1998 Oakland Athletics season

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1998 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 74–88 (.457)
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)
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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. Rogers' performance was particularly impressive; in arguably the finest season of his career, he won 16 games and posted a 3.17 Earned Run Average (both were the best full-season marks by an Athletics starter since 1992). 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 Home Road
Texas Rangers 88 74 0.543 48–33 40–41
Anaheim Angels 85 77 0.525 3 42–39 43–38
Seattle Mariners 76 85 0.472 11½ 42–39 34–46
Oakland Athletics 74 88 0.457 14 39–42 35–46


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1998 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 5–6 6–5 5–6 4–7 8–3 6–5 6–5 6–5 5–7 9–3 6–5 5–7 4–7 10–6
Baltimore 6–5 6–6 2–9 5–6 10–1 5–6 7–3 3–9 8–3 6–5 5–7 6–5 5–7 5–11
Boston 5–6 6–6 5–6 8–3 5–5 8–3 5–6 5–7 9–2 7–4 9–3 6–5 5–7 9–7
Chicago 6–5 9–2 6–5 6–6 6–6 8–4 6–6 4–7 4–7 4–7 5–6 5–6 4–6–1 7–9
Cleveland 7–4 6–5 3–8 6–6 9–3 8–4 6–6 4–7 3–8 9–2 7–3 4–7 7–4 10–6
Detroit 3–8 1–10 5–5 6–6 3–9 6–6 8–4 3–8 7–4 3–8 5–6 3–8 5–6 7–9
Kansas City 5–6 6–5 3–8 4–8 4–8 6–6 7–5 0–10 7–4 4–6 8–3 3–8 6–5 9–7
Minnesota 5–6 3–7 6–5 6–6 6–6 4–8 5–7 4–7 4–7 2–9 7–4 7–4 4–7 7–9
New York 5–6 9–3 7–5 7–4 7–4 8–3 10–0 7–4 8–3 8–3 11–1 8–3 6–6 13–3
Oakland 7–5 3–8 2–9 7–4 8–3 4–7 4–7 7–4 3–8 5–7 5–6 6–6 5–6 8–8
Seattle 3–9 5–6 4–7 7–4 2–9 8–3 6–4 9–2 3–8 7–5 6–5 5–7 4–7 7–9
Tampa Bay 5–6 7–5 3–9 6–5 3–7 6–5 3–8 4–7 1–11 6–5 5–6 4–7 5–7 5–11
Texas 7–5 5–6 5–6 6–5 7–4 8–3 8–3 4–7 3–8 6–6 7–5 7–4 7–4 8–8
Toronto 7–4 7–5 7–5 6–4–1 4–7 6–5 5–6 7–4 6–6 6–5 7–4 7–5 4–7 9–7


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
A-Short Season Southern Oregon Timberjacks Northwest League Greg Sparks
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League John Kuehl

References[edit]

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