1998 New York Mets season

1998 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1998 season was the 37th regular season for the Mets. They finished the season with a record of 88-74. Despite placing 2nd in the National League East, the Mets fell one game short of playoff contention following a catastrophic collapse during the final week of the season. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

Offseason

November 24, 1997: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[1]

December 18, 1997: Dennis Cook was acquired from the Florida Marlins in exchange for Fletcher Bates and Scott Comer.[2]

February 6, 1998: Al Leiter and Ralph Milliard were acquired from the Florida Marlins in exchange for A.J. Burnett, Jesus Sanchez, and Robert Stratton.[3]

Regular season

Opening Day starters

  • Edgardo Alfonzo
  • Carlos Baerga
  • Bernard Gilkey
  • Butch Huskey
  • Bobby Jones
  • Brian McRae
  • John Olerud
  • Rey Ordonez
  • Tim Spehr[4]

The Mets played an unforgettable opening day game at Shea Stadium on March 31 against their division rival Philadelphia Phillies. 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 1–0 in 15 innings.[5][6][7] The Mets won the game 1–0 in 14 innings when backup catcher Alberto Castillo delivered a full-count, two-out, pinch-hit single to right with the bases loaded off Philadelphia closer Ricky Bottalico.[6] This was the first regular season baseball game played in New York in March.[8]

Notable transactions

  • May 10, 1998: Steve Decker was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[9]
  • May 22, 1998: Mike Piazza was traded by the Florida Marlins to the New York Mets for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz (minors).
  • June 16, 1998: Rich Becker was selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Mets.[10]
  • July 3, 1998: Josias Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[11]
  • July 31, 1998: Tony Phillips was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets for Leo Estrella.[12]
  • July 31, 1998: Bill Pulsipher was Traded by the New York Mets to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Kinkade.[13]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 106 56 .654 --
New York Mets 88 74 .543 18
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 .463 31
Montreal Expos 65 97 .401 41
Florida Marlins 54 108 .333 52

Roster

1998 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

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
Tatum, JimJim Tatum 35 50 9 .180 2 13

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Norfolk Tides International League Rick Dempsey
AA Binghamton Mets Eastern League John Gibbons
A St. Lucie Mets Florida State League Howie Freiling
A Capital City Bombers South Atlantic League Doug Davis
Short-Season A Pittsfield Mets New York-Penn League Roger LaFrancois
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Tim Foli
Rookie GCL Mets Gulf Coast League John Stephenson
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Lucie, Capital City[14]

References

External links

  • 1998 New York Mets
  • 1998 New York Mets team page at www.baseball-almanac.com