1998 Oakland Athletics season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1998 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Stephen Schott
Ken Hofmann
General manager(s) Billy Beane
Manager(s) Art Howe
Local television KRON-TV
Fox Sports Bay Area
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa, Ken Wilson)
Local radio KNEW
(Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)
Previous season     Next season

The Oakland Athletics' 1998 season saw the A's finish with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses. The campaign was the first of the Billy Beane era. While the Athletics finished a distant fourth in the AL West, they improved upon the prior year's dismal output of 65-97.

The strong play of Jason Giambi, Matt Stairs and Kenny Rogers highlighted an otherwise forgettable campaign. Additionally, the 1998 season marked Rickey Henderson's fourth (and final) stint with the Athletics. Henderson, at the age of 39, stole a total 66 bases; this total lead the league in that category. Lastly, rookie Ben Grieve collected a Rookie of the Year (ROY) award for his solid debut season. The award was the Athletics' first since Walt Weiss received one in 1988.

The Athletics posted a winning record in 1999. The organization, under Beane, would not post another losing season until 2007.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Rafael Bournigal
  • Tom Candiotti
  • Jason Giambi
  • Ben Grieve
  • Rickey Henderson
  • A. J. Hinch
  • Dave Magadan
  • Jason McDonald
  • Scott Spiezio
  • Matt Stairs[14]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Texas Rangers 88 74 .543 --
Anaheim Angels 85 77 .525 3
Seattle Mariners 76 85 .472 11½
Oakland Athletics 74 88 .457 14

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1998 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; R = Runs; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; Avg. = Batting Average; Slg. = Slugging Average; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos. Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. Slg. SB
C A.J. Hinch 120 337 34 78 9 35 .231 .341 3
1B Jason Giambi 153 562 92 166 27 110 .295 .489 2
2B Scott Spiezio 114 406 54 105 9 50 .259 .377 1
3B Mike Blowers 129 409 56 97 11 71 .237 .386 1
SS Miguel Tejada 105 365 53 85 11 45 .233 .384 5
LF Ricky Henderson 152 542 101 128 14 57 .236 .347 66
CF Ryan Christenson 117 370 56 95 5 50 .257 .368 5
RF Ben Grieve 155 583 94 168 18 89 .288 .458 2
DH Matt Stairs 149 523 88 154 26 106 .294 .511 8

[18]

Other batters[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
Sprague, EdEd Sprague 27 87 13 .149 3 7
Voigt, JackJack Voigt 57 72 10 .139 1 10

Pitching[edit]

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
Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers 34 238.2 16 8 3.17 138
Candiotti, TomTom Candiotti 33 201 11 16 4.84 98

Other 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

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Mike Quade
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Jeffrey Leonard
A Modesto A's California League Juan Navarrette
A Visalia Oaks California League Tony DeFrancesco
Short-Season A Southern Oregon Timberjacks Northwest League Greg Sparks
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League John Kuehl

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dane Johnson page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Scott Brosius page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Tony Batista page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jorge Velandia page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Damon Berryhill page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Mark Acre page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ a b Jack Voigt page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Mike Blowers page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Izzy Molina page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Ricky Henderson page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ a b Kevin Mitchell page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Ernie Young page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Doug Bochtler page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1998&t=OAK
  15. ^ Mark Mulder page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Eric Byrnes page at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Aaron Small page at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1998.shtml