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1999 Houston Astros season

1999 Houston Astros
1999 NL Central Champions
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Final Astros regular season game (in the Astrodome) on October 3, 1999
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Houston, Texas (since 1962)
  • Results
    Record 97–65 (.599)
    Divisional place 1st
    Other information
    Owner(s) Drayton McLane, Jr.
    General manager(s) Gerry Hunsicker
    Manager(s) Larry Dierker
    Local television KNWS-TV
    Fox Sports Southwest
    (Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies)
    Local radio KTRH
    (Milo Hamilton, Alan Ashby)
    KXYZ
    (Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Alex Trevino)
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    The 1999 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League Central.

    Offseason

    • November 17, 1998: Ken Caminiti was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[1]
    • January 19, 1999: Ryan Thompson was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[2]
    • January 21, 1999: Alex Diaz was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[3]

    Regular season

    New stadium

    File:MinuteMaidParkExteriorHouston.JPG
    Exterior of Minute Maid Park

    In 1999, the Astros played their final season in the Astrodome as their new stadium was being prepared for play to begin in the 2000 season. The ballpark was first christened as Enron Field on April 9, 1999, with naming rights sold to the Houston energy and financial trading company in a 30 year, $100 million deal. Astros management faced a public relations nightmare when the energy corporation went bankrupt in the midst of one of the biggest corporate scandals in American history in 2001, and they bought back the remainder of Enron's thirty years of naming rights for $2.1 million, rechristening the ballpark as Astros Field on February 7, 2002. The field was unofficially known as "The Field Formerly Known As Enron" by fans and critics alike, in wake of the Enron scandal. On June 5, 2002, Houston-based Minute Maid, the fruit-juice subsidiary of Coca-Cola, acquired the naming rights to the stadium for 28 years at a price exceeding $100 million.

    Based on its downtown location next to the old Union Station buildings, one of the suggested names (and nicknames) is the Ballpark at Union Station, or the BUS. During its days as Enron Field, it was also dubbed "Ten-Run" or "Home Run" Field due to its cozy left-field dimensions. In keeping with this theme while paying homage to its current sponsor, the nickname "The Juice Box" is colloquially used today.

    Season standings

    Central Division W L GB Pct.
    Houston Astros 97 65 .599    --
    Cincinnati Reds 96 67 .589   1.5
    Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 .484 18.5
    St. Louis Cardinals 75 86 .466 21.5
    Milwaukee Brewers 74 87 .460 22.5
    Chicago Cubs 67 95 .414 30.0

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1999 Houston Astros
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Diaz, AlexAlex Diaz 30 50 11 .220 1 7

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    National League Divisional Playoffs

    Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros

    Atlanta wins series, 3-1

    Game Score Date
    1 Houston 6, Atlanta 1 October 5
    2 Atlanta 5, Houston 1 October 6
    3 Atlanta 5, Houston 3 (12 innings) October 8
    4 Atlanta 7, Houston 5 October 9

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Martinsville

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