From BR Bullpen
|1988 in baseball|
|1988 American League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
- 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|
|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|
|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|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
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.
 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 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.
 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.
 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.
 Monthly Awards
- Player of the Month Award
- Pitcher of the Month Award
 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.
 Notable events