2001 Pittsburgh Pirates season
|2001 Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Cam Bonifay
Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh
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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
- 2 Regular season
- 3 PNC Park
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm system
- 7 References
- February 1, 2001: Billy Taylor was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Opening Day starters
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|2001 Pittsburgh Pirates|
- April 2, 2001: Billy Taylor was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- April 3, 2001: Billy Taylor was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- April 11, 2001: Ramón Martínez was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- June 5, 2001: Jeremy Guthrie was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round of the 2001 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- 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.
- 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.
The Pirates opened the park with two pre-season games against the New York Mets, the first was played on March 31, 2001. 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.
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. 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. 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." Major League Baseball executive Paul Beeston has said the park was the best he's seen so far in baseball. Many of the workers who built the park said that it was the nicest that they have seen. In 2008, Men's Fitness named the park one of "10 big league parks worth seeing this summer".
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Starters by position
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Awards and honors
- Brian Giles, OF, Reserve
LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Williamsport
- The Best Game Ever, Prologue, p. xxxviii, Jim Reisler, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7867-1943-3
- Jeremy Guthrie Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- John Vander Wal Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Jason Schmidt Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- "PNC Park". Baseballparks.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
- PNC Park Gets Rave Reviews - Sports News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh
- Caple, Jim. "Pittsburgh's gem rates the best". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2008.
- Caple, Jim. "Pittsburgh's gem rates the best". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2008.
- McKay, Jim (April 15, 2001). "Workers proud of what they have wrought". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
- Pratt, Devin. "Top Stadiums: Pittsburgh's PNC Park". Men's Fitness. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
- Langosch, Jenifer (April 2, 2008). "PNC in Men's Fitness top 10 stadiums". PittsburghPirates.com. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
- 2001 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at Baseball Reference
- 2001 Pittsburgh Pirates 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.