1999 Baseball Season Highlights
- 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 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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