2002 Oakland Athletics season

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2002 Oakland Athletics
American League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record103–59 (.636)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Stephen Schott & Kenneth Hofmann
General manager(s)Billy Beane
Manager(s)Art Howe
Local televisionKICU-TV
FSN Bay Area
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
Local radioKFRC
(Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)
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The 2002 Oakland Athletics season was the 102nd season in franchise history and the 35th season in Oakland, California. The Athletics finished first in the American League West with a record of 103–59.

The Athletics' 2002 campaign ranks among the most famous in franchise history. Following the 2001 season, Oakland saw the departure of three key players. Billy Beane, the team's general manager, responded with a series of under-the-radar free agent signings. The new-look Athletics, despite a comparative lack of star power, surprised the baseball world by besting the 2001 team's regular season record. The team is most famous, however, for winning 20 consecutive games between August 13 and September 4, 2002.[1] The Athletics' season was the subject of Michael Lewis's 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Lewis was given the opportunity to follow the team around throughout the season). A film adaptation of the book, titled Moneyball, was released in 2011.

Off-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Summary[edit]

Oakland Coliseum

Oakland's 2002 campaign began on a tumultuous note. During the 2001–02 offseason, the team lost three key 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. Faced with a number of significant roster holes, general manager Billy Beane sought to replace Damon and Giambi with free agent hitters Scott Hatteberg and David Justice. Beane also made a number of key pitching acquisitions; most notably, he traded for Toronto Blue Jays reliever Billy Koch. Koch ultimately succeeded Isringhausen as the team's closer. Beane also traded for then-unheralded starter Ted Lilly and traded for second baseman Ray Durham. Additionally, the season saw the MLB debuts of second baseman Mark Ellis and eventual starter Aaron Harang.[citation needed]

The new-look Athletics experienced a bumpy start to the season. The team followed a respectable 15–10 start with an abysmal 5–16 run; at the end of their slump, on May 23, the team's record stood at 20–26. From that point forward, the Athletics' fortunes improved significantly. In a prelude to the team's famous late-season winning streak, the Athletics went 16–1 from June 6 to June 24. The surge propelled the club within two games of first place, but a prolonged funk saw the A's play roughly .500 baseball for the next month and a half. That ended with an unremarkable 2–1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on August 12.[citation needed]

On August 13, the Athletics began their then-AL-record 20-game win streak. The streak's first win came courtesy of Barry Zito, who allowed three runs (one earned) over eight innings in a 5–4 victory over the Jays. Over the next several weeks, stellar pitching, hitting, and defense all played a significant role in the Athletics' surge. Most notable were the efforts of fourth starter Cory Lidle. During August, Lidle went 5–0 while posting a scant 0.20 earned run average (he allowed one run his final start of the month); three of his five winning decisions were during the streak. Many of the Athletics' victories were by narrow margins; closer Billy Koch recorded either a win or save in 12 of the streak's 20 games.[citation needed]

The Athletics' 18th and 19th wins came courtesy of game-ending hits by shortstop Miguel Tejada. On September 4, Oakland sought to win its 20th consecutive game; in doing so, the team hoped to break the 1947 New York Yankees' American League record of 19 consecutive wins. Their opponent was the Kansas City Royals. Over the first three innings of the game, Oakland shelled Kansas City pitchers Paul Byrd and Darrell May for a total of 11 runs, building a seemingly insurmountable 11–0 lead. Sloppy play down the stretch, however, allowed the Royals to score five runs apiece in the fourth and eighth innings. In the ninth, Billy Koch surrendered a two-out single to Royals pinch hitter Luis Alicea; the single allowed pinch runner Kit Pellow to score the tying run. So the Athletics entered the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 11–11. In one of the most famous moments in Oakland Athletics history, pinch hitter Scott Hatteberg then hit a one-out solo home run off of Kansas City reliever Jason Grimsley. The home run clinched the AL-record 20th consecutive victory for the Athletics.[citation needed]

Oakland's streak came to an end with a 6–0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on September 6. The A's continued to play well down the stretch, as evidenced by their final record of 103–59. The club's late-season surge allowed it to hold off the Anaheim Angels, who finished four games behind them at 99–63. Oakland's regular season exploits, however, once again failed to translate into postseason success. The team again lost the American League Division Series (this time to the Twins) in five games.[citation needed]

Tejada and starting pitcher Barry Zito went on to win the American League MVP and Cy Young Award, respectively. Tejada left the Athletics following the 2003 season, while Zito stayed until the end of the 2006 campaign.[citation needed]

Game log[edit]

2002 Game Log (103–59)
April: 15–11 (Home: 10–6 ; Away: 5–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
1 April 1 Rangers 8–3 Mulder (1–0) Park (0–1) 43,908 1–0 W1
2 April 2 Rangers 3–2 Koch (1–0) Miceli (0–1) 10,267 2–0 W2
3 April 3 Rangers 9–6 Mecir (1–0) Rodriguez (0–1) Koch (1) 23,259 3–0 W3
4 April 4 Rangers 5–7 Davis (1–0) Lidle (0–1) 15,081 3–1 L1
5 April 5 @ Mariners 1–7 Baldwin (1–0) Hiljus (0–1) 40,303 3–2 L2
6 April 6 @ Mariners 8–3 Mulder (2–0) García (0–2) 45,093 4–2 W1
7 April 7 @ Mariners 6–5 Hudson (1–0) Moyer (0–1) Koch (2) 39,870 5–2 W2
8 April 9 @ Rangers 5–4 (11) Koch (2–0) Seánez (0–1) 20,158 6–2 W3
9 April 10 @ Rangers 2–4 Burba (1–0) Lidle (0–2) Rocker (1) 21,384 6–3 L1
10 April 11 @ Rangers 0–7 Davis (2–0) Mulder (2–1) 21,903 6–4 L2
11 April 12 @ Angels 5–1 Hudson (2–0) Ortiz (1–1) 31,815 7–4 W1
12 April 13 @ Angels 7–2 Hiljus (1–1) Washburn (0–2) 33,554 8–4 W2
13 April 14 @ Angels 1–4 Appier (1–1) Zito (0–1) Levine (3) 32,881 8–5 L1
14 April 16 Mariners 2–6 (7) Piñeiro (1–0) Lidle (0–3) 13,022 8–6 L2
15 April 17 Mariners 4–7 Moyer (2–1) Hudson (2–1) Sasaki (4) 31,260 8–7 L3
16 April 18 Angels 4–2 Hiljus (2–1) Ortiz (1–2) Koch (3) 9,145 9–7 W1
17 April 19 Angels 7–9 Washburn (1–2) Fyhrie (0–1) Percival (2) 12,468 9–8 L1
18 April 20 Angels 8–7 Bradford (1–0) Levine (1–1) Koch (4) 20,253 10–8 W1
19 April 21 Angels 6–5 Venafro (1–0) Percival (0–1) 20,088 11–8 W2
20 April 23 Yankees 1–2 Hernández (3–1) Hudson (2–2) Rivera (6) 40,360 11–9 L1
21 April 24 Yankees 5–8 Stanton (1–0) Magnante (0–1) Rivera (7) 54,513 11–10 L2
22 April 25 Yankees 6–2 Zito (1–1) Mussina (3–1) 31,870 12–10 W1
23 April 26 White Sox 6–4 Lidle (1–3) Parque (0–1) Koch (5) 10,129 13–10 W2
24 April 27 White Sox 16–1 Fyhrie (1–1) Buehrle (4–2) 26,111 14–10 W3
25 April 28 White Sox 10–0 Hudson (3–2) Ritchie (2–2) 20,365 15–10 W4
26 April 30 @ Yankees 2–8 Wells (4–0) Zito (1–2) 32,888 15–11 L1
May: 10–17 (Home: 5–7 ; Away: 5–10)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
27 May 1 @ Yankees 4–1 Hiljus (3–1) Mussina (3–2) Koch (6) 31,006 16–11 W1
28 May 2 @ Yankees 2–9 Clemens (4–2) Lidle (1–4) 30,463 16–12 L1
29 May 3 @ White Sox 1–6 Buehrle (5–2) Fyhrie (1–2) 15,746 16–13 L2
30 May 4 @ White Sox 2–10 Ritchie (3–2) Hudson (3–3) 27,511 16–14 L3
31 May 5 @ White Sox 3–2 Zito (2–2) Wright (3–3) Koch (7) 27,275 17–14 W1
32 May 7 Red Sox 7–9 Arrojo (2–0) Mecir (1–1) Urbina (12) 19,715 17–15 L1
33 May 8 Red Sox 6–12 Burkett (3–0) Hiljus (3–2) 40,155 17–16 L2
34 May 9 Red Sox 1–5 Lowe (5–1) Hudson (3–4) 18,477 17–17 L3
35 May 10 Blue Jays 2–6 Prokopec (2–4) Mulder (2–2) 10,824 17–18 L4
36 May 11 Blue Jays 7–4 Zito (3–2) Miller (2–1) 21,115 18–18 W1
37 May 12 Blue Jays 4–11 Halladay (3–1) Lidle (1–5) Walker (1) 19,519 18–19 L1
38 May 14 @ Red Sox 2–6 Burkett (4–0) Hudson (3–5) 31,404 18–20 L2
39 May 15 @ Red Sox 2–8 Lowe (6–1) Hiljus (3–3) 32,346 18–21 L3
40 May 16 @ Red Sox 5–0 Zito (4–2) Castillo (2–4) 33,057 19–21 W1
41 May 17 @ Blue Jays 1–7 Halladay (4–1) Mulder (2–3) 14,061 19–22 L1
42 May 18 @ Blue Jays 3–6 Miller (3–1) Fyhrie (1–3) Escobar (7) 17,846 19–23 L2
43 May 19 @ Blue Jays 0–11 Loaiza (2–0) Hudson (3–6) 23,408 19–24 L3
44 May 21 Orioles 4–6 (14) Driskill (1–0) Venafro (1–1) Julio (9) 10,245 19–25 L4
45 May 22 Orioles 7–6 Fyhrie (2–3) Maduro (2–4) Koch (8) 20,444 20–25 W1
46 May 23 Orioles 3–11 Ponson (3–3) Mulder (2–4) 11,737 20–26 L1
47 May 24 Devil Rays 9–8 Mecir (2–1) Zambrano (1–4) Koch (9) 25,458 21–26 W1
48 May 25 Devil Rays 6–0 Harang (1–0) Harper (1–2) Bradford (1) 31,697 22–26 W2
49 May 26 Devil Rays 7–0 Zito (5–2) Kennedy (1–2) 15,943 23–26 W3
50 May 28 @ Orioles 5–2 Mulder (3–4) Maduro (2–5) Koch (10) 24,825 24–26 W4
51 May 29 @ Orioles 5–10 Bauer (2–2) Fyhrie (2–4) 24,913 24–27 L1
52 May 30 @ Devil Rays 3–4 (13) Harper (2–2) Bradford (1–1) 10,130 24–28 L2
53 May 31 @ Devil Rays 13–9 Venafro (2–1) Yan (2–2) 10,227 25–28 W1
June: 21–7 (Home: 10–3 ; Away: 11–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
54 June 1 @ Devil Rays 8–3 Zito (6–2) Kennedy (3–5) 14,073 26–28 W2
55 June 2 @ Devil Rays 4–2 Mulder (4–4) Rupe (5–6) Koch (11) 10,563 27–28 W3
56 June 3 Mariners 1–4 García (7–4) Harang (1–1) Sasaki (13) 14,188 27–29 L1
57 June 4 Mariners 3–2 (10) Koch (3–0) Hasegawa (3–1) 13,528 28–29 W1
58 June 5 Mariners 0–5 Moyer (5–2) Lidle (1–6) 35,647 28–30 L1
59 June 6 Mariners 10–4 Zito (7–2) Baldwin (4–5) 27,344 29–30 W1
60 June 7 Astros 5–3 Mulder (5–4) Oswalt (6–4) Koch (12) 17,453 30–30 W2
61 June 8 Astros 5–1 Harang (2–1) Reynolds (3–6) 27,115 31–30 W3
62 June 9 Astros 7–6 Koch (4–0) Dotel (3–3) 35,065 32–30 W4
63 June 10 Brewers 8–6 Bradford (2–1) de los Santos (1–2) Koch (13) 10,584 33–30 W5
64 June 11 Brewers 11–2 Zito (8–2) Figueroa (1–4) 11,223 34–30 W6
65 June 12 Brewers 8–0 Mulder (6–4) Sheets (3–7) 20,847 35–30 W7
66 June 14 @ Giants 3–2 Hudson (4–6) Schmidt (2–2) Koch (14) 41,457 36–30 W8
67 June 15 @ Giants 2–6 Zerbe (2–0) Harang (2–2) 41,298 36–31 L1
68 June 16 @ Giants 2–1 Zito (9–2) Rueter (7–5) Koch (15) 41,550 37–31 W1
69 June 18 @ Pirates 4–2 Mulder (7–4) Fogg (7–5) Koch (16) 21,943 38–31 W2
70 June 19 @ Pirates 3–2 (10) Bradford (3–1) Williams (1–2) Koch (17) 30,562 39–31 W3
71 June 20 @ Pirates 5–3 Hudson (5–6) Benson (0–4) Koch (18) 22,464 40–31 W4
72 June 21 @ Reds 5–3 Harang (3–2) Williamson (2–1) Koch (19) 26,101 41–31 W5
73 June 22 @ Reds 10–3 Zito (10–2) Chen (2–4) 27,243 42–31 W6
74 June 23 @ Reds 5–1 Mulder (8–4) Reitsma (3–5) 23,961 43–31 W7
75 June 24 @ Mariners 13–2 Lidle (2–6) García (10–5) 45,602 44–31 W8
76 June 25 @ Mariners 1–7 Baldwin (6–6) Hudson (5–7) 43,985 44–32 L1
77 June 26 @ Mariners 0–1 Hasegawa (4–1) Bradford (3–2) Sasaki (18) 42,120 44–33 L2
78 June 27 @ Mariners 4–7 Halama (3–2) Zito (10–3) Rhodes (1) 42,159 44–34 L3
79 June 28 Giants 10–6 Mulder (9–4) Hernández (6–9) 46,345 45–34 W1
80 June 29 Giants 3–5 Schmidt (4–2) Lidle (2–7) Nen (21) 53,501 45–35 L1
81 June 30 Giants 7–0 Hudson (6–7) Ortiz (6–5) 54,123 46–35 W1
July: 15–12 (Home: 8–7 ; Away: 7–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
82 July 1 Twins 4–5 Romero (4–1) Venafro (2–2) Guardado (25) 13,503 46–36 L1
83 July 2 Twins 4–3 Bradford (4–2) Guardado (1–2) 15,317 47–36 W1
84 July 3 Twins 1–2 Santana (4–1) Mulder (9–5) Guardado (26) 30,213 47–37 L1
85 July 4 Royals 3–2 Koch (5–0) Hernández (1–1) 28,315 48–37 W1
86 July 5 Royals 4–3 Mecir (3–1) Hernández (1–2) 53,802 49–37 W2
87 July 6 Royals 3–4 (10) Mullen (1–2) Koch (5–1) Voyles (1) 18,259 49–38 L1
88 July 7 Royals 3–2 Zito (11–3) Byrd (11–6) Koch (20) 31,676 50–38 W1
All–Star Break (July 8–10)
89 July 11 @ Orioles 4–1 Mulder (10–5) Erickson (3–9) Koch (21) 32,507 51–38 W2
90 July 12 @ Orioles 1–0 Hudson (7–7) Johnson (3–6) Koch (22) 33,366 52–38 W3
91 July 13 @ Orioles 6–0 Zito (12–3) Driskill (6–2) 36,100 53–38 W4
92 July 14 @ Orioles 3–6 López (9–3) Lidle (2–8) Julio (18) 32,853 53–39 L1
93 July 15 @ Devil Rays 4–0 Lilly (4–6) Rupe (5–10) 10,116 54–39 W1
94 July 16 @ Devil Rays 2–1 Mulder (11–5) Sosa (0–2) Koch (23) 10,592 55–39 W2
95 July 17 Angels 4–10 Appier (8–7) Hudson (7–8) 38,547 55–40 L1
96 July 18 Angels 2–0 Zito (13–3) Sele (7–7) Koch (24) 15,733 56–40 W1
97 July 19 Rangers 10–0 Lidle (3–8) Myette (0–1) 21,445 57–40 W2
98 July 20 Rangers 6–5 Koch (6–1) Burba (4–5) 31,129 58–40 W3
99 July 21 Rangers 3–7 (12) Powell (2–1) Mecir (3–2) 27,567 58–41 L1
100 July 23 @ Angels 2–1 Zito (14–3) Appier (8–8) Koch (25) 25,370 59–41 W1
101 July 24 @ Angels 1–5 Sele (8–7) Hudson (7–9) 25,240 59–42 L1
102 July 25 @ Angels 4–5 Shields (3–1) Mecir (3–3) Weber (5) 31,653 59–43 L2
103 July 26 @ Rangers 4–12 Rodriguez (1–1) Mulder (11–6) 34,585 59–44 L3
104 July 27 @ Rangers 6–10 (10) Kolb (1–0) Koch (6–2) 35,359 59–45 L4
105 July 28 @ Rangers 12–2 Zito (15–3) Alvarez (0–3) 24,022 60–45 W1
106 July 29 Indians 6–8 Mulholland (1–0) Magnante (0–2) Wohlers (1) 18,297 60–46 L1
107 July 30 Indians 4–5 Drese (9–8) Lidle (3–9) Wohlers (2) 14,737 60–47 L2
108 July 31 Indians 6–4 Mulder (12–6) Westbrook (0–1) Koch (26) 47,574 61–47 W1
August: 24–4 (Home: 10–2 ; Away: 14–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
109 August 1 Tigers 5–3 Bowie (1–0) Sparks (5–11) Koch (27) 13,861 62–47 W2
110 August 2 Tigers 1–3 Redman (7–9) Zito (15–4) Acevedo (19) 17,197 62–48 L1
111 August 3 Tigers 8–4 Hudson (8–9) Lima (2–5) 29,648 63–48 W1
112 August 4 Tigers 4–0 Lidle (4–9) Maroth (3–4) 24,546 64–48 W2
113 August 6 @ Red Sox 9–1 Mulder (13–6) Wakefield (5–4) 34,059 65–48 W3
114 August 7 @ Red Sox 3–2 Harang (4–2) Burkett (10–5) Koch (28) 33,325 66–48 W4
115 August 8 @ Red Sox 2–4 Lowe (16–5) Zito (15–5) Urbina (26) 33,855 66–49 L1
116 August 9 @ Yankees 3–2 (16) Bowie (2–0) Hitchcock (1–1) 54,316 67–49 W1
117 August 10 @ Yankees 8–0 Lidle (5–9) Wells (12–6) 54,439 68–49 W2
118 August 11 @ Yankees 5–8 Mussina (14–6) Mulder (13–7) 54,703 68–50 L1
119 August 12 Blue Jays 1–2 Loaiza (5–6) Harang (4–3) Escobar (24) 14,178 68–51 L2
120 August 13 Blue Jays 5–4 Zito (16–5) Carpenter (4–5) Koch (29) 17,466 69–51 W1
121 August 14 Blue Jays 4–2 Hudson (9–9) Walker (5–3) Koch (30) 40,528 70–51 W2
122 August 16 White Sox 1–0 Lidle (6–9) Buehrle (15–9) Koch (31) 22,622 71–51 W3
123 August 17 White Sox 9–2 Mulder (14–7) Garland (8–9) 40,658 72–51 W4
124 August 18 White Sox 7–4 Zito (17–5) Wright (8–11) 31,489 73–51 W5
125 August 19 @ Indians 8–1 Hudson (10–9) Báez (9–10) 27,696 74–51 W6
126 August 20 @ Indians 6–3 Harang (5–3) Westbrook (1–2) Koch (32) 27,527 75–51 W7
127 August 21 @ Indians 6–0 Lidle (7–9) Rodríguez (0–1) 26,916 76–51 W8
128 August 22 @ Indians 9–3 Mulder (15–7) Phillips (1–2) Bradford (2) 27,759 77–51 W9
129 August 23 @ Tigers 9–1 Zito (18–5) Powell (1–3) 21,807 78–51 W10
130 August 24 @ Tigers 12–3 Hudson (11–9) Lima (4–6) 19,045 79–51 W11
131 August 25 @ Tigers 10–7 Mecir (4–3) Walker (1–1) Koch (33) 24,346 80–51 W12
132 August 26 @ Royals 6–3 Lidle (8–9) May (3–9) Koch (34) 11,096 81–51 W13
133 August 27 @ Royals 6–4 Mulder (16–7) Hernández (3–3) Koch (35) 13,077 82–51 W14
134 August 28 @ Royals 7–1 Zito (19–5) Sedlacek (3–4) 15,952 83–51 W15
135 August 30 Twins 4–2 Hudson (12–9) Radke (6–4) Koch (36) 25,221 84–51 W16
136 August 31 Twins 6–3 Mecir (5–3) Romero (8–2) Koch (37) 42,841 85–51 W17
September: 18–8 (Home: 11–2 ; Away: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
137 September 1 Twins 7–5 Koch (7–2) Guardado (1–3) 37,676 86–51 W18
138 September 2 Royals 7–6 Koch (8–2) Grimsley (3–5) 26,325 87–51 W19
139 September 4 Royals 12–11 Koch (9–2) Grimsley (3–6) 55,528 88–51 W20
140 September 6 @ Twins 0–6 Radke (7–4) Lidle (8–10) 27,409 88–52 L1
141 September 7 @ Twins 2–0 Mulder (17–7) Mays (3–6) Koch (38) 43,628 89–52 W1
142 September 8 @ Twins 6–0 Zito (20–5) Milton (13–8) 20,102 90–52 W2
143 September 9 @ Angels 2–1 Hudson (13–9) Appier (14–10) Koch (39) 28,145 91–52 W3
144 September 10 @ Angels 2–5 Ortiz (13–9) Lilly (4–7) Percival (36) 35,323 91–53 L1
145 September 11 @ Angels 5–6 Shields (4–3) Tam (0–1) Percival (37) 34,302 91–54 L2
146 September 12 @ Angels 6–7 Donnelly (1–1) Koch (9–3) 31,304 91–55 L3
147 September 13 Mariners 5–0 Zito (21–5) Valdez (8–11) 38,210 92–55 W1
148 September 14 Mariners 1–0 Hudson (14–9) Moyer (13–8) 40,309 93–55 W2
149 September 15 Mariners 3–6 Piñeiro (14–6) Harang (5–4) Sasaki (35) 38,783 93–56 L1
150 September 16 Angels 4–3 Koch (10–3) Levine (4–4) 22,326 94–56 W1
151 September 17 Angels 0–1 (10) Weber (7–2) Koch (10–4) Percival (40) 25,894 94–57 L1
152 September 18 Angels 7–4 Zito (22–5) Callaway (1–1) Koch (40) 50,730 95–57 W1
153 September 19 Angels 5–3 Hudson (15–9) Appier (14–11) Koch (41) 27,435 96–57 W2
154 September 20 Rangers 4–2 Mecir (6–3) Kolb (3–5) Rincón (1) 25,281 97–57 W3
155 September 21 Rangers 6–3 Tam (1–1) Nitkowski (0–1) Koch (42) 24,862 98–57 W4
156 September 22 Rangers 7–5 Mulder (18–7) Park (9–7) Koch (43) 35,697 99–57 W5
157 September 24 @ Mariners 7–8 Hasegawa (8–2) Tam (1–2) Rhodes (2) 39,037 99–58 L1
158 September 25 @ Mariners 2–3 Rhodes (10–4) Mecir (6–4) Sasaki (37) 39,776 99–59 L2
159 September 26 @ Mariners 5–3 (10) Koch (11–4) Hasegawa (8–3) 45,822 100–59 W1
160 September 27 @ Rangers 3–2 Mulder (19–7) Park (9–8) Koch (44) 31,521 101–59 W2
161 September 28 @ Rangers 10–8 Lilly (5–7) Kolb (3–6) Mecir (1) 44,442 102–59 W3
162 September 29 @ Rangers 8–7 Zito (23–5) Benoit (4–5) 34,529 103–59 W4
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Athletics team member
     Source: baseball-reference.com[6]

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


Division Leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 103 58 0.640
Minnesota Twins 94 67 0.584
Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636


W L Pct.
Anaheim Angels 99 63 0.611
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574
Seattle Mariners 93 69 0.574
Chicago White Sox 81 81 0.500
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 0.481
Cleveland Indians 74 88 0.457
Texas Rangers 72 90 0.444
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414
Kansas City Royals 62 100 0.383
Detroit Tigers 55 106 0.342
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 0.342

Record vs. opponents[edit]


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


Draft picks (first round)[edit]

The following were drafted in the first round of the 2002 MLB draft by the Athletics on June 4, 2002:[7]

Trades[edit]

Roster[edit]

2002 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Postseason[edit]

The Athletics clinched the American League West with a regular season record of 103–59, advancing to the first round of the postseason. They were defeated in the 2002 American League Division Series three games to two by the American League Central champion Minnesota Twins.[11] The Twins would later be defeated in the 2002 American League Championship Series by the eventual World Series champion Anaheim Angels.[12][13]

Postseason game log[edit]

2002 Postseason Game Log (2–3)
2002 AL Division Series vs. Minnesota Twins: Athletics lose 2–3
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series
1 October 1 Twins 5–7 Radke (1–0) Lilly (0–1) Guardado (1) 34,853 MIN 1–0
2 October 2 Twins 9–1 Mulder (1–0) Mays (0–1) 31,953 Tied 1–1
3 October 4 @ Twins 6–3 Zito (1–0) Reed (0–1) Koch (1) 55,932 OAK 2–1
4 October 5 @ Twins 2–11 Milton (1–0) Hudson (0–1) 55,960 Tied 2–2
5 October 6 Twins 4–5 Radke (2–0) Mulder (1–1) 32,146 MIN 3–2
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Athletics team member
     Source: baseball-reference.com[11]

Player statistics[edit]

Pitching[edit]

Player POS G IP W L SV ERA SO
Tim Hudson SP 34 238.1 15 9 0 2.98 152
Barry Zito SP 35 229.1 23 5 0 2.75 182
Mark Mulder SP 30 207.1 19 7 0 3.47 159
Cory Lidle SP 31 192.0 8 10 0 3.89 111
Aaron Harang SP 16 78.1 5 4 0 4.83 64
Billy Koch CP 84 93.2 11 4 44 3.27 93
Chad Bradford RP 75 75.1 4 2 2 3.11 56
Jim Mecir RP 61 67.2 6 4 1 4.26 53
Jeff Tam RP 40 40.1 1 2 0 5.13 14
Mike Venafro RP 47 37.0 2 2 0 4.62 16
Mike Fyhrie RP/SP 16 48.2 2 4 0 4.44 29
Erik Hiljus RP/SP 9 45.2 3 3 0 6.50 29
Mike Magnante RP 32 28.2 0 2 0 5.97 11
Ted Lilly RP/SP 6 23.1 2 1 0 4.63 18
Ricardo Rincón RP 25 20.1 0 0 1 3.10 19
Mike Holtz RP 16 14.0 0 0 0 6.43 7
Micah Bowie RP 13 12.0 2 0 0 1.50 8
Totals 1452.0 103 59 48 3.68 1021
AL Ranking / 14 2 1 13 4 1 7

Batting[edit]

Player POS G AB AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI
Ramón Hernández C 136 403 .233 .313 94 20 0 7 42
Scott Hatteberg 1B 136 492 .280 .374 138 22 4 15 61
Mark Ellis 2B 98 345 .272 .359 94 16 4 6 35
Eric Chavez 3B 153 585 .275 .348 161 31 3 34 109
Miguel Tejada SS 162 662 .308 .354 204 30 0 34 131
David Justice LF 118 398 .266 .376 106 18 3 11 49
Terrence Long CF 162 587 .240 .298 141 32 4 16 67
Jermaine Dye RF 131 488 .252 .333 123 27 1 24 86
Ray Durham DH 54 219 .274 .350 60 14 4 6 22
John Mabry LF 89 193 .275 .322 53 13 1 11 40
Jeremy Giambi LF 42 157 .274 .390 43 7 0 8 17
Olmedo Sáenz 1B 68 156 .276 .354 43 10 1 6 18
Greg Myers C 65 144 .222 .341 32 5 0 6 21
Randy Velarde 2B 56 133 .226 .325 30 8 0 2 8
Frank Menechino 2B 38 132 .312 .312 27 7 0 3 15
Adam Piatt LF 55 137 .234 .303 32 8 0 5 18
Carlos Peña 1B 40 124 .218 .305 27 4 0 7 16
Eric Byrnes UT 90 94 .245 .291 23 4 2 3 11
Esteban Germán 2B 9 35 .200 .300 7 0 0 0 0
Mike Colangelo OF 20 23 .174 .240 4 1 0 0 0
Larry Sutton UT 7 19 .105 .150 2 0 0 1 3
Jason Grabowski LF 4 8 .375 .545 3 1 1 0 1
Jose Flores UT 7 3 .000 .400 0 0 0 0 0
Cody McKay C 2 3 .667 .500 2 0 0 0 2
Barry Zito P 35 4 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Hudson P 34 5 .200 .333 1 1 0 0 0
Mark Mulder P 30 5 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Harang P 16 3 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Cory Lidle P 31 1 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 5558 .261 .339 1450 279 28 205 772
AL Ranking / 14 9 8 5 9 12 10 4

Note: Only players with at least one at-bat are listed.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Sacramento River Cats 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
A-Short Season Vancouver Canadians Northwest League Orv Franchuk
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Ruben Escalera

References[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 377, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ "Mark Bellhorn Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "David Justice Trades and Transactions". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Randy Velarde Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Justin Duchscherer Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "2002 Oakland Athletics Schedule". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "2002 MLB Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "2002 Oakland Athletics Trades and Transactions". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Ted Lilly at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ "Ray Durham Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "2002 American League Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  12. ^ "2002 American League Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  13. ^ "2002 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2021.

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