Year In Review : 1999 American League

O ff the field...

President Bill Clinton was acquitted of impeachment charges and remained in office despite originally denying that he had improper relations with a White House intern. After a thorough investigation it was later discovered that the President had lied under oath and he eventually confessed and apologized to the American people.

The disturbing trend of violence in American schools reached an all-time high as two students entered Columbine High School with an arsenal of weapons and explosives killing thirteen of their classmates before taking their own lives.

John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister in-law were killed as their plane, piloted by JFK Jr., crashed en route to a Kennedy cousin's wedding ceremony.

I n the American League...

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.

I n the National League...

"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 23 rd , 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.

Another Cardinal, Mark McGwire continued to set a new standard at the plate by following up his record-breaking seventy-home run season with sixty-five more. The St. Louis slugger now held the #1 and #2 spots for single-season performances and belted his 500 th career homer only a year after slamming number four-hundred.

A round the league...

Commissioner Bud Selig announced baseball's newest annual award created for the leading hitter in each respective league. Named after Hank Aaron, the citation recognizes the leader in hits, home runs and runs batted in.

The Associated Press reported that the average salary for a Major League ball player had grown to an astonishing $1.7 million dollars a year. The New York Times later printed that the average salary for a New York Yankee was $3 million much to the dismay of the rest of the league.

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 8 th . 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.

"You measure the value of a ballplayer by how many fannies he pits in the seats." - George Steinbrenner
1999 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cleveland

127

Batting Average

Boston

.357

Doubles

Toronto

45

Hits

New York

219

Home Runs

Seattle

48

On Base Percentage

Seattle

.447

RBI

Cleveland

165

Runs

Cleveland

138

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.663

Stolen Bases

Seattle

44

Total Bases

Toronto

361

Triples

Boston

11

1999 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Toronto

7

ERA

Boston

2.07

Games

Oakland

76

Minnesota

Saves

New York

45

Shutouts

Baltimore

3

Strikeouts

Boston

313

Winning Percentage

Boston

.852

Wins

Boston

23

1999 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

98 64 .605 0

$91,990,955

Boston Red Sox

94 68 .580 4

$72,330,656

Toronto Blue Jays

84 78 .519 14

$48,847,300

Baltimore Orioles

78 84 .481 20

$75,443,363

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

69 93 .426 29

$37,860,451

Cleveland Indians

97 65 .599 0

$73,531,692

Chicago White Sox

75 86 .466

$24,535,000

Detroit Tigers

69 92 .429 27½

$36,954,666

Kansas City Royals

64 97 .398 32½

$16,557,000

Minnesota Twins

63 97 .394 33

$15,845,000

Texas Rangers

95 67 .586 0

$80,801,598

Oakland Athletics

87 75 .537 8

$25,208,858

Seattle Mariners

79 83 .488 16

$45,351,254

Anaheim Angels

70 92 .432 25

$51,340,257

1999 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Oakland

770

Batting Average

Texas

.293

Doubles

Toronto

337

Hits

Texas

1,653

Home Runs

Seattle

244

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.373

Runs

Cleveland

1,009

Slugging Average

Texas

.479

Stolen Bases

Cleveland

147

Triples

Kansas City

52

1999 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Baltimore

17

ERA

Boston

4.00

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,396

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

New York

158

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

469

Saves

Boston

50

New York

Shutouts

Baltimore

4

New York

Strikeouts

Boston

1,131



In 1999, Pedro Martinez won the Cy Young Award , but did you know he also accomplished the unusually rare feat of a Triple Crown ?

Only a handful of American League pitchers have ever struck out four batters during a single inning. On May 12, 1999, Chuck Finley of Anaheim joined that elite group. Three months later, on August 15, 1999, Chuck Finley became the first pitcher to do it twice!

On May 10, 1999 , Nomar Garciaparra became one of the few hitters to ever hit two grand slams during one game !

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