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
Bob Walk
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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]

Season standings[edit]

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 93 69 0.574 44–37 49–32
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 54–28 39–41
Chicago Cubs 88 74 0.543 5 48–33 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 25 36–45 32–49
Cincinnati Reds 66 96 0.407 27 27–54 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 100 0.383 31 38–43 24–57


Game log[edit]

2001 Game Log
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Roster[edit]

2001 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Opening Day starters[edit]

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

Awards and honors[edit]

2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Statistics[edit]

Hitting
Pitching

Draft Picks[edit]

2001 Top 10 Rounds Draft Picks[16]
Rd # Player Pos DOB and Age School
1 8 John Van Benschoten RHP (1980-04-14)April 14, 1980 (aged 21) Kent State University (Kent, OH)
3 84 Jeremy Guthrie RHP (1979-04-08)April 8, 1979 (aged 22) Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
4 114 Jeff Keppinger SS (1980-04-21)April 21, 1980 (aged 21) University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
5 144 Travis Chapman 1B (1978-06-05)June 5, 1978 (aged 23) Indian River Community College (Fort Pierce, FL)
6 174 Drew Friedberg LHP (1979-03-03)March 3, 1979 (aged 22) Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
7 204 Mike McCuistion C (1982-05-14)May 14, 1982 (aged 19) Yucaipa HS (Yucaipa, CA)
8 234 Chris Duffy OF (1980-04-20)April 20, 1980 (aged 21) Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
9 264 Jason Fellows 1B Berkmar HS (Lilburn, GA)
10 294 Aaron Bulkley SS (1983-05-06)May 6, 1983 (aged 18) Port Byron HS (Cayuga, NY)
Note
  • Age at time of draft.

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. 
  14. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates. 
  15. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates. 
  16. ^ "2001 Pittsburgh Pirates Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.