1988 Baltimore Orioles season

1988 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 54–107 (.335)
Divisional place 7th
Other information
Owner(s) Edward Bennett Williams
General manager(s) Roland Hemond
Manager(s) Cal Ripken, Sr., Frank Robinson
Local television WMAR-TV
(Jim Simpson, Brooks Robinson)
Home Team Sports
(Jim Palmer, Mel Proctor, John Lowenstein)
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Jon Miller, Joe Angel)
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The 1988 Baltimore Orioles had the worst start to a season in American baseball history. The Orioles finished 7th in the American League East with a record of 54 wins and 107 losses. The season is remembered for the 0-21 start that lasted from April 4th to April 28th. [1] Manager Cal Ripken, Sr. was fired after an 0-6 start and replaced by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. The Orioles won their first game of the year against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on April 29.[2] The most runs allowed during the season was 15 in a game on June 19 while the most runs scored was 12 in a game on May 31.[1] Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams died in August of that year.

Offseason

Regular season

  • April 4, 1988: The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Orioles 12-0, setting a record for the largest margin of victory in a shutout win on Opening Day.[8]
  • September 7, 1988: Curt Schilling made his major league debut. He pitched against the Boston Red Sox and pitched in 7 innings. Schilling gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs. He had 2 strikeouts and 5 bases on balls.[9]

The Losing Streak

  • Game 13: The Orioles tied the 1904 Washington Senators and the 1920 Detroit Tigers for most losses to start the season with 13 losses after being beaten by the Brewers, 9-5, in Milwaukee.[10]
  • Game 14: On a cold, wet night, 7,284 witnessed baseball history at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Baltimore became the first team in the history of major league baseball to start the season 0-14 as the Brewers won, 8-6.[10]
  • Game 21: The Orioles lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins in Minnesota, extending their streak of season-starting losses to half again their original record, marking their seventh straight series being swept,[11] and ending the day 16 games out of first place on April 28.[12]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 8973 0.549 53–28 36–45
Detroit Tigers 8874 0.543 1 50–31 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 8775 0.537 2 47–34 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 8775 0.537 2 45–36 42–39
New York Yankees 8576 0.528 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 7884 0.481 11 44–37 34–47
Baltimore Orioles 54107 0.335 34½ 34–46 20–61

Record vs. opponents

1988 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–95–74–74–95–80–124–93–93–104–87–56–65–8
Boston 9–48–47–58–56–76–610–37–59–43–96–68–42–11
California 7–54–89–48–45–75–83–94–96–64–96–78–56–6
Chicago 7–45–74–93–93–97–66–64–93–95–89–48–57–5
Cleveland 9–45–84–89–34–96–69–45–76–74–85–76–66–7
Detroit 8–57–67–59–39–48–45–81–118–54–89–38–45–8
Kansas City 12–06–68–56–76–64–83–97–66–68–57–57–64–8
Milwaukee 9–43–109–36–64–98–59–37–56–73–98–48–47–6
Minnesota 9–35–79–49–47–511–16–75–73–95–88–57–67–5
New York 10–34–96–69–37–65–86–67–69–36–65–75–66–7
Oakland 8–49–39–48–58–48–45–89–38–56–69–48–59–3
Seattle 5–76–67–64–97–53–95–74–85–87–54–96–75–7
Texas 6–64–85–85–86–64–86–74–86–76–55–87–66–6
Toronto 8–511–26–65–77–68–58–46–75–77–63–97–56–6

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1988 Baltimore Orioles roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

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 HR RBI Avg.
CMickey Tettleton86283741137.261
1BEddie Murray1616031712884.284
2BBilly Ripken150512103234.207
3BRick Schu8927069420.256
SSCal Ripken1615751522381.264
LFPete Stanicek8326160417.230
CFFred Lynn87301761837.252
RFJoe Orsulak125379109827.288
DHLarry Sheets1364521041047.230

[18]

Other batters

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
Jim Traber103352781045.222
Terry Kennedy8526560316.226
Ken Gerhart10326251923.195
Rene Gonzales9223751215.215
Brady Anderson531773519.198
Keith Hughes4110821214.194
Craig Worthington26811524.185
Jeff Stone26611001.164
Jim Dwyer35531203.226
Carl Nichols1847901.191
Wade Rowdon2030300.100
Butch Davis1325600.240
Tito Landrum1324302.125

[18]

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
José Bautista33171.76154.3076
Jay Tibbs30158.74155.3982
Jeff Ballard25153.38124.4041
Mike Boddicker21147.06123.86100
Oswaldo Peraza1986.0575.5561
Scott McGregor417.3038.8310
Curt Schilling414.7039.824
Bob Milacki325.0200.7218
Pete Harnisch213.0025.5410
Dickie Noles23.30224.301

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Schmidt41129.7853.4067
Mark Williamson37117.7584.9069
Mike Morgan2271.3165.4329
Gordon Dillard23.0006.002

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Tom Niedenfuer5259.034183.5140
Doug Sisk5294.33303.7226
Mark Thurmond4374.71834.5829
Don Aase3546.70004.0528
John Habyan714.71004.304
Gregg Olson1011.01103.279
Bill Scherrer44.001013.503

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Johnny Oates
AA Charlotte Knights Southern League Greg Biagini
A Hagerstown Suns Carolina League Mike Hart
A-Short Season Erie Orioles New York–Penn League Bobby Tolan
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Glenn Gulliver

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester

References

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