2000 Leaders & Numbers

Carlos Delgado entered 2000 as a career .267 hitter and left it as a triple crown threat and, briefly before Alex Rodriguez, baseball’s highest salaried player at $17 million per year. Todd Helton, a genuine talent who didn’t need mile-high Coors Field to prove his abilities, stayed above.400 through late July and nearly won the NL’s triple crown. After a few years that suggested his career was on the wane, Frank Thomas (15 homers in 1999) returned to vintage form. The hits just kept on comin’ for Darin Erstad, who got to 200 faster than any player in 65 years. A victim of talent overflow in Cleveland, Brian Giles became the Pirates’ first major offensive threat since Barry Bonds. Meanwhile in San Francisco, Bonds finally got all-star protection in the lineup from NL MVP Jeff Kent. Bad pitching, not the hitting accumulation of Mike Sweeney and Johnny Damon, sank the Royals below .500. Pedro Martinez reset his own mark of a year earlier and produced an ERA two full runs better than the AL runner-up (Roger Clemens, at 3.70). Settled in at Phoenix, Randy Johnson earned his second of four straight Cy Young Awards. David Wells, perhaps out to prove that the Yankees made a mistake in dealing him to Toronto for Clemens, won 15 by the all-star break. For the third time in four years—and for his fifth time overall—Greg Maddux came up a win shy of 20. Danny Graves, born in Saigon during the Vietnam War, earned his stripes as the main closer in a reliable Cincinnati bullpen.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2000
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Todd Helton Colorado 160 .372 580 138 216 59 2 42 147 81 22 4 5 3 12
2. Jeff Bagwell Houston 159 .310 590 152 183 37 1 47 132 96 11 15 9 6 19
3. Barry Bonds San Francisco 143 .306 480 129 147 28 4 49 106 95 22 3 11 3 6
4. Sammy Sosa Chicago 156 .320 604 106 193 38 1 50 138 72 19 2 7 4 12
5. Richard Hildago Houston 153 .314 558 118 175 42 3 44 122 53 3 21 13 6 13
6. Vladimir Guerrero Montreal 154 .345 571 101 197 28 11 44 123 35 23 8 9 10 15
7. Jeff Kent San Francisco 159 .334 587 114 196 41 7 33 125 84 6 9 12 9 17
8. Brian Giles Pittsburgh 156 .315 559 111 176 37 7 35 123 101 13 7 6 0 15
9. Jim Edmonds St. Louis 152 .295 525 129 155 25 0 42 108 100 3 6 10 3 5
10. Gary Sheffield Los Angeles 141 .325 501 105 163 24 3 43 109 94 7 4 4 6 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2000
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Carlos Delgado Toronto 162 .344 569 115 196 57 1 41 137 105 18 15 0 1 12
2. Jason Giambi Oakland 152 .333 510 108 170 29 1 43 137 131 6 9 2 0 9
3. Frank Thomas Chicago 159 .328 582 115 191 44 0 43 143 94 18 5 1 3 13
4. Alex Rodriguez Seattle 148 .316 554 134 175 34 2 41 132 95 5 7 15 4 10
5. Manny Ramirez Cleveland 118 .351 439 92 154 34 2 38 122 77 9 3 1 1 9
6. Edgar Martinez Seattle 153 .324 556 100 180 31 0 37 145 88 8 5 3 0 13
7. Darin Erstad Anaheim 157 .355 676 121 240 39 6 25 100 55 9 1 28 8 8
8. Nomar Garciaparra Boston 140 .372 529 104 197 51 3 21 96 41 20 2 5 2 8
9. Johnny Damon Kansas City 159 .327 655 136 214 42 10 16 88 61 4 1 46 9 7
10. Mike Sweeney Kansas City 159 .333 618 105 206 30 0 29 144 66 5 15 8 3 15
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2000
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Randy Johnson Arizona 2.64 19 7 .731 0 0 35 35 248.2 320 73 75 1 5 6 2 26 17 16
2. Greg Maddux Atlanta 3.00 19 9 .679 0 0 35 35 249.1 320 88 30 12 1 10 2 32 7 16
3. Kevin Brown Los Angeles 2.58 13 6 .684 0 0 33 33 230 286 66 46 1 4 9 0 20 5 11
4. Tom Glavine Atlanta 3.40 21 9 .700 0 0 35 35 241 342 91 59 6 0 4 0 16 12 18
5. Mike Hampton New York 3.14 15 10 .600 0 0 33 33 217.2 262 76 94 5 10 8 0 9 11 26
6. Jeff D'Amico Milwaukee 2.66 12 7 .632 0 0 23 23 162.1 220 48 41 5 5 6 0 3 8 15
7. Robb Nen San Francisco 1.50 4 3 .571 41 5 68 0 66 55 11 18 1 5 2 0 9 0 3
8. Chan Ho Park Los Angeles 3.27 18 10 .643 0 0 34 34 226 278 82 120 4 13 12 0 3 8 23
9. Armando Benitez New York 2.61 4 4 .500 41 5 76 0 76 80 22 36 2 0 0 0 9 2 2
10. Danny Graves Cincinnati 2.56 10 5 .667 30 5 66 0 91.1 120 26 35 7 3 3 1 5 1 10
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2000
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Pedro Martinez Boston 1.74 18 6 .750 0 0 29 29 217 199 42 32 0 1 14 0 10 3 11
2. Billy Koch Toronto 2.63 9 3 .750 33 5 68 0 78.2 115 23 14 4 1 2 0 4 1 6
3. Bartolo Colon Cleveland 3.88 15 8 .652 0 0 30 30 188 260 81 94 4 4 4 0 3 6 20
4 .Mike Mussina Baltimore 3.79 11 15 .423 0 0 34 34 237.2 373 100 46 0 3 3 0 16 3 19
5. Derek Lowe Boston 2.56 4 4 .500 42 5 74 0 91.1 133 26 17 5 2 2 1 9 0 10
6. Mariano Rivera New York 2.85 7 4 .636 36 5 66 0 75.2 82 24 22 3 2 0 0 4 2 3
7. David Wells Toronto 4.11 20 8 .714 0 0 35 35 229.2 395 105 31 0 9 8 1 14 7 19
8. Mike Sirotka Chicago 3.79 15 10 .600 0 0 32 32 197 306 83 68 1 8 1 2 8 5 26
9. Keith Foulke Chicago 2.97 3 1 .750 34 5 72 0 88 108 29 20 2 1 2 0 5 3 4
10. Roger Clemens New York 3.70 13 8 .619 0 0 32 32 204.1 300 84 84 0 2 10 1 17 7 17

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2000 Awards


NL MVP
Jeff Kent, San Francisco

AL MVP
Jason Giambi, Oakland


NL Cy Young Award
Randy Johnson, Arizona

AL Cy Young Award
Pedro Martinez, Boston


NL Rookie of the Year
Rafael Furcal, Atlanta

AL Rookie of the Year
Kazuhiro Sasaki, Seattle


NL Manager of the Year
Dusty Baker, San Francisco

AL Manager of the Year
Jerry Manuel, Chicago


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Atlanta
C Mike Matheny, St. Louis
1B J.T. Snow, San Francisco
2B Pokey Reese, Cincinnati
3B Scott Rolen, Philadelphia
SS Neifi Perez, Colorado
OF Jim Edmonds, St. Louis
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Steve Finley, Arizona


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Kenny Rogers, Texas
C Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
1B John Olerud, Seattle
2B Roberto Alomar, Cleveland
3B Travis Fryman, Cleveland
SS Omar Vizquel, Cleveland
OF Jermaine Dye, Kansas City
OF Bernie Williams, New York
OF Darin Erstad, Anaheim