1998 Detroit Tigers season

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1998 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
Manager(s) Buddy Bell, Larry Parrish
Local television WKBD
(Ernie Harwell, Al Kaline)
FSN Detroit
(Kirk Gibson, Josh Lewin)
Local radio WJR
(Frank Beckmann, Lary Sorensen, Jim Price)
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The 1998 Detroit Tigers finished in fifth place in their first season in the American League Central Division with a record of 65-97 (.401), 24 games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers were outscored by their opponents 863 to 722. The Tigers drew 1,409,391 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1998, ranking 11th of the 14 teams in the American League.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 11, 1997: Melvin Nieves was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Bako and Donne Wall.[1]
  • November 18, 1997: Travis Fryman was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Gabe Alvarez, Joe Randa, and Matt Drews (minors).[2]
  • December 16, 1997: Billy Ripken was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[3]
  • December 22, 1997: Joe Oliver was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[4]
  • March 25, 1998: Doug Bochtler was purchased by the Detroit Tigers from the Oakland Athletics.[5]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL Central W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 89 73 .549 --
Chicago White Sox 80 82 .494 9.0
Kansas City Royals 72 89 .447 16.5
Minnesota Twins 70 92 .432 19.0
Detroit Tigers 65 97 .401 24.0


Transactions[edit]

  • July 16, 1998: Joe Oliver was released by the Detroit Tigers.[4]
  • July 20, 1998: Billy Ripken was released by the Detroit Tigers.[3]

Roster[edit]

1998 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[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
Paul Bako 96 305 83 .272 3 30
Tony Clark 157 602 175 .291 34 103
Damion Easley 153 594 161 .271 27 100
Joe Randa 138 560 117 .254 9 50
Deivi Cruz 135 518 118 .260 5 45
Luis Gonzalez 154 547 146 .267 23 71
Brian L. Hunter 142 595 151 .254 4 36
Bobby Higginson 157 612 174 .284 25 85
Gerónimo Berroa 52 126 30 .238 1 10
Frank Catalanotto 89 213 60 .282 6 25
Gabe Alvarez 58 286 46 .231 5 29
Juan Encarnación 40 164 54 .329 7 21
Joe Oliver 50 155 35 .226 4 22
Bip Roberts 34 113 28 .248 0 9
Kimera Bartee 57 98 19 .194 3 15
Billy Ripken 27 74 20 .270 0 5
Andy Tomberlin 32 69 15 .217 2 12
Joe Siddall 29 65 12 .185 1 6
Trey Beamon 28 42 11 .262 0 2
Raul Casanova 16 42 6 .143 1 3
Jeff Manto 16 30 8 .267 1 3
Gabe Kapler 7 25 5 .200 0 0
Jason Wood 10 23 8 .348 1 1
Robert Fick 7 22 8 .364 3 7
Pete Incaviglia 7 14 1 .071 0 0

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

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
Justin Thompson 34 222.0 11 15 4.05 149
Seth Greisinger 33 221.3 14 13 3.90 123
Brian Moehler 21 130.0 6 9 5.12 66
Frank Castillo 27 116.0 3 9 6.83 81
Brian Powell 18 83.7 3 8 6.35 46

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Tim Worrell 15 61.7 2 6 0 5.98 47
Greg Keagle 9 31.7 0 5 0 5.59 25
Todd Jones 65 63.3 1 4 28 4.97 57
Sean Runyan 88 50.3 1 4 1 3.58 39
Doug Brocail 60 62.7 5 2 0 2.73 55
Doug Bochtler 51 67.3 0 2 0 6.15 45
Matt Anderson 42 44.0 5 1 0 3.27 44
Bryce Florie 42 133.0 8 9 0 4.80 97
A. J. Sager 31 59.3 4 2 2 6.52 23
Dean Crow 32 45.7 2 2 0 3.94 18
Roberto Durán 18 15.3 0 1 0 5.87 12
Denny Harriger 4 12.0 0 3 0 6.75 3
Scott Sanders 3 9.7 0 2 0 17.69 6
Marino Santana 7 7.3 0 0 0 3.68 10
Will Brunson 8 3.0 0 0 0 0.00 1

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Gene Roof
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Dave Anderson
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Mark Meleski
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Bruce Fields
Short-Season A Jamestown Jammers New York–Penn League Tim Torricelli
Rookie GCL Tigers Gulf Coast League Kevin Bradshaw

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: West Michigan[6]

References[edit]

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