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1999 New York Mets season

 

1999 New York Mets season

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 IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 2
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 X 4 8 2
WP: Greg Maddux (1-0)   LP: Masato Yoshii (0-1)   Sv: John Rocker (1)
Home runs:
NYM: None
ATL: Eddie Pérez (1)

Game 2

October 13: Turner Field, Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 5 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 X 4 9 1
WP: Kevin Millwood (1-0)   LP: Kenny Rogers (0-1)   Sv: John Smoltz (1)
Home runs:
NYM: Melvin Mora (1)
ATL: Brian Jordan (1);Eddie Pérez (2)

Game 3

October 15: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
WP: Tom Glavine (1-0)   LP: Al Leiter (0-1)   Sv: John Rocker (2)
Home runs:
ATL: None
NYM: None

Game 4

October 16: Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 X 3 5 0
WP: Turk Wendell (1-0)   LP: Mike Remlinger (0-1)   Sv: Armando Benítez (1)
Home runs:
ATL: Brian Jordan (2); Ryan Klesko (1)
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.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 13 2
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 11 1
WP: Octavio Dotel (1-0)   LP: Kevin McGlinchy (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: None
NYM: John Olerud (2)

Game 6

October 19: Turner Field, Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 1 0 9 15 2
Atlanta 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 10 10 1
WP: Russ Springer (1-0)   LP: Kenny Rogers (0-2)
Home runs:
NYM: Mike Piazza (1)
ATL: None

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Norfolk Tides International League John Gibbons
AA Binghamton Mets Eastern League Doug Davis
A St. Lucie Mets Florida State League Howie Freiling
A Capital City Bombers South Atlantic League Dave Engle
Short-Season A Pittsfield Mets New York–Penn League Tony Tijerina
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Guy Conti
Rookie GCL Mets Gulf Coast League John Stephenson
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Mets[12]

References

External links

  • 1999 New York Mets
  • 1999 New York Mets team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Chicago Cubs
1998
NL Wild Card
1999
Succeeded by
New York Mets
2000
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