1998 New York Yankees season

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1998 New York Yankees
1998 AL East Champions
1998 AL Champions
1998 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WPIX
(Bobby Murcer, Tommy John)
MSG
(Ken Singleton, Jim Kaat, Al Trautwig, Suzyn Waldman)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Michael Kay)
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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 (the Yankees still hold the record for most regular season wins by a team that won the World Series). 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.[1]


Offseason transactions[edit]

  • 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).[2]
  • November 12, 1997: Luis Sojo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[3]
  • 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.[4]
  • November 25, 1997: Dale Sveum was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[5]
  • December 10, 1997: Chili Davis signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[6]
  • January 8, 1998: Darryl Strawberry re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[7]
  • January 15, 1998: Tim Raines re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[8]
  • January 26, 1998: Doug Linton was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • March 14, 1998: Doug Linton was released by the New York Yankees.[9]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • June 28, 1998: Ken Huckaby was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[13]
  • August 3, 1998: Dale Sveum was released by the New York Yankees.[5]
  • September 29, 1998: Alfonso Soriano was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central).[14]

Regular season[edit]

On May 17, 1998, David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.[15]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 114 48 .704    --
Boston Red Sox   92 70 .568 22.0
Toronto Blue Jays   88 74 .543 26.0
Baltimore Orioles   79 83 .488 35.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays   63 99 .389 51.0

Roster[edit]

1998 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game Log New York Yankees

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Note: 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 Jorge Posada 111 358 96 .268 17 63
1B Tino Martinez 142 531 149 .281 28 123
2B Chuck Knoblauch 150 603 160 .265 17 64
3B Scott Brosius 152 530 159 .300 19 98
SS Derek Jeter 149 626 203 .324 19 84
LF Chad Curtis 151 456 111 .243 10 56
CF Bernie Williams 128 499 169 .339 26 97
RF Paul O'Neill 152 602 191 .317 24 116
DH Darryl Strawberry 101 295 73 .247 24 57

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Tim Raines 109 321 93 .290 5 47
Joe Girardi 78 254 70 .276 3 31
Luis Sojo 54 147 34 .231 0 14
Chili Davis 35 103 30 .291 3 9
Ricky Ledée 42 79 19 .241 1 12
Homer Bush 45 71 27 .380 1 5
Shane Spencer 27 67 25 .373 10 27
Dale Sveum 30 58 9 .155 0 3
Mike Lowell 8 15 4 .267 0 0
Mike Figga 1 4 1 .250 0 0

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Orlando Hernández 21 141.0 12 4 3.13 131
David Wells 30 214.3 18 4 3.49 163
David Cone 31 207.7 20 7 3.55 209
Hideki Irabu 29 173.0 13 9 4.06 129
Andy Pettitte 33 216.3 16 11 4.24 146

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Mariano Rivera 54 61.1 3 0 36 1.91 36
Mike Stanton 67 79.0 4 1 6 5.47 69
Graeme Lloyd 50 37.2 3 0 0 1.67 20
Jeff Nelson 45 40.1 5 3 3 3.79 35

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Ramiro Mendoza 41 130.1 10 2 1 3.25 56
Mike Buddie 24 41.2 4 1 0 5.62 20
Willie Banks 9 14.1 1 1 0 10.05 8
Ryan Bradley 5 12.2 2 1 0 5.68 13
Joe Borowski 8 9.2 1 0 0 6.52 7
Jim Bruske 3 9.0 1 0 0 3.00 3
Jay Tessmer 7 8.2 1 0 0 3.12 6
Mike Jerzembeck 3 6.1 0 1 0 12.79 1
Todd Erdos 2 2.0 0 0 0 9.00 0

ALDS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

September 29 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 6 0
WP: David Wells (1-0)   LP: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)

Game 2[edit]

September 30 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
New York 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0)   LP: Rick Helling (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
TEX: None
NYY: Shane Spencer, Scott Brosius

Game 3[edit]

October 2 at The Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 9 1
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
WP: David Cone (1-0)   LP: Aaron Sele (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: Shane Spencer, Paul O'Neill
TEX: None

ALCS[edit]

New York wins the series, 4-2

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
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[edit]

Main article: 1998 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 17, 1998 at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 6 8 1
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 0 X 9 9 1
WP: David Wells (1-0)   LP: Donne Wall (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
SD: Greg Vaughn 2 (2), Tony Gwynn (1)
NYY: Chuck Knoblauch (1), Tino Martinez (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 18, 1998 at Yankeee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 10 1
New York 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 9 16 0
WP: Orlando Hernández (1-0)   LP: Andy Ashby (0-1)
Home runs:
SD: None
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 20, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 9 1
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 7 1
WP: Ramiro Mendoza (1-0)   LP: Trevor Hoffman (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Scott Brosius 2 (2)
SD: None

Game 4[edit]

October 21, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 9 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0)   LP: Kevin Brown (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Stump Merrill
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Trey Hillman
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Lee Mazzilli
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Tom Nieto
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Joe Arnold
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Ken Dominguez

LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Oneonta[17]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Baltimore Orioles
1997
AL East Champion
1998
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
1999
Preceded by
Cleveland Indians
1997
American League champion
1998
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
1999