2001 Major League Baseball season

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2001 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 1, 2001 – November 4, 2001
Regular Season
Season champions New York Yankees & Arizona Diamondbacks
Season MVP AL: Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Seattle Mariners
NL champions Arizona Diamondbacks
  NL runners-up Atlanta Braves
World Series
Champions Arizona Diamondbacks
  Runners-up New York Yankees
Finals MVP Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling (ARZ)
MLB seasons

The 2001 Major League Baseball season, the first of the 21st century, finished with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees in a Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. The September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. pushed the end of the regular-season from September 30 to October 7. Because of the tragedy, the World Series was not completed until November 4; therefore, it was called The November Series[citation needed]. The 2001 World Series was the only World Series to end in November, until the 2009 Series, which was scheduled to end on November 1 at the earliest and ended on November 4.

This season was memorable for the Seattle Mariners equaling the Major League regular season record of 116 wins, Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire's single-season home run record, and baseball's patriotic return after a week's worth of games being postponed due to 9/11.

Major league baseball final standings



  League Division Series League Championship Series World Series
  1  Seattle 3  
3  Cleveland 2  
  1  Seattle Mariners 1  
American League
  2  New York Yankees 4  
2  New York Yankees 3
  4  Oakland 2  
    AL  New York Yankees 3
  NL  Arizona Diamondbacks 4
  1  Houston 0  
3  Atlanta 3  
  3  Atlanta 1
National League
  2  Arizona 4  
2  Arizona 3
  4  St. Louis 2  

Click on any series score to link to that series' page.
Higher seed has home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.
The National League Champion has home field advantage during the World Series. (Rotated between NL and AL each year until 2003)
American League is seeded 1-3/2-4 as a result of the AL regular season champion (Seattle Mariners) and the AL wild card (Oakland Athletics) coming from the same division.
National League is seeded 1-3/2-4 as a result of the NL regular season champion (Houston Astros) and the NL wild card (St. Louis Cardinals) coming from the same division.

League Division Series

American League

Seattle Mariners over Cleveland Indians, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
1 October 9 Indians 5, Mariners 0 0–1 Safeco Field
2 October 11 Mariners 5, Indians 1 1–1 Safeco Field
3 October 13 Indians 17, Mariners 2 1–2 Jacobs Field
4 October 14 Mariners 6, Indians 2 2–2 Jacobs Field
5 October 15 Mariners 3, Indians 1 3–2 Safeco Field
New York Yankees over Oakland Athletics, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
1 October 10 Athletics 5, Yankees 3 0–1 Yankee Stadium
2 October 11 Athletics 2, Yankees 0 0–2 Yankee Stadium
3 October 13 Yankees 1, Athletics 0 1–2 Network Associates Coliseum
4 October 14 Yankees 9, Athletics 2 2–2 Network Associates Coliseum
5 October 15 Yankees 5, Athletics 3 3–2 Yankee Stadium

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks over St. Louis Cardinals, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
1 October 9 Diamondbacks 1, Cardinals 0 1-0 Bank One Ballpark
2 October 10 Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 1 1–1 Bank One Ballpark
3 October 12 Diamondbacks 5, Cardinals 3 2–1 Busch Stadium
4 October 13 Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 1 2–2 Busch Stadium
5 October 14 Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 1 3–2 Bank One Ballpark
Atlanta Braves over Houston Astros, 3–0
Game Date Score Series
1 October 9 Braves 7, Astros 4 0–1 Enron Field
2 October 10 Braves 1, Astros 0 0–2 Enron Field
3 October 12 Braves 6, Astros 2 0-3 Turner Field

League Championship Series

American League

2001 American League Championship Series
New York Yankees over Seattle Mariners, 4–1
ALCS MVP: Andy Pettitte, P, NYY
Game Date Score Series
1 October 17 Yankees 4, Mariners 2 1–0 Safeco Field
2 October 18 Yankees 3, Mariners 2 2–0 Safeco Field
3 October 20 Mariners 14, Yankees 3 2–1 Yankee Stadium
4 October 21 Yankees 3, Mariners 1 3–1 Yankee Stadium
5 October 22 Yankees 12, Mariners 3 4–1 Yankee Stadium

National League

2001 National League Championship Series'
Arizona Diamondbacks over Atlanta Braves, 4–1
NLCS MVP: Craig Counsell, SS, ARI
Game Date Score Series
1 October 16 Diamondbacks 2, Braves 0 1–0 Bank One Ballpark
2 October 17 Braves 8, Diamondbacks 1 1–1 Bank One Ballpark
3 October 19 Diamondbacks 5, Braves 1 2–1 Turner Field
4 October 20 Diamondbacks 11, Braves 4 3–1 Turner Field
5 October 21 Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 4–1 Turner Field

World Series

2001 World Series
Arizona Diamondbacks over New York Yankees, 4–3
World Series Co-MVPs: Randy Johnson/Curt Schilling, P, Arizona
Game Date Score Series
Location Attendance Time
1 October 27 Diamondbacks 9, Yankees 1 1–0 Bank One Ballpark 49,646 2:44
2 October 28 Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0 2–0 Bank One Ballpark 49,646 2:35
3 October 30 Yankees 2, Diamondbacks 1 2–1 Yankee Stadium 55,820 3:26
4 October 31 Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3
(10 innings)
2–2 Yankee Stadium 55,863 3:31
5 November 1 Yankees 3, Diamondbacks 2
(12 innings)
2–3 Yankee Stadium 56,018 4:15
6 November 3 Diamondbacks 15, Yankees 2 3–3 Bank One Ballpark 49,707 3:33
7 November 4 Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2 4–3 Bank One Ballpark 49,589 3:20

MLB statistical leaders

The Anaheim Angels hosting the season's eventual American League Champions New York Yankees in August 2001 at Edison Field.
  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ichiro Suzuki SEA .350 Larry Walker COL .350
HR Alex Rodriguez TEX 52 Barry Bonds SFG 73
RBI Bret Boone SEA 141 Sammy Sosa CHC 160
Wins Mark Mulder OAK 21 Matt Morris STL
Curt Schilling ARI
ERA Freddy García SEA 3.05 Randy Johnson ARI 2.49
SO Hideo Nomo BOS 220 Randy Johnson ARI 372
SV Mariano Rivera NYY 50 Robb Nen SFG 45
SB Ichiro Suzuki SEA 56 Juan Pierre COL
Jimmy Rollins PHI


American League

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Mike Hargrove
Boston Red Sox Jimy Williams Replaced during the season by Joe Kerrigan
Chicago White Sox Jerry Manuel
Cleveland Indians Charlie Manuel
Detroit Tigers Phil Garner
Kansas City Royals Tony Muser
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Joe Torre Won the American League pennant
Oakland Athletics Art Howe
Seattle Mariners± Lou Piniella
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Larry Rothschild Replaced during the season by Hal McRae
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates Replaced during the season by Jerry Narron
Toronto Blue Jays Buck Martinez

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly Won the World Series
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Don Baylor
Cincinnati Reds Bob Boone
Colorado Rockies Buddy Bell
Florida Marlins John Boles Jr. Replaced during the season by Tony Pérez
Houston Astros Larry Dierker
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Davey Lopes
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou Replaced during the season by Jeff Torborg
New York Mets Bobby Valentine
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

±hosted the MLB All Star Game


Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols (STL) Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Cy Young Award Randy Johnson (ARI) Roger Clemens (NYY)
Manager of the Year Larry Bowa (PHI) Lou Piniella (SEA)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (SF) Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mike Mussina (NYY)
Catcher Brad Ausmus (HOU) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
1st Base Todd Helton (COL) Doug Mientkiewicz (MIN)
2nd Base Fernando Viña (STL) Roberto Alomar (CLE)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (PHI) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Orlando Cabrera (MON) Omar Vizquel (CLE)
Outfield Jim Edmonds (STL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Larry Walker (COL)
Mike Cameron (SEA)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Mike Hampton (COL) Edgar Martínez (SEA)
Catcher Mike Piazza (NYM) Jorge Posada (NYY)
1st Base Todd Helton (COL) Jason Giambi (OAK)
2nd Base Jeff Kent (SF) Bret Boone (SEA)
3rd Base Albert Pujols (STL) Troy Glaus (ANA)
Shortstop Rich Aurilia (SF) Alex Rodriguez (TEX)
Outfield Barry Bonds (SF)
Luis Gonzalez (ARI)
Sammy Sosa (CHC)
Juan González (CLE)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)

Other awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Manny Ramirez Luis Gonzalez
May Jason Giambi Barry Bonds
June Mike Sweeney Luis Gonzalez
July Jim Thome Jeff Bagwell
August Jermaine Dye Sammy Sosa
September Eric Chavez Barry Bonds

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Brad Radke Wade Miller
May Pedro Martínez Curt Schilling
June Roger Clemens Greg Maddux
July Mark Mulder Greg Maddux
August Barry Zito Javier Vázquez
September Barry Zito Woody Williams

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Ichiro Suzuki Albert Pujols
May Ichiro Suzuki Albert Pujols
June Ichiro Suzuki Ben Sheets
July CC Sabathia Pedro Feliz
August Ichiro Suzuki Roy Oswalt
September Ichiro Suzuki Bud Smith

All-Star game

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