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. The Mets advanced to the National League Championship Series, where they were defeated by the Atlanta Braves in 6 games.
|1999 New York Mets|
|NL Wild Card|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Nelson Doubleday Jr., Fred Wilpon|
|General manager(s)||Steve Phillips|
|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)
(Juan Alicea, Billy Berroa)
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- November 11, 1998: Bobby Bonilla was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Mets for Mel Rojas.
- 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.
- December 1, 1998: Charles Johnson was traded by the New York Mets to the Baltimore Orioles for Armando Benítez.
- December 1, 1998: Robin Ventura was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
- 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.
The Mets' 97 victories were their highest total since they won 100 games in 1988. They were led offensively by catcher Mike Piazza, who compiled a .303 average with 40 home runs and 124 RBI in his first full season with the team. New third baseman Robin Ventura put together a .301 average, 32 home runs, and 120 RBI while second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo hit .304 with 27 home runs and 108 RBI. First baseman John Olerud continued his consistent hitting, hitting .298 with 96 RBI, his third straight year with 90 or more runs driven in. Offseason acquisitions Roger Cedeno and Rickey Henderson recorded the two highest batting averages on the squad at .315 and .313 respectively. Benny Agbayani, a semi-regular outfielder who got more playing time as the year progressed, contributed 14 home runs.
The Mets' pitching staff was again led by Al Leiter with 13 wins. Orel Hershiser matched that total, with Masato Yoshii recording 12 wins and Rick Reed 11. Rookie Octavio Dotel went 8-3 in fourteen starts, and late season acquisition Kenny Rogers won five of six decisions while leading the team in complete games. The rotation was not as strong as keeping runs off the board; the team's four main starters recorded ERAs above 4.00.
The offseason acquisition of Armando Benitez from the Baltimore Orioles ended John Franco's tenure as the team's closer. Franco did manage to record nineteen saves and broke the Major League Baseball record for saves by a lefthander, but Benitez' 1.85 ERA and twenty-two saves ensured the closer role would be his for the foreseeable future.
Opening Day startersEdit
- Edgardo Alfonzo
- Bobby Bonilla
- Rickey Henderson
- Al Leiter
- Brian McRae
- John Olerud
- Rey Ordóñez
- Mike Piazza
- Robin Ventura
|New York Mets||97||66||0.595||6½||49–32||48–34|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1999 National League Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
- July 31, 1999: Brian McRae was traded by the New York Mets with Thomas Johnson (minors) and Rigo Beltrán to the Colorado Rockies for Darryl Hamilton and Chuck McElroy.
- July 31, 1999: Jason Isringhausen was traded by the New York Mets with Greg McMichael to the Oakland Athletics for Billy Taylor.
|1999 New York Mets|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
New York wins series, 3-1
|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|
|WP: Greg Maddux (1-0) LP: Masato Yoshii (0-1) Sv: John Rocker (1)|
ATL: Eddie Pérez (1)
|WP: Kevin Millwood (1-0) LP: Kenny Rogers (0-1) Sv: John Smoltz (1)|
NYM: Melvin Mora (1)
ATL: Brian Jordan (1);Eddie Pérez (2)
|WP: Tom Glavine (1-0) LP: Al Leiter (0-1) Sv: John Rocker (2)|
|WP: Turk Wendell (1-0) LP: Mike Remlinger (0-1) Sv: Armando Benítez (1)|
ATL: Brian Jordan (2); Ryan Klesko (1)
NYM: John Olerud (1)
- In the bottom of the 15th inning, the Mets managed to load the bases against Braves relief pitcher Kevin McGlinchy. Mets catcher Todd Pratt drew a bases loaded walk, tying the score at 3-3.
- 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.
|WP: Octavio Dotel (1-0) LP: Kevin McGlinchy (0-1)|
NYM: John Olerud (2)
|WP: Russ Springer (1-0) LP: Kenny Rogers (0-2)|
NYM: Mike Piazza (1)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Mets
- Bobby Bonilla Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Todd Hundley Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Charles Johnson Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Todd Fitzpatrick (August 16, 1999). "Turn Ahead? Turn around". The Sporting News. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
- Orel Hershiser modelling the Mercury Mets jersey
- "Apr 5, 1999, Mets at Marlins Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
- Brian McRae Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Jason Isringhausen Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- 1999 New York Mets Statistics and Roster Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007