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The Florida Marlins' 1998 season was the sixth season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to defend their World Series Champion title, having won the title in 1997. Their manager was Jim Leyland. They played home games at Pro Player Stadium, and finished with a record of 54–108, last in the NL East. The team is notable for having arguably the biggest fire sale in sports history, auctioning off nearly all of their most notable players. The 1998 Marlins were the first defending World Series champions to finish last in their division. After winning on opening day against the Chicago Cubs, the Marlins would lose 11 straight, the most consecutive losses by a reigning champion. The Marlins would finish 0-9 against 3 teams: Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Milwaukee. The 1998 Marlins are the last team in baseball history to finish winless against 3 separate opponents.

1998 Florida Marlins
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record54–108 (.333)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Wayne Huizenga
General manager(s)Dave Dombrowski
Manager(s)Jim Leyland
Local televisionSports Channel Florida
WBFS-TV
(Joe Angel, Dave O'Brien, Tommy Hutton, Jay Randolph)
Local radioWQAM
(Joe Angel, Dave O'Brien, Jon Sciambi)
WQBA (Spanish)
(Felo Ramírez, Manolo Alvarez)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

  • November 18, 1997: Devon White was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jesus Martinez (minors).[1]
  • December 15, 1997: Scott Podsednik was drafted by the Texas Rangers from the Florida Marlins in the 1997 rule 5 draft.[2]
  • December 15, 1997: Derrek Lee was traded by the San Diego Padres with Steve Hoff (minors) and Rafael Medina to the Florida Marlins for Kevin Brown.[3]
  • December 21, 1997: Kevin Millar was signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

  • June 22, 1998 – The first interleague game between the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took place at Tropicana Field. The rivalry would be known as the Citrus Series. The Marlins won the game in twelve innings by a score of 3-2.[5]

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 106 56 0.654 56–25 50–31
New York Mets 88 74 0.543 18 47–34 41–40
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 0.463 31 40–41 35–46
Montreal Expos 65 97 0.401 41 39–42 26–55
Florida Marlins 54 108 0.333 52 31–50 23–58

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1998 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 1–8 5–7 4–5 6–6 6–2 4–5 4–8 6–3 2–7 4–5 2–7 6–3 3–9 5–7 2–7 5–8
Atlanta 8–1 3–6 7–2 5–3 7–5 4–5 8–1 7–2 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–2 5–4 7–2 6–3 9–7
Chicago 7–5 6–3 6–5 7–2 7–2 4–7 4–5 6–6 7–2 4–5 3–6 8–3 5–4 7–3 4–7 5–8
Cincinnati 5–4 2–7 5–6 4–5 9–0 3–8 5–4 6–5 8–1 3–6 4–5 5–7 1–11 2–7 8–3 7-6
Colorado 6–6 3–5 2–7 5–4 6–3 6–5 6–6 4–7 7–2 3–6 5–4 5–4 5–7 7–5 3–6 4–8
Florida 2–6 5–7 2–7 0–9 3–6 3–6 4–5 0–9 5–7 5–7 6–6 3–6 4–5 0–9 4–5 8–8
Houston 5–4 5–4 7–4 8–3 5–6 6-3 3–6 9–2 7–2 5–4 7–2 9–2 5–4 6–3 5–7 10–4
Los Angeles 8–4 1–8 5–4 4–5 6–6 5–4 6–3 5–4 5–4 3–5 5–4 7–5 5–7 6–6 4–5 8–5
Milwaukee 3–6 2–7 6–6 5–6 7–4 9–0 2–9 4–5 6–3 1–8 4–5 6–5 3–6 5–4 3–8 8–6
Montreal 7–2 6–6 2–7 1–8 2–7 7–5 2–7 4–5 3–6 8–4 5–7 2–7 4–4 3–6 3–6 6–10
New York 5–4 3–9 5–4 6–3 6–3 7–5 4–5 5–3 8–1 4–8 8–4 4–5 4–5 4–5 6–3 9–7
Philadelphia 7-2 4–8 6–3 5–4 4–5 6–6 2–7 4–5 5–4 7–5 4–8 8–1 1–8 2–6 3–6 7–9
Pittsburgh 3–6 2–7 3–8 7–5 4–5 6–3 2–9 5–7 5–6 7–2 5–4 1–8 5–4 2–7 6–5 6–7
San Diego 9–3 4–5 4–5 11–1 7–5 5–4 4–5 7–5 6–3 4–4 5–4 8–1 4–5 8–4 6–3 6–7
San Francisco 7–5 2–7 3–7 7–2 5–7 9–0 3–6 6–6 4–5 6–3 5–4 6–2 7–2 4–8 7–5 8–5
St. Louis 7–2 3–6 7–4 3–8 6–3 5-4 7–5 5–4 8–3 6–3 3–6 6–3 5–6 3–6 5–7 4–9


Notable transactionsEdit

The Mike Piazza tradesEdit

RosterEdit

1998 Florida Marlins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
C Gregg Zaun 106 298 19 56 5 29 .188 5
1B Derrek Lee 141 454 62 106 17 74 .233 5
2B Craig Counsell 107 335 43 84 4 40 .251 3
3B Todd Zeile 66 234 37 68 6 39 .291 2
SS Édgar Rentería 133 517 79 146 3 31 .282 41
LF Cliff Floyd 153 588 85 166 22 90 .282 27
CF Todd Dunwoody 116 434 53 109 5 28 .251 5
RF Mark Kotsay 154 578 72 161 11 68 .279 10

[8]

Other battersEdit

Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
Dave Berg 81 182 18 57 2 21 .313 3
Bobby Bonilla 28 97 11 27 4 15 .278 0
Josh Booty 7 19 0 3 0 3 .158 0
John Cangelosi 104 171 19 43 1 10 .251 2
Luis Castillo 44 153 21 31 1 10 .203 3
Brian Daubach 10 15 0 3 0 3 .200 0
Jim Eisenreich 30 64 9 16 1 7 .250 2
Álex González 25 86 11 13 3 7 .151 0
Ryan Jackson 111 260 26 65 5 31 .250 1
Charles Johnson 31 113 13 25 7 23 .221 0
Randy Knorr 15 49 4 10 2 11 .204 0
Kevin Orie 48 175 23 46 6 17 .263 1
Mike Piazza 5 18 1 5 0 5 .278 0
Mike Redmond 37 118 10 39 2 12 .331 0
Gary Sheffield 40 136 21 37 6 28 .272 4
John Wehner 53 88 10 20 0 5 .227 1
Preston Wilson 14 31 4 2 1 1 .065 0

[8]

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO BB

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Devon White Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Scott Podsednik Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/l/leede02.shtml
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/millake01.shtml
  5. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199806220TBA
  6. ^ Jacob Brumfield Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ Bobby Bonilla Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/FLA/1998.shtml
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

External linksEdit