Year In Review : 1998 American League

Off the field...

Senator John Glenn blasted off for the second time at age seventy-seven to participate in a study of the effects of weightlessness and space stress on the elderly. The veteran astronaut had no difficulties performing his duties aboard the Space Shuttle and returned to earth with flying colors.

President Bill Clinton was accused of having improper relations with a young, White House intern. Despite denying the allegations, a thorough investigation is conducted and the house proposes the possibility of impeachment.

Seventy-six million people tuned in to view the last installment of a "show about nothing" as Seinfeld broadcasted its farewell performance. The series is still the most widely viewed sitcom ever in syndication and has made creator Jerry Seinfeld one of the wealthiest royalty recipients in the history of television.

In the American League...

The Oakland Athletics Rickey Henderson scored the 2,000th run of his career in the A's 15-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians. In doing so, he joined Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.

Cal Ripken started his 2,500th consecutive game as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland A's, 8-2. In perspective, the subsequent twenty-two longest active streaks (combined) add up to less than the "Iron Man's" own total.

Manager Joe Torre's Yankees outplayed the 1927 team and finished the season with an astonishing one hundred, fourteen regular-season wins and eleven postseason victories. The Bombers win column represented the most "Ws" by any team in one hundred, twenty-three years of Major League baseball.

In the National League...

Montreal Expos skipper Felipe Alou tallied his 521st career-win as manager thanks to veteran pitcher Dustin Hermanson who was also the starter in Alou's 400th, 450th, and 500th wins.

On September 8th, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire topped Roger Maris' single-season home run mark by slugging his sixty-second of the year off the Chicago Cubs' Steve Trachsel. Fittingly, Sammy Sosa, McGwire's closest running mate in the race to break sixty-one, was in attendance on the field.

San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds hit his 400th home run, off the Florida Marlins' Kirt Ojala and became the first player in Major League history to boast four-hundred homeruns and four-hundred steals in a career.

Around the League...

Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray died at the age of eighty-four, four days after collapsing at a Valentine's Day dinner. The Wrigley Field icon, known best for leading the fans in the traditional rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" left behind countless memories from a career that spanned half a century.

In an effort to secure financial stability, the Cleveland Indians requested permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell four million shares of the team to the public.

Congress finally passed a bill that removed part of baseball's seventy-six year antitrust exemption. The groundbreaking citation was supported by both the owners and the players union and was later signed by President Bill Clinton.

In November, Yankee and A's icon Jim "Catfish" Hunter was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an ultimately fatal neurological condition better known as "Lou Gehrig's disease."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"You measure the value of a ballplayer by how many fannies he puts in the seats." - George Steinbrenner

1998 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Oakland
118
Batting Average
New York
.339
Doubles
Texas
50
Hits
Seattle
213
Home Runs
Seattle
56
On Base Percentage
Seattle
.433
RBI
Texas
157
Runs
New York
127
Slugging Average
Chicago
.655
Stolen Bases
Oakland
66
Total Bases
Chicago
399
Triples
Kansas City
13

1998 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Baltimore
11
ERA
Toronto
2.65
Games
Detroit
88
Saves
Boston
46
Shutouts
New York
5
Strikeouts
Toronto
271
Winning Percentage
New York
.818
Wins
Toronto
20
New York
Texas

1998 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees 114 48 .704 0 $73,963,698
Boston Red Sox 92 70 .568 22 $59,547,000
Toronto Blue Jays 88 74 .543 26 $37,618,500
Baltimore Orioles 79 83 .488 35 $74,170,921
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 99 .389 51 $27,645,000
Cleveland Indians 89 73 .549 0 $56,843,441
Chicago White Sox 80 82 .494 9 $37,880,000
Kansas City Royals 72 89 .447 16½ $35,610,000
Minnesota Twins 70 92 .432 19 $22,027,500
Detroit Tigers 65 97 .401 24 $23,318,980
Texas Rangers 88 74 .543 0 $62,755,368
Anaheim Angels 85 77 .525 3 $54,189,000
Seattle Mariners 76 85 .472 11½ $44,860,014
Oakland Athletics 74 88 .457 14 $18,585,114
American League Team Standings

1998 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
New York
653
Batting Average
Texas
.289
Doubles
Boston
338
Hits
Texas
1,637
Home Runs
Seattle
234
On Base Percentage
New York
.368
Runs
New York
965
Slugging Average
Seattle
.468
Stolen Bases
Toronto
184
Triples
Tampa Bay
43

1998 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
New York
22
ERA
New York
3.82
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,357
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
New York
156
Fewest Walks Allowed
Minnesota
458
Saves
Boston
53
Shutouts
New York
16
Strikeouts
Seattle
1,156
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Draft | Home Run Derby | World Series
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Average Salary: $1,441,406.00
Minimum Salary: $170,000.00
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On March 31, 1998, the Devil Rays played their first game ever and lost to the Tigers 11-6 at Tropicana Field.

On July 5, 1998, Roger Clemens struck out Randy Winn from the Devil Rays and joined the elite 3,000 Strikeout Club .

On September 20, 1998, Cal Ripken, Jr. ended " the streak " when he asked his manager to be removed from the lineup.

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