Tag: 1999

1999 – Carl Everett launches two homers and drives in six as Houston bombs the Expos, 11-3. His grand slam off Ugueth Urbina comes after Everett was hit in his previous at bat by Dan Smith. Everett had gone deep on Smith earlier. Tim Bogar also homers. 

1999 – Carl Everett launches two homers and drives in six as Houston bombs the Expos, 11-3. His grand slam off Ugueth Urbina comes after Everett was hit in his previous at bat by Dan Smith. Everett had gone deep on Smith earlier. Tim Bogar also homers. 

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1999 – Astros manager Larry Dierker collapses in the dugout due to a seizure during the eighth inning of a home game against San Diego. Houston has a 4-0 lead thanks to a grand slam by Derek Bell. Dierker misses only 27 games despite undergoing brain surgery. The game is suspended until July 23rd when the Astros complete the 4-3 victory. 

1999 – Astros manager Larry Dierker collapses in the dugout due to a seizure during the eighth inning of a home game against San Diego. Houston has a 4-0 lead thanks to a grand slam by Derek Bell. Dierker misses only 27 games despite undergoing brain surgery. The game is suspended until July 23rd when the Astros complete the 4-3 victory. 

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1999 – Jeff Bagwell slams three home runs and drives in six as the Astros pound the Chicago White Sox, 13-4, at Comiskey Park. Carl Everett and Tim Bogar also go deep. Bagwell has 20 homers in just 58 games. He is the first Astro to launch three homers in a game thrice. 

1999 – Jeff Bagwell slams three home runs and drives in six as the Astros pound the Chicago White Sox, 13-4, at Comiskey Park. Carl Everett and Tim Bogar also go deep. Bagwell has 20 homers in just 58 games. He is the first Astro to launch three homers in a game thrice. 

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1999 – Jose Lima runs his record to 10-2 with a complete-game victory over the White Sox, 8-2. Every Astro in the lineup gets at least one of Houston’s 17 hits except, of course, for Lima who never bats. Daryle Ward is the Designated Hitter, which is used in American League parks. 

1999 – Jose Lima runs his record to 10-2 with a complete-game victory over the White Sox, 8-2. Every Astro in the lineup gets at least one of Houston’s 17 hits except, of course, for Lima who never bats. Daryle Ward is the Designated Hitter, which is used in American League parks. 

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1999 – Carl Everett singles home Bill Spiers with the winning run for a 2-1, twelve-inning victory over the Rockies. Everett had also doubled home Jeff Bagwell in the eighth for the only other Houston run. Scott Elarton wins in relief as he, Mike Hampton and Billy Wagner limit Colorado to five hits. 

1999 – Carl Everett singles home Bill Spiers with the winning run for a 2-1, twelve-inning victory over the Rockies. Everett had also doubled home Jeff Bagwell in the eighth for the only other Houston run. Scott Elarton wins in relief as he, Mike Hampton and Billy Wagner limit Colorado to five hits. 

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1999 – Billy Wagner surrenders two homers but hangs on for a 4-3, ten-inning victory in Los Angeles. A double by Derek Bell and a sacrifice fly by Ken Caminiti in the tenth salvage the win after light-hitting Tripp Cromer took Wagner deep with two down in the bottom of the ninth. 

1999 – Billy Wagner surrenders two homers but hangs on for a 4-3, ten-inning victory in Los Angeles. A double by Derek Bell and a sacrifice fly by Ken Caminiti in the tenth salvage the win after light-hitting Tripp Cromer took Wagner deep with two down in the bottom of the ninth. 

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1999 – Houston ties a club record for runs scored during a 19-8 demolition of the Pirates at the Astrodome. Seven Astros, including Tim Bogar and Paul Bako , have multi-hit games in the 18-hit assault. Houston breaks open the game with back-to-back five-run frames in the fourth and fifth, making an easy winner of Sean Bergman, who surrenders six runs in five innings of work. Houston’s ten doubles sets another club mark. 

1999 – Houston ties a club record for runs scored during a 19-8 demolition of the Pirates at the Astrodome. Seven Astros, including Tim Bogar and Paul Bako , have multi-hit games in the 18-hit assault. Houston breaks open the game with back-to-back five-run frames in the fourth and fifth, making an easy winner of Sean Bergman, who surrenders six runs in five innings of work. Houston’s ten doubles sets another club mark. 

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1999 – Roger Clemens tosses six innings of no-hit ball but the Astros storm back to topple the New York Yankees, 7-5. Clemens had been the subject of intense trade talks during the off-season as the Astros tried to swing a swap with the Toronto Blue Jays to bring the multiple Cy Young Award winner home to Texas. Ultimately, Clemens was sent to New York. 

1999 – Roger Clemens tosses six innings of no-hit ball but the Astros storm back to topple the New York Yankees, 7-5. Clemens had been the subject of intense trade talks during the off-season as the Astros tried to swing a swap with the Toronto Blue Jays to bring the multiple Cy Young Award winner home to Texas. Ultimately, Clemens was sent to New York. 

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1999 – Astros General Manager Gerry Hunsicker announces that outfielder Moises Alou has suffered a knee injury while working out in the Dominican Republic. While initial reports are optimistic, Alou is lost for the entire season. Alou claims he hurt the knee while running on a treadmill but management expresses some skepticism. 

1999 – Astros General Manager Gerry Hunsicker announces that outfielder Moises Alou has suffered a knee injury while working out in the Dominican Republic. While initial reports are optimistic, Alou is lost for the entire season. Alou claims he hurt the knee while running on a treadmill but management expresses some skepticism. 

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1999 – Astros agree to a contract with shortstop Ricky Gutierrez. It’s the second year in a row that none of Houston’s arbitration-eligible players actually reach a hearing. Gutierrez fights injury problems to hit .261 in his final year in Houston. 

1999 – Astros agree to a contract with shortstop Ricky Gutierrez. It’s the second year in a row that none of Houston’s arbitration-eligible players actually reach a hearing. Gutierrez fights injury problems to hit .261 in his final year in Houston. 

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1999 – Billy Wagner signs a three-year $10-million dollar deal, avoiding arbitration. Wagner is coming off a season where he fans 14.55 batters per nine innings, setting a major league mark for pitchers tossing 50 or more innings. 

1999 – Billy Wagner signs a three-year $10-million dollar deal, avoiding arbitration. Wagner is coming off a season where he fans 14.55 batters per nine innings, setting a major league mark for pitchers tossing 50 or more innings. 

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1999 – Lefthander Mike Hampton and outfielder Derek Bell are traded to the Mets for pitcher Octavio Dotel and outfielder Roger Cedeno. It’s primarily a financial move that causes the Astros to part with their 22-game winner. While Dotel would flourish, Cedeno would be gone after one season in Houston, batting .282 in 74 games. 

1999 – Lefthander Mike Hampton and outfielder Derek Bell are traded to the Mets for pitcher Octavio Dotel and outfielder Roger Cedeno. It’s primarily a financial move that causes the Astros to part with their 22-game winner. While Dotel would flourish, Cedeno would be gone after one season in Houston, batting .282 in 74 games. 

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1999 – Outfielder Carl Everett is traded to Boston for infielder Adam Everett and pitcher Greg Miller. In two seasons, Carl Everett blossoms from a reserve outfielder to a star. In 1999, he bats .325 with 25 homers and 108 RBIs. Adam Everett would hit .248 with 35 homers over seven seasons in Houston. 

1999 – Outfielder Carl Everett is traded to Boston for infielder Adam Everett and pitcher Greg Miller. In two seasons, Carl Everett blossoms from a reserve outfielder to a star. In 1999, he bats .325 with 25 homers and 108 RBIs. Adam Everett would hit .248 with 35 homers over seven seasons in Houston. 

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1999 – Randy Johnson wins the N.L. Cy Young Award despite five fewer wins than runner-up Mike Hampton who leads the circuit with 22. Astro teammates Jose Lima and Billy Wagner tie for fourth in the voting. 

1999 – Randy Johnson wins the N.L. Cy Young Award despite five fewer wins than runner-up Mike Hampton who leads the circuit with 22. Astro teammates Jose Lima and Billy Wagner tie for fourth in the voting. 

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1999 – Astros hold a fashion show. Larry Dierker, Vern Ruhle, Shane Reynolds, Billy Wagner and Jeff Bagwell debut the new uniforms that will be worn at Enron Field. Gone are blue and gold in favor of black, brick and sand. The logo has also been modified, eliminating the slant to the star and making it thicker. 

1999 – Astros hold a fashion show. Larry Dierker, Vern Ruhle, Shane Reynolds, Billy Wagner and Jeff Bagwell debut the new uniforms that will be worn at Enron Field. Gone are blue and gold in favor of black, brick and sand. The logo has also been modified, eliminating the slant to the star and making it thicker. 

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1999 – Off-seasons can be hazardous to your health. Ken Caminiti finds this out falling out of a deer stand while hunting near Laredo. He fractures three vertebrae and will spend the next two months healing his aching back.

1999 – Off-seasons can be hazardous to your health. Ken Caminiti finds this out falling out of a deer stand while hunting near Laredo. He fractures three vertebrae and will spend the next two months healing his aching back.

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1999 – Astros lose a heartbreaking 12-inning affair to the Braves, 5-3, at the Dome. Brian Jordan is the star of Game Three, driving in all five Atlanta runs with a three-run homer and the game-winning double. Bill Spiers ties it up late  before Walt Weiss makes the most memorable play, stabbing a smash by Tony Eusebio with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth and throwing out Ken Caminiti at the plate to prevent an Astros win. 

1999 – Astros lose a heartbreaking 12-inning affair to the Braves, 5-3, at the Dome. Brian Jordan is the star of Game Three, driving in all five Atlanta runs with a three-run homer and the game-winning double. Bill Spiers ties it up late  before Walt Weiss makes the most memorable play, stabbing a smash by Tony Eusebio with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth and throwing out Ken Caminiti at the plate to prevent an Astros win. 

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1999 – In the last major league game held at the Astrodome, the Astros run out of gas in a 7-5 loss to the Braves, ending the N.L.D.S. by dropping three of four . Houston falls behind, 7-0, before making a late charge. Tony Eusebio and Ken Caminiti belt home runs to make the game close  but the Astros come up short. 

1999 – In the last major league game held at the Astrodome, the Astros run out of gas in a 7-5 loss to the Braves, ending the N.L.D.S. by dropping three of four . Houston falls behind, 7-0, before making a late charge. Tony Eusebio and Ken Caminiti belt home runs to make the game close  but the Astros come up short. 

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1999 – Astros get the jump on Atlanta in Game One of the N.L.D.S. with a 6-1 victory. Tony Eusebio gives Houston an early lead with an RBI single off Greg Maddux. The Braves tie it but Daryle Ward takes Maddux deep for a 2-1 edge. Ken Caminiti’s three-run bomb in the ninth ices the game . Shane Reynolds gets the win. 

1999 – Astros get the jump on Atlanta in Game One of the N.L.D.S. with a 6-1 victory. Tony Eusebio gives Houston an early lead with an RBI single off Greg Maddux. The Braves tie it but Daryle Ward takes Maddux deep for a 2-1 edge. Ken Caminiti’s three-run bomb in the ninth ices the game . Shane Reynolds gets the win. 

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1999 – Jose Lima wins his 21st game as he and Billy Wagner team to blank the Dodgers, 3-0. The victory, combined with a Cincinnati loss in Milwaukee, clinches a tie for the N.L. Central title. Craig Biggio homers off Chan Ho Park  then Bill Spiers adds a pinch two-run single to provide the winning margin. Wagner gets his 39th save, a team record at the time. 

1999 – Jose Lima wins his 21st game as he and Billy Wagner team to blank the Dodgers, 3-0. The victory, combined with a Cincinnati loss in Milwaukee, clinches a tie for the N.L. Central title. Craig Biggio homers off Chan Ho Park  then Bill Spiers adds a pinch two-run single to provide the winning margin. Wagner gets his 39th save, a team record at the time. 

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 The Astros play their last regular-season game at the Astrodome and finish in style. A 9-4 triumph over the Dodgers clinches the N.L. Central crown . Mike Hampton becomes the first 22-game winner in club history. Daryle Ward’s bases-loaded double in the first provides an early lift. Craig Biggio hits his 56th double. Afterwards, members of the 1965 Astros appear as well as the All-Time Astros squad before an enthusiastic packed house. 

 The Astros play their last regular-season game at the Astrodome and finish in style. A 9-4 triumph over the Dodgers clinches the N.L. Central crown . Mike Hampton becomes the first 22-game winner in club history. Daryle Ward’s bases-loaded double in the first provides an early lift. Craig Biggio hits his 56th double. Afterwards, members of the 1965 Astros appear as well as the All-Time Astros squad before an enthusiastic packed house. 

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1999 – Daryle Ward blasts a two-run homer and Mike Hampton picks up his 21st win in a 4-1 triumph over Cincinnati. Billy Wagner turns a liner into a double play for the final outs. . It moves Houston back into a tie with the Reds for the division lead with three games to play. 

1999 – Daryle Ward blasts a two-run homer and Mike Hampton picks up his 21st win in a 4-1 triumph over Cincinnati. Billy Wagner turns a liner into a double play for the final outs. . It moves Houston back into a tie with the Reds for the division lead with three games to play. 

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1999 – Bill Spiers is attacked by a Milwaukee “fan” prior to the bottom of the seventh inning. Mike Hampton and others come to Spiers’ defense. The stunned Astros fall behind, 4-2, but rally for a 9-4 victory. 

1999 – Bill Spiers is attacked by a Milwaukee “fan” prior to the bottom of the seventh inning. Mike Hampton and others come to Spiers’ defense. The stunned Astros fall behind, 4-2, but rally for a 9-4 victory. 

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1999 – Jeff Bagwell slugs a two-run bomb off Rick Croushore to nip the Cardinals, 4-3. Chris Holt holds St. Louis in check except for Mark McGwire, who drills his 57th and 58th homers of the season. Billy Wagner earns his 37th save, breaking the club record set by Doug Jones in 1992. 

1999 – Jeff Bagwell slugs a two-run bomb off Rick Croushore to nip the Cardinals, 4-3. Chris Holt holds St. Louis in check except for Mark McGwire, who drills his 57th and 58th homers of the season. Billy Wagner earns his 37th save, breaking the club record set by Doug Jones in 1992. 

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1999 – Astros pound the Phillies, 12-2, to set a team-record twelve-game winning streak. Shane Reynolds smokes a two-run bomb off Paul Byrd for an early 3-0 lead, then a six-run fourth ices the game, capped by a two-run single from Daryle Ward . Amazingly, Houston can only gain 1-1/2 games on the Reds during their win streak and lead Cincinnati by four in the N.L. Central chase. 

1999 – Astros pound the Phillies, 12-2, to set a team-record twelve-game winning streak. Shane Reynolds smokes a two-run bomb off Paul Byrd for an early 3-0 lead, then a six-run fourth ices the game, capped by a two-run single from Daryle Ward . Amazingly, Houston can only gain 1-1/2 games on the Reds during their win streak and lead Cincinnati by four in the N.L. Central chase. 

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1999 – Ricky Gutierrez rips four hits and drives home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth before Carl Everett sends the crowd away happy with a two-run homer in the 13th for a 6-4 triumph over the Cubs, Houston’s eighth straight win. It’s Carl’s second homer of the night. Billy Wagner, the seventh Astro pitcher, gets the win. 

1999 – Ricky Gutierrez rips four hits and drives home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth before Carl Everett sends the crowd away happy with a two-run homer in the 13th for a 6-4 triumph over the Cubs, Houston’s eighth straight win. It’s Carl’s second homer of the night. Billy Wagner, the seventh Astro pitcher, gets the win. 

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1999 – Mike Hampton defeats the Phillies, 13-2, for his 20th win, joining Jose Lima as the team’s first 20-20 pair of aces. Houston coaxes eleven walks to go with just ten hits as they notch their tenth straight victory. 

1999 – Mike Hampton defeats the Phillies, 13-2, for his 20th win, joining Jose Lima as the team’s first 20-20 pair of aces. Houston coaxes eleven walks to go with just ten hits as they notch their tenth straight victory. 

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1999 – New York’s Edgardo Alfonzo goes six-for-six with three home runs as the Mets destroy Shane Reynolds and the Astros, 17-1. Alfonzo drives in five. Houston’s division lead over Cinicnnati shrinks to a half-game. 

1999 – New York’s Edgardo Alfonzo goes six-for-six with three home runs as the Mets destroy Shane Reynolds and the Astros, 17-1. Alfonzo drives in five. Houston’s division lead over Cinicnnati shrinks to a half-game. 

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1999 – Astros leave no runners on base in a 5-4 victory over Florida. Jeff Bagwell’s solo shot in the ninth wins it after Bill Spiers, Glen Barker and Carl Everett went deep for the other four runs. Doug Henry wins in relief of Jose Lima. 

1999 – Astros leave no runners on base in a 5-4 victory over Florida. Jeff Bagwell’s solo shot in the ninth wins it after Bill Spiers, Glen Barker and Carl Everett went deep for the other four runs. Doug Henry wins in relief of Jose Lima. 

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1999 – Ken Caminiti slams his second homer of the night to end a 6-4, 16-inning marathon against the Marlins. Jeff Bagwell draws six bases on balls, two intentionally, as part of an NL-record 17 free passes from Florida. The Astros return the favor by striking out 21 times. 

1999 – Ken Caminiti slams his second homer of the night to end a 6-4, 16-inning marathon against the Marlins. Jeff Bagwell draws six bases on balls, two intentionally, as part of an NL-record 17 free passes from Florida. The Astros return the favor by striking out 21 times. 

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1999 – Shane Reynolds blanks the Dodgers on five hits, 7-0. A six-run seventh snaps a scoreless tie with Matt Mieske’s two-run pinch-hit double the key blow. Russ Johnson homers and doubles in a three-hit performance. 

1999 – Shane Reynolds blanks the Dodgers on five hits, 7-0. A six-run seventh snaps a scoreless tie with Matt Mieske’s two-run pinch-hit double the key blow. Russ Johnson homers and doubles in a three-hit performance. 

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1999 – Carl Everett comes off the disabled list with a 4-for-5 performance, a homer and five RBIs to lead the Astros over the Cubs, 6-1, in the opener of a twinbill at Wrigley Field. Jose Lima wins his 15th of the season. Everett sits out the nightcap which Houston loses, 6-0, to rookie Andy Lorraine. 

1999 – Carl Everett comes off the disabled list with a 4-for-5 performance, a homer and five RBIs to lead the Astros over the Cubs, 6-1, in the opener of a twinbill at Wrigley Field. Jose Lima wins his 15th of the season. Everett sits out the nightcap which Houston loses, 6-0, to rookie Andy Lorraine. 

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1999 – Jeff Bagwell and rookie Lance Berkman swat two home runs apiece as the Astros club the Padres, 8-5. Berkman has three hits and steals a base. Derek Bell accounts for the other two runs with a double. Doug Henry gets the win in relief. 

1999 – Jeff Bagwell and rookie Lance Berkman swat two home runs apiece as the Astros club the Padres, 8-5. Berkman has three hits and steals a base. Derek Bell accounts for the other two runs with a double. Doug Henry gets the win in relief. 

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1999 – Surprising everyone by batting lefthanded against lefty Steve Avery, switch-hitter Carl Everett blasts a two-run homer to spark a 5-3 win in Cincinnati that pulls Houston into a tie for the division lead . Derek Bell also goes deep. 

1999 – Surprising everyone by batting lefthanded against lefty Steve Avery, switch-hitter Carl Everett blasts a two-run homer to spark a 5-3 win in Cincinnati that pulls Houston into a tie for the division lead . Derek Bell also goes deep. 

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The Montreal Expos obtain P Hideki Irabu from the New York Yankees in exchange for P Jake Westbrook and two players to be named, Ps Christian Parker and Ted Lilly. Both Westbrook and Lilly will become All-Stars while Irabu will win 2 games in two seasons in Montreal before being released for disciplinary reasons.

The Montreal Expos obtain P Hideki Irabu from the New York Yankees in exchange for P Jake Westbrook and two players to be named, Ps Christian Parker and Ted Lilly. Both Westbrook and Lilly will become All-Stars while Irabu will win 2 games in two seasons in Montreal before being released for disciplinary reasons.

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In an interview in Si John Rocker offends everyone.

In an interview in Sports Illustrated magazine, Atlanta Braves P John Rocker offends virtually every race and ethnic group in a hateful outburst. Community leaders, media, management, coaches and teammates alike call for action to be taken against the lefthander who had 38 saves for Atlanta this past season.

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1999 – The Dodgers are fined $50,000 and banned from scouting any Dominican Republic players for one year as a penalty for having signed third baseman Adrian Beltre as a 15-year-old. Beltre is not given his free agency, according to Commissioner Bud Selig, because he participated in the scheme, and because the claim for free agency was made too late. The players association is expected to file a grievance in the matter, but the ruling will stand.

1999 – The Dodgers are fined $50,000 and banned from scouting any Dominican Republic players for one year as a penalty for having signed third baseman Adrian Beltre as a 15-year-old. Beltre is not given his free agency, according to Commissioner Bud Selig, because he participated in the scheme, and because the claim for free agency was made too late. The players association is expected to file a grievance in the matter, but the ruling will stand.

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