1999 Season News

In a surprise move, the New York Yankees traded pitcher David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays for five-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens. Both are later reunited in pinstripes on the same Yankee rotation.

Texas Ranger Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez tied the highest batting average for a catcher since Bill Dickey batted .332 in 1937. He also added thirty-five home runs, twenty-five stolen bases and one-hundred thirteen runs batted in to his cumulative stats.

The Baltimore Orioles traveled to Havana Cuba to play the national team in an exhibition game witnessed by the attending Fidel Castro. The Blackbirds defeated the Cubans 3-2 in an eleven inning affair. Two months later, the tables were turned though as the national team traveled to Camden Yards and crushed the home team 12-6 in the first game ever played between the two countries on American soil.

"The Big Unit", Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks, continued to dominate on the hill winning the National League Cy Young with a 17-9 record, 2.48 ERA, twelve complete games and an astonishing three-hundred sixty-four strike outs.

On April 23rd, St. Louis Cardinal Fernando Tatis set a Major League record as the only player ever to hit two grand slams in a single inning as well as the only player ever to drive-in eight runs during a single frame. Both slams are off of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Chan Ho Park who had certainly seen better days on the mound.

Baseball announced its twenty-five man All-Century Team as selected by fan balloting. The line-up included: Lou Gehrig (1B), Jackie Robinson (2B), Cal Ripken Jr. (SS), Mike Schmidt (3B), Babe Ruth (OF), Hank Aaron (OF), Ted Williams (OF), Johnny Bench (C), Nolan Ryan (RHP) and Sandy Koufax (LHP).

Baseball and the world bid farewell to Joe DiMaggio who passed away on May 8th. During his fabled thirteen-year career, "The Yankee Clipper" captured three Most Valuable Player trophies and became one of the most revered players ever to lace up a pair of cleats.
1999 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 98-64 -
Boston Red Sox 94-68 4.0
Toronto Blue Jays 84-78 14.0
Baltimore Orioles 78-84 20.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 69-93 29.0
1999 American League Central
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 97-65 -
Chicago White Sox 75-86 21.5
Detroit Tigers 69-92 27.5
Kansas City Royals 64-97 32.5
Minnesota Twins 63-97 33.0
1999 American League West
Team Record GB
Texas Rangers 95-67 -
Oakland Athletics 87-75 8.0
Seattle Mariners 79-83 16.0
Anaheim Angels 70-92 25.0
1999 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 103-59 -
New York Mets 97-66 6.5
Philadelphia Phillies 77-85 26.0
Montreal Expos 68-94 35.0
Florida Marlins 64-98 39.0
1999 National League Central
Team Record GB
Houston Astros 97-65 -
Cincinnati Reds 96-67 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 78-83 18.5
St. Louis Cardinals 75-86 21.5
Milwaukee Brewers 74-87 22.5
Chicago Cubs 67-95 30.0
1999 National League West
Team Record GB
Arizona Diamondbacks 100-62 -
San Francisco Giants 86-76 14.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 77-85 23.0
San Diego Padres 74-88 26.0
Colorado Rockies 72-90 28.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 98 64 0.605 900 5.56 731 4.51 193 158 0.282 0.364 0.453 4.13 581 1111 0.982 130
Cleveland Indians 97 65 0.599 1009 6.23 860 5.31 209 197 0.289 0.372 0.467 4.90 634 1120 0.983 153
Texas Rangers 95 67 0.586 945 5.83 859 5.30 230 186 0.293 0.362 0.479 5.07 509 979 0.981 167
Boston Red Sox 94 68 0.580 836 5.16 718 4.43 176 160 0.278 0.348 0.448 4.00 469 1131 0.979 131
Oakland Athletics 87 75 0.537 893 5.51 846 5.22 235 160 0.259 0.350 0.446 4.69 569 967 0.980 162
Toronto Blue Jays 84 78 0.519 883 5.45 862 5.32 212 191 0.280 0.347 0.457 4.92 575 1009 0.983 164
Seattle Mariners 79 83 0.488 859 5.30 905 5.59 244 191 0.269 0.341 0.455 5.24 684 980 0.981 180
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 0.481 851 5.25 815 5.03 203 198 0.279 0.350 0.447 4.77 647 982 0.986 192
Chicago White Sox 75 86 0.466 777 4.83 870 5.40 162 210 0.277 0.336 0.429 4.92 596 968 0.977 148
Anaheim Angels 70 92 0.432 711 4.39 826 5.10 158 177 0.256 0.319 0.395 4.79 624 877 0.983 156
Detroit Tigers 69 92 0.429 747 4.64 882 5.48 212 209 0.261 0.318 0.443 5.18 583 976 0.982 155
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 69 93 0.426 772 4.77 913 5.64 145 172 0.274 0.338 0.411 5.06 695 1055 0.978 198
Kansas City Royals 64 97 0.398 856 5.32 921 5.72 151 202 0.282 0.344 0.433 5.35 643 831 0.980 189
Minnesota Twins 63 97 0.394 686 4.29 845 5.28 105 208 0.264 0.325 0.384 5.02 487 927 0.985 144
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Atlanta Braves 103 59 0.636 840 5.19 661 4.08 197 142 0.266 0.338 0.436 3.63 507 1197 0.982 122
Arizona Diamondbacks 100 62 0.617 908 5.60 676 4.17 216 176 0.277 0.345 0.459 3.77 543 1198 0.983 129
Houston Astros 97 65 0.599 823 5.08 675 4.17 168 128 0.267 0.353 0.420 3.84 478 1204 0.983 168
New York Mets 97 66 0.595 853 5.23 711 4.36 181 167 0.279 0.361 0.434 4.27 617 1172 0.989 147
Cincinnati Reds 96 67 0.589 865 5.31 711 4.36 209 190 0.272 0.339 0.451 3.99 636 1081 0.983 137
San Francisco Giants 86 76 0.531 872 5.38 831 5.13 188 194 0.271 0.352 0.434 4.71 655 1076 0.983 150
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 0.484 775 4.81 782 4.86 171 160 0.329 0.329 0.419 4.33 633 1083 0.976 174
Philadelphia Phillies 77 85 0.475 841 5.19 846 5.22 161 212 0.275 0.348 0.431 4.93 627 1030 0.983 143
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 85 0.475 793 4.90 787 4.86 187 192 0.266 0.337 0.420 4.45 594 1077 0.978 134
St. Louis Cardinals 75 86 0.466 809 5.02 838 5.20 194 161 0.262 0.335 0.426 4.74 667 1025 0.978 161
Milwaukee Brewers 74 87 0.460 815 5.06 886 5.50 165 213 0.273 0.350 0.426 5.07 616 987 0.979 142
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 710 4.38 781 4.82 153 193 0.252 0.330 0.393 4.47 529 1078 0.979 151
Colorado Rockies 72 90 0.444 906 5.59 1028 6.35 223 237 0.288 0.346 0.472 6.02 737 1032 0.981 186
Montreal Expos 68 94 0.420 718 4.43 853 5.27 163 152 0.265 0.319 0.427 4.69 572 1043 0.974 126
Chicago Cubs 67 95 0.414 747 4.61 920 5.68 189 221 0.257 0.327 0.420 5.27 529 980 0.977 135
Florida Marlins 64 98 0.395 691 4.27 852 5.26 128 171 0.263 0.321 0.395 4.90 655 943 0.979 150