2001 Arizona Diamondbacks season

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2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
World Series Champions
National League Champions
National League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Manager(s) Bob Brenly
Local television FSN Arizona
KTVK (3TV)
(Thom Brennaman, Rod Allen, Greg Schulte, Jim Traber, Joe Garagiola, Sr.)
Local radio KTAR (620 AM)
(Thom Brennaman, Rod Allen, Greg Schulte, Jim Traber, Jeff Munn)
KSUN (Spanish)
(Richard Saenz, Oscar Soria, Miguel Quintana)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, in their fourth year of existence, looked to improve on their 2000 season. They had to contend in what was a strong National League West Division.

Arizona had the best one-two pitching combination in the majors: Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, who combined for 43 victories. Outfielder Luis Gonzalez slugged 57 home runs. They finished the regular season with a record of 92-70, which was good enough for the division title.

In the playoffs, they won their NLDS matchup vs. St. Louis on a walk-off hit by Tony Womack. They defeated the Braves in five games in the NLCS. In the World Series, they won a dramatic seven-game series against the New York Yankees on a walk-off hit by Gonzalez, against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The Arizona Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion franchise in Major League Baseball history to win a World Series title in just their fourth season.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 2, 2000: Ken Huckaby was signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1]
  • December 8, 2000: Mark Grace signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[2]
  • December 15, 2000: Midre Cummings was signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[3]
  • March 8, 2001: Mike Mohler was signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[4]

Regular season[edit]

  • Randy Johnson recorded 20 strikeouts in nine innings against the Cincinnati Reds on May 8, 2001.[5] Johnson shares the record with Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood.
  • On July 19, 2001, Johnson set another record when the previous night's game against the San Diego Padres was delayed by two electrical explosions that knocked out a light tower in Qualcomm Stadium. When the game resumed the following day, Johnson replaced original starter Curt Schilling in the top of the third inning. He pitched the next seven innings, and struck out 16 Padres.[5] Johnson set a new record for strikeouts in a relief appearance, a record that was set 88 years previously by Walter Johnson, who struck out 15 batters in 1113 innings on July 25, 1913.[5]
  • Johnson went on to win 20 games for the second time in his career while striking out over 300 hitters for the fourth consecutive year. On October 2, 2001, Randy Johnson earned his 200th career win.[5]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Arizona Diamondbacks 92 70 -- .568
San Francisco Giants 90 72 2 .556
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 6 .531
San Diego Padres 79 83 13 .488
Colorado Rockies 73 89 19 .451

Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 5, 2001: Dan Uggla was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 11th round of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 2001.[7]
  • June 5, 2001: Ian Kinsler was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 26th round of the 2001 amateur draft, but did not sign.[8]

Roster[edit]

2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos. Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
C Damian Miller 123 380 103 13 47 .271
1B Mark Grace 145 476 142 15 78 .298
2B Jay Bell 129 428 106 13 46 .248
3B Matt Williams 106 408 112 16 65 .275
SS Tony Womack 125 481 128 3 30 .266
LF Luis Gonzalez 162 609 198 57 142 .325
CF Steve Finley 140 495 136 14 73 .275
RF Reggie Sanders 126 441 116 33 90 .263

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Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
Craig Counsell 141 458 126 4 38 .275
Danny Bautista 100 222 67 5 26 .302
David Dellucci 115 217 60 10 40 .276
Erubiel Durazo 92 175 47 12 38 .269

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Curt Schilling 35 256.7 22 6 2.98 293
Randy Johnson 35 249.7 21 6 2.49 372
Brian Anderson 29 133.3 4 9 5.20 55
Robert Ellis 19 92.0 6 5 5.77 41
Albie Lopez 13 81.0 4 7 4.00 69

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Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bobby Witt 14 43.3 4 1 4.78 31
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Byung-Hyun Kim 78 98.0 5 6 19 2.94 113
Greg Swindell 64 53.7 2 6 2 4.53 42

NLDS[edit]

Arizona wins the series, 3-2

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Arizona 1 St. Louis 0 October 1-0 (AZ)
2 Arizona 1 St. Louis 4 October 10 1-1
3 St. Louis 3 Arizona 5 October 12 2-1 (AZ)
4 St. Louis 4 Arizona 1 October 13 2-2
5 Arizona 2 St. Louis 1 October 14 3-2 (AZ)

NLCS[edit]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(ATL-ARI)

Attendance
1 October 16 Atlanta 0 Arizona 2 0-1 37,729
2 October 17 Atlanta 8 Arizona 1 1-1 49,334
3 October 19 Arizona 5 Atlanta 1 1-2 41,624
4 October 20 Arizona 11 Atlanta 4 1-3 42,291
5 October 21 Arizona 3 Atlanta 2 1-4 35,652
Arizona wins series 4–1 and advances to the World Series

World series[edit]

Main article: 2001 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 27, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Arizona 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 x 9 10 0
WP: Curt Schilling (1-0)   LP: Mike Mussina (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
ARI: Craig Counsell (1), Luis Gonzalez (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 28, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Arizona 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 4 5 0
WP: Randy Johnson (1-0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
ARI: Matt Williams (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 30, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
New York 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 2 7 1
WP: Roger Clemens (1-0)   LP: Brian Anderson (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
ARI: None
NYY: Jorge Posada (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 31, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 7 0
WP: Mariano Rivera (1-0)   LP: Byung-Hyun Kim (0-1)
Home runs:
ARI: Mark Grace (1)
NYY: Shane Spencer (1), Tino Martinez (1), Derek Jeter (1)

Game 5[edit]

November 1, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 9 1
WP: Sterling Hitchcock (1-0)   LP: Albie Lopez (0-1)
Home runs:
ARI: Steve Finley (1), Rod Barajas (1)
NYY: Scott Brosius (1)

Game 6[edit]

November 3, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 1
Arizona 1 3 8 3 0 0 0 0 x 15 22 0
WP: Randy Johnson (2-0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0-2)

Game 7[edit]

November 4, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 3
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 11 0
WP: Randy Johnson (3-0)   LP: Mariano Rivera (1-1)
Home runs:
NYY: Alfonso Soriano (1)
ARI: None

Awards and honors[edit]

2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

League leaders[edit]

Luis Gonzalez

  • #3 in NL in home runs (57)
  • #3 in NL in RBI (142)
  • #3 in NL in slugging percentage (.688)
  • #4 in NL in runs scored (128)

Randy Johnson

  • Led MLB in ERA (2.49)
  • Led MLB in strikeouts (372)
  • #3 in NL in wins (21)

Curt Schilling

  • Led MLB in wins (22)
  • Led NL in complete games (6)
  • #2 in NL in ERA (2.98)
  • #2 in NL in strikeouts (293)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Sidewinders Pacific Coast League Tom Spencer
AA El Paso Diablos Texas League Al Pedrique
A Lancaster JetHawks California League Scott Coolbaugh
A South Bend Silver Hawks Midwest League Steve Scarsone
Short-Season A Yakima Bears Northwest League Greg Lonigro
Rookie Missoula Osprey Pioneer League Chip Hale

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ken Huckaby Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Mark Grace Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cummimi01.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mohlemi01.shtml
  5. ^ a b c d The Ballplayers - Randy Johnson | BaseballLibrary.com
  6. ^ 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks Roster by Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ Dan Uggla Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kinslia01.shtml
  9. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/ARI/2001.shtml
  10. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml
  11. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
San Francisco Giants
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2001
Succeeded by
Arizona Diamondbacks
2002
Preceded by
New York Mets
2000
National League Championship Season
2001
Succeeded by
San Francisco Giants
2002