2000 American League Championship Series
|2000 American League Championship Series|
|MVP||David Justice (New York)|
|Umpires||John Hirschbeck, Angel Hernandez, Wally Bell, Mark Hirschbeck, Gerry Davis, Randy Marsh (Games 1–2), Fieldin Culbreth (Games 3–6)|
|Television||NBC (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Bob Costas and Joe Morgan (NBC)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez|
The 2000 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the East Division champion New York Yankees and the Wild Card Seattle Mariners. The Yankees had advanced to the Series after beating the West Division champion Oakland Athletics in the ALDS three games to two and the Mariners advanced by beating the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox three games to none. The Yankees won the Series four games to two and went on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series to win their third consecutive World Series championship, twenty-sixth overall.
New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners
New York won the series, 4–2.
|1||October 10||Seattle Mariners – 2, New York Yankees – 0||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:45||54,481|
|2||October 11||Seattle Mariners – 1, New York Yankees – 7||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:36||55,317|
|3||October 13||New York Yankees – 8, Seattle Mariners – 2||Safeco Field||3:35||47,827|
|4||October 14||New York Yankees – 5, Seattle Mariners – 0||Safeco Field||2:59||47,803|
|5||October 15||New York Yankees – 2, Seattle Mariners – 6||Safeco Field||4:14||47,802|
|6||October 17||Seattle Mariners – 7, New York Yankees – 9||Yankee Stadium (I)||4:03||56,598|
|WP: Freddy García (1–0) LP: Denny Neagle (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)|
SEA: Alex Rodriguez (1)
Game 1 at Yankee Stadium started as a pitchers' duel between Mariners' Freddy García and Yankees' Denny Neagle. Neither team would score until the top of the fifth inning when Mark McLemore hit a two-out ground rule double off Neagle before scoring on a Rickey Henderson single. Alex Rodriguez homered in the sixth inning to make it 2–0. The Yankees could not score any runs off García or three Mariner relievers and Seattle took a 1–0 series lead.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Arthur Rhodes (0–1)|
NYY: Derek Jeter (1)
In Game 2, the Yankees' offense was again dead silent, this time against Mariner starter John Halama and reliever José Paniagua. Yankees starter Orlando Hernández pitched eight innings giving up just one run, a John Olerud single in the third that scored Mike Cameron, who walked and stole second, on six hits, but was set to get the loss until the Yankees' offense exploded in the eighth against Arthur Rhodes and José Mesa. David Justice led off with a double before scoring on a Bernie Williams single to tie the game. Back-to-back singles by Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada then gave the Yankees 2–1 lead. Paul O'Neill then hit a sacrifice fly to make a 3–1 game. Mesa replaced Rhodes pitching and gave up a single to Luis Sojo. After Posada was caught stealing for the second out, José Vizcaíno doubled to score Sojo and make it 4–1 Yankees. Vizcaíno would score on a Chuck Knoblauch single before Derek Jeter homered to make it a 7-1 lead. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth and the series was tied 1–1 heading to Seattle.
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0) LP: Aaron Sele (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Tino Martinez (1)
The Mariners struck first in Game 3 on three consecutive singles in the first, the last of which by Edgar Martínez off Andy Pettitte scored Mike Cameron from third. However, the Yankees responded with back-to-back home runs from Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez to lead off the second off Aaron Sele. The Yankees extended their lead to 3–1 when Derek Jeter, who reached on a forceout, scored on a double from Chuck Knoblauch. The Mariners made it a one-run game when Rickey Henderson doubled, then scored on a single from Cameron in the fifth, but the Yankees got that run back the next inning on a Paul O'Neil single to score Bernie Williams. The Yankees broke the game open in the ninth. With runners on first and third, Chuck Knoblauch hit an RBI single off of Brett Tomko, who then walked Jeter to load the bases. Robert Ramsay relieved Tomko and allowed a two-run single to Justice and sacrifice fly to Williams to make it an 8–2 game while Mariano Rivera retired the Mariners in order in the bottom of the inning as the Yankees went up 2−1 in the series.
|WP: Roger Clemens (1–0) LP: Paul Abbott (0–1)|
NYY: Derek Jeter (2), David Justice (1)
In one of the most dominant pitching performances in postseason history, Yankees starter Roger Clemens struck out 15 batters in a complete game one-hit shutout of the Mariners. Clemens carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning when Al Martin lined a leadoff double off first baseman Tino Martinez's glove for the Mariners' only hit of the game. Clemens got offensive support when Derek Jeter hit a three-run home run off Paul Abbott in the fifth and David Justice hit a two-run home run off José Mesa in the eighth after a leadoff walk to Jeter. The Yankees won, 5–0, and were just one win away from the World Series.
Clemens' 15 strikeouts matched the ALCS record set by Mike Mussina in Game 3 of the 1997 ALCS. 15 strikeouts in a postseason game did not happen again until the 2019 ALDS, by Gerrit Cole of the Houston Astros.
|WP: Freddy García (2–0) LP: Denny Neagle (0–2)|
SEA: Edgar Martínez (1), John Olerud (1)
The Mariners struck first in Game 5 when Denny Neagle walked three to load the bases in the first before Mike Cameron scored on a sacrifice fly from John Olerud. The Yankees responded in the fourth when Luis Sojo hit a two-run double off Freddy García that scored Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada with the bases loaded. Their 2–1 lead stayed until the fifth when the Mariners put runners on second and third with one out. Neagle was replaced with Jeff Nelson, who gave up a single to Alex Rodriguez that scored both runners on base, Mark McLemore and Rickey Henderson, giving the Mariners a 3–2 lead. Nelson then gave up back-to-back home runs to Edgar Martínez and John Olerud to make it 6–2 Mariners. Neither team scored afterwards, forcing a Game 6 at Yankee Stadium. Neagle accounted for the loss in the two games of the series that Seattle won and García beat him each time. The Yankees left 15 runners on base and were 2 for 15 with them in scoring position.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (2–0) LP: José Paniagua (0–1)|
SEA: Carlos Guillen (1), Alex Rodriguez (2)
NYY: David Justice (2)
The Mariners again struck first in Game 6, taking a 2–0 lead in the first when Yankees starter Orlando Hernández walked Al Martin, then gave up back-to-back doubles to Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martínez. Seattle made it 4–0 when Carlos Guillen hit a two-run home run in the fourth. The Yankees responded in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases before Jorge Posada hit a double off John Halama that scored David Justice and Bernie Williams. Posada then scored on a Paul O'Neil single to make it a 4–3 game. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh when the Yankees put runners on first and third with one out off José Paniagua, who was replaced with Arthur Rhodes. Rhodes gave up a three-run home run to David Justice to give the Yankees a 6–4 lead. The Yankees then loaded the bases on a single, double and intentional walk before O'Neill's single scored two. José Mesa relieved Rhodes and walked Luis Sojo to reload the bases before Jose Vizcaino's sacrifice fly made it 9–4 Yankees. Alex Rodriguez led off the top of the eighth with a home run off Hernández. After walking Edgar Martínez, Hernández was replaced with Mariano Rivera, who gave up a double to John Olerud, then two outs later, another double to Mark McLemore that scored both Martinez and Olerud before striking out Jay Buhner to end the inning. Rivera then pitched a scoreless ninth as the Yankees won 9–7 and advance to the World Series.
|New York Yankees||0||2||1||5||3||1||6||9||4||31||57||1|
|Total attendance: 309,828 Average attendance: 51,638|
On September 26, 2000, NBC declined to renew its broadcast agreement with Major League Baseball. After fifty seasons — 1947–1989 and 1994–2000 — Game 6 is the last Major League Baseball game that NBC has televised to date. In Houston, due to the coverage of the 2000 Presidential Debate, KPRC-TV elected to carry NBC News' coverage of the debate while KNWS-TV carried NBC's final baseball game.
Alex Rodriguez would leave the Mariners for the Texas Rangers after this series for a ten-year, $252 million deal. Three seasons later, Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees, where he remained until 2016.
The Mariners returned to the ALCS the following season, after they broke the Yankees' American League record and tied the Major League record for regular season wins with 116. However, they fared worse in a rematch with the Yankees and were dispatched in five games.
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