|Did you know: some fun baseball facts|
Alex Rodriguez is one of only three players in the history of the game to have 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in one year. (Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds are the other two).
Alfonso Soriano set the record for most leadoff homers in a season, with 13 in 2003.
Alfonso Soriano tied Rickey Henderson for the Yankee record for most leadoff homers in a single season, with 9.
George Brett is the only player to win a batting title in three different decades.
Roger Clemens is the first pitcher to go to an All Star Game after winning his 300th game.
Roger Clemens has 22 career wins vs. the Mariners, the most by a single pitcher against any one team.
The Yankees have won consecutive World Series crowns on five different occasions: 1927-28; 1936-39, 1949-53, 1977-78, 1998-2000
No Player walked as much in World Series play as Mickey Mantle, who set the record with 43 lifetime walks. Mantle also holds the mark for lifetime World series RBI's with 40 and homeruns with 18.
In 2001, Arizona Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzales became the first player to hit 50 home runs in a season and be a part of a World Series winner since Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris did so for the New York Yankees in 1961.
Hideki Matsui hit in his first six games of the season. It is the first time a Yankee has started the season off with a six game hitting streak since 1980.
The Mets have the best winning percentage on opening day. They are 26 - 15 which is a winning percentage of .634.
Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Randy Johnson became the first pitcher to win games as a starter and a reliever on back-to-back days in a World Series. Johnson won Games 6 and 7 in 2001.
Babe Ruth holds the Major League record for highest career slugging percentage, .690.
When Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were named co-MVP's of the 2001 World Series, they were the first players to share the MVP honor since 1981 - when a trio of Los Angeles Dodgers were named MVP's.
For all of his greatness in the pinstripes, Babe Ruth won the American League MVP award just once as a Yankee -- 1923, when he batted .393, with a league high 41 home runs and 130 RBI's.
Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves and Cy Young are the only two pitchers in baseball history to win at least 15 games in 15 consecutive seasons.
The Seattle Mariners finished the 2001 regular season with a 116-46 record tying the Major League mark for victories in a season that was set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.
Hank Aaron, the all-time Major League Baseball home run leader, also holds the record for most consecutive seasons (1955 - 64) with at least 20 home runs.
Don Mattingly never won a World Series ring.
Charles Johnson caught 123 games in 1997 and didn't make a single error.
David Wells holds the American League record of 38 consecutive batters retired.
Joe DiMaggio was NOT elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Alfonso Soriano's double on August 21st was his 44th of the season, the most hit by a right-handed Yankee since Joe DiMaggio had 44 in 1936.
Reggie Jackson struck out at least 100 times in a record 18 seasons.
Frank Robinson was the only player to win an MVP award in both leagues.
Bernie Williams is 7th on the Yankee all-time home run list with 226.
Bernie Williams 5 hit game on August 15th was the first in his career since 1996! And then he had another 5 hit game the next day, on August 16th!
Mike Mussina has 8 gold gloves
Alfonso Soriano is the 1st 30/30 second baseman ever (30/30 meaning 30 homers and 30 stolen bases).
Alfonso Soriano holds the record for most homers in a single season by a second baseman in the American League with 39 homers in 2002.