2002 Oakland Athletics season

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2002 Oakland Athletics
2002 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Stephen Schott & Kenneth Hofmann
General manager(s) Billy Beane
Manager(s) Art Howe
Local television KICU-TV
FSN Bay Area
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
Local radio KFRC
(Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)
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The Oakland Athletics' 2002 season featured the A's finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 103 wins and 59 losses, despite losing three free agents to larger market teams: 2000 AL MVP Jason Giambi to the New York Yankees, outfielder Johnny Damon to the Boston Red Sox, and closer Jason Isringhausen to the St. Louis Cardinals. They are most notable for having set an American League record of winning 20 consecutive games between August 13 and September 4, 2002.[1]

Miguel Tejada and Barry Zito would go on to win the American League MVP and Cy Young Award respectively.

The 2002 team is prominently featured in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (as Lewis was given the opportunity to follow the team around throughout that season). A film adaptation of the book was released in 2011, also titled Moneyball.

Off-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636 --
Anaheim Angels 99 63 .611 4
Seattle Mariners 93 69 .574 10
Texas Rangers 72 90 .444 31

Draft picks[edit]

  • June 4, 2002: Nick Swisher was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.
  • June 4, 2002: Joe Blanton was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.
  • June 4, 2002: Jeremy Brown was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (35th pick) of the amateur draft.

June 4, 2002: (Benjamin Fritz) was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round (30th pick) of the amateur draft. June 4, 2002: (John McCurdy) was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round (26th pick) of the amateur draft. June 4, 2002: (Mark Teahen) was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round (39th pick) of the amateur draft.

Trades[edit]

Roster[edit]

2002 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Postseason[edit]

The A's lost 3-2 to the Twins in the 2002 American League Division Series

Player statistics[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tim Hudson 34 238.1 15 9 2.98 152
Barry Zito 35 229.1 23 5 2.75 182

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Sacramento RiverCats Pacific Coast League Bob Geren
AA Midland RockHounds Texas League Tony DeFrancesco
A Modesto A's California League Greg Sparks
A Visalia Oaks California League Webster Garrison
Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians Northwest League Orv Franchuk
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Ruben Escalera

References[edit]

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General references:

Preceded by
Seattle Mariners
2001
AL West Championship Season
2002
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
2003