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The 2002 season of the American League was the one hundred second 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 Minnesota Twins 161 94 67 0 .584 -.- 768 (4.77) 712 (4.42) 0.272 0.332 0.437 4.12 0.987
2 Chicago White Sox 162 81 81 0 .500 13.5 856 (5.28) 798 (4.93) 0.268 0.338 0.449 4.53 0.984
3 Cleveland Indians 162 74 88 0 .457 20.5 739 (4.56) 837 (5.17) 0.249 0.321 0.412 4.91 0.981
4 Kansas City Royals 162 62 100 0 .383 32.5 737 (4.55) 891 (5.50) 0.256 0.323 0.398 5.21 0.979
5 Detroit Tigers 161 55 106 0 .342 39.0 575 (3.57) 864 (5.37) 0.248 0.300 0.379 4.93 0.977
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 161 103 58 0 .640 -.- 897 (5.57) 697 (4.33) 0.275 0.354 0.455 3.87 0.979
2 Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 0 .574 10.5 859 (5.30) 665 (4.10) 0.277 0.345 0.444 3.75 0.983
3 Toronto Blue Jays 162 78 84 0 .481 25.5 813 (5.02) 828 (5.11) 0.261 0.327 0.430 4.80 0.982
4 Baltimore Orioles 162 67 95 0 .414 36.5 667 (4.12) 773 (4.77) 0.246 0.309 0.403 4.46 0.985
5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 161 55 106 0 .342 48.0 673 (4.18) 918 (5.70) 0.253 0.314 0.390 5.29 0.979
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 103 59 0 .636 -.- 800 (4.94) 654 (4.04) 0.261 0.339 0.432 3.68 0.984
2 Anaheim Angels* 162 99 63 0 .611 4.0 851 (5.25) 644 (3.98) 0.282 0.341 0.433 3.69 0.986
3 Seattle Mariners 162 93 69 0 .574 10.0 814 (5.02) 699 (4.31) 0.275 0.350 0.419 4.07 0.985
4 Texas Rangers 162 72 90 0 .444 31.0 843 (5.20) 882 (5.44) 0.269 0.338 0.455 5.15 0.984

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Carlos Beltran
Terrence Long
Alex Rodriguez
Miguel Tejada
Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics
162
At Bats Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees 696
Runs Scored Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees 128
Hits Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees 209
Doubles Garret Anderson
Nomar Garciaparra
Anaheim Angels
Boston Red Sox
56
Triples Johnny Damon Boston Red Sox 11
Home Runs Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 57
Total Bases Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 389
Runs Batted In Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 142
Stolen Bases Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees 41
Caught Stealing Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 15
Walks Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 122
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 27
Hit by Pitch David Eckstein Anaheim Angels 27
Strikeouts Mike Cameron Seattle Mariners 176
Sacrifice Hits David Eckstein Anaheim Angels 14
Sacrifice Flies John Olerud Seattle Mariners 12
Grounded into Double Plays Jorge Posada New York Yankees 23
Batting Average Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox 0.349
On-Base Percentage Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox 0.450
Slugging Percentage Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 0.677
On-Base plus Slugging Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 1.122
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 191

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Barry Zito Oakland Athletics 23
Losses Tanyon Sturtze Tampa Bay Devil Rays 18
Win-Loss Percentage Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 0.833
Appearances Billy Koch Oakland Athletics 84
Games Started Barry Zito Oakland Athletics 35
Complete Games Paul Byrd Kansas City Royals 7
Shutouts Jeff Weaver Detroit Tigers/New York Yankees 3
Games Finished Billy Koch Oakland Athletics 79
Saves Eddie Guardado Minnesota Twins 45
Innings Pitched Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 239.1
Batters Faced Tanyon Sturtze Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1008
Hits Allowed Tanyon Sturtze Tampa Bay Devil Rays 271
Home Runs Allowed Ramon Ortiz Anaheim Angels 40
Base-on-Balls Allowed Tanyon Sturtze Tampa Bay Devil Rays 89
Intentional Base-on-Balls Steve Karsay New York Yankees 14
Hit Batsmen Chan Ho Park Texas Rangers 17
Strikeouts Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 239
Wild Pitches Johan Santana Minnesota Twins 15
Balks Steve Kent
Ramon Ortiz
C.C. Sabathia
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Anaheim Angels
Cleveland Indians
3
Runs Allowed Tanyon Sturtze Tampa Bay Devil Rays 141
Earned Runs Allowed Tanyon Sturtze Tampa Bay Devil Rays 129
Earned Run Average Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 2.26
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 0.923

[edit] All-Star Game

The seventy-third midsummer classic at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, July 9, 2002 ended in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of players. The league's manager was Joe Torre.

[edit] Postseason

The 2002 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
                 
East.  New York Yankees 1  
WC  Anaheim Angels 3  
    WC  Anaheim Angels 4
  Cent.  Minnesota Twins 1
Cent.  Minnesota Twins 3
West.  Oakland Athletics 2  

In the World Series, the American League champion Anaheim Angels defeated the National League's San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Miguel Tejada, a shortstop with the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 356 out of a possible 392 points and 21 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Barry Zito of the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 114 out of a possible 140 points and 17 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Eric Hinske, a third baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays. In the award's voting, he had 122 out of a possible 140 points and 19 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 Kenny Rogers Texas Rangers
C Bengie Molina Anaheim Angels
1B John Olerud Seattle Mariners
2B Bret Boone Seattle Mariners
3B Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics
SS Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers
OF Torii Hunter Minnesota Twins
Darin Erstad Anaheim Angels
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 New York Yankees
2B Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees
3B Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics
SS Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers
OF Garret Anderson Anaheim Angels
Magglio Ordonez Chicago White Sox
Bernie Williams New York Yankees
DH Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifty-sixth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 29 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Chicago White Sox lost to the Colorado Rockies of the National League by a score of 18 to 10.

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