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1999 Houston Astros
1999 NL Central Champions
Astros clinch playoff berth!.jpg
Final Astros regular season game (in the Astrodome) on October 3, 1999
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 97–65 (.599)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Drayton McLane, Jr.
General manager(s) Gerry Hunsicker
Manager(s) Larry Dierker
Local television KNWS-TV
Fox Sports Southwest
(Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies)
Local radio KTRH
(Milo Hamilton, Alan Ashby)
KXYZ
(Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Alex Trevino)
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The 1999 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League Central.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 17, 1998: Ken Caminiti was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[1]
  • January 19, 1999: Ryan Thompson was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[2]
  • January 21, 1999: Alex Diaz was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[3]

Regular season[edit]

New stadium[edit]

Exterior of Minute Maid Park

In 1999, the Astros played their final season in the Astrodome as their new stadium was being prepared for play to begin in the 2000 season. The ballpark was first christened as Enron Field on April 9, 1999, with naming rights sold to the Houston energy and financial trading company in a 30 year, $100 million deal. Astros management faced a public relations nightmare when the energy corporation went bankrupt in the midst of one of the biggest corporate scandals in American history in 2001, and they bought back the remainder of Enron's thirty years of naming rights for $2.1 million, rechristening the ballpark as Astros Field on February 7, 2002. The field was unofficially known as "The Field Formerly Known As Enron" by fans and critics alike, in wake of the Enron scandal. On June 5, 2002, Houston-based Minute Maid, the fruit-juice subsidiary of Coca-Cola, acquired the naming rights to the stadium for 28 years at a price exceeding $100 million.

Based on its downtown location next to the old Union Station buildings, one of the suggested names (and nicknames) is the Ballpark at Union Station, or the BUS. During its days as Enron Field, it was also dubbed "Ten-Run" or "Home Run" Field due to its cozy left-field dimensions. In keeping with this theme while paying homage to its current sponsor, the nickname "The Juice Box" is colloquially used today.

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L GB Pct.
Houston Astros 97 65 .599    --
Cincinnati Reds 96 67 .589   1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 .484 18.5
St. Louis Cardinals 75 86 .466 21.5
Milwaukee Brewers 74 87 .460 22.5
Chicago Cubs 67 95 .414 30.0

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1999 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Other batters[edit]

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
Diaz, AlexAlex Diaz 30 50 11 .220 1 7

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

National League Divisional Playoffs[edit]

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Atlanta wins series, 3-1

Game Score Date
1 Houston 6, Atlanta 1 October 5
2 Atlanta 5, Houston 1 October 6
3 Atlanta 5, Houston 3 (12 innings) October 8
4 Atlanta 7, Houston 5 October 9

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League Tony Peña
AA Jackson Generals Texas League Jim Pankovits
A Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League Manny Acta
A Michigan Battle Cats Midwest League Al Pedrique
Short-Season A Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League Lyle Yates
Rookie Martinsville Astros Appalachian League Brad Wellman

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Martinsville

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