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2002 Oakland Athletics season


2002 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2002 season featured the A's finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 103 wins and 59 losses, despite losing three free agents to larger market teams: 2000 AL MVP Jason Giambi to the New York Yankees, outfielder Johnny Damon to the Boston Red Sox, and closer Jason Isringhausen to the St. Louis Cardinals. They are most notable for having set an American League record of winning 20 consecutive games between August 13 and September 4, 2002.[1]

Miguel Tejada and Barry Zito would go on to win the American League MVP and Cy Young Award respectively.

This year's team is prominently featured 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). A film adaptation of the book was released in 2011, also titled Moneyball.


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

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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]



2002 Oakland Athletics
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager



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

Player statistics

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tim Hudson 34 238.1 15 9 2.98 152
Barry Zito 35 229.1 23 5 2.75 182

Farm system

Baseball portal

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


Specific references:

General references:

  • 2002 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 2002 Oakland Athletics team page at
Preceded by
Seattle Mariners
AL West Championship Season
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
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