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1998 New York Mets season

1998 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York, New York (since 1962)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Fred Wilpon
    Manager(s) Bobby Valentine
    Local television WWOR-TV/Fox Sports New York
    (Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy, Howie Rose, Gary Thorne)
    Local radio WFAN
    (Bob Murphy, Gary Cohen, Ed Coleman)
    WADO (spanish)
    (Juan Alicea, Billy Berroa)
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    The New York Mets' 1998 season was the 37th regular season for the Mets. They finished the season with a record of 88-74. Despite placing 2nd in the National League East, the Mets fell one game short of playoff contention following a catastrophic collapse during the final week of the season. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

    Offseason

    November 24, 1997: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[1]

    December 18, 1997: Dennis Cook was acquired from the Florida Marlins in exchange for Fletcher Bates and Scott Comer.[2]

    February 6, 1998: Al Leiter and Ralph Milliard were acquired from the Florida Marlins in exchange for A.J. Burnett, Jesus Sanchez, and Robert Stratton.[3]

    Regular season

    Opening Day starters

    • Edgardo Alfonzo
    • Carlos Baerga
    • Bernard Gilkey
    • Butch Huskey
    • Bobby Jones
    • Brian McRae
    • John Olerud
    • Rey Ordonez
    • Tim Spehr[4]

    The Mets played an unforgettable opening day game at Shea Stadium on March 31 against their division rival Philadelphia Phillies. Both of them were involved in the longest scoreless opening day game in the National League and the longest one in the MLB since 1926 when the Washington Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 1–0 in 15 innings.[5][6][7] The Mets won the game 1–0 in 14 innings when backup catcher Alberto Castillo delivered a full-count, two-out, pinch-hit single to right with the bases loaded off Philadelphia closer Ricky Bottalico.[6] This was the first regular season baseball game played in New York in March.[8]

    Notable transactions

    • May 10, 1998: Steve Decker was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[9]
    • May 22, 1998: Mike Piazza was traded by the Florida Marlins to the New York Mets for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz (minors).
    • June 16, 1998: Rich Becker was selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Mets.[10]
    • July 3, 1998: Josias Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[11]
    • July 31, 1998: Tony Phillips was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets for Leo Estrella.[12]
    • July 31, 1998: Bill Pulsipher was Traded by the New York Mets to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Kinkade.[13]

    Season standings

    NL East W L Pct. GB
    Atlanta Braves 106 56 .654 --
    New York Mets 88 74 .543 18
    Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 .463 31
    Montreal Expos 65 97 .401 41
    Florida Marlins 54 108 .333 52

    Roster

    1998 New York Mets
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders 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

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Tatum, JimJim Tatum 35 50 9 .180 2 13

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager
    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Lucie, Capital City[14]

    References

    1. ^ John Olerud Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    2. ^ [1]
    3. ^ http://ultimatemets.com/profile.php?PlayerCode=0605
    4. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1998&t=NYN
    5. ^ Salisbury, Jim (April 1, 1998). "For Openers, Zilch Phils Fall in 14th Without a Run". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. E1. 
    6. ^ a b Diamos, Jason (April 1, 1998). "A Midsummer Classic in March as Mets Nip Phillies". New York Times. p. C1. 
    7. ^ Pedulla, Tom (April 1, 1998). "Mets edge Phillies 1-0 in 14 innings". USA Today. p. 5C. 
    8. ^ Vecsey, George (April 1, 1998). "Mets Take An Opener For the Ages". New York Times. p. C1. 
    9. ^ Steve Decker Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    10. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/beckeri01.shtml
    11. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manzajo01.shtml
    12. ^ Tony Phillips Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    13. ^ Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    14. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

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