1998 Baltimore Orioles season

1998 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Record 79–83 (.488)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Peter Angelos
General manager(s) Pat Gillick
Manager(s) Ray Miller
Local television WJZ-TV/WNUV
Home Team Sports
(Jim Palmer, Michael Reghi, Rick Cerone)
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter)
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The 1998 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 79 wins and 83 losses.


  • December 11, 1997: Doug Drabek was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[1]
  • December 12, 1997: Joe Carter was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

Regular season

  • From July 2 to August 15, Eric Davis hits in 30 consecutive games during which time he hits .400 (52-130) with 10 home runs and 35 runs batted in.[3]


Retired 1998
  • The 1998 Baltimore Orioles season marks the last time a team other than the New York Yankees had the highest payroll in baseball.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 11448 0.704 62–19 52–29
Boston Red Sox 9270 0.568 22 51–30 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 8874 0.543 26 51–30 37–44
Baltimore Orioles 7983 0.488 35 42–39 37–44
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6399 0.389 51 33–48 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1998 American League Records

Anaheim 5–66–55–64–78–36–56–56–55–79–36–55–74–710–6
Baltimore 6–56–62–95–610–15–67–33–98–36–55–76–55–75–11
Boston 5–66–65–68–35–58–35–65–79–27–49–36–55–79–7
Chicago 6–59–26–56–66–68–46–64–74–74–75–65–64–6–17–9
Cleveland 7–46–53–86–69–38–46–64–73–89–27–34–77–410–6
Detroit 3–81–105–56–63–96–68–43–87–43–85–63–85–67–9
Kansas City 5–66–53–84–84–86–67–50–107–44–68–33–86–59–7
Minnesota 5–63–76–56–66–64–85–74–74–72–97–47–44–77–9
New York 5–69–37–57–47–48–310–07–48–38–311–18–36–613–3
Oakland 7–53–82–97–48–34–74–77–43–85–75–66–65–68–8
Seattle 3–95–64–77–42–98–36–49–23–87–56–55–74–77–9
Tampa Bay 5–67–53–96–53–76–53–84–71–116–55–64–75–75–11
Texas 7–55–65–66–57–48–38–34–73–86–67–57–47–48–8
Toronto 7–47–57–56–4–14–76–55–67–46–66–57–47–54–79–7

Notable transactions

All good things must come to an end

In June, Cal Ripken, Jr. began to contemplate ending his still-active, record-breaking streak of consecutive games played. However, the Orioles were still in contention for a wild-card spot in the playoffs at that point, so he continued playing. By mid-September, after the team fell out of wild-card contention, Ripken decided that, since the games that began his streak (May 30, 1982), tied Lou Gehrig's old record of 2,130 games (September 5, 1995) and surpassed it (September 6, 1995) all took place in his Baltimore hometown, it would be most appropriate to bring his incredible run to a close at home also. Thus, on September 20, after playing 2,632 games without a break, Cal Ripken, Jr. asked to be taken out of the starting lineup for the Orioles' last home game of the season against the New York Yankees. Everybody was stunned when rookie Ryan Minor took third base instead of Ripken for the start of the game. The game's first batter, New York's Chuck Knoblauch, grounded out to shortstop for the first out, officially ending Ripken's streak and prompting both teams and the fans to give "The Iron Man" a thunderous ovation for his monumental achievement.


1998 Baltimore Orioles
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



  • 54 Sam Snider (bullpen catcher)

Player stats


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 Avg. HR RBI
CChris Hoiles9726770.2621556
1BRafael Palmeiro162619183.29643121
2BRoberto Alomar147588166.2821456
3BCal Ripken161601163.2711461
SSMike Bordick151465121.2601351
LFBJ Surhoff162573160.2792292
CFBrady Anderson133479113.2361851
RFEric Davis131452148.3272889
DHHarold Baines10429388.300957

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Lenny Webster10830988.2851046
Joe Carter8528370.2471134
Rich Becker7911323.204311
Jeff Reboulet7912631.24618
Jeffrey Hammonds6317146.269628
Willie Greene24406.15015
Lyle Mouton183912.30827
Charlie Greene13214.19000
Ozzie Guillén12161.06300
Danny Clyburn11257.28013
Gene Kingsale1120.00000
P. J. Forbes9101.10002
Ryan Minor9146.42901
Calvin Pickering9215.23823
Jesús Tavárez8112.18211
Jerry Hairston670.00000
Willis Otáñez351.20000


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Scott Erickson36251.116134.01186
Mike Mussina29206.113103.49175
Juan Guzman3321110164.35168
Sidney Ponson31135895.2785
Doug Drabek23108.26117.2955
Scott Kamieniecki1254.2266.7525

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Marv Foley
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Joe Ferguson
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Tommy Shields
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Dave Machemer
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Andy Etchebarren
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Butch Davis



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  3. "Title Unknown". Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  4. Cliff Lee Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
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  6. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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