1998 Florida Marlins season

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1998 Florida Marlins
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 54–108 (.333)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Wayne Huizenga
Manager(s) Jim Leyland
Local television Sports Channel Florida
WBFS-TV
(Joe Angel, Dave O'Brien, Tommy Hutton, Jay Randolph)
Local radio WQAM
(Joe Angel, Dave O'Brien, Jon Sciambi)
WQBA (Spanish)
(Felo Ramirez, Manolo Alvarez)
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The 1998 Florida Marlins season started off with the team trying to repeat as World Series Champions, a title they won from 1997. Their manager was Jim Leyland. They played home games at Pro Player Stadium. They finished with a record of 54-108, 5 in the NL East. The team is notable for having arguably the biggest fire sale in sports history, auctioning off nearly all of their most notable players. In the history of MLB, the 1998 Florida Marlins are the only defending World Series champion to finish dead last in their league/division the year after winning the World Series.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 18, 1997: Devon White was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jesus Martinez (minors).[1]
  • December 15, 1997: Scott Podsednik was drafted by the Texas Rangers from the Florida Marlins in the 1997 rule 5 draft.[2]
  • December 15, 1997: Derrek Lee was traded by the San Diego Padres with Steve Hoff (minors) and Rafael Medina to the Florida Marlins for Kevin Brown.[3]
  • December 21, 1997: Kevin Millar was signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.[4]

Regular season[edit]

  • June 22, 1998 - The first interleague game between the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took place at Tropicana Field. The rivalry would be known as the Citrus Series. The Marlins won the game in twelve innings by a score of 3-2.[5]

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

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 15, 1998: Jacob Brumfield was signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.[6]

The Mike Piazza trades[edit]

Roster[edit]

1998 Florida Marlins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
C Gregg Zaun 106 298 19 56 5 29 .188 5
1B Derrek Lee 141 454 62 106 17 74 .233 5
2B Craig Counsell 107 335 43 84 4 40 .251 3
3B Todd Zeile 66 234 37 68 6 39 .291 2
SS Edgar Renteria 133 517 79 146 3 31 .282 41
LF Cliff Floyd 153 588 85 166 22 90 .282 27
CF Todd Dunwoody 116 434 53 109 5 28 .251 5
RF Mark Kotsay 154 578 72 161 11 68 .279 10

[8]

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
Dave Berg 81 182 18 57 2 21 .313 3
Bobby Bonilla 28 97 11 27 4 15 .278 0
Josh Booty 7 19 0 3 0 3 .158 0
John Cangelosi 104 171 19 43 1 10 .251 2
Luis Castillo 44 153 21 31 1 10 .203 3
Brian Daubach 10 15 0 3 0 3 .200 0
Jim Eisenreich 30 64 9 16 1 7 .250 2
González, ÁlexÁlex González 25 86 11 13 3 7 .151 0
Ryan Jackson 111 260 26 65 5 31 .250 1
Johnson, CharlesCharles Johnson 31 113 13 25 7 23 .221 0
Randy Knorr 15 49 4 10 2 11 .204 0
Kevin Orie 48 175 23 46 6 17 .263 1
Mike Piazza 5 18 1 5 0 5 .278 0
Mike Redmond 37 118 10 39 2 12 .331 0
Gary Sheffield 40 136 21 37 6 28 .272 4
John Wehner 53 88 10 20 0 5 .227 1
Preston Wilson 14 31 4 2 1 1 .065 0

[8]

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO BB

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charlotte Knights International League Fredi González
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Lynn Jones
A Brevard County Manatees Florida State League Rick Renteria
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Juan Bustabad
Short-Season A Utica Blue Sox New York-Penn League Ken Joyce
Rookie GCL Marlins Gulf Coast League Jon Deeble

[9]

References[edit]

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