1stCarlos Lee connects for a 1stinning grand slam, and Brook Fordyce hits a 3-run homer in the 3rdinning for the White Sox. They need both as they hold on for a 9-8 win over the visiting Twins.
2nd The Giants beat on the Rockies, 16-7, as OF Marvin Benard strokes 5 hits, including a double.
The Expos defeat the Phillies, 13-3, as the Guerrero brothers combine to drive home 10 of the runs. Vladimir hits a pair of 3-run homers, while Wilton slugs a grand slam.
In a 3–2 Yankee win by David Cone over Tampa Bay, Bernie Williams draws his 100th walk of the year. He is the first player since Stan Musial (1948, 1953) to reach 200 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBI, and 100 walks in a season. Bernie finishes with 202: 116: 115: 100 respectively.
At Camden Yard, the Red Sox shut out the Orioles, 8-0, as Ramon Martinez pitches 6 innings and his brother pitches the 7th. All the Sox scoring comes on homers: 2 run homers by Mike Stanley and Lou Merloni and a grand slam by Damon Buford in the 9th.
3rd The Blue Jays beat the Indians, 9-2, as Tony Batista hits an 8thinning grand slam, off Michael Jackson. But Cleveland finishes the year with 1,009 runs, making them the 7th team in history to reach the 1,000 mark.
The Diamondbacks whip the Padres, 10-3, for their 100th victory of the season. Arizona becomes the first team to reach the playoffs in its second year of existence. It also sets a record for the largest turnaround in a single season (35 games), going from 65-97 last year to 100-62 this season.
The Braves belt 21 hits in defeating the Marlins, 18-0, a Braves franchise record for their largest shutout win in 114 years. Fifteen players score for the Braves, a new NL record and ML record.
The Mets outlast the Pirates, 2-1, and after a 6-hour rain delay, With the bases loaded, Bucs reliever Brad Clontz bounces his first pitch past the catcher to allow the winning run to score.
The Reds trim the Brewers, 7-1, to finish the year in a tie for the NL wild card spot. They will play a one-game playoff tomorrow in Cincinnati.
It lasts just 5 innings, but the Cardinals (74-88) defeat the Cubs (67-95), 9-5, as both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa homer in their last game of the season. McGwire takes Steve Trachsel deep in the 1st and finishes with 65 HRs, with Sosa next in line with 63, homering in the 3rd. McGwire’s HR is his 522nd moving him past Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 10th place on the All-time list finishes with 147 RBIs on 145 hits, the first player ever to have more ribbies than hits; Jay Buhner, in 1995, came closest with 121 RBI on 123 hits. Last year McGwire drove in 147 runs on 152 hits. Starter Larry Luebbers earns the win, his last in the majors, for the Cards with just 4 innings of work, a rarity. The last to do so was Wilbur Wood in 1978. Rick Ankiel saves it after Luebbers pitches to 3 batters in the 5th. More than 145,000 fans watched the 3-game set with the Cubs, giving the Cards a franchise-record 3,230,356 for 79 dates.
Houston defeats Los Angeles, 9-4, in the last regular season game ever played in the Astrodome. Mike Hampton (22-4) picks up the win for the playoff-bound Astros. A tragedy occurs when the Astros mascot through the 90s the popular General Admission is killed off by Orbit, the new extra terrestrial mascot. Orbit zaps the General with a ray gun.
Highlighted by a grand slam from Randy Winn off Jeff Juden, Tampa Bay scores 6 runs in the 4thto top the Yankees, 6-2.
It takes 10 innings at Baltimore, but the Red Sox eke out a 1–0 win over the O’s. They do it using a major league record 8 pitchers, with Tim Wakefield picking up the save.
4th The Mets whitewashes the Reds, 5-0, to become the NL’s wild card team. Al Leiter hurls a complete game 2-hitter for the win. New York SS Rey Ordonez plays his 100th consecutive game without an error, setting a new major league mark.
The Cubs fire manager Jim Riggleman after 5 seasons at the helm.
5th The Astros defeat the Braves, 6-1, in the opener of their division series. Shane Reynolds gets the win for Houston, as 3B Ken Caminiti notches 3 hits, including a 3-run HR.
The Mets defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-4, to take the 1st game of their division series. Edgardo Alfonzo hits 2 homers for New York, including a game-winning grand slam with 2-outs in the 9th inning. Randy Johnson takes the loss for Arizona, his 6th consecutive defeat in postseason play.
The Yankees whitewash the Rangers, 8-0, in the opener of their AL division series. Orlando Hernandez hurls a 2-hitter for NY, while OF Bernie Williams gets a single, double, and HR, and drives home 6 runs.
6th The Braves defeat the Astros, 5-1, to even their series at 1 game apiece. Kevin Millwood hurls a 1-hitter for the victory, the only Houston safety being a 2nd-inning HR by 3B Ken Caminiti. It is the first complete game 1-hitter hurled in postseason play in 32 years.
The Diamondbacks defeat the Mets, 7-1, to even their NL division series at 1 game each. Todd Stottlemyre gets the win for Arizona, while OF Steve Finley drives home 5 of his team’s runs.
The Indians score a run in the last half of the 9th inning to edge the Red Sox, 3-2, in the opener of their AL division series. Boston’s starting pitcher, Pedro Martinez, is forced to leave the game in the 4th inning with a pulled muscle in his back.
7th The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 3-1, behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte, with relief help from Mariano Rivera. NY leads the best-of-5 series, 2-games-to-0.
The Indians slug the Red Sox, 11-1, to take a 2 game lead in their division series. Charles Nagy gets the win for Cleveland, as Harold Baines hits a 3-run homer and Jim Thome, a grand slam.
The Orioles fire manager Ray Miller and GM Frank Wren. Among the reasons for firing Wren was his decision to refuse to allow Cal Ripken being late to the airport to hold up a team plane. According to a member of the front office, Wren was fired for “season-long series of incidents involving a variety of personnel matters, both with front office staff and players.”
Major league baseball announces that the Mets and Cubs will play the first regular season game outside of North America when the open next season in Tokyo, Japan. The 2-game series will by played on March 29 and 30.
Continuing the Asian theme, the Rockies sign Taiwan pitcher Tsao Chin-Hui. Last January, the Dodgers signed a Taiwan prospect, outfielder Chin-Feng Chen for a bonus of $680,000. Chen had been the rightfielder on the 1990 team that won the Little League WS.
8th The Mets score 6 runs in the 6th inning, to tie a division series record, on their way to a 9-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. The win gives them a 2-games-to-1 lead over Arizona in the division series. NY OF Rickey Henderson steals his 6th base, also a record for a division series.
The Braves defeat the Astros, 5-3 in 12 innings, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their division series. OF Brian Jordan drives home all 5 Atlanta runs on a 3-run HR in the 6th inning and a 2-run double in the 12th.
Cubs P Kerry Wood reveals that he has a dime-size hole in his heart. The condition, known as atria septal defect, will eventually have to be treated, but his baseball career should not be affected. He will be throwing off a mound in December.
Orioles P Doug Johns is arrested near Baltimore on a charge of driving under the influence of marijuana. It is his second arrest on drug charges since April.
9th The Mets defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3, on backup catcher Todd Pratt’s 10th inning HR. Pratt is in the game for starter Mike Piazza, who is unable to play because of a thumb injury. The win puts NY into the NLCS against the Braves. John Franco gets the victory in relief for the Mets.
The Braves jump out to a 7-0 lead, then hold on to defeat the Astros, 7-5, to win their division series, 3-games-to-1. John Smoltz gets the win for Atlanta, while 3B Ken Caminiti hits his 3rd HR of the series for Houston.
The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 3-0, to sweep their league division series. Roger Clemens hurls 7 shutout innings for the win, as Darryl Strawberry’s 3-run homer in the 1st provides all the runs in the game.
The Red Sox score 6 runs in the 7th inning and defeat the Indians, 9-3, to stay alive in their division series. Derek Lowe gets the win in relief, as Brian Daubach and John Valentin hit HRs for Boston.
10th The Red Sox set an all-time postseason play record by scoring 23 runs in defeating the Indians, 23-7. The win ties their league division series at 2 games apiece. Boston gets 24 hits in the contest, including 5 by Mike Stanley and 4 each by John Valentin and Jason Varitek. Valentin hits a pair of HRs and drives home 7 runs, while Jose Offerman and Trot Nixon bring home 5 runs apiece.
11th The Red Sox defeat the Indians, 12-8, to win their league division series, 3-games-to-2. Troy O’Leary’s 2 HRs, including a grand slam, power the Sox to the victory, as the outfielder drives home 7 of Boston’s runs. Nomar Garciaparra draws 2 intentional walks and both times O’Leary follows with a homer. Pedro Martinez picks up the win by hurling 6 hitless innings in relief of Derek Lowe for the Sox. Bret Saberhagen and Charles Nagy, both pitching on three days rest, start.
The NL announces Mets coach Cookie Rojas is suspended for 5 games for pushing umpire Charlie Williams during Saturday’s win over the Diamondbacks.
12th The Braves defeat the Mets, 4-2, in the opening game of the NLCS. Greg Maddux gets the win for Atlanta, as C Eddie Perez hits a HR.
13th Atlanta takes a 2-game lead over NY in the NLCS with a 4-3 victory. The Braves score all 4 of their runs in the 6th inning on a pair of HRs by Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez off Mets starter Kenny Rogers. Kevin Millwood gets the win for Atlanta, with John Smoltz making his 1st relief appearance ever to get the save.
The Yankees defeat the Red Sox in the opener of the ALCS, 4-3, in 10 innings. Boston blows a 3-0 lead, as Bernie Williams’ HR off Rod Beck leading off the bottom of the 10th is the game-winner.
14th The Yankees go 2 games up on the Red Sox with a 3-2 win in the 2nd game of the ALCS. David Cone gets the win for NY, with help from a Tino Martinez HR. Nomar Garciaparra accounts for both Boston runs with a 2-run roundtripper.
The Tigers fire manager Larry Parrish and hire former Brewer manager Phil Garner to take his place, handing the former Brewers manager a 4-year contract at $1.4 million a year. Detroit ignores Bud Selig’s directive to interview minority candidates for the job, and hires Garner even before firing Parrish. Selig’s answer is to fine Tiger owner Michael Ilitch $250,000 and order the Tigers to spend another $250,000 to set up a minority program.
15th Behind the pitching of Tom Glavine, the Braves defeat the Mets, 1-0 for their 3rd win in a row. Atlanta scores an unearned run in the 1st inning with the help of 2 NY errors. It is the 1st time all year the Mets make 2 errors in the same inning. With Gerald Williams on 2nd & Bret Boone on 1st, with one out, the Braves pulled off a double steal. Williams scores when Mets C Mike Piazza fires the ball into center field trying to throw out Boone.
The Indians fire manager Mike Hargrove, who guided the team to 5 consecutive Central Division titles.
16th The Mets trip the Braves, 3-2, to stay alive in the NLCS. John Olerud drives home all 3 NY runs with a solo HR in the 6th inning, and a 2-run single off John Rocker in the 8th. Brian Jordan and Ryan Klesko hit back-to-back homers in the 8th for the Braves’ 2 runs. P Rick Reed shuts out Atlanta over the first 7 innings on a single hit.
The Red Sox roll over the Yankees, 13-1, behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 hits for Boston, while John Valentin drives home 5 runs. Garciaparra, Valentin, and Brian Daubach all homer for the Sox. New York now leads the ALCS, 2-games-to-1.
17th The Mets edge the Braves in a 15-inning thriller, 4-3, to move within 1 game of Atlanta in their NLCS. Robin Ventura’s “grand slam single” over the right-field fence in the bottom half of the 15th wins it for NY, but his Met teammates mob him before he can reach 2nd base. He never completes his round of the bases and gets credit for a single instead of a grand slam. The Braves leave a postseason-record 19 players on base in the contest. The Mets use 9 pitchers in the game, with rookie Octavio Dotel getting the win.
The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 9-2, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Andy Pettitte gets the victory for NY, with HR support from Darryl Strawberry and Ricky Ledee. Ledee’s homer, a pinch-hit grand slam, comes in the Yankees 6-run 9thinning and is just the second pinch grand slam in post-season history matching the Reds Mark Lewis four years ago.
18th The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 6-1, to win the ALCS and their 36th AL pennant. Orlando Hernandez wins the clincher for NY, and is named MVP of the LCS. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homer for the Yanks.
19th The Braves defeat the Mets, 10-9 in 11 innings, to take the NLCS, 4-games-to-2. Atlanta blew leads of 5-0 and 7-3, as NY eventually tied the score on a HR by Mike Piazza. A bases loaded walk by Kenny Rogers with 1 out in the last half of the 11th brings home the winning run. Braves C Eddie Perez is voted MVP of the LCS.
20th The Rockies hire Buddy Bell as their new manager.
Boston eye doctor Carmen Puliafito offers free surgery for ML umpires during the postseason after umpires blew three calls against the Red Sox during the ALCS. Puliafito, who chairs the ophthalmology department at the Tufts University School of Medicine, suspects some umpires are secretly nearsighted. “That’s the only explanation I have for these 3 horrible calls.”
23rd The Yankees 2-hit the Braves, 4-1, to take the opening game of the World Series. Orlando Hernandez holds Atlanta to 1 hit in 7 innings for the victory. The Braves’ only run comes on a 4th inning homer by Chipper Jones. Scott Brosius has 3 hits for NY, while Paul O’Neill drives home 2 runs.
24th The Yankees defeat Braves, 7-2, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the Series. David Cone holds Atlanta to one hit and no runs in 7 innings. Bernie Williams gets 3 hits for NY, while 5 of his teammates get 2 apiece. Braves’ starter Kevin Millwood gets battered for 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in 2 innings of work.
The results of the MLB All-Century Team, as voted on by the fans, are revealed before the start of game 2. The top two vote-getters from each position, except outfielders (nine), and the top six pitchers were placed on the team. Every living player named to the team attended. The results were pitchers Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Cy Young, Roger Clemens, Bob Gibson, Walter Johnson, Warren Spahn, Christy Mathewson and Lefty Grove. Catchers were Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra. First baseman were Lou Gehrig, Mark McGwire. Second basemen were Jackie Robinson and Rogers Hornsby. Third basemen were Mike Schmidt and Brooks Robinson. Shortstops were Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ernie Banks: Honus Wagner was added by the oversight committee. Outfielders were Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Ken Griffey, Jr., Pete Rose and Stan Musial.
26th Down 5-1 in Game 3 of the World Series, the Yankees bounce back to defeat the Braves, 6-5 in 10 innings. OF Chad Curtis’ leadoff HR in the bottom half of the inning—his 2nd of the game—is the game-winner. Tino Martinez and Chuck Knoblauch also homer for NY, with Knoblauch’s 2-run blast in the 8th tying the score at 5-5. Mariano Rivera picks up the win for the Yankees, hurling 2 scoreless inning of relief.
27th The Yankees defeat the Braves, 4-1, to win their 25th world championship. Roger Clemens gets the win, hurling 4-hit ball before leaving the game in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the save, his 2nd of the Series. Jim Leyritz hits a solo HR in the 8th inning to finish the NY scoring. Rivera wins the Series MVP award.
30th The Rockies trade long-time favorite Dante Bichette to the Reds in exchange for OF Jeffrey Hammonds, P Stan Belinda, and cash. No word on the fate of Dante’s Denver restaurant.