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2000 Baseball Season

2000 Baseball Season Highlights
Randy Johnson, of Arizona, won the National League Cy Young Award in 2000.

The 2000 baseball season featured some new additions to MLB as the Tigers and the Giants both opened new stadiums. Pleasing some fans and boring others, the New York Mets and Yankees squared off in the exciting Subway Series. Below, you will find the highlights from the 2000 baseball season:

  • The Yankees beat Oakland in their Division Series despite allowing 23 runs and scoring 19 in five games.
  • After leading the majors in runs with 978, the White Sox tally just seven times in a three-game American League Division Series loss to Seattle.
  • New York needs six games to subdue the Mariners in the ALCS, with David Justice belting a key homer in the finale.
  • Atlanta drops its Division Series in three straight to the Cardinals. The Braves had previously won five Division Series in a row.
  • The Mets slay the Giants in four Division Series games, with Bobby Jones tossing a one-hit shutout in the clincher.
  • The National League's Cy Young goes to Arizona's Randy Johnson, who notches a major league-high 347 whiffs in just 248-2/3 innings.¬≠
  • Mike Hampton throws 16 scoreless innings to help the Mets defeat the Cardinals in five NLCS games.
  • The Yankees win the Subway Series in five games, all of which come down to the last at-bat.
  • Luis Sojo's ninth-inning single plates the winning run in the Yanks' 4-2 triumph in game five.
  • Derek Jeter of the Yankees is the first player to win the All-Star Game and World Series MVP Awards in the same season.
  • Yankee closer Mariano Rivera sets a major league record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33-1/3.
  • Jason Giambi of the Athletics is the American League's MVP. Giambi swats 43 homers, drives in 137, and paces the American League with 137 walks and a .476 OBP.
  • Jeff Kent of San Francisco bats .334 with 41 doubles, 33 homers, and 125 RBI to win 2000 National League MVP honors.
  • For the second straight season, Boston's Pedro Martinez is the American League's 2000 Cy Young Award winner.
  • Martinez goes 18-6 and paces the American League in ERA (1.74), strikeouts (284), and shutouts (four).
  • Japanese-born right-hander Kazuhiro Sasaki takes over closing duties for Seattle and wins American League 2000 ROTY honors.
  • The National League 2000 ROTY Award goes to Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal, who bats .295 with 40 steals.
  • Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra wins his second straight American League bat crown with a .372 average-highest mark by an American League hitter since 1980.
  • Darin Erstad of the Angels raps 240 hits; no major league player has collected more since 1930. His 99 RBI set a major league record for a leadoff hitter.
  • Anaheim third baseman Troy Glaus belts 47 home runs to lead the American League.
  • Sammy Sosa finally wins his first National League home run crown, slugging 50 dingers for the Cubs.
  • Seattle's 37-year-old Edgar Martinez paces the American League with 145 RBI (a new record for a player his age) and belts 37 home runs.
  • Colorado's Todd Helton tops the National League in batting (.372), hits (216), RBI (147), SA (.698), and OBP (.463).
  • Helton is the first National League player ever with 200 hits, 40 homers, 100 walks, 100 runs, 100 RBI, and 100 extra-base hits.
  • Seattle deals Ken Griffey Jr. to Cincinnati in a five-player deal.
  • At age 30, Griffey becomes the youngest player ever to hit 400 home runs when he reaches the milestone on April 10 at Colorado.
  • The Elian Gonzalez custody battle touches baseball, as several players boycott games on April 25 to protest the government's decision to return Elian to Cuba.
  • Kansas City's Johnny Damon leads the American League with 46 steals and 136 runs.
  • Atlanta's Tom Glavine paces the majors in wins (21). It is his fifth 20-win season and the fifth time he has led the National League in victories.

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