2002 Minnesota Twins season

2002 Minnesota Twins
AL Central champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
General manager(s) Terry Ryan
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television KSTC-TV
Fox Sports Minnesota
(Bert Blyleven, Dick Bremer)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Dan Gladden)
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After facing contraction talks at the previous winter meeting, and coming out of a second-place finish in the AL Central with a pitching staff with only two players with an ERA under 4.0, the 2002 Minnesota Twins won their division and made it to the 2002 American League Championship Series (ALCS) with the youngest team in the league, and with a new manager, Ron Gardenhire. The Twins had a solid first half of the season (45–36), but had a better second half (49–31), which led them to being the division champions.

New Alternate Logos

For the 2002 season, the Twins adopted a secondary logo based on those used from 1970 to 1986, with twins (one representing Minneapolis and the other St. Paul) shaking hands while standing by the river which separates the two cities. The logo also features the team's primary logo, replacing the "Win Twins!" baseball used in the 1976–1986 version.

The season also marked the revival of the "TC" cap logo, which had last been used as such in 1986.

Offseason

  • November 7: David Lamb was signed by the Twins as a free agent.[1]
  • January 23, 2002: Mike Jackson was signed by the Twins as a free agent.[2]

Regular season

  • May 6: The 2002 NCAA National women's hockey champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs were recognized by the Minnesota Twins baseball team at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.[3]
  • June 4: The Twins walloped the hapless Cleveland Indians 23-2, setting a club record for their largest winning margin and tying their record for most RBI with 22. Pitcher Rick Reed was lifted after seven innings with a 21-run lead. In the game, Luis Rivas scored five times, joining three other Twins who have accomplished that mark before: Rod Carew (1977), Tim Teufel (1983) and Paul Molitor (1996).[4]
  • The representatives of the Twins in the All-Star Game were closer Eddie Guardado, center fielder Torii Hunter, and catcher A. J. Pierzynski.
  • October 9: A home attendance record was set when 55,990 watched the Twins lose to the California Angels in the second game of the American League Championship Series.[5]
  • The Twins made just 74 errors this season, their best-ever showing in the field. The worst season was the inaugural campaign of 1961, when they committed 174 errors.
  • Jacque Jones had eleven lead-off home runs this season, the second-best season total in American League history, trailing just Brady Anderson's twelve in 1996.[6]
  • The highest paid Twin in 2002 was Brad Radke at $8,750,000; followed by Rick Reed at $7,000,000.
  • October 28: Pitcher Michael Jackson was granted free agency, and would later sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This season he wore number '42', being grandfathered in after Major League Baseball retired the number league-wide in 1997 to honor pioneer Jackie Robinson. Players wearing the number at that time were allowed to continue. Jackson was the last Minnesota Twin to wear the number '42'.
  • Bert Blyleven and Tom Kelly were inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame.

Offense

No player hit 30 home runs or drove in 100 RBIs, but many players enjoyed solid seasons. Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones hit 29 and 27 home runs, respectively, while designated hitter David Ortiz battled injuries and hit 20. Catcher A. J. Pierzynski had a good year for a catcher, hitting .300. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz saw his average drop significantly from the prior year, from .306 to .261. Third baseman Corey Koskie had a subpar year offensively, shortstop Cristian Guzmán was average, and second baseman Luis Rivas was not strong. The Twins enjoyed solid production out of the right field spot, whether the position was manned by opening day starter Brian Buchanan, Dustan Mohr, Bobby Kielty, or Michael Cuddyer.

Team Leaders
StatisticPlayerQuantity
HRTorii Hunter29
RBITorii Hunter94
BAJacque Jones.300
RunsJacque Jones96

Pitching

The starting rotation resembled a tubercular ward. Brad Radke, Eric Milton, and Joe Mays suffered serious injuries, requiring Rick Reed to carry the starting rotation. He was able to fulfill this role, going 9-2 in the second half. For inexplicable reasons, manager Ron Gardenhire resisted putting Johan Santana into the starter role until he was forced to by injuries. Santana started only 14 games, but quickly established himself as a dominant starting pitcher, posting an 8-6 record, 2.99 ERA, and a team-leading 137 strikeouts. Kyle Lohse enjoyed his only solid year as a starter, going 13-8 with a 4.23 ERA. Matt Kinney also made 12 starts. Eddie Guardado excelled in his first full year as the team's closer, earning 45 saves, while J. C. Romero, LaTroy Hawkins, and Mike Jackson had strong years as set-up men. Tony Fiore had a bafflingly strong year out of the bullpen, going 10-3 with an ERA of 3.16.

Team Leaders
StatisticPlayerQuantity
ERARick Reed3.78
WinsRick Reed15
SavesEddie Guardado45
StrikeoutsJohan Santana137

Defense

A. J. Pierzynski was the team's all-star starting catcher, backed up by Tom Prince. Doug Mientkiewicz followed up his Gold Glove year with another superb year defensively. Unfortunately, his relatively weak hitting in 2002 may have prevented him from winning a second consecutive Gold Glove award, as it went to John Olerud. The rest of the infield was defensively solid, with Luis Rivas at second, Cristian Guzmán at short, and Corey Koskie at third. In the outfield, two-thirds of the "Soul Patrol" remained, with Jacque Jones in left and Torii Hunter in center. (This would be Hunter's second consecutive Gold Glove year.) Right field was a question mark, with Brian Buchanan not lasting long after being the opening day right fielder. The void was filled for most of the season by the platoon of Dustan Mohr and Bobby Kielty, known collectively by fans as "Dusty Kielmohr". However, Dusty Kielmohr gave way to Michael Cuddyer for the post-season run.

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 9467 0.584 54–27 40–40
Chicago White Sox 8181 0.500 13½ 47–34 34–47
Cleveland Indians 7488 0.457 20½ 39–42 35–46
Kansas City Royals 62100 0.383 32½ 37–44 25–56
Detroit Tigers 55106 0.342 39 33–47 22–59

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

2002 American League Records

Sources:
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
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

Notable transactions

Roster

2002 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
CFTorii Hunter148561162.2892994

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
Brian Buchanan4413534.252515
Michael Cuddyer4111229.259413
David Lamb7101.10000

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rick Reed331881573.78121

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Juan Rincón1028.2026.2821

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Eddie Guardado6813452.9370
Mike Jackson582303.2729
Jack Cressend230105.9122
Kevin Frederick800010.035
Mike Trombley501015.753
José Rodríguez401014.731

Post Season

The Twins made it to the ALCS, beating the Oakland Athletics in the Divisional series. They then lost to the eventual World Series Champions, the Anaheim Angels.

Divisional Series

The Twins won game one at Oakland before losing two straight including one at home. The Twins rebounded, and won the final two games to win the series and move on to face Anaheim in the ALCS.

Game One

October 1, at Oakland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 012 003 100 7133
Oakland 320 000 000 5120
W: Brad Radke (1-0)  L: Ted Lilly (0-1)  SV: Eddie Guardado (1)  
HRs: MIN Corey Koskie (1), Doug Mientkiewicz (1)

Game Two

October 2, at Oakland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 000 001 000 170
Oakland 300 510 000 9140
W: Mark Mulder (1-0)  L: Joe Mays (0-1)  
HRs: OAK Eric Chavez (1),MIN Cristian Guzmán (1)

Game Three

October 4, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 200 101 200 691
Minnesota 000 12 0000 380
W: Barry Zito (1-0)  L: Rick Reed (0-1)  
HRs: OAK Ray Durham (1), Scott Hatteberg (1), Terrence Long (1), Jermaine Dye, (1)

Game Four

October 5, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 002 000 000 272
Minnesota 002 700 20X 11120
W: Eric Milton (1-0)  L: Tim Hudson (0-1)  
HRs: OAK Miguel Tejada (1),MIN Doug Mientkiewicz (2)

Game Five

October 6, at Oakland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 011 000 003 5120
Oakland 100 000 003 4110
W: Brad Radke (2-0)  L: Mark Mulder (1-1)  
HRs: OAK Ray Durham (2), Mark Ellis (1) MIN AJ Pierzynski (1)

ALCS

The Twins won the first game at home vs. the Angels, before losing the next four in a row, allowing the Angels to move on to the World Series, who won the Series in seven games against the San Francisco Giants.

Game One

October 8, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim 001 000 000 140
Minnesota 010 010 00X 251
W: Joe Mays (1-0)  L: Kevin Appier (0-1)  SV: Eddie Guardado (1)
HRs: None

Game Two

October 9, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim 130 002 000 6100
Minnesota 000 003 000 3111
W: Ramón Ortiz (1-0)  L: Rick Reed (0-1)  SV: Troy Percival (1)
HRs: ANA Darin Erstad (1), Brad Fullmer (1)

Game Three

October 11, at Anaheim

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 000 000 100 160
Anaheim 010 000 01X 272
W: Francisco Rodríguez (1-0)  L: J. C. Romero (0-1)  SV: Troy Percival (2)
HRs: ANA Garret Anderson (1), Troy Glaus (1)

Game Four

October 12, at Anaheim

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 000 000 001 162
Anaheim 000 000 25X 7100
W: John Lackey (1-0)  L: Brad Radke (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game Five

October 13, at Anaheim

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 110 000 300 590
Anaheim 001 020 100X 13180
W: Francisco Rodríguez (2-0)  L: Johan Santana (0-1)  
HRs: ANA Adam Kennedy (3), Scott Spiezio (1)

Other post-season awards

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League John Russell
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League Stan Cliburn
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Jose Marzan
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Jeff Carter
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Rudy Hernández

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Edmonton[12][13]

Sources

References

  1. David Lamb at Baseball Reference
  2. Mike Jackson at Baseball Reference
  3. http://www.umdbulldogs.com/viewmoment.php?height=500&width=700&modal=true&id=55%5Bpermanent+dead+link%5D
  4. "Twins 23, Indians 2". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  5. "2002 ALCS Game 2". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  6. "Home Run Records". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  7. 1 2 Mike Trombley at Baseball Reference
  8. Jesse Crain at Baseball Reference
  9. José Rodríguez at Baseball Reference
  10. Brian Buchanan at Baseball Reference
  11. David Ortiz Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  12. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  13. Baseball America 2003 Annual Directory
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