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1998 Boston Red Sox season

1998 Boston Red Sox
1998 AL Wild Card
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 a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses.

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
New York Yankees 114 48 .704    --
Boston Red Sox   92 70 .568 22.0
Toronto Blue Jays   88 74 .543 26.0
Baltimore Orioles   79 83 .488 35.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays   63 99 .389 51.0

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 Dario 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

  5 Nomar Garciaparra     SS
13 John Valentin 3B
42 Mo Vaughn 1B
18 Reggie Jefferson DH
25 Troy O'Leary LF
10 Scott Hatteberg C
20 Darren Lewis CF
56 Darren Bragg RF
52 Donnie Sadler 2B
45 Pedro Martínez P

Roster

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
C Scott Hatteberg 112 359 46 99 12 43 .276 .446 0
1B Mo Vaughn 154 609 107 205 40 115 .337 .591 0
2B Mike Benjamin 124 349 46 95 4 39 .272 .372 3
3B John Valentin 153 588 113 145 23 73 .247 .442 4
SS Nomar Garciaparra 143 604 111 195 35 122 .323 .584 12
LF Troy O'Leary 156 611 95 165 23 83 .270 .468 2
CF Darren Lewis 155 585 95 157 8 63 .268 .362 29
RF Darren Bragg 129 409 51 114 8 57 .279 .423 5
DH Damon Buford 86 216 37 61 10 42 .282 .523 5
[8]

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 3 0 0 0 3 2 0 3 0 11 12 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 6 0
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 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 10 0
Cleveland 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 9 9 1
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 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 5 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 0
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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
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 Sarasota Red Sox Florida State League Bob Geren
A Michigan Battle Cats Midwest League Billy Gardner, Jr.
Short-Season A Lowell Spinners New York-Penn League Dick Berardino
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Luis Aguayo
[9]

References

  1. ^ a b Jim Leyritz Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Bret Saberhagen Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pedro Martinez Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Mike Benjamin Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ Midre Cummings Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ Mark Teixeira Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ Greg Swindell Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ 1998 Seattle Mariners Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

External links

  • 1998 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1998 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com


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