2001 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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2001 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Kevin McClatchy
General manager(s) Cam Bonifay
Roy Smith
Dave Littlefield
Manager(s) Lloyd McClendon
Local television WCWB-TV
Steve Blass
Lanny Frattare
Greg Brown
Bob Walk
Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh
Steve Blass
Lanny Frattare
Greg Brown
Bob Walk
Local radio KDKA
Steve Blass
Lanny Frattare
Greg Brown
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The 2001 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 120th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 115th in Major League Baseball (MLB). This was the franchise's first season at its new venue, PNC Park. The Pirates finished sixth and last in the National League Central with a record of 62–100. The year also saw longtime Pirate Bill Mazeroski inducted into the Hall of Fame.[1]

Offseason[edit]

  • February 1, 2001: Billy Taylor was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L GB Pct.
Houston Astros 93 69 -- .574
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 -- .574
Chicago Cubs 88 74 5 .543
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 25 .420
Cincinnati Reds 66 96 27 .407
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 100 31 .346

Roster[edit]

2001 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 2, 2001: Billy Taylor was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[2]
  • April 3, 2001: Billy Taylor was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[2]
  • April 11, 2001: Ramón Martínez was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[3]
  • June 5, 2001: Jeremy Guthrie was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round of the 2001 amateur draft, but did not sign.[4]
  • July 30, 2001: John Vander Wal was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Jason Schmidt to the San Francisco Giants for Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong.[5]
  • July 30, 2001: Jason Schmidt was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with John Vander Wal to the San Francisco Giants for Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong.[6]

PNC Park[edit]

Statue of Honus Wagner, outside the homeplate entrance

The Pirates opened the park with two pre-season games against the New York Mets, the first was played on March 31, 2001.[7] The first official baseball game played in PNC Park was between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, on April 9, 2001. The Reds won the game by the final score of 8–2. The first pitch was thrown by Todd Ritchie, a ball to Barry Larkin. In the top of the first inning, Sean Casey's two-run home run was the first hit in the park. The first Pirates' batter, Adrian Brown, struck out; however, later in the inning Jason Kendall singled, the first hit by a Pirate. Two days later, John Vander Wal became the first Pirate to hit a home run in the park.[8]

Upon opening in 2001, PNC Park was praised by fans and media alike. Jim Caple, of ESPN.com, ranked PNC Park as the best stadium in Major League Baseball, with a score of 95 out of 100.[9] He compared the park to Fallingwater, calling the stadium itself "perfect", and citing the high ticket prices as the only negative aspect of visiting the park.[10] Pirates' vice-president Steve Greenberg said, "We said when construction began that we would build the best ballpark in baseball, and we believe we've done that."[8] Major League Baseball executive Paul Beeston has said the park was the best he's seen so far in baseball.[8] Many of the workers who built the park said that it was the nicest that they have seen.[11] In 2008, Men's Fitness named the park one of "10 big league parks worth seeing this summer".[12][13]

An evening game between the Dodgers and Pirates - August 7, 2001

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
3B Aramis Ramírez 158 603 181 .300 34 112

Other batters[edit]

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors[edit]

2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Nashville Sounds Pacific Coast League Marty Brown
AA Altoona Curve Eastern League Dale Sveum
A Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Curtis Wilkerson
A Hickory Crawdads South Atlantic League Pete Mackanin
Short-Season A Williamsport Crosscutters New York–Penn League Tony Beasley
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Williamsport

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxxviii, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
  2. ^ a b c http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/taylobi04.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/martira02.shtml
  4. ^ Jeremy Guthrie Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ John Vander Wal Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ Jason Schmidt Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ "PNC Park". Baseballparks.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c PNC Park Gets Rave Reviews - Sports News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh
  9. ^ Caple, Jim. "Pittsburgh's gem rates the best". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2008. 
  10. ^ Caple, Jim. "Pittsburgh's gem rates the best". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2008. 
  11. ^ McKay, Jim (April 15, 2001). "Workers proud of what they have wrought". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 20, 2008. 
  12. ^ Pratt, Devin. "Top Stadiums: Pittsburgh's PNC Park". Men's Fitness. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2008. 
  13. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (April 2, 2008). "PNC in Men's Fitness top 10 stadiums". PittsburghPirates.com. Retrieved April 10, 2008.