1998 Boston Red Sox season

1998 Boston Red Sox season

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

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
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

  • 1998 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1998 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
New York Yankees
1997
AL Wild Card
1998
Succeeded by
Boston Red Sox
1999