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On this date in 1999: Yankees repeat; team of the decade

BRONX, N.Y. — On this date in 1999, the New York Yankees repeated as World Series champions. The Bronx Bombers completed the 4-0 series sweep of the Atlanta Braves. They won Game 4 by a final count of 4-1 at Yankee Stadium.

It marked the twenty-fifth title in franchise history. They became the first team to repeat as champions since the 1992-93 Toronto Blue Jays and cemented themselves as the team of the 1990s, winning three titles in four years. As Bob Costas put it, “team of the decade, most successful franchise of the century.”

This Yankee squad more than validated the 1998 run and the ’96 team with besting the Braves again. While they sometimes are lost in the shuffle as the middle child of the threepeat, they were quite accomplished.

Along with sealing the team of the decade title and the repeat, they were essentially a 1998 clone. The ’99 squad went 98-64 and actually one-upped the ’98 team by going 11-1 in the postseason.

Tino Martinez led the team with 28 homers. Derek Jeter had perhaps the best season of his career with 219 hits, 24 home runs, and a.349 batting average. Bernie Williams’ .342 batting average was higher than it was in ’98 when he won the batting title.

Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez sparkled once again atop the rotation and earned ALCS MVP. David Cone twirled a perfect game. Andy Pettitte, newcomer Roger Clemens, and Hideki Irabu filled out the rotation nicely.

Mariano Rivera pitched to a 1.83 ERA in a season that culminated with the World Series MVP.

After sweeping the Texas Rangers 3-0 in the ALDS, cruising past the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in the ALCS, the Yankees swept the Braves in the World Series, 4-0.