2002 Season News

The Anaheim Angels dethroned the perennial American League Champion New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins to face the San Francisco Giants in their first Fall Classic since entering the league forty-two years earlier. The victory was sweetened by overcoming a 5-0 seventh-inning deficit in Game 6, fittingly the greatest elimination-game comeback in Classic history. The Angels went on to win the contest four games to three.

Seattle's Mike Cameron hit four homers in Comiskey Park on May 2nd, becoming the first Major Leaguer in nine years (Mark Whiten, 1993) to manage the feat. He was outdone twenty-one days later in Milwaukee as the Los Angeles Dodgers' Shawn Green totaled a six-for-six, nineteen total base spectacle and finished the week with nine home runs of his own.

Barry Bonds continued to chase Babe Ruth as the most dominant player in MLB history. The San Francisco Giants outfielder tallied his 600th home run off the Pittsburgh Pirates' Kip Wells on August 9th and won his first batting title (.370) before falling to the Anaheim Angels in Game 7 of the World Series.

No one demonstrated more resolve than the Cardinals, who experienced the untimely deaths of longtime announcer Jack Buck and pitcher Darryl Kile. The team, though mourning, went on to dominate the National League Central dedicating the season in the memory of their departed comrades.

Major League owners and players, inevitably heading toward a ninth play stoppage over labor issues, reached accord virtually minutes before the first feared cancellation. It was the first time a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was struck without the loss of a single inning.

Baseball bid farewell to some of the greatest ever to lace up a pair of cleats including Ted Williams, Jim Spencer, Al Cowens, Minnie Rojas, Joe Black, Wes Westrum, Darrell Porter, Enos Slaughter, John Roseboro, Hoyt Wilhelm and Darryl Kile.
2002 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 103-58 -
Boston Red Sox 93-69 10.5
Toronto Blue Jays 78-84 25.5
Baltimore Orioles 67-95 36.5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55-106 48.0
2002 American League Central
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 94-67 -
Chicago White Sox 81-81 13.5
Cleveland Indians 74-88 20.5
Kansas City Royals 62-100 32.5
Detroit Tigers 55-106 39.0
2002 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 103-59 -
Anaheim Angels 99-63 4.0
Seattle Mariners 93-69 10.0
Texas Rangers 72-90 31.0
2002 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 101-59 -
Montreal Expos 83-79 19.0
Philadelphia Phillies 80-81 21.5
Florida Marlins 79-83 23.0
New York Mets 75-86 26.5
2002 National League Central
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 97-65 -
Houston Astros 84-78 13.0
Cincinnati Reds 78-84 19.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 72-89 24.5
Chicago Cubs 67-95 30.0
Milwaukee Brewers 56-106 41.0
2002 National League West
Team Record GB
Arizona Diamondbacks 98-64 -
San Francisco Giants 95-66 2.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 92-70 6.0
Colorado Rockies 73-89 25.0
San Diego Padres 66-96 32.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 103 58 0.640 897 5.57 697 4.33 223 144 0.275 0.349 0.455 3.87 403 1135 0.979 117
Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636 800 4.94 654 4.04 205 135 0.261 0.334 0.432 3.68 474 1021 0.984 144
Anaheim Angels 99 63 0.611 851 5.25 644 3.98 152 169 0.282 0.336 0.433 3.69 509 999 0.986 151
Minnesota Twins 94 67 0.584 768 4.77 712 4.42 167 184 0.272 0.329 0.437 4.12 439 1026 0.987 124
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574 859 5.30 665 4.10 177 146 0.277 0.340 0.444 3.75 430 1157 0.983 140
Seattle Mariners 93 69 0.574 814 5.02 699 4.31 152 178 0.275 0.348 0.419 4.07 441 1063 0.985 134
Chicago White Sox 81 81 0.500 856 5.28 798 4.93 217 190 0.268 0.335 0.449 4.53 528 945 0.984 157
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 0.481 813 5.02 828 5.11 187 177 0.261 0.324 0.430 4.80 590 991 0.982 159
Cleveland Indians 74 88 0.457 739 4.56 837 5.17 192 142 0.249 0.317 0.412 4.91 603 1058 0.981 161
Texas Rangers 72 90 0.444 843 5.20 882 5.44 230 194 0.269 0.334 0.455 5.15 669 1030 0.984 152
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 667 4.12 773 4.77 165 208 0.246 0.304 0.403 4.46 549 967 0.985 173
Kansas City Royals 62 100 0.383 737 4.55 891 5.50 140 212 0.256 0.320 0.398 5.21 572 909 0.979 153
Detroit Tigers 55 106 0.342 575 3.57 864 5.37 124 163 0.248 0.295 0.379 4.93 463 794 0.977 148
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 0.342 673 4.18 918 5.70 133 215 0.253 0.309 0.390 5.29 620 925 0.979 168
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Atlanta Braves 101 59 0.631 708 4.43 565 3.53 164 123 0.260 0.328 0.409 3.13 554 1058 0.982 170
Arizona Diamondbacks 98 64 0.605 819 5.06 674 4.16 165 170 0.267 0.344 0.423 3.92 421 1303 0.985 116
St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 0.599 787 4.86 648 4.00 175 141 0.268 0.334 0.425 3.70 547 1009 0.983 168
San Francisco Giants 95 66 0.590 783 4.86 616 3.83 198 116 0.267 0.340 0.442 3.54 523 992 0.985 166
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568 713 4.40 643 3.97 155 165 0.264 0.316 0.409 3.69 555 1132 0.985 134
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 749 4.62 695 4.29 167 151 0.262 0.333 0.417 4.00 546 1219 0.986 149
Montreal Expos 83 79 0.512 735 4.54 718 4.43 162 165 0.261 0.332 0.418 3.97 508 1088 0.978 160
Philadelphia Phillies 80 81 0.497 710 4.41 724 4.50 165 153 0.259 0.336 0.422 4.17 570 1075 0.986 156
Florida Marlins 79 83 0.488 699 4.31 763 4.71 146 151 0.261 0.333 0.403 4.36 631 1104 0.983 163
Cincinnati Reds 78 84 0.481 709 4.38 774 4.78 169 173 0.253 0.325 0.408 4.27 550 980 0.981 169
New York Mets 75 86 0.466 690 4.29 703 4.37 160 163 0.256 0.317 0.395 3.89 543 1107 0.976 138
Colorado Rockies 73 89 0.451 778 4.80 898 5.54 152 225 0.274 0.334 0.423 5.20 582 920 0.982 158
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 0.447 641 3.98 730 4.53 142 163 0.244 0.313 0.381 4.23 572 920 0.982 177
Chicago Cubs 67 95 0.414 706 4.36 759 4.69 200 167 0.246 0.318 0.413 4.29 606 1333 0.981 144
San Diego Padres 66 96 0.407 662 4.09 815 5.03 136 177 0.253 0.320 0.381 4.62 582 1108 0.979 162
Milwaukee Brewers 56 106 0.346 627 3.87 821 5.07 139 199 0.253 0.316 0.390 4.73 666 1026 0.983 154