1988 Baltimore Orioles season
The 1988 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 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 4 to 28 to start the Orioles season. 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. 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. Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams died in August of that year.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Roster
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- October 8, 1987: Mike Kinnunen was released by the Orioles.
- October 8, 1987: Mike Hart was released by the Orioles.
- November 6, 1987: Rico Rossy and Terry Crowley Jr. (minors) were traded by the Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joe Orsulak.
- February 27, 1988: Ray Knight was traded by the Orioles to the Detroit Tigers for Mark Thurmond.
- March 21, 1988: Mike Young and a player to be named later were traded by the Orioles to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rick Schu, Keith Hughes and Jeff Stone. The Orioles completed the deal by sending Frank Bellino (minors) to the Phillies on June 14.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
|Boston Red Sox||89||73||.549||--|
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||75||.537||2.0|
|New York Yankees||85||76||.528||3.5|
Opening Day starters
- Mike Boddicker
- Terry Kennedy
- Fred Lynn
- Eddie Murray
- Joe Orsulak
- Billy Ripken
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Rick Schu
- Larry Sheets
- Jeff Stone
- April 2, 1988: Dickie Noles was signed as a free agent with the Orioles.
- April 5, 1988: Mickey Tettleton was signed as a Free Agent by the Orioles.
- June 1, 1988: Pete Rose, Jr. was drafted by the Orioles in the 12th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. Player signed September 1, 1988.
- July 29, 1988: Mike Boddicker was traded by the Orioles to the Boston Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.
|1988 Baltimore Orioles roster|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|C||Tettleton, MickeyMickey Tettleton||86||283||74||11||37||.261|
|1B||Murray, EddieEddie Murray||161||603||171||28||84||.284|
|2B||Ripken, BillyBilly Ripken||150||512||103||2||34||.207|
|3B||Schu, RickRick Schu||89||270||69||4||20||.256|
|SS||Ripken, CalCal Ripken||161||575||152||23||81||.264|
|LF||Stanicek, PetePete Stanicek||83||261||60||4||17||.230|
|CF||Lynn, FredFred Lynn||87||301||76||18||37||.252|
|RF||Orsulak, JoeJoe Orsulak||125||379||109||8||27||.288|
|DH||Sheets, LarryLarry Sheets||136||452||104||10||47||.230|
|Traber, JimJim Traber||103||352||78||10||45||.222|
|Kennedy, TerryTerry Kennedy||85||265||60||3||16||.226|
|Gerhart, KenKen Gerhart||103||262||51||9||23||.195|
|Gonzales, ReneRene Gonzales||92||237||51||2||15||.215|
|Anderson, BradyBrady Anderson||53||177||35||1||9||.198|
|Hughes, KeithKeith Hughes||41||108||21||2||14||.194|
|Worthington, CraigCraig Worthington||26||81||15||2||4||.185|
|Stone, JeffJeff Stone||26||61||10||0||1||.164|
|Dwyer, JimJim Dwyer||35||53||12||0||3||.226|
|Nichols, CarlCarl Nichols||18||47||9||0||1||.191|
|Rowdon, WadeWade Rowdon||20||30||3||0||0||.100|
|Davis, ButchButch Davis||13||25||6||0||0||.240|
|Landrum, TitoTito Landrum||13||24||3||0||2||.125|
|Bautista, JoséJosé Bautista||33||171.7||6||15||4.30||76|
|Tibbs, JayJay Tibbs||30||158.7||4||15||5.39||82|
|Ballard, JeffJeff Ballard||25||153.3||8||12||4.40||41|
|Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker||21||147.0||6||12||3.86||100|
|Peraza, OswaldoOswaldo Peraza||19||86.0||5||7||5.55||61|
|McGregor, ScottScott McGregor||4||17.3||0||3||8.83||10|
|Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling||4||14.7||0||3||9.82||4|
|Milacki, BobBob Milacki||3||25.0||2||0||0.72||18|
|Harnisch, PetePete Harnisch||2||13.0||0||2||5.54||10|
|Noles, DickieDickie Noles||2||3.3||0||2||24.30||1|
|Schmidt, DaveDave Schmidt||41||129.7||8||5||3.40||67|
|Williamson, MarkMark Williamson||37||117.7||5||8||4.90||69|
|Morgan, MikeMike Morgan||22||71.3||1||6||5.43||29|
|Dillard, GordonGordon Dillard||2||3.0||0||0||6.00||2|
|Niedenfuer, TomTom Niedenfuer||52||59.0||3||4||18||3.51||40|
|Sisk, DougDoug Sisk||52||94.3||3||3||0||3.72||26|
|Thurmond, MarkMark Thurmond||43||74.7||1||8||3||4.58||29|
|Aase, DonDon Aase||35||46.7||0||0||0||4.05||28|
|Habyan, JohnJohn Habyan||7||14.7||1||0||0||4.30||4|
|Olson, GreggGregg Olson||10||11.0||1||1||0||3.27||9|
|Scherrer, BillBill Scherrer||4||4.0||0||1||0||13.50||3|
|AAA||Rochester Red Wings||International League||Johnny Oates|
|AA||Charlotte Knights||Southern League||Greg Biagini|
|A||Hagerstown Suns||Carolina League||Mike Hart|
|Short-Season A||Erie Orioles||New York-Penn League||Bobby Tolan|
|Rookie||Bluefield Orioles||Appalachian League||Glenn Gulliver|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester
- 1988 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
- 1988 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com