1999 American League Division Series

The 1999 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1999 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams, which were identical to those qualifying in 1998, were:

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The Yankees rolled over the Rangers, who scored 945 runs in 1999, for the second straight year three games to none. The Red Sox battled back down two games to none against a Cleveland Indians team that was the first to score 1,000 runs in a season in nearly 50 years and won the Series three games to two, thanks to Pedro Martínez. The Yankees would go on to defeat the Red Sox four games to one in their first-ever meeting in the postseason in the AL Championship Series, and would then go on to sweep the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1999 World Series.

1999 American League Division Series
1999ALDS
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (3) Joe Torre 98–64, .605, GA: 4
Texas Rangers (0) Johnny Oates 95–67, .586, GA: 8
DatesOctober 5 – 9
TelevisionNBC (Games 1, 3)
Fox (Game 2)
TV announcersBob Costas and Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3)
Thom Brennaman and Bob Brenly (Game 2)
RadioESPN
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Boston Red Sox (3) Jimy Williams 94–68, .580, GB: 4
Cleveland Indians (2) Mike Hargrove 97–65, .599, GA: ​21 12
DatesOctober 6 – 11
TelevisionFox (Games 1, 3-5)
ESPN (Game 2)
TV announcersJoe Buck (Games 1, 5), Tim McCarver (Games 1, 5) and Bob Brenly (Game 5)
Jon Miller and Joe Morgan (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman and Bob Brenly (Games 3–4)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersErnie Harwell and Dave Campbell
UmpiresJim Joyce, Chuck Meriwether, Tim Welke, Jim McKean, John Shulock, Durwood Merrill (Yankees–Rangers, Games 1–2; Indians–Red Sox, Games 3–5)
Rocky Roe, Larry Young, John Hirschbeck, Joe Brinkman, Mike Reilly, Derryl Cousins (Indians–Red Sox, Games 1–2; Yankees–Rangers, Game 3)

Matchups

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers

New York won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 Texas Rangers – 0, New York Yankees – 8 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:37 57,099[2] 
2 October 7 Texas Rangers – 1, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:32 57,485[3] 
3 October 9 New York Yankees – 3, Texas Rangers – 0 The Ballpark in Arlington 3:00 50,269[4]

Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox

Boston won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 6 Boston Red Sox – 2, Cleveland Indians – 3 Jacobs Field 2:53 45,182[5] 
2 October 7 Boston Red Sox – 1, Cleveland Indians – 11 Jacobs Field 2:47 45,184[6] 
3 October 9 Cleveland Indians – 3, Boston Red Sox – 9 Fenway Park 3:08 33,539[7] 
4 October 10 Cleveland Indians – 7, Boston Red Sox – 23 Fenway Park 3:49 33,898[8] 
5 October 11 Boston Red Sox – 12, Cleveland Indians – 8 Jacobs Field 3:12 45,114[9]

New York vs. Texas

Game 1, October 5

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
New York 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 1 X 8 10 0
WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0)   LP: Aaron Sele (0–1)
Home runs:
TEX: None
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)

The Yankees once again swept the Rangers and held them to one run through three games. In Game 1, Aaron Sele went against Orlando Hernández. Ricky Ledee's RBI double in the second put the Yankees up 1–0. In the fifth, Derek Jeter and Paul O'Neill hit back-to-back two-out doubles before both scored on the Bernie Williams's double. Next inning, Ledee and Jeter walked off of Sele and the reliever Tim Crabtree respectively before Texas third baseman Todd Zeile's error on O'Neill's ground ball allowed Ledee to score off of Mike Venafro before Williams's three-run home run made it 7–0. Williams got his sixth RBI of this game with a single in the eighth off of Jeff Fassero that scored Chuck Knoblauch. Jeff Nelson relieved Hernandez in the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning to seal the Yankees' 8–0 win.

Game 2, October 7

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 X 3 7 2
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Rick Helling (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
TEX: Juan González (1)
NYY: None

In Game 2, Rick Helling went against Andy Pettitte. Juan González gave the Rangers the lead with a home run in the fourth. This would be the lone run in the series for the Rangers, who scored 945 runs in 1999. Scott Brosius's double tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Ricky Ledée's RBI double gave the Yankees the lead in the seventh. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got an insurance run when Mike Venafro walked Jim Leyritz with the bases loaded, scoring Chad Curtis. Mariano Rivera retired the side in order for the save in Game 2.

Game 3, October 9

The Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)   LP: Esteban Loaiza (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Darryl Strawberry (1)
TEX: None

In Game 3, the Yankees took an early lead when Darryl Strawberry hit a three-run home run off Esteban Loaiza in the first inning. Roger Clemens pitched seven innings and allowed only three hits. Mariano Rivera got the series-winning save in the ninth.

Composite box

1999 ALDS (3–0): New York Yankees over Texas Rangers

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 3 1 0 0 3 4 1 2 0 14 23 2
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 2
Total attendance: 164,853   Average attendance: 54,951

Cleveland vs. Boston

Game 1, October 6

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 6 1
WP: Paul Shuey (1–0)   LP: Derek Lowe (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Nomar Garciaparra (1)
CLE: Jim Thome (1)

Boston jumped out to an early 1–0 lead with a lead-off home run by Nomar Garciaparra in the second inning off Indians' starter Bartolo Colón. Garciaparra helped score the second run for the Red Sox when he led off the fourth inning with a double and then scored on an RBI single by Mike Stanley. Facing Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martínez, the Indians looked to be in serious trouble, but the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff left the game due to injury in the bottom of the fifth inning and was replaced by Derek Lowe. The Indians would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run by Jim Thome, and Colón settled down and dominated the Red Sox hitters the rest of the way, striking out eleven in eight innings pitched. In the bottom of the ninth, the Indians walked the game off when Travis Fryman hit the game-winning single off Rich Garces with the bases loaded.

Game 2, October 7

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Cleveland 0 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 X 11 8 0
WP: Charles Nagy (1–0)   LP: Bret Saberhagen (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: None
CLE: Harold Baines (1), Jim Thome (2)

In Game 2, the Red Sox blew another lead. Behind Bret Saberhagen, the Red Sox built a 1–0 lead when Jose Offerman singled home Trot Nixon in the third off Indians starter Charles Nagy, but the Indians struck back and put the game away in the bottom half. Omar Vizquel gave the Indians the lead when he tripled home Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Kenny Lofton. Roberto Alomar doubled Vizquel home, and, after an out and a Jim Thome walk, Harold Baines hit a three-run home run to make it 6–1. That marked the end for Saberhagen. Next inning, the Indians loaded the bases off of John Wasdin on two walks and a hit when Alomar's sacrifice fly scored Travis Fryman. After a walk re-loaded the bases, Thome's grand slam capped the scoring at 11–1 Indians, who were one win away from the ALCS.

Game 3, October 9

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 9 1
Boston 0 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 X 9 11 2
WP: Derek Lowe (1–1)   LP: Jaret Wright (0–1)
Home runs:
CLE: None
BOS: John Valentin (1), Brian Daubach (1)

When the series shifted to Fenway Park, so did the momentum. The Indians, too, would lose a starting pitcher to injury and blow a lead in Game 3. They struck first on a David Justice sacrifice fly off Ramón Martínez in the fourth, but, after shutting out the Red Sox for four innings, starting pitcher Dave Burba left with a strained forearm. Mike Hargrove chose to insert presumed Game 4 starter Jaret Wright instead of rookie middle reliever Sean DePaula. The Red Sox quickly took the lead off Wright in the fifth on a Darren Lewis single and Trot Nixon sacrifice fly. Harold Baines's force out with runners on the corners tied the game in the sixth for the Indians. A lead-off home run by John Valentin untied the score for the Red Sox in the bottom of the sixth, but his error on Manny Ramirez's groundout with runners on first and third tied it back 3–3 in the top of the seventh. After Wright walked Merloni and hit Jason Varitek, Ricardo Rincón came on and got two outs, then Offerman walked to load the bases, John Valentin became the hero again with a double that scored Varitek and Lewis. Brian Daubach then hit a three-run home run to make it 8–3. Sean DePaula relieved Rincon and allowed a walk and single before Lou Merloni's RBI single made it 9–3. Derek Lowe earned the win 2 1/3 innings of relief while Rod Beck pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the Red Sox's win.

Game 4, October 10

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 7 8 0
Boston 2 5 3 5 3 0 3 2 X 23 24 0
WP: Rich Garces (1–0)   LP: Bartolo Colón (0–1)
Home runs:
CLE: Wil Cordero (1)
BOS: John Valentin 2 (3), José Offerman (1), Jason Varitek (1)

Because presumed starter Jaret Wright had been used in relief the previous day, and no emergency starter had been included on the playoff roster, the Indians had forced themselves to start Bartolo Colón on three days' rest for the first time in his career, even though he had gone eight innings in cold weather in the first game. This time, he was not up to the challenge. Neither he nor the thin bullpen behind him could stop the barrage of Red Sox runs. Colón himself was hammered for seven runs in one-plus innings pitched, and reliever Steve Reed was tagged for eight. The Indians struck in the top of the first: Kenny Lofton hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Roberto Alomar's groundout off of Red Sox starter Kent Mercker, but in the bottom of the inning, John Valentin's two-run home run after a leadoff walk put the Red Sox up 2–1. The Indians tied the game in the second on Sandy Alomar's sacrifice fly off of Mercker, who was taken out after just 1 2/3 innings and relieved by Rich Garces. In the bottom of the inning, three consecutive leadoff singles put the Red Sox back in front, then Trot Nixon's double scored two. Jose Offerman's two-run home run knocked Colon out of the game. Next inning, Nixon's sacrifice fly with runners on first and third put the Red Sox up 8–2, then Valentine's second home run of the game increased the lead to 10–2. Next inning, Jason Varitek's RBI double with two on made it 11–2 Red Sox. After Nixon walked with two outs to load the bases, Offerman's single scored one, then Valentin's double cleared the bases. Valentine went 4 for 5 with 7 RBIs. In the top of the fifth, with runners on first and third, Wil Cordero and Richie Sexson hit back-to-back RBI singles off of Tim Wakefield. After Jim Thome walked to load the bases, John Wasdin relieved Wakefield and allowed a sacrifice fly to Travis Fryman, then walked Sandy Alomar to reload the bases. Rheal Cormier relieved Wasdin and walked Lofton to force in another run before striking out Omar Vizquel and Roberto Alomar to end the inning. In the bottom half, Mike Stanley hit an RBI triple before Varitek's two-run home run made it 18–6. In the seventh, Nixon's double off of Paul Assenmacher scored two before Nixon scored on Offerman's single. In the eighth, Paul Shuey allowed a walk and subsequent double before Scott Hatteberg's RBI single made it 22–6 Red Sox, Shuey then walked two to force in the Red Sox's last run while the Indians scored their last run of the game on a Wil Cordero home run in the ninth off of Tom Gordon. The Red Sox's 23–7 blowout forced a Game 5 in Cleveland.

Game 5, October 11

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 2 0 5 1 0 0 3 0 1 12 10 0
Cleveland 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 7 1
WP: Pedro Martínez (1–0)   LP: Paul Shuey (1–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Nomar Garciaparra (2), Troy O'Leary 2 (2)
CLE: Jim Thome 2 (4), Travis Fryman (1)

In Game 5, Charles Nagy started for Cleveland and Bret Saberhagen started for Boston, both on only three days' rest. In the top of the first inning, Brian Daubach singled with two outs before Nomar Garciaparra homered to put the Red Sox up 2–0, but in the bottom of the inning, Kenny Lofton drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on Omar Vizquel's double. Two outs later, Jim Thome's home run put the Indians up 3–2. Next inning, Wil Cordero hit a leadoff single before Travis Fryman's two-run home run made it 5–2 Indians and knock Saberhagen out of the game. In the third, however, John Valentin's groundout with runners on first and third cut the Indians' lead to 5–3. After a double and intentional walk loaded the bases, Troy O'Leary's grand slam put the Red Sox up 7–5. In the bottom of the inning, Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back leadoff doubles off of Derek Lowe before Thome's second home run of the game put the Indians back on top 8–7. The Red Sox, though tied the game in the fourth on Valentin's sacrifice fly off of Sean DePaula with the run charged to Nagy.

In the bottom of the inning, Red Sox manager Jimy Williams opted to replace Derek Lowe with the ailing Pedro Martínez, who had left Game 1 with a back injury. This decision proved wise, as Pedro pitched spectacularly, throwing six hitless innings, striking out eight and walking three. Rookie reliever Sean DePaula, whom Hargrove had refused to use in Game 3 when it mattered and compromised his rotation as a result, matched Pedro for three innings. Despite his mastery of the Sox, which since the middle of Game 3 had been rare for Cleveland pitchers, Hargrove removed him and opted to use inconsistent set-up man Paul Shuey for the seventh inning. The Red Sox would then take the lead on the back of a Troy O'Leary three-run home run after an intentional walk of Nomar Garciaparra, and added another run in the ninth off of Michael Jackson when Daubach and Garciaparra hit back-to-back one-out doubles. They won the game 12–8 to clinch the series. Mike Hargrove was dismissed as Cleveland manager following the conclusion of the series.

Composite box

1999 ALDS (3–2): Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 4 6 9 7 5 1 12 2 1 47 56 3
Cleveland Indians 4 3 9 6 4 3 1 0 2 32 38 3
Total attendance: 202,917   Average attendance: 40,583

Series quotes

CENTERFIELD....ANOTHER ONE, Jim Thome his second of the night! and the Indians lead by one!

— Joe Buck, calling Jim Thome's second homerun of the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning of Game 5.

Down two games to none the Boston Red Sox have come STORMING BACK! AND THEY ARE IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES! NO HITS ALLOWED BY PEDRO MARTINEZ!

— Joe Buck, calling the final out.

See also

References

  1. ^ The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage (Games 1, 2 and 5 at home), which was determined by playing record. The Yankees played the Rangers, rather than the wild card Red Sox, because the Yankees and Red Sox are in the same division.
  2. ^ "1999 ALDS - Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1999 ALDS - Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1999 ALDS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1999 ALDS - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1999 ALDS - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1999 ALDS - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1999 ALDS - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox - Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "1999 ALDS - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 5". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.

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1999 American League Championship Series

The 1999 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the East Division Champion New York Yankees (98–64) and the Wild Card Boston Red Sox (94–68). The Yankees had advanced to the Series after sweeping the West Division Champion Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series for the second consecutive year, and the Red Sox advanced by beating the Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians three games to two. The Yankees won the series, 4-1. They won their 36th American League pennant and went on to win the World Series against the Atlanta Braves.

Chad Curtis

Chad David Curtis (born November 6, 1968) is an American former outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played from 1992 to 2001, for the California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. Over his career, Curtis compiled a .264 batting average and hit 101 home runs. Curtis was convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting three underage girl students while he was a volunteer weight-room strength trainer at Lakewood High School, in Lake Odessa, Michigan, and is serving seven to fifteen years in prison as a felon.

Chris Haney

Christopher Deane Haney (born November 19, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched from 1991–2000 and in 2002 for the Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox.

Haney is the son of former catcher Larry Haney. He attended Orange County High School in Orange, Virginia. Haney pitched for the Charlotte 49ers and was the All-Sun Belt selection in both 1989 and 1990 and remains the program's leader with 20 complete games. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the second round of the 1990 Major League Baseball draft. A year after signing, Haney made his major league debut for the Expos, and pitched for them for 1.5 years. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals on August 29, 1992 with Bill Sampen for Sean Berry and Archie Corbin.

Haney pitched for the Royals from 1992 to 1998. He had his in 1996, when he served as a full-time starter, finishing the year with a 10-14 record and a 4.67 earned run average. In 1999, when Haney pitched for the Cleveland Indians, he gave up Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit, a home run. That October, Haney was left off the Indians' playoff roster. The decision to exclude him was blamed by some for the team's collapse against the Boston Red Sox in the 1999 American League Division Series.In 2001, he played in Japan for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. After retiring from baseball, he returned to Orange, Virginia, the town where he grew up.

Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Eugene Strawberry Sr. (born March 12, 1962) is an American former professional baseball right fielder and author. Strawberry is well known for his 17-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB). Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the sport, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter's box with his 6-foot-6 frame and his long, looping swing that elicited comparisons to Ted Williams’.During his career, he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He was also suspended three times by MLB for substance abuse, leading to many narratives about his massive potential going unfulfilled. A popular player during his career, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984–1991. Strawberry was formerly an analyst for SportsNet New York. His memoir, Straw: Finding My Way, was written in collaboration with author John Strausbaugh, was published on April 28, 2009 by Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers.

Dave Roberts (outfielder)

David Ray Roberts (born May 31, 1972) is an American professional baseball manager and former outfielder who is the current manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for five Major League teams over a ten-year career and then coached for the San Diego Padres before being named Dodgers manager for the 2016 season. The son of a Japanese mother and African American father, Roberts became the first manager of Asian heritage to lead a team to the World Series in 2017, when the Dodgers captured the National League pennant. Although he played for the Boston Red Sox for only part of one season, his most notable achievement as a player was a key stolen base in the 2004 ALCS that ignited the Red Sox's drive to their championship that year. Roberts batted and threw left-handed.

Jason Grimsley

Jason Alan Grimsley (born August 7, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.

Jim McKean

James Gilbert McKean (May 26, 1945 – January 24, 2019) was a Canadian umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB) who worked in the American League (AL) from 1973 to 1999, and in both major leagues in 2000 and 2001. He umpired in the World Series in 1979, 1985 and 1995. He also officiated in five American League Championship Series (1977, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1998) and three All-Star games (1980, 1982, 1993), calling balls and strikes for the last game, as well as the 1981, 1995 and 1999 American League Division Series. He wore uniform number 8 after the AL adopted uniform numbers in 1980.

After his retirement from active umpiring, McKean entered television as an umpiring consultant for ESPN.

List of Texas Rangers Opening Day starting pitchers

The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Arlington, Texas. They play in the American League West division. The Rangers played their first 11 seasons, from 1961 to 1971, as the Washington Senators, one of three different major league teams to use the name. In Washington, D.C., the Senators played their home games at Griffith Stadium for their inaugural season before moving to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium the following season. The team moved to Texas in 1972, and played their home games at Arlington Stadium until 1993. The team's current home, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, has been the Rangers' home field since the start of the 1994 season. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.The Senators/Rangers have used 30 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 52 seasons. The 30 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 18 wins, 26 losses and 8 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game or if the starting pitcher pitches fewer than five innings. Of the 7 no decisions, the Rangers went on to win five and lose three of those games, for a team record on Opening Day of 23 wins and 29 losses.Three Texas Rangers Opening Day pitchers—Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Nolan Ryan—have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.The Senators' first Opening Day starting pitcher was Dick Donovan, who was credited with the loss against the Chicago White Sox in the game played at Griffith Stadium with President John F. Kennedy throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Though the Senators ended the 1961 with a 61–100 record, 47½ games out of first place, Donovan ended the season leading the American League with a 2.40 ERA.In 1962, the team moved to District of Columbia Stadium (renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 1969), with Bennie Daniels on the mound for Opening Day. President Kennedy attended the Opening Day game, as the Senators defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 4–1. The Senators, and their starting pitchers, lost their next eight Opening Day games. Dick Bosman started on Opening Day for the Senators in 1971, their last season in Washington, D.C., and led the Senators to an 8–0 victory over Vida Blue and the Oakland Athletics.The Rangers advanced to the playoffs in 1996, 1998 and 1999. In each of those three seasons the Rangers faced the New York Yankees in the Divisional Series and lost. In 1996, Ken Hill was the Opening Day starter in a 5–3 win over the Boston Red Sox. In the 1996 American League Division Series, John Burkett started and won the opening game of the series by a 6–2 score, the only game the Rangers won in the series. Burkett was the Opening Day starter in 1998, in a game the Rangers lost 9–2 to the Chicago White Sox. In the 1998 American League Division Series, Todd Stottlemyre started and lost the first game of the series, which the Yankees swept in three games. Rick Helling was the Opening Day starter in 1999, losing 11–5 to the Detroit Tigers. In the 1999 American League Division Series, Aaron Sele was the starter in the opening game of the series, with the Rangers again swept by the Yankees.Kevin Millwood has pitched four consecutive Opening Day starts, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Two other Rangers pitchers have pitched three consecutive Opening Day starts: Charlie Hough in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and Nolan Ryan in 1990, 1991 and 1992.Charlie Hough has the most Opening Day starts for the Rangers, with six, and has a record of three wins and one loss. Ken Hill and Kenny Rogers both won both of their decisions, for a perfect 2–0 record. Six other pitchers won their only decision. Colby Lewis had a win and a loss each in his two Opening Day starts. Kevin Millwood and Dick Bosman each lost three of their four Opening Day starts for the Rangers. Pete Richert, Camilo Pascual and Rick Helling each lost both of their starts. Ten pitchers have lost their only start.

Manny Ramirez

Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a Dominican-American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for parts of 19 seasons. He played with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays before playing one season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Ramirez is recognized for having had great batting skill and power. He was a nine-time Silver Slugger and was one of 27 players to hit 500 career home runs. His 21 grand slams are third all-time, and his 29 postseason home runs are the most in MLB history. He appeared in 12 All-Star Games, with a streak of eleven consecutive games beginning in 1998 that included every season that he played with the Red Sox.Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. When he was 13 years old, he moved to New York City with his parents, Onelcida and Aristides. He attended George Washington High School and became a baseball standout. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft, 13th overall. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1993.

In 1994, Ramirez became a major league regular, and finished second in voting for the Rookie of the Year Award. By 1995, he had become an All-Star. He was with the Indians in playoff appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; this included an appearance in the 1995 and 1997 World Series. In 1999, Ramirez set the Indians' single-season RBIs record with 165 RBIs. After the 2000 season, Ramirez signed with the Boston Red Sox. During his time in Boston, Ramirez and teammate David Ortiz became one of the best offensive tandems in baseball history. Ramirez led the Red Sox to World Series Championships in 2004 and 2007 before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 as part of a three team deal that also involved the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2009 Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug that is often taken after steroids. In the spring of 2011, Ramirez was informed by MLB of another violation of its drug policy, and a 100-game suspension. He chose to retire on April 8 rather than be suspended. However, in September 2011, Ramirez wished to be reinstated and agreed in December with the league to a reduced 50-game suspension. Though he played at various points in the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs systems, as well as internationally, Ramirez did not appear in another Major League game.

Known as a complete hitter who could hit for both power and average, and widely regarded as one of the best right handed hitters of his generation, Ramirez finished his career with a lifetime .312 batting average, 555 home runs (15th all time), and 1,831 RBI (18th all time).

Nomar Garciaparra

Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (; born July 23, 1973) is an American retired Major League Baseball player and current SportsNet LA analyst. After playing parts of nine seasons as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, he played third base and first base for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Oakland Athletics. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium.

Garciaparra is a six-time All-Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006), and was the AL Rookie of the Year and AL Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop in 1997. In 2001, he suffered a wrist injury, the first in a series of significant injuries that plagued the remainder of his career. Known for his ability to hit for average, Garciaparra is a lifetime .313 hitter. He had the highest single-season batting average by a right handed batter in the post-war era, batting .372 in 2000, and was the first right handed batter to win the AL Batting Title in consecutive seasons since Joe DiMaggio, when he accomplished the feat in 1999 and 2000

Rafael Palmeiro

Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964) is a Cuban American former Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder. Palmeiro was an All-American at Mississippi State University before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1985. He played for the Cubs (1986–1988), Texas Rangers (1989–1993, 1999–2003), and the Baltimore Orioles (1994–1998, 2004–2005).

He was named to the MLB All-Star Team four times, and won the Gold Glove three times. He is a member of the 500 home run club and the 3,000 hit club and is one of only six players in history to be a member of both. Days after recording his 3,000th hit, Palmeiro received a 10-game suspension for testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

Ramiro Mendoza

Ramiro Mendoza (born June 15, 1972), nicknamed "El Brujo" (The Witch Doctor), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Mendoza played with the New York Yankees (1996–2002, 2005) and Boston Red Sox (2003–04). He batted and threw right-handed. Although Mendoza made 62 starts in his major league career, he was primarily known as a middle relief pitcher. He threw a sinker along with a slider, a four-seam fastball and a changeup. In Mendoza's ten seasons in the Major Leagues he was a part of five World Series champion teams.

Sean DePaula

Sean Michael DePaula (born November 7, 1973) is an American former Major League Baseball player. A pitcher, DePaula played for the Cleveland Indians appearing in major league games in 1999, 2000, and 2002.

DePaula attended high school at Cushing Academy, and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft. He chose not to sign with them, and instead played college baseball at Wake Forest University. After three years there, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft, and signed with them. He spent the first three years of his professional career gradually moving up the minor league ranks, and in 1999 he spent the season split between the Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros, and Buffalo Bisons. With Kinston, he had a 4-2 win-loss record, a 2.28 earned run average (ERA), and 75 strikeouts in 23 games; his performance led to him making the major league roster in September.DePaula made his major league debut on August 31, 1999, and had a 4.63 ERA in 11 games. He also pitched five innings in the 1999 American League Division Series facing off against Pedro Martínez. DePaula pitched in 13 games in 2000, but tore a tendon in his elbow in April and September 2001, causing him to miss that season. He spent most of 2002 in Buffalo, but did pitch five games for the Indians. At the end of the season, he was released and signed with the Cincinnati Reds. In 2003, DePaula played 10 games for the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats, and had a 6.17 ERA. He was released partway through the season and retired.

Total bases

In baseball statistics, total bases is the number of bases a player has gained with hits. It is a weighted sum for which the weight value is 1 for a single, 2 for a double, 3 for a triple and 4 for a home run. Only bases attained from hits count toward this total. Reaching base by other means (such as a base on balls) or advancing further after the hit (such as when a subsequent batter gets a hit) does not increase the player's total bases. In box scores and other statistical summaries, total bases is often denoted by the abbreviation TB.The total bases divided by the number of at bats is the player's slugging average.

Troy O'Leary

Troy Franklin O'Leary (born August 4, 1969) is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played with the Milwaukee Brewers (1993-1994), Boston Red Sox (1995-2001), Montreal Expos (2002) and Chicago Cubs (2003). He batted and threw left-handed.

In an 11-season career, O'Leary posted a .274 batting average with 127 home runs and 591 runs batted in in 1198 games.

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