2002 New York Yankees season

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2002 New York Yankees
2002 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WCBS-TV
YES Network
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, Ken Singleton, Bobby Murcer, David Cone, Paul O'Neill)
Local radio WCBS (AM)
(John Sterling, Charley Steiner)
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The New York Yankees' 2002 season was the 100th season for the Yankees in New York, and their 102nd overall going back to their origins in Baltimore. The team finished with a record of 103-58 finishing 10.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the playoffs, they lost in the ALDS in 4 games to the Anaheim Angels.

It was also the first season since the game 7 loss at the 2001 World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 7, 2001: David Justice was traded by the Yankees to the New York Mets for Robin Ventura.
  • December 13, 2001: John Vander Wal was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Yankees for Jay Witasick.[1]
  • December 13, 2001: Jason Giambi, a free agent, signed a 7-year $120-million deal with the Yankees.[2]
  • January 8, 2002: Luis Sojo was signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees.[3]
  • January 17, 2002: Clay Bellinger was released by the Yankees.[4]
  • January 28, 2002: Ron Coomer was signed as a free agent with the Yankees.[5]
  • March 27, 2002: Bobby Estalella was released by the Yankees.[6]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 103   58 .640    --
Boston Red Sox   93   69 .574 10.5
Toronto Blue Jays   78   84 .481 25.5
Baltimore Orioles   67   95 .414 36.5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays   55 106 .342 48.0

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 8, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[7]
  • May 23, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was released by the New York Yankees.[7]
  • July 1, 2002: Raul Mondesi was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Scott Wiggins.[8]
  • July 5, 2002: Ted Lilly was Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the New York Yankees with Jason Arnold (minors) and John-Ford Griffin to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, Carlos Pena, and Franklyn German to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade.[9]

Roster[edit]

2002 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: 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
C Jorge Posada 143 511 137 .268 20 99
1B Jason Giambi 155 560 176 .314 41 122
2B Alfonso Soriano 156 696 209 .300 39 102
SS Derek Jeter 157 644 191 .297 18 75
3B Robin Ventura 141 465 115 .247 27 93
LF Rondell White 126 455 109 .240 14 62
CF Bernie Williams 154 612 204 .333 19 102
RF Raul Mondesi 71 270 65 .241 11 43
DH Nick Johnson 129 378 92 .243 15 58

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Mussina 33 215.2 18 10 4.05 182
David Wells 31 206.1 19 7 3.75 137
Roger Clemens 29 180 13 6 4.35 192
Orlando Hernandez 24 146 8 5 3.64 113
Andy Pettitte 22 134.2 13 5 3.27 97
Ted Lilly 16 76.2 3 6 3.40 59

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Jeff Weaver 15 78 5 3 4.04
Mike Thurman 12 33 1 0 5.18
Randy Choate 18 22.1 0 0 6.04
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mariano Rivera 45 1 4 28 2.74 41
Ramiro Mendoza 62 8 4 4 3.44 61
Steve Karsay 78 6 4 12 3.26 65
Mike Stanton 79 7 1 6 3.00 44
Sterling Hitchcock 20 1 2 0 5.49 31

ALDS[edit]

Game 1: New York 8 - Anaheim 5.

Game 2: Anaheim 8 - New York 6.

Game 3: Anaheim 9 - New York 6.

Game 4: Anaheim 9 - New York 5.

Anaheim's victory secured their place in the American League Championship Series, where they defeated the Minnesota Twins, and subsequently the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series.

This was the first time since 1998, and second dating back to 1996, that the Yankees failed to win the American League pennant and advance to the World Series.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Jason Giambi, Silver Slugger award
  • Alfonso Soriano, Most Home Runs in one season by an American League Second Baseman (39)[10]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Brian Butterfield, Frank Howard
and Stump Merrill
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Stump Merrill and Luis Sojo
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Mitch Seoane
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Bill Masse
Short-Season A Staten Island Yankees New York-Penn League Derek Shelton
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Manny Crespo

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Norwich, Staten Island[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Vander Wal". Transactions. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Curry, Jack (December 14, 2001). "Tearful Giambi Is Proud To Put On the Pinstripes". New York Times. p. S1. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sojolu01.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bellicl01.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/coomero01.shtml?redir
  6. ^ Bobby Estalella Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ a b Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Raul Mondesi Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Ted Lilly Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.90, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  11. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  12. ^ Baseball America 2003 Annual Directory

External links[edit]

Preceded by
New York Yankees
2001
AL East Championship Season
2002
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
2003