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Champions

Major League Baseball

  • Regular Season Champions
League Eastern Division Champion Central Division Champion Western Division Champion Wild Card Qualifier
American League New York Yankees Chicago White Sox Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners
National League Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants New York Mets




Click on any series score to link to that series' page.

Higher seed has home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.

The American League Champion has home field advantage in the World Series as a result of the pre-2003 "alternating years" rule.



Other champions



Awards and honors



MLB Statistical Leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Nomar Garciaparra BOS .372 Todd Helton COL .372
HR Troy Glaus ANA 47 Sammy Sosa CHC 50
RBI Edgar Martínez SEA 145 Todd Helton COL 147
Wins Tim Hudson OAK
David Wells TOR
20 Tom Glavine ATL 21
ERA Pedro Martínez BOS 1.74 Kevin Brown LAD 2.58


Major League Baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 87 74 .540    --
2nd Boston Red Sox 85 77 .525   2.5
3rd Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 .512   4.5
4th Baltimore Orioles 74 88 .457 13.5
5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays 69 92 .429 18.0

Central Division
1st Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586    --
2nd Cleveland Indians 90 72 .556   5.0
3rd Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 16.0
4th Kansas City Royals 77 85 .475 18.0
5th Minnesota Twins 69 93 .426 26.0
West Division
1st Oakland Athletics 91 70 .565    --
2nd Seattle Mariners * 91 71 .562   0.5
3rd Anaheim Angels 82 80 .506   9.5
4th Texas Rangers 71 91 .438 20.5


National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves 95 67 .586    --
2nd New York Mets * 94 68 .580   1.0
3rd Florida Marlins 79 82 .491 15.5
4th Montreal Expos 67 95 .414 28.0
5th Philadelphia Phillies 65 97 .401 30.0
Central Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 95 67 .586    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds 85 77 .525 10.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers 73 89 .451 22.0
4th Houston Astros 72 90 .444 23.0
5th Pittsburgh Pirates 69 93 .426 26.0
6th Chicago Cubs 65 97 .401 30.0
West Division
1st San Francisco Giants 97 65 .599    --
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 .531 11.0
3rd Arizona Diamondbacks 85 77 .525 12.0
4th Colorado Rockies 82 80 .506 15.0
5th San Diego Padres 76 86 .469 21.0


* The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.
NOTE: Oakland did not have to make up one postponed game, because even if they had lost and had finished in a tie with Seattle, they would have been awarded the division title due to winning the season series (9-4) between the teams.


Events

January-March

  • January 6 - Major league officials order Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. Commissioner Bud Selig says he will listen to what the doctors say before deciding what punishment—if any—will be handed down to the pitcher.




  • January 31 - Braves reliever John Rocker is suspended from baseball until May 1 by Commissioner Bud Selig for his racial and ethnic remarks in an article published in Sports Illustrated last month. He's also fined an undisclosed amount and ordered to undergo sensitivity training.






  • March 1 - Independent arbitrator Shyam Das cuts Braves pitcher John Rocker's suspension from 28 days to 14 days. Rocker, who is allowed to report to spring training with the team, also has his fine cut.




April-May





  • April 4 - Expos closer Ugueth Urbina strikes out the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning on nine pitches, tying a major league record.


  • April 7 - A total of 57 home runs are hit in the 15 games played, for a new major league record. The previous mark of 55 was set in 17 games on August 13, 1999. There were 36 homers hit in the AL, smashing the previous mark for a single league.




  • April 10 - Colorado beats Cincinnati 7-5, despite Ken Griffey, Jr.'s 400th career home run. At age of 30, Griffey is the youngest player in major league history to reach that milestone.






  • April 15 - The Baltimore Orioles defeat the Twins 6-4, as Cal Ripken, Jr. gets the 3,000th hit of his illustrious career. Ripken goes 3-for-5 in becoming the 24th player to reach the milestone, and the 7th to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.




  • April 21 - The Anaheim Angels down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-6. Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon hit back-to-back home runs for Anaheim in the fourth inning, then repeat the feat in the ninth. Troy Glaus also homers in those same two innings, marking the first time in major league history that three players homer in the same inning twice in the same game. The three players with two home runs in the game ties another major league record.






  • April 29 - The Giants finally win, beating the Expos 2-1 for their 1st victory at Pacific Bell Park. They are the 1st team to lose six straight game to begin play in a newly constructed home park.


  • April 30 - The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3, as Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds hit home runs. St. Louis finishes the month with 55 homers, a new record for April. It also ties the National League mark for homers in any month. Major league batters also set a record for most home runs in a month by hitting 931 in April; the total is 140 more than the number hit in 1999.


  • May 10 - Rickey Henderson becomes the 21st major leaguer to garner 10,000 at bats in his career. Henderson finishes the night with 10,002 at bats and trails only Cal Ripken, Jr. among active players.




  • May 18 - Mark McGwire hit three home runs and seven RBI in a St. Louis 7-2 victory over the Phillies. The homers move McGwire past Mickey Mantle into 8th place on the all-time list with 539.




  • May 23 - Baltimore defeats Seattle 4-2. The Mariners' Rickey Henderson draws his 2,000th career walk in the 9th inning, making him the 3rd player to reach that level, behind Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.




June-July







  • June 2 - The Montreal Expos announce they will wear Maurice Richard's uniform number 9 on their jerseys for the rest of the season to honor the Montreal Canadiens great who died last week. It is believed to be the first time a major league team has honored an athlete from another sport in this way.




  • June 26 - The Diamondbacks defeat the Astros 6-1. Arizona rookie first baseman Alex Cabrera hits a two-run pinch-hit home run in his first major league at bat.








  • July 6 - St. Louis rookie catcher Keith McDonald hits a home run in his second at bat, becoming only the second player in major league history to hit home runs in each of his first two big league at bats. Bob Nieman, in 1951, is the other.






  • July 8 - In a New York match, the Yankees whip the Mets by identical 4-2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the first game played at Shea Stadiummarker and the nightcap at Yankee Stadiummarker, it is the first time since 1903 that two teams played two games in different stadiums on the same day. Dwight Gooden wins the first game with a six inning effort in his first start since returning to the Yankees. Roger Clemens wins the nightcap and precipitate a near-brawl when he drills Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball. Piazza suffers a concussion.




  • July 15 - A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card is auctioned for a record $1.1 million on eBay. Other high-priced items in the auction include a baseball autographed by the entire 1919 "Chicago Black Sox" team, including Shoeless Joe Jackson as well as the umpires who worked the final game of the 1919 World Series, sells for $93,666, including a 15% buyer's premium. A ball signed by the 1919 Reds goes for $11,208, while a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth sells for $76,020. A contract from Shoeless Joe Jackson's sale of his Chicago pool hall to teammate Lefty Williams sells for $36,098. The contract, dated October 6, 1921, is for just $1.


  • July 20 - In a Houston 6-2 win over Cincinnati, Reds pinch-hitter Mike Bell strikes out in his major league debut, making history by becoming part of the first third-generation family to play for the same major league team. His grandfather Gus Bell and father Buddy Bell also played for the Reds.


August





  • August 21 - Potomac's Esix Snead breaks Lenny Dykstra's Carolina League record of 105 stolen bases by swiping his 106th. Snead has a batting average of .242 and a .338 on base percentage. It's the 10th time in the last 20 years that a minor-leaguer has stolen 100 or more bases in a season. According to Howe Sports data, the eight players who stole 100 or more bases in the minors were:
    • Vince Coleman (Macon, South Atlantic, 1983—145)
    • Donell Nixon (Bakersfield, California, 1983—144)
    • Jeff Stone (Spartanburg, South Atlantic, 1983—123)
    • Alan Wiggins (Lodi, California, 1980—120)
    • Marcus Lawton (Columbia, South Atlantic, 1985—111)
    • Esix Snead (Potomac, Carolina, 2000—106)
    • Lenny Dykstra (Lynchburg, Carolina, 1983—105)
    • Donell Nixon (Chattanooga, Southern, 1984—102)
    • Vince Coleman (Louisville, American Association, 1983— 101)
    • Albert Hall (Durham, Carolina, 1980—100)


  • August 22 - The Dodgers defeat the Expos 14-6, as Eric Karros becomes the first Dodger player to hit two home runs in a single inning (6th).




September









  • September 6 - After reaching an agreement with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Major League Baseball can now use the URL http://www.mlb.com. The law firm registered the domain name in 1994 and refused to release it, making it necessary for the sport to use http://www.majorleaguebaseball.com.


  • September 10 - Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks becomes the 12th pitcher to reach the 3,000-strikeout plateau, fanning a season-high 14 in seven innings as the Diamondbacks lose to the Florida Marlins 4–3 in 12 innings. Johnson's 3,000 strikeout victim is Mike Lowell, who fans to end the 4th inning. In the first inning, Johnson also records his 300th strikeout for the third consecutive season and the fourth time overall. Nolan Ryan is the only other pitcher to accomplish the feat, and is the only pitcher who has reached 300 strikeouts more times with six (1972-74, 1976-77 and 1989).














  • September 26 - Longtime broadcast partner NBC declines to renew its rights. NBC had televised baseball since 1947, with the exception of 1990-93, and had been the exclusive home of the World Series for 27 years.


  • September 27 - In an Oakland 9-7 victory over the Angels, Anaheim's Darin Erstad hits a home run in the 2nd inning for his 99th RBI of the year from the leadoff spot to set a new record. Nomar Garciaparra drove home 98 in 1997 for the previous mark.


  • September 28 at Camden Yardsmarker, the Orioles bat around in back-to-back innings and set a single-game franchise scoring record in a 23-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.




October-December



  • October 2- Shane Halter of the Detroit Tigers becomes the fourth player to play all nine positions in a single game as the Tigers won the game 12-11 on the final day of the regular season.












  • December 1 - Relief pitcher Turk Wendell, who wears uniform number 99, agrees to a three-year deal worth $9,999,999.99 with the New York Mets. Wendell had asked that his pact include an option year in which he would play for free, but that plan was unworkable because MLB collective bargaining agreement sets a $200,000 minimum salary.


  • December 11 - The Texas Rangers sign free agent shortstop Alex Rodriguez to a record $252 million, 10-year contract. It was, at the time, the richest contract in the history of professional sports.


Movies



Deaths

January-March

  • January 1 - Larry Bearnarth, 58, relief pitcher for the Mets from 1963-66; later the Expos' pitching coach
  • January 4 - John Milner, 50, first baseman and left fielder for the Mets and Pirates who hit 20 home runs twice, had 10 career grand slams
  • January 11 - Bob Lemon, 79, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 207 games including a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians, posting seven 20-win seasons; won final game of 1948 World Series, and managed Yankees to 1978 championship
  • January 16 - By Saam, 85, broadcaster for the Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies from 1938 to 1975
  • January 19 - Lynn Myers, 85, shortstop who played from 1938 to 1939 for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • March 2 - Jack Robinson, 79, relief pitcher for the 1949 Boston Red Sox
  • March 7 - Jack Sanford, 70, All-Star pitcher who was the 1957 NL Rookie of the Year; was 24-7 for 1962 Giants


April-June

  • April 6 - Don Johnson, 88, twice All-Star second baseman who in 1945 hit .302 with 94 runs and 58 RBI as leadoff hitter for the last Cubs team to win a pennant.
  • April 14 - Bob Barthelson, 73, pitcher for the 1944 New York Giants, and one of several players who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II
  • April 28 - Jack Merson, 78, infielder who played from 1951 to 1953 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox
  • May 18 - Doyle Lade, 79, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1946 to 1950
  • June 2 - Ellis Clary, 83, infielder for the Senators and Browns; later a scout for 32 years
  • June 5 - Don Liddle, 75, pitcher for the New York Giants during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series when teammate Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch
  • June 21 - Bud Stewart, 84, outfielder who was the AL runnerup in triples with the 1948 Senators
  • June 23 - Bob Tillman, 63, catcher for the Red Sox and Braves who caught two no-hitters and had three home runs in a 1969 game


July-September



October-December

  • October 22 - Hank Wyse. 82, All-Star pitcher who helped the Cubs to clinch the 1945 National League title after going 22-10 with a 2.68 ERA and the last Cubs pitcher to appear in a Series game
  • October 28 - Andújar Cedeño, 31, shortstop for the Astros and Padres who hit for the cycle in a 1992 game
  • November 5 - Willard Marshall, 79, outfielder for the New York Giants, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox 1942-55, who in 1947 tied a NL record by hitting a three-home run game, and in 1951 became the second OF in major league history to play an error-less season
  • November 25 - Hugh Alexander, 83, outfielder who played seven games for 1937 Indians; became a scout for 61 years after losing his left hand in an accident
  • December 3 - Red Nonnenkamp, 80, utility outfielder/first baseman from 1933-1940 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox
  • December 10 - Willard Nixon, 72, Boston Red Sox pitcher, best remembered for his mastery of the New York Yankees in the 1950s
  • December 13 - Jake Jones, 80, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox in the 1940s, who won several medals for his notable contributions as an aviator during World War II
  • December 19 - Lou Polli, 99, Italian relief pitcher for the 1932 Browns and 1944 Giants
  • December 27 - Roy Partee, 83, backup catcher for the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns in the mid-1940s


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