2000 American League Division Series
|Dates:||October 3 – 6|
|TV announcers:||Chris Berman, Rick Sutcliffe|
|Dates:||October 3 – 8|
|Television:||NBC (Games 1, 3–4)/Pax (Game 1)
Fox (Games 2, 5)
|TV announcers:||Skip Caray, Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3–4)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman, Bob Brenly (Game 5)
|Umpires:||Charlie Reliford, Kerwin Danley, Mike Reilly, Mike Winters, Rick Reed, Doug Eddings (Mariners–White Sox, Games 1–2; Yankees–Athletics, Games 3–5)
Tim Welke, Chuck Meriwether, Tim McClelland, Paul Schrieber, Al Clark, Jeff Nelson (Yankees–Athletics, Games 1–2; Mariners–White Sox, Game 3)
The 2000 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2000 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:
- (1) Chicago White Sox (Central Division champion, 95–67) vs. (4) Seattle Mariners (Wild Card, 91–71): Mariners win series, 3–0.
- (2) Oakland Athletics (Western Division champion, 91–70) vs. (3) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 87–74): Yankees win series, 3–2.
The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage (Games 1, 2 and 5 at home), which was determined by playing record. The team with the best record was assigned to play the wild card team, unless they were in the same division. The Athletics were not required to make up their one remaining game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in order to win the Western Division title over Seattle; as both teams had qualified for the postseason, Oakland was awarded the division title in the event of a tie on the basis of a 9–4 advantage in head-to-head play.
The Mariners and the defending World Series champion Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series for the right to advance to the 2000 World Series against the National League champion New York Mets.
- 1 Matchups
- 2 Chicago vs. Seattle
- 3 Oakland vs. New York
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners
Seattle won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 3||Seattle Mariners – 7, Chicago White Sox – 4 (10 innings)||Comiskey Park (II)||4:12||45,290|
|2||October 4||Seattle Mariners – 5, Chicago White Sox – 2||Comiskey Park (II)||3:16||45,383|
|3||October 6||Chicago White Sox – 1, Seattle Mariners – 2||Safeco Field||2:40||48,010|
Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees
New York won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 3||New York Yankees – 3, Oakland Athletics – 5||Network Associates Coliseum||3:04||47,360|
|2||October 4||New York Yankees – 4, Oakland Athletics – 0||Network Associates Coliseum||3:15||47,860|
|3||October 6||Oakland Athletics – 2, New York Yankees – 4||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:12||56,606|
|4||October 7||Oakland Athletics – 11, New York Yankees – 1||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:42||56,915|
|5||October 8||New York Yankees – 7, Oakland Athletics – 5||Network Associates Coliseum||3:50||41,170|
Chicago vs. Seattle
The Seattle Mariners returned to the postseason to avenge two postseason failures in the 1990s. The Chicago White Sox returned to the postseason for the first time since 1993. This series ended with a game-winning bunt by Carlos Guillén in Game 3.
Game 1, October 3
|WP: José Mesa (1–0) LP: Keith Foulke (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)
SEA: Joe Oliver (1), Edgar Martínez (1), John Olerud (1)
CWS: Ray Durham (1)
In Game 1, Freddy García faced Jim Parque. Parque struggled early and often, allowing three straight to reach against him to open the game. An RBI single by Alex Rodriguez and a forceout by John Olerud allowed the Mariners to jump out to a 2–0 first inning lead. Then Joe Oliver's leadoff homer made it 3–0 in the second. But in the bottom half, Chris Singleton's RBI triple and a wild pitch by Garcia made it a one-run game. In the bottom of the third, the Mariners' lead evaporated when Ray Durham homered to tie it and Magglio Ordóñez tripled in the go-ahead run. The game remained 4–3 until the seventh when Mike Cameron hit the game-tying single. That hit almost gave the Mariners the lead but David Bell was out at home trying to score the go-ahead run. The game moved to extra innings tied at four. In the top of the tenth, back-to-back homers by Edgar Martínez and John Olerud gave the Mariners a 7–4 lead. That lead would stand as Kazuhiro Sasaki got the save.
Game 2, October 4
|WP: Paul Abbott (1–0) LP: Mike Sirotka (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (2)
SEA: Jay Buhner (1)
Game 3, October 6
|WP: Jose Paniagua (1–0) LP: Kelly Wunsch (0–1)|
In Game 3, James Baldwin faced Aaron Sele in the clincher. The White Sox took an early 1–0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Herbert Perry. In the bottom of the fourth, the Mariners tied the game on an RBI hit by Stan Javier. A pitcher's duel took place and both teams struggled to score. The game moved to the bottom of the ninth tied at one. John Olerud singled to the pitcher, but it hit the pitcher in the stomach, allowing Olerud to move to second. Rickey Henderson pinch ran for Olerud. Then Javier's sacrifice bunt moved Henderson onto third. The White Sox walked David Bell and then pinch hitter Carlos Guillén drove in the series-winning run with a bunt past a diving Frank Thomas.
|Chicago White Sox||1||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||17||2|
|Total attendance: 138,683 Average attendance: 46,228|
Oakland vs. New York
Game 1, October 3
|WP: Gil Heredia (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)|
Game 2, October 4
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0) LP: Kevin Appier (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
Game 3, October 6
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Tim Hudson (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
OAK: Terrence Long (1)
Game 4, October 7
|WP: Barry Zito (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–2)
OAK: Olmedo Saenz (1)
Game 5, October 8
|WP: Mike Stanton (1–0) LP: Gil Heredia (1–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)
NYY: David Justice (1)
|New York Yankees||6||4||0||2||0||5||0||1||1||19||41||2|
|Total attendance: 249,911 Average attendance: 49,982|
- "2000 ALDS - Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "2000 ALDS - Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "2000 ALDS - Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "2000 ALDS - New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "2000 ALDS - New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "2000 ALDS - Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "2000 ALDS - Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees - Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "2000 ALDS - New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics - Game 5". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.