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Extremes, contrasts ruled 2002
It was a year that began with uncertainty and ended with confirmation. By the time the last out was caught, a Wild Card World Series had validated Commissioner Bud Selig's move to a wider postseason field. More >

Bauman: Labor harmony was biggest achievement
Many wonderful things happened on the playing fields in Baseball 2002. But the past season will be remembered most for the way the owners and players achieved baseball peace. More >

Remembering those who passed on
Baseball, it seems, was hit harder than usual by the reality of life this year. The sport lost friends and legends in 2002, people who will be truly missed and people who seemed in their own ways to be invincible. More >

The year in numbers
Several milestones were reached and records were broken over the course of the 2002 season. From home runs to strikeouts, hits to wins, the numbers compiled over this past season were astounding. More >
    Cards photo tops in 2002
A touching moment with Kannon Kile and the St. Louis Cardinals received the honors as the best baseball photo of 2002. View the complete results >
Giambi call garners honors
WCBS announcer John Sterling's description of a mammoth Jason Giambi homer was voted as the best radio call of 2002. See the complete results >

Ask a hard-working agent about the focal point of the offseason, and some say that the heart of the player moves happens after the new year.  More >
January Audio  January Photos

As with any baseball year, most things that occurred during February 2002 did so off the field. The Expos and Twins -- the most widely rumored contraction targets -- were saved.  More >
February Audio  February Photos

The exhibition schedule goes into full swing as teams prepare for the regular season, but some of the most interesting action actually takes place off the field.  More >
March Audio  March Photos

April was a prophetic month, in a sense, a microcosm of how the 2002 season would unfold -- a death in St. Louis, homers from Mr. Bonds, an explosion of runs by Anaheim, strikeouts from Randy Johnson and managers getting axed.  More >
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May was the second month of the season, but there was plenty of first-rate action. Two players racked up the only four-homer games of the season, and there were several milestones reached by future Hall of Famers.  More >
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Though it included the excitement of Luis Castillo's 35-game hitting streak, the longest for a second baseman in history, June 2002 was mostly about losses that went beyond baseball games.  More >
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For all the happiness baseball created in July, the month started with deep sadness. Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams, the last man to hit .400 in Major League Baseball, died at the age of 83.  More >
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This was the year's most historic month. San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit his 600th career home run on Aug. 9, a distinction shared by just three others.  More >
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The season's last month brought milestones and pennant races. The A's, Angels and Twins proved medium-market teams can compete with the big boys.  More >
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It began as an October like any October. A group of teams embarked on the postseason hoping to play out the entire month, all the way to the World Series.  More >
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At, the baseball season doesn't end with the last out of the World Series and a non-stop November was proof of that fact.  More >
November Audio  November Photos

The month of December is often prime shopping time, not just for holiday revelers but also for Major League teams as they set up their rosters for the next year.  More >
December Audio  December Photos

2002 Player Draft
Tuesday, June 4
New York, NY

2002 All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 9
Miller Park
Milwaukee, WI

Hall of Fame Induction
Sunday, July 28
Cooperstown, NY

Agreement Reached
Friday, August 30
New York, NY

World Series
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27