1999 Baltimore Orioles season

1999 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1999 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses.

Offseason

  • December 1, 1998: Charles Johnson was traded by the New York Mets to the Baltimore Orioles for Armando Benítez.[1]
  • December 1, 1998: Albert Belle signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]
  • December 7, 1998: Will Clark signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[3]
  • December 7, 1998: B. J. Surhoff was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[4]
  • December 11, 1998: Rich Becker was released by the Baltimore Orioles.[5]
  • December 17, 1998: Doug Linton was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[6]
  • December 21, 1998: Rich Amaral was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[7]
  • January 15, 1999: Heathcliff Slocumb was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[8]

Cuban exhibition series

In a rare event on March 28, 1999, the Orioles staged an exhibition series against the Cuban national team in Havana. The Orioles won the game 3–2 in 11 innings. They were the first Major League team to play in Cuba since 1959, when the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Orioles in an exhibition. The Cuban team visited Baltimore in May 1999. Cuba won the second game 10–6.

Regular season

Season standings

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

  • April 30, 1999: Heathcliff Slocumb was released by the Baltimore Orioles.[8]
  • June 2, 1999: Brian Roberts was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (50th pick) of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed July 14, 1999.[9]
  • June 2, 1999: Érik Bédard was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 8, 1999.[10]

Roster

1999 Baltimore Orioles
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 Johnson, CharlesCharles Johnson 135 426 107 .251 16 54
SS Bordick, MikeMike Bordick 160 631 175 .277 10 77

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Dave Machemer
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Joe Ferguson
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Andy Etchebarren
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Butch Davis
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Duffy Dyer
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Jesus Alfaro
[11]

References

External links

  • 1999 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1999 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com