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1998 New York Yankees season

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Start date  1998
General manager  Brian Cashman
Local televisions  WPIX, MSG Plus
Manager  Joe Torre
Owner  George Steinbrenner
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Local radio  WABC (AM) (John Sterling, Michael Kay)
Similar  1999 New York Yankees, 1996 New York Yankees, 1927 New York Yankees, 2009 New York Yankees, 1977 New York Yankees

The New York Yankees' 1998 season was the 96th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a franchise record regular-season standing of 114–48, 22 games ahead of the second-place Boston Red Sox in the American League East. These Yankees set an American League record for wins in a season, a record that would stand until 2001, when the Seattle Mariners won 116 games in the regular season against 46 losses (the Yankees still hold the record for most regular season wins by a team that won the World Series). New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium in which they celebrated the stadium's 75th Anniversary.

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In the postseason, they swept the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series, won the American League pennant by beating the Cleveland Indians four games to two in the American League Championship Series, and swept the San Diego Padres to capture their 24th World Series. Including the playoffs, the 1998 Yankees won a total of 125 games against 50 losses, a MLB record. They are widely considered to be one of the greatest teams in baseball history. The 125 wins (regular season and playoffs combined) was the most by a championship team, surpassing the previous record of 116, set by their cross-town rivals, New York Mets in 1986.

Offseason transactions

  • November 11, 1997: Charlie Hayes was traded by the New York Yankees with cash to the San Francisco Giants for Chris Singleton and Alberto Castillo (minors).
  • November 12, 1997: Luis Sojo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • November 18, 1997: Scott Brosius was sent by the Oakland Athletics to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on November 7, 1997. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later to the New York Yankees for Kenny Rogers and cash.
  • November 25, 1997: Dale Sveum was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • December 10, 1997: Chili Davis signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • January 8, 1998: Darryl Strawberry re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • January 15, 1998: Tim Raines re-signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • January 26, 1998: Doug Linton was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • February 6, 1998: Chuck Knoblauch was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the New York Yankees for Brian Buchanan, Cristian Guzmán, Eric Milton, Danny Mota, and cash.
  • March 14, 1998: Doug Linton was released by the New York Yankees.
  • June 2, 1998: Mark Prior was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (43rd pick) of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 2, 1998: Drew Henson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 24, 1998.
  • June 28, 1998: Ken Huckaby was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • August 3, 1998: Dale Sveum was released by the New York Yankees.
  • September 29, 1998: Alfonso Soriano was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central).
  • Batting

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Game 1

    September 29 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)

    Game 2

    September 30 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)

    Game 3

    October 2 at The Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers)

    ALCS

    New York wins the series, 4-2

    Game 1

    October 17, 1998, at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Game 2

    October 18, 1998, at Yankeee Stadium in New York

    Game 3

    October 20, 1998, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

    Game 4

    October 21, 1998, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

    Awards and honors

  • Scott Brosius, 3B, World Series Most Valuable Player
  • David Wells, Pitcher, American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player
  • David Cone, Pitcher, Hutch Award
  • Derek Jeter, Shortstop, American League Leader in Runs scored, 127
  • Joe Torre, Associated Press Manager of the Year
  • Bernie Williams, Outfielder, 1998 American League Batting Title
  • All-Star Game

    Farm system

    LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Oneonta

    References

    1998 New York Yankees season Wikipedia


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