1998 Philadelphia Phillies season

1998 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Record 75–87 (.463)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Ed Wade
Manager(s) Terry Francona
Local television WPHL-TV
Comcast Sports Philadelphia
Local radio WPHT
(Harry Kalas, Larry Andersen, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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Regular season

The first game of the Phillies season was an unforgettable opening day game at Shea Stadium against their division rival New York Mets. Both of them were involved in the longest scoreless opening day game in the National League and the longest one in the MLB since 1926 when the Washington Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 10 in 15 innings.[1][2] However, the Phillies lost the game 10 in 14 innings when Mets backup catcher Alberto Castillo delivered a full-count, two-out, pinch-hit single to right with the bases loaded off Philadelphia closer Ricky Bottalico.[2] This was the first regular season baseball game played in New York in March.[3]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 10656 0.654 56–25 50–31
New York Mets 8874 0.543 18 47–34 41–40
Philadelphia Phillies 7587 0.463 31 40–41 35–46
Montreal Expos 6597 0.401 41 39–42 26–55
Florida Marlins 54108 0.333 52 31–50 23–58

Record vs. opponents

1998 National League Records

Arizona 1–85–74–56–66–24–54–86–32–74–52–76–33–95–72–75–8
Atlanta 8–13–67–25–37–54–58–17–26–69–38–47–25–47–26–39–7
Chicago 7–56–36–57–27–24–74–56–67–24–53–68–35–47–34–75–8
Cincinnati 5–42–75–64–59–03–85–46–58–13–64–55–71–112–78–37-6
Colorado 6–63–52–75–46–36–56–64–77–23–65–45–45–77–53–64–8
Florida 2–65–72–70–93–63–64–50–95–75–76–63–64–50–94–58–8
Houston 5–45–47–48–35–66-33–69–27–25–47–29–25–46–35–710–4
Los Angeles 8–41–85–44–56–65–46–35–45–43–55–47–55–76–64–58–5
Milwaukee 3–62–76–65–67–49–02–94–56–31–84–56–53–65–43–88–6
Montreal 7–26–62–71–82–77–52–74–53–68–45–72–74–43–63–66–10
New York 5–43–95–46–36–37–54–55–38–14–88–44–54–54–56–39–7
Philadelphia 7-24–86–35–44–56–62–74–55–47–54–88–11–82–63–67–9
Pittsburgh 3–62–73–87–54–56–32–95–75–67–25–41–85–42–76–56–7
San Diego 9–34–54–511–17–55–44–57–56–34–45–48–14–58–46–36–7
San Francisco 7–52–73–77–25–79–03–66–64–56–35–46–27–24–87–58–5
St. Louis 7–23–67–43–86–35-47–55–48–36–33–66–35–63–65–74–9


  • February 24, 1998: Midre Cummings was released by the Philadelphia Phillies.[4]
  • June 2, 1998: Pat Burrell was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 24, 1998.[5]
  • June 24, 1998: Rex Hudler was released by the Philadelphia Phillies.[6]
  • August 14, 1998: Paul Byrd was selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Atlanta Braves.[7]

Record vs. opponents

Team Record
Arizona 72
Atlanta 48
Chicago 63
Cincinnati 54
Colorado 45
Florida 66
Houston 27
Los Angeles 45
Milwaukee 54
New York 48
Pittsburgh 81
San Diego 18
San Francisco 26
St. Louis 36
Montreal 75
Interleague 79


1998 Game Log

 Phillies win
 Phillies loss
BoldPhillies team member
1998 Game Log[9]
Overall Record: 75–87


1998 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Red Barons
International League Marc Bombard
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Al LeBoeuf
A Clearwater Phillies Florida State League Bill Dancy
A Piedmont Boll Weevils South Atlantic League Ken Oberkfell
A-Short Season Batavia Muckdogs New York–Penn League Frank Klebe
Rookie Martinsville Phillies Appalachian League Greg Legg



  1. Salisbury, Jim (April 1, 1998). "For Openers, Zilch Phils Fall in 14th Without a Run". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. E1.
  2. 1 2 Diamos, Jason (April 1, 1998). "A Midsummer Classic in March as Mets Nip Phillies". New York Times. p. C1.
  3. Vecsey, George (April 1, 1998). "Mets Take An Opener For the Ages". New York Times. p. C1.
  4. "Midre Cummings Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  5. "Pat Burrell Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  6. "Rex Hudler Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  7. "Paul Byrd Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  8. "1998 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule by Baseball Almanac". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  9. "1998 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  10. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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