1998 New York Mets season
|1998 New York Mets|
|Major League affiliations|
|Local television||WWOR-TV/Fox Sports New York
(Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy, Howie Rose, Gary Thorne)
(Bob Murphy, Gary Cohen, Ed Coleman)
(Juan Alicea, Billy Berroa)
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The New York Mets' 1998 season was the 37th regular season for the Mets. They finished the season with a record of 88-74. Despite placing 2nd in the National League East, the Mets fell one game short of playoff contention following a catastrophic collapse during the final week of the season. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Roster
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Opening Day starters
- Edgardo Alfonzo
- Carlos Baerga
- Bernard Gilkey
- Butch Huskey
- Bobby Jones
- Brian McRae
- John Olerud
- Rey Ordonez
- Tim Spehr
The Mets played an unforgettable opening day game at Shea Stadium on March 31 against their division rival Philadelphia Phillies. Both of them were involved in the longest scoreless opening day game in the National League and the longest one in the MLB since 1926 when the Washington Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 1–0 in 15 innings. The Mets won the game 1–0 in 14 innings when backup catcher Alberto Castillo delivered a full-count, two-out, pinch-hit single to right with the bases loaded off Philadelphia closer Ricky Bottalico. This was the first regular season baseball game played in New York in March.
- May 10, 1998: Steve Decker was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
- May 22, 1998: Mike Piazza was traded by the Florida Marlins to the New York Mets for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz (minors).
- June 16, 1998: Rich Becker was selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Mets.
- July 3, 1998: Josias Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
- July 31, 1998: Tony Phillips was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets for Leo Estrella.
- July 31, 1998: Bill Pulsipher was Traded by the New York Mets to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Kinkade.
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|1998 New York Mets|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
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Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Lucie, Capital City
- John Olerud Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Salisbury, Jim (April 1, 1998). "For Openers, Zilch Phils Fall in 14th Without a Run". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. E1.
- Diamos, Jason (April 1, 1998). "A Midsummer Classic in March as Mets Nip Phillies". New York Times. p. C1.
- Pedulla, Tom (April 1, 1998). "Mets edge Phillies 1-0 in 14 innings". USA Today. p. 5C.
- Vecsey, George (April 1, 1998). "Mets Take An Opener For the Ages". New York Times. p. C1.
- Steve Decker Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Tony Phillips Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007