1998 Seattle Mariners season

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1998 Seattle Mariners
Randy Johnson's final season with the Mariners
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record76–85 (.472)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Hiroshi Yamauchi
(represented by John Ellis)
General manager(s)Woody Woodward
Manager(s)Lou Piniella
Local televisionKIRO-TV 7
KSTW
Fox Sports Northwest
Local radioKIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs,
Ron Fairly, Dave Valle,
Dave Henderson)
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The Seattle Mariners 1998 season was their 22nd season, and was the final year in which Kingdome was the home venue for the entire season. Their record was 76–85 (.472) and they finished in third place in the four-team American League West, 11½ games behind the champion Texas Rangers.[1]

The Mariners were the defending division champions, but exceeded the .500 mark only once during the season; at 19–18 after a win at Detroit on May 12.[2] On July 18 at the Kingdome, Seattle (crimson, silver, and black) and the Kansas City Royals (yellow gold and blue) played a game in futuristic uniforms for "Turn Ahead the Clock" night. Shortstop Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Mariners won by three.[3][4]

Ken Griffey Jr. hit 56 home runs to tie his franchise record set the year before;[5] Rodriguez hit 42 home runs and stole 46 bases to become the third member of the 40/40 club, joining Jose Canseco (1988) and Barry Bonds (1996).[6][7]

Offseason[edit]

  • November 13, 1997: Jalal Leach was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[8]
  • December 3, 1997: Ken Huckaby was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[9]
  • December 16, 1997: Pat Listach was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[10]
  • December 27, 1997: Rico Rossy was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[11]
  • January 8, 1998: Glenallen Hill signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[12]
  • January 29, 1998: Jalal Leach was traded by the Seattle Mariners with Scott Smith (minors) to the San Francisco Giants for David McCarty.[8]

Regular season[edit]

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


Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Jay Buhner
  • Joey Cora
  • Russ Davis
  • Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Glenallen Hill
  • Randy Johnson
  • Edgar Martínez
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • David Segui
  • Dan Wilson[13]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1998 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Major League debuts[edit]

  • Batters:
    • Rickey Cradle (Jul 1)
    • Charles Gipson (Mar 31)
    • Carlos Guillén (Sep 6)
    • Shane Monahan (Jul 9)
    • Ryan Radmanovich (Apr 13)
  • Pitchers:
    • Steve Gajkowski (May 25)
    • David Holdridge (Aug 8) [16]

Game log[edit]

Game Log

Source:[17]

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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 Dan Wilson 96 325 39 82 9 44 .252 .392 2
1B David Segui 143 522 79 159 19 84 .305 .487 3
2B Joey Cora 131 519 111 166 6 32 .276 .370 15
3B Russ Davis 141 502 68 130 20 82 .259 .442 4
SS Alex Rodriguez 161 686 123 213 42 124 .310 .560 46
LF Glenallen Hill 74 259 37 75 12 33 .290 .521 1
CF Ken Griffey, Jr. 161 633 120 180 56 146 .284 .611 20
RF Jay Buhner 72 244 33 59 15 45 .242 .463 0
DH Edgar Martínez 154 556 86 179 29 102 .322 .429 1

[18]

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. Slg. SB
Rob Ducey 97 217 30 52 5 23 .240 .410 0
Shane Monahan 62 211 17 51 4 28 .242 .346 1

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G IP W L SV ERA SO BB

Ken Griffey Jr.'s 56 home runs[edit]

Under Construction

Home Run Game Date Inning Location Opposing Pitcher Team
1 1 March 31 5th[19] Seattle Charles Nagy Cleveland Indians
2 3 April 3 5th[20] Seattle Derek Lowe Boston Red Sox
3 4 April 4 2nd [21] Seattle Rose Boston Red Sox
4 11 April 12 5th[22] Boston Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox
5 12 April 13 1st[23] Cleveland Dave Burba Cleveland Indians
6 12 April 13 7th Cleveland José Mesa Cleveland Indians
7 16 April 17 3rd[24] Minnesota Milton Minnesota Twins
8 April 20| |8th[25] Denver Doobie 420 Dude
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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Ken Griffey, Jr., franchise record, most home runs in one season (56)
  • Alex Rodriguez, third member to join the 40/40 Club

Source:[6]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Dave Myers
AA Orlando Rays Southern League Dan Rohn
A Lancaster Jethawks California League Rick Burleson
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Gary Varsho
A-Short Season Everett AquaSox Northwest League Terry Pollreisz
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Darrin Garner

[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LaRue, Larry (September 28, 1998). "M's end season to forget". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Tacoma News Tribune). p. C2.
  2. ^ LaRue, Larry (May 13, 1998). "M's win, finally top .500 mark". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Tacoma News Tribune). p. C1.
  3. ^ "A-Rod puts Royals on the rocks". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 19, 1998. p. C1.
  4. ^ "A-Rod gets angry, then he gets even in Seattle victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. July 19, 1998. p. 5B.
  5. ^ "Rangers win West despite drubbing". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 26, 1998. p. 2B.
  6. ^ a b "Mariner milestones". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 28, 1998. p. C2.
  7. ^ "McDowell tames M's again". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 20, 1998. p. C10.
  8. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leachja01.shtml
  9. ^ a b Ken Huckaby Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ Pat Listach Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/r/rossyri01.shtml
  12. ^ a b Glenallen Hill Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1998&t=SEA
  14. ^ Randy Johnson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bellda01.shtml
  16. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/statistics/1998/26.shtml
  17. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/schedule.php?y=1998&t=SEA
  18. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1998.shtml
  19. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199803310SEA
  20. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199804030SEA
  21. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199804040SEA
  22. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199804120BOS
  23. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199804130CLE
  24. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199804170MIN
  25. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1998.shtml
  26. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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