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1988 Baltimore Orioles season

1988 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Baltimore, Maryland (since 1954)
  • Results
    Record 54–107 (.335)
    Divisional place 7th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Edward Bennett Williams
    Manager(s) Cal Ripken and Frank Robinson
    Local television WMAR-TV
    (Jim Simpson, Brooks Robinson)
    Home Team Sports
    (Jim Palmer, Mel Proctor, John Lowenstein)
    Local radio WBAL (AM)
    (Jon Miller, Joe Angel)
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    The 1988 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League East with a record of 54 wins and 107 losses. The season is remembered for the 0-21 start that lasted from April 4 to 28 to start the Orioles season.[1] Manager Cal Ripken, Sr. was fired after an 0-6 start and replaced by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. The Orioles won their first game of the year against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on April 29.[2] The most runs allowed during the season was 15 in a game on June 19 while the most runs scored was 12 in a game on May 31.[1] Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams died in August of that year.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    • April 4, 1988: The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Orioles 12-0, setting a record for the largest margin of victory in a shutout win on Opening Day.[8]
    • September 7, 1988: Curt Schilling made his major league debut. He pitched against the Boston Red Sox and pitched in 7 innings. Schilling gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs. He had 2 strikeouts and 5 bases on balls.[9]

    The Losing Streak

    • Game 13: The Orioles tied the 1904 Washington Senators and the 1920 Detroit Tigers for most losses to start the season with 13 losses after being beaten by the Brewers, 9-5, in Milwaukee.[10]
    • Game 14: On a cold, wet night, 7,284 witnessed baseball history at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Baltimore became the first team in the history of major league baseball to start the season 0-14 as the Brewers won, 8-6.[10]
    • Game 21: The Orioles lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins in Minnesota, extending their streak of season-starting losses to half again their original record, marking their seventh straight series being swept,[11] and ending the day 16 games out of first place on April 28.[12]

    Season standings

    AL East W L Pct. GB
    Boston Red Sox 89 73 .549    --
    Detroit Tigers 88 74 .543   1.0
    Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 .537   2.0
    Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 .537   2.0
    New York Yankees 85 76 .528   3.5
    Cleveland Indians 78 84 .481 11.0
    Baltimore Orioles 54 107 .335 34.5


    Opening Day starters

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1988 Baltimore Orioles roster
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    = Indicates team leader

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Pos Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
    C Tettleton, MickeyMickey Tettleton 86 283 74 11 37 .261
    1B Murray, EddieEddie Murray 161 603 171 28 84 .284
    2B Ripken, BillyBilly Ripken 150 512 103 2 34 .207
    3B Schu, RickRick Schu 89 270 69 4 20 .256
    SS Ripken, CalCal Ripken 161 575 152 23 81 .264
    LF Stanicek, PetePete Stanicek 83 261 60 4 17 .230
    CF Lynn, FredFred Lynn 87 301 76 18 37 .252
    RF Orsulak, JoeJoe Orsulak 125 379 109 8 27 .288
    DH Sheets, LarryLarry Sheets 136 452 104 10 47 .230
    [18]

    Other batters

    Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
    Traber, JimJim Traber 103 352 78 10 45 .222
    Kennedy, TerryTerry Kennedy 85 265 60 3 16 .226
    Gerhart, KenKen Gerhart 103 262 51 9 23 .195
    Gonzales, ReneRene Gonzales 92 237 51 2 15 .215
    Anderson, BradyBrady Anderson 53 177 35 1 9 .198
    Hughes, KeithKeith Hughes 41 108 21 2 14 .194
    Worthington, CraigCraig Worthington 26 81 15 2 4 .185
    Stone, JeffJeff Stone 26 61 10 0 1 .164
    Dwyer, JimJim Dwyer 35 53 12 0 3 .226
    Nichols, CarlCarl Nichols 18 47 9 0 1 .191
    Rowdon, WadeWade Rowdon 20 30 3 0 0 .100
    Davis, ButchButch Davis 13 25 6 0 0 .240
    Landrum, TitoTito Landrum 13 24 3 0 2 .125
    [18]

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Bautista, JoséJosé Bautista 33 171.7 6 15 4.30 76
    Tibbs, JayJay Tibbs 30 158.7 4 15 5.39 82
    Ballard, JeffJeff Ballard 25 153.3 8 12 4.40 41
    Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker 21 147.0 6 12 3.86 100
    Peraza, OswaldoOswaldo Peraza 19 86.0 5 7 5.55 61
    McGregor, ScottScott McGregor 4 17.3 0 3 8.83 10
    Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 4 14.7 0 3 9.82 4
    Milacki, BobBob Milacki 3 25.0 2 0 0.72 18
    Harnisch, PetePete Harnisch 2 13.0 0 2 5.54 10
    Noles, DickieDickie Noles 2 3.3 0 2 24.30 1

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Schmidt, DaveDave Schmidt 41 129.7 8 5 3.40 67
    Williamson, MarkMark Williamson 37 117.7 5 8 4.90 69
    Morgan, MikeMike Morgan 22 71.3 1 6 5.43 29
    Dillard, GordonGordon Dillard 2 3.0 0 0 6.00 2

    Relief pitchers

    Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
    Niedenfuer, TomTom Niedenfuer 52 59.0 3 4 18 3.51 40
    Sisk, DougDoug Sisk 52 94.3 3 3 0 3.72 26
    Thurmond, MarkMark Thurmond 43 74.7 1 8 3 4.58 29
    Aase, DonDon Aase 35 46.7 0 0 0 4.05 28
    Habyan, JohnJohn Habyan 7 14.7 1 0 0 4.30 4
    Olson, GreggGregg Olson 10 11.0 1 1 0 3.27 9
    Scherrer, BillBill Scherrer 4 4.0 0 1 0 13.50 3

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ a b 1988 Baltimore Orioles Schedule, Box Scores and Splits - Baseball-Reference.com
    2. ^ Box Score of Game played on Friday, April 29, 1988 at Comiskey Park I
    3. ^ Mike Kinnunen page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Mike Hart page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Rico Rossy page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Ray Knight page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Rick Schu page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ SI.com - Statitudes - Statitudes: Opening Day 2002, By the Numbers - Sunday March 30, 2003 01:50 AM
    9. ^ Curt Schilling page at Baseball Reference
    10. ^ a b Washingtonpost.com: The 1988 Orioles: And the Losing Goes On
    11. ^ "1988 Baltimore Orioles Schedule". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
    12. ^ Jim Caple (October 10, 2014). "ALCS: Someone's misery will end". ESPN. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
    13. ^ 1988 Baltimore Orioles Roster by Baseball Almanac
    14. ^ Dickie Noles page at Baseball Reference
    15. ^ Mickey Tettleton page at Baseball Reference
    16. ^ Pete Rose Jr. page at Baseball Reference
    17. ^ Mike Boddicker page at Baseball Reference
    18. ^ a b 1988 Baltimore Orioles Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com