2000 Baseball Season

More 2000 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights from the 2000 baseball season, including the Major League Umpires League dissolving and the World Umpires Association starting up:

  • Florida second baseman Luis Castillo steals 62 bases, tops in the National League. He also bats .334.
  • Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriguez rips .316 with 41 homers, 132 RBI, and 100 walks.
  • Kevin Brown of the Dodgers leads the National League with a 2.58 ERA.
  • Atlanta pitcher John Rocker ignites a scandal with his uncomplimentary comments in a national magazine about homosexuals, immigrants, and New Yorkers.
  • Years of labor strife with umpires finally result in the dissolution of the Major League Umpires Association, which comes after the union miscalculates its bargaining strength.
  • American League umpire John Hirschbeck is voted the first president of the World Umpires Association, which promises to work more closely with MLB.
  • Florida's Antonio Alfonseca leads the majors with 45 saves.
  • Detroit's Todd Jones and Boston's Derek Lowe save 42 games each to pace the American League.
  • David Wells of the Blue Jays and Tim Hudson of the A's tie for the American League lead in wins (20).
  • Mark McGwire plays only 89 games due to knee injuries, but he still clouts 32 homers for the Cardinals.
  • The Tigers open the new Comerica Park on April 11.
  • A May 16 altercation at Wrigley Field between the Dodgers and several Cubs fans results in fines and suspensions for 16 Dodgers.
  • On May 29, Oakland's Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play against the Yankees.
  • Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium shuts its doors. It had been home to the Pirates since 1970.
  • The surprising White Sox roar to the American League Central crown. Chicago takes over first place for good on April 19.
  • Milwaukee tears down venerable County Stadium.
  • Manny Ramirez, in his last season with Cleveland, paces the American League with a .697 slugging average.
  • Houston's new Enron Field yields a barrage of home runs.
  • Atlanta first baseman Andres Galarraga returns from a year's absence due to cancer and bats .302 with 28 home runs.
  • Toronto slugger Carlos Delgado finishes fourth in the American League in batting average (.344), home runs (41), and RBI (137) and leads with 57 doubles.
  • The Hall of Fame elects five men, including Tony Perez, Carlton Fisk, and Sparky Anderson.
  • Fred McGriff of Tampa Bay slugs his 400th home run on June 2.
  • Rafael Palmeiro of Texas blasts his 400th homer on September 23.
  • Minnesota shortstop Cristian Guzman's 20 triples lead the major leagues.
  • Frank Thomas of the White Sox enjoys a spectacular comeback season, hitting .328 with 43 homers, 143 RBI, 115 runs, and 112 walks.
  • Cal Ripken Jr. of Baltimore collects his 3,000th hit in Minnesota on April 15.
  • San Francisco posts baseball's best record (97-65) in its first season at new Pacific Bell Park.
  • Jeff Bagwell scores 152 runs for the Astros -- most in the majors since 1936.
  • KC's Mike Sweeney becomes the first American League player to hit .330 with 200 hits and 140 RBI since Al Rosen in 1953.
  • Colorado's Mike Lansing hits for the cycle on June 18 against Arizona -- and completes the cycle in the fourth inning.
  • Rockies catcher Brent Mayne pitches on August 22 and gets the win over Atlanta. He is the first position player to post a win since 1968.
  • Jose Lima of Houston serves up 48 home runs, the most ever by a National League pitcher.
  • Preston Wilson of Florida, baseball's only 30/30 man, strikes out 187 times, just two whiffs short of the major league record.
  • LA's Dave Hansen clubs a major league-record seven pinch-hit home runs during the season.
  • On October 1, Detroit's Shane Halter plays all nine positions in one game. He also cracks four hits.
  • In December, the Rangers sign free agent Alex Rodriguez to a ten-year, $252 million deal.

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