1998 Seattle Mariners season
|1998 Seattle Mariners|
|Randy Johnson's final season with the Mariners|
|Major League affiliations|
(represented by John Ellis)
|General manager(s)||Woody Woodward|
|Local television||KIRO-TV 7|
Fox Sports Northwest
|Local radio||KIRO 710 AM|
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs,
Ron Fairly, Dave Valle,
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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.
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. 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.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit 56 home runs to tie his franchise record set the year before; 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).
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Game log
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Ken Griffey Jr.'s 56 home runs
- 6 Awards and honors
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- November 13, 1997: Jalal Leach was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.
- December 3, 1997: Ken Huckaby was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.
- December 16, 1997: Pat Listach was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.
- December 27, 1997: Rico Rossy was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.
- January 8, 1998: Glenallen Hill signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.
- January 29, 1998: Jalal Leach was traded by the Seattle Mariners with Scott Smith (minors) to the San Francisco Giants for David McCarty.
Record vs. opponents
1998 American League Records
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Opening Day starters
- Jay Buhner
- Joey Cora
- Russ Davis
- Ken Griffey, Jr.
- Glenallen Hill
- Randy Johnson
- Edgar Martínez
- Alex Rodriguez
- David Segui
- Dan Wilson
- June 13, 1998: Catcher Ken Huckaby was released by the Mariners.
- July 6, 1998: Outfielder Glenallen Hill was selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from the Mariners.
- July 31, 1998: Randy Johnson was traded by the Mariners to the Houston Astros for pitcher Freddy García, infielder Carlos Guillen, and a player to be named later; Houston sent pitcher John Halama to the Mariners on October 1 to complete the trade.
- August 31, 1998: Infielder David Bell was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Mariners for Joey Cora.
|1998 Seattle Mariners|
Major League debuts
- Rickey Cradle (Jul 1)
- Charles Gipson (Mar 31)
- Carlos Guillén (Sep 6)
- Shane Monahan (Jul 9)
- Ryan Radmanovich (Apr 13)
- Steve Gajkowski (May 25)
- David Holdridge (Aug 8) 
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by position
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
|CF||Ken Griffey, Jr.||161||633||120||180||56||146||.284||.611||20|
Ken Griffey Jr.'s 56 home runs
|Home Run||Game||Date||Inning||Location||Opposing Pitcher||Team|
|1||1||March 31||5th||Seattle||Charles Nagy||Cleveland Indians|
|2||3||April 3||5th||Seattle||Derek Lowe||Boston Red Sox|
|3||4||April 4||2nd ||Seattle||Rose||Boston Red Sox|
|4||11||April 12||5th||Boston||Tim Wakefield||Boston Red Sox|
|5||12||April 13||1st||Cleveland||Dave Burba||Cleveland Indians|
|6||12||April 13||7th||Cleveland||José Mesa||Cleveland Indians|
|7||16||April 17||3rd||Minnesota||Milton||Minnesota Twins|
|8||April 20| |8th||Denver||Doobie||420 Dude|
Awards and honors
- Ken Griffey, Jr., franchise record, most home runs in one season (56)
- Alex Rodriguez, third member to join the 40/40 Club
- LaRue, Larry (September 28, 1998). "M's end season to forget". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Tacoma News Tribune). p. C2.
- LaRue, Larry (May 13, 1998). "M's win, finally top .500 mark". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Tacoma News Tribune). p. C1.
- "A-Rod puts Royals on the rocks". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 19, 1998. p. C1.
- "A-Rod gets angry, then he gets even in Seattle victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. July 19, 1998. p. 5B.
- "Rangers win West despite drubbing". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 26, 1998. p. 2B.
- "Mariner milestones". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 28, 1998. p. C2.
- "McDowell tames M's again". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 20, 1998. p. C10.
- Ken Huckaby Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Pat Listach Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Glenallen Hill Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Randy Johnson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007