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1998 Baltimore Orioles season

1998 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Baltimore, Maryland (since 1954)
  • Results
    Record 79–83 (.488)
    Divisional place 4th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Peter Angelos
    Manager(s) Ray Miller
    Local television WJZ-TV/WNUV
    Home Team Sports
    (Jim Palmer, Michael Reghi)
    Local radio WBAL (AM)
    (Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter)
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    The 1998 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 79 wins and 83 losses.

    Offseason

    • December 11, 1997: Doug Drabek was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[1]
    • December 12, 1997: Joe Carter was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

    Regular season

    • From July 2 to August 15, Eric Davis hits in 30 consecutive games during which time he hits .400 (52-130) with 10 home runs and 35 runs batted in.[3]
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    Retired 1998
    • The 1998 Baltimore Orioles season marks the last time a team other than the New York Yankees had the highest payroll in baseball.

    Season standings

    AL East W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 114 48 .704    --
    Boston Red Sox   92 70 .568 22.0
    Toronto Blue Jays   88 74 .543 26.0
    Baltimore Orioles   79 83 .488 35.0
    Tampa Bay Devil Rays   63 99 .389 51.0


    Notable transactions


    All good things must come to an end

    In June, Cal Ripken, Jr. began to contemplate ending his still-active, record-breaking streak of consecutive games played. However, the Orioles were still in contention for a wild-card spot in the playoffs at that point, so he continued playing. By mid-September, after the team fell out of wild-card contention, Ripken decided that, since the games that began his streak (May 30, 1982), tied Lou Gehrig's old record of 2,130 games (September 5, 1995) and surpassed it (September 6, 1995) all took place in his Baltimore hometown, it would be most appropriate to bring his incredible run to a close at home also. Thus, on September 20, after playing 2,632 games without a break, Cal Ripken, Jr. asked to be taken out of the starting lineup for the Orioles' last home game of the season against the New York Yankees. Everybody was stunned when rookie Ryan Minor took third base instead of Ripken for the start of the game. The game's first batter, New York's Chuck Knoblauch, grounded out to shortstop for the first out, officially ending Ripken's streak and prompting both teams and the fans to give "The Iron Man" a thunderous ovation for his monumental achievement.


    Roster

    1998 Baltimore Orioles
    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 Chris Hoiles 97 267 70 .262 15 56
    1B Rafael Palmeiro 162 619 183 .296 43 121
    2B Roberto Alomar 147 588 166 .282 14 56
    3B Cal Ripken 161 601 163 .271 14 61
    SS Mike Bordick 151 465 121 .260 13 51
    LF BJ Surhoff 162 573 160 .279 22 92
    CF Brady Anderson 133 479 113 .236 18 51
    RF Eric Davis 131 452 148 .327 28 89
    DH Harold Baines 104 293 88 .300 9 57

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Lenny Webster 108 309 88 .285 10 46
    Joe Carter 85 283 70 .247 11 34
    Rich Becker 79 113 23 .204 3 11
    Jeff Reboulet 79 126 31 .246 1 8
    Jeffrey Hammonds 63 171 46 .269 6 28
    Willie Greene 24 40 6 .150 1 5
    Lyle Mouton 18 39 12 .308 2 7
    Charlie Greene 13 21 4 .190 0 0
    Ozzie Guillen 12 16 1 .063 0 0
    Danny Clyburn 11 25 7 .280 1 3
    Gene Kingsale 11 2 0 .000 0 0
    P.J. Forbes 9 10 1 .100 0 2
    Ryan Minor 9 14 6 .429 0 1
    Calvin Pickering 9 21 5 .238 2 3
    Jesus Tavarez 8 11 2 .182 1 1
    Hairston, JerryJerry Hairston 6 7 0 .000 0 0
    Willis Otanez 3 5 1 .200 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Scott Erickson 36 251.1 16 13 4.01 186
    Mike Mussina 29 206.1 13 10 3.49 175
    Juan Guzman 33 211 10 16 4.35 168
    Sidney Ponson 31 135 8 9 5.27 85
    Doug Drabek 23 108.2 6 11 7.29 55
    Scott Kamieniecki 12 54.2 2 6 6.75 25

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/drabedo01.shtml
    2. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cartejo01.shtml
    3. ^ "Title Unknown". Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
    4. ^ Cliff Lee Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/beckeri01.shtml
    6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007


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