2000 Major League Baseball season

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2000 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 29, 2000 – October 26, 2000
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Jason Giambi (OAK)
NL: Jeff Kent (SFG)
League Postseason
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Seattle Mariners
NL champions New York Mets
  NL runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series
Champions New York Yankees
  Runners-up New York Mets
World Series MVP Derek Jeter (NYY)
MLB seasons

The 2000 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees defeating the New York Mets in Game 5 of the World Series,[1] known as the Subway Series because both fans and the two teams could take the Subway to and from every game of the Series.[2] An all-time record 5,693 home runs were hit during the regular season in 2000.[1] Ten teams hit at least 200 home runs each.[3]

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

The season's eventual National League Central Division champions St. Louis Cardinals playing host to the Chicago Cubs during a September 2000 game at Busch Memorial Stadium.
American League[4]
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[4]
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.
  • † Oakland won the American League West Division by a half game over Seattle, playing one less game than the Mariners. The Athletics were not required to play their 162nd game. Even if Oakland had lost this game, their win against Seattle in the season series would have given them the division title.[5]

Playoffs[edit]

  League Division Series League Championship Series World Series
                           
  1  Chicago White Sox 0  
4  Seattle Mariners 3  
  4  Seattle Mariners 2  
American League
  3  New York Yankees 4  
2  Oakland Athletics 2
  3  New York Yankees 3  
    AL  New York Yankees 4
  NL  New York Mets 1
  1  San Francisco Giants 1  
4  New York Mets 3  
  4  New York Mets 4
National League
  2  St. Louis Cardinals 1  
2  St. Louis Cardinals 3
  3  Atlanta Braves 0  

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.

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG[4] Nomar Garciaparra BOS .372 Todd Helton COL .372
HR[4] Troy Glaus ANA 47 Sammy Sosa CHC 50
RBI[4] Edgar Martínez SEA 145 Todd Helton COL 147
Wins[4] Tim Hudson OAK
David Wells TOR
20 Tom Glavine ATL 21
ERA[4] Pedro Martínez BOS 1.74 Kevin Brown LAD 2.58
SO[4] Pedro Martínez BOS 284 Randy Johnson ARI 347
SV[12][13][14] Todd Jones DET
Derek Lowe BOS
42 Antonio Alfonseca FLA 45
SB[15][16] Johnny Damon KCR 46 Luis Castillo FLA 62

Managers[edit]

American League[edit]

Team Manager Tenure
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia[17] 1st season
Baltimore Orioles Mike Hargrove[18] 1st season
Boston Red Sox Jimy Williams[19] 4th season
Chicago White Sox Jerry Manuel[20] 3rd season
Cleveland Indians Charlie Manuel[21] 1st season
Detroit Tigers Phil Garner[22] 1st season
Kansas City Royals Tony Muser[23] 4th season
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly[24] 15th season
New York Yankees Joe Torre[25] 5th season
Oakland Athletics Art Howe[26] 5th season
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella[27] 8th season
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Larry Rothschild[28] 3rd season
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates[29] 6th season
Toronto Blue Jays Jim Fregosi[30] 2nd season

National League[edit]

Team Manager Tenure
Arizona Diamondbacks Buck Showalter[31] 3rd season
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox[32] 11th season
Chicago Cubs Don Baylor[33] 1st season
Cincinnati Reds Jack McKeon[34] 4th season
Colorado Rockies Buddy Bell[35] 1st season
Florida Marlins John Boles Jr.[36] 2nd season
Houston Astros Larry Dierker[37] 4th season
Los Angeles Dodgers Davey Johnson[38] 2nd season
Milwaukee Brewers Davey Lopes[39] 1st season
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou[40] 9th season
New York Mets Bobby Valentine[41] 5th season
Philadelphia Phillies Terry Francona[42] 4th season
Pittsburgh Pirates Gene Lamont[43] 4th season
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa[44] 5th season
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy[45] 6th season
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker[46] 8th season

Awards and honors[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • 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.[49] 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.[50]
  • January 11 – The baseball writers elect catcher Carlton Fisk and first baseman Tony Pérez to the Hall of Fame. Fisk is chosen in his 2nd year on the ballot, while Pérez is picked on his 9th try.[51]
  • 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 $20,000 and ordered to undergo sensitivity training.[52]
  • 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.[56]

April–May[edit]

  • 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.[61]
  • 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, eclipsing the previous mark for a single league.[62]
  • 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.[67]
  • April 15 – The Baltimore Orioles defeat the Twins 6–4, as Cal Ripken, Jr. gets the 3,000th hit of his 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.[70]
  • 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 do so again in the ninth. Troy Glaus also homers in both the fourth and the ninth. This the first time in major league history that three players homer in the same inning on two occasions in the same game. The Angels' three players with two home runs each in one game ties a major league record.[73]

June–July[edit]

  • June 2 – The Montréal 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.[100][101]
  • June 26 – The Diamondbacks defeat the Astros 6–1.[106] Arizona rookie first baseman Alex Cabrera hits a two-run pinch-hit home run in his first major league at bat.[107]
  • July 5 – Arizona outfielder Luis Gonzalez becomes the first Arizona Diamondback to hit for the cycle,[114] helping his team to defeat the Astros 12–9.[110] It is the first time the feat is accomplished in new Enron Field,[115] and Gonzalez is just the 9th player in baseball history to both hit for the cycle and have a 30+ game hitting streak in a career.[116]
  • 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.[117] Bob Nieman, in 1951, is the other.[118]
  • July 8 – In a New York matchup, the Yankees defeat the Mets by identical 4–2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the first game played at Shea Stadium and the nightcap at Yankee Stadium, 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.[121] During the second game, Clemens hit Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball, causing Piazza to suffer a concussion.[122]
  • July 20 – In Houston's 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.[130][131][132]

August[edit]

  • August 4 – The Blue Jays obtain outfielder Dave Martinez from the Rangers. Martinez becomes the 9th major leaguer to play for four teams in a season. He began the year with Tampa Bay and also played with the Cubs, in addition to Texas and Toronto. The last to do so was Dave Kingman (1977). Before him, according to historian Scott Flatow, the four-in-one players were Frank Huelsman (1904), Willis Hudlin (1940), Paul Lehner (1951), Ted Gray, (1955), Wes Covington (1961) and Mike Kilkenny (1972).
  • August 8 – Trailing 3–2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees hit back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches from Oakland closer Jason Isringhausen. Bernie Williams jumped on the first pitch and sent it over the right field fence to tie the game, then David Justice sent the very next offering from Isringhausen over the center field wall to give the Yankees the win.
  • August 19 – The Yankees beat the Angels 9–1, hitting a major league record-tying three sacrifice flies in the 3rd inning.
  • 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[edit]

  • 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 12 – The Diamondbacks edge the Dodgers 5–4, despite Dave Hansen's major league record-breaking seventh pinch-hit home run of the season. Hansen's blast, off Curt Schilling, breaks the mark set in 1932 by Brooklyn's Johnny Frederick.
  • 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 26 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.
  • Season Note – First time in MLB history that no team finished with a winning percentage below .400 and above .600

October–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • 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
  • March 7 – Jack Sanford, 70, All-Star pitcher who was the 1957 NL Rookie of the Year; was 24–7 for 1962 Giants
  • 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
  • September 3 – Clyde Sukeforth, 98, catcher for the Reds and Dodgers who later scouted Jackie Robinson, and also signed Don Newcombe and Roberto Clemente
  • September 17 – Chico Salmon, 59, infielder for the Indians and Orioles who had a crucial pinch hit in the 1970 World Series
  • September 23 – Aurelio Rodríguez, 52, third baseman, primarily for the Tigers, who won a Gold Glove and retired with the sixth most games at his position
  • 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 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 10 – Willard Nixon, 72, pitcher who won 69 games for the Red Sox
  • December 19- Lou Polli, 99, Italian relief pitcher for the 1932 Browns and 1944 Giants

Apparel[edit]

  • The Oakland Athletics changed to black cleats, ending a longtime tradition of being the only team in the majors with white cleats.

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