2002 Leaders & Numbers

Pitchers avoided Barry Bonds like the plague as never before, even as the 38-year-old slugger was hounded for part of the year by groin problems. Alex Rodriguez remained Bonds’ AL equal as the sure thing at the plate, but MVP votes for the last-place Rangers’ shortstop were harder to come by. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em: Jason Giambi took his power show to a Yankee team that ousted his former mates at Oakland the previous two years. One of those ex-mates, Miguel Tejada, more than admirably filled Giambi’s shoes and gave the AL yet one more A-list shortstop. Vladimir Guerrero, in has last year with the Expos, continued to be the biggest draw for what few Montreal fans still showed up. A very peculiar presence clad in goggles and goatee, Eric Gagne mixed a sizzling (and steroid-fueled) fastball with a deadly change-up to become an instant world-class closer after three years as a struggling starter. More venerable starter John Smoltz had an equally smashing debut as a closer, breaking the NL saves record. Going the opposite direction was Derek Lowe, whose impressive switch from the bullpen to the rotation gave the Red Sox a solid 1-2 punch with Pedro Martinez. What Oakland’s Big Three—Barry Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder—couldn’t finish, Billy Koch often could. The Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling Show continued in Phoenix, the two becoming the first teammates to strike out over 300 batters each. Roy Oswalt became the first Astro hurler to conquer the quirks of cozy Minute Maid Park.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2002
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Barry Bonds San Francisco 143 .370 403 117 149 31 2 46 110 130 68 9 9 2 4
2. Todd Helton Colorado 156 .329 553 107 182 39 4 30 109 78 21 5 5 1 10
3. Brian Giles Pittsburgh 153 .298 497 95 148 37 5 38 105 111 24 7 15 6 10
4. Vladimir Guerrero Montreal 161 .336 614 106 206 37 2 39 111 52 32 6 40 20 20
5. Lance Berkman Houston 158 .292 578 106 169 35 2 42 128 87 20 4 8 4 10
6. Albert Pujols St. Louis 157 .314 590 118 185 40 2 34 127 59 13 9 2 4 20
7. Sammy Sosa Chicago 150 .288 556 122 160 19 2 49 108 88 15 3 2 0 14
8. Larry Walker Colorado 136 .388 477 95 161 40 4 26 104 59 6 7 6 5 8
9. Bobby Abreu Philadelphia 157 .308 572 102 176 50 6 20 85 95 9 3 31 12 11
10. Chipper Jones Atlanta 158 .327 548 90 179 35 1 26 100 84 23 2 8 2 18
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2002
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Alex Rodriguez Texas 162 .300 624 125 187 27 2 57 142 75 12 10 9 4 14
2. Jason Giambi New York 155 .314 560 120 176 34 1 41 122 105 4 15 2 2 18
3. Jim Thome Cleveland 147 .304 480 101 146 19 2 52 118 104 18 5 1 2 5
5. Magglio Ordonez Chicago 153 .320 590 116 189 47 1 38 135 51 2 7 7 5 21
5. Alfonso Soriano New York 156 .300 696 128 209 51 2 39 102 22 1 13 41 13 8
6. Manny Ramirez Boston 120 .349 436 84 152 31 0 31 107 59 14 8 0 0 13
7. Bernie Williams New York 154 .333 612 102 204 37 2 19 102 76 7 3 8 4 20
8. Carlos Delgado Toronto 143 .277 505 103 140 34 2 33 108 84 18 13 1 0 8
9. Rafael Palmeiro Texas 155 .273 546 99 149 34 0 43 105 88 16 6 2 0 10
10. Miguel Tejada Oakland 162 .308 662 108 204 30 0 34 131 35 3 11 7 2 21
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2002
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 2.32 24 5 .828 0 0 35 35 260 327 67 70 1 3 13 2 19 18 19
2. Curt Schilling Arizona 3.23 23 7 .767 0 0 36 35 259.1 353 93 32 1 6 3 0 9 6 11
3. Odalis Perez Los Angeles 3.00 15 10 .600 0 0 32 32 222.1 280 74 33 5 2 4 3 17 18 18
4. Roy Oswalt Houston 3.01 19 9 .679 0 0 35 34 233 321 78 58 4 3 5 0 10 8 22
5. Eric Gagne Los Angeles 1.97 4 1 .800 52 4 77 0 82.1 88 18 12 4 1 2 0 2 3 4
6. Greg Maddux Atlanta 2.62 16 6 .727 0 0 34 34 199.1 270 58 38 7 1 4 0 24 6 24
7. John Smoltz Atlanta 3.26 3 2 .600 55 4 75 0 80.1 87 29 23 1 1 0 1 2 1 9
8. Bynug-Hyun Kim Arizona 2.04 8 3 .727 36 6 72 0 84 85 19 24 2 2 6 0 5 1 7
9. Kevin Millwood Atlanta 3.24 18 8 .692 0 0 35 34 217 273 78 58 7 4 8 0 21 1 20
10. Robb Nen San Francisco 2.20 6 2 .750 43 8 68 0 73.2 84 18 12 8 1 1 0 6 1 6
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2002
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Derek Lowe Boston 2.59 21 8 .724 0 0 32 32 219.2 238 63 48 0 5 12 0 19 7 28
2. Pedro Martinez Boston 2.26 20 4 .833 0 0 30 30 199.1 224 50 39 1 3 15 0 8 7 10
3. Barry Zito Oakland 2.75 23 5 .821 0 0 35 35 229.1 284 70 76 2 2 9 1 10 13 16
4. Roy Halladay Toronto 2.94 19 7 .731 0 0 34 34 239.1 304 78 56 6 4 7 1 21 8 24
5. Billy Koch Oakland 3.27 11 4 .733 44 6 84 0 93.2 105 34 40 6 5 4 0 4 4 4
6. Tim Hudson Oakland 2.98 15 9 .625 0 0 34 34 238.1 351 79 53 9 7 8 1 5 8 35
7. Tim Wakefield Boston 2.81 11 5 .688 3 2 45 15 163.1 197 51 49 2 5 9 2 21 7 16
8. Jarrod Washburn Anaheim 3.15 18 6 .750 0 0 32 32 206 292 72 58 1 5 3 1 5 7 8
9. Mark Mulder Oakland 3.47 19 7 .731 0 0 30 30 207.1 288 80 52 3 7 11 1 7 14 13
10. Troy Percival Anaheim 1.93 4 1 .800 40 4 58 0 56.1 60 12 24 1 5 0 0 5 1 2

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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2002 Awards


NL MVP
Barry Bonds, San Francisco

AL MVP
Miguel Tejada, Oakland


NL Cy Young Award
Randy Johnson, Arizona

AL Cy Young Award
Barry Zito, Oakland


NL Rookie of the Year
Jason Jennings, Colorado

AL Rookie of the Year
Eric Hinske, Toronto


NL Manager of the Year
Tony La Russa, St. Louis

AL Manager of the Year
Mike Scioscia, Anaheim


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-St. Louis
SS Edgar Renteria, St. Louis
OF Jim Edmonds, St. Louis
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Larry Walker, Colorado


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Kenny Rogers, Texas
C Bengie Molina, Anaheim
1B John Olerud, Seattle
2B Bret Boone, Seattle
3B Eric Chavez, Oakland
SS Alex Rodriguez, Texas
OF Darin Erstad, Anaheim
OF Torii Hunter, Minnesota
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle