Year In Review : 1998 National League

O ff 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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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."

"If it (Mark McGwire's homer) hadn't hit the scoreboard, it could have gone all the way around the world and hit me in the back of my head." - Sandy Alomar, Jr.
1998 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

162

Batting Average

Colorado

.363

Doubles

Houston

51

Hits

Colorado

219

Home Runs

St. Louis

70

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.473

RBI

Chicago

158

Runs

Chicago

134

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.752

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

58

Total Bases

Chicago

416

Triples

Arizona

12

1998 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Philadephia

15

ERA

Atlanta

2.22

Games

Chicago

81

Saves

San Diego

53

Shutouts

Atlanta

5

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

300

Winning Percentage

Atlanta

.850

Wins

Atlanta

20

1998 National League

Team Standings

Atlanta Braves

106 56 .654 0

$61,840,254

New York Mets

88 74 .543 18

$58,660,665

Philadelphia Phillies

75 87 .463 31

$29,922,500

Montreal Expos

65 97 .401 41

$8,317,500

Florida Marlins

54 108 .333 52

$19,141,000

Houston Astros

102 60 .630 0

$48,354,000

Chicago Cubs

90 73 .552

$51,061,000

St. Louis Cardinals

83 79 .512 19

$47,608,948

Cincinnati Reds

77 85 .475 25

$20,707,333

Milwaukee Brewers

74 88 .457 28

$36,854,036

Pittsburgh Pirates

69 93 .426 29½

$13,695,000

San Diego Padres

98 64 .605 0

$53,081,166

San Francisco Giants

89 74 .546

$47,939,715

Los Angeles Dodgers

83 79 .512 15

$60,731,667

Colorado Rockies

77 85 .475 21

$47,959,648

Arizona Diamondbacks

65 97 .401 33

$32,814,500

1998 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

San Francisco

678

Batting Average

Colorado

.291

Doubles

Colorado

333

Hits

Colorado

1,640

Home Runs

St. Louis

223

On Base Percentage

Houston

.359

Runs

Houston

874

Slugging Average

Colorado

.461

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

159

Triples

Arizona

46

1998 National League Team Review

Pitchin Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Atlanta

24

ERA

Atlanta

3.25

Fewest Hits Allowed

Atlanta

1,291

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Atlanta

117

Fewest Walks Allowed

Houston

465

Saves

San Diego

59

Shutouts

Atlanta

23

Strikeouts

Atlanta

1,232



On March 31, 1998, the Diamondbacks played their first game ever and lost to the Rockies 7-2 at Bank One Ballpark.

On August 23, 1998, Barry Bonds hit home run number four-hundred and became the first player in Major League history with at least four-hundred home runs and four-hundred stolen bases.

On September 27, 1998, Mark McGwire hit the historic, legendary, and memorable number seventy .

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