The 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 70th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the home of the Boston Red Sox of the American League.
Fenway Park was chosen as host because the owners at the time were planning to build a New Fenway Park in a few years but were unable to get the project off the ground in time for the game. This All-Star Game is particularly notable as it featured the nominees for the All-Century Team as well as Ted Williams.
In two innings, AL starting pitcher Pedro Martínez struck out the first four batters of the National League, becoming the first pitcher in history to begin the All-Star Game striking out the side. In all he struck out five of the six batters he faced, earning him Game MVP honors, becoming the second player in All-Star Game history to be named MVP as a member of the host team. The game resulted in a win for the American League by the final score of 4-1. Starting with the 1999 All-Star Game, the games would always be held either on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of July, from 1999 to 2017, it was held between July 9 and July 16, and on July 17 in 2018.
|1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 13, 1999|
|MVP||Pedro Martínez (BOS)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Ted Williams|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly (Fox)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Charley Steiner and Dave Campbell|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Jim Evans (AL)|
|First Base||Terry Tata (NL)|
|Second Base||Dale Ford (AL)|
|Third Base||Ángel Hernández (NL)|
|Left Field||Mark Johnson (AL)|
|Right Field||Larry Vanover (NL)|
This was the last All-Star Game with umpires from separate leagues. In 2000, Major League Baseball unified the umpiring staffs under its control. Five of the umpires in this game (Evans, Tata, Ford, Johnson, and Vanover) lost their jobs less than two months later as part of the 1999 Major League Umpires Association mass resignation. However, through an arbitration process, Vanover was rehired before the 2002 season.
|National League||American League|
|1||Barry Larkin||Reds||SS||1||Kenny Lofton||Indians||LF|
|2||Larry Walker||Rockies||RF||2||Nomar Garciaparra||Red Sox||SS|
|3||Sammy Sosa||Cubs||CF||3||Ken Griffey, Jr.||Mariners||CF|
|4||Mark McGwire||Cardinals||1B||4||Manny Ramírez||Indians||RF|
|5||Matt Williams||Diamondbacks||3B||5||Jim Thome||Indians||1B|
|6||Jeff Bagwell||Astros||DH||6||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||3B|
|7||Mike Piazza||Mets||C||7||Rafael Palmeiro||Rangers||DH|
|8||Jeromy Burnitz||Brewers||LF||8||Iván Rodríguez||Rangers||C|
|9||Jay Bell||Diamondbacks||2B||9||Roberto Alomar||Indians||2B|
|Curt Schilling||Phillies||P||Pedro Martínez||Red Sox||P|
|WP: Pedro Martínez (1-0) LP: Curt Schilling (0-1) Sv: John Wetteland (1)|
|Fenway Park, Boston—N.L. 39, A.L. 23|
|Ken Griffey, Jr.||Seattle||16|
|Mark McGwire||St. Louis||16 *|
The 1999 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 34th season in Atlanta and 129th overall. The Braves won their eighth consecutive division title with a 103-59 record and 6 game lead over the New York Mets. The Braves appeared in the World Series for the fifth time during the 1990s. The Braves lost all four games of the 1999 World Series to the New York Yankees, resulting in a sweep. The Braves played their 2nd World Series against the Yankees in 4 years, with the first being in 1996, which they played in six games. This is to date their last National League pennant.
Two key players on the 1999 Braves were Chipper Jones & John Rocker. Jones won the National League's Most Valuable Player award with a .310 average, 45 HRs, 110 RBIs, and sealed the award with his September heroics against the New York Mets. Rocker recorded 38 saves as Atlanta's closer, but later created controversy due to his racist and homophobic comments in a December 27, 1999, Sports Illustrated article.1999 Boston Red Sox season
The 1999 Boston Red Sox season was the 99th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses, four games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, and defeated the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. The Red Sox then lost to the Yankees in the ALCS.
Pedro Martínez won the American League Cy Young Award, becoming the second pitcher to win the award in both leagues. Additionally, Jimy Williams was named the American League Manager of the Year.1999 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 1999 season started with a new management team; Kevin Malone became the team's General Manager and Davey Johnson was selected to be the new Dodgers Manager. Looking to make a splash, Malone exclaimed "There is a new Sheriff in town" as he took over the reins and made a splash by signing starting pitcher Kevin Brown to a huge long contract. However, the team struggled to a third-place finish in the Western Division of the National League.1999 Montreal Expos season
The 1999 Montreal Expos season was the 31st season in franchise history.1999 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 1999 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 117th season in the history of the franchise.1999 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1999 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 118th season of the franchise; the 113th in the National League. This was their 30th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished third in the National League Central with a record of 78–83.1999 San Diego Padres season
The 1999 San Diego Padres season was the 31st season in franchise history. They finished fourth in the National League West. They had lost several key players after their 1998 pennant-winning season, most notably pitching ace Kevin Brown.2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 71st playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 11, 2000 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Braves of the National League.
The Florida Marlins were originally awarded the 2000 All-Star Game in July 1995, but due to concerns over the chronically low attendance figures at Pro Player Stadium and the long-term viability of the South Florida market, National League president Len Coleman revoked the game from Miami in December 1998. The Marlins finally got to host the All-Star Game for the first time, 17 years later.
Coleman announced Atlanta would be the replacement host of the game, giving the Braves the chance to host their first All-Star Game since 1972. Turner Field, which opened in 1997 played a factor in Coleman's decision to award the game to Atlanta, citing Major League Baseball's desire to have the All-Star Game played in newer venues as a way to showcase the ballparks.
The 2000 All-Star Game was one of the few occurrences in which the manager of the host team also managed the home team of the game, in this case, the National League (Bobby Cox had led the Braves to the World Series the previous year earning the right to manage the National League).
The result of the game was the American League defeating the National League by a score of 6–3. The game is remembered for Chipper Jones' home run off James Baldwin. This was also the last MLB All-Star Game that was broadcast on NBC.Mark Johnson (umpire)
Mark Stephen Johnson (November 18, 1950 – October 26, 2016) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1979 to 1999, wearing uniform number 25 when the AL adopted them in 1980. Johnson was an umpire in the 1993 World Series and the 1990 and 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In his career, he umpired 1,979 Major League games.Mike Schmidt
Michael Jack Schmidt (born September 27, 1949) is an American former professional baseball third baseman who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies. Schmidt was a twelve-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player award (MVP), and he was known for his combination of power hitting and strong defense. As a hitter, he compiled 548 home runs and 1,595 runs batted in (RBIs), and led the NL in home runs eight times and in RBIs four times. As a fielder, Schmidt won the National League Gold Glove Award for third basemen ten times. Schmidt was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 and is often considered the greatest third baseman in baseball history.Having an unusual batting stance, Schmidt turned his back somewhat toward the pitcher and rocked his rear end back-and-forth while waiting for a pitch. By standing far back in the batter's box, he made it almost impossible to jam him by pitching inside. Schmidt was one of the best athletes of his era; teammate Pete Rose once said, "To have his body, I'd trade him mine and my wife's, and I'd throw in some cash."Outstanding Live Sports Special
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The Moffatts are a Canadian pop/rock country band, composed of brothers Scott, Clint, Bob and Dave Moffatt. Scott was born on March 30, 1983 in Whitehorse, Yukon and triplets Bob, Clint and Dave were born in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 8, 1984. Bob and Clint are identical twins while Dave is a fraternal triplet.
The band started out as a country music vocal group during their childhood, and released their first pop album Chapter I: A New Beginning (1998). They released one more album Submodalities in 2000 before disbanding in 2001. The band reunited for a one-off online Christmas show on December 22, 2012 on Stageit. In February 2017, Scott, Bob and Clint Moffatt embarked on an extensive promotional tour in Asia for The Moffatts Farewell Tour before being rejoined by Dave in 2018 for their Reunion Tour.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
1999 MLB season by team
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
Website: Fox Sports - MLB News
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
|AL Wild Card Game|
|NL Wild Card Game|
|Little League Classic|