2002 Anaheim Angels season

2002 Anaheim Angels
2002 AL Wild Card
2002 AL Champions
2002 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 99–63 (.611)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
General manager(s) Bill Stoneman
Manager(s) Mike Scioscia
Local television KCAL-9
Fox Sports Net West
Steve Physioc, Rex Hudler
Local radio KLAC (AM 570—Primary)
KPLS (AM 830—Backup)
Rory Markas, Terry Smith
KTNQ (AM 1020—Spanish)
Ivan Lara, José Mota
Stats ESPN.com
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The Anaheim Angels' 2002 season was the franchise's 42nd, and it ended with the team's first American League pennant and World Series championship.

The Angels finished the regular season with a record of 99-63, 4 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the American League West standings, but qualified for the franchise's first ever wild card playoff berth to return to the postseason for the first time since 1986. Outfielder Garret Anderson led the team with 123 runs batted in and a .539 slugging percentage, was selected for the AL All-Star team, and won the Silver Slugger Award. Jarrod Washburn went 18-6 with a 3.15 earned run average to anchor a pitching staff that allowed the fewest runs in the league.

In the postseason, the Angels defeated the New York Yankees 3-1 in the American League Division Series, then defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1 in the American League Championship Series to win the AL pennant. The Angels then won the World Series in dramatic fashion when, with a 3-2 series deficit to the San Francisco Giants, they overcame a 5 run deficit in the late innings of Game 6 to force a winner-take-all Game 7, which they won to clinch the series 4-3. The morning after the win, The Orange County Register celebrated the Angels' win with the headline "7th Heaven,"[1] referring to the popular television series and fact that it took seven games for the Angels to win the World Series, and in doing so, it sent them to seventh heaven.[2]

2002 was also notable as the season in which the Angels debuted their present-day uniforms, colors, and halo insignia, which replaced the widely ridiculed "periwinkle" uniforms and "winged" insignia they had worn since 1997. It was also the last season the team was owned by The Walt Disney Company, which sold its controlling interest in the team to present-day owner Arte Moreno in 2003.

Off Season

The Anaheim Angels focus in the off season leading up to the 2002 season was on how to improve the Angels from the 2001 season when they finished an incredible 41 games behind the Seattle Mariners (who won a Major League Baseball record 116 games) in the AL West.

Off Season transactions

  • January 4, 2002: Aaron Sele was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[3]
  • January 31, 2002: Donne Wall was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[4]
  • February 4, 2002: Erick Aybar was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[5]
  • February 7, 2002: Clay Bellinger was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[6]

Spring training

The Anaheim Angels' 2002 Spring training was Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona and held a Spring training record of 17-15.

Spring training transactions

  • March 16, 2002: Julio Ramirez was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[7]


Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 10359 0.636 54–27 49–32
Anaheim Angels 9963 0.611 4 54–27 45–36
Seattle Mariners 9369 0.574 10 48–33 45–36
Texas Rangers 7290 0.444 31 42–39 30–51

American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 10358 0.640
Minnesota Twins 9467 0.584
Oakland Athletics 10359 0.636
W L Pct.
Anaheim Angels 9963 0.611
Boston Red Sox 9369 0.574
Seattle Mariners 9369 0.574
Chicago White Sox 8181 0.500
Toronto Blue Jays 7884 0.481
Cleveland Indians 7488 0.457
Texas Rangers 7290 0.444
Baltimore Orioles 6795 0.414
Kansas City Royals 62100 0.383
Detroit Tigers 55106 0.342
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55106 0.342

Record vs. opponents

Record Games Left
AL East
Baltimore Orioles4–23–07–2
Boston Red Sox1–22–23–4
New York Yankees2–21–23–4
Tampa Bay Devils Rays5–13–08–1
Toronto Blue Jays3–04–27–2
AL Central
Chicago White Sox3–03–36–3
Cleveland Indians3–33–06–3
Detroit Tigers5–13–08–1
Kansas City Royals3–03–36–3
Minnesota Twins3–31–24–5
AL West
Oakland Athletics6–53–69–11
Seattle Mariners5–54–59–10
Texas Rangers7–25–512–7
National League
Cincinnati Reds2–12–1
Los Angeles Dodgers2–11–23–3
Milwaukee Brewers3–03–0
Pittsburgh Pirates2–12–1
St. Louis Cardinals1–21–2
Grand Totals54–2745–3699–63
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
2002 American League Records

Anaheim 7–23–46–36–38–16–34–53–49–119–108–112–77–211–7
Baltimore 2–76–133–41–52–47–05–16–134–55–410–93–64–159–9
Boston 4–313–62–45–45–44–23–39–106–34–516–34–313–65–13
Chicago 3–64–34–29–1012–711–88–112–42–75–44–35–44–28–10
Cleveland 3–65–14–510–910–99–108–113–62–53–44–24–53–36–12
Detroit 1–84–24–57–129–109–104–141–81–62–52–45–40–66–12
Kansas City 3–60–72–48–1110–910–95–141–51–83–64–27–23–45–13
Minnesota 5–41–53–311–811–814–414–50–63–65–45–26–36–110–8
New York 4–313–610–94–26–38–15–16–05–44–513–54–310–911–7
Oakland 11–95–43–67–25–26–18–16–34–58–118–113–63–616–2
Seattle 10–94–55–44–54–35–26–34–55–411–85–413–76–311–7
Tampa Bay 1–89–103–163–42–44–22–42–55–131–84–54–58–117–11
Texas 7–126–33–44–55–44–52–73–63–46–137–135–48–19–9
Toronto 2–715–46–132–43–36–04–31–69–106–33–611–81–89–9

2002 draft

The 2002 Major League Baseball draft was held on June 4–5.

Regular season

Game log

2002 Game Log: 99–63 (Home: 54–27; Road: 45–36)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Angels team member


2002 Anaheim Angels
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Regular Season Transactions

  • July 31, 2002: Alex Ochoa was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with Sal Fasano to the Anaheim Angels for players to be named later and Jorge Fábregas. The Anaheim Angels sent Johnny Raburn (minors) (August 14, 2002) and Pedro Liriano (September 20, 2002) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.[8]

Player stats


Note: Pos. = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player Pos. G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Garret AndersonLF158638195.30629123
David EcksteinSS152608178.293863
Darin ErstadCF150625177.2831073
Brad FullmerDH130429124.2891959
Troy Glaus3B156569142.25030111
Adam Kennedy2B144474148.312752
Bengie MolinaC122800105.245547
Tim SalmonRF138483138.2862288
Scott Spiezio1B153491140.2851282

Other batters

Player Pos. G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jorge FábregasC358817.19308
José MolinaC297019.27105
Shawn Wooten1B/DH4911333.292319
Julio RamirezCF/RF29329.28117
Orlando PalmeiroLF/RF11026379.300031
Alex OchoaRF376518.277210
Jeff DaVanonOF16305.16714
José Nieves2B/3B459728.28906
Benji Gil1B/2B/SS6113037.285320
Chone Figgins2B15122.16701
Alfredo AmezagaSS12137.53802

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Appier19188.1773.92132
John Lackey18108.1943.6669
Ramón Ortiz32271.11593.77162
Aaron Sele26160894.8982
Jarrod Washburn322061863.15139

Other pitchers

Mickey Callaway634.12104.1923
Mark Lukasiewicz17142003.8615
Donne Wall17210006.4313
Matt Wise78.10003.246
Relief pitchers
Dennis Cook37241103.3813
Brendan Donnelly4649.21112.1754
Al Levine5263.24454.2440
Troy Percival5856.141401.9268
Lou Pote3150.10203.2232
Scott Schoeneweis541189804.8865
Scot Shields29495302.2030
Ben Weber63787272.5443


With their 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Mon. September 26, 2002, the Angels clinched their first (and only to date as of 2017) Wildcard berth. At this time, the Angels would be in the postseason for the first time since the 1986 season.

American League Division Series

The 2002 American League Division Series featured the Wildcard winner Anaheim Angels and the AL East champion New York Yankees. The series began on October 1, 2002 with the Angels splitting the first two games at Yankee Stadium. The Angels then proceeded to win the next two games, earning their ticket to the ALCS and winning their first postseason series in franchise history.

American League Championship Series

The 2002 American League Championship Series featured the Wildcard winner Anaheim Angels and the AL Central champion Minnesota Twins. The series began on October 8, 2002 with the Angels splitting the first two games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Angels then went home where they won three straight at Edison Field to earn a spot in the 2002 World Series. Infielder Adam Kennedy was the ALCS MVP.

World series

The 2002 World Series was the 98th edition of the Fall Classic, held from October 19–27, 2002. The series featured the American League champion Anaheim Angels defeating the National League champion San Francisco Giants, 4–3, to win the franchise's first ever World Series.

The series was notable as being the first time since the 1995 inception of the wild card in Major League Baseball that two wild card teams would vie for the title. It was also the fourth World Series played between two teams from California (after 1974, 1988, and 1989, when the Giants last went to the World Series), and the first such series to not include the Oakland Athletics. It was also the last Series to be played in a full seven games until 2011.

The series was played as a best-of-seven playoff with a 2–3–2 site format (standard in Major League Baseball). Barry Bonds of the Giants was almost elected World Series MVP before the Angels began their Game 6 comeback; the award would be presented the following night to Troy Glaus of the Angels for his role in that comeback. (Bobby Richardson of the 1960 New York Yankees remains the only World Series MVP from a losing team.)

Game Log

2002 Post Season Game Log (11–5)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Angels team member


  Division Series
League Championship Series
TV: Fox
World Series
TV: Fox
  1 New York Yankees 1  
4 Anaheim Angels 3  
  4 Anaheim Angels 4  
American League
  3 Minnesota Twins 1  
2 Oakland Athletics 2
  3 Minnesota Twins 3  
    AL4 Anaheim Angels 4
  NL4 San Francisco Giants 3
  1 Atlanta Braves 2  
4 San Francisco Giants 3  
  4 San Francisco Giants 4
National League
  3 St. Louis Cardinals 1  
2 Arizona Diamondbacks 0
  3 St. Louis Cardinals 3  

The American League champion had home field advantage during the World Series.
Note: Major League Baseball's playoff format automatically seeds the Wild Card team 4th. Normally, the No. 1 seed plays the No. 4 seed in the Division Series. However, MLB does not allow the No. 1 seed to play the 4th seed/Wild Card winner in the Division Series if they are from the same division, instead having the No. 1 seed play the next lowest seed, the No. 3 seed.

Awards and honors

2002 Anaheim Angels

Troy Glaus

Adam Kennedy

Tim Salmon

Garret Anderson

  • All-Star
  • Silver Slugger Award
  • #4 in AL in RBI (123)

Darin Erstad

  • Gold Glove Award

Bengie Molina

  • Gold Glove Award

Mike Scioscia

  • AL Manager of the Year Award

73rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game


Pos # Player League AB H RBI
LF16Garret AndersonAmerican League401


# Coach League Position
14Mike SciosciaAmerican LeagueCoach

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake Stingers Pacific Coast League Mike Brumley
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Doug Sisson
A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League Bobby Meacham
A Cedar Rapids Kernels Midwest League Todd Claus
Rookie AZL Angels Arizona League Brian Harper
Rookie Provo Angels Pioneer League Tom Kotchman


Local Media

Local TV

Local TV Channel Play–by–play Color Commentator Studio Host
KCAL–TV 9Steve PhysiocRex Hudler

Local Cable TV

Local Cable TV Channel Play–by–play Color Commentator Studio Host
Fox Sports Net WestSteve PhysiocRex Hudler

Local Radio

Flagship Station Play–by–play #1 Play–by–play #2 Color Commentator Studio Host
KLAC–AM 570 (primary)
KPLS–AM 830 (backup)
Rory Markas (innings 1–3, 7–9 and odd numbered innings)Terry Smith (innings 4–6 and even numbered innings)Terry Smith (innings 1–3, 7–9 and odd numbered innings)
Rory Markas (innings 4–6 and even numbered innings)

Some radio games carried on KPLS–AM 830 because of broadcast conflict with the Los Angeles Lakers of the (NBA).

Flagship Station Play–by–play Color Commentator Studio Host
KTNQ–AM 1020 (Spanish)Ivan LaraJosé Mota


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