1998 Arizona Diamondbacks season
The 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks season was the Diamondbacks' inaugural season. They looked to contend in what was a strong National League Western Division. They finished the season 33 games behind the National League Champion San Diego Padres with a record of 65-97, last in the division. However, they would improve in 1999, finishing with a record of 100-62 and winning 35 games more than the previous year.
|1998 Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Joe Garagiola Jr.|
|Local television||FSN Arizona|
(Thom Brennaman, Greg Schulte, Bob Brenly, Joe Garagiola, Al McCoy)
|Local radio||KTAR (620 AM)|
(Thom Brennaman, Rod Allen, Greg Schulte)
(Jose Tolentino, Ivan Lara)
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Jeff Suppan was the last player from the inaugural team still active in Major League Baseball when he retired in 2012.
- February 7, 1997: Mark Davis was signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- August 14, 1997: Mark Davis was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers by the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a conditional deal.
- November 17, 1997: Jay Bell signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- November 18, 1997: Devon White was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jesus Martinez (minors).
- November 18, 1997: Travis Fryman was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Gabe Alvarez, Joe Randa, and Matt Drews (minors).
- December 1, 1997: Matt Williams was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Travis Fryman, Tom Martin, and cash.
- January 8, 1998: Andy Stankiewicz signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- January 11, 1998: Mark Davis was signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
1996–97 MLB June drafts and minor league affiliatesEdit
The two expansion teams set to debut in 1998, the Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, had two full seasons to establish scouting and player development systems and were permitted to participate fully in the 1966 and 1997 Major League Baseball drafts. The Diamondbacks drafted 30th in both 1996 and 1997, selecting 62 players (1996) and 60 players (1997) in those drafts. The team began developing those players in a farm system with three minor-league affiliates in 1996 and four in 1997.
Among the players selected and signed by Arizona from those drafts were pitchers Brad Penny (fifth round, 1996) and Casey Fossum (seventh, 1996); infielders Alex Cintrón (36th, 1997), Jack Cust (first, 1997) and Junior Spivey (36th round, 1996); and outfielders Ron Calloway (eighth, 1997) and Jason Conti (32nd, 1996).
1996 farm systemEdit
|A||Visalia Oaks||California League||Tim Torricelli|
|Rookie||AZL Diamondbacks||Arizona League||Dwayne Murphy|
|Rookie||Lethbridge Black Diamonds||Pioneer League||Chris Speier|
1997 farm systemEdit
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: High Desert
Opening Day startersEdit
- Jay Bell
- Andy Benes
- Brent Brede
- Edwin Diaz
- Jorge Fábregas
- Karim García
- Travis Lee
- Devon White
- Matt Williams
|San Diego Padres||98||64||0.605||—||54–27||44–37|
|San Francisco Giants||89||74||0.546||9½||49–32||40–42|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||83||79||0.512||15||48–33||35–46|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1998 National League Records
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- June 23, 1998: Alan Embree was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Russ Springer.
- June 26, 1998: Aaron Small was selected off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Oakland Athletics.
|1998 Arizona Diamondbacks|
|1998 Game Log (65–97)|
|Legend:= Win = Loss = Postponement|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
- Jay Bell Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Devon White Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Travis Fryman Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Matt Williams Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Andy Stankiewicz Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- Alan Embree Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com