1998 New York Yankees season
The New York Yankees' 1998 season was the 96th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a franchise record regular-season standing of 114–48. These Yankees set an American League record for wins in a season, a record that would stand until 2001, when the Seattle Mariners won 116 games in the regular season against 46 losses (the Yankees still hold the record for most regular season wins by a team that won the World Series). New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium in which they celebrated the stadium's 75th Anniversary.
|1998 New York Yankees|
|1998 AL East Champions|
1998 AL Champions
1998 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Brian Cashman|
(Bobby Murcer, Tommy John)
(Ken Singleton, Jim Kaat, Al Trautwig, Suzyn Waldman)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)|
(John Sterling, Michael Kay)
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In the postseason, they swept the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series, won the American League pennant by beating the Cleveland Indians four games to two in the American League Championship Series, and swept the San Diego Padres to capture their 24th World Series. Including the playoffs, the 1998 Yankees won a total of 125 games against 50 losses, an MLB record. They are widely considered to be one of the greatest teams in baseball history. The 125 wins (regular season and playoffs combined) was the most by a championship team, surpassing the previous record of 116, set by their cross-town rivals, New York Mets in 1986.
- November 11, 1997: Charlie Hayes was traded by the New York Yankees with cash to the San Francisco Giants for Chris Singleton and Alberto Castillo (minors).
- November 12, 1997: Luis Sojo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- November 18, 1997: Scott Brosius was sent by the Oakland Athletics to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 7, 1997. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later to the New York Yankees for Kenny Rogers and cash.
- November 25, 1997: Dale Sveum was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- December 10, 1997: Chili Davis signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- January 8, 1998: Darryl Strawberry re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- January 15, 1998: Tim Raines re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- January 26, 1998: Doug Linton was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- February 6, 1998: Chuck Knoblauch was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the New York Yankees for Brian Buchanan, Cristian Guzmán, Eric Milton, Danny Mota, and cash.
- March 14, 1998: Doug Linton was released by the New York Yankees.
- June 2, 1998: Mark Prior was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (43rd pick) of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- June 2, 1998: Drew Henson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 24, 1998.
- June 28, 1998: Ken Huckaby was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- August 3, 1998: Dale Sveum was released by the New York Yankees.
- September 29, 1998: Alfonso Soriano was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central).
|New York Yankees||114||48||0.704||—||62–19||52–29|
|Boston Red Sox||92||70||0.568||22||51–30||41–40|
|Toronto Blue Jays||88||74||0.543||26||51–30||37–44|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||63||99||0.389||51||33–48||30–51|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1998 American League Records
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|1998 New York Yankees|
|1998 Regular Season (114–48) Home: 62–19 Away: 52–29 game log|
April (17–6) Home: 9–1 Away: 8–5
May (20–7) Home: 9–4 Away: 11–3
June (19–7) Home: 10–1 Away: 9–6
July (20–7) Home: 10–2 Away: 10–5
August (22–10) Home: 14–5 Away: 8–5
September (16–11) Home: 10–6 Away: 6–6
Postseason Game logEdit
|1998 Postseason (11–2) game log|
|= Indicates team leader|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|WP: David Wells (1-0) LP: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0) LP: Rick Helling (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
NYY: Shane Spencer, Scott Brosius
|WP: David Cone (1-0) LP: Aaron Sele (0-1)|
NYY: Shane Spencer, Paul O'Neill
New York wins the series, 4-2
|1||New York||7||Cleveland||2||October 6||1-0 (NYY)|
|2||New York||1||Cleveland||4||October 7||1-1|
|3||Cleveland||6||New York||1||October 9||2-1 (CLE)|
|4||Cleveland||0||New York||4||October 10||2-2|
|5||Cleveland||3||New York||5||October 11||3-2 (NYY)|
|6||New York||9||Cleveland||5||October 13||4-2 (NYY)|
October 17, 1998, at Yankee Stadium in New York
|WP: David Wells (1-0) LP: Donne Wall (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
SD: Greg Vaughn 2 (2), Tony Gwynn (1)
NYY: Chuck Knoblauch (1), Tino Martinez (1)
October 18, 1998, at Yankee Stadium in New York
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1-0) LP: Andy Ashby (0-1)|
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)
|WP: Ramiro Mendoza (1-0) LP: Trevor Hoffman (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
NYY: Scott Brosius 2 (2)
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0) LP: Kevin Brown (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Scott Brosius, 3B, World Series Most Valuable Player
- David Wells, Pitcher, American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player
- David Cone, Pitcher, Hutch Award
- Derek Jeter, Shortstop, American League Leader in Runs scored, 127
- Joe Torre, Associated Press Manager of the Year
- Bernie Williams, Outfielder, 1998 American League Batting Title
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- Olney, Buster (October 23, 1998). "After Century of Baseball, How Do Yanks Stack Up?". New York Times. p. A1.
Then there is the 1986 Mets, who won 108 games in the regular season and 8 more in the post-season, beating Houston in the NL playoffs and the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. They had a deep roster, graced by the likes of Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, and Gary Carter, and excellent pitching. But the 1998 Yankees are a far superior defensive team, and again, relative to their peers, the Yankees fare better.
- Charlie Hayes Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Scott Brosius Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Chili Davis Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Darryl Strawberry Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Tim Raines Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Chuck Knoblauch Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Mark Prior Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Ken Huckaby Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Alfonso Soriano Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007