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1998 Baseball Season

1998 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1998 baseball season belonged to the New York Yankees who won 114 regular-season games and beat the Padres for a 24th World Championship. But it also belonged to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, who went head to head in a home run competition. In the end McGwire's 70 beat Sosa's 66.
Below, you will find the highlights from the 1998 baseball season:
  • The Yankees win 114 regular-season games, setting an all-time American League record and nearing the 1906 Cubs' record of 116.

  • The Yankees steamroll the Rangers in three straight to win their Division Series.

  • Red Sox take the American League wildcard berth, but lose to Cleveland in an exciting four-game Division Series.

  • The Indians challenge the Yankees, taking two of the first three games in the ALCS, but eventually lose in six games.

    Tom Glavine
    For the fourth time
    Tom Glavine led the
    National League in wins.

  • Atlanta's Tom Glavine is 20-6 with a 2.47 ERA, leading the National League in wins for the fourth time.

  • The Cubs win the National League wildcard berth by beating San Francisco in a one-game playoff.

  • The Braves beat the Cubs in their National League Division Series, allowing Chicago to score just four runs in three games.

  • Padres rip the heavily favored Astros and Braves to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1984.

  • The Yankees sweep the Padres in four games to win the 1998 World Series, the franchise's 24th title.

  • Stringbean reliever Mariano Rivera picks up three saves against the Padres in the 1998 World Series.

  • Third baseman Scott Brosius of New York bats .471 with two homers to win series MVP honors.

  • Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn bats .500 with a homer in a losing effort against the Yankees in the 1998 World Series.

  • Mark McGwire of St. Louis breaks Roger Maris's all-time single-season home run record by slugging 70.

  • McGwire breaks the all-time National League record for bases on balls in a season, drawing 162.

  • McGwire tops the National League in both on-base percentage (.470) and slugging (.752, highest in major league since 1927).

  • David Wells of the Yankees tosses a perfect game against the Twins on May 17, the 13th perfecto in history.

  • Trevor Hoffman of the Padres notches a major league-leading 53 saves in 54 opportunities.

  • Glavine barely edges out Hoffman for 1998 National League Cy Young honors.

  • Roger Clemens of the Blue Jays wins his second straight pitching Triple Crown, pacing the American League in wins (20), ERA (2.65), and strikeouts (271).

  • Clemens is awarded the 1998 American League Cy Young for a record-breaking fifth time, this time unanimously.

  • Clemens becomes the 11th pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts when he whiffs Tampa Bay's Randy Winn on July 5.

  • Rick Helling of Texas and David Cone of the Yankees tie Clemens atop the American League list with 20 wins.

  • Sammy Sosa cracks 66 home runs and drives in 158 for the Cubs, pacing the National League with 226 runs produced.

  • Sosa is voted the 1998 National League's MVP.

  • Texas outfielder Juan Gonzalez hits .318 with 45 homers and leads the American League with 50 doubles and 157 RBI.

  • Gonzalez is the American League MVP for the second time in three years.

  • Ken Griffey hits 56 home runs and knocks in 146 runs.

  • Cubs righty Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros on May 6, tying the all-time one-game mark.

  • Wood wins the voting for 1998 National League ROTY.

  • Ben Grieve of the A's is 1998 American League ROTY.

  • Only one player, pitcher Don Sutton, is voted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

  • The Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee selects Larry Doby, Lee MacPhail, Bullet Joe Rogan, and George Davis for enshrinement.

  • In their first season as a National League club, the Milwaukee Brewers finish 74-88.

  • Edgar Martinez's .429 on-base percentage is the American League's best.

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