1988 Boston Red Sox season
|1988 Boston Red Sox|
|1988 AL East Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Lou Gorman|
|Manager(s)||John McNamara (W-43; L-42) and Joe Morgan (W-46; L-31)|
WSBK-TV, Ch. 38|
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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- December 8, 1987: Lee Smith was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox for Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi.
- January 5, 1988: Dennis Lamp was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
|Boston Red Sox||89||73||0.549||—||53–28||36–45|
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||75||0.537||2||45–36||42–39|
|New York Yankees||85||76||0.528||3½||46–34||39–42|
Record vs. opponents
1988 American League Records
- April 15, 1988: Rick Cerone signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
- July 29, 1988: Curt Schilling was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Brady Anderson to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Boddicker.
Opening Day Line Up
The Rough Beginning
The 1988 team seemed to start much better than their chaotic 1987 season as evidenced by their 14-6 record in April; however, the team went sour thereafter specially for Jim Rice as he moved from left field to designated hitter. Dwight Evans also had problems when he played first base; usually reliable Lee Smith had problems including when he gave up a game-winning home run against the Tigers on Opening Day. The Red Sox would have an 11-16 record in May.
The team would have a slightly better June with a 14-12 record, but lost Jeff Sellers when he was hit by a line drive in Cleveland and broke his hand. Wes Gardner was moved from the bullpen to become a starter, but the team and its fans were losing patience.
At the All-Star break the Red Sox were 43-42, 9 games behind the front running Detroit Tigers. But management had seen enough, and fired John McNamara and hired 58-year-old Joe Morgan as their manager. On July 15, the Red Sox and Roger Clemens beat Bret Saberhagen's Kansas City Royals 3-1 to begin a 12-game winning streak and launched them to first place over the slumping Yankees and Tigers. The Red Sox would later set an American League record of 24 straight home victories. 60 days after Morgan became Red Sox manager they were 81-63 and 4.5 games ahead of first.
Staggering But Still Won The East
After a bad road trip to Toronto, the Sox came to Yankee Stadium up by 4, and won 2 out of 3 to just about clinch the A.L. East flag. Unfortunately, the hitting slump the team had been in for a while reasserted itself, and the Sox lost 3 to Toronto in Boston, but they crushed the Indians on September 29 to clinch a tie for first. The Yanks and Milwaukee lost the next day, and the division title was Boston's. Their 2nd A.L. East title in 3 seasons.
|1988 Boston Red Sox|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (1)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (1)|
|W: Gene Nelson (1-0) L: Lee Smith (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (2)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (2) BOS – Rich Gedman (1)|
|W: Gene Nelson (2-0) L: Mike Boddicker (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (3)|
|HR: OAK – Mark McGwire (1) Carney Lansford (1) Ron Hassey (1) Dave Henderson (1) BOS – Mike Greenwell (1)|
|W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-2) S: Dennis Eckersley (4)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (3)|
Awards and honors
- Wade Boggs, American League Batting Champion, .366
- Wade Boggs, American League Leader, Runs (128)
- Wade Boggs, American League Leader, Doubles (45)
- Wade Boggs, American League Leader, Walks (125)
- Wade Boggs, Major League Baseball Leader, On-base percentage (.476)
- Roger Clemens, American League Leader, Complete Games (14)
- Roger Clemens, American League Leader, Shutouts (8)
|AAA||Pawtucket Red Sox||International League||Ed Nottle|
|AA||New Britain Red Sox||Eastern League||Dave Holt|
|A||Lynchburg Red Sox||Carolina League||Dick Berardino|
|A||Winter Haven Red Sox||Florida State League||Doug Camilli|
|A-Short Season||Elmira Pioneers||New York–Penn League||Bill Limoncelli|
|Rookie||AZL Mariners/Red Sox||Arizona League||Mike Verdi and Myron Pines|
AZL club affiliation shared with Seattle Mariners
- Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Rick Cerone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- 1988 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
- 1988 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com