December 20, 1999: Cardinals finally get their man in trade for Fernando Vina

After more than a year, the Cardinals finally had their leadoff hitter. On December 20, 1999, the Cardinals finalized a trade to send pitcher Juan Acevedo and two minor league players to be named later to the Brewers for Fernando Vina. On June 13, 2000, they completed the trade by sending catcher Eliezer Alfonzo andContinue reading “December 20, 1999: Cardinals finally get their man in trade for Fernando Vina”

April 23, 1999: Fernando Tatis hits two grand slams in the same inning

Less than seven months after Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs to set a single-season home run record, Fernando Tatis set a home run mark that may never be broken. A third-year player from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Tatis hit two grand slams off Chan Ho Park in the third inning of aContinue reading “April 23, 1999: Fernando Tatis hits two grand slams in the same inning”

November 16, 1999: Cardinals trade for Darryl Kile

In November 1999, it was no secret that the Colorado Rockies were looking to shop Darryl Kile and his $8 million salary. In two seasons in Colorado, the former Astros ace had gone just 21-30 with a 5.84 ERA, including a career-high 17 losses in 1998. It was a far cry from the success KileContinue reading “November 16, 1999: Cardinals trade for Darryl Kile”