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Wrapping Up 2001
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JANUARY 2001


PNC Park takes over as Pittsburgh's newest baseball park for the 2001 Season.
January 1 -- The calendar clicked over to the 21st-Century and we still didn't have flying automobiles.

January 11 -- In the 2001 season preview for the Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Matthew Leach wrote that it was do-or-die for the aging team of veterans. Looks like they did.

January 12 -- In the 2001 season preview for the San Francisco Giants, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo wondered if Barry Bonds will ever be too old to contend for an MVP Award. Doesn't appear to be the case.

January 18 -- The 2001 season preview for the Seattle Mariners described life without Alex Rodriguez and how Lou Piniella's team hoped to ride its pitching advantage. The team did well enough, winning a Major League record 116 games. Ichiro Suzuki won the Rookie-of-the-Year and Most Valuable Player Award.

January 25 -- A new era in Pittsburgh was set to begin with the opening of PNC Park. The park serves as the fifth home of the Pirates since their establishment in 1887. The previous two homes were Three Rivers Stadium and Forbes Field.

January 26 -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig spoke with MLB.com editor-in-chief Dinn Mann, preaching hope and faith for the 2001 season.

 


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Vote on the best plays of 2001 in the following categories:
Regular Season Play
Home Run of the Year
Catch of the Year
Throw of the Year
Defensive Infield Play
Greatest Comeback / Finish
Individual Performance
Memory of the Year
Pitching Performance
Collision of the Year
Postseason Play
Blooper of the Year
State of the Game: Where baseball stands as we begin 2002
What a Season!: MLB.com reporter Ian Browne recaps 2001
2002 Predictions: Mark your calendars for these baseball events this season.
Resolutions: New Year's resolutions from around the league
Diamond Digits: Crunching the 2001 stats
Team gifts: Holiday presents from Santa
Boys to Men: Players who showed extraordinary growth in 2001
Men to Boys: Players who had big 2000 seasons, but flopped in 2001
Gone but Not Forgotten: Tributes to the players we've lost this year
2001 Player Debuts
2001 Season Trivia: Think you know baseball? Test your knowledge
By the Numbers: Figures that stood out in 2001
2001 Retirees: Players who ended their careers
2001 A to Z: A handy reference for the season

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