1998 Baltimore Orioles season
|1998 Baltimore Orioles|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Pat Gillick|
Home Team Sports
(Jim Palmer, Michael Reghi)
(Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter)
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- December 11, 1997: Doug Drabek was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
- December 12, 1997: Joe Carter was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
- The 1998 Baltimore Orioles season marks the last time a team other than the New York Yankees had the highest payroll in baseball.
|New York Yankees||114||48||0.704||—||62–19||52–29|
|Boston Red Sox||92||70||0.568||22||51–30||41–40|
|Toronto Blue Jays||88||74||0.543||26||51–30||37–44|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||63||99||0.389||51||33–48||30–51|
Record vs. opponents
1998 American League Records
- June 2, 1998: Cliff Lee was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 20th round of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- June 16, 1998: Rich Becker was selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Mets.
- July 23, 1998: Joe Carter was traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the San Francisco Giants for Darin Blood (minors).
All good things must come to an end
In June, Cal Ripken, Jr. began to contemplate ending his still-active, record-breaking streak of consecutive games played. However, the Orioles were still in contention for a wild-card spot in the playoffs at that point, so he continued playing. By mid-September, after the team fell out of wild-card contention, Ripken decided that, since the games that began his streak (May 30, 1982), tied Lou Gehrig's old record of 2,130 games (September 5, 1995) and surpassed it (September 6, 1995) all took place in his Baltimore hometown, it would be most appropriate to bring his incredible run to a close at home also. Thus, on September 20, after playing 2,632 games without a break, Cal Ripken, Jr. asked to be taken out of the starting lineup for the Orioles' last home game of the season against the New York Yankees. Everybody was stunned when rookie Ryan Minor took third base instead of Ripken for the start of the game. The game's first batter, New York's Chuck Knoblauch, grounded out to shortstop for the first out, officially ending Ripken's streak and prompting both teams and the fans to give "The Iron Man" a thunderous ovation for his monumental achievement.
|1998 Baltimore Orioles|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|P. J. Forbes||9||10||1||.100||0||2|
|Hairston, JerryJerry Hairston||6||7||0||.000||0||0|
- "Title Unknown". Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
- Cliff Lee Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- 1998 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
- 1998 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com