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1988 Boston Red Sox season

1988 Boston Red Sox
1988 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Jean Yawkey,
    Haywood Sullivan
    Manager(s) John McNamara (W-43; L-42) and Joe Morgan (W-46; L-31)
    Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
    (Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
    NESN
    (Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
    Local radio WPLM-FM 99.1
    WPLM-AM 1390
    (Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
    WRCA
    (Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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    The 1988 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing first in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses.

    Offseason

    • December 8, 1987: Lee Smith was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox for Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi.[1]
    • January 5, 1988: Dennis Lamp was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[2]

    Regular season

    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


    Notable Transactions

    • April 15, 1988: Rick Cerone signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[3]
    • July 29, 1988: Curt Schilling was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Brady Anderson to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Boddicker.

    Opening Day Line Up

      5 Brady Anderson CF
    17 Marty Barrett 2B
    26 Wade Boggs     3B
    14 Jim Rice LF
    39 Mike Greenwell     RF
    24 Dwight Evans 1B
    30 Sam Horn DH
    10 Rich Gedman C
      7 Spike Owen SS
    21 Roger Clemens P

    The Rough Beginning

    The team that year was much better than their chaotic 1987 season as evident as the team went 14-6 in April, but the hitting went sour especially Jim Rice as he went from left field to designated hitter. Dwight Evans also had problems when he played first base and even Lee Smith had problems including one game in which he give up a game-winning home run against the Tigers on opening Day. The Red Sox would have an 11-16 record in May.

    The team would have a so-so June with a 14-12 record, but lost Jeff Sellers when he was hit by a line drive in Cleveland and broke his hand. Wes Gardner was taken from the bullpen to become a starter, but the team and its fans were losing patience.

    Morgan Magic

    At the All-Star break the Red Sox were 43-42, 9 games behind the front running Detroit Tigers. But management has seen enough as they fire John McNamara and hire 58-year old Joe Morgan as their manager. On July 15, the Red Sox and Roger Clemens beat Bret Saberhagen's Kansas City Royals 3-1 to begin a 12-game winning streak and launched them to first place over the slumping Yankees and Tigers. The Red Sox would later set an American League record of 25 straight home victories. 60 days after Morgan became Red Sox manager they were 81-63 and 4.5 games ahead of first.

    Staggering But Still Won The East

    After a bad road trip to Toronto, the Sox came to Yankee Stadium up by 4, and won 2 out of 3 to just about clinch the A.L. East flag. Unfortunately, the hitting slump the team had been in for a while reasserted itself, and the Sox lost 3 to Toronto in Boston, but they crushed the Indians on September 29 to clinch a tie for first. The Yanks and Milwaukee lost the next day, and the division title was Boston's. Their 2nd A.L. East title in 3 seasons.

    Roster

    1988 Boston Red Sox
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    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 Avg. HR RBI
    C Rich Gedman 95 299 69 .231 9 39
    1B Todd Benzinger 120 405 103 .254 13 70
    2B Marty Barrett 150 612 173 .283 1 65
    3B Wade Boggs 155 584 214 .366 5 58
    SS Jody Reed 109 338 99 .293 1 28
    LF Mike Greenwell 158 590 192 .325 22 119
    CF Ellis Burks 144 540 159 .294 18 92
    RF Dwight Evans 149 559 164 .293 21 111
    DH Jim Rice 135 485 128 .264 15 72

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Roger Clemens 35 264 18 12 2.93 291

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    ALCS

    Game 1

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
    Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
    W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
    HR: OAKJosé Canseco (1)

    Game 2

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 10 1
    Boston 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 4 1
    W: Gene Nelson (1-0)   L: Lee Smith (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (2)
    HR: OAKJosé Canseco (2)   BOSRich Gedman (1)

    Game 3

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Boston 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 0
    Oakland 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 X 10 15 1
    W: Gene Nelson (2-0)   L: Mike Boddicker (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (3)
    HR: OAKMark McGwire (1)  Carney Lansford (1)  Ron Hassey (1)  Dave Henderson (1)  BOSMike Greenwell (1)

    Game 4

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Boston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
    Oakland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 X 4 10 1
    W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-2)  S: Dennis Eckersley (4)
    HR: OAKJosé Canseco (3)

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    2. ^ Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
    3. ^ Rick Cerone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com