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As if trying to duplicate their record-setting 1998 performance during which they won a total of 125 games didn’t present a daunting task in itself, the New York Yankees entered the 1999 campaign without their beloved manager Joe Torre in the dugout.  After being diagnosed with prostate cancer during spring training, Torre missed the first six weeks of the season, with bench coach Don Zimmer replacing him at the helm in the interim.  Undeterred by the temporary loss of their skipper, the Yankees held the fort in Torre’s absence, compiling a record of 21-15 under Zimmer.  They played even better ball after Torre returned to the bench, posting a mark of 77-49 the rest of the way, en route to capturing their second straight A.L. East title with an overall record of 98-64.  The Boston Red Sox finished second in the division, just four games back, earning a spot in the playoffs as the league’s wild-card representative by concluding the campaign with a record of 94-68.  

Although the Red Sox lacked New York’s team depth, they managed to remain relatively close to the division champions throughout the year primarily because of their two great stars – Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez.  Garciaparra led an offense that finished just ninth in the league in runs scored by hitting 27 home runs, knocking in 104 runs, scoring 103 others, and winning the batting title with a mark of .357.  Martinez enabled the Red Sox to finish first in the league with a 4.00 team ERA by posting a mark of 2.07 that bettered the figure compiled by the runner-up in that category by 1.37 runs per-game.  Martinez also led all A.L. hurlers with a record of 23-4 and 313 strikeouts, en route to winning the pitcher’s version of the Triple Crown and A.L. Cy Young honors.

Although the Yankees had no one of Martinez’s ilk, they featured the league’s deepest pitching staff, placing second in the circuit with a 4.13 team ERA.  Orlando Hernandez led the club with 17 victories.  David Cone won 12 games and finished second in the league to Martinez with an ERA of 3.44.  Andy Pettitte posted 14 victories, as did Roger Clemens, who New York obtained from Toronto during the off-season for a package of three players that included David Wells.  Meanwhile, Mariano Rivera compiled a 1.83 ERA, topped the circuit with 45 saves, and allowed only 43 hits in 69 innings of work.

The Yankees also had one of the league’s top offenses, finishing third in the A.L. rankings with 900 runs scored.  Tino Martinez hit 28 homers and drove in 105 runs.  Paul O’Neill batted .285 and knocked in 110 runs.  Bernie Williams hit 25 home runs, drove in 115 runs, scored 116 others, and finished among the league leaders with a .342 batting average and 202 hits.  Derek Jeter hit 24 homers, knocked in 102 runs, topped the circuit with 219 hits, and placed second in the league with 134 runs scored and a .349 batting average.

While the Yankees and Red Sox ended up representing the A.L. East in the playoffs, the third-place Toronto Blue Jays featured one of the league’s most formidable hitting tandems in first baseman Carlos Delgado and outfielder Shawn Green.  Delgado hit 44 home runs, knocked in 134 runs, and scored 113 others.  Green was equally productive, hitting 42 homers, driving in 123 runs, scoring 134 others, and batting .309.

Just as New York repeated as champions in the East, the Texas Rangers captured their second straight Western Division title by finishing the campaign 95-67, eight games ahead of the second-place Oakland Athletics.  However, while the Yankees depended on their outstanding team balance to finish atop the standings in their division, the Rangers relied heavily on their powerful offense, which placed second in the league with 945 runs scored.  Rafael Palmeiro finished among the league leaders with 47 home runs, 148 runs batted in, and a .324 batting average.  Reigning A.L. MVP Juan Gonzalez homered 39 times, drove in 128 runs, scored 114 others, and batted .326.  Rusty Greer hit 20 homers, drove in 101 runs, crossed the plate 107 times, and batted an even .300.  Todd Zeile hit 24 home runs, knocked in 98 runs, and batted .293.  Ivan Rodriguez batted .332 and established career highs with 35 homers, 113 runs batted in, and 116 runs scored, en route to earning A.L. MVP honors.    

Although the Seattle Mariners finished third in the West, 16 games behind the first-place Rangers, their lineup included the dynamic duo of Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez.  Junior led the A.L. with 48 home runs, and he also finished among the leaders with 134 runs batted in and 123 runs scored.  Rodriguez hit 42 homers, knocked in 111 runs, and scored 110 others.   

The Cleveland Indians continued their dominance of the A.L. Central, finishing first in the division for the fifth consecutive year.  The Indians used their powerful offense to create a 21 ½-game margin between themselves and the second-place Chicago White Sox, concluding the campaign with a record of 97-65.  Cleveland topped the circuit with 1,009 runs scored, becoming the first team since the 1950 Boston Red Sox to cross the plate more than 1,000 times in a season.  Kenny Lofton batted .301 and scored 110 runs.  Omar Vizquel batted .333, scored 112 runs, and stole 42 bases.  Jim Thome hit 33 homers, knocked in 108 runs, and scored 101 others.  Richie Sexson hit 31 long balls and knocked in 116 runs.  Manny Ramirez finished among the league leaders with 44 home runs, 131 runs scored, and a .333 batting average, and he led the A.L. with 165 runs batted in and a .663 slugging percentage.  Roberto Alomar hit 24 homers, knocked in 120 runs, batted .323, stole 37 bases, led the league with 138 runs scored, and won his eighth Gold Glove at second base.  Ramirez and Alomar both finished in the top five in the league MVP voting.

Cleveland also had an improved pitching staff that featured three solid starters.  Dave Burba won 15 games, Charles Nagy posted 17 victories, and Bartolo Colon led the Tribe with a record of 18-5.

However, Indian pitchers struggled mightily against the Red Sox in their first-round playoff matchup.  After holding Boston’s lineup to only three runs in the first two contests en route to building a 2-0 series lead, Tribe hurlers allowed the Red Sox to cross the plate a total of 44 times in the final three games, as the Red Sox came storming back to win the series in five games.  An injured Pedro Martinez proved to be the hero of the series.  Entering Game Five in the fourth inning with the score tied 8-8, Martinez shut out the Indians on no hits the rest of the way, allowing the Red Sox to come away with a 12-8 win.

Martinez similarly dominated the Yankees when he faced them in the American League Championship Series.  After New York swept Texas in their first-round playoff matchup, Yankee batters managed just two hits against Martinez over seven innings during Boston’s 13-1 Game Three victory.  Unfortunately for the Red Sox, that turned out to be their only win of the ALCS, as the Yankees advanced to the World Series by eliminating them in five games. 

The Fall Classic pitted New York against Atlanta for the second time in three seasons.  After mounting a four-run rally in the eighth inning of Game One to overcome a 4-1 deficit, the Yankees easily took Game Two.  New York came from behind again in the third contest, slowly chipping away at an early 5-1 Atlanta lead, before finally winning the game on a 10th inning home run by Chad Curtis.  The Yankees then took Game Four, winning in the process their 12th straight World Series game and their 25th world championship.

Other notable events from around the league and players who distinguished themselves over the course of the season included:

• February 18 - The Yankees acquired Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitchers David Wells and Graeme Lloyd, and infielder Homer Bush.

• March 2 – The Veterans Committee elected Orlando Cepeda, Frank Selee, Smokey Joe Williams, and Nestor Chylak to the Hall of Fame.

• March 8 – Joe DiMaggio died from lung cancer.

• April 19 - Cal Ripken, Jr. went on the disabled list for the first time in his career because of irritation in his lower back.

• July 13 – Major League Baseball announced its All-Century Team prior to the start of the All-Star Game played at Boston’s Fenway Park.  Several members of the team, including Bob Gibson, Mike Schmidt, Willie Mays, Brooks Robinson, and Hank Aaron, took part in the festivities.  Also in attendance was Ted Williams, who rode out onto the field in a cart for the first-pitch ceremony.  Players from both teams surrounded the Red Sox legend in a spontaneous display of homage.  The American League subsequently defeated the National League 4-1, with Boston’s Pedro Martinez earning All-Star MVP honors by striking out five of the six batters he faced. 

• July 18 – Yogi Berra ended his 14-year feud with George Steinbrenner by making his first appearance in Yankee Stadium since the Yankee owner fired him as team manager early in 1985.

• July 18 – With Don Larsen in attendance at “Yogi Berra Day” in Yankee Stadium, David Cone hurled a 5-0 perfect game against the Montreal Expos.

• September 9 – Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter died from Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

• September 10 – Boston’s Pedro Martinez defeated New York’s Roger Clemens in a classic pitcher’s duel at Yankee Stadium.  The Red Sox won the contest 3-1, with Martinez allowing the Yankees just one hit – a second-inning home run by Chili Davis.  Martinez also struck out 17 Yankee batters.

• September 11 - Pitching against a reserve-filled Angels’ lineup, Minnesota’s Eric Milton hurled a no-hitter.

• November 1 - The Indians hired hitting coach Charlie Manuel as their new manager.

• November 17 - The Angels hired Mike Scioscia as their new manager.

• George Brett, Robin Yount, and Nolan Ryan all gained induction into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

• The Yankees allowed just nine runs to Atlanta in their World Series sweep of the Braves.

• New York's Mariano Rivera saved two games and won another, en route to earning World Series MVP honors.

• In March, the Orioles became the first major league team to visit Cuba since 1959.  They defeated a team of Cuban amateurs 3-2 in 11 innings.

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

• Kansas City center fielder Carlos Beltran (22 home runs, 108 RBIs, 112 runs scored, .293 batting average) earned A.L. Rookie of the Year honors.

• Following the All-Star break, the Mariners moved into new Safeco Field.

• Detroit's Tiger Stadium closed down after 88 seasons.

• Baltimore reliever Jesse Orosco moved into first place on the all-time games-pitched list, with 1,090.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
ANA 2228 5494 711 1404 673 .227 248 22 158 71 45 2170 .345 .348 .719 135 42 41
BAL 2300 5637 851 1572 804 .237 299 21 203 107 46 2522 .378 .345 .778 146 55 41
BOS 2235 5579 836 1551 808 .182 334 42 176 67 39 2497 .397 .275 .756 130 56 34
CHA 2235 5644 777 1563 742 .235 298 37 162 110 50 2421 .342 .371 .765 138 45 40
CLE 2311 5634 1009 1629 960 .257 309 32 209 147 50 2629 .401 .412 .841 134 67 54
DET 2216 5481 747 1433 704 .189 289 34 212 108 70 2426 .371 .334 .778 109 39 35
KCA 2250 5624 856 1584 800 .226 294 52 151 127 39 2435 .361 .343 .758 156 56 46
MIN 2309 5495 686 1450 643 .191 285 30 105 118 60 2110 .363 .264 .675 149 56 24
NYA 2184 5568 900 1568 855 .230 302 36 193 104 57 2521 .382 .363 .775 137 53 22
OAK 2365 5519 893 1430 845 .208 287 20 235 70 37 2462 .381 .326 .754 128 41 39
SEA 2231 5572 859 1499 825 .241 263 21 244 130 45 2536 .367 .378 .774 113 48 38
TBA 2248 5586 772 1531 728 .252 272 29 145 73 49 2296 .390 .342 .801 156 48 30
TEX 2195 5651 945 1653 897 .207 304 29 230 111 54 2705 .375 .304 .775 146 62 35
TOR 2162 5642 883 1580 856 .208 337 14 212 119 48 2581 .373 .322 .757 127 45 28

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ANA 562 70 92 1430 877 624 6258 1472 177 96.390 762 826 4 0 37 65 5
BAL 555 78 84 1435 982 647 6259 1468 198 109.440 761 815 17 4 33 55 6
BOS 574 94 68 1436 1131 469 6120 1396 160 121.600 638 718 6 1 50 28 0
CHA 571 75 86 1439 968 596 6452 1608 210 115.900 787 870 6 1 39 60 9
CLE 628 97 65 1452 1120 634 6374 1503 197 242.490 792 860 3 1 46 54 3
DET 582 69 92 1422 976 583 6286 1528 209 145.680 823 882 4 2 33 43 4
KCA 577 64 97 1417 831 643 6387 1607 202 169.870 845 921 11 2 29 58 6
MIN 578 63 97 1424 927 487 6216 1591 208 103.510 795 845 12 3 34 57 6
NYA 521 98 64 1439 1111 581 6233 1402 158 110.890 665 731 6 4 50 49 4
OAK 568 87 75 1437 967 569 6309 1537 160 128.860 761 846 6 0 48 57 8
SEA 508 79 83 1434 980 684 6471 1613 191 197.460 836 905 7 2 40 63 3
TBA 615 69 93 1433 1055 695 6482 1606 172 126.340 805 913 6 2 45 52 5
TEX 601 95 67 1435 979 509 6313 1626 186 160.200 809 859 6 2 47 50 2
TOR 539 84 78 1440 1009 575 6368 1582 191 168.200 788 862 14 3 39 55 4

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ANA 2717 7338 5461 1760 117 .978 17174 103 62 1.00 20
BAL 2763 7202 5287 1820 95 .960 17220 93 50 0 5
BOS 2715 7049 5334 1573 142 .974 17241 159 58 1.00 31
CHA 2801 7256 5509 1591 156 .975 17260 102 46 0 14
CLE 2841 7234 5341 1769 124 .974 17403 118 46 0 8
DET 2755 7129 5345 1651 133 .963 17053 81 44 0 12
KCA 2667 7315 5391 1774 150 .953 17045 111 49 1.00 10
MIN 2915 7151 5392 1646 113 .970 17079 73 37 1.00 12
NYA 2692 7094 5354 1606 134 .968 17277 131 48 0 18
OAK 2987 7244 5366 1733 145 .963 17260 110 51 0 18
SEA 2832 7257 5392 1735 130 .955 17205 107 50 0 8
TBA 2795 7236 5277 1807 152 .966 17195 101 69 0 12
TEX 2700 7199 5314 1751 134 .978 17236 47 52 1.00 2
TOR 2632 7244 5433 1693 118 .980 17270 124 53 2.00 13

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Texas Rangers 95 67 2771469 1 979
Oakland Athletics 87 75 1434610 2 967
Seattle Mariners 79 83 2916346 3 980
Anaheim Angels 70 92 2253123 4 877

Central

team W L Att Rk SOP
Cleveland Indians 97 65 3468456 1 1120
Chicago White Sox 75 86 1338851 2 968
Detroit Tigers 69 92 2026441 3 976
Kansas City Royals 64 97 1506068 4 831
Minnesota Twins 63 97 1202829 5 927

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
New York Yankees 98 64 3292736 1 1111
Boston Red Sox 94 68 2446162 2 1131
Toronto Blue Jays 84 78 2163464 3 1009
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 3433150 4 982
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 69 93 1562827 5 1055

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