1998 Texas Rangers season
|1998 Texas Rangers|
|1998 AL West Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Doug Melvin|
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The 1998 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing 1st in the American League west with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. It would be the team's second post-season appearance, but the team would be swept 3-0 by the New York Yankees.
- November 6, 1997: Jim Leyritz and Damon Buford were traded by the Rangers to the Boston Red Sox for Mark Brandenburg, Bill Haselman, and Aaron Sele.
- November 20, 1997: Scott Sheldon was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.
- December 7, 1997: Scott Bailes was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
- December 8, 1997: Kevin Elster was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
- December 9, 1997: Roberto Kelly was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.
- December 15, 1997: Scott Podsednik was drafted by the Rangers from the Florida Marlins in the 1997 rule 5 draft.
- December 23, 1997: Scott Cooper was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.
- March 14, 1998: Kevin Brown was traded by the Rangers to the Toronto Blue Jays for Tim Crabtree.
During the season, Rick Helling would be the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Rangers in the decade.
Record vs. opponents
1998 American League Records
- July 17, 1998: Todd Van Poppel and Warren Morris were traded by the Rangers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Esteban Loaiza.
- July 31, 1998: Kevin Elster was released by the Texas Rangers.
- August 26, 1998: Greg Cadaret was selected off waivers by the Rangers from the Anaheim Angels.
|1998 Texas Rangers|
Starters by position
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; R = Runs; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; Avg. = Batting Average; Slg. = Slugging Average; SB = Stolen Bases
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Simms, MikeMike Simms||86||186||55||.296||16||46|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Hernandez, XavierXavier Hernandez||46||6||6||1||3.57||41|
New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
|W: David Wells (1-0) L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1) S: Mariano Rivera (1)|
|W: Andy Pettitte (1-0) L: Rick Helling (0-1) S: Mariano Rivera (2)|
|HR: NYY – Shane Spencer, Scott Brosius|
|W: David Cone (1-0) L: Aaron Sele (0-1)|
|HR: NYY – Shane Spencer, Paul O'Neill|
Awards and honors
- Juan González, AL MVP
- Juan González, Silver Slugger Award
- Iván Rodríguez, C, Gold Glove
- Iván Rodríguez, Silver Slugger Award
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tulsa, GCL Rangers
- Jim Leyritz page at Baseball Reference
- Scott Sheldon page at Baseball Reference
- Roberto Kelly page at Baseball Reference
- Scott Podsednik page at Baseball Reference
- Scott Cooper page at Baseball Reference
- Tim Crabtree page at Baseball Reference
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Todd Van Poppel page at Baseball Reference
- Greg Cadaret page at Baseball Reference
- 1998 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
- 1998 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.