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1998 Texas Rangers season

1998 Texas Rangers
1998 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Arlington, Texas (since 1972)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Hicks
    Manager(s) Johnny Oates
    Local television KXTX-TV
    KXAS-TV
    Fox Sports Southwest
    (Tom Grieve, Bill Jones)
    Local radio KRLD
    (Eric Nadel, Vince Cotroneo)
    KMRT
    (Luis Mayoral, Josue Perez)
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    The 1998 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing 1st in the American League west with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. It would be the team's second post-season appearance, but the team would be swept 3-0 by the New York Yankees.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    During the season, Rick Helling would be the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Rangers in the decade.[9]

    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 Texas Rangers
    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 Ivan Rodriguez 145 579 88 186 21 91 .321 .513 9
    1B Will Clark 149 554 98 169 23 102 .305 .507 1
    2B Mark McLemore 126 461 79 114 5 53 .247 .317 12
    3B Fernando Tatis 95 330 41 89 3 32 .247 .442 6
    SS Kevin Elster 84 297 33 69 8 37 .232 .354 0
    LF Rusty Greer 155 598 107 183 16 108 .306 .405 2
    CF Tom Goodwin 154 520 102 151 2 33 .290 .338 38
    RF Jaun Gonzalez 154 606 110 193 45 157 .318 .630 2
    DH Lee Stevens 120 344 52 91 20 59 .265 .512 0
    [12]

    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
    Simms, MikeMike Simms 86 186 55 .296 16 46

    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
    Hernandez, XavierXavier Hernandez 46 6 6 1 3.57 41

    New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers

    Game 1

    September 29 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
    New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
    W: David Wells (1-0)   L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)  S: Mariano Rivera (1)

    Game 2

    September 30 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Texas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
    New York 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
    W: Andy Pettitte (1-0)   L: Rick Helling (0-1)    S: Mariano Rivera (2)
    HR: NYYShane Spencer, Scott Brosius  

    Game 3

    October 2 at The Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers)

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 9 1
    Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    W: David Cone (1-0)   L: Aaron Sele (0-1)  
    HR: NYYShane Spencer, Paul O'Neill   

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tulsa, GCL Rangers

    References

    1. Jim Leyritz page at Baseball Reference
    2. Scott Sheldon page at Baseball Reference
    3. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bailesc01.shtml
    4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/elsteke01.shtml
    5. Roberto Kelly page at Baseball Reference
    6. Scott Podsednik page at Baseball Reference
    7. Scott Cooper page at Baseball Reference
    8. Tim Crabtree page at Baseball Reference
    9. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    10. Todd Van Poppel page at Baseball Reference
    11. Greg Cadaret page at Baseball Reference
    12. http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1998.shtml