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The 2001 season of the American League was the one hundred first season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 Cleveland Indians 162 91 71 0 .562 -.- 897 (5.54) 821 (5.07) 0.278 0.350 0.458 4.64 0.982
2 Minnesota Twins 162 85 77 0 .525 6.0 771 (4.76) 766 (4.73) 0.272 0.337 0.433 4.51 0.982
3 Chicago White Sox 162 83 79 0 .512 8.0 798 (4.93) 795 (4.91) 0.268 0.334 0.451 4.55 0.981
4 Detroit Tigers 162 66 96 0 .407 25.0 724 (4.47) 876 (5.41) 0.260 0.320 0.409 5.01 0.979
5 Kansas City Royals 162 65 97 0 .401 26.0 729 (4.50) 858 (5.30) 0.266 0.318 0.409 4.87 0.981
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 161 95 65 1 .590 -.- 804 (4.99) 713 (4.43) 0.267 0.334 0.435 4.02 0.982
2 Boston Red Sox 161 82 79 0 .509 13.5 772 (4.80) 745 (4.63) 0.266 0.334 0.439 4.15 0.981
3 Toronto Blue Jays 162 80 82 0 .494 16.0 767 (4.73) 753 (4.65) 0.263 0.325 0.430 4.28 0.985
4 Baltimore Orioles 162 63 98 1 .389 32.5 687 (4.24) 829 (5.12) 0.248 0.319 0.380 4.67 0.979
5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 162 62 100 0 .383 34.0 672 (4.15) 887 (5.48) 0.258 0.320 0.388 4.94 0.977
Western Division
1 Seattle Mariners 162 116 46 0 .716 -.- 927 (5.72) 627 (3.87) 0.288 0.360 0.445 3.54 0.986
2 Oakland Athletics* 162 102 60 0 .630 14.0 884 (5.46) 645 (3.98) 0.264 0.345 0.439 3.59 0.980
3 Anaheim Angels 162 75 87 0 .463 41.0 691 (4.27) 730 (4.51) 0.261 0.327 0.405 4.20 0.983
4 Texas Rangers 162 73 89 0 .451 43.0 890 (5.49) 968 (5.98) 0.275 0.344 0.471 5.71 0.981

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Carlos Delgado
Terrence Long
Alex Rodriguez
Miguel Tejada
Toronto Blue Jays
Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics
162
At Bats Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 692
Runs Scored Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 133
Hits Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 242
Doubles Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics 47
Triples Cristian Guzman Minnesota Twins 14
Home Runs Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 52
Total Bases Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 393
Runs Batted In Bret Boone Seattle Mariners 141
Stolen Bases Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 56
Caught Stealing Roger Cedeno Detroit Tigers 15
Walks Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics 129
Intentional Base-on-Balls Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox 25
Hit by Pitch David Eckstein Anaheim Angels 21
Strikeouts Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 185
Sacrifice Hits David Eckstein Anaheim Angels 16
Sacrifice Flies Juan Gonzalez Cleveland Indians 16
Grounded into Double Plays John Olerud Seattle Mariners 21
Batting Average Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 0.350
On-Base Percentage Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics 0.477
Slugging Percentage Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics 0.660
On-Base plus Slugging Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics 1.137
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics 202

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Mark Mulder Oakland Athletics 21
Losses Jose Mercedes Baltimore Orioles 17
Win-Loss Percentage Roger Clemens New York Yankees 0.870
Appearances Paul Quantrill Toronto Blue Jays 80
Games Started Tim Hudson
Barry Zito
Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
35
Complete Games Steve Sparks Detroit Tigers 8
Shutouts Mark Mulder Oakland Athletics 4
Games Finished Keith Foulke Chicago White Sox 69
Saves Mariano Rivera New York Yankees 50
Innings Pitched Freddy Garcia Seattle Mariners 238.2
Batters Faced Jeff Weaver Detroit Tigers 985
Hits Allowed Rick Helling Texas Rangers 256
Home Runs Allowed Rick Helling Texas Rangers 38
Base-on-Balls Allowed Hideo Nomo Boston Red Sox 96
Intentional Base-on-Balls Bobby Howry
Derek Lowe
Pat Mahomes
Mike Stanton
Jeff Tam
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
Texas Rangers
New York Yankees
Oakland Athletics
9
Hit Batsmen Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox 18
Strikeouts Hideo Nomo Boston Red Sox 220
Wild Pitches Roger Clemens
Kip Wells
New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
14
Balks Chris Michalak Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers 6
Runs Allowed Rick Helling Texas Rangers 134
Earned Runs Allowed Rick Helling Texas Rangers 124
Earned Run Average Freddy Garcia Seattle Mariners 3.05
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Mark Buehrle Chicago White Sox 1.066

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the seventy-second midsummer classic at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 by a score of 4 to 1. The league's manager was Joe Torre.

[edit] Postseason

The 2001 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
Cent.  Cleveland Indians 2  
West.  Seattle Mariners 3  
    West.  Seattle Mariners 1
  East.  New York Yankees 4
East.  New York Yankees 3
WC  Oakland Athletics 2  

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees were defeated by the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Ichiro Suzuki, an outfielder with the Seattle Mariners. In the award's voting, he had 289 out of a possible 392 points and 11 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 122 out of a possible 140 points and 21 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Ichiro Suzuki, an outfielder with the Seattle Mariners. In the award's voting, he had 138 out of a possible 140 points and 27 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Mike Mussina New York Yankees
C Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
1B Doug Mientkiewicz Minnesota Twins
2B Roberto Alomar Cleveland Indians
3B Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics
SS Omar Vizquel Cleveland Indians
OF Mike Cameron Seattle Mariners
Torii Hunter Minnesota Twins
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Jorge Posada New York Yankees
1B Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics
2B Bret Boone Seattle Mariners
3B Troy Glaus Anaheim Angels
SS Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers
OF Juan Gonzalez Cleveland Indians
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners
DH Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifty-fifth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 6 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game did not feature an American League Team.

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