8 5–4 5–4 4–3 10–9 5–15 5–4 3–6 8–10
Toronto 4–5 12–7 7–12 3–3 4–2 4–2 3–4 5–2 8–11 3–6 3–6 10–9 6–3 8–10

Detailed records

American League
Opponent W L WP RS RA
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 13 5 0.722 104 89
Boston Red Sox 13 5 0.722 68 50
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 13 6 0.684 99 60
Toronto Blue Jays 11 8 0.579 108 93
Total 50 24 0.676 379 292
AL West
Anaheim Angels 3 4 0.429 28 31
Oakland Athletics 3 6 0.333 30 44
Seattle Mariners 3 6 0.333 43 55
Texas Rangers 3 4 0.429 31 53
Total 12 20 0.375 132 183
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 5 1 0.833 38 19
Cleveland Indians 5 4 0.556 64 45
Detroit Tigers 5 4 0.556 51 56
Kansas City Royals 6 0 1.000 46 19
Minnesota Twins 2 4 0.333 13 13
Total 23 13 0.639 212 152
National League
Atlanta Braves 1 2 0.333 14 18
Florida Marlins 1 2 0.333 9 24
Montreal Expos 2 1 0.667 19 11
New York Mets 4 2 0.667 26 20
Philadelphia Phillies 2 1 0.667 13 13
Total 10 8 0.556 81 86
Season Total 95 65 0.594 804 713
Month Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
April 26 14 12 0.538 131 116
May 25 15 10 0.600 120 99
June 27 16 11 0.593 147 125
July 28 19 9 0.679 158 132
August 29 15 14 0.517 141 141
September 18 12 6 0.667 83 77
October 7 4 3 0.571 24 23
Total 160 95 65 0.594 804 713
Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
Home 79 51 28 0.646 422 330
Away 81 44 37 0.543 381 382
Total 160 95 65 0.594 804 713

Roster

2001 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

Legend
Yankees Win Yankees Loss Game Postponed

Postseason Game log

Legend
Yankees Win Yankees Loss Game Postponed
2001 Postseason Game Log (10–7)

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

= Indicates team leader
Pos. Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
C Jorge Posada 138 484 59 134 22 95 .277 2
1B Tino Martinez 154 589 89 165 34 113 .280 1
2B Alfonso Soriano 158 574 77 154 18 73 .268 43
3B Scott Brosius 120 428 57 123 13 49 .287 3
SS Derek Jeter 150 614 110 191 21 74 .311 27
LF Chuck Knoblauch 137 521 66 130 9 44 .250 38
CF Bernie Williams 146 540 102 166 26 94 .307 11
RF Paul O'Neill 137 510 77 136 21 70 .267 22
DH David Justice 111 381 58 92 18 51 .241 1

[17]

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI Avg. SB
Darren Bragg 5 4 1 1 0 0 .250 0
Bobby Estallela 3 4 1 0 0 0 .000 0
Nick Johnson 23 67 6 13 2 8 .194 0
Donzell McDonald 5 3 0 1 0 0 .333 0
Joe Oliver 12 36 3 9 1 2 .250 0
Juan Rivera 3 4 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Henry Rodríguez 5 8 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Scott Seabol 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Luis Sojo 39 79 5 13 0 9 .165 1
Shane Spencer 80 283 40 73 10 46 .258 4
Randy Velarde 15 46 4 7 0 1 .152 2
Enrique Wilson 48 99 10 24 1 12 .242 0

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA CG SO BB
Mike Mussina 34 228.7 17 11 3.15 4 214 42
Roger Clemens 33 220.3 20 3 3.51 0 213 72
Andy Pettitte 31 200.7 15 10 3.99 2 164 41
Ted Lilly 26 120.7 5 6 5.37 0 112 51
Orlando Hernández 17 94.7 4 7 4.85 0 77 42
Randy Keisler 10 50.7 1 2 6.22 0 36 34
Sterling Hitchcock 10 51.3 4 4 6.49 1 28 18

[17]

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Player G IP W L SV ERA SO BB
Mariano Rivera 71 80.7 4 6 50 2.34 83 12
Mike Stanton 76 80.3 9 4 0 2.58 78 29
Ramiro Mendoza 56 100.7 8 4 6 3.75 70 23
Randy Choate 37 48.3 3 1 0 3.35 35 27
Jay Witasick 32 40.3 3 0 0 4.69 53 18

ALDS

Series Summary:

Yankees win series 3-2, becoming the first team in MLB history to win the ALDS after dropping the first two games at home.

ALCS

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 New York – 4, Seattle – 2 October 17 Safeco Field 47,644
2 New York – 3, Seattle – 2 October 18 Safeco Field 47,791
3 Seattle – 14, New York – 3 October 20 Yankee Stadium 56,517
4 Seattle – 1, New York – 3 October 21 Yankee Stadium 56,375
5 Seattle – 3, New York – 12 October 22 Yankee Stadium 56,370

World series

2001 World Series first pitch
President Bush tosses out the ceremonial first pitch before a 2-1 Yankee victory in Game 3 of the 2001 World Series.

Game 1

October 27, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Arizona 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 x 9 10 0
W: Curt Schilling (1-0)   L: Mike Mussina (0-1)  
HR: ARICraig Counsell (1), Luis Gonzalez (1)

Game 2

October 28, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Arizona 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 4 5 0
W: Randy Johnson (1-0)   L: Andy Pettitte (0-1)  
HR: ARIMatt Williams (1)

Game 3

October 30, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
New York 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 2 7 1
W: Roger Clemens (1-0)   L: Brian Anderson (0-1)  S: Mariano Rivera (1)
HR: NYYJorge Posada (1)

Game 4

October 31, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 7 0
W: Mariano Rivera (1-0)   L: Byung-hyun Kim (0-1)  
HR: ARIMark Grace (1)    NYYShane Spencer (1), Tino Martinez (1), Derek Jeter (1)

Game 5

November 1, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 9 1
W: Sterling Hitchcock (1-0)   L: Albie Lopez (0-1)  
HR: ARISteve Finley (1), Rod Barajas (1)    NYYScott Brosius (1)

Game 6

November 3, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 1
Arizona 1 3 8 3 0 0 0 0 x 15 22 0
W: Randy Johnson (2-0)   L: Andy Pettitte (0-2)  

Game 7

November 4, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 3
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 11 0
W: Randy Johnson (3-0)   L: Mariano Rivera (1-1)  
HR: NYYAlfonso Soriano (1)

Awards and records

  • Roger Clemens became the first pitcher to reach his 20th win with only 1 loss.[18]
  • Roger Clemens, AL Cy Young Award

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Trey Hillman
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Stump Merrill
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Brian Butterfield
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Mitch Seoane
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Joe Arnold
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Derek Shelton

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Yankees; LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Tampa[19]

References

  1. ^ Nemec, David; Flatow, Scott. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures (2008 ed.). New York: Penguin Group. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0.
  2. ^ Olney, Buster (November 5, 2001). "In Final Twist, New York Falls in Ninth". New York Times. p. A1.
  3. ^ Walker, Ben (November 5, 2001). "Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2". Associated Press. The other two all-home victory Series were both won by Minnesota, 1987 and 1991.
  4. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/o/olivejo01.shtml
  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mussimi01.shtml
  6. ^ Dwight Gooden Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sojolu01.shtml
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  9. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/r/rodrihe02.shtml
  10. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hensodr01.shtml
  11. ^ Glenallen Hill Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ John-Ford Griffin Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ Bronson Sardinha Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  14. ^ Bobby Estalella Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ Sterling Hitchcock Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  16. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/v/velarra01.shtml
  17. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/2001.shtml
  18. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.372, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  19. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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