1988 Boston Red Sox season

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1988 Boston Red Sox
1988 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jean Yawkey,
Haywood Sullivan
Manager(s) John McNamara (W-43; L-42) and Joe Morgan (W-46; L-31)
Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
NESN
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
Local radio WPLM-FM 99.1
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
WRCA
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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The 1988 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing first in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 8, 1987: Lee Smith was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox for Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi.[1]
  • January 5, 1988: Dennis Lamp was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 89 73 .549    --
Detroit Tigers 88 74 .543   1.0
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 .537   2.0
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 .537   2.0
New York Yankees 85 76 .528   3.5
Cleveland Indians 78 84 .481 11.0
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 .335 34.5


Notable Transactions[edit]

  • April 15, 1988: Rick Cerone signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[3]
  • July 29, 1988: Curt Schilling was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Brady Anderson to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Boddicker.

Opening Day Line Up[edit]

  5 Brady Anderson CF
17 Marty Barrett 2B
26 Wade Boggs     3B
14 Jim Rice LF
39 Mike Greenwell     RF
24 Dwight Evans 1B
30 Sam Horn DH
10 Rich Gedman C
  7 Spike Owen SS
21 Roger Clemens P

The Rough Beginning[edit]

The team that year was much better than their chaotic 1987 season as evident as the team went 14-6 in April, but the hitting went sour especially Jim Rice as he went from left field to designated hitter. Dwight Evans also had problems when he played first base and even Lee Smith had problems including one game in which he give up a game-winning home run against the Tigers on opening Day. The Red Sox would have an 11-16 record in May.

The team would have a so-so June with a 14-12 record, but lost Jeff Sellers when he was hit by a line drive in Cleveland and broke his hand. Wes Gardner was taken from the bullpen to become a starter, but the team and its fans were losing patience.

Morgan Magic[edit]

At the All-Star break the Red Sox were 43-42, 9 games behind the front running Detroit Tigers. But management has seen enough as they fire John McNamara and hire 58-year old Joe Morgan as their manager. On July 15, the Red Sox and Roger Clemens beat Bret Saberhagen's Kansas City Royals 3-1 to begin a 12-game winning streak and launched them to first place over the slumping Yankees and Tigers. The Red Sox would later set an American League record of 25 straight home victories. 60 days after Morgan became Red Sox manager they were 81-63 and 4.5 games ahead of first.

Staggering But Still Won The East[edit]

After a bad road trip to Toronto, the Sox came to Yankee Stadium up by 4, and won 2 out of 3 to just about clinch the A.L. East flag. Unfortunately, the hitting slump the team had been in for a while reasserted itself, and the Sox lost 3 to Toronto in Boston, but they crushed the Indians on September 29 to clinch a tie for first. The Yanks and Milwaukee lost the next day, and the division title was Boston's. Their 2nd A.L. East title in 3 seasons.

Roster[edit]

1988 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Rich Gedman 95 299 69 .231 9 39
1B Todd Benzinger 120 405 103 .254 13 70
2B Marty Barrett 150 612 173 .283 1 65
3B Wade Boggs 155 584 214 .366 5 58
SS Jody Reed 109 338 99 .293 1 28
LF Mike Greenwell 158 590 192 .325 22 119
CF Ellis Burks 144 540 159 .294 18 92
RF Dwight Evans 149 559 164 .293 21 111
DH Jim Rice 135 485 128 .264 15 72

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Clemens 35 264 18 12 2.93 291

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (1)

Game 2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 10 1
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 4 1
W: Gene Nelson (1-0)   L: Lee Smith (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (2)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (2)   BOSRich Gedman (1)

Game 3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 0
Oakland 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 X 10 15 1
W: Gene Nelson (2-0)   L: Mike Boddicker (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (3)
HR: OAKMark McGwire (1)  Carney Lansford (1)  Ron Hassey (1)  Dave Henderson (1)  BOSMike Greenwell (1)

Game 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Oakland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 X 4 10 1
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-2)  S: Dennis Eckersley (4)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (3)

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ed Nottle
AA New Britain Red Sox Eastern League Dave Holt
A Lynchburg Red Sox Carolina League Dick Berardino
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Doug Camilli
Short-Season A Elmira Pioneers New York-Penn League Bill Limoncelli
Rookie AZL Mariners/Red Sox Arizona League Mike Verdi and Myron Pines

AZL club affiliation shared with Seattle Mariners

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Rick Cerone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com