1999 Leaders & Numbers

Jeff Bagwell tore up the spacious Astrodome (in its final year as the Astros’ home) like he was already playing in homer-happy Enron Field; Astro pitching standouts Mike Hampton, Billy Wagner and Jose Lima all would later wish the Eighth Wonder of the World had remained opened for baseball a little longer. Not since Jimmie Foxx 61 years earlier had anyone punched in as many runs as Manny Ramirez did for Cleveland, which became the first team since the 1950 Red Sox to score over 1,000 runs. Larry Walker thanked Coors Field (where he hit .461) for becoming the first player in nearly 70 years to bat over .360 three straight seasons. Rafael Palmeiro, trading towns with Will Clark—who innocently enraged Palmeiro for taking his spot five years earlier—generated the most awesome numbers of his career. Vladimir Guerrero became an emerging tower of power within the crumbling major league ghetto of Montreal. Randy Johnson might have won 20 in his first full NL year had his Arizona teammates not hit .054 during a four-game stretch in which he pitched brilliantly. Pedro Martinez was simply in another world, winning the AL ERA crown by a wider margin than any other player in history (he’d make it even wider a year later). Aside from being baseball’s richest ($105 million) player, the Dodgers’ Kevin Brown threw as if he was just happy to settle in after playing the past five years among four different teams.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1999
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Jeff Bagwell Houston 162 .304 562 143 171 35 0 42 126 133 16 11 30 11 18
2. Mark McGwire St. Louis 153 .278 521 118 145 21 1 65 147 112 21 2 0 0 12
3. Larry Walker Colorado 127 .379 438 108 166 26 4 37 115 49 8 12 11 4 12
4. Chipper Jones Atlanta 157 .319 567 116 181 41 1 45 110 108 18 2 25 3 20
5. Bobby Abreu Philadelphia 152 .335 546 118 183 35 11 20 93 101 8 3 27 9 13
6. Sammy Sosa Chicago 162 .288 625 114 180 24 2 63 141 70 8 3 7 8 17
7. Carl Everett Houston 123 .325 464 86 151 33 3 25 108 45 5 11 27 7 5
8. Brian Giles Pittsburgh 141 .315 521 109 164 33 3 39 115 88 7 3 6 2 14
9. Luis Gonzalez Arizona 153 .336 614 112 206 45 4 26 111 60 6 7 9 5 13
10. Vladimir Guerrero Montreal 160 .316 610 102 193 37 5 42 131 41 14 7 14 7 18
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1999
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Manny Ramirez Cleveland 147 .333 522 131 174 34 3 44 165 87 9 13 2 4 12
2. Roberto Alomar Cleveland 159 .323 563 138 182 40 3 24 120 96 3 7 37 6 13
3. Rafael Palmeiro Texas 158 .324 565 96 183 30 1 47 148 83 14 3 2 4 13
4. Shawn Green Toronto 153 .309 614 134 190 45 0 42 123 62 4 11 20 7 13
5. Derek Jeter New York 158 .349 627 134 219 37 9 24 102 86 5 12 19 8 12
6. Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle 160 .285 606 123 173 26 3 48 134 74 17 7 24 7 8
7. Alex Rodriguez Seattle 129 .285 502 110 143 25 0 42 111 54 2 5 21 7 12
8. Nomar Garciaparra Boston 135 .357 532 103 190 42 4 27 104 44 7 8 14 3 11
9. Juan Gonzalez Texas 144 .326 562 114 183 36 1 39 128 44 7 4 3 3 10
10. Bernie Williams New York 158 .342 591 116 202 28 6 25 115 83 17 1 9 10 11
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1999
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Mike Hampton Houston 2.90 22 4 .846 0 0 34 34 239 277 77 99 2 9 5 0 8 6 38
2. Kevin Brown Los Angeles 3.00 18 9 .667 0 0 35 35 252.1 317 84 58 1 4 7 1 19 9 19
3. Randy Johnson Arizona 2.48 17 9 .654 0 0 35 35 271.2 333 75 67 3 4 9 2 42 22 14
4. Kevin Millwood Atlanta 2.68 18 7 .720 0 0 33 33 228 280 68 57 2 5 4 0 12 6 6
5. Billy Wagner Houston 1.57 4 1 .800 39 3 66 0 74.2 55 13 22 1 2 1 0 6 0 0
6. Greg Maddux Atlanta 3.57 19 9 .679 0 0 33 33 219.1 354 87 29 8 1 4 0 21 11 14
7. John Smoltz Atlanta 3.19 11 8 .579 0 0 29 29 186.1 257 66 38 2 2 4 0 9 8 19
8. Jose Lima Houston 3.58 21 10 .677 0 0 35 35 246.1 412 98 42 2 8 2 0 12 8 9
9. Omar Daal Arizona 3.65 16 9 .640 0 0 32 32 214.2 302 87 76 3 3 9 2 7 14 18
10. Trevor Hoffman San Diego 2.14 2 3 .400 40 3 64 0 67.1 75 16 13 2 4 0 0 2 0 8
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1999
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Pedro Martinez Boston 2.07 23 4 .852 0 0 31 29 213.1 225 49 36 1 6 9 0 21 10 11
2. Mike Mussina Baltimore 3.50 18 7 .720 0 0 31 31 203.1 318 79 52 0 2 1 0 4 5 23
3. Jamie Moyer Seattle 3.87 14 8 .636 0 0 32 32 228 347 98 47 1 3 9 0 9 12 25
4. Bartolo Colon Cleveland 3.95 18 5 .783 0 0 32 32 205 305 90 71 5 4 7 0 8 7 16
5. Mariano Rivera New York 1.83 4 3 .571 45 4 66 0 69 58 14 15 3 2 3 1 4 0 5
6. Roberto Hernandez Tampa Bay 3.07 2 3 .400 43 4 72 0 73.1 82 25 32 1 3 4 0 6 3 7
7. Jose Rosado Kansas City 3.85 10 14 .417 0 0 33 33 208 309 89 71 1 9 5 0 4 8 14
8. John Wetteland Texas 3.68 4 4 .500 43 7 62 0 66 112 27 18 1 0 0 0 2 1 3
9. David Cone New York 3.44 12 9 .571 0 0 31 31 193.1 268 74 88 2 7 11 1 22 10 11
10. Mike Sirotka Chicago 4.00 11 13 .458 0 0 32 32 209 349 93 55 2 4 3 0 13 9 16

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1999 Awards


NL MVP
Chipper Jones, Atlanta

AL MVP
Ivan Rodriguez, Texas


NL Cy Young Award
Mike Hampton, Houston

AL Cy Young Award
Pedro Martinez, Boston


NL Rookie of the Year
Scott Williamson, Cincinnati

AL Rookie of the Year
Carlos Beltran, Kansas City


NL Manager of the Year
Jack McKeon, Cincinnati

AL Manager of the Year
Jimy Williams, Boston


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Atlanta
C Mike Lieberthal, Philadelphia
1B J.T. Snow, San Francisco
2B Pokey Reese, Cincinnati
3B Robin Ventura, New York
SS Rey Ordonez, New York
OF Larry Walker, Colorado
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Steve Finley, Arizona


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mike Mussina, Baltimore
C Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
1B Rafael Palmeiro, Texas
2B Roberto Alomar, Cleveland
3B Scott Brosius, New York
SS Omar Vizquel, Cleveland
OF Shawn Green, Toronto
OF Bernie Williams, New York
OF Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle