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The 1988 season of the American League was the eighty-eighth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Boston Red Sox 162 89 73 0 .549 -.- 813 (5.02) 689 (4.25) 0.283 0.355 0.420 3.97 0.984
2 Detroit Tigers 162 88 74 0 .543 1.0 703 (4.34) 658 (4.06) 0.250 0.323 0.378 3.71 0.982
3 Toronto Blue Jays 162 87 75 0 .537 2.0 763 (4.71) 680 (4.20) 0.268 0.331 0.419 3.80 0.982
4 Milwaukee Brewers 162 87 75 0 .537 2.0 682 (4.21) 616 (3.80) 0.257 0.312 0.375 3.45 0.981
5 New York Yankees 161 85 76 0 .528 3.5 772 (4.80) 748 (4.65) 0.263 0.333 0.395 4.26 0.978
6 Cleveland Indians 162 78 84 0 .481 11.0 666 (4.11) 731 (4.51) 0.261 0.313 0.387 4.16 0.980
7 Baltimore Orioles 161 54 107 0 .335 34.5 550 (3.42) 789 (4.90) 0.238 0.303 0.359 4.54 0.981
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 104 58 0 .642 -.- 800 (4.94) 620 (3.83) 0.263 0.332 0.399 3.44 0.983
2 Minnesota Twins 162 91 71 0 .562 13.0 759 (4.69) 672 (4.15) 0.274 0.337 0.421 3.93 0.986
3 Kansas City Royals 161 84 77 0 .522 19.5 704 (4.37) 648 (4.02) 0.259 0.320 0.391 3.65 0.980
4 California Angels 162 75 87 0 .463 29.0 714 (4.41) 771 (4.76) 0.261 0.318 0.385 4.32 0.979
5 Chicago White Sox 161 71 90 0 .441 32.5 631 (3.92) 757 (4.70) 0.244 0.301 0.370 4.12 0.976
6 Texas Rangers 161 70 91 0 .435 33.5 637 (3.96) 735 (4.57) 0.252 0.319 0.368 4.05 0.979
7 Seattle Mariners 161 68 93 0 .422 35.5 664 (4.12) 744 (4.62) 0.257 0.315 0.398 4.15 0.980

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers 162
At Bats Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins 657
Runs Scored Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 128
Hits Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins 234
Doubles Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 45
Triples Harold Reynolds
Willie Wilson
Robin Yount
Seattle Mariners
Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers
11
Home Runs Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics 42
Total Bases Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins 358
Runs Batted In Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics 124
Stolen Bases Rickey Henderson New York Yankees 93
Caught Stealing Harold Reynolds Seattle Mariners 29
Walks Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 125
Intentional Base-on-Balls Wade Boggs
Mike Greenwell
Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
18
Hit by Pitch Gene Larkin Minnesota Twins 15
Strikeouts Rob Deer
Pete Incaviglia
Milwaukee Brewers
Texas Rangers
153
Sacrifice Hits Marty Barrett Boston Red Sox 20
Sacrifice Flies Chili Davis
Cal Ripken
California Angels
Baltimore Orioles
10
Grounded into Double Plays Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 23
Batting Average Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 0.366
On-Base Percentage Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 0.476
Slugging Percentage Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics 0.569
On-Base plus Slugging Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 0.966
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics 170

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Frank Viola Minnesota Twins 24
Losses Bert Blyleven Minnesota Twins 17
Win-Loss Percentage Frank Viola Minnesota Twins 0.774
Appearances Chuck Crim Milwaukee Brewers 70
Games Started Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 37
Complete Games Roger Clemens
Dave Stewart
Boston Red Sox
Oakland Athletics
14
Shutouts Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox 8
Games Finished Bobby Thigpen Chicago White Sox 59
Saves Dennis Eckersley Oakland Athletics 45
Innings Pitched Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 275.2
Batters Faced Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 1156
Hits Allowed Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals 271
Home Runs Allowed Willie Fraser California Angels 33
Base-on-Balls Allowed Charlie Hough Texas Rangers 126
Intentional Base-on-Balls John Davis
Mike Henneman
Mike Jackson
Greg Minton
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Seattle Mariners
California Angels
10
Hit Batsmen Bert Blyleven Minnesota Twins 16
Strikeouts Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox 291
Wild Pitches Storm Davis
Bobby Witt
Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers
16
Balks Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 16
Runs Allowed Mike Witt California Angels 130
Earned Runs Allowed Bert Blyleven Minnesota Twins 125
Earned Run Average Allan Anderson Minnesota Twins 2.45
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Teddy Higuera Milwaukee Brewers 0.999

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the fifty-ninth midsummer classic at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, July 12, 1988 by a score of 2 to 1. The league's manager was Tom Kelly.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Boston Red Sox, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Athletics defeated the Red Sox, 4 games to 0.

In the World Series, the American League champion Oakland Athletics were defeated by the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Jose Canseco, an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 392 out of a possible 392 points and 28 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Frank Viola of the Minnesota Twins. In the award's voting, he had 138 out of a possible 140 points and 27 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Walt Weiss, a shortstop with the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 103 out of a possible 140 points and 17 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Mark Langston Seattle Mariners
C Bob Boone California Angels
1B Don Mattingly New York Yankees
2B Harold Reynolds Seattle Mariners
3B Gary Gaetti Minnesota Twins
SS Tony Fernandez Toronto Blue Jays
OF Devon White California Angels
Gary Pettis California Angels
Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Carlton Fisk Chicago White Sox
1B George Brett Kansas City Royals
2B Julio Franco Cleveland Indians
3B Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
SS Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers
OF Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics
Mike Greenwell Boston Red Sox
Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins
DH Paul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The forty-fifth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 1 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game ended in a 1 - 1 tie between the Cleveland Indians of the American League and Chicago Cubs of the National League. The game was ended in tie after nine innings.

[edit] Notable events

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