2002 Anaheim Angels season

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2002 Anaheim Angels
2002 AL Wild Card
2002 AL Champions
2002 World Series Champions
The cap insignia of the Anaheim Angels. They also hit nothing but Homeruns in game 7 of the World Series.their 2002 campaign
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
General manager(s) Bill Stoneman
Manager(s) Mike Scioscia
Local television KCAL-9
Fox Sports Net West
Steve Physioc, Rex Hudler
Local radio KLAC (AM 570—Primary)
KBIG (FM 104.3—Backup)
Rory Markas, Terry Smith
KTNQ (AM 1020—Spanish)
Ivan Lara, José Mota
Stats ESPN.com
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The Anaheim Angels' 2002 season was the franchise's 42nd, and it ended with the team's first American League pennant and World Series championship.

The Angels finished the regular season with a record of 99-63, 4 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the American League West standings, but qualified for the franchise's first ever wild card playoff berth to return to the postseason for the first time since 1986. Outfielder Garret Anderson led the team with 123 runs batted in and a .539 slugging percentage, was selected for the AL All-Star team, and won the Silver Slugger Award. Jarrod Washburn went 18-6 with a 3.15 earned run average to anchor a pitching staff that allowed the fewest runs in the league.

In the postseason, the Angels defeated the New York Yankees 3-1 in the American League Division Series, then defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1 in the American League Championship Series to win the AL pennant. The Angels then won the World Series in dramatic fashion when, with a 3-2 series deficit to the San Francisco Giants, they overcame a 5 run deficit in the late innings of Game 6 to force a winner-take-all Game 7, which they won to clinch the series 4-3. The morning after the win, The Orange County Register celebrated the Angels' win with the headline "7th Heaven,"[1] referring to the popular television series and fact that it took seven games for the Angels to win the World Series, and in doing so, it sent them to seventh heaven.[2]

2002 was also notable as the season in which the Angels debuted their present-day uniforms, colors, and halo insignia, which replaced the widely ridiculed "periwinkle" uniforms and "winged" insignia they had worn since 1997. It was also the last full season the team was owned by The Walt Disney Company, which sold its controlling interest in the team to present-day owner Arte Moreno in May 2003.

Off Season[edit]

The Anaheim Angels focus in the off season leading up to the 2002 season was on how to improve the Angels from the 2001 season when they finished an incredible 41 games behind the Seattle Mariners (who won an American League record 116 games) in the AL West.

Off Season transactions[edit]

  • January 4, 2002: Aaron Sele was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[3]
  • January 31, 2002: Donne Wall was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[4]
  • February 4, 2002: Erick Aybar was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[5]
  • February 7, 2002: Clay Bellinger was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[6]

Spring training[edit]

The Anaheim Angels' 2002 Spring training was Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona and held a Spring training record of 17-15.

Spring training transactions[edit]

  • March 16, 2002: Julio Ramirez was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[7]

Standings[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636 54–27 49–32
Anaheim Angels 99 63 0.611 4 54–27 45–36
Seattle Mariners 93 69 0.574 10 48–33 45–36
Texas Rangers 72 90 0.444 31 42–39 30–51


Record vs. opponents[edit]

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 4–2 3–0 7–2
Boston Red Sox 1–2 2–2 3–4
New York Yankees 2–2 1–2 3–4
Tampa Bay Devils Rays 5–1 3–0 8–1
Toronto Blue Jays 3–0 4–2 7–2
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 3–0 3–3 6–3
Cleveland Indians 3–3 3–0 6–3
Detroit Tigers 5–1 3–0 8–1
Kansas City Royals 3–0 3–3 6–3
Minnesota Twins 3–3 1–2 4–5
AL West
Oakland Athletics 6–5 3–6 9–11
Seattle Mariners 5–5 4–5 9–10
Texas Rangers 7–2 5–5 12–7
National League
Cincinnati Reds 2–1 2–1
Los Angeles Dodgers 2–1 1–2 3–3
Milwaukee Brewers 3–0 3–0
Pittsburgh Pirates 2–1 2–1
St. Louis Cardinals 1–2 1–2
Grand Totals 54–27 45–36 99–63
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
March 1 0 1 .000
April 24 11 13 .458
May 26 19 7 .731
June 29 17 12 .586
July 26 16 10 .615
August 29 18 11 .621
September 27 18 9 .667
Totals 162 99 63 .611
2002 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 7–2 3–4 6–3 6–3 8–1 6–3 4–5 3–4 9–11 9–10 8–1 12–7 7–2 11–7
Baltimore 2–7 6–13 3–4 1–5 2–4 7–0 5–1 6–13 4–5 5–4 10–9 3–6 4–15 9–9
Boston 4–3 13–6 2–4 5–4 5–4 4–2 3–3 9–10 6–3 4–5 16–3 4–3 13–6 5–13
Chicago 3–6 4–3 4–2 9–10 12–7 11–8 8–11 2–4 2–7 5–4 4–3 5–4 4–2 8–10
Cleveland 3–6 5–1 4–5 10–9 10–9 9–10 8–11 3–6 2–5 3–4 4–2 4–5 3–3 6–12
Detroit 1–8 4–2 4–5 7–12 9–10 9–10 4–14 1–8 1–6 2–5 2–4 5–4 0–6 6–12
Kansas City 3–6 0–7 2–4 8–11 10–9 10–9 5–14 1–5 1–8 3–6 4–2 7–2 3–4 5–13
Minnesota 5–4 1–5 3–3 11–8 11–8 14–4 14–5 0–6 3–6 5–4 5–2 6–3 6–1 10–8
New York 4–3 13–6 10–9 4–2 6–3 8–1 5–1 6–0 5–4 4–5 13–5 4–3 10–9 11–7
Oakland 11–9 5–4 3–6 7–2 5–2 6–1 8–1 6–3 4–5 8–11 8–1 13–6 3–6 16–2
Seattle 10–9 4–5 5–4 4–5 4–3 5–2 6–3 4–5 5–4 11–8 5–4 13–7 6–3 11–7
Tampa Bay 1–8 9–10 3–16 3–4 2–4 4–2 2–4 2–5 5–13 1–8 4–5 4–5 8–11 7–11
Texas 7–12 6–3 3–4 4–5 5–4 4–5 2–7 3–6 3–4 6–13 7–13 5–4 8–1 9–9
Toronto 2–7 15–4 6–13 2–4 3–3 6–0 4–3 1–6 9–10 6–3 3–6 11–8 1–8 9–9


2002 draft[edit]

The 2002 Major League Baseball draft was held on June 4–5.

Regular season[edit]

Game log[edit]

2002 Regular Season Game Log: 99–63 (Home: 54–27; Road: 45–36)
Legend
Angels Win Angels Loss All-Star Game Game Postponed Clinched
"GB" legend
1st (AL West) Not in playoff berth 1st (AL Wild Card) Tied for 1st (AL West)

Roster[edit]

2002 Anaheim Angels
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Regular Season Transactions[edit]

  • July 31, 2002: Alex Ochoa was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with Sal Fasano to the Anaheim Angels for players to be named later and Jorge Fábregas. The Anaheim Angels sent Johnny Raburn (minors) (August 14, 2002) and Pedro Liriano (September 20, 2002) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.[8]

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: Pos. = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player Pos. G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Garret Anderson LF 158 638 195 .306 29 123
David Eckstein SS 152 608 178 .293 8 63
Darin Erstad CF 150 625 177 .283 10 73
Brad Fullmer DH 130 429 124 .289 19 59
Troy Glaus 3B 156 569 142 .250 30 111
Adam Kennedy 2B 144 474 148 .312 7 52
Bengie Molina C 122 800 105 .245 5 47
Tim Salmon RF 138 483 138 .286 22 88
Scott Spiezio 1B 153 491 140 .285 12 82

Other batters[edit]

Player Pos. G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jorge Fábregas C 35 88 17 .193 0 8
José Molina C 29 70 19 .271 0 5
Shawn Wooten 1B/DH 49 113 33 .292 3 19
Julio Ramirez CF/RF 29 32 9 .281 1 7
Orlando Palmeiro LF/RF 110 263 79 .300 0 31
Alex Ochoa RF 37 65 18 .277 2 10
Jeff DaVanon OF 16 30 5 .167 1 4
José Nieves 2B/3B 45 97 28 .289 0 6
Benji Gil 1B/2B/SS 61 130 37 .285 3 20
Chone Figgins 2B 15 12 2 .167 0 1
Alfredo Amezaga SS 12 13 7 .538 0 2

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Appier 19 188.1 7 7 3.92 132
John Lackey 18 108.1 9 4 3.66 69
Ramón Ortiz 32 271.1 15 9 3.77 162
Aaron Sele 26 160 8 9 4.89 82
Jarrod Washburn 32 206 18 6 3.15 139

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Mickey Callaway 6 34.1 2 1 0 4.19 23
Mark Lukasiewicz 17 14 2 0 0 3.86 15
Donne Wall 17 21 0 0 0 6.43 13
Matt Wise 7 8.1 0 0 0 3.24 6
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Dennis Cook 37 24 1 1 0 3.38 13
Brendan Donnelly 46 49.2 1 1 1 2.17 54
Al Levine 52 63.2 4 4 5 4.24 40
Troy Percival 58 56.1 4 1 40 1.92 68
Lou Pote 31 50.1 0 2 0 3.22 32
Scott Schoeneweis 54 118 9 8 0 4.88 65
Scot Shields 29 49 5 3 0 2.20 30
Ben Weber 63 78 7 2 7 2.54 43

Postseason[edit]

With their 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Mon. September 26, 2002, the Angels clinched their first (and only to date as of 2015) Wildcard berth. At this time, the Angels would be in the postseason for the first time since the 1986 season.

American League Division Series[edit]

The 2002 American League Division Series featured the Wildcard winner Anaheim Angels and the AL East champion New York Yankees. The series began on October 1, 2002 with the Angels splitting the first two games at Yankee Stadium. The Angels then proceeded to win the next two games, earning their ticket to the ALCS and winning their first postseason series in franchise history.

American League Championship Series[edit]

The 2002 American League Championship Series featured the Wildcard winner Anaheim Angels and the AL Central champion Minnesota Twins. The series began on October 8, 2002 with the Angels splitting the first two games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Angels then went home where they won three straight at Edison Field to earn a spot in the 2002 World Series. Infielder Adam Kennedy was the ALCS MVP.

World series[edit]

President George W. Bush greets the Angels after their World Series victory

The 2002 World Series was the 98th edition of the Fall Classic, held from October 19–27, 2002. The series featured the American League champion Anaheim Angels defeating the National League champion San Francisco Giants, 4–3, to win the franchise's first ever World Series.

The series was notable as being the first time since the 1995 inception of the wild card in Major League Baseball that two wild card teams would vie for the title. It was also the fourth World Series played between two teams from California (after 1974, 1988, and 1989, when the Giants last went to the World Series), and the first such series to not include the Oakland Athletics. It was also the last Series to be played in a full seven games until 2011.

The series was played as a best-of-seven playoff with a 2–3–2 site format (standard in Major League Baseball). Barry Bonds of the Giants was almost elected World Series MVP before the Angels began their Game 6 comeback; the award would be presented the following night to Troy Glaus of the Angels for his role in that comeback. (Bobby Richardson of the 1960 New York Yankees remains the only World Series MVP from a losing team.)

Game Log[edit]

2002 Post Season Game Log
Legend
Angels Win Angels Loss

Bracket[edit]

  Division Series
TV: ESPN/Fox
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  

The American League champion had home field advantage during the World Series.
Note: Major League Baseball's playoff format automatically seeds the Wild Card team 4th. Normally, the No. 1 seed plays the No. 4 seed in the Division Series. However, MLB does not allow the No. 1 seed to play the 4th seed/Wild Card winner in the Division Series if they are from the same division, instead having the No. 1 seed play the next lowest seed, the No. 3 seed.

Awards and honors[edit]

2002 Anaheim Angels

Troy Glaus

Adam Kennedy

Tim Salmon

Garret Anderson

  • All-Star
  • Silver Slugger Award
  • #4 in AL in RBI (123)

Darin Erstad

  • Gold Glove Award

Bengie Molina

  • Gold Glove Award

Mike Scioscia

  • AL Manager of the Year Award

73rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game[edit]

Outfielders

Pos # Player League AB H RBI
LF 16 Anderson, GarretGarret Anderson American League 4 0 1

Coaches

# Coach League Position
14 Scioscia, MikeMike Scioscia American League Coach

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake Stingers Pacific Coast League Mike Brumley
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Doug Sisson
A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League Bobby Meacham
A Cedar Rapids Kernels Midwest League Todd Claus
Rookie AZL Angels Arizona League Brian Harper
Rookie Provo Angels Pioneer League Tom Kotchman

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Local Media[edit]

Local TV

Local TV Channel Play–by–play Color Commentator Studio Host
KCAL–TV 9 Steve Physioc Rex Hudler

Local Cable TV

Local Cable TV Channel Play–by–play Color Commentator Studio Host
Fox Sports Net West Steve Physioc Rex Hudler

Local Radio

Flagship Station Play–by–play #1 Play–by–play #2 Color Commentator Studio Host
KLAC–AM 570 (primary)
KBIG–FM 104.3 (backup)
Rory Markas (innings 1–3, 7–9 and odd numbered innings) Terry Smith (innings 4–6 and even numbered innings) Terry Smith (innings 1–3, 7–9 and odd numbered innings)
Rory Markas (innings 4–6 and even numbered innings)

Some radio games carried on KBIG–FM 104.3 because of broadcast conflict with the Los Angeles Lakers of the (NBA).

Flagship Station Play–by–play Color Commentator Studio Host
KTNQ–AM 1020 (Spanish) Ivan Lara José Mota

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Baseball's Angels on High". CNN. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Angels on Cloud Nine". CNN. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/seleaa01.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/walldo01.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/a/aybarer01.shtml
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bellicl01.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/ramirjul02.shtml
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/o/ochoaal01.shtml
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  11. ^ Baseball America 2003 Directory. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America
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