1998 World Series
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The 1998 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1998 season. The 94th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion New York Yankees and the National League (NL) champion San Diego Padres. The Yankees swept the Padres in four games to win their second World Series championship in three years and their 24th overall. Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.
|1998 World Series|
|MVP||Scott Brosius (New York)|
|Umpires||Rich Garcia (AL, crew chief), Mark Hirschbeck (NL), Dale Scott (AL), Dana DeMuth (NL), Tim Tschida (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL)|
|Hall of Famers||Yankees: Tim Raines, Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre (manager)|
Padres: Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman
|ALCS||New York Yankees defeated Cleveland Indians, 4–2|
|NLCS||San Diego Padres defeated Atlanta Braves, 4–2|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Bob Brenly (Fox)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Jon Miller and Joe Morgan|
|World Series Program|
The Yankees advanced to the World Series by defeating the Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series, three games to none, and then the Cleveland Indians in the AL Championship Series, four games to two. The Padres advanced to the series by defeating the Houston Astros in the NL Division Series, three games to one, and then the Atlanta Braves in the NL Championship Series, four games to two. It was the Yankees' second appearance in the World Series in three years, and San Diego's second World Series appearance overall, their first since losing in 1984.
This was officially the first World Series that Bud Selig presided over as Commissioner of Baseball, although he had presided over the Commissioner's Trophy presentation at the end of the 1995 and 1997 World Series as the interim Commissioner. For the first time, the same city—San Diego—hosted both the final World Series game and the Super Bowl the same year; not only were they held in the same city, they were both also held in the same stadium, Qualcomm Stadium.
|1||October 17||San Diego Padres – 6, New York Yankees – 9||Yankee Stadium||3:29||56,712|
|2||October 18||San Diego Padres – 3, New York Yankees – 9||Yankee Stadium||3:31||56,692|
|3||October 20||New York Yankees – 5, San Diego Padres – 4||Qualcomm Stadium||3:14||64,667|
|4||October 21||New York Yankees – 3, San Diego Padres – 0||Qualcomm Stadium||2:58||65,427|
|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)
In Game 1, Kevin Brown took the hill for the Padres while the Yankees sent ALCS MVP David Wells to start. The Yankees began the scoring in the second inning, when rookie Ricky Ledee laced a two-run double into the right field corner with the bases loaded. However, the Padres battered Wells hard, beginning in the third inning when Greg Vaughn homered to right-center with a man aboard tying the game up at two runs apiece. In the fifth, Tony Gwynn smashed a two-run shot off the facing of the upper deck, followed up immediately by Vaughn's second dinger of the night. Trailing 5–2, Jorge Posada singled and Ledee walked with one out in the seventh for the Yankees, ending the night for Brown. Chuck Knoblauch homered off of Donne Wall to tie the game at five. After Derek Jeter singled, Mark Langston relieved Wall and after Paul O'Neill flied out, walked two to load the bases. A 2–2 count call by home plate umpire Rich Garcia would prove to be decisive. Langston's pitch was shown to be borderline and Garcia called it a ball. On the next pitch, Tino Martinez sent a grand slam into the upper deck, giving the Yankees a 9–5 lead. The Padres would score one more run in the eighth off of Mariano Rivera with the run charged to Jeff Nelson, but Rivera then pitched a scoreless ninth as the Yankees won Game 1 9–6.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Andy Ashby (0–1)|
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)
In Game 2, the Bombers would go up 2–0 in the Series thanks to a dreadful outing by San Diego starter Andy Ashby. Catcher Greg Meyers, starting for the first time in a month, was also ineffective. Chuck Knoblauch walked to lead off the first, stole second, and scored on third basemen Ken Caminiti's throwing error to first on Paul O'Neill's ground ball. After Bernie Williams grounded out, RBI singles by Chili Davis and Scott Brosius gave the Yankees a 3–0 lead. Next inning, Derek Jeter drove in Knoblauch with a single, then Williams's home run made it 6–0 Yankees. They added to their lead in the fourth on Ricky Ledee's RBI double. New York started Cuban import Orlando Hernández, who pitched four shutout innings before allowing a two-out triple to Chris Gomez in the fifth. innings Gomez scored on Quilvio Veras's double to put the Padres on the board, but In the bottom of the inning, Jorge Posada's two-run home run off of Brian Boehringer extended the Yankees' lead to 9–1. Mike Stanton relieved Hernandez in the eighth,inning and allowed a leadoff double to Caminiti, who scored two outs later on Ruben Rivera's double. After Carlos Hernandez singled, Jeff Nelson relieved Stanton and allowed an RBI single to Mark Sweeney before striking out Veras to end the inning. Nelson then pitched a perfect ninth as the Yankees 9–3 win gave them a 2–0 series lead.
|WP: Ramiro Mendoza (1–0) LP: Trevor Hoffman (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
NYY: Scott Brosius 2 (2)
The Yankees sent David Cone to the mound to face former Yankee pitcher Sterling Hitchcock, the MVP of the NLCS. Both teams were kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth.inning when Hitchcock himself led off the inning with a single off Cone. He and Qulivio Veras both scored two batters later when Tony Gwynn shot a single down the line past Tino Martinez at first base and Paul O'Neill committed a throwing error on the same play. Gwynn would also score in the inning to give San Diego a 3–0 lead. However, a half inning later the Yanks jumped on Hitchcock for two runs, beginning with a home run to left-center by Scott Brosius. The second run came in after Shane Spencer doubled and scored on an error by Ken Caminiti. In the eighth, the call was made to Trevor Hoffman after Randy Myers walked O'Neill to open the inning. Hoffman then walked Tino Martinez before Scott Brosius tagged a three-run blast over the fence in dead center. A Greg Vaughn sacrifice fly, scoring Quilvio Veras, cut the lead to 5–4 coming into the ninth, but the Yankees wrapped up the victory when Mariano Rivera picked up the save to end it. There was some criticism of Padres manager Bruce Bochy for using John Vander Wal as a pinch runner, leaving the responsibility of facing Rivera for the final at bat to Andy Sheets. Sheets struck out to end the game.
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0) LP: Kevin Brown (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)|
Andy Pettitte, who struggled throughout the regular season and had turned in a poor start in the ALCS, outdueled Kevin Brown in Game 4, throwing 7 1⁄3 shutout innings. The Yankees scored their first run of the game in the sixth inning on Bernie Williams's RBI groundout with runners on second and third, then added to their lead in the eighth on Scott Brosius's based-loaded RBI single followed by Ricky Ledee's sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the inning, however, the Padres were able to get two batters on base against Pettitte. Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson struck out Greg Vaughn; then called upon Mariano Rivera. After Ken Caminiti reached with a single to load the bases, Rivera was able to get Jim Leyritz, known for his clutch postseason home runs, to fly out to end the threat. Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to end the Series.
|New York Yankees||3||5||1||0||2||1||9||5||0||26||43||2|
|San Diego Padres||0||0||2||0||4||3||0||4||0||13||32||3|
|Total attendance: 243,498 Average attendance: 60,875|
Winning player's share: $312,042 Losing player's share: $204,144
The television rights for the 1998 World Series went to Fox, as they had the rights to the World Series in even-numbered years under the television contract that was signed in 1996. Joe Buck once again provided the play-by-play, with Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly alongside him in the booth.
For the first time, ESPN Radio was the home of the World Series, having taken the national radio rights for Major League Baseball from CBS Radio. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan provided the coverage for the network.
Impact and aftermathEdit
The series win brought the Yankees' franchise championship total to 24, tying the Montreal Canadiens for most championships won by a North American professional sports franchise.
The 1998 Yankees are considered to be one of the top teams in baseball history. With the win, the Yankees posted an MLB record with the most overall wins in a single season in MLB history with 125 wins (including the postseason). The previous record for most overall wins in one season was 118, set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs followed by 116, set by their cross-town rivals, the 1986 New York Mets. The sweep marked the first time the Yankees swept a World Series since 1950 when they swept the Philadelphia Phillies. They were also the first team to sweep a World Series since the Cincinnati Reds in 1990.
This was also the first time since 1989 that a team had won a World Series after having the best record in the regular season. It was also the first time since 1986 that a team won a World Series after posting at least 100 wins in the regular season. It was also the only World Series championship during the Yankees' 1990s dynasty not to be won against either the Mets or the Atlanta Braves.
The loss made the Padres the first expansion team to lose two World Series, having lost in 1984 to the Detroit Tigers. In addition, the Padres became the first expansion team to lose a World Series at home. As of 2012 the Padres are one of only two teams in Major League Baseball to win at least two league championships and never win the World Series (the other team being the Texas Rangers).
Bruce Bochy is the only Padres player or manager to be on every Padres playoff team. Bruce Bochy however would go on to win three World Series titles as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
As of 2019, this remains as the most recent championship game or series a professional San Diego sports team has participated in. The Padres' loss was also significant as it also assured that the city of San Diego's sporting championship drought since 1963 would continue, which has become the longest streak of such futility for a city with at least one professional sports team.
On October 11, 2005, A&E Home Video released The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collectors Edition (1996–2001) DVD set. Game 3 of the 1998 World Series is included in the set.
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With their 125th win of 1998, they became the first team to sweep a World Series since the 1990 Cincinnati Reds, who dispatched the Oakland A's of McGwire and Jose Canseco, and the first Yankee team to sweep since the 1950 club of aging Joe DiMaggio and rookie Whitey Ford bounced the Whiz Kids of Philadelphia.
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