2002 Major League Baseball season

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2002 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 31, 2002 – October 27, 2002
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Miguel Tejada (OAK)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL champions Anaheim Angels
  AL runners-up Minnesota Twins
NL champions San Francisco Giants
  NL runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series
Champions Anaheim Angels
  Runners-up San Francisco Giants
World Series MVP Troy Glaus (ANA)
MLB seasons

The 2002 Major League Baseball season finished with two wild-card teams, the Anaheim Angels defeating the San Francisco Giants, in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. This was the first season for mlb.tv .

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 103 58 .640
2nd Boston Red Sox 93 69 .574 10.5
3rd Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 .481 25.5
4th Baltimore Orioles 67 95 .414 36.5
5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 .342 48.0
Central Division
1st Minnesota Twins 94 67 .584
2nd Chicago White Sox 81 81 .500 13.5
3rd Cleveland Indians 74 88 .457 20.5
4th Kansas City Royals 62 100 .383 32.5
5th Detroit Tigers 55 106 .342 39.0
West Division
1st Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636
2nd Anaheim Angels* 99 63 .611 4.0
3rd Seattle Mariners 93 69 .574 10.0
4th Texas Rangers 72 90 .444 31.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves 101 59 .631
2nd Montreal Expos 83 79 .512 19.0
3rd Philadelphia Phillies 80 81 .497 21.5
4th Florida Marlins 79 83 .488 23.0
5th New York Mets 75 86 .466 26.5
Central Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 .599
2nd Houston Astros 84 78 .519 13.0
3rd Cincinnati Reds 78 84 .481 19.0
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 .447 24.5
5th Chicago Cubs 67 95 .414 30.0
6th Milwaukee Brewers 56 106 .346 41.0
West Division
1st Arizona Diamondbacks 98 64 .605
2nd San Francisco Giants* 95 66 .590 2.5
3rd Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 .568 6.0
4th Colorado Rockies 73 89 .451 25.0
5th San Diego Padres 66 96 .407 32.0
  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.


  • Postseason – October 1 to 27
  Division Series
League Championship Series
TV: Fox
World Series
TV: Fox
  1  New York Yankees 1  
4  Anaheim Angels 3  
  4  Anaheim Angels 4  
American League
  3  Minnesota Twins 1  
2  Oakland Athletics 2
  3  Minnesota Twins 3  
    AL4  Anaheim Angels 4
  NL4  San Francisco Giants 3
  1  Atlanta Braves 2  
4  San Francisco Giants 3  
  4  San Francisco Giants 4
National League
  3  St. Louis Cardinals 1  
2  Arizona Diamondbacks 0
  3  St. Louis Cardinals 3  

Click on any series score to link to that series' page.
Higher seed had home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.
The American League champion had home field advantage during the World Series.

All-Star game[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]



Statistic American League National League
Runs scored New York Yankees 897 Arizona Diamondbacks 819
Hits Anaheim Angels 1603 Colorado Rockies 1508
Home runs Texas Rangers 230 Chicago Cubs 200
Batting average Anaheim Angels .282 Colorado Rockies .274
Stolen bases Kansas City Royals 140 Florida Marlins 177


Statistic American League National League
Batting average Manny Ramírez (Boston) .349 Barry Bonds (San Francisco) .370
Runs scored Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees) 128 Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) 122
Hits Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees) 209 Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal) 206
Home runs Alex Rodriguez (Texas) 57 Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) 49
Runs batted in Alex Rodriguez (Texas) 142 Lance Berkman (Houston) 128
Stolen bases Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees) 41 Luis Castillo (Florida) 48



Statistic American League National League
Runs allowed Anaheim Angels 644 Atlanta Braves 565
Earned run average Oakland Athletics 3.68 Atlanta Braves 3.13
Hits allowed Boston Red Sox 1339 Atlanta Braves 1302
Home runs allowed Oakland Athletics 135 San Francisco Giants 116
Strikeouts Boston Red Sox 1157 Chicago Cubs 1333


Statistic American League National League
Earned run average Pedro Martínez (Boston) 2.26 Randy Johnson (Arizona) 2.32
Wins Barry Zito (Oakland) 23 Randy Johnson (Arizona) 24
Saves Eddie Guardado (Minnesota) 45 John Smoltz (Atlanta) 55
Strikeouts Pedro Martínez (Boston) 239 Randy Johnson (Arizona) 334


American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia Won the World Series
Baltimore Orioles Mike Hargrove
Boston Red Sox Grady Little
Chicago White Sox Jerry Manuel
Cleveland Indians Charlie Manuel Replaced during the season by Joel Skinner
Detroit Tigers Phil Garner Replaced during the season by Luis Pujols
Kansas City Royals Tony Muser John Mizerock served as interim manager for 13 games prior to being replaced by Tony Peña
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Art Howe
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Hal McRae
Texas Rangers Jerry Narron
Toronto Blue Jays Buck Martinez Replaced during the season by Carlos Tosca

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Don Baylor Replaced during the season by Bruce Kimm
Cincinnati Reds Bob Boone
Colorado Rockies Buddy Bell Replaced during the season by Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jeff Torborg
Houston Astros Jimy Williams
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers± Davey Lopes Replaced during the season by Jerry Royster
Montreal Expos Frank Robinson
New York Mets Bobby Valentine
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony LaRussa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker Won the National League pennant

±hosted the MLB All Star Game


Award National League American League
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds, SF Miguel Tejada, OAK
Cy Young Randy Johnson, ARI Barry Zito, OAK
Manager of the Year Tony LaRussa, STL Mike Scioscia, ANA
Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings, COL Eric Hinske, TOR
Relief Man of the Year John Smoltz, ATL Billy Koch, OAK
Comeback Player of the Year Mike Lieberthal, PHI Tim Salmon, ANA
Hank Aaron Award Barry Bonds, SF Alex Rodriguez, TEX
Roberto Clemente Award
Jim Thome, CLE

Gold Glove Awards[edit]

Position American League National League
Pitcher Kenny Rogers, TEX Greg Maddux, ATL
Catcher Bengie Molina, ANA Brad Ausmus, HOU
First baseman John Olerud, SEA Todd Helton, COL
Second baseman Bret Boone, SEA Fernando Viña, STL
Third baseman Eric Chavez, OAK Scott Rolen, STL
Shortstop Alex Rodriguez, TEX Edgar Rentería, STL
Outfielders Torii Hunter, MIN Larry Walker, COL
Ichiro Suzuki, SEA Jim Edmonds, STL
Darin Erstad, ANA Andruw Jones, ATL