1998 Colorado Rockies season

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1998 Colorado Rockies
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jerry McMorris
Manager(s) Don Baylor
Local television KWGN-TV
Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
(George Frazier, Dave Armstrong)
Local radio KOA (AM)
(Wayne Hagin, Jeff Kingery)
KCUV
(Antonio Guevara)
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The Colorado Rockies' 1998 season was the 6th for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Don Baylor was their manager, although he was fired after the season. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 77-85, fourth in the NL West.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 18, 1997: Harvey Pulliam was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chuck McElroy.[1]
  • November 18, 1997: Mike Lansing was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Colorado Rockies for Jake Westbrook, John Nicholson (minors), and Mark Hamlin (minors).[2]
  • November 18, 1997: Quinton McCracken and Bryan Rekar were drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the Colorado Rockies as the 4th and 38th picks in the 1997 expansion draft.[3] [4]
  • December 4, 1997: Darryl Kile was signed as a Free Agent by the Colorado Rockies.[5]
  • December 10, 1997: Mark Hutton was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Cincinnati Reds for Curtis Goodwin.[6]
  • December 10, 1997: Dave Veres was traded by the Montreal Expos with Mark Hamlin (minors) to the Colorado Rockies for Terry Jones and a player to be named later. The Colorado Rockies sent Mark Mangum (minors) (June 5, 1998) to the Montreal Expos to complete the trade.[7]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Diego Padres 98 64 -- .605
San Francisco Giants 89 74 9.5 .546
Los Angeles Dodgers 83 79 15.0 .512
Colorado Rockies 77 85 21.0 .475
Arizona Diamondbacks 65 97 33.0 .401

Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 2, 1998: Matt Holliday was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 24, 1998.[8]
  • June 2, 1998: Juan Pierre was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 13th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1998.[9]
  • June 9, 1998: Kurt Abbott was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later. The Colorado Rockies sent Ara Petrosian (minors) (June 18, 1998) to the Oakland Athletics to complete the trade.[10]
  • July 31, 1998: Ellis Burks was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the San Francisco Giants for Darryl Hamilton, Jim Stoops, and a player to be named later. The San Francisco Giants sent Jason Brester (minors) (August 18, 1998) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade. [11]

Major League debuts[edit]

  • Batters:
    • Mark Strittmatter (Sep 3)
    • Derrick Gibson (Sep 8)
    • Edgard Clemente (Sep 10)
  • Pitchers:
    • Mike Saipe (Jun 25)
    • Mark Brownson (Jul 21)
    • Fred Rath, Jr. (Jul 29)
    • Jim Stoops (Sep 9)
    • Lariel González (Sep 22) [12]

Roster[edit]

1998 Colorado Rockies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1998 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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 Kirt Manwaring 110 291 72 .247 2 26
1B Todd Helton 152 530 167 .315 25 97
2B Mike Lansing 153 584 161 .276 12 66
SS Neifi Pérez 162 647 177 .274 9 59
3B Vinny Castilla 162 645 206 .319 46 144
LF Dante Bichette 161 662 219 .331 22 122
CF Ellis Burks 100 357 102 .286 16 54
RF Larry Walker 130 454 165 .363 23 67

Other batters[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
Reed, JeffJeff Reed 113 259 75 .290 9 39
Hamilton, DarrylDarryl Hamilton 51 194 65 .335 5 25
Goodwin, CurtisCurtis Goodwin 119 159 39 .245 1 6
Colbrunn, GregGreg Colbrunn 62 122 38 .311 2 13
Vander Wal, JohnJohn Vander Wal 89 104 30 .288 5 20
Bates, JasonJason Bates 53 74 14 .189 0 3
Abbott, KurtKurt Abbott 42 71 18 .254 3 15

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kile, DarrylDarryl Kile 36 230.1 13 17 5.20 158
Astacio, PedroPedro Astacio 35 209.1 13 14 6.23 170
Wright, JameyJamey Wright 34 206.1 9 14 5.67 86
Thomson, JohnJohn Thomson 26 161.0 8 11 4.81 106
Jones, BobbyBobby Jones 35 141.1 7 8 5.22 109

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Munoz, MikeMike Munoz 40 41.1 2 2 5.66 24
Thompson, MarkMark Thompson 6 23.1 1 2 7.71 14

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
McElroy, ChuckChuck McElroy 78 6 4 2 2.90 61
DiPoto, JerryJerry DiPoto 68 3 4 19 3.53 49
Leskanic, CurtisCurtis Leskanic 66 6 4 2 4.40 55
Veres, DaveDave Veres 63 3 1 8 2.83 74
DeJean, MikeMike DeJean 59 3 1 2 3.03 27

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League Paul Zuvella
AA New Haven Ravens Eastern League Tim Blackwell
A Salem Avalanche Carolina League Jay Loviglio
A Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League Ron Gideon
Short-Season A Portland Rockies Northwest League Jim Eppard
Rookie AZL Rockies Arizona League P. J. Carey
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: AZL Rockies[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcelrch01.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lansimi01.shtml
  3. ^ Quinton McCracken Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Bryan Rekar Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kileda01.shtml
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/huttoma01.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/veresda01.shtml
  8. ^ Matt Holliday Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Juan Pierre Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/abbotku01.shtml
  11. ^ Ellis Burks Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/yearly/debut.php?y=1998&l=NL
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007