1998 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1998 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Fox Entertainment Group
General manager(s) Fred Claire/Tommy Lasorda
Manager(s) Bill Russell/Glenn Hoffman
Local television Fox Sports West 2; KTLA (5)
Local radio

XTRA Sports 1150
Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Rick Monday

KWKW
Jaime Jarrín, René Cárdenas, Pepe Yñiguez
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The 1998 season saw the sale of the franchise from Peter O'Malley to the Fox Entertainment Group take effect. The new corporate executives would quickly anger Dodger fans when they bypassed General Manager Fred Claire and made one of the biggest trades in franchise history. They traded All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and starting third baseman Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for a package that included Gary Sheffield.

The team on the field performed poorly under all the stress and soon Fox fired Claire and manager Bill Russell, replacing them with former Manager Tommy Lasorda, who was appointed interim GM and Minor League manager Glenn Hoffman who took over for Russell. The team limped along to finish in third place in the National League West and more changes were in the offing for the following season.

Regular season[edit]

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Don Sutton's number 20 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998.

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Diego Padres 98 64 0.605 54–27 44–37
San Francisco Giants 89 74 0.546 49–32 40–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 83 79 0.512 15 48–33 35–46
Colorado Rockies 77 85 0.475 21 42–39 35–46
Arizona Diamondbacks 65 97 0.401 33 34–47 31–50


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1998 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 1–8 5–7 4–5 6–6 6–2 4–5 4–8 6–3 2–7 4–5 2–7 6–3 3–9 5–7 2–7 5–8
Atlanta 8–1 3–6 7–2 5–3 7–5 4–5 8–1 7–2 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–2 5–4 7–2 6–3 9–7
Chicago 7–5 6–3 6–5 7–2 7–2 4–7 4–5 6–6 7–2 4–5 3–6 8–3 5–4 7–3 4–7 5–8
Cincinnati 5–4 2–7 5–6 4–5 9–0 3–8 5–4 6–5 8–1 3–6 4–5 5–7 1–11 2–7 8–3 7-6
Colorado 6–6 3–5 2–7 5–4 6–3 6–5 6–6 4–7 7–2 3–6 5–4 5–4 5–7 7–5 3–6 4–8
Florida 2–6 5–7 2–7 0–9 3–6 3–6 4–5 0–9 5–7 5–7 6–6 3–6 4–5 0–9 4–5 8–8
Houston 5–4 5–4 7–4 8–3 5–6 6-3 3–6 9–2 7–2 5–4 7–2 9–2 5–4 6–3 5–7 10–4
Los Angeles 8–4 1–8 5–4 4–5 6–6 5–4 6–3 5–4 5–4 3–5 5–4 7–5 5–7 6–6 4–5 8–5
Milwaukee 3–6 2–7 6–6 5–6 7–4 9–0 2–9 4–5 6–3 1–8 4–5 6–5 3–6 5–4 3–8 8–6
Montreal 7–2 6–6 2–7 1–8 2–7 7–5 2–7 4–5 3–6 8–4 5–7 2–7 4–4 3–6 3–6 6–10
New York 5–4 3–9 5–4 6–3 6–3 7–5 4–5 5–3 8–1 4–8 8–4 4–5 4–5 4–5 6–3 9–7
Philadelphia 7-2 4–8 6–3 5–4 4–5 6–6 2–7 4–5 5–4 7–5 4–8 8–1 1–8 2–6 3–6 7–9
Pittsburgh 3–6 2–7 3–8 7–5 4–5 6–3 2–9 5–7 5–6 7–2 5–4 1–8 5–4 2–7 6–5 6–7
San Diego 9–3 4–5 4–5 11–1 7–5 5–4 4–5 7–5 6–3 4–4 5–4 8–1 4–5 8–4 6–3 6–7
San Francisco 7–5 2–7 3–7 7–2 5–7 9–0 3–6 6–6 4–5 6–3 5–4 6–2 7–2 4–8 7–5 8–5
St. Louis 7–2 3–6 7–4 3–8 6–3 5-4 7–5 5–4 8–3 6–3 3–6 6–3 5–6 3–6 5–7 4–9


Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Eric Young Second baseman
José Vizcaíno Shortstop
Mike Piazza Catcher
Todd Zeile Third baseman
Raúl Mondesí Right fielder
Paul Konerko First baseman
Todd Hollandsworth Left fielder
Trenidad Hubbard Center fielder
Ramón Martínez Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1998 Los Angeles Dodgers

Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Starting Pitchers stats[edit]

Name G GS IP W/L ERA BB SO CG
Chan Ho Park 34 34 220.7 15-9 3.71 97 191 2
Ismael Valdez 27 27 174.0 11-10 3.98 66 122 2
Darren Dreifort 32 26 180.0 8-12 4.00 57 168 1
Dave Mlicki 20 20 124.3 7-3 4.05 38 78 2
Ramón Martínez 15 15 101.7 7-3 2.83 41 91 1
Brian Bohanon 14 14 97.3 5-7 2.40 36 72 2
Hideo Nomo 12 12 67.7 2-7 5.05 38 73 2
Carlos Perez 11 11 77.7 4-4 3.24 30 46 4

Relief Pitchers stats[edit]

Name G GS IP W/L ERA BB SO SV
Jeff Shaw 34 0 35.3 1-4 2.55 7 26 25
Scott Radinsky 62 0 61.7 6-6 2.63 20 45 13
Antonio Osuna 54 0 64.7 7-1 3.06 32 72 6
Mark Guthrie 53 0 54.0 2-1 3.50 24 45 0
Jim Bruske 35 0 44.0 3-0 3.48 19 31 1
Dennys Reyes 11 3 28.7 0-4 4.71 20 33 0
Brad Clontz 18 0 20.7 2-0 5.66 10 14 0
Frank Lankford 12 0 19.7 0-2 5.95 7 7 1
Greg McMichael 12 0 14.3 0-1 4.40 6 11 1
Sean Maloney 11 0 12.7 0-1 4.97 5 11 0
Mike Judd 7 0 11.3 0-0 15.09 9 14 0
Darren Hall 11 0 11.3 0-3 10.32 5 8 0
Eric Weaver 7 0 9.7 2-0 0.93 6 5 0
Jeff Kubenka 6 0 9.3 1-0 0.96 8 10 0
Gary Rath 3 0 3.3 0-0 10.80 2 4 0
Will Brunson 2 0 2.3 0-1 11.57 2 1 0
Manuel Barrios 1 0 1.0 0-0 0.00 2 0 0

Batting Stats[edit]

Name Pos G AB Avg. R H HR RBI SB
Charles Johnson C 102 346 .217 31 75 12 35 3
Mike Piazza C 37 149 .282 20 42 9 30 0
Tom Prince C 37 81 .185 7 115 0 5 0
Paul Lo Duca C 6 14 .286 2 4 0 1 0
Ángel Peña C 6 13 .231 1 3 0 0 0
Eric Karros 1B 139 507 .296 59 150 23 87 7
Eric Young 2B 117 452 .285 78 129 8 43 42
José Vizcaíno SS 67 237 .262 30 62 3 29 7
Adrián Beltré 3B/SS 77 195 .215 18 42 7 22 3
Bobby Bonilla 3B/LF 72 236 .237 28 56 7 30 1
Juan Castro 2B/SS 89 220 .195 25 43 2 14 0
Mark Grudzielanek SS 51 193 .264 11 51 2 21 7
Wilton Guerrero 2B/SS/LF/CF 64 180 .283 21 51 0 7 5
Todd Zeile 3B/1B 40 158 .253 22 40 7 27 1
Paul Konerko 1B/3B/LF 49 144 .215 14 31 0 2 0
Alex Cora SS/2B 29 33 .121 1 4 0 0 0
Tripp Cromer IF 6 6 .167 1 11 1 1 0
Mike Metcalfe 2B 4 1 .000 0 0 0 0 2
Gary Sheffield RF 90 301 .316 52 95 16 57 18
Raúl Mondesí CF/RF 148 580 .279 85 162 30 90 16
Todd Hollandsworth LF/CF/RF 55 175 .269 23 47 3 20 4
Roger Cedeño LF/CF/RF 105 240 .242 33 58 2 17 8
Trenidad Hubbard CF/LF/RF/3B 94 208 .298 29 62 7 18 9
Matt Luke LF/RF/1B 69 160 .213 24 34 9 23 2
Jim Eisenreich LF/1B/RF 75 127 .197 12 25 0 6 4
Thomas Howard CF/LF/RF 47 76 .184 9 14 2 4 1
Mike Devereaux CF/LF/RF 9 13 .308 0 4 0 1 0
Damon Hollins RF/LF 5 9 .222 1 2 0 2 0

1998 Awards[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Glenn Hoffman
Ron Roenicke
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Ron Roenicke
Lance Parrish
High A San Bernardino Stampede California League Mickey Hatcher
Joe Vavra
Tim Wallach
High A Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League John Shoemaker
Short-Season A Yakima Bears Northwest League Tony Harris
Rookie Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League Dino Ebel
Rookie DSL Dodgers
DSL Dodgers 2
Dominican Summer League

Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

The Dodgers selected 50 players in this draft. Of those, only four of them would eventually play Major League baseball.

The first round pick was outfielder Bubba Crosby from Rice University. He played nine games for the Dodgers before he was traded to the New York Yankees, where he was a part-time player for three seasons. He hit .216 in 205 games in the Majors.

This draft also included pitcher Scott Proctor (5th round) from Florida State University and catcher David Ross (7th round) from the University of Florida. Proctor was a relief pitcher in the Majors, who played in seven seasons (2 for the Dodgers) and was 18-16 with a 4.78 ERA in 307 games (most prominently with the New York Yankees). Ross has primarily been a backup catcher during his two decade career which began in 2002.

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