1999 New York Yankees season

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1999 New York Yankees
1999 AL East Champions
1999 AL Champions
1999 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WNYW
(Bobby Murcer, Tim McCarver)
MSG
(Ken Singleton, Jim Kaat, Al Trautwig, Suzyn Waldman)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Michael Kay)
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The New York Yankees' 1999 season was the 97th season for the Bronx based professional baseball team. The team finished with a record of 98-64 finishing 4 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the playoffs, they got to the World Series and ended up beating the Atlanta Braves in 4 games to win their 25th World Series title.

Offseason[edit]

Derek Jeter 1999.jpg Tino Martinez 1999.jpg
Bernie Williams 1999.jpg David Cone 1999.jpg
Major figures in the 1999 Yankees season included (clockwise from top left) Derek Jeter, Tino Martinez, David Cone, and Bernie Williams.


  • November 10, 1998: Scott Brosius resigned as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[1]
  • November 11, 1998: David Cone resigned as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[2]
  • November 25, 1998: Bernie Williams resigned as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[3]
  • February 5, 1999: Jeff Juden was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[4]
  • February 18, 1999: Roger Clemens was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Homer Bush, Graeme Lloyd, and David Wells.[5]
  • March 30, 1999: Izzy Molina was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Ben Ford to the New York Yankees for Darren Holmes and cash.[6]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 64 .605    --
Boston Red Sox 94 68 .580  4.0
Toronto Blue Jays 84 78 .519 14.0
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 .481 20.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 69 93 .426 29.0

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 5, 1999: Darryl Strawberry signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[7]
  • July 31, 1999: Jim Leyritz was traded by the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees for Geraldo Padua (minors).[8]

Roster[edit]

1999 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

David Cone's perfect game[edit]

Line score[edit]

July 18, Yankee Stadium, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 x 6 8 0
WP: David Cone   LP: Javier Vázquez
Home runs:
Away: None
NYY: Ledee (3), Jeter (16)
Attendance: 41,930
Umpires: HP: Ted Barrett, 1B: Larry McCoy, 2B: Jim Evans, 3B: Chuck Meriwether
Notes: Duration: 2:16

Box score[edit]

Batting[edit]
Montreal Expos AB R H RBI New York Yankees AB R H RBI
Wilton Guerrero, dh 3 0 0 0 Chuck Knoblauch, 2b 2 1 1 0
Terry Jones, cf 2 0 0 0 Derek Jeter, ss 4 1 1 2
James Mouton, cf 2 0 0 0 Paul O'Neill 4 1 1 0
Rondell White, lf 3 0 0 0 Bernie Williams, cf 4 0 1 1
Vladimir Guerrero, rf 3 0 0 0 Tino Martinez, 1b 4 0 1 0
Jose Vidro, 2b 3 0 0 0 Chili Davis, dh 3 1 1 0
Brad Fullmer, 1b 3 0 0 0 Ricky Ledée, lf 4 1 1 2
Chris Widger, c 3 0 0 0 Scott Brosius, 3b 2 1 0 0
Shane Andrews, 3b 2 0 0 0 Joe Girardi, c 3 0 1 1
Ryan McGuire, ph 2 0 0 0 David Cone, p 0 0 0 0
Orlando Cabrera, ss 3 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Javier Vázquez, p 0 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Bobby Ayala, p 0 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Totals 27 0 0 0 Totals 30 6 8 6
Pitching[edit]
Montreal Expos IP H R ER BB SO New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Javier Vázquez 7.2 7 6 6 2 3 David Cone 9.0 0 0 0 0 10
Bobby Ayala 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 8.0 8 6 6 2 3 Totals 9.0 0 0 0 0 10

Death of Joe DiMaggio[edit]

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Following lung cancer surgery on October 14, 1998, Joe DiMaggio fell into an 18-hour coma on December 11. The coma forced his lawyer, Morris Engelberg, to admit that the positive reports he had been feeding to the press were greatly exaggerated. He claimed Joe made him promise not to tell even his family about his condition.

Joe was finally taken home on January 19, 1999. Days later, NBC broadcast a premature obituary; Engelberg claimed he and DiMaggio were watching TV and saw it. His last words, according to Engelberg, were "I'll finally get to see Marilyn." However, the day after DiMaggio's death, a hospice worker who cared for him gave a radically different account to The New York Post.

DiMaggio finally died on March 8, 1999. He was buried on March 11, 1999 in Colma, California, just south of his longtime home of San Francisco.

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Jorge Posada 112 379 93 .245 12 57
1B Tino Martinez 159 589 155 .263 28 105
2B Chuck Knoblauch 150 603 176 .292 18 68
3B Scott Brosius 133 473 117 .247 17 71
SS Derek Jeter 158 627 219 .349 24 102
LF Ricky Ledée 88 250 69 .276 9 40
CF Bernie Williams 158 591 202 .342 25 115
RF O'Neill, PaulPaul O'Neill 153 597 170 .285 19 110
DH Chili Davis 146 476 128 .269 19 78

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Joe Girardi 65 209 50 .239 2 27
Shane Spencer 71 205 48 .234 8 20
Chad Curtis 96 195 51 .262 5 24
Luis Sojo 49 127 32 .252 2 16
Jim Leyritz 31 66 15 .227 0 5
Darryl Strawberry 24 49 16 .327 3 6
Clay Bellinger 32 45 9 .200 1 2
Tony Tarasco 14 31 5 .161 0 3
D'Angelo Jiménez 7 20 8 .400 0 4
Jeff Manto 6 8 1 .125 0 0
Alfonso Soriano 9 8 1 .125 1 1
Mike Figga 2 0 0 --- 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Orlando Hernandez 33 214.1 17 9 4.12 157
David Cone 31 193.1 12 9 3.44 177
Andy Pettitte 31 191.2 14 11 4.70 121
Roger Clemens 30 187.2 14 10 4.60 163
Hideki Irabu 32 169.1 11 7 4.84 133

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dan Naulty 33 49.1 1 0 4.38 25
Allen Watson 21 34.1 4 0 2.10 30
Ed Yarnall 5 17.0 1 0 3.71 13
Todd Erdos 4 7.0 0 0 3.86 4
Jay Tessmer 6 6.2 0 0 14.85 3
Jeff Juden 2 5.2 0 1 1.59 9
Mike Buddie 2 2.0 0 0 4.50 1
Tony Fossas 5 1.0 0 0 36.00 0

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Mariano Rivera 66 69.0 4 3 45 1.83 52
Mike Stanton 73 62.1 2 2 0 4.33 59
Jason Grimsley 55 75.0 7 2 1 3.60 49
Ramiro Mendoza 53 123.2 9 9 3 4.29 80
Nelson, JeffJeff Nelson 39 30.1 2 1 1 4.15 35

ALDS[edit]

Series Summary:

ALCS[edit]

New York wins the series, 4-1

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 New York 4 Boston 3 October 13 1-0 (NYY)
2 New York 3 Boston 2 October 14 2-0 (NYY)
3 Boston 13 New York 1 October 16 2-1 (NYY)
4 Boston 2 New York 9 October 17 3-1 (NYY)
5 Boston 1 New York 6 October 18 4-1 (NYY)

World series[edit]

Main article: 1999 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 23, 1999 at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 6 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
WP: Orlando Hernández (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
ATL: Chipper Jones (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 24, 1999 at Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 14 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 1
WP: David Cone (1-0)   LP: Kevin Millwood (0-1)

Game 3[edit]

October 26, 1999 at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 14 1
New York 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 6 9 0
WP: Mariano Rivera (1-0)   LP: Mike Remlinger (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: None
NYY: Chad Curtis 2 (2), Tino Martinez (1), Chuck Knoblauch (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 27, 1999 at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
New York 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 X 4 8 0
WP: Roger Clemens (1-0)   LP: John Smoltz (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
ATL: None
NYY: Jim Leyritz (1)

Awards and honors[edit]

1999 All-Star Game

  • David Cone, Pitcher, Reserve
  • Derek Jeter, Shortstop, Reserve
  • Mariano Rivera, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
  • Bernie Williams, Outfield, Reserve

Trivia[edit]

In the 1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Past Tense", a policeman from the 2020s called the 1999 New York Yankees the best team he'd ever seen. While it could be argued the 1998 team was better, it is considered remarkable that a television program that aired in 1995 could have even predicted such a successful season for a specific team.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Trey Hillman
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Lee Mazzilli
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Tom Nieto
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Stan Hough
Short-Season A Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Joe Arnold
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Ken Dominguez

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References[edit]

Preceded by
New York Yankees
1998
AL East Championship Season
1999
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
2000
Preceded by
New York Yankees
1998
American League champion
1999
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
2000