1998 New York Yankees season
|1998 New York Yankees
1998 AL East Champions
1998 AL Champions
1998 World Series Champions
|Major league affiliations|
(Bobby Murcer, Tommy John)
(Ken Singleton, Jim Kaat, Al Trautwig, Suzyn Waldman)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)
(Michael Kay, John Sterling)
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The New York Yankees' 1998 season was the 96th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a franchise record regular-season standing of 114-48, 22 games ahead of the second-place Boston Red Sox in the American League East. These Yankees set an American League record for wins in a season, a record that would stand until 2001, when the Seattle Mariners won 116 games in the regular season against 46 losses. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.
In the postseason, they swept the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series, won the American League pennant by beating the Cleveland Indians four games to two in the American League Championship Series, and swept the San Diego Padres to capture their 24th World Series. Including the playoffs, the 1998 Yankees won a total of 125 games against 50 losses, an MLB record. They are widely considered to be one of the greatest teams in baseball history. The 125 wins (regular season and playoffs combined) was the most by a championship team, surpassing the previous record of 116, set by their cross-town rivals, New York Mets in 1986.
This was the only World Series win for the Yankees during their 1990's dynasty that wasn't part of the rivalry between the Mets and the Atlanta Braves. The Yankees won their World Series titles in 1996 and 1999 against Atlanta, and 2000 against the Mets.
Offseason transactions 
- November 11, 1997: Charlie Hayes was traded by the New York Yankees with cash to the San Francisco Giants for Chris Singleton and Alberto Castillo (minors).
- November 12, 1997: Luis Sojo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- November 18, 1997: Scott Brosius was sent by the Oakland Athletics to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 7, 1997. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later to the New York Yankees for Kenny Rogers and cash.
- November 25, 1997: Dale Sveum was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- December 10, 1997: Chili Davis signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- January 8, 1998: Darryl Strawberry re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- January 15, 1998: Tim Raines re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- January 26, 1998: Doug Linton was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- February 6, 1998: Chuck Knoblauch was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the New York Yankees for Brian Buchanan, Cristian Guzmán, Eric Milton, Danny Mota, and cash.
- March 14, 1998: Doug Linton was released by the New York Yankees.
- June 2, 1998: Mark Prior was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (43rd pick) of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- June 2, 1998: Drew Henson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 24, 1998.
- June 28, 1998: Ken Huckaby was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- August 3, 1998: Dale Sveum was released by the New York Yankees.
- September 29, 1998: Alfonso Soriano was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Toyota Suzuki Toyo Carp (Japan Central).
Regular season 
Season standings 
|New York Yankees||114||48||.704||--|
|Boston Red Sox||92||70||.568||22.0|
|Toronto Blue Jays||88||74||.543||26.0|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||63||99||.389||51.0|
|1998 New York Yankees|
Game log 
|1998 Game Log|
Player stats 
|= Indicates team leader|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Other batters 
Starting pitchers 
Relief pitchers 
Other pitchers 
Game 1 
|WP: David Wells (1-0) LP: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
Game 2 
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0) LP: Rick Helling (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
NYY: Shane Spencer, Scott Brosius
Game 3 
|WP: David Cone (1-0) LP: Aaron Sele (0-1)
NYY: Shane Spencer, Paul O'Neill
New York wins the series, 4-2
|1||New York||7||Cleveland||2||October 6||1-0 (NYY)|
|2||New York||1||Cleveland||4||October 7||1-1|
|3||Cleveland||6||New York||1||October 9||2-1 (CLE)|
|4||Cleveland||0||New York||4||October 10||2-2|
|5||Cleveland||3||New York||5||October 11||3-2 (NYY)|
|6||New York||9||Cleveland||5||October 13||4-2 (NYY)|
World series 
Game 1 
October 17, 1998 at Yankee Stadium in New York
|WP: David Wells (1-0) LP: Donne Wall (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
SD: Greg Vaughn 2 (2), Tony Gwynn (1)
NYY: Chuck Knoblauch (1), Tino Martinez (1)
Game 2 
October 18, 1998 at Yankeee Stadium in New York
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1-0) LP: Andy Ashby (0-1)
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)
Game 3 
|WP: Ramiro Mendoza (1-0) LP: Trevor Hoffman (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
NYY: Scott Brosius 2 (2)
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0) LP: Kevin Brown (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)|
Awards and honors 
- Scott Brosius, 3B, World Series Most Valuable Player
- David Wells, Pitcher, American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player
- David Cone, Pitcher, Hutch Award
- Derek Jeter, Shortstop, American League Leader in Runs scored, 127
- Joe Torre, Associated Press Manager of the Year
- Bernie Williams, Outfielder, 1998 American League Batting Title
Farm system 
LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Oneonta
- Olney, Buster (October 23, 1998). "After Century of Baseball, How Do Yanks Stack Up?". The New York Times. p. A1. "Then there is the 1986 Mets, who won 108 games in the regular season and 8 more in the post-season, beating Houston in the NL playoffs and the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. They had a deep roster, graced by the likes of Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, and Gary Carter, and excellent pitching. But the 1998 Yankees are a far superior defensive team, and again, relative to their peers, the Yankees fare better."
- The Sporting News (2000). The subway series: the Yankees, the Mets and a season to remember. St. Louis, Mo. ISBN 0-89204-659-7.
- Charlie Hayes Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Scott Brosius Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Chili Davis Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Darryl Strawberry Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Tim Raines Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Chuck Knoblauch Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Mark Prior Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Ken Huckaby Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Alfonso Soriano Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- David Wells Perfect Game Box Score by Baseball Almanac
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
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