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The 1988 Boston Red Sox season was the 88th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, but were then swept by the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS.

1988 Boston Red Sox
1988 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Jean Yawkey,
Haywood Sullivan
General manager(s)Lou Gorman
Manager(s)John McNamara (W-43; L-42) and Joe Morgan (W-46; L-31)
Local televisionWSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
NESN
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
Local radioWPLM-FM 99.1
WPLM-AM 1390
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
WRCA
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

  • 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 seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 53–28 36–45
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 1 50–31 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 2 47–34 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 2 45–36 42–39
New York Yankees 85 76 0.528 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 11 44–37 34–47
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 0.335 34½ 34–46 20–61

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1988 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 5–7 4–7 4–9 5–8 0–12 4–9 3–9 3–10 4–8 7–5 6–6 5–8
Boston 9–4 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–7 6–6 10–3 7–5 9–4 3–9 6–6 8–4 2–11
California 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4 5–7 5–8 3–9 4–9 6–6 4–9 6–7 8–5 6–6
Chicago 7–4 5–7 4–9 3–9 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–9 3–9 5–8 9–4 8–5 7–5
Cleveland 9–4 5–8 4–8 9–3 4–9 6–6 9–4 5–7 6–7 4–8 5–7 6–6 6–7
Detroit 8–5 7–6 7–5 9–3 9–4 8–4 5–8 1–11 8–5 4–8 9–3 8–4 5–8
Kansas City 12–0 6–6 8–5 6–7 6–6 4–8 3–9 7–6 6–6 8–5 7–5 7–6 4–8
Milwaukee 9–4 3–10 9–3 6–6 4–9 8–5 9–3 7–5 6–7 3–9 8–4 8–4 7–6
Minnesota 9–3 5–7 9–4 9–4 7–5 11–1 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–8 8–5 7–6 7–5
New York 10–3 4–9 6–6 9–3 7–6 5–8 6–6 7–6 9–3 6–6 5–7 5–6 6–7
Oakland 8–4 9–3 9–4 8–5 8–4 8–4 5–8 9–3 8–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 9–3
Seattle 5–7 6–6 7–6 4–9 7–5 3–9 5–7 4–8 5–8 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 6–6 4–8 5–8 5–8 6–6 4–8 6–7 4–8 6–7 6–5 5–8 7–6 6–6
Toronto 8–5 11–2 6–6 5–7 7–6 8–5 8–4 6–7 5–7 7–6 3–9 7–5 6–6


Notable TransactionsEdit

  • 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 UpEdit

  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 BeginningEdit

The 1988 team seemed to start much better than their chaotic 1987 season as evidenced by their 14-6 record in April; however, the team went sour thereafter specially for Jim Rice as he moved from left field to designated hitter. Dwight Evans also had problems when he played first base; usually reliable Lee Smith had problems including when he gave 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 slightly better 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 moved from the bullpen to become a starter, but the team and its fans were losing patience.

Morgan MagicEdit

At the All-Star break the Red Sox were 43-42, 9 games behind the front running division champion Detroit Tigers. But management had seen enough, and fired John McNamara and hired 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 in the first game of a doubleheader to begin a 12-game winning streak that launched them to first place over the slumping Yankees and Tigers. The Red Sox would later set an American League record of 24 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 EastEdit

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 title. 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.

Alumni gameEdit

The team held an old-timers game on May 14, before a scheduled home game against the Seattle Mariners. The alumni game marked the 40th anniversary of the 1948 Red Sox team, which had lost a one-game playoff to the Cleveland Indians.[4] The visiting (non-Red Sox) alumni team, skippered by Lou Boudreau—who had been player-manager of the 1948 Cleveland squad—prevailed by an 8–2 score, led by four RBIs from former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén.[4]

RosterEdit

1988 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Spike Owen 89 257 64 .249 5 18
Rick Cerone 84 264 71 .269 3 27
Brady Anderson 41 148 34 .230 0 12
Larry Parrish 52 158 41 .259 7 26
Kevin Romine 57 78 15 .192 1 6
Ed Romero 31 75 18 .240 0 5
Sam Horn 24 61 9 .148 2 8
Pat Dodson 17 45 8 .178 1 1
John Marzano 10 29 4 .138 0 1
Randy Kutcher 19 12 2 .167 0 0
Carlos Quintana 5 6 2 .333 0 2

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Clemens 35 264 18 12 2.93 291
Bruce Hurst 33 216.2 18 6 3.66 166
Oil Can Boyd 23 129.2 9 7 5.34 71
Mike Boddicker 15 89 7 3 2.63 56
Steve Ellsworth 8 36 1 6 6.75 16
Steve Curry 3 11 0 1 8.18 4

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wes Gardner 36 149.2 8 6 3.50 106
Mike Smithson 31 126.2 9 6 5.97 73
Jeff Sellers 18 85.2 1 7 4.83 70

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Lee Smith 64 4 5 29 2.80 96
Bob Stanley 57 6 4 5 3.19 57
Dennis Lamp 46 7 6 0 3.48 49
Tom Bolton 28 1 3 1 4.75 21
John Trautwein 9 0 1 0 9.00 8
Zach Crouch 3 0 0 0 6.75 0
Mike Rochford 2 0 0 0 0.00 1
Rob Woodward 1 0 0 0 13.50 0

ALCSEdit

Game 1Edit

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 2Edit

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 3Edit

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 4Edit

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 honorsEdit

Awards
Accomplishments

All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Rick Cerone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b Sudyk, Bob (May 15, 1988). "Old-Timers game a '48 reminder". Hartford Courant. p. B5. Retrieved May 24, 2018 – via newspapers.com.