1988 Boston Red Sox season
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|
|General manager(s)||Lou Gorman|
|Manager(s)||John McNamara (W-43; L-42) and Joe Morgan (W-46; L-31)|
|Local television||WSBK-TV, Ch. 38|
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
|Local radio||WPLM-FM 99.1|
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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|Boston Red Sox||89||73||0.549||—||53–28||36–45|
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||75||0.537||2||45–36||42–39|
|New York Yankees||85||76||0.528||3½||46–34||39–42|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1988 American League Records
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- April 15, 1988: Rick Cerone signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
- 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
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.
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.
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. 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.
|1988 Boston Red Sox|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|Oil Can Boyd||23||129.2||9||7||5.34||71|
|W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (1)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (1)|
|W: Gene Nelson (1-0) L: Lee Smith (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (2)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (2) BOS – Rich Gedman (1)|
|W: Gene Nelson (2-0) L: Mike Boddicker (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (3)|
|HR: OAK – Mark McGwire (1) Carney Lansford (1) Ron Hassey (1) Dave Henderson (1) BOS – Mike Greenwell (1)|
|W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-2) S: Dennis Eckersley (4)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (3)|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Wade Boggs, Silver Slugger Award (3B)
- Roger Clemens, AL Pitcher of the Month (July)
- Mike Greenwell, Silver Slugger Award (OF), AL Player of the Month (June)
- Bruce Hurst, AL Pitcher of the Month (September)
- Wade Boggs, American League Batting Champion, .366
- Wade Boggs, American League Leader, Runs (128)
- Wade Boggs, American League Leader, Doubles (45)
- Wade Boggs, American League Leader, Walks (125)
- Wade Boggs, Major League Baseball Leader, On-base percentage (.476)
- Roger Clemens, American League Leader, Complete Games (14)
- Roger Clemens, American League Leader, Shutouts (8)
AZL club affiliation shared with Seattle Mariners
- Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Rick Cerone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Sudyk, Bob (May 15, 1988). "Old-Timers game a '48 reminder". Hartford Courant. p. B5. Retrieved May 24, 2018 – via newspapers.com.