2002 Major League Baseball season

The 2002 Major League Baseball season finished with two wild-card teams, the Anaheim Angels defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games, for the 2002 World Series championship. It was the first title in Angels team history. This was the first season for mlb.tv .

2002 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationMarch 31 – October 27, 2002
Top draft pickBryan Bullington
Picked byPittsburgh Pirates
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Miguel Tejada (OAK)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL championsAnaheim Angels
  AL runners-upMinnesota Twins
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsAnaheim Angels
  Runners-upSan Francisco Giants
World Series MVPTroy Glaus (ANA)

Major league baseball final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) New York Yankees 103 58 0.640 52–28 51–30
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574 10½ 42–39 51–30
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 0.481 25½ 42–39 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 36½ 34–47 33–48
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 0.342 48 30–51 25–55
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Minnesota Twins 94 67 0.584 54–27 40–40
Chicago White Sox 81 81 0.500 13½ 47–34 34–47
Cleveland Indians 74 88 0.457 20½ 39–42 35–46
Kansas City Royals 62 100 0.383 32½ 37–44 25–56
Detroit Tigers 55 106 0.342 39 33–47 22–59
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636 54–27 49–32
(4) Anaheim Angels 99 63 0.611 4 54–27 45–36
Seattle Mariners 93 69 0.574 10 48–33 45–36
Texas Rangers 72 90 0.444 31 42–39 30–51

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Atlanta Braves 101 59 0.631 52–28 49–31
Montreal Expos 83 79 0.512 19 49–32 34–47
Philadelphia Phillies 80 81 0.497 21½ 40–40 40–41
Florida Marlins 79 83 0.488 23 46–35 33–48
New York Mets 75 86 0.466 26½ 38–43 37–43
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 0.599 52–29 45–36
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 13 47–34 37–44
Cincinnati Reds 78 84 0.481 19 38–43 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 0.447 24½ 38–42 34–47
Chicago Cubs 67 95 0.414 30 36–45 31–50
Milwaukee Brewers 56 106 0.346 41 31–50 25–56
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Arizona Diamondbacks 98 64 0.605 55–26 43–38
(4) San Francisco Giants 95 66 0.590 50–31 45–35
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568 6 46–35 46–35
Colorado Rockies 73 89 0.451 25 47–34 26–55
San Diego Padres 66 96 0.407 32 41–40 25–56



  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 NY Yankees 1  
4 Anaheim 3  
  4 Anaheim 4  
American League
  3 Minnesota 1  
2 Oakland 2
  3 Minnesota 3  
    AL4 Anaheim 4
  NL4 San Francisco 3
  1 Atlanta 2  
4 San Francisco 3  
  4 San Francisco 4
National League
  3 St. Louis 1  
2 Arizona 0
  3 St. Louis 3  

All-Star Game

Statistical leaders



Statistic American League National League
Runs scored New York Yankees 897 Arizona Diamondbacks 819
Hits Anaheim Angels 1603 Colorado Rockies 1508
Home runs Texas Rangers 230 Chicago Cubs 200
Batting average Anaheim Angels .282 Colorado Rockies .274
Stolen bases Kansas City Royals 140 Florida Marlins 177


Statistic American League National League
Batting average Manny Ramírez (Boston) .349 Barry Bonds (San Francisco) .370
Runs scored Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees) 128 Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) 122
Hits Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees) 209 Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal) 206
Home runs Alex Rodriguez (Texas) 57 Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) 49
Runs batted in Alex Rodriguez (Texas) 142 Lance Berkman (Houston) 128
Stolen bases Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees) 41 Luis Castillo (Florida) 48



Statistic American League National League
Runs allowed Anaheim Angels 644 Atlanta Braves 565
Earned run average Oakland Athletics 3.68 Atlanta Braves 3.13
Hits allowed Boston Red Sox 1339 Atlanta Braves 1302
Home runs allowed Oakland Athletics 135 San Francisco Giants 116
Strikeouts Boston Red Sox 1157 Chicago Cubs 1333


Statistic American League National League
Earned run average Pedro Martínez (Boston) 2.26 Randy Johnson (Arizona) 2.32
Wins Barry Zito (Oakland) 23 Randy Johnson (Arizona) 24
Saves Eddie Guardado (Minnesota) 45 John Smoltz (Atlanta) 55
Strikeouts Pedro Martínez (Boston) 239 Randy Johnson (Arizona) 334


American League

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia Won the World Series
Baltimore Orioles Mike Hargrove
Boston Red Sox Grady Little
Chicago White Sox Jerry Manuel
Cleveland Indians Charlie Manuel Replaced during the season by Joel Skinner
Detroit Tigers Phil Garner Replaced during the season by Luis Pujols
Kansas City Royals Tony Muser John Mizerock served as interim manager for 13 games prior to being replaced by Tony Peña
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Art Howe 20-game win streak from August 13th to September 4th
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Hal McRae
Texas Rangers Jerry Narron
Toronto Blue Jays Buck Martinez Replaced during the season by Carlos Tosca

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Don Baylor Replaced during the season by Bruce Kimm
Cincinnati Reds Bob Boone
Colorado Rockies Buddy Bell Replaced during the season by Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jeff Torborg
Houston Astros Jimy Williams
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers± Davey Lopes Replaced during the season by Jerry Royster
Montreal Expos Frank Robinson
New York Mets Bobby Valentine
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony LaRussa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker Won the National League pennant

±hosted the MLB All Star Game


Award National League American League
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds, SF Miguel Tejada, OAK
Cy Young Randy Johnson, ARI Barry Zito, OAK
Manager of the Year Tony LaRussa, STL Mike Scioscia, ANA
Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings, COL Eric Hinske, TOR
Relief Man of the Year John Smoltz, ATL Billy Koch, OAK
Comeback Player of the Year Mike Lieberthal, PHI Tim Salmon, ANA
Hank Aaron Award Barry Bonds, SF Alex Rodriguez, TEX
Roberto Clemente Award
Jim Thome, CLE

Gold Glove Awards

Position American League National League
Pitcher Kenny Rogers, TEX Greg Maddux, ATL
Catcher Bengie Molina, ANA Brad Ausmus, HOU
First baseman John Olerud, SEA Todd Helton, COL
Second baseman Bret Boone, SEA Fernando Viña, STL
Third baseman Eric Chavez, OAK Scott Rolen, STL
Shortstop Alex Rodriguez, TEX Édgar Rentería, STL
Outfielders Torii Hunter, MIN Larry Walker, COL
Ichiro Suzuki, SEA Jim Edmonds, STL
Darin Erstad, ANA Andruw Jones, ATL

See also

External links


2002 American League Championship Series

The 2002 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the Wild Card Anaheim Angels and the Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins. The Angels advanced to the Series after dethroning the reigning four-time AL Champion New York Yankees in the 2002 American League Division Series three games to one. The Twins made their way into the Series after beating the Athletics three games to two. The Angels won the Series four games to one and went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants in the 2002 World Series to win their first World Series championship.

2002 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks looked to repeat as World Series champions. They looked to contend in what was once again a strong National League West Division. They finished the season with a record of 98-64, good enough for the division title. Randy Johnson would finish the season as the NL Cy Young Award winner and become the second pitcher to win five Cy Young Awards.

2002 Atlanta Braves season

The 2002 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 37th season in Atlanta and 132nd overall. The Braves won their 11th consecutive division title, finishing 19 games ahead of the second-place Montreal Expos. The Braves lost the 2002 Divisional Series to the eventual NL Champion San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 2.

2002 marked the final year that pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz played on the same team ending the reign of what has been considered by many the greatest pitching trio of all-time. All three would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame a decade later. Smoltz set the Braves' single season record for saves (55). Chipper Jones moved to the outfield in left field to allow for Vinny Castilla to be signed and added to the lineup at third base. Julio Franco became a regular player in the second stint of his Major League career and Gary Sheffield was acquired to the Braves in 2002, playing at right field.

2002 Baltimore Orioles season

In the 2002 Baltimore Orioles season, the team finished 4th in the American League East with a record of 67 wins and 95 losses.

The Orioles had a record of 63-63 at the conclusion of play on August 23, but then proceeded to lose 32 of their last 36 games of the season, including their final 12 in a row.

2002 Boston Red Sox season

The 2002 Boston Red Sox season was the 102nd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 93 wins and 69 losses, 10½ games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox did not qualify for the postseason, as the AL wild card was the Anaheim Angels who had finished second in the American League West with a record of 99–63.

2002 Chicago Cubs season

The 2002 Chicago Cubs season was the 131st season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 127th in the National League and the 87th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League Central with a record of 67–95.

2002 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2002 season consisted of the Reds finishing with a 78-84 record to finish in third place in the National League Central, 19 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds were managed by Bob Boone. The 2002 Reds season was their final in Cinergy Field.

2002 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 2002 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers making a valiant attempt to win the AL Central. However, despite their best efforts and clutch performances, their division winning goal came up far short. They finished last in the division

2002 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2002 season was the 10th 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 2001. Their manager was Jeff Torborg. They played home games at Pro Player Stadium. They finished with a record of 79-83, 4th in the NL East.

2002 Kansas City Royals season

The 2002 Kansas City Royals season involved the Royals finishing 4th in the American League Central with a record of 62 wins and 100 losses, their first 100 loss season in franchise history.

2002 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2002 season saw Dan Evans take over as General Manager and in his first season the team won 92 games and was not eliminated from post season contention until the next-to-last day of the season, finishing third overall in the Western Division of the National League. Shawn Green hit 42 home runs to become the first L.A. Dodger to have back-to-back 40 or more homer seasons. He had four homers in one game on May 23 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 6 for 6 in that game and set a Major League mark for total bases with 19. The number broke the previous record of 18 total bases set by Joe Adcock. Éric Gagné who had been a starter previously became the closer in 2002 and set a club mark with 52 saves. This is also their first season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).

2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 73rd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues that make up Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 9, 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers of the NL. The game controversially ended with a 7–7 tie due to both teams running out of available pitchers. Beginning the next year, home field advantage in the World Series would be awarded to the winning league to prevent ties (this rule would stay until 2016).

No player was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award due to the game ending in a tie. The roster selection for the 2002 game marked the inaugural All-Star Final Vote competition (then known as "The All-Star 30th Man" competition). Johnny Damon and Andruw Jones represented the American and National Leagues as a result of this contest.

2002 Major League Baseball draft

The 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 4 and 5.

It is featured in Michael Lewis' 2003 book Moneyball.

2002 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 2002 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the National League Central with a record of 56 wins and 106 losses, their only 100 loss season to date.

2002 National League Championship Series

The 2002 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 9 to 14 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals and the wild-card qualifying San Francisco Giants. It was a rematch of the 1987 NLCS, in which the Cardinals defeated the Giants in seven games. The Cardinals, by virtue of being a division winner, had the home field advantage.

The two teams were victorious in the NL Division Series (NLDS), with the Cardinals defeating the West Division champion Arizona Diamondbacks three games to none, and the Giants defeating the East Division champion and heavily favored Atlanta Braves three games to two.

The Giants won the series in five games but were defeated by the Anaheim Angels in seven games in the World Series.

2002 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2002 season was the 41st regular season for the Mets. They went 75-86 and finished 5th in the NL East. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2002 San Diego Padres season

The 2002 San Diego Padres season was the 34th season in franchise history.

2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their fifth 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 55-106. Their manager was Hal McRae who entered his 1st full season and last season with the Devil Rays.

2002 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2002 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses.

Pre-modern era
Modern era
See also
2002 MLB season by team

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