2000 Oakland Athletics season
|2000 Oakland Athletics|
|2000 AL West Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Stephen Schott & Kenneth Hofmann|
|General manager(s)||Billy Beane|
FSN Bay Area
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
(Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)
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The Oakland Athletics' 2000 season was the team's 33rd in Oakland, California. It was also the 100th season in franchise history. The team finished first in the American League West with a record of 91-70.
The A's, in winning the division, snapped an eight-year postseason drought. The division championship was also the first of the so-called "Moneyball" era. Over the next six seasons, the Athletics would reach the postseason a total of four additional times.
The season saw the debuts of eventual ace starters Barry Zito and Mark Mulder. These two pitchers, along with Tim Hudson (who had debuted one year prior), would comprise the top of Oakland's rotation (known popularly as the "Big Three") until the end of the 2004 season. Of the three, Hudson fared the best in 2000; he won twenty games (the most in the American League) and reached the All-Star Game in his first full season as a starter. For his efforts, Hudson finished second in that year's American League Cy Young Award voting.
The Athletics also boasted a strong offense. The team scored 947 runs (an Oakland record) over the course of the season; this figure was the third-highest in the American League. The offense was led by Jason Giambi, who won the American League MVP Award at the end of the season. The team collectively hit 239 home runs in 2000 (also an Oakland record); in total, nine different Athletics hit at least ten home runs.
The Athletics fought the Seattle Mariners in the standings for most of the season. In the end, the Athletics narrowly prevailed; they finished only half a game ahead of the 91-71 Mariners (who won the AL Wild Card). The Athletics then played the New York Yankees in the ALDS. They would lose the best-of-five series three games to two.
- 1 Attire Change
- 2 Offseason
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Postseason
- 6 Awards and records
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
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- December 30, 1999: Scott Service was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- December 30, 1999: Rich Becker was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- May 29, 2000: Randy Velarde of the Athletics had an unassisted triple play. He caught a liner, tagged the runner coming from first base and touched second base.
- May 5, 2000: Rich Becker was released by the Athletics.
- June 5, 2000: Rich Harden was drafted by the Athletics in the 17th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft. Player signed May 18, 2001.
- July 6, 2000: Mike Mohler was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- August 30, 2000: Jorge Velandia was traded by the Athletics to the New York Mets for Nelson Cruz.
|2000 Oakland Athletics|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
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)
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|Total attendance: 249,911 Average attendance: 49,982|
Awards and records
- Jason Giambi, AL MVP award
- Jason Giambi, Hutch Award
- Jason Giambi, American League First Baseman, Starter
- Tim Hudson, Pitcher, Reserve
- Jason Isringhausen, Pitcher, Reserve
- Scott Service page at Baseball Reference
- Rich Becker page at Baseball Reference
- Rich Harden page at Baseball Reference
- Mike Mohler page at Baseball Reference
- Jorge Velandia page at Baseball Reference
- 2000 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
- 2000 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.
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