2002 New York Yankees season

The 2002 New York Yankees season was the 100th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 103-58 finishing 10.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. 2002 was a transition year for the Yankees, as they soldiered on without Paul O'Neill, Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius and Chuck Knoblauch, main pieces in the 1990s dynasty. In the playoffs, they lost in the ALDS in 4 games to the Anaheim Angels, marking the 2002 Yankees season a failure as they did not advance to a World Series for the first time since 1997; failing to win their fifth straight pennant; they did not win a World Championship, giving the team a 2-year title drought.

2002 New York Yankees
AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record103–58 (.640)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Brian Cashman
Manager(s)Joe Torre
Local televisionWCBS-TV
YES Network
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, Ken Singleton, Bobby Murcer, David Cone, Paul O'Neill)
Local radioWCBS (AM)
(John Sterling, Charley Steiner)
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  • December 7, 2001: David Justice was traded by the Yankees to the New York Mets for Robin Ventura.
  • December 13, 2001: John Vander Wal was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Yankees for Jay Witasick.[1]
  • December 13, 2001: Jason Giambi, a free agent, signed a 7-year $120-million deal with the Yankees.[2]
  • January 8, 2002: Luis Sojo was signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees.[3]
  • January 11, 2002: David Wells was signed as a free agent with the Yankees.
  • January 17, 2002: Clay Bellinger was released by the Yankees.[4]
  • January 28, 2002: Ron Coomer was signed as a free agent with the Yankees.[5]
  • March 27, 2002: Bobby Estalella was released by the Yankees.[6]

Broadcasting changes

Beginning this season, the newly launched YES Network began airing regular season games, taking over from MSG Network, cable rights holder for these games until the 2001 season. The on-air team of Ken Singleton and Jim Kaat was moved from MSG to YES beginning this season, while Michael Kay joined as play-by-play commentator beginning this season in addition to radio duties, and they also added retired right fielder Paul O'Neill and former Yankees pitcher David Cone as color commentators; in addition, the over-the-air Yankees games were moved from Fox owned and operated station WNYW to CBS owned and operated station WCBS-TV; Bobby Murcer remained as a play-by-play announcer for the games on over-the-air television. Also beginning this season, the radio broadcasts of Yankees games moved from WABC-AM to CBS Radio-owned AM station WCBS-AM which was a sibling to TV over-the-air rights holder WCBS-TV.

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 10358 0.640 52–28 51–30
Boston Red Sox 9369 0.574 10½ 42–39 51–30
Toronto Blue Jays 7884 0.481 25½ 42–39 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 6795 0.414 36½ 34–47 33–48
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55106 0.342 48 30–51 25–55

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

Wild Card team
(Top team qualifies for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Anaheim Angels 9963 0.611
Boston Red Sox 9369 0.574 6
Seattle Mariners 9369 0.574 6
Chicago White Sox 8181 0.500 18
Toronto Blue Jays 7884 0.481 21
Cleveland Indians 7488 0.457 25
Texas Rangers 7290 0.444 27
Baltimore Orioles 6795 0.414 32
Kansas City Royals 62100 0.383 37
Detroit Tigers 55106 0.342 43½
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55106 0.342 43½

Record vs. opponents

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

  • April 8, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees.[7]
  • May 23, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was released by the New York Yankees.[7]
  • July 1, 2002: Raúl Mondesí was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Scott Wiggins.[8]
  • July 5, 2002: Ted Lilly was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the New York Yankees with Jason Arnold (minors) and John-Ford Griffin to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, Carlos Peña, and Franklyn Germán to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade.[9]


2002 New York Yankees
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Game log

Yankees Win Yankees Loss Game Postponed
2002 Game Log (103–58) Home: 52–28 Away: 51–30
April (17–10) Home: 8–2 Away: 9–8
1April 1@ Orioles3–10Erickson (1–0)Clemens (0–1)Oriole Park at Camden Yards48,0580–1
2April 3@ Orioles1–0Wells (1–0)Johnson (0–1)Rivera (1)Oriole Park at Camden Yards32,1421–1
3April 4@ Orioles4–1Mussina (1–0)Ponson (0–1)Rivera (2)Oriole Park at Camden Yards33,3172–1
4April 5Devil Rays4–0Pettitte (1–0)Kennedy (0–1)Yankee Stadium55,7713–1
5April 6Devil Rays3–0O. Hernandez (1–0)Alvarez (0–1)Rivera (3)Yankee Stadium39,0934–1
6April 7Devil Rays7–2Clemens (1–1)Sturtze (0–1)Yankee Stadium37,3435–1
7April 8@ Blue Jays16–3Wells (2–0)Prokopec (0–1)SkyDome16,0736–1
8April 9@ Blue Jays5–2Mussina (2–0)Plesac (0–1)Rivera (4)SkyDome18,0037–1
9April 10@ Blue Jays7–9Borbon (1–0)Lilly (0–1)Escobar (1)SkyDome19,1247–2
10April 11@ Blue Jays3–11Eyre (1–0)Clemens (1–2)SkyDome20,0917–3
11April 12@ Red Sox2–3Oliver (1–0)O. Hernandez (1–1)Urbina (4)Fenway Park32,8127–4
12April 13@ Red Sox6–7Arrojo (1–0)Rivera (0–1)Urbina (5)Fenway Park33,7567–5
13April 14@ Red Sox6–2Mussina (3–0)Wakefield (1–1)Rivera (5)Fenway Park33,7428–5
14April 15@ Red Sox3–4Lowe (2–1)Pettitte (1–1)Urbina (6)Fenway Park33,8648–6
15April 16Orioles4–5Bauer (1–0)Mendoza (0–1)Julio (1)Yankee Stadium33,7218–7
16April 17Orioles7–1O. Hernandez (2–1)Towers (0–3)Yankee Stadium27,9129–7
17April 18Orioles8–4Wells (3–0)Erickson (1–2)Yankee Stadium35,21210–7
18April 19Blue Jays6–5Rivera (1–1)File (0–1)Yankee Stadium36,13611–7
19April 20Blue Jays4–5 (10)Plesac (1–1)Mendoza (0–2)Yankee Stadium39,26511–8
20April 21Blue Jays9–2Clemens (2–2)Carpenter (0–1)Yankee Stadium43,30912–8
21April 23@ Athletics2–1O. Hernandez (3–1)Hudson (2–2)Rivera (6)Network Associates Coliseum40,36013–8
22April 24@ Athletics8–5Stanton (1–0)Magnante (0–1)Rivera (7)Network Associates Coliseum54,51313–9
23April 25@ Athletics2–6Zito (1–1)Mussina (3–1)Network Associates Coliseum31,87014–9
24April 26@ Mariners7–1Clemens (3–2)Baldwin (2–1)Safeco Field45,81415–9
25April 27@ Mariners0–1Garcia (3–2)Lilly (0–2)Sasaki (7)Safeco Field46,04715–10
26April 28@ Mariners4–3Karsay (1–0)Rhodes (1–1)Rivera (8)Safeco Field46,11516–10
27April 30Athletics8–2Wells (4–0)Zito (1–2)Yankee Stadium32,88817–10
May (19–9) Home: 8–7 Away: 11–2
28May 1Athletics1–4Hiljus (3–1)Mussina (3–2)Koch (6)Yankee Stadium31,00617–11
29May 2Athletics9–2Clemens (4–2)Lidle (1–4)Yankee Stadium30,46318–11
30May 3Mariners2–6Garcia (4–2)Lilly (0–3)Yankee Stadium47,91818–12
31May 4Mariners5–9Nelson (1–0)Karsay (1–1)Yankee Stadium52,08118–13
32May 5Mariners6–10Pineiro (2–0)Wells (4–1)Yankee Stadium48,17618–14
33May 7@ Devil Rays5–2Mussina (4–2)Wilson (1–3)Rivera (9)Tropicana Field15,03119–14
34May 8@ Devil Rays7–2Clemens (5–2)James (0–3)Tropicana Field15,26320–14
35May 9@ Devil Rays3–1O. Hernandez (4–1)Kennedy (1–3)Rivera (10)Tropicana Field16,01321–14
36May 10@ Twins5–3Wells (5–1)Milton (4–3)Rivera (11)Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome35,72722–14
37May 11@ Twins4–2Stanton (2–0)Guardado (0–1)Rivera (12)Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome43,26523–14
38May 12@ Twins10–4Mussina (5–2)Reed (4–2)Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome26,16524–14
39May 14Devil Rays10–3Clemens (6–2)Harper (0–1)Yankee Stadium29,50325–14
40May 15Devil Rays7–10Kennedy (2–3)O. Hernandez (4–2)Yan (6)Yankee Stadium26,57125–15
41May 16Devil Rays13–0Wells (6–1)Rupe (3–5)Yankee Stadium32,69526–15
42May 17Twins13–12 (14)Hitchcock (1–0)Trombley (0–1)Yankee Stadium39,47027–15
43May 18Twins6–2Lilly (1–3)Fiore (2–1)Yankee Stadium46,05728–15
44May 19Twins3–0Clemens (7–2)Kinney (1–4)Rivera (13)Yankee Stadium53,66229–15
45May 20Blue Jays6–3Mendoza (1–2)Heredia (0–1)Rivera (14)Yankee Stadium30,65730–15
46May 21Blue Jays4–1Mussina (6–2)Prokopec (2–6)Karsay (1)Yankee Stadium26,53131–15
47May 22Blue Jays3–8Halladay (5–1)A. Hernandez (0–1)Yankee Stadium44,28431–16
48May 23@ Red Sox1–3Martinez (7–0)Lilly (1–4)Urbina (15)Fenway Park33,88431–17
49May 24@ Red Sox8–9 (11)Arrojo (3–1)Karsay (1–2)Fenway Park34,17531–18
50May 25@ Red Sox3–2Mendoza (2–2)Lowe (7–2)Rivera (15)Fenway Park33,74332–18
51May 26@ Red Sox14–5Mussina (7–2)Oliver (4–4)Fenway Park34,09633–18
52May 27@ White Sox10–6Thurman (1–0)Wright (5–5)Comiskey Park43,78134–18
53May 28@ White Sox4–2Lilly (2–4)Garland (5–4)Rivera (16)Comiskey Park27,85935–18
54May 29@ White Sox6–3Karsay (2–2)Foulke (0–3)Rivera (17)Comiskey Park27,57236–18
55May 31Red Sox2–5Lowe (8–2)Wells (6–2)Yankee Stadium52,94136–19
June (14–12) Home: 8–6 Away: 6–6
56June 1Red Sox10–2Mussina (8–2)Oliver (4–5)Yankee Stadium55,69937–19
57June 2Red Sox1–7Castillo (4–5)Lilly (2–5)Yankee Stadium55,60237–20
58June 3Orioles3–4Julio (3–4)Rivera (1–2)Yankee Stadium31,47637–21
59June 4Orioles13–5Mendoza (3–2)Erickson (3–6)Yankee Stadium32,21438–21
60June 5Orioles3–4Driskill (3–0)Wells (6–3)Julio (10)Yankee Stadium26,50638–22
June 6OriolesPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for September 10
61June 7Giants2–1Mussina (9–2)Hernandez (5–6)Rivera (18)Yankee Stadium55,05339–22
62June 8Giants3–4Schmidt (2–1)Rivera (1–3)Nen (16)Yankee Stadium55,19439–23
63June 9Giants4–2Clemens (8–2)Rodriguez (1–3)Karsay (2)Yankee Stadium55,33540–23
64June 10Diamondbacks7–5Stanton (3–0)Johnson (9–2)Yankee Stadium45,69841–23
65June 11Diamondbacks6–4Wells (7–3)Anderson (1–6)Mendoza (1)Yankee Stadium44,73442–23
66June 12Diamondbacks5–9Batista (4–3)Mussina (9–3)Kim (17)Yankee Stadium50,86442–24
67June 14@ Mets4–2 (10)Karsay (3–2)Komiyama (0–3)Shea Stadium54,06943–24
68June 15@ Mets0–8Estes (3–5)Clemens (8–3)Shea Stadium54,34743–25
69June 16@ Mets2–3Guthrie (1–0)Wells (7–4)Benitez (15)Shea Stadium55,14143–26
70June 18@ Rockies10–5Mussina (10–3)Jennings (8–3)Stanton (1)Coors Field48,73844–26
71June 19@ Rockies20–10Mendoza (4–2)White (1–5)Coors Field48,82145–26
72June 20@ Rockies11–14 (10)Stark (4–1)Karsay (3–3)Coors Field48,91645–27
73June 21@ Padres1–9Perez (2–0)Wells (7–5)Qualcomm Stadium55,85845–28
74June 22@ Padres1–0Lilly (3–5)Peavy (0–1)Qualcomm Stadium60,02146–28
75June 23@ Padres3–2Mendoza (5–2)Reed (1–3)Karsay (3)Qualcomm Stadium50,05047–28
76June 25@ Orioles3–4Roberts (4–2)Pettitte (1–2)Julio (16)Oriole Park at Camden Yards41,58347–29
77June 26@ Orioles7–8Roberts (5–2)Stanton (3–1)Oriole Park at Camden Yards42,67047–30
78June 27@ Orioles3–2Wells (8–5)Erickson (3–7)Rivera (19)Oriole Park at Camden Yards48,05748–30
79June 28Mets11–5Mussina (11–3)D'Amico (4–7)O. Hernandez (1)Yankee Stadium55,73949–30
80June 29Mets2–11Leiter (8–6)Lilly (3–6)Yankee Stadium55,61549–31
81June 30Mets8–0Pettitte (2–2)Trachsel (6–7)Yankee Stadium55,70050–31
July (17–8) Home: 9–2 Away: 8–6
82July 2Indians10–5Mendoza (6–2)Rincon (0–3)Yankee Stadium45,58951–31
83July 3Indians11–8Wells (9–5)Sabathia (6–7)Rivera (20)Yankee Stadium39,87952–31
84July 4Indians7–1Mussina (12–3)Finley (4–11)Yankee Stadium42,90953–31
85July 5Blue Jays6–3O. Hernandez (5–2)Loaiza (3–5)Rivera (21)Yankee Stadium46,78854–31
86July 6Blue Jays3–8Parris (1–2)Pettitte (2–3)Yankee Stadium55,00554–32
87July 7Blue Jays10–6Weaver (7–8)Thurman (1–2)Yankee Stadium46,92255–32
73rd All-Star Game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
88July 11@ Indians7–4Pettitte (3–3)Sabathia (6–8)Rivera (22)Jacobs Field41,19256–32
89July 12@ Indians1–2 (10)Wohlers (1–1)Karsay (3–4)Jacobs Field42,51856–33
90July 13@ Indians14–5Wells (10–5)Drese (8–7)Jacobs Field42,63157–33
91July 14@ Indians7–10Rincon (1–3)Rivera (1–4)Jacobs Field42,57357–34
92July 15@ Blue Jays5–8Parris (2–2)O. Hernandez (5–3)Escobar (15)SkyDome25,37157–35
93July 16@ Blue Jays7–6Karsay (4–4)Politte (3–3)Rivera (23)SkyDome27,19758–35
94July 17Tigers2–1Pettitte (4–3)Redman (5–9)Yankee Stadium49,11659–35
95July 18Tigers6–5Mendoza (7–2)Rodney (1–3)Rivera (24)Yankee Stadium54,72560–35
96July 19Red Sox2–4Martinez (12–2)Mussina (12–4)Urbina (24)Yankee Stadium55,51060–36
97July 20Red Sox9–8 (11)Karsay (5–4)Gomes (1–2)Yankee Stadium55,52661–36
98July 21Red Sox9–8Stanton (4–1)Urbina (1–5)Yankee Stadium55,58162–36
99July 23@ Indians3–9Baez (8–7)Pettitte (4–4)Jacobs Field38,52062–37
100July 24@ Indians14–7Wells (11–5)Drese (8–8)Jacobs Field38,08163–37
101July 26@ Devil Rays12–9Mussina (13–4)Sosa (1–3)Karsay (4)Tropicana Field22,52764–37
102July 27@ Devil Rays4–7Harper (4–6)Weaver (7–9)Yan (14)Tropicana Field35,02164–38
103July 28@ Devil Rays9–1Pettitte (5–4)Sturtze (1–11)Tropicana Field29,14465–38
104July 29@ Rangers9–2O. Hernandez (6–3)Rogers (11–6)The Ballpark in Arlington44,00666–38
105July 30@ Rangers9–6Wells (12–5)Myette (0–3)Mendoza (2)The Ballpark in Arlington42,81867–38
106July 31@ Rangers6–17Bell (4–3)Mussina (13–5)The Ballpark in Arlington41,13367–39
August (17–11) Home: 7–6 Away: 10–5
107August 1@ Angels1–2Washburn (13–3)Weaver (7–10)Percival (25)Edison International Field of Anaheim42,89767–40
108August 2@ Angels4–0Pettitte (6–4)Appier (9–9)Mendoza (3)Edison International Field of Anaheim43,66868–40
109August 3@ Angels4–5Percival (4–1)Mendoza (7–3)Edison International Field of Anaheim43,61968–41
110August 4@ Angels7–5 (12)Stanton (5–1)Shields (3–2)Mendoza (4)Edison International Field of Anaheim43,45569–41
111August 6Royals2–6Ru. Hernandez (2–1)Mussina (13–6)Yankee Stadium48,27569–42
112August 7Royals6–2Clemens (9–3)Suppan (8–11)Yankee Stadium40,18470–42
113August 8Royals6–3Pettitte (7–4)Byrd (14–8)Rivera (25)Yankee Stadium55,14271–42
114August 9Athletics2–3 (16)Bowie (2–0)Hitchcock (1–1)Yankee Stadium54,31671–43
115August 10Athletics0–8Lidle (5–9)Wells (12–6)Yankee Stadium54,43971–44
116August 11Athletics8–5Mussina (14–6)Mulder (13–7)Yankee Stadium54,70372–44
117August 13@ Royals10–5Clemens (10–3)Suppan (8–12)Kauffman Stadium28,83473–44
118August 14@ Royals3–2Mendoza (8–3)Stein (0–3)Rivera (26)Kauffman Stadium26,38374–44
119August 15@ Royals7–5 (12)Stanton (6–1)Ro. Hernandez (1–3)Rivera (27)Kauffman Stadium27,56575–44
120August 16@ Mariners9–3Wells (13–6)Halama (5–4)Weaver (1)Safeco Field46,03376–44
121August 17@ Mariners8–3Mussina (15–6)Franklin (4–3)Karsay (5)Safeco Field46,17477–44
122August 18@ Mariners2–5Pineiro (13–4)Clemens (10–4)Sasaki (31)Safeco Field46,08677–45
123August 20Angels7–5Pettitte (8–4)Sele (8–9)Stanton (2)Yankee Stadium41,61978–45
124August 21Angels1–5 (11)Weber (5–2)Weaver (7–11)Yankee Stadium46,42378–46
125August 22Angels4–2Wells (14–6)Lackey (5–3)Karsay (6)Yankee Stadium43,22279–46
126August 23Rangers2–6Park (5–6)Mussina (15–7)Yankee Stadium50,87179–47
127August 24Rangers3–2Clemens (11–4)Alvarez (0–4)Karsay (7)Yankee Stadium53,49480–47
128August 25Rangers2–6Benoit (3–2)Pettitte (8–5)Yankee Stadium50,03780–48
129August 26Rangers10–3O. Hernandez (7–3)Rogers (12–7)Weaver (2)Yankee Stadium42,78581–48
130August 27@ Red Sox6–0Wells (15–6)Fossum (2–3)Fenway Park33,81082–48
131August 28@ Red Sox7–0Mussina (16–7)Martinez (17–4)Fenway Park33,79383–48
132August 29@ Blue Jays4–7Loaiza (7–7)Clemens (11–5)SkyDome32,67983–49
133August 30@ Blue Jays9–7Weaver (8–11)Walker (7–4)Karsay (8)SkyDome24,30184–49
134August 31@ Blue Jays1–5Miller (6–4)O. Hernandez (7–4)SkyDome36,02184–50
September (19–8) Home: 12–5 Away: 7–3
135September 1@ Blue Jays6–7Halladay (15–6)Wells (15–7)Escobar (28)SkyDome32,57784–51
136September 2Red Sox4–8Fossum (3–3)Mussina (16–8)Yankee Stadium55,16984–52
137September 3Red Sox4–2Clemens (12–5)Castillo (5–13)Stanton (3)Yankee Stadium47,31885–52
138September 4Red Sox3–1Pettitte (9–5)Lowe (18–7)Karsay (9)Yankee Stadium50,00686–52
139September 5Tigers9–3O. Hernandez (8–4)Sparks (8–15)Yankee Stadium28,22287–52
140September 6Tigers8–1Wells (16–7)Redman (8–14)Yankee Stadium41,11488–52
141September 7Tigers1–2German (1–0)Mussina (16–9)Acevedo (28)Yankee Stadium40,54188–53
142September 8Tigers6–4Stanton (7–1)Henriquez (1–1)Karsay (10)Yankee Stadium39,30289–53
143September 10 (1)Orioles5–2Pettitte (10–5)Johnson (4–13)Stanton (4)Yankee Stadium8,87590–53
144September 10 (2)Orioles3–1Weaver (9–11)Ponson (7–6)Karsay (11)Yankee Stadium31,27091–53
145September 11Orioles5–4 (11)Karsay (6–4)Bauer (6–7)Yankee Stadium35,18392–53
146September 12Orioles7–3Wells (17–7)Douglass (0–3)Yankee Stadium33,26393–53
147September 13White Sox2–13Biddle (2–3)Mussina (16–10)Osuna (11)Yankee Stadium45,93593–54
148September 14White Sox1–8Wright (12–12)Clemens (12–6)Yankee Stadium44,79593–55
149September 15White Sox8–4 (6)Pettitte (11–5)Porzio (2–1)Yankee Stadium39,58794–55
150September 17@ Devil Rays7–9Carter (1–0)Mendoza (8–4)Tropicana Field14,79794–56
151September 18@ Devil Rays7–1Weaver (10–11)Zambrano (6–8)Tropicana Field14,99394–57
152September 19@ Devil Rays2–3 (10)Yan (7–8)Hitchcock (1–2)Tropicana Field18,55795–57
153September 20@ Tigers5–1Clemens (13–6)Van Hekken (1–2)Comerica Park25,36496–57
154September 21@ Tigers3–2Pettitte (12–5)Beverlin (0–2)Karsay (12)Comerica Park25,43297–57
155September 22@ Tigers4–3Wells (18–7)Maroth (6–9)Stanton (5)Comerica Park23,93098–57
156September 23Devil Rays2–3Zambrano (7–8)O. Hernandez (8–5)Yan (19)Yankee Stadium31,93798–58
157September 24Devil Rays6–0Mussina (17–10)Harper (5–9)Yankee Stadium32,49299–58
158September 25Devil Rays4–3Weaver (11–11)Sturtze (4–18)Rivera (28)Yankee Stadium30,004100–58
September 26Devil RaysCancelled (rain)
159September 27@ Orioles6–2Pettitte (13–5)Ponson (7–9)Oriole Park at Camden Yards40,975101–58
160September 28@ Orioles4–2Wells (19–7)Driskill (8–8)Stanton (6)Oriole Park at Camden Yards48,165102–58
161September 29@ Orioles6–1Mussina (18–10)Stephens (2–5)Oriole Park at Camden Yards46,443103–58

Player stats

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
CJorge Posada143511137.2682099
1BJason Giambi155560176.31441122
2BAlfonso Soriano156696209.30039102
SSDerek Jeter157644191.2971875
3BRobin Ventura141465115.2472793
LFRondell White126455109.2401462
CFBernie Williams154612204.33319102
RFRaúl Mondesí7127065.2411143
DHNick Johnson12937892.2431558

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
Shane Spencer9428871.247634
John Vander Wal8421957.260620
Ron Coomer5514839.264317
Enrique Wilson6010519.181211
Juan Rivera288322.26516
Chris Widger216419.29705
Alberto Castillo15375.13504
Gerald Williams33170.00000
Marcus Thames7133.23112
Alex Arias670.00000
Karim García251.20000
Drew Henson310.00000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games, IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Mussina33215.218104.05182
David Wells31206.11973.75137
Roger Clemens29180.01364.35192
Orlando Hernández24146.0853.64113
Andy Pettitte22134.21353.2797
Ted Lilly1676.2363.4059

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jeff Weaver1578.0534.0457
Mike Thurman1233.0105.1823
Adrián Hernández26.00112.009

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mariano Rivera4514282.7441
Ramiro Mendoza628443.4461
Mike Stanton797163.0044
Steve Karsay7864123.2665
Sterling Hitchcock201205.4931
Randy Choate180006.0417
Brandon Knight700011.427
Jay Tessmer20006.750


Game log

2002 Postseason Game Log (1–3)
ALDS vs Angels (1–3)
1October 1Angels8–5Karsay (1–0)Weber (0–1)Rivera (1)Yankee Stadium56,7101–0
2October 2Angels6–8Rodriguez (1–0)Hernandez (0–1)Percival (1)Yankee Stadium56,6951–1
3October 4@ Angels6–9Rodriguez (2–0)Stanton (0–1)Percival (2)Edison International Field of Anaheim45,0721–2
4October 5@ Angels5–9Washburn (1–0)Wells (0–1)Edison International Field of Anaheim45,0671–3


Anaheim's victory secured their place in the American League Championship Series, where they defeated the Minnesota Twins, and subsequently the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series.

This was the first time since 1997 that the Yankees failed to win the American League pennant and advance to the World Series.

Awards and records

  • Jason Giambi, Silver Slugger Award
  • Alfonso Soriano, Most home runs in one season by an American League second baseman (39)[10]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Brian Butterfield, Frank Howard
and Stump Merrill
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Stump Merrill and Luis Sojo
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Mitch Seoane
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Bill Masse
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Derek Shelton
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Manny Crespo

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Norwich, Staten Island[11][12]


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  2. Curry, Jack (December 14, 2001). "Tearful Giambi Is Proud To Put On the Pinstripes". New York Times. p. S1. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. "Luis Sojo Stats".
  4. "Clay Bellinger Stats".
  5. "Ron Coomer Stats".
  6. Bobby Estalella Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. Bill Pulsipher Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  8. Raúl Mondesí Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  9. Ted Lilly Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  10. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.90, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  11. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  12. Baseball America 2003 Annual Directory
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