2000 Oakland Athletics season

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2000 Oakland Athletics
2000 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 91–70 (.565)
Other information
Owner(s) Stephen Schott & Kenneth Hofmann
General manager(s) Billy Beane
Manager(s) Art Howe
Local television KICU-TV
FSN Bay Area
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
Local radio KABL
(Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)
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The Oakland Athletics' 2000 season was the team's 33rd in Oakland, California. It was also the 100th season in franchise history. The team finished first in the American League West with a record of 91-70.

The A's, in winning the division, snapped an eight-year postseason drought. The division championship was also the first of the so-called "Moneyball" era. Over the next six seasons, the Athletics would reach the postseason a total of four additional times.

The season saw the debuts of eventual ace starters Barry Zito and Mark Mulder. These two pitchers, along with Tim Hudson (who had debuted one year prior), would comprise the top of Oakland's rotation (known popularly as the "Big Three") until the end of the 2004 season. Of the three, Hudson fared the best in 2000; he won twenty games (the most in the American League) and reached the All-Star Game in his first full season as a starter. For his efforts, Hudson finished second in that year's American League Cy Young Award voting.

The Athletics also boasted a strong offense. The team scored 947 runs (an Oakland record) over the course of the season; this figure was the third-highest in the American League. The offense was led by Jason Giambi, who won the American League MVP Award at the end of the season. The team collectively hit 239 home runs in 2000 (also an Oakland record); in total, nine different Athletics hit at least ten home runs.

The Athletics fought the Seattle Mariners in the standings for most of the season. In the end, the Athletics narrowly prevailed; they finished only half a game ahead of the 91-71 Mariners (who won the AL Wild Card). The Athletics then played the New York Yankees in the ALDS. They would lose the best-of-five series three games to two.

Offseason

  • December 30, 1999: Scott Service was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[1]
  • December 30, 1999: Rich Becker was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[2]

Regular season

  • May 29, 2000: Randy Velarde of the Athletics had an unassisted triple play. He caught a liner, tagged the runner coming from first base and touched second base.[3]

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 91 70 0.565 47–34 44–36
Seattle Mariners 91 71 0.562 ½ 47–34 44–37
Anaheim Angels 82 80 0.506 46–35 36–45
Texas Rangers 71 91 0.438 20½ 42–39 29–52


Record vs. opponents

2000 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC  MIN NYY OAK SEA TB  TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 7–5 5–4 4–6 3–6 5–5 6–6 7–3 5–5 5–8 5–8 6–6 7–5 5–7 12–6
Baltimore 5–7 5–7 4–6 5–4 6–4 3–7 6–3 5–7 4–8 3–7 8–5 6–6 7–6 7–11
Boston 4–5 7–5 7–5 6–6 7–5 4–6 8–2 6–7 5–5 5–5 6–6 7–3 4–8 9–9
Chicago 6–4 6–4 5–7 8–5 9–3 5–7 7–5 8–4 6–3 7–5 6–4 5–5 5–5 12–6
Cleveland 6–3 4–5 6–6 5–8 6–7 5–7 5–8 5–5 6–6 7–2 8–2 6–4 8–4 13–5
Detroit 5–5 4–6 5–7 3–9 7–6 5–7 7–6 8–4 6–4 7–2 4–5 5–5 3–9 10–8
Kansas City 6–6 7–3 6–4 7–5 7–5 7–5 7–5 2–8 4–8 4–8 5–5 3–7 4–6 8–10
Minnesota 3–7 3–6 2–8 5–7 8–5 6–7 5–7 5–5 5–7 3–9 4–6 8–4 5–4 7–11
New York 5–5 7–5 7–6 4–8 5–5 4–8 8–2 5–5 6–3 4–6 6–6 10–2 5–7 11–6
Oakland 8–5 8–4 5–5 3–6 6–6 4–6 8–4 7–5 3–6 9–4 7–2 5–7 7–3 11–7
Seattle 8–5 7–3 5–5 5–7 2–7 2–7 8–4 9–3 6–4 4–9 9–3 7–5 8–2 11–7
Tampa Bay 6–6 5–8 6–6 4–6 2–8 5–4 5–5 6–4 6–6 2–7 3–9 5–7 5–7 9–9
Texas 5–7 6–6 3–7 5–5 4–6 5–5 7–3 4–8 2–10 7–5 5–7 7–5 4–6 7–11
Toronto 7–5 6–7 8–4 5–5 4–8 9–3 6–4 4–5 7–5 3–7 2–8 7–5 6–4 9–9

Notable transactions

Roster

2000 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Ramon Hernandez 143 419 101 .241 14 62
1B Jason Giambi 152 510 170 .333 43 137
2B Randy Velarde 122 485 135 .278 12 41
SS Miguel Tejada 160 607 167 .275 30 115
3B Eric Chavez 153 501 139 .277 26 86
LF Ben Grieve 158 594 166 .279 27 104
CF Terrence Long 138 584 168 .288 18 80
RF Matt Stairs 143 476 108 .227 21 81
DH Olmedo Saenz 76 214 67 .313 9 37

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
José Ortiz 7 11 2 .182 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tim Hudson 32 202.1 20 4 4.14 169
Gil Heredia 32 198.2 15 11 4.12 101
Kevin Appier 31 195.1 15 11 4.54 129
Mark Mulder 27 154.0 9 10 5.44 88
Barry Zito 14 92.2 7 4 2.72 78

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Scott Service 20 1 2 1 6.38 35

Postseason

Game 1, October 3

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 0
Oakland 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 X 5 10 2
WP: Gil Heredia (1-0)   LP: Roger Clemens (0-1)   Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)

Game 2, October 4

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 8 1
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0)   LP: Kevin Appier (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)

Game 3, October 6

Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 2
New York 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 X 4 6 1
WP: Orlando Hernández (1-0)   LP: Tim Hudson (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
OAK: Terrence Long (1)
NYY: None

Game 4, October 7

Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 11 11 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 0
WP: Barry Zito (1-0)   LP: Roger Clemens (0-2)
Home runs:
OAK: Olmedo Sáenz (1)
NYY: None

Game 5, October 8

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 12 0
Oakland 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 13 0
WP: Mike Stanton (1-0)   LP: Gil Heredia (1-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)
Home runs:
NYY: David Justice (1)
OAK: None

Composite Box

2000 ALDS (3-2): New York Yankees over Oakland Athletics

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 6 4 0 2 0 5 0 1 1 19 41 2
Oakland Athletics 3 3 1 2 4 4 0 2 4 23 44 5
Total attendance: 249,911   Average attendance: 49,982

Awards and records

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Sacramento RiverCats Pacific Coast League Bob Geren
AA Midland RockHounds Texas League Tony DeFrancesco
A Modesto A's California League Greg Sparks
A Visalia Oaks California League Juan Navarrette
A-Short Season Vancouver Canadians Northwest League Dave Joppie
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League John Kuehl

References

  1. ^ Scott Service page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b Rich Becker page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats8.shtml
  4. ^ Rich Harden page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Mike Mohler page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Jorge Velandia page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml
  • 2000 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 2000 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6. 
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