1998 Season News

The Oakland Athletics Rickey Henderson scored the 2,000th run of his career in the A's 15-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians. In doing so, he joined Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.

Cal Ripken started his 2,500th consecutive game as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland A's, 8-2. In perspective, the subsequent twenty-two longest active streaks (combined) add up to less than the "Iron Man's" own total.

Manager Joe Torre's Yankees outplayed the 1927 team and finished the season with an astonishing one hundred, fourteen regular-season wins and eleven postseason victories. The Bombers win column represented the most "Ws" by any team in one hundred, twenty-three years of Major League baseball.

Montreal Expos skipper Felipe Alou tallied his 521st career-win as manager thanks to veteran pitcher Dustin Hermanson who was also the starter in Alou's 400th, 450th, and 500th wins.

On September 8th, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire topped Roger Maris' single-season home run mark by slugging his sixty-second of the year off the Chicago Cubs' Steve Trachsel. Fittingly, Sammy Sosa, McGwire's closest running mate in the race to break sixty-one, was in attendance on the field.

Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray died at the age of eighty-four, four days after collapsing at a Valentine's Day dinner. The Wrigley Field icon, known best for leading the fans in the traditional rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" left behind countless memories from a career that spanned half a century.

Congress finally passed a bill that removed part of baseball's seventy-six year antitrust exemption. The groundbreaking citation was supported by both the owners and the players union and was later signed by President Bill Clinton.

In November, Yankee and A's icon Jim "Catfish" Hunter was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an ultimately fatal neurological condition better known as "Lou Gehrig's disease."
1998 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 114-48 -
Boston Red Sox 92-70 22.0
Toronto Blue Jays 88-74 26.0
Baltimore Orioles 79-83 35.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63-99 51.0
1998 American League Central
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 89-73 -
Chicago White Sox 80-82 9.0
Kansas City Royals 72-89 16.5
Minnesota Twins 70-92 19.0
Detroit Tigers 65-97 24.0
1998 American League West
Team Record GB
Texas Rangers 88-74 -
Anaheim Angels 85-77 3.0
Seattle Mariners 76-85 11.5
Oakland Athletics 74-88 14.0
1998 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 106-56 -
New York Mets 88-74 18.0
Philadelphia Phillies 75-87 31.0
Montreal Expos 65-97 41.0
Florida Marlins 54-108 52.0
1998 National League Central
Team Record GB
Houston Astros 102-60 -
Chicago Cubs 90-73 12.5
St. Louis Cardinals 83-79 19.0
Cincinnati Reds 77-85 25.0
Milwaukee Brewers 69-93 28.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 69-93 33.0
1998 National League West
Team Record GB
San Diego Padres 98-64 -
San Francisco Giants 89-74 9.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 83-79 15.0
Colorado Rockies 77-85 21.0
Arizona Diamondbacks 65-97 33.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 114 48 0.704 965 5.96 656 4.05 207 156 0.288 0.362 0.460 3.82 466 1080 0.984 146
Boston Red Sox 92 70 0.568 876 5.41 729 4.50 205 168 0.280 0.343 0.463 4.19 504 1025 0.983 128
Cleveland Indians 89 73 0.549 850 5.25 779 4.81 198 171 0.272 0.346 0.448 4.45 563 1037 0.982 146
Texas Rangers 88 74 0.543 940 5.80 871 5.38 201 164 0.289 0.356 0.462 5.00 519 994 0.980 140
Toronto Blue Jays 88 74 0.543 816 5.04 768 4.74 221 169 0.266 0.333 0.448 4.29 587 1154 0.979 131
Anaheim Angels 85 77 0.525 787 4.86 783 4.83 147 164 0.272 0.332 0.415 4.49 630 1091 0.983 146
Chicago White Sox 80 82 0.494 861 5.31 931 5.75 198 211 0.271 0.337 0.444 5.24 580 911 0.977 161
Baltimore Orioles 79 83 0.488 817 5.04 785 4.85 214 169 0.273 0.343 0.447 4.73 535 1065 0.987 144
Seattle Mariners 76 85 0.472 859 5.34 855 5.31 234 196 0.276 0.341 0.468 4.95 528 1156 0.979 139
Oakland Athletics 74 88 0.457 804 4.96 866 5.35 149 179 0.257 0.334 0.397 4.83 529 922 0.977 155
Kansas City Royals 72 89 0.447 714 4.43 899 5.58 134 196 0.263 0.321 0.399 5.16 568 999 0.980 172
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 734 4.53 818 5.05 115 180 0.266 0.326 0.389 4.76 457 952 0.982 135
Detroit Tigers 65 97 0.401 722 4.46 863 5.33 165 185 0.264 0.319 0.415 4.93 595 947 0.982 164
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 99 0.389 620 3.83 751 4.64 111 171 0.261 0.319 0.385 4.35 643 1008 0.985 178
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Atlanta Braves 106 56 0.654 826 5.10 581 3.59 215 117 0.272 0.338 0.453 3.25 467 1232 0.985 139
Houston Astros 102 60 0.630 874 5.40 620 3.83 166 147 0.280 0.351 0.436 3.50 465 1187 0.983 144
San Diego Padres 98 64 0.605 749 4.62 635 3.92 167 139 0.253 0.327 0.409 3.63 501 1217 0.983 155
Chicago Cubs 90 73 0.552 831 5.10 792 4.86 212 180 0.264 0.335 0.433 4.50 575 1207 0.984 107
San Francisco Giants 89 74 0.546 845 5.18 739 4.53 161 171 0.274 0.352 0.421 4.19 562 1089 0.984 157
New York Mets 88 74 0.543 706 4.36 645 3.98 136 152 0.259 0.328 0.374 3.77 532 1129 0.984 151
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 810 5.00 782 4.83 223 151 0.258 0.338 0.441 4.32 558 972 0.978 160
Los Angeles Dodgers 83 79 0.512 669 4.13 678 4.19 159 135 0.252 0.308 0.387 3.81 587 1178 0.978 154
Cincinnati Reds 77 85 0.475 750 4.63 760 4.69 138 170 0.262 0.336 0.402 4.44 573 1098 0.980 142
Colorado Rockies 77 85 0.475 826 5.10 855 5.28 183 174 0.291 0.346 0.461 5.00 562 951 0.984 193
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 0.463 713 4.40 808 4.99 126 188 0.264 0.325 0.395 4.64 544 1176 0.982 131
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 707 4.36 812 5.01 152 188 0.260 0.325 0.396 4.63 550 1063 0.982 192
Pittsburgh Pirates 69 93 0.426 650 4.01 718 4.43 107 147 0.254 0.304 0.374 3.91 530 1112 0.977 161
Arizona Diamondbacks 65 97 0.401 665 4.10 812 5.01 159 188 0.246 0.308 0.393 4.64 489 908 0.984 125
Montreal Expos 65 97 0.401 644 3.98 783 4.83 147 156 0.249 0.305 0.394 4.39 533 1017 0.975 127
Florida Marlins 54 108 0.333 667 4.12 923 5.70 114 182 0.248 0.313 0.373 5.20 715 1016 0.979 177