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1998 Oakland Athletics season

1998 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Oakland, California (since 1968)
  • Results
    Record 74–88 (.457)
    Other information
    Owner(s) Stephen Schott
    Ken Hofmann
    General manager(s) Billy Beane
    Manager(s) Art Howe
    Local television KRON-TV
    Fox Sports Bay Area
    (Ray Fosse, Greg Papa, Ken Wilson)
    Local radio KNEW
    (Bill King, Ken Korach, Ray Fosse)
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    The Oakland Athletics' 1998 season saw the A's finish with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses. The campaign was the first of the Billy Beane era. While the Athletics finished a distant fourth in the AL West, they improved upon the prior year's dismal output of 65-97.

    The strong play of Jason Giambi, Matt Stairs and Kenny Rogers highlighted an otherwise forgettable campaign. Rogers' performance was particularly impressive; in arguably the finest season of his career, he won 16 games and posted a 3.17 Earned Run Average (both were the best full-season marks by an Athletics starter since 1992). Additionally, the 1998 season marked Rickey Henderson's fourth (and final) stint with the Athletics. Henderson, at the age of 39, stole a total 66 bases; this total lead the league in that category. Lastly, rookie Ben Grieve collected a Rookie of the Year (ROY) award for his solid debut season. The award was the Athletics' first since Walt Weiss received one in 1988.

    The Athletics posted a winning record in 1999. The organization, under Beane, would not post another losing season until 2007.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Opening Day starters

    • Rafael Bournigal
    • Tom Candiotti
    • Jason Giambi
    • Ben Grieve
    • Rickey Henderson
    • A. J. Hinch
    • Dave Magadan
    • Jason McDonald
    • Scott Spiezio
    • Matt Stairs[14]

    Season standings

    AL West W L Pct. GB
    Texas Rangers 88 74 .543 --
    Anaheim Angels 85 77 .525 3
    Seattle Mariners 76 85 .472 11½
    Oakland Athletics 74 88 .457 14

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1998 Oakland Athletics
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    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

    Pos. Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. Slg. SB
    C A.J. Hinch 120 337 34 78 9 35 .231 .341 3
    1B Jason Giambi 153 562 92 166 27 110 .295 .489 2
    2B Scott Spiezio 114 406 54 105 9 50 .259 .377 1
    3B Mike Blowers 129 409 56 97 11 71 .237 .386 1
    SS Miguel Tejada 105 365 53 85 11 45 .233 .384 5
    LF Ricky Henderson 152 542 101 128 14 57 .236 .347 66
    CF Ryan Christenson 117 370 56 95 5 50 .257 .368 5
    RF Ben Grieve 155 583 94 168 18 89 .288 .458 2
    DH Matt Stairs 149 523 88 154 26 106 .294 .511 8
    [18]

    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
    Sprague, EdEd Sprague 27 87 13 .149 3 7
    Voigt, JackJack Voigt 57 72 10 .139 1 10

    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
    Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers 34 238.2 16 8 3.17 138
    Candiotti, TomTom Candiotti 33 201 11 16 4.84 98

    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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    References

    1. ^ Dane Johnson page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Scott Brosius page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Tony Batista page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Jorge Velandia page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Damon Berryhill page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Mark Acre page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ a b Jack Voigt page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ Mike Blowers page at Baseball Reference
    9. ^ Izzy Molina page at Baseball Reference
    10. ^ Ricky Henderson page at Baseball Reference
    11. ^ a b Kevin Mitchell page at Baseball Reference
    12. ^ Ernie Young page at Baseball Reference
    13. ^ Doug Bochtler page at Baseball Reference
    14. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1998&t=OAK
    15. ^ Mark Mulder page at Baseball Reference
    16. ^ Eric Byrnes page at Baseball Reference
    17. ^ Aaron Small page at Baseball Reference
    18. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1998.shtml