1998 Boston Red Sox season

1998 Boston Red Sox
AL Wild Card Winner
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) JRY Trust
General manager(s) Dan Duquette
Manager(s) Jimy Williams
Local television WABU
(Sean McDonough, Jerry Remy)
NESN
(Bob Kurtz, Jerry Remy)
Local radio WEEI
(Jerry Trupiano, Joe Castiglione)
WRCA
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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The 1998 Boston Red Sox season was the 98th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses, 22 games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, but lost to the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.

Offseason

  • November 6, 1997: Jim Leyritz was traded by the Texas Rangers with Damon Buford to the Boston Red Sox for Mark Brandenburg, Bill Haselman, and Aaron Sele.[1]
  • November 17, 1997: Bret Saberhagen was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[2]
  • November 18, 1997: Pedro Martínez was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later and Carl Pavano. The Boston Red Sox sent Tony Armas (December 18, 1997) to the Montreal Expos to complete the trade.[3]
  • November 21, 1997: Mike Benjamin was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[4]
  • March 19, 1998: Midre Cummings was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox from the Cincinnati Reds.[5]

Regular season

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

Sources:
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
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

  • June 2, 1998: Mark Teixeira was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 9th round of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign.[6]
  • June 20, 1998: Jim Leyritz was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Ethan Faggett (minors) to the San Diego Padres for Carlos Reyes, Mandy Romero, and Darío Veras.[1]
  • July 31, 1998: Greg Swindell was traded by the Minnesota Twins with Orlando Merced to the Boston Red Sox for John Barnes, Matt Kinney, and Joe Thomas (minors).[7]

Opening Day Line Up

  5Nomar Garciaparra    SS
13John Valentin3B
42Mo Vaughn1B
18Reggie JeffersonDH
25Troy O'LearyLF
10Scott HattebergC
20Darren LewisCF
56Darren BraggRF
52Donnie Sadler2B
45Pedro MartínezP

Roster

1998 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; R = Runs; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; Avg. = Batting Average; Slg. = Slugging Average; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos. Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. Slg. SB
CScott Hatteberg11235946991243.276.4460
1BMo Vaughn15460910720540115.337.5910
2BMike Benjamin1243494695439.272.3723
3BJohn Valentin1535881131452373.247.4424
SSNomar Garciaparra14360411119535122.323.58412
LFTroy O'Leary156611951652383.270.4682
CFDarren Lewis15558595157863.268.36229
RFDarren Bragg12940951114857.279.4235
DHDamon Buford8621637611042.282.5235

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Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDS

Game 1

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 300 032 030 11120
Cleveland 000 002 100 360
W: Pedro Martínez (1-0)   L: Jaret Wright (0-1)
HR: BOS: Mo Vaughn (2), Nomar Garciaparra; CLE: Kenny Lofton, Jim Thome

Game 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 201 002 000 5100
Cleveland 151 001 010 991
W: Dave Burba (1-0)   L: Tim Wakefield (0-1)    S: Mike Jackson (1)
HR: CLE: David Justice

Game 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 000 011 101 450
Boston 000 100 002 360
W: Charles Nagy (1-0)   L: Bret Saberhagen (0-1); S: Mike Jackson (2)  
HR: CLE: Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramírez (2); BOS – Nomar Garciaparra   

Game 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 000 000 020 250
Boston 000 100 000 160
W: Steve Reed (1-0)   L: Tom Gordon (0-1)  S: Mike Jackson (3)
HR: BOS: Nomar Garciaparra  

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ken Macha
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League DeMarlo Hale
A-Advanced Sarasota Red Sox Florida State League Bob Geren
A Michigan Battle Cats Midwest League Billy Gardner Jr.
A-Short Season Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Dick Berardino
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Luis Aguayo

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References

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