1988 Season News

The Anaheim Angels signed University of Michigan pitcher Jim Abbott, who was a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team despite being born without a right hand.

Minnesota Twins reliever Jeff Reardon became the first pitcher in Major League history with forty saves in both leagues after finishing off the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on September 17th. In 1985, Reardon recorded forty-one saves with the National League's Montreal Expos.

The Oakland Athletics' Jose Canseco became the first player to hit at least forty home runs and steal forty bases in the same season. His thirty-ninth and fortieth stolen bases as well as his forty-first home run came in a 9-8, fourteen-inning marathon against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 23rd.

On August 30th Kent Tekulve, the side-arm reliever of the Philadelphia Phillies, pitched two innings for a 7-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants in his 1000th game. Only one other player in baseball history, Hoyt Wilhelm, had reached the one-thousand milestone to date.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Orel Hershiser broke Don Drysdale's Major League record after pitching ten shutout innings against the San Diego Padres extending his string to fifty-nine. Hershiser had begun his streak with four shutout innings against the Montreal Expos. Then he beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0, the Cincinnati Reds 5-0, the Braves again 1-0, the Houston Astros 1-0 and the San Francisco Giants 3-0.

Chicago's Board of Alderman finally approved the addition of lights at Wrigley Field. After a vote of 29-19, the members repeal the anti-noise laws that had kept the Cubs' ballpark as the only Major League stadium without lights. The decision resulted in the introduction of night games to the other half of the "Windy City" and the promise of the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley.
1988 American League East
Team Record GB
Boston Red Sox 89-73 -
Detroit Tigers 88-74 1.0
Milwaukee Brewers 87-75 2.0
Toronto Blue Jays 87-75 2.0
New York Yankees 85-76 3.5
Cleveland Indians 78-84 11.0
Baltimore Orioles 54-107 34.5
1988 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 104-58 -
Minnesota Twins 91-71 13.0
Kansas City Royals 84-77 19.5
California Angels 75-87 29.0
Chicago White Sox 71-90 32.5
Texas Rangers 70-91 33.5
Seattle Mariners 68-93 35.5
1988 National League East
Team Record GB
New York Mets 100-60 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 85-75 15.0
Montreal Expos 81-81 20.0
Chicago Cubs 77-85 24.0
St. Louis Cardinals 76-86 25.0
Philadelphia Phillies 65-96 35.5
1988 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 94-67 -
Cincinnati Reds 87-74 7.0
San Diego Padres 83-78 11.0
San Francisco Giants 83-79 11.5
Houston Astros 82-80 12.5
Atlanta Braves 54-106 39.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Oakland Athletics 104 58 0.642 800 4.94 620 3.83 156 116 0.263 0.332 0.399 3.44 553 983 0.983 151
Minnesota Twins 91 71 0.562 759 4.69 672 4.15 151 146 0.274 0.337 0.421 3.93 453 897 0.986 155
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 813 5.02 689 4.25 124 143 0.283 0.355 0.420 3.97 493 1085 0.984 123
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 703 4.34 658 4.06 143 150 0.350 0.323 0.378 3.71 497 890 0.982 129
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 682 4.21 616 3.80 113 125 0.257 0.312 0.375 3.45 437 832 0.981 146
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 763 4.71 680 4.20 158 143 0.268 0.331 0.419 3.80 528 904 0.982 170
New York Yankees 85 76 0.528 772 4.80 748 4.65 148 157 0.263 0.333 0.395 4.26 487 861 0.978 161
Kansas City Royals 84 77 0.522 704 4.37 648 4.02 121 102 0.257 0.320 0.391 3.65 465 886 0.980 147
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 666 4.11 731 4.51 134 120 0.261 0.313 0.387 4.16 442 812 0.980 131
California Angels 75 87 0.463 714 4.41 771 4.76 124 135 0.261 0.318 0.385 4.32 568 817 0.979 175
Chicago White Sox 71 90 0.441 631 3.92 757 4.70 132 138 0.244 0.301 0.370 4.12 533 754 0.976 177
Texas Rangers 70 91 0.435 637 3.96 735 4.57 112 129 0.252 0.319 0.368 4.05 654 912 0.979 145
Seattle Mariners 68 93 0.422 664 4.12 744 4.62 148 144 0.257 0.315 0.398 4.15 558 981 0.980 168
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 0.335 550 3.42 789 4.90 137 153 0.238 0.303 0.359 4.54 523 709 0.981 172
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Mets 100 60 0.625 703 4.39 532 3.33 152 78 0.256 0.324 0.396 2.91 404 1100 0.981 127
Los Angeles Dodgers 94 67 0.584 628 3.90 544 3.38 99 84 0.248 0.304 0.352 2.96 473 1029 0.977 126
Cincinnati Reds 87 74 0.540 641 3.98 596 3.70 122 121 0.246 0.309 0.368 3.35 504 934 0.980 131
Pittsburgh Pirates 85 75 0.531 651 4.07 616 3.85 110 108 0.247 0.317 0.369 3.47 469 790 0.980 128
San Diego Padres 83 78 0.516 594 3.69 583 3.62 94 112 0.247 0.310 0.351 3.28 439 885 0.981 147
San Francisco Giants 83 79 0.512 670 4.14 626 3.86 113 99 0.248 0.317 0.368 3.39 422 875 0.980 145
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 617 3.81 631 3.90 96 123 0.244 0.304 0.351 3.41 478 1049 0.978 124
Montreal Expos 81 81 0.500 628 3.88 592 3.65 107 122 0.251 0.308 0.373 3.08 476 923 0.978 145
Chicago Cubs 77 85 0.475 660 4.07 694 4.28 113 115 0.261 0.310 0.383 3.84 490 897 0.980 128
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 0.469 578 3.57 633 3.91 71 91 0.249 0.309 0.337 3.47 486 881 0.981 131
Philadelphia Phillies 65 96 0.404 597 3.71 734 4.56 106 118 0.239 0.303 0.355 4.14 628 859 0.976 139
Atlanta Braves 54 106 0.338 555 3.47 741 4.63 96 108 0.242 0.298 0.348 4.09 524 810 0.976 138