2001 Major League Baseball season

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2001 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 1, 2001 – November 4, 2001
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SFG)
League Postseason
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Seattle Mariners
NL champions Arizona Diamondbacks
  NL runners-up Atlanta Braves
World Series
Champions Arizona Diamondbacks
  Runners-up New York Yankees
World Series MVP Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling (ARZ)
MLB seasons

The 2001 Major League Baseball season, the first of the 21st Century, finished with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees in a Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. The attacks of September 11 pushed the end of the regular-season from September 30 to October 7. Because of that, the World Series was not completed until November 4, therefore it was called The November Series[citation needed]. The 2001 World Series was the only World Series to end in November until the 2009 World Series, and 2010 World Series which was scheduled to end on November 1 at the earliest and ended on November 4.

This season was memorable for the Seattle Mariners tying the MLB regular season record of 116 games won, Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire's single-season home-run record, and baseball's patriotic return after a week's worth of games being postponed due to 9/11.

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 95 65 .594
2nd Boston Red Sox 82 79 .509 13.5
3rd Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 .494 16.0
4th Baltimore Orioles 63 98 .391 32.5
5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays 62 100 .383 34.0
Central Division
1st Cleveland Indians 91 71 .562
2nd Minnesota Twins 85 77 .525 6.0
3rd Chicago White Sox 83 79 .512 8.0
4th Detroit Tigers 66 96 .407 25.0
5th Kansas City Royals 65 97 .401 26.0
West Division
1st Seattle Mariners 116 46 .716
2nd Oakland Athletics 102 60 .630 14.0
3rd Anaheim Angels 75 87 .463 41.0
4th Texas Rangers 73 89 .451 43.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves 88 74 .543
2nd Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 .531 2.0
3rd New York Mets 82 80 .506 6.0
4th Florida Marlins 76 86 .469 12.0
5th Montreal Expos 68 94 .420 20.0
Central Division
1st Houston Astros 93 69 .574
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 .574
3rd Chicago Cubs 88 74 .543 5.0
4th Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 .420 25.0
5th Cincinnati Reds 66 96 .407 27.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates 62 100 .383 31.0
West Division
1st Arizona Diamondbacks 92 70 .568
2nd San Francisco Giants 90 72 .556 2.0
3rd Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 .531 6.0
4th San Diego Padres 79 83 .488 13.0
5th Colorado Rockies 73 89 .451 19.0

Postseason[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Division Series
TV: ESPN/ABC Family/FOX
League Championship Series
TV: FOX
World Series
TV: FOX
                           
  1  Seattle Mariners 3  
3  Cleveland Indians 2  
  1  Seattle Mariners 1  
American League
  2  New York Yankees 4  
2  New York Yankees 3
  4  Oakland Athletics 2  
    AL  New York Yankees 3
  NL  Arizona Diamondbacks 4
  1  Houston Astros 0  
3  Atlanta Braves 3  
  3  Atlanta Braves 1
National League
  2  Arizona Diamondbacks 4  
2  Arizona Diamondbacks 3
  4  St. Louis Cardinals 2  

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 National League Champion has home field advantage during the World Series. (Rotated between NL and AL each year until 2003)
American League is seeded 1-3/2-4 as a result of the AL regular season champion (Seattle Mariners) and the AL wild card (Oakland Athletics) coming from the same division.
National League is seeded 1-3/2-4 as a result of the NL regular season champion (Houston Astros) and the NL wild card (St. Louis Cardinals) coming from the same division.

League Division Series[edit]

American League[edit]

Seattle Mariners over Cleveland Indians, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(SEA-CLE)
Location
1 October 9 Indians 5, Mariners 0 0–1 Safeco Field
2 October 11 Mariners 5, Indians 1 1–1 Safeco Field
3 October 13 Indians 17, Mariners 2 1–2 Jacobs Field
4 October 14 Mariners 6, Indians 2 2–2 Jacobs Field
5 October 15 Mariners 3, Indians 1 3–2 Safeco Field
New York Yankees over Oakland Athletics, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-OAK)
Location
1 October 10 Athletics 5, Yankees 3 0–1 Yankee Stadium
2 October 11 Athletics 2, Yankees 0 0–2 Yankee Stadium
3 October 13 Yankees 1, Athletics 0 1–2 Network Associates Coliseum
4 October 14 Yankees 9, Athletics 2 2–2 Network Associates Coliseum
5 October 15 Yankees 5, Athletics 3 3–2 Yankee Stadium

National League[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks over St. Louis Cardinals, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(ARI-STL)
Location
1 October 9 Diamondbacks 1, Cardinals 0 1-0 Bank One Ballpark
2 October 10 Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 1 1–1 Bank One Ballpark
3 October 12 Diamondbacks 5, Cardinals 3 2–1 Busch Stadium
4 October 13 Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 1 2–2 Busch Stadium
5 October 14 Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 1 3–2 Bank One Ballpark
Atlanta Braves over Houston Astros, 3–0
Game Date Score Series
(HOU-ATL)
Location
1 October 9 Braves 7, Astros 4 0–1 Enron Field
2 October 10 Braves 1, Astros 0 0–2 Enron Field
3 October 12 Braves 6, Astros 2 0-3 Turner Field

League Championship Series[edit]

American League[edit]

2001 American League Championship Series
New York Yankees over Seattle Mariners, 4–1
ALCS MVP: Andy Pettitte, P, NYY
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-SEA)
Location
1 October 17 Yankees 4, Mariners 2 1–0 Safeco Field
2 October 18 Yankees 3, Mariners 2 2–0 Safeco Field
3 October 20 Mariners 14, Yankees 3 2–1 Yankee Stadium
4 October 21 Yankees 3, Mariners 1 3–1 Yankee Stadium
5 October 22 Yankees 12, Mariners 3 4–1 Yankee Stadium

National League[edit]

2001 National League Championship Series
Arizona Diamondbacks over Atlanta Braves, 4–1
NLCS MVP: Craig Counsell, SS, ARI
Game Date Score Series
(ARI-ATL)
Location
1 October 16 Diamondbacks 2, Braves 0 1–0 Bank One Ballpark
2 October 17 Braves 8, Diamondbacks 1 1–1 Bank One Ballpark
3 October 19 Diamondbacks 5, Braves 1 2–1 Turner Field
4 October 20 Diamondbacks 11, Braves 4 3–1 Turner Field
5 October 21 Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 4–1 Turner Field

World Series[edit]

Main article: 2001 World Series
2001 World Series
Arizona Diamondbacks over New York Yankees, 4–3
World Series Co-MVPs: Randy Johnson/Curt Schilling, P, Arizona
Game Date Score Series
(ARI-NYY)
Location Attendance Time
1 October 27 Diamondbacks 9, Yankees 1 1–0 Bank One Ballpark 49,646 2:44
2 October 28 Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0 2–0 Bank One Ballpark 49,646 2:35
3 October 30 Yankees 2, Diamondbacks 1 2–1 Yankee Stadium 55,820 3:26
4 October 31 Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3
(10 innings)
2–2 Yankee Stadium 55,863 3:31
5 November 1 Yankees 3, Diamondbacks 2
(12 innings)
2–3 Yankee Stadium 56,018 4:15
6 November 3 Diamondbacks 15, Yankees 2 3–3 Bank One Ballpark 49,707 3:33
7 November 4 Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2 4–3 Bank One Ballpark 49,589 3:20

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

The Anaheim Angels hosting the season's eventual American League Champions New York Yankees in August 2001 at Edison Field.
  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ichiro Suzuki SEA .350 Larry Walker COL .350
HR Alex Rodriguez TEX 52 Barry Bonds SFG 73
RBI Bret Boone SEA 141 Sammy Sosa CHC 160
Wins Mark Mulder OAK 21 Matt Morris STL
Curt Schilling ARI
22
ERA Freddy García SEA 3.05 Randy Johnson ARI 2.49
SO Hideo Nomo BOS 220 Randy Johnson ARI 372
SV Mariano Rivera NYY 50 Robb Nen SFG 45
SB Ichiro Suzuki SEA 56 Juan Pierre COL
Jimmy Rollins PHI
46

Managers[edit]

American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Mike Hargrove
Boston Red Sox Jimy Williams Replaced during the season by Joe Kerrigan
Chicago White Sox Jerry Manuel
Cleveland Indians Charlie Manuel
Detroit Tigers Phil Garner
Kansas City Royals Tony Muser
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Joe Torre Won the American League pennant
Oakland Athletics Art Howe
Seattle Mariners± Lou Piniella
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Larry Rothschild Replaced during the season by Hal McRae
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates Replaced during the season by Jerry Narron
Toronto Blue Jays Buck Martinez

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly Won the World Series
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Don Baylor
Cincinnati Reds Bob Boone
Colorado Rockies Buddy Bell
Florida Marlins John Boles Jr. Replaced during the season by Tony Pérez
Houston Astros Larry Dierker
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Davey Lopes
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou Replaced during the season by Jeff Torborg
New York Mets Bobby Valentine
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

±hosted the MLB All Star Game

All-Star game[edit]

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