1988 Oakland Athletics season
|1988 Oakland Athletics|
1988 AL West Champions|
1988 AL Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Walter A. Haas, Jr.|
|General manager(s)||Sandy Alderson|
|Manager(s)||Tony La Russa|
(Monte Moore, Ray Fosse)
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
(Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Evilio Mendoza)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1988 season involved the A's winning their first American League West title since 1981, with a record of 104 wins and 58 losses. In 1988, the elephant was restored as the symbol of the Athletics and currently adorns the left sleeve of home and road uniforms. The elephant was retired as team mascot in 1963 by then-owner Charles O. Finley in favor of a Missouri mule. The A's defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, but lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games, including a dramatic, classic walk-off home run by the Dodgers' Kirk Gibson in game one.
- October 12, 1987: Brian Harper was released by the Athletics.
- October 12, 1987: Jerry Willard was released by the Athletics.
- December 6, 1987: Ron Hassey was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- December 7, 1987: Gary Lavelle was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- December 8, 1987: José Rijo and Tim Birtsas were traded by the Athletics to the Cincinnati Reds for Dave Parker.
- December 11, 1987: Alfredo Griffin and Jay Howell were traded by the Athletics to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Kevin Tapani and Wally Whitehurst were traded by the Athletics to the New York Mets as part of a three-team trade. Bob Welch and Matt Young were traded by the Dodgers to the Athletics. Jesse Orosco was traded by the Mets to the Dodgers. Jack Savage was traded by the Dodgers to the Mets.
- December 21, 1987: Dave Henderson was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- December 21, 1987: Rick Rodriguez was released by the Athletics.
- January 11, 1988: Glenn Hubbard was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- January 29, 1988: Rich Bordi was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.
- February 9, 1988: Don Baylor was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- March 9, 1988: Tony Phillips was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- March 28, 1988: Mickey Tettleton was released by the Athletics.
José Canseco led the American League with 42 Home Runs, 124 RBIs and a .569 slugging percentage. Canseco became the first member of the Athletics to have three straight 100 RBI seasons.
- July 3, 1988: José Canseco had 3 home runs and 6 RBIs in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
|Kansas City Royals||84||77||0.522||19½||44–36||40–41|
|Chicago White Sox||71||90||0.441||32½||40–41||31–49|
Record vs. opponents
1988 American League Records
- June 1, 1988: Darren Lewis was drafted by the Athletics in the 18th round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 8, 1988.
|1988 Oakland Athletics|
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Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
October 5, Fenway Park
|W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (1)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (1)|
October 6, Fenway Park
|W: Gene Nelson (1-0) L: Lee Smith (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (2)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (2) BOS – Rich Gedman (1)|
October 8, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
|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)|
October 9, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
|W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-2) S: Dennis Eckersley (4)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (3)|
|Game||Score||Date||Location||Attendance||Time of Game|
|1||A's – 4, Dodgers – 5||October 15||Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)||55,983||3:04|
|2||A's – 0, Dodgers – 6||October 16||Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)||56,051||2:30|
|3||Dodgers – 1, A's – 2||October 18||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)||49,316||3:21|
|4||Dodgers – 4, A's – 3||October 19||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)||49,317||3:05|
|5||Dodgers – 5, A's – 2||October 20||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)||49,317||2:51|
Awards and honors
- José Canseco – American League Leader Home Runs (42)
- José Canseco – American League Leader RBIs (124)
- José Canseco – American League Leader Slugging Percentage (.569)
- Terry Steinbach, All-Star Game MVP
- Terry Steinbach, Catcher, Starter
- Mark McGwire, First Base, Starter
- José Canseco, Outfield, Starter
- Dennis Eckersley, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
- Carney Lansford, Third Base, Reserve
- Brian Harper page at Baseball Reference
- Jerry Willard page at Baseball Reference
- Ron Hassey page at Baseball Reference
- Gary Lavelle page at Baseball Reference
- Dave Parker page at Baseball Reference
- Jesse Orosco page at Baseball Reference
- Dave Henderson page at Baseball Reference
- Rick Rodriguez page at Baseball Reference
- Glenn Hubbard page at Baseball Reference
- Don Baylor page at Baseball Reference
- Tony Phillips page at Baseball Reference
- Mickey Tettleton page at Baseball Reference
- Darren Lewis page at Baseball Reference
- 1988 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
- 1988 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.