2002 New York Yankees season

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2002 New York Yankees
American League East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record103–58 (.640)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
General manager(s) Brian Cashman
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WCBS-TV
YES Network
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, Ken Singleton, Bobby Murcer, David Cone, Paul O'Neill)
Local radio WCBS (AM)
(John Sterling, Charley Steiner)
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The New York Yankees' 2002 season was the 100th season for the Yankees in New York, and their 102nd overall going back to their origins in Baltimore. The team finished with a record of 103-58 finishing 10.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. 2002 was a transition year for the Yankees, as they soldiered on without O'Neill, Martinez, Brosius and Knoblauch, their main pieces in the 1990s dynasty. In the playoffs, they lost in the ALDS in 4 games to the Anaheim Angels, marking the 2002 Yankees season a failure as they did not advance to a World Series for the first time since 1997; failing to win their fifth straight pennant; they did not win a World Championship, giving the team a 2-year title drought.

New York Yankees Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in the Bronx, New York, United States

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the National League's (NL) New York Mets. The Yankees began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles. In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise after it ceased operations and moved it to New York City, renaming the club the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the New York Yankees in 1913.

Boston Red Sox Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The team have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent World Series appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.



Robin Ventura baseball player and manager from the United States

Robin Mark Ventura is an American former professional baseball third baseman and manager. Ventura played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was also the manager for the White Sox for five seasons. The White Sox selected Ventura with the tenth overall pick in the 1988 amateur draft from Oklahoma State University (OSU). He is a six-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, two-time MLB All-Star selection and a National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

In professional sports, a free agent is a player who is eligible to sign freely with any club or franchise; i.e., not under contract to any specific team. The term is also used in reference to a player who is under contract at present but who is allowed to solicit offers from other teams. In some circumstances, the free agent's options are limited by league rules.

Broadcasting changes

Beginning this season, the newly launched YES Network began airing the regular season games taking over from MSG Network as Cable rights holder for these games until the 2001 season. The On-air team of Ken Singleton and Jim Kaat was moved from MSG to YES beginning this season, while Michael Kay as play-by-play commentator added beginning this season in addition to radio duties and they also added retired Right fielder Paul O'Neill and former Yankees pitcher David Cone as color commentators; in addition, the over-the-air Yankees games was moved from Fox owned and operated station WNYW to CBS owned and operated station WCBS-TV; Bobby Murcer remains as a play-by-play announcer for the games on over-the-air television; however, the Yankees over-the-air games will continued to be aired nationally on the former through its network's sporting division via Baseball package this season. Also beginning this season, the radio broadcasts of Yankees games moved from WABC-AM to CBS Radio-owned AM station WCBS-AM in which it is a sister to its over-the-air rights holder WCBS-TV in which will remain for 3 years until the 2004 season.

YES Network American regional sports network

The Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) is an American pay television regional sports network that is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, Sinclair Broadcast Group and The Blackstone Group alongside RedBird Capital and Mubadala Investment Company. Primarily serving New York City, New York and the surrounding metropolitan area, it broadcasts a variety of sports events, as well as magazine, documentary and discussion programs; however, its main emphasis is focused on games and team-related programs involving the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, the WNBA's New York Liberty and New York City FC of Major League Soccer.

2001 New York Yankees season Major League Baseball season

The New York Yankees' 2001 season was the 99th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 95-65 finishing 13.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. Roger Clemens had sixteen straight wins, tying an American League mark shared by Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Schoolboy Rowe, and Smoky Joe Wood. Clemens would finish the season with the AL Cy Young Award and become the first pitcher to win six Cy Young Awards.

Ken Singleton American baseball player

Kenneth Wayne Singleton is an American former professional baseball player and current television sports commentator. He played as an outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, and Baltimore Orioles.

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 103580.64052–2851–30
Boston Red Sox 93690.57410½42–3951–30
Toronto Blue Jays 78840.48125½42–3936–45
Baltimore Orioles 67950.41436½34–4733–48
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 551060.3424830–5125–55

American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 103580.640
Minnesota Twins 94670.584
Oakland Athletics 103590.636

W L Pct.
Anaheim Angels 99630.611
Boston Red Sox 93690.574
Seattle Mariners 93690.574
Chicago White Sox 81810.500
Toronto Blue Jays 78840.481
Cleveland Indians 74880.457
Texas Rangers 72900.444
Baltimore Orioles 67950.414
Kansas City Royals 621000.383
Detroit Tigers 551060.342
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 551060.342

Record vs. opponents

2002 American League Records

Anaheim 7–23–46–36–38–16–34–53–49–119–108–112–77–211–7
Baltimore 2–76–133–41–52–47–05–16–134–55–410–93–64–159–9
Boston 4–313–62–45–45–44–23–39–106–34–516–34–313–65–13
Chicago 3–64–34–29–1012–711–88–112–42–75–44–35–44–28–10
Cleveland 3–65–14–510–910–99–108–113–62–53–44–24–53–36–12
Detroit 1–84–24–57–129–109–104–141–81–62–52–45–40–66–12
Kansas City 3–60–72–48–1110–910–95–141–51–83–64–27–23–45–13
Minnesota 5–41–53–311–811–814–414–50–63–65–45–26–36–110–8
New York 4–313–610–94–26–38–15–16–05–44–513–54–310–911–7
Oakland 11–95–43–67–25–26–18–16–34–58–118–113–63–616–2
Seattle 10–94–55–44–54–35–26–34–55–411–85–413–76–311–7
Tampa Bay 1–89–103–163–42–44–22–42–55–131–84–54–58–117–11
Texas 7–126–33–44–55–44–52–73–63–46–137–135–48–19–9
Toronto 2–715–46–132–43–36–04–31–69–106–33–611–81–89–9

Notable transactions

Raúl Mondesí Dominican baseball player

Raúl Ramón Mondesí Avelino is a Dominican former politician who was the mayor of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, and a former professional baseball right fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 13 seasons, primarily for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and made his MLB debut with them in 1993. He was the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year in 1994, an MLB All-Star, and a two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner. Known for his combination of power and speed, Mondesí twice achieved the 30–30 club. Also noted for his strong throwing arm, he led right fielders in his league in assists three times while registering over 100 in his career.


2002 New York Yankees




Player stats

Starters by position

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

C Jorge Posada 143511137.2682099
1B Jason Giambi 155560176.31441122
2B Alfonso Soriano 156696209.30039102
SS Derek Jeter 157644191.2971875
3B Robin Ventura 141465115.2472793
LF Rondell White 126455109.2401462
CF Bernie Williams 154612204.33319102
RF Raúl Mondesí 7127065.2411143
DH Nick Johnson 12937892.2431558

Starting pitchers

Mike Mussina 33215.218104.05182
David Wells 31206.11973.75137
Roger Clemens 291801364.35192
Orlando Hernández 24146853.64113
Andy Pettitte 22134.21353.2797
Ted Lilly 1676.2363.4059

Other pitchers

Jeff Weaver 1578534.04
Mike Thurman 1233105.18
Randy Choate 1822.1006.04
Relief pitchers
Mariano Rivera 4514282.7441
Ramiro Mendoza 628443.4461
Steve Karsay 7864123.2665
Mike Stanton 797163.0044
Sterling Hitchcock 201205.4931


Game 1:New York 8 – Anaheim 5.

Game 2:Anaheim 8 – New York 6.

Game 3:Anaheim 9 – New York 6.

Game 4:Anaheim 9 – New York 5.

Anaheim's victory secured their place in the American League Championship Series, where they defeated the Minnesota Twins, and subsequently the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series.

This was the first time since 1997 that the Yankees failed to win the American League pennant and advance to the World Series.

Awards and records

Silver Slugger Award baseball award given to the best hitter at each position in each league in Major League Baseball

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.

Farm system

AAA Columbus Clippers International League Brian Butterfield, Frank Howard
and Stump Merrill
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Stump Merrill and Luis Sojo
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Mitch Seoane
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Bill Masse
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Derek Shelton
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Manny Crespo

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Norwich, Staten Island [11] [12]

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