2001 Leaders & Numbers

Seventy-three home runs wasn’t the only Barry Bonds statistic to drop jaws; he assembled the highest-ever slugging percentage (.863) to break Babe Ruth’s 80-year old mark. Alex Rodriguez came to Texas because he wanted to win, but the All-World shortstop rode the Rangers to last place despite a monster effort. Meanwhile, many miles and 43 victories to the north in Seattle, A-Rod’s former teammates heckled “wish you were here” with the help of Japanese import Ichiro Suzuki and Bret Boone—the latter of whom entered 2001 with a career .255 average and limited power. Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit 60 homers three times—and in each case, he finished second to someone else. Shawn Green set a Dodger franchise record with 49 taters. Young Astro Lance Berkman complemented the elder Killer B drone of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. Hardnosed Curt Schilling played Don Drysdale to Randy Johnson’s flamethrowing Sandy Koufax; Johnson set an all-time mark for a starter with the most strikeouts (13.41) per nine innings. Thanks in part to first-year Yankee Mike Mussina, nobody was handed more leads in the ninth than Mariano Rivera—who made good with a career-high 50 saves. Matt Morris realized his highly touted potential after arm problems nearly killed his career in 1999. Mark Mulder arrived on the heels of Tim Hudson to give the A’s their second breakout performance in successive years.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2001
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Barry Bonds San Francisco 153 .328 476 129 156 32 3 73 137 142 35 9 13 3 5
2. Sammy Sosa Chicago 160 .328 577 146 189 34 5 64 160 79 37 6 0 2 6
3. Todd Helton Colorado 159 .336 587 132 197 54 2 49 146 83 15 5 7 5 14
4. Luis Gonzalez Arizona 162 .325 609 128 198 36 7 57 142 76 24 14 1 1 14
5. Larry Walker Colorado 142 .350 497 107 174 35 3 38 123 76 6 14 14 5 9
6. Lance Berkman Houston 156 .331 577 110 191 55 5 34 126 87 5 13 7 9 8
7. Shawn Green Los Angeles 161 .297 619 121 184 31 4 49 125 62 10 5 20 4 10
8. Albert Pujols St. Louis 161 .329 590 112 194 47 4 37 130 63 6 9 1 3 21
9. Cliff Floyd Florida 149 .317 555 123 176 44 4 31 103 40 19 10 18 3 9
10. Jeff Bagwell Houston 161 .288 600 126 173 43 4 39 130 101 5 6 11 3 20
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2001
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Jason Giambi Oakland 154 .342 520 109 178 47 2 38 120 105 24 13 2 0 17
2. Alex Rodriguez Texas 162 .318 632 133 201 34 1 52 135 69 6 16 18 3 17
3. Bret Boone Seattle 158 .331 623 118 206 37 3 37 141 35 5 9 5 5 11
4. Jim Thome Cleveland 156 .291 526 101 153 26 1 49 124 97 14 4 0 1 9
5. Roberto Alomar Cleveland 157 .336 575 113 193 34 12 20 100 75 5 4 30 6 9
6. Manny Ramirez Boston 142 .306 529 93 162 33 2 41 125 56 25 8 0 1 9
7. Juan Gonzalez Cleveland 140 .325 532 97 173 34 1 35 140 36 5 6 1 0 18
8. Ichiro Suzuki Seattle 157 .350 692 127 242 34 8 8 69 20 10 8 56 14 3
9. Rafael Palmeiro Texas 160 .273 600 98 164 33 0 47 123 93 8 7 1 1 8
10. Carlos Beltran Kansas City 155 .306 617 106 189 32 12 24 101 50 2 5 31 1 7
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2001
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 2.49 21 6 .778 0 0 35 34 249 275 69 69 2 8 18 1 19 19 17
2. Curt Schilling Arizona 2.99 22 6 .786 0 0 35 35 256.2 389 85 39 0 4 1 0 4 11 16
3. Matt Morris St. Louis 3.17 22 8 .733 0 0 34 34 216 306 76 51 3 5 13 1 11 7 18
4. Greg Maddux Atlanta 3.05 17 11 .607 0 0 34 34 233 322 79 17 10 2 7 0 24 16 14
5. Russ Ortiz San Francisco 3.29 17 9 .654 0 0 33 33 218.2 264 80 88 3 8 0 1 6 6 20
6. John Burkett Atlanta 3.04 12 12 .500 0 0 34 34 219.1 288 74 57 13 5 6 1 13 12 12
7. Armando Benitez New York 3.79 6 4 .600 43 3 73 0 76.1 103 32 34 6 5 1 0 11 1 6
8. Jon Leiber Chicago 3.80 20 6 .769 0 0 34 34 232.1 356 98 37 4 4 7 1 2 7 15
9. Javier Vazquez Montreal 3.43 16 11 .593 0 0 32 32 223 314 85 40 4 3 3 1 8 1 20
10. Robb Nen San Francisco 3.04 4 5 .444 45 7 79 0 77 88 26 16 6 2 1 0 17 1 3
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2001
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Mark Mulder Oakland 3.45 21 8 .724 0 0 34 34 229.1 300 88 47 4 4 5 0 18 14 26
2. Freddy Garcia Seattle 3.05 18 6 .750 0 0 34 34 238.2 304 81 63 6 3 5 1 18 2 23
3. Mike Mussina New York 3.15 17 11 .607 0 0 34 34 228.2 305 80 40 2 6 4 0 9 15 11
4. Mariano Rivera New York 2.34 4 6 .400 50 7 71 0 80.2 80 21 10 2 1 1 0 3 3 5
5. Jamie Moyer Seattle 3.43 20 6 .769 0 0 33 33 209.2 299 80 40 4 1 10 0 12 8 14
6. Tim Hudson Oakland 3.37 18 9 .667 0 0 35 35 235 309 88 66 5 9 6 1 24 9 18
7. Keith Foulke Chicago 2.33 4 9 .308 42 3 72 0 81 75 21 21 1 1 8 0 3 2 9
8. Mark Buehrle Chicago 3.29 16 8 .667 0 0 32 32 221.1 308 81 46 2 1 8 5 6 11 23
9. Bob Wickman Cleveland 2.39 5 0 1.000 32 3 70 0 67.2 85 18 12 2 2 2 0 2 3 7
10. Joe Mays Minnesota 3.16 17 13 .567 0 0 34 34 233.2 318 82 62 2 11 5 0 9 5 19

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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2001 Awards


NL MVP
Barry Bonds, San Francisco

AL MVP
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle


NL Cy Young Award
Randy Johnson, Arizona

AL Cy Young Award
Roger Clemens, New York


NL Rookie of the Year
Albert Pujols, St. Louis

AL Rookie of the Year
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle


NL Manager of the Year
Larry Bowa, Philadelphia

AL Manager of the Year
Lou Piniella, Seattle


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Atlanta
C Brad Ausmus, Houston
1B Todd Helton, Colorado
2B Fernando Vina, St. Louis
3B Scott Rolen, Philadelphia
SS Orlando Cabrera, Montreal
OF Jim Edmonds, St. Louis
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Larry Walker, Colorado


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mike Mussina, New York
C Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
1B Doug Mientkiewicz, Minnesota
2B Roberto Alomar, Cleveland
3B Eric Chavez, Oakland
SS Omar Vizquel, Cleveland
OF Mike Cameron, Seattle
OF Torii Hunter, Minnesota
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle