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2002 Baseball Season


More 2002 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 2002 baseball season, including Mike Cameron and Shawn Green each homering four times in one game and successful contract negotiations halting a potential work stoppage.

  • Eddie Guardado of the Twins saves 45 games to lead the American League.
  • Baltimore reliever Buddy Groom appears in 70 games for the seventh straight year to set a major league record.
  • Scrappy infielder David Eckstein of the Angels is hit by 27 pitches, the most in the major leagues.
  • Boston's Nomar Garciaparra returns from a serious wrist injury to hit .310, score 101 runs, drive in 120 runs, and rap out an American League-leading 56 doubles.
  • Garret Anderson of the Angels breaks through, tying Garciaparra for the American League lead with 56 doubles and batting .306.
  • Mike Cameron of Seattle (May 2) and Shawn Green of the Dodgers (May 23) both homer four times in one game to tie the major league record. Green sets the total bases record with 19.
  • Johnson and Curt Schilling of the Diamondbacks are the first teammates to strike out more than 300 men in the same season. Schilling whiffs 316.
  • The Braves win their record 11th straight division title.
  • Former starting ace John Smoltz of the Braves saves 55 games, a National League record.
  • The Cardinals lose broadcaster Jack Buck on June 18 following a long illness.
  • St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile dies suddenly of a heart condition on June 22 in his hotel room in Chicago.
  • St. Louis rookie pitcher Jason Simontacchi, an independent league refugee who pitched in Italy in 2000, goes 11-5 for the Cardinals.
  • Cubs rookie Mark Prior strikes out 147 hitters in 117 innings, going 6-6, 3.32 in 19 Starts.
  • Dodgers rookie pitcher Kaz Ishii posts a 14-10 record before his season is ended by a line drive that fractures his skull.
  • Brian Giles of the Pirates hits .298 with 38 homers, 103 RBI, and 135 walks.
  • The 66-96 Padres suit up 59 players during the season to tie the big-league record.
  • Vladimir Guerrero of the Expos hits .336, third best in the National League, and leads the league with 206 hits, 364 total bases, and 14 outfield assists. He also falls a homer short of a 40-40 season.
  • Luis Castillo of the Marlins swipes 48 sacks, most in the Major League. He also has the game's longest hitting streak at 35 games.
  • Houston's Lance Berkman tops the National League with 128 RBI. He also kicks in 42 homers and 107 walks.
  • Sammy Sosa of the Cubs wins his second home run championship with 49 and also paces the National League with 122 runs.
  • Larry Walker of Colorado hits .338 to finish second in the National League, while teammate Todd Helton ranks fourth at .329.
  • Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu paces National League hitters with 50 doubles while hitting .308 with 104 walks and 31 steals.
  • The All-Star Game is called off after 11 innings with the score tied 7-7. Both teams had run out of pitchers. Baseball suffers bad publicity as a result.
  • The players and owners avert an imminent work stoppage by agreeing to a contract on August 31, 2002.
  • The gap between good and bad teams grows: Three teams win 100 games, while four teams lose 100.
  • Former Cardinals and Padres shortstop Ozzie Smith is the only man elected to the Hall of Fame.
  • Legendary slugger Ted Williams dies on July 5 at age 83.
  • Pitcher Tanyon Sturtze of the Devil Rays leads the American League in all the wrong categories: losses (18), hits (271), earned runs (129), and walks (89).
  • Detroit loses its first 11 games and finishes 55-106.
  • Tampa Bay also finishes with a 55-106 record.
  • San Francisco skipper Dusty Baker resigns following the 2002 World Series and later becomes manager of the Cubs.

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