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2001 Oakland Athletics season

2001 Oakland Athletics
2001 AL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Oakland, California (since 1968)
  • Results
    Record 102–60 (.630)
    Other information
    Owner(s) Stephen Schott & Kenneth Hofmann
    General manager(s) Billy Beane
    Manager(s) Art Howe
    Local television KICU-TV
    FSN Bay Area
    (Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
    Local radio KABL
    (Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)
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    The Oakland Athletics' 2001 season was the team's 34th in Oakland, California. It was also the 101st season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 102-60.

    The Athletics entered the 2001 season with high expectations. Much of the excitement stemmed from the team's trio of promising young starting pitchers (Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, and Tim Hudson); after a strong showing in 2000, many expected the Athletics' rotation to rank among the American League's best in 2001. The signing of additional starter Cory Lidle during the 2000-01 offseason helped solidify the rotation's back-end. On offense, the Athletics were loaded; sluggers Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez, and reigning American League MVP Jason Giambi comprised the core of a powerful Oakland attack. The addition of Johnny Damon, acquired in a three-way trade for Ben Grieve, promised to add a new dimension to the Athletics' offense. A strong bullpen (lead by Chad Bradford, Jim Mecir, and Jason Isringhausen rounded out Oakland's roster.

    These high expectations quickly evaporated. The Athletics stumbled out of the gate (winning just two of their first dozen games); while their play nominally improved over the first half of the season, they failed to build upon the momentum of their division-winning 2000 campaign. The rival Seattle Mariners, in stark contrast, raced to an historic 52-14 start. As expected, the offense performed well; Oakland was instead hamstrung by unexpectedly terrible starting pitching. At the season's midpoint, the A's boasted a sub-.500 record (39-42); they trailed the division-leading Mariners by some 21 games.

    The Athletics responded with arguably the most dominant second-half in modern MLB history. Over their final 81 regular season games, the A's went 63-18 (a record since the league switched to a 162-game schedule); this included 29 wins in their final 33 games. The Athletics' maligned rotation returned to form; over their final games, Zito, Mulder, Hudson, and Lidle went a combined 48-10. On July 25th, the Athletics acquired slugger Jermaine Dye from the Colorado Rockies for prospects; this move further energized the already-surging squad. The Athletics ultimately weren't able to catch up with Seattle (which won an AL-record 116 games), but their remarkable run allowed them to clinch the AL's Wild Card. The Athletics' 102 wins remain the most by a Wild Card team in MLB history.

    The Athletics faced the New York Yankees (the three-time defending World Series champions) in the ALDS. Oakland took the first two games, but unraveled after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in Game 3; they would lose the series to the Yankees in five games. At the end of the season, Oakland would lose Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen to free agency; this would set the stage for the events portrayed in Michael Lewis' bestselling book Moneyball (and the film by the same name).

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

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    Notable transactions

    Roster

    2001 Oakland Athletics
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Postseason

    The A's lost 3-2 to the New York Yankees in the 2001 American League Division Series.

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Ramon Hernandez 156 453 115 .254 15 60
    1B Jason Giambi 154 520 178 .342 38 120
    2B Frank Menechino 139 471 114 .242 12 60
    SS Miguel Tejada 162 622 166 .267 31 113
    3B Eric Chavez 151 552 159 .288 32 114
    LF Terrence Long 162 629 178 .283 12 85
    CF Johnny Damon 155 644 165 .256 9 49
    RF Jermaine Dye 61 232 69 .297 13 59
    DH Jeremy Giambi 124 371 105 .283 12 57

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    José Ortiz 11 42 7 .167 0 3

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Tim Hudson 35 235.0 18 9 3.37 181
    Mark Mulder 34 229.1 21 8 3.45 153
    Barry Zito 35 214.1 17 8 3.49 205
    Cory Lidle 29 188.0 13 6 3.59 118
    Gil Heredia 24 109.2 7 8 5.58 48
    Erik Hiljus 16 66.0 5 0 3.41 67

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Awards and records

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: AZL Athletics

    References

    1. ^ Aaron Harang page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Johnny Damon page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Neal Cotts page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Dan Johnson page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ José Ortiz page at Baseball Reference

    External links