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2002 New York Yankees
2002 AL East Champions
Major league affiliations
2002 information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WCBS-TV
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat)
YES Network
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, Ken Singleton)
Local radio WCBS (AM)
(Charley Steiner, John Sterling)

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. In the playoffs, they lost in the ALDS in 4 games to the Anaheim Angels.



  • December 7, 2001: David Justice was traded by the New York Yankees to the New York Mets for Robin Ventura.
  • December 13, 2001: John Vander Wal was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the New York Yankees for Jay Witasick.[1]
  • January 8, 2002: Luis Sojo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[2]
  • January 17, 2002: Clay Bellinger was released by the New York Yankees.[3]
  • January 28, 2002: Ron Coomer was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[4]
  • March 27, 2002: Bobby Estalella was released by the New York Yankees.[5]

Regular season


Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 103   58 .640    --
Boston Red Sox   93   69 .574 10.5
Toronto Blue Jays   78   84 .481 25.5
Baltimore Orioles   67   95 .414 36.5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays   55 106 .342 48.0

Notable transactions

  • April 8, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[6]
  • May 23, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was Released by the New York Yankees.[6]
  • July 1, 2002: Raul Mondesi was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Scott Wiggins.[7]
  • 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 Pena, and Franklyn German 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.[8]


2002 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

Starters by position

Note: 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
1B Jason Giambi 155 560 176 .314 41 122
2B Alfonso Soriano 156 696 209 .300 39 102
CF Bernie Williams 154 612 204 .333 19 102

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO


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.

Awards and records

  • Jason Giambi, Silver Slugger award
  • Alfonso Soriano, Most Home Runs in one season by an American League Second Baseman (39)[9]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Brian Butterfield 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
Short-Season A Staten Island Yankees New York-Penn League Derek Shelton
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Manny Crespo

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Norwich, Staten Island[10][11]


  1. ^ John Vander Wal Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sojolu01.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bellicl01.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/coomero01.shtml?redir
  5. ^ Bobby Estalella Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ a b Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ Raul Mondesi Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Ted Lilly Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.90, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  11. ^ Baseball America 2003 Annual Directory

External links

Preceded by
New York Yankees
AL East Championship Season
Succeeded by
New York Yankees


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