2001 Baltimore Orioles season

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2001 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 63–98 (.391)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Peter Angelos
Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
Local television WJZ-TV
WNUV
Comcast SportsNet
(Jim Palmer, Michael Reghi, Mike Flanagan)
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter, Chuck Thompson)
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The 2001 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 63 wins and 98 losses.

Offseason[edit]

  • October 5, 2000: Trenidad Hubbard was released by the Baltimore Orioles.[1]
  • December 20, 2000: Mike Bordick was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

Regular season[edit]

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Cal
Ripken, Jr.

SS, 3B
Retired 2001

In June 2001, Cal Ripken, Jr. announced that he would retire at the end of the season. He was voted the starting third baseman in the All-Star game at Safeco Field on July 10, 2001 in Seattle. In a tribute to Ripken's achievements and stature in the game, shortstop Alex Rodriguez (unknowingly foreshadowing his own future) insisted on exchanging positions with third baseman Ripken for the first inning, so that Ripken could play shortstop as he had for most of his career. In the third inning, Ripken made his first plate appearance and was greeted with a standing ovation. Ripken then homered off the first pitch from Chan Ho Park. Ripken ended up with All-Star MVP honors. He is the only AL player in MLB history with multiple All Star Game MVP Awards (1991 and 2001).

Ripken's #8 was retired by the Baltimore Orioles in a ceremony before the final home game of the 2001 season. Ripken's final game was originally set to be played at Yankee Stadium; however, all Major League Baseball games from September 11 to 17 were postponed due to the 'terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. The Orioles were at home during the attacks, so the games missed were added on to the end of the season's schedule, which changed the location of Ripken's final game to Oriole Park, much to the delight of Orioles fans. Cal Ripken ended his career in the on deck circle in the bottom of the ninth inning. Longtime teammate Brady Anderson, also playing in his last game for the Orioles, swung and missed a fastball high and tight on a 3–2 count to end the game. In his final season, Ripken had the lowest zone rating of all major league third basemen (.734).[1]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 95 65 .594 --
Boston Red Sox 82 79 .509 13.5
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 .494 16.0
Baltimore Orioles 63 98 .391 32.5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 62 100 .383 34.0

Transactions[edit]

  • June 25, 2001: Tony Batista was selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Toronto Blue Jays.[4]

Roster[edit]

2001 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Andy Etchebarren
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Dave Machemer
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Dave Cash
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Joe Ferguson
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Joe Almaraz
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Jesus Alfaro

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bluefield[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hubbatr01.shtml
  2. ^ Mike Bordick Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ 2001 Baltimore Orioles Roster by Baseball Almanac
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/batisto01.shtml
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  6. ^ Baseball America 2002 Directory. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2002