1998 Texas Rangers season

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1998 Texas Rangers
1998 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Hicks
Manager(s) Johnny Oates
Local television KXTX-TV
KXAS-TV
Fox Sports Southwest
(Tom Grieve, Bill Jones)
Local radio KRLD
(Eric Nadel, Vince Cotroneo)
KMRT
(Luis Mayoral, Josue Perez)
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The 1998 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing 1st in the American League west with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. It would be the team's second post-season appearance, but the team would be swept 3-0 by the New York Yankees.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

During the season, Rick Helling would be the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Rangers in the decade.[9]

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 Texas Rangers
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 Ivan Rodriguez 145 579 88 186 21 91 .321 .513 9
1B Will Clark 149 554 98 169 23 102 .305 .507 1
2B Mark McLemore 126 461 79 114 5 53 .247 .317 12
3B Fernando Tatis 95 330 41 89 3 32 .247 .442 6
SS Kevin Elster 84 297 33 69 8 37 .232 .354 0
LF Rusty Greer 155 598 107 183 16 108 .306 .405 2
CF Tom Goodwin 154 520 102 151 2 33 .290 .338 38
RF Jaun Gonzalez 154 606 110 193 45 157 .318 .630 2
DH Lee Stevens 120 344 52 91 20 59 .265 .512 0

[12]

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
Simms, MikeMike Simms 86 186 55 .296 16 46

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

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
Hernandez, XavierXavier Hernandez 46 6 6 1 3.57 41

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers[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 0 2 6 0
W: David Wells (1-0)   L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)  S: 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 0 3 8 0
W: Andy Pettitte (1-0)   L: Rick Helling (0-1)    S: Mariano Rivera (2)
HR: NYYShane 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
W: David Cone (1-0)   L: Aaron Sele (0-1)  
HR: NYYShane Spencer, Paul O'Neill   

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma RedHawks Pacific Coast League Greg Biagini
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Bobby Jones
A Charlotte Rangers Florida State League Jim Byrd
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Paul Carey
Rookie Pulaski Rangers Appalachian League Bruce Crabbe
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Darryl Kennedy

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tulsa, GCL Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Leyritz page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Scott Sheldon page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bailesc01.shtml
  4. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/elsteke01.shtml
  5. ^ Roberto Kelly page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Scott Podsednik page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Scott Cooper page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Tim Crabtree page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  10. ^ Todd Van Poppel page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Greg Cadaret page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1998.shtml
Preceded by
Seattle Mariners
1997
AL West Championship Season
1998
Succeeded by
Texas Rangers
1999