1998 Atlanta Braves season

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1998 Atlanta Braves
1998 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 106–56 (.654)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Time Warner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television WTBS
TBS Superstation
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
Fox Sports South
(Ernie Johnson, Bob Rathbun)
Local radio WSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
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The 1998 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 33rd season in Atlanta. They went on to win their seventh consecutive division title, taking the National League East title by 18 games over the second place New York Mets.

The team featured six all stars: shortstop Walt Weiss and third baseman Chipper Jones were voted as starters, while first baseman Andres Galarraga, catcher Javy Lopez, and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were selected as reserves.

The 1998 Braves beat the Chicago Cubs three games to none in the National League Division Series. They then lost to the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series four games to two.

The team has earned a few historic accolades. ESPN writer David Schoenfield lists them as one of the top teams in MLB history to not win a World Series.[1]

ESPN columnist Jeff Merron also writes that the pitching staff of Maddux, Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood was the greatest of all time.[2] The quintet posted a cumulative 2.97 E.R.A. and amassed 88 wins, equaling the win total of the 2nd place Mets. Glavine, the lone 20 game winner in the National League for that year, won the Cy Young Award.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 17, 1997: Walt Weiss was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • January 30, 1998: Dennis Martínez was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[4]
  • February 6, 1998: Curtis Pride was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[5]

Regular season[edit]

Tom Glavine pitches in spring training, 1998. Chipper Jones plays third base in background.

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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

Transactions[edit]

  • June 9, 1998: Howard Battle was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • June 23, 1998: Alan Embree was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Russ Springer.[7]
  • August 14, 1998: Paul Byrd was selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Atlanta Braves.[8]

Roster[edit]

1998 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

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

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

National League Division Series[edit]

Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs[edit]

Atlanta wins the series, 3-0

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Atlanta 7 Chicago 1 September 30 1-0 (ATL)
2 Atlanta 2 Chicago 1 October 1 2-0 (ATL)
3 Chicago 2 Atlanta 6 October 3 3-0 (ATL)

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 7: Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 7 0
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 3
WP: Trevor Hoffman (1-0)   LP: Kerry Ligtenberg (0-1)
Home runs:
SD: Ken Caminiti (1)
Atl: Andruw Jones (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 8: Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 11 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
WP: Kevin Brown (1-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0-1)

Game 3[edit]

October 10: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 2
San Diego 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 7 0
WP: Sterling Hitchcock (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-1)   Sv: Trevor Hoffman (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 11: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 0 0 8 12 0
San Diego 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
WP: Dennis Martínez (1-0)   LP: Joey Hamilton (0-1)
Home runs:
Atl: Javy López (1), Andrés Galarraga (1)
SD: Jim Leyritz (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 12: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 7 14 1
San Diego 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 10 1
WP: John Rocker (1-0)   LP: Kevin Brown (1-1)   Sv: Greg Maddux (1)
Home runs:
Atl: Michael Tucker (1)
SD: Ken Caminiti (2), John Vander Wal (1)

Game 6[edit]

October 14: Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 10 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
WP: Sterling Hitchcock (2-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0-2)

Award winners[edit]

1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Jeff Cox
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Randy Ingle
A Danville 97s Carolina League Paul Runge
A Macon Braves South Atlantic League Brian Snitker
Short-Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Jim Saul
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Franklin Stubbs
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Rick Albert

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References[edit]