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1999 New York Mets season

1999 New York Mets
NL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York City (since 1962)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Fred Wilpon
    Manager(s) Bobby Valentine
    Local television WPIX-TV/Fox Sports New York
    (Ralph Kiner, Tom Seaver, Fran Healy, Howie Rose, Gary Thorne)
    Local radio WFAN
    (Bob Murphy, Gary Cohen, Ed Coleman)
    WADO (Spanish)
    (Juan Alicea, Billy Berroa)
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    The New York Mets' 1999 season was the 38th regular season for the Mets. They went 97-66 and finished 2nd in the NL East but won the NL Wild Card by beating the Cincinnati Reds in a one game playoff. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

    Offseason

    • November 11, 1998: Bobby Bonilla was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Mets for Mel Rojas.[1]
    • December 1, 1998: Todd Hundley was traded by the New York Mets with Arnold Gooch (minors) to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Roger Cedeño and Charles Johnson.[2]
    • December 1, 1998: Charles Johnson was traded by the New York Mets to the Baltimore Orioles for Armando Benítez.[3]
    • December 1, 1998: Robin Ventura was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[4]
    • December 16, 1998: Rickey Henderson signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
    • December 18, 1998: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[5]

    Regular season

    As part of the now-infamous Turn Ahead the Clock promotion the Mets changed their name to the "Mercury Mets" while hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 27, 1999.[6][7]

    Opening Day starters

    • Edgardo Alfonzo
    • Bobby Bonilla
    • Rickey Henderson
    • Al Leiter
    • Brian McRae
    • John Olerud
    • Rey Ordóñez
    • Mike Piazza
    • Robin Ventura[8]

    Season standings

    NL East W L Pct. GB
    Atlanta Braves 103 59 .636 --
    New York Mets 97 66 .595
    Philadelphia Phillies 77 85 .475 26
    Montreal Expos 68 94 .420 35
    Florida Marlins 64 98 .333 39

    Notable transactions

    • July 31, 1999: Brian McRae was traded by the New York Mets with Thomas Johnson (minors) and Rigo Beltran to the Colorado Rockies for Darryl Hamilton and Chuck McElroy.[9]
    • July 31, 1999: Jason Isringhausen was traded by the New York Mets with Greg McMichael to the Oakland Athletics for Billy Taylor.[10]

    Roster

    1999 New York Mets
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    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
    C Mike Piazza 141 534 162 .303 40 124
    1B John Olerud 162 581 173 .298 19 96
    2B Edgardo Alfonzo 158 628 191 .304 27 108
    3B Robin Ventura 161 588 177 .301 32 120
    SS Rey Ordóñez 154 520 134 .258 1 60
    LF Rickey Henderson 121 438 138 .315 12 42
    CF Brian McRae 96 298 66 .221 8 36
    RF Roger Cedeño 155 453 142 .313 4 36
    [11]

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Benny Agbayani 101 276 79 .286 14 42
    Darryl Hamilton 55 168 57 .339 5 21
    Todd Pratt 71 140 41 .293 3 21
    Matt Franco 122 132 31 .235 4 21
    Bobby Bonilla 60 119 19 .160 4 18
    Luiz Lopez 68 104 22 .212 2 13
    Shawon Dunston 42 93 32 .344 0 16
    Jermaine Allensworth 40 73 16 .219 3 9
    Mike Kinkade 28 46 9 .196 2 6
    Melvin Mora 66 31 5 .161 0 1
    Jay Payton 13 8 2 .250 0 1
    Terrence Long 3 3 0 .000 0 0
    Jorge Toca 4 3 1 .333 0 0
    [11]

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G GS IP W L ERA SO
    Al Leiter 32 32 213.0 13 12 4.23 162
    Orel Hershiser 32 32 179.0 13 12 4.58 89
    Masato Yoshii 31 29 174.0 12 8 4.40 105
    Rick Reed 26 26 149.1 11 5 4.58 104
    Octavio Dotel 19 14 85.1 8 3 5.38 85
    Kenny Rogers 12 12 76.0 5 1 4.03 58

    [12]

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
    Armando Benitez 77 78.0 4 3 22 1.85 128
    Turk Wendell 80 85.2 5 4 3 3.05 77
    Pat Mahomes 39 63.2 8 0 0 3.68 51
    Dennis Cook 71 63.0 10 5 3 3.86 68
    John Franco 46 40.2 0 2 19 2.88 41

    [13]

    NLDS

    New York wins series, 3-1

    Game Score Date
    1 New York 8, Arizona 4 October 5
    2 Arizona 7, New York 1 October 6
    3 New York 9, Arizona 2 October 8
    4 New York 4, Arizona 3 (10 innings) October 9

    NLCS

    Game 1

    October 12: Turner Field, Atlanta

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    Home runs:
    NYM: None
    ATL: Eddie Pérez (1)

    Game 2

    October 13: Turner Field, Atlanta

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    Home runs:
    NYM: Melvin Mora (1)
    ATL: Brian Jordan (1);Eddie Pérez (2)

    Game 3

    October 15: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

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    Home runs:
    ATL: None
    NYM: None

    Game 4

    October 16: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

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    Home runs:
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    NYM: John Olerud (1)

    Game 5

    October 17: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

    • The next batter was Mets third baseman Robin Ventura. Ventura crushed the 2-1 pitch over the wall in right-center for a grand slam, winning the game for the Mets and driving the Mets players and fans into a frenzied celebration. Ventura, however, never reached second base as Todd Pratt, the runner who was on first, picked him up in celebration. Subsequently, Ventura was mobbed by his teammates, never finishing his trot around the bases. Because he failed to touch all four bases, the hit was officially scored a single. Roger Cedeño, the runner on third at the time, was ruled the only runner to have crossed home plate before the on-field celebration began and the Mets were awarded a 4-3 victory. Thus, Ventura was only credited with a single and one RBI. This play is now referred to as the grand slam single.
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    NYM: John Olerud (2)

    Game 6

    October 19: Turner Field, Atlanta

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    Home runs:
    NYM: Mike Piazza (1)
    ATL: None

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager
    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Mets[14]

    References

    1. ^ Bobby Bonilla Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
    2. ^ Todd Hundley Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
    3. ^ Charles Johnson Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
    4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/v/venturo01.shtml
    5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manzajo01.shtml
    6. ^ Todd Fitzpatrick (August 16, 1999). "Turn Ahead? Turn around". The Sporting News. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
    7. ^ Orel Hershiser modelling the Mercury Mets jersey
    8. ^ "Apr 5, 1999, Mets at Marlins Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
    9. ^ Brian McRae Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
    10. ^ Jason Isringhausen Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
    11. ^ a b 1999 New York Mets Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com
    12. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYM/1999.shtml
    13. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYM/1999.shtml
    14. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

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