Year In Review : 1999 American League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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 21½ $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
American League Team Standings

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
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Draft | Home Run Derby | World Series
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Average Salary: $1,720,050.00
Minimum Salary: $200,000.00
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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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