| 106–56 (.654)|
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
Fox Sports South
(Ernie Johnson, Bob Rathbun)|
The 1998 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 33rd season in Atlanta. They went on to win their seventh consecutive division title, taking the National League East title by 18 games over the second place New York Mets.
The team featured six all stars: shortstop Walt Weiss and third baseman Chipper Jones were voted as starters, while first baseman Andrés Galarraga, catcher Javy Lopez, and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were selected as reserves. Jones and Lopez each hit over 30 home runs as Galaragga (acquired from Colorado) led the club in home runs and RBI. Galaragga finished as an MVP candidate.
The 1998 Braves beat the Chicago Cubs three games to none in the National League Division Series. In the next round Atlanta then lost to the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series four games to two. Despite winning two games after losing the first three, Atlanta's comeback bid came short by being eliminated in game 6. San Diego's winning over Atlanta was seen as one of the biggest upsets in postseason history.
This team has earned a few historic accolades. ESPN writer David Schoenfield lists them as one of the top teams in MLB history to not win a World Series
ESPN columnist Jeff Merron also writes that the pitching staff of Maddux, Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood was the greatest of all time. Especially to not win a championship. The quintet posted a cumulative 2.97 E.R.A. and amassed 88 wins (almost 18 wins per starter), equaling the win total of the 2nd place Mets. Glavine, the lone 20 game winner in the National League for that year, won the Cy Young Award.
November 17, 1997: Walt Weiss was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.
January 30, 1998: Dennis Martínez was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.
February 6, 1998: Curtis Pride was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.
June 9, 1998: Howard Battle was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.
June 23, 1998: Alan Embree was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Russ Springer.
August 14, 1998: Paul Byrd was selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Atlanta Braves.
1998 Atlanta Braves season Wikipedia
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Atlanta wins the series, 3-0
October 7: Turner Field in Atlanta
October 8: Turner Field in Atlanta
October 10: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
October 11: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
October 12: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
October 14: Turner Field in AtlantaTom Glavine, Pitcher of the Month, April
Tom Glavine, P, Silver Slugger
Andruw Jones, OF, Gold Glove (Center field)
Greg Maddux, Pitcher of the Month, June
Greg Maddux, P, Gold Glove
1998 Major League Baseball All-Star GameChipper Jones, 3B, Starter
Greg Maddux, P, Starter
Walt Weiss, SS, Starter
Andrés Galarraga, 1B, Reserve
Tom Glavine, P, Reserve
Javy López, C, Reserve