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Wrapping Up 2001
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NOVEMBER 2001


Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, left, and Curt Schilling hold the World Series MVP trophy they will share after being named co-recipients of the World Series Most Valuable Player award.
November 1 -- Derek Jeter is dubbed "Mr. November" when his 10th inning evens the World Series at 2-2. Tino Martinez's two-out two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth tied the game off eventual losing pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim.

November 1 -- Former Red Sox manager Jimy Williams is named manager of the Houston astros, replacing Larry Dierker.

November 2 -- Seems an awful lot like November 1. Scott Brosius hits a game-tying, two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Byung-Hyun Kim to send Game 5 into extra innings. Alfonso Soriano's hit wins it in 12th.

November 4 -- Andy Pettitte gets lit up by the Diamondbacks, and Jay Witasick provides little relief in a 15-2 pounding that forces a seventh game.

November 5 -- The "impossible" happens, as Mariano Rivera blows a lead in the bottom of the ninth as Arizona wins itsa first World Series title. Luis Gonzalez gets the game winning hit.

November 8 -- Pitcher Greg Maddux wins an NL record 12th straight Gold Glove, while Pudge Rodriguez ties a record with his 10th straight Gold Glove as a catcher. Roberto Alomar sets a record for second basemen with his 10th consecutive Gold Glove.

November 8 -- Former Texas Rangers Manager Johnny Oates is diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme tumor of the brain. He undergoes surgery later in the month in Richmond, Va.

November 11 -- Mark McGwire announces his retirement.

November 12 -- Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, was the overwhelming choice for American League Rookie of the Year. In voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Ichiro received all but one of the 28 first-place votes, with Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio, submitting his first-place vote for 21-year-old Indians lefty C.C. Sabathia.

November 14 -- Former A's Director of Player Personnel J.P. Ricciardi, 42, is named Senior Vice-President, Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

November 27 -- Yankees free agent third baseman Scott Brosius announces his retirement.

 


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