Year In Review : 1999 National 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're as famous as Mark McGwire" said a fan at the game, "I don't want to go there!" - Pitcher Jose Jimenez after tossing his no-hitter
1999 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Houston

149

Batting Average

Colorado

.379

Doubles

Houston

56

Hits

Arizona

206

Home Runs

St. Louis

65

On Base Percentage

Colorado

.458

RBI

St. Louis

147

Runs

Houston

143

Slugging Average

Colorado

.710

Stolen Bases

Arizona

72

Total Bases

Chicago

397

Triples

Philadelphia

11

Colorado

1999 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Arizona

12

ERA

Arizona

2.48

Games

Montreal

82

Saves

Montreal

41

Shutouts

San Diego

3

Strikeouts

Arizona

364

Winning Percentage

Houston

.846

Wins

Houston

22

1999 National League

Team Standings

Atlanta Braves

103 59 .636 0

$79,256,599

New York Mets

97 66 .595

$71,510,523

Philadelphia Phillies

77 85 .475 26

$30,441,500

Montreal Expos

68 94 .420 35

$15,015,250

Florida Marlins

64 98 .395 39

$14,650,000

Houston Astros

97 65 .599 0

$56,389,000

Cincinnati Reds

96 67 .589

$38,031,285

Pittsburgh Pirates

78 83 .484 18½

$23,682,420

St. Louis Cardinals

75 86 .466 21½

$46,337,129

Milwaukee Brewers

74 87 .460 22½

$42,976,575

Chicago Cubs

67 95 .414 30

$55,419,648

Arizona Diamondbacks

100 62 .617 0

$70,046,818

San Francisco Giants

86 76 .531 14

$45,991,934

Los Angeles Dodgers

77 85 .475 23

$76,607,247

San Diego Padres

74 88 .457 26

$46,507,179

Colorado Rockies

72 90 .444 28

$54,367,504

1999 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Houston

728

Batting Average

Colorado

.288

Doubles

Montreal

320

Hits

Colorado

1,644

Home Runs

Colorado

223

On Base Percentage

New York

.363

Runs

Arizona

908

Slugging Average

Colorado

.472

Stolen Bases

San Diego

174

Triples

Montreal

47

1999 National League Team Review

Pitchin Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Arizona

16

ERA

Atlanta

3.65

Fewest Hits Allowed

Cincinnati

1,309

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Houston

128

Fewest Walks Allowed

Houston

478

Saves

Cincinnati

55

Shutouts

Houston

5

Strikeouts

Houston

1,204



On August 17, 1999, Steve Kline of Montreal joined an elite group of pitchers who have each struck out four batters during a single inning.

Two National League players hit for the cycle : Todd Helton of the Rockies on June 19, 1999, and Jeff Kent of the Giants on May 3, 1999.

On June 25, 1999 , Jose Jimenez of St. Louis pitched against the powerful Randy Johnson of Arizona. Jimenez shocked the fans by pitching the only no-hitter of the entire season.

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