|2002 New York Yankees|
|AL East Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Brian Cashman|
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, Ken Singleton, Bobby Murcer, David Cone, Paul O'Neill)
|Local radio||WCBS (AM)|
(John Sterling, Charley Steiner)
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The New York Yankees' 2002 season was the 100th season for the Yankees in New York, and their 102nd overall going back to their origins in Baltimore. 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 O'Neill, Martinez, Brosius and Knoblauch, their 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.
Beginning this season, the newly launched YES Network began airing the regular season games, taking over from MSG Network as 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 as play-by-play commentator added 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; however, the Yankees' over-the-air games continued to be aired nationally on the former through its network's sporting division via Baseball package this season. Also beginning this season, the radio broadcasts of Yankees games moved from WABC-AM to CBS Radio-owned AM station WCBS-AM in which it is a sister to its over-the-air rights holder WCBS-TV which will remain for three years until the 2004 season.
|New York Yankees||103||58||0.640||—||52–28||51–30|
|Boston Red Sox||93||69||0.574||10½||42–39||51–30|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||0.481||25½||42–39||36–45|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||55||106||0.342||48||30–51||25–55|
|New York Yankees||103||58||0.640|
|Boston Red Sox||93||69||0.574|
|Chicago White Sox||81||81||0.500|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||0.481|
|Kansas City Royals||62||100||0.383|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||55||106||0.342|
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|2002 New York Yankees|
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|John Vander Wal||84||219||57||.260||6||20|
Note: G = Games, IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Main article: 2002 American League Division Series
Game 1: New York 8 – Anaheim 5.
Game 2: Anaheim 8 – New York 6.
Game 3: Anaheim 9 – New York 6.
Game 4: Anaheim 9 – New York 5.
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.
See also: Minor League Baseball
|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