Orie Traded to Dodgers

Kevin Orie was traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. Mike Lowell emerged as the starting third baseman after a sucessful recover from cancer. That made Orie expendable and the Dodgers, fearing a free agency loss of Adrian Beltre, needed a third baseman.

Wilson 2nd in Rookie Vote

Preston Wilson did not win the Rookie of the Year award, finishing a distant second to Cincinnati’s Scott Williamson. Preston got nine first-place votes, 11 seconds and 10 third for 88 points despite posting statistics better than many of the Rookies of the Year this decade. Wilson was named Rookie of the Year by the Major League Players and the Sporting News. Alex Gonzalez finished 5th.

Fernandez and Wilson Honored

Alex Fernandez wins the Players Choice Award as Comeback Player of the Year. Preston Wilson is named Rookie of the Year by his peers. The Major League awards will be announced next week.

90% of Ballpark Revenues To Go to Community

In an unprecedented move, Marlins owner John Henry has offered to return 90% of profits from the new stadium back to the community. Once again showing that he owns the team for non-business reasons, Henry suggested today that the revenue from the stadium will first go to pay expenses, then payroll (which will increase to $50-$60 million). The remainder would then be split 10% to the team (for expenses and future use) and 90% invested in the community. This is the first time a team has offered to share all of the revenues with the public.

New Ballpark to be built in Downtown

Downtown Fort Lauderdale or Miami will be the next home of the Florida Marlins. The team has narrowed the selection process down to land across from city hall or land on the New River in Fort Lauderdale and Bicentennial Park in Miami.

Marlins in Arizona Fall League

Several Marlins prospects will play in the Arizona Fall League for Eddie Murray’s Scotsdale team. Pitchers Scott Comer, Mike Drumright, Jason Grilli, and Brad Penny. Infielder Joe Funaro and outfielder Jaime Jones. Last updated on

Marlins Finish 64-98

Marlins finish the 1999 season with a 64-98 record (compared to 54-108 last season). They went 35-45 at Pro Player Stadium and 29-53 on the road. They faired well against left handers with a respectable 17-19 while going 48-79 against left handers. The Marlins struggled against the NL East and Central, going 17-34 and 17-31 respectively. They matched well against the NL West going 19-26. The fish are also still the best team in interleague history going 11-7 this season. Fridays were the best days for the team not only in attendance, but also in record 15-11. July was the only winning month at 14-13, the first such month since the 1997 team.

Marlins Need Only 2 Hits to Beat Braves

The Marlins had 2 hits both by Cliff Floyd and still beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0. Cliff Floyd had both hits, but the second, a solo home run in the top of the 10th, gave the Marlins the victory. Ryan Dempster pitched 8 strong innings, allowing no runs on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts. Braden Looper earned the win by shutting down the Braves in the ninth, and Antonio “The Dragon Slayer” Alfonseca closed the bottom of the tenth for his 21st save in 23 opportunities. With one game left in the season, the Marlins have already won 10 more games then last season.

Luis Castillo Names Team MVP

The South Florida chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has chosen Luis Castillo as the team MVP. Preston Wilson was named the Rookie of the Year, Antonio Alfonseca was named the Most Improved Player, and Mike Redmond was honored with the Charlie Hough Good Guy Award.