2001 Season News

On September 11 the world changed forever as two hijacked airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center's twin towers and a third airplane hit the Pentagon in Washington DC. A fourth plane was brought down before reaching its intended target by a heroic group of passengers in a field in western Pennsylvania. In the end, over 3,300 innocent people were killed and the United States along with a collalition of over sixty countries declared war on terrorism.

Baltimore Orioles icon "Iron Man" Cal Ripken re-enacted the final scene from "The Natural" with a dramatic home run blast in the third inning off of Chan Ho Park during his final All-Star Game appearance.

Despite losing three of their greatest players (Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez) the resilient Seattle Mariners set the record for most wins in a season for an American League club, bettering the mark of one-hundred fourteen set by the already legendary 1998 Yankees. Japanese sensation Ichiro Suzuki sweetens the deal by winning Rookie of the Year as well as the Most Valuable Player.

A new era of baseball in Pittsburgh began with the opening of PNC Park resembling the classic stadiums of old. The park served as the fifth home for the Buccos replacing Three Rivers Stadium, which had replaced the sacred grounds at Forbes Field. Unfortunately, Pirate legend Willie Stargell died the evening before its Opening Day casting a dark shadow over the debut festivities.

Major League Baseball rose to the occasion as part of the post 9/11 healing process. After taking center stage with patriotic tributes throughout the remainder of the regular season, the national pastime returned to the Big Apple to host the World Series. With the city's emotions running high and the American flag pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center flying overhead, President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch symbolizing the unwavering strength of America.
2001 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 95-65 -
Boston Red Sox 82-79 13.5
Toronto Blue Jays 80-82 16.0
Baltimore Orioles 63-98 32.5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 62-100 34.0
2001 American League Central
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 91-71 -
Minnesota Twins 84-77 6.0
Chicago White Sox 83-79 8.0
Detroit Tigers 66-96 25.0
Kansas City Royals 65-97 26.0
2001 American League West
Team Record GB
Seattle Mariners 116-46 -
Oakland Athletics 102-60 14.0
Anaheim Angels 75-87 41.0
Texas Rangers 73-89 43.0
2001 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 88-74 -
Philadelphia Phillies 86-76 2.0
New York Mets 82-80 6.0
Florida Marlins 76-86 12.0
Montreal Expos 68-94 20.0
2001 National League Central
Team Record GB
Houston Astros 93-69 -
St. Louis Cardinals 93-69 -
Chicago Cubs 88-74 5.0
Milwaukee Brewers 68-94 25.0
Cincinnati Reds 66-96 27.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 62-100 31.0
2001 National League West
Team Record GB
Arizona Diamondbacks 92-70 -
San Francisco Giants 90-72 2.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 86-76 6.0
San Diego Padres 79-83 13.0
Colorado Rockies 73-89 19.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Seattle Mariners 116 46 0.716 927 5.72 627 3.87 169 160 0.288 0.358 0.445 3.54 465 1051 0.986 137
Oakland Athletics 102 60 0.630 884 5.46 645 3.98 199 153 0.264 0.339 0.439 3.59 440 1117 0.980 151
New York Yankees 95 65 0.594 804 5.03 713 4.46 203 158 0.267 0.329 0.435 4.02 465 1266 0.982 132
Cleveland Indians 91 71 0.562 897 5.54 821 5.07 212 148 0.278 0.346 0.458 4.64 573 1218 0.982 137
Minnesota Twins 85 77 0.525 771 4.76 766 4.73 164 192 0.272 0.332 0.433 4.51 445 965 0.982 121
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 798 4.93 795 4.91 214 181 0.268 0.331 0.451 4.55 500 921 0.981 149
Boston Red Sox 82 79 0.509 772 4.80 745 4.63 198 146 0.266 0.329 0.439 4.15 544 1259 0.981 129
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 0.494 767 4.73 753 4.65 195 165 0.263 0.317 0.430 4.28 490 1041 0.985 184
Anaheim Angels 75 87 0.463 691 4.27 730 4.51 158 168 0.261 0.321 0.405 4.20 525 947 0.983 142
Texas Rangers 73 89 0.451 890 5.49 968 5.98 246 222 0.275 0.339 0.471 5.71 596 951 0.981 167
Detroit Tigers 66 96 0.407 724 4.47 876 5.41 139 180 0.260 0.317 0.409 5.01 553 859 0.979 165
Kansas City Royals 65 97 0.401 729 4.50 858 5.30 152 209 0.266 0.316 0.409 4.87 576 911 0.981 204
Baltimore Orioles 63 98 0.391 687 4.27 829 5.15 136 194 0.248 0.313 0.380 4.67 528 938 0.979 137
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 62 100 0.383 672 4.15 887 5.48 121 207 0.258 0.315 0.388 4.94 569 1030 0.977 144
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Houston Astros 93 69 0.574 847 5.23 769 4.75 208 221 0.271 0.341 0.451 4.37 486 1228 0.982 138
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 814 5.02 684 4.22 199 196 0.270 0.334 0.441 3.93 526 1083 0.982 156
Arizona Diamondbacks 92 70 0.568 818 5.05 677 4.18 208 195 0.267 0.337 0.442 3.87 461 1297 0.986 148
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 799 4.93 748 4.62 235 145 0.266 0.340 0.460 4.18 579 1080 0.981 170
Atlanta Braves 88 74 0.543 729 4.50 643 3.97 174 153 0.260 0.321 0.412 3.59 499 1133 0.983 133
Chicago Cubs 88 74 0.543 777 4.80 701 4.33 194 164 0.261 0.332 0.430 4.03 550 1344 0.982 113
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 0.531 758 4.68 744 4.59 206 184 0.255 0.319 0.425 4.25 524 1212 0.981 138
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 746 4.60 719 4.44 164 170 0.260 0.328 0.414 4.15 527 1086 0.985 145
New York Mets 82 80 0.506 642 3.96 713 4.40 147 186 0.249 0.317 0.387 4.07 438 1191 0.983 132
San Diego Padres 79 83 0.488 789 4.87 812 5.01 161 219 0.252 0.334 0.399 4.52 476 1088 0.976 127
Florida Marlins 76 86 0.469 742 4.58 744 4.59 166 151 0.264 0.321 0.423 4.32 617 1119 0.983 174
Colorado Rockies 73 89 0.451 923 5.70 906 5.59 213 239 0.292 0.351 0.483 5.29 598 1058 0.984 167
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 740 4.57 806 4.98 209 197 0.251 0.312 0.426 4.64 667 1057 0.983 156
Montreal Expos 68 94 0.420 670 4.14 812 5.01 131 190 0.253 0.314 0.396 4.68 525 1103 0.982 139
Cincinnati Reds 66 96 0.407 735 4.54 850 5.25 176 198 0.262 0.319 0.419 4.77 515 943 0.978 136
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 100 0.383 657 4.06 858 5.30 161 167 0.247 0.307 0.393 5.05 549 908 0.978 168