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2002 Oakland Athletics
2002 AL West Champions
Major league affiliations
2002 information
Owner(s) Stephen Schott & Kenneth Hofmann
Manager(s) Art Howe
Local television KICU-TV
FSN Bay Area
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
Local radio KFRC
(Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)

The Oakland Athletics' 2002 season involved the A's finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 103 wins and 59 losses. They are most notable for having won an MLB-record 20 consecutive games between August 13 and September 4, 2002.[1] They are also the version of the Athletics featured most prominently in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, as Lewis was given the opportunity to follow the team around throughout that season.



  • November 2, 2001: Mark Bellhorn was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago Cubs for Adam Morrissey (minors). [2]
  • December 14, 2001: David Justice was traded by the New York Mets to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates.
  • January 11, 2002: Randy Velarde was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics. [3]
  • March 19, 2002: Justin Duchscherer was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Oakland Athletics for Luis Vizcaino. [4]

Regular season


Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636 --
Anaheim Angels 99 63 .611 4
Seattle Mariners 93 69 .574 10
Texas Rangers 72 90 .444 31

Notable transactions

  • May 22, 2002: John Mabry was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Oakland Athletics for Jeremy Giambi. [5]
  • 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. [6]
  • July 25, 2002: Ray Durham was traded by the Chicago White Sox with cash to the Oakland Athletics for Jon Adkins. [7]

Draft Picks

  • June 4, 2002: Nick Swisher was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed June 14, 2002.[8]
  • June 4, 2002: Joe Blanton was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed July 20, 2002. [9]
  • June 4, 2002: Jared Burton was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 8th round of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 2002. [10]


2002 Oakland Athletics
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager



The A's lost 3-2 to the Twins in the 2002 American League Division Series.

Player stats


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

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tim Hudson 34 238.1 15 9 2.98 152

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA


Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Sacramento RiverCats Pacific Coast League Bob Geren
AA Midland RockHounds Texas League Tony DeFrancesco
A Modesto A's California League Greg Sparks
A Visalia Oaks California League Webster Garrison
Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians Northwest League Orv Franchuk
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Ruben Escalera


  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 377, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
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  5. ^ John Mabry Statistics -
  6. ^ Ted Lilly Statistics -
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  8. ^ Nick Swisher Statistics -
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Preceded by
Seattle Mariners
AL West Championship Season
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics


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