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The 1999 season of the American League was the ninety-ninth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 Cleveland Indians 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 1009 (6.23) 860 (5.31) 0.289 0.372 0.467 4.90 0.983
2 Chicago White Sox 162 75 86 1 .463 21.5 777 (4.80) 870 (5.37) 0.277 0.336 0.429 4.92 0.977
3 Detroit Tigers 161 69 92 0 .429 27.5 747 (4.64) 882 (5.48) 0.261 0.318 0.443 5.18 0.982
4 Kansas City Royals 161 64 97 0 .398 32.5 856 (5.32) 921 (5.72) 0.282 0.344 0.433 5.35 0.980
5 Minnesota Twins 161 63 97 1 .391 33.0 686 (4.26) 845 (5.25) 0.264 0.325 0.384 5.02 0.985
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 162 98 64 0 .605 -.- 900 (5.56) 731 (4.51) 0.282 0.364 0.453 4.13 0.982
2 Boston Red Sox* 162 94 68 0 .580 4.0 836 (5.16) 718 (4.43) 0.278 0.348 0.448 4.00 0.979
3 Toronto Blue Jays 162 84 78 0 .519 14.0 883 (5.45) 862 (5.32) 0.280 0.347 0.457 4.92 0.983
4 Baltimore Orioles 162 78 84 0 .481 20.0 851 (5.25) 815 (5.03) 0.279 0.350 0.447 4.77 0.986
5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 162 69 93 0 .426 29.0 772 (4.77) 913 (5.64) 0.274 0.338 0.411 5.06 0.978
Western Division
1 Texas Rangers 162 95 67 0 .586 -.- 945 (5.83) 859 (5.30) 0.293 0.362 0.479 5.07 0.981
2 Oakland Athletics 162 87 75 0 .537 8.0 893 (5.51) 846 (5.22) 0.259 0.350 0.446 4.69 0.980
3 Seattle Mariners 162 79 83 0 .488 16.0 859 (5.30) 905 (5.59) 0.269 0.341 0.455 5.24 0.981
4 Anaheim Angels 162 70 92 0 .432 25.0 711 (4.39) 826 (5.10) 0.256 0.319 0.395 4.79 0.983

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played B.J. Surhoff Baltimore Orioles 162
At Bats B.J. Surhoff Baltimore Orioles 673
Runs Scored Roberto Alomar Cleveland Indians 138
Hits Derek Jeter New York Yankees 219
Doubles Shawn Green Toronto Blue Jays 45
Triples Jose Offerman Boston Red Sox 11
Home Runs Ken Griffey Seattle Mariners 48
Total Bases Shawn Green Toronto Blue Jays 361
Runs Batted In Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians 165
Stolen Bases Brian Hunter Detroit Tigers/Seattle Mariners 44
Caught Stealing Mike Caruso
Shannon Stewart
Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
14
Walks Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 127
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ken Griffey
Bernie Williams
Seattle Mariners
New York Yankees
17
Hit by Pitch Brady Anderson Baltimore Orioles 24
Strikeouts Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 171
Sacrifice Hits Omar Vizquel Cleveland Indians 17
Sacrifice Flies Roberto Alomar Cleveland Indians 13
Grounded into Double Plays Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers 31
Batting Average Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox 0.357
On-Base Percentage Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners 0.447
Slugging Percentage Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians 0.663
On-Base plus Slugging Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians 1.105
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians 174

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 23
Losses Brian Moehler Detroit Tigers 16
Win-Loss Percentage Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 0.852
Appearances Buddy Groom
Bob Wells
Oakland Athletics
Minnesota Twins
76
Games Started Rick Helling Texas Rangers 35
Complete Games David Wells Toronto Blue Jays 7
Shutouts Scott Erickson Baltimore Orioles 3
Games Finished Roberto Hernández Tampa Bay Devil Rays 66
Saves Mariano Rivera New York Yankees 45
Innings Pitched David Wells Toronto Blue Jays 231.2
Batters Faced Scott Erickson Baltimore Orioles 995
Hits Allowed David Wells Toronto Blue Jays 246
Home Runs Allowed Rick Helling Texas Rangers 41
Base-on-Balls Allowed Scott Erickson Baltimore Orioles 99
Intentional Base-on-Balls Scott Service Kansas City Royals 8
Hit Batsmen Jeff Weaver Detroit Tigers 17
Strikeouts Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 313
Wild Pitches Chuck Finley Anaheim Angels 15
Balks Freddy Garcia
C.J. Nitkowski
Seattle Mariners
Detroit Tigers
3
Runs Allowed LaTroy Hawkins Minnesota Twins 136
Earned Runs Allowed LaTroy Hawkins Minnesota Twins 129
Earned Run Average Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 2.07
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 0.923

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the seventieth midsummer classic at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on Tuesday, July 13, 1999 by a score of 4 to 1. The league's manager was Joe Torre.

[edit] Postseason

The 1999 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
Cent.  Cleveland Indians 2  
WC  Boston Red Sox 3  
    WC  Boston Red Sox 1
  East.  New York Yankees 4
East.  New York Yankees 3
West.  Texas Rangers 0  

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees defeated the National League's Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 0.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Ivan Rodriguez, a catcher with the Texas Rangers. In the award's voting, he had 252 out of a possible 392 points and 7 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Pedro Martinez (martipe02) of the Boston Red Sox. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 140 points and 28 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Carlos Beltran, an outfielder with the Kansas City Royals. In the award's voting, he had 133 out of a possible 140 points and 26 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Mike Mussina Baltimore Orioles
C Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
1B Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers
2B Roberto Alomar Cleveland Indians
3B Scott Brosius New York Yankees
SS Omar Vizquel Cleveland Indians
OF Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners
Bernie Williams New York Yankees
Shawn Green Toronto Blue Jays

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
1B Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays
2B Roberto Alomar Cleveland Indians
3B Dean Palmer Detroit Tigers
SS Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners
OF Shawn Green Toronto Blue Jays
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners
Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians
DH Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifty-third annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 26 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals by a score of 11 to 9 in eight innings after the game was called for rain. Both teams were from the American League.

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