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1999 Baseball Season

1999 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1999 baseball season featured big victories and big setbacks. The Yankees won their 25th World Series. But there were tragedies as well -- Joe Torre was diagnosed with prostate cancer, DH Darryl Strawberry was arrested for drug possession, and Joe DiMaggio passed away. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1999 baseball season:
  • The Mets defeat Cincinnati in a special one-game playoff to become the National League's wildcard team.

  • Rangers win the American League West, but they're swept in the Division Series by the Yankees for the second straight year.

  • Boston pounds Cleveland 23-7 in game four of their American League Division Series, then wins in five games.

  • In losing the ALCS in five games to the Yankees, the Red Sox make ten errors, nearly all of them costly.

  • Yankee pitcher Orlando Hernandez, a Cuban refugee, is the ALCS MVP.

  • Mets reserve catcher Todd Pratt's tie-breaking, tenth-inning, game-four homer gives New York the Division Series win over Arizona.

    Jeff Bagwell
    Jeff Bagwell was little
    help to Houston in 1999.

  • Houston's "Killer Bs" -- Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Derek Bell -- combine to hit just .143 with no RBI in the club's Division Series loss to Atlanta.

  • The Braves defeat the Mets in six games in the NLCS. Braves catcher Eddie Perez, who raps .500 with two homers in 20 at-bats, is named 1999 MVP.

  • Yankees allow just nine runs to Atlanta in their 1999 World Series sweep.

  • Chad Curtis's two home runs, including a decisive tenth-inning blast, help the Yankees win game three of the 1999 World Series 6-5.

  • Veteran Roger Clemens pitches the Yankees to the 1999 World Series title with 7-2/3 innings of one-run ball in game four.

  • New York's Mariano Rivera saves two games, wins another, and is named 1999 World Series MVP.

  • Atlanta's Chipper Jones is voted 1999 National League MVP after hitting .319 with 116 runs, 45 homers, 110 RBI, 126 walks, and 25 steals.

  • Ivan Rodriguez of Texas wins his first MVP award. He is the first American League catcher ever to hit .300 with at least 100 runs and 100 RBI.

  • Rodriguez's .332 batting average is the highest by an American League catcher since Bill Dickey batted .332 in 1937. He also steals 25 bases.

  • Boston ace Pedro Martinez is a close second in controversial American League MVP balloting.

  • Martinez, the 1999 Cy Young winner, leads the league with 313 strikeouts, 23 wins, and a 2.07 ERA -- 1.37 runs lower than any other eligible American League pitcher.

  • Randy Johnson of Arizona wins the 1999 National League Cy Young with a 17-9 record, 2.48 ERA, 12 complete games, and 364 whiffs.

  • Cardinal Mark McGwire's 65 home runs lead the National League for the second straight year. He also wins his first RBI championship with 147.

  • On January 12, McGwire's 70th home run ball from 1998 is auctioned off for $2.7 million.

  • Sammy Sosa of the Cubs slams 63 homers to finish second to McGwire.

  • In March, the Orioles become the first Major League team to visit Cuba since 1959. They defeat a team of Cuban amateurs 3-2 in 11 innings.

  • On April 4, the Rockies beat the Padres 8-2 in Monterrey, Mexico -- the first major league regular-season game ever played outside the United States or Canada.

  • San Diego's Tony Gwynn singles off Montreal's Dan Smith on August 6 for his 3,000th career hit.

  • On August 7, Tampa Bay's Wade Boggs collects his 3,000th hit -- a home run off Cleveland's Chris Haney.

  • On April 23, Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals becomes the first Major League player to club two grand slams in one inning, both against the Dodgers' Chan Ho Park.

  • In searing heat in New York, Yankee David Cone fires a 5-0 perfect game at the Expos on July 18.

  • Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez no-hits the Diamondbacks on June 25.

  • Eric Milton of the Twins, pitching against a reserve-filled Angels lineup, throws a no-hitter on September 11.

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