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|1998 in baseball|
|1998 American League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
- An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, 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||Cleveland Indians||162||89||73||0||.549||-.-||850 (5.25)||779 (4.81)||0.272||0.346||0.448||4.45||0.982|
|2||Chicago White Sox||163||80||82||1||.491||9.0||861 (5.28)||931 (5.71)||0.271||0.337||0.444||5.24||0.977|
|3||Kansas City Royals||161||72||89||0||.447||16.5||714 (4.43)||899 (5.58)||0.263||0.321||0.399||5.16||0.980|
|4||Minnesota Twins||162||70||92||0||.432||19.0||734 (4.53)||818 (5.05)||0.266||0.326||0.389||4.76||0.982|
|5||Detroit Tigers||162||65||97||0||.401||24.0||722 (4.46)||863 (5.33)||0.264||0.319||0.415||4.93||0.982|
|1||New York Yankees||162||114||48||0||.704||-.-||965 (5.96)||656 (4.05)||0.288||0.362||0.460||3.82||0.984|
|2||Boston Red Sox*||162||92||70||0||.568||22.0||876 (5.41)||729 (4.50)||0.280||0.343||0.463||4.19||0.983|
|3||Toronto Blue Jays||163||88||74||1||.540||26.0||816 (5.01)||768 (4.71)||0.266||0.333||0.448||4.29||0.979|
|4||Baltimore Orioles||162||79||83||0||.488||35.0||817 (5.04)||785 (4.85)||0.273||0.343||0.447||4.73||0.987|
|5||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||162||63||99||0||.389||51.0||620 (3.83)||751 (4.64)||0.261||0.319||0.385||4.35||0.985|
|1||Texas Rangers||162||88||74||0||.543||-.-||940 (5.80)||871 (5.38)||0.289||0.356||0.462||5.00||0.980|
|2||Anaheim Angels||162||85||77||0||.525||3.0||787 (4.86)||783 (4.83)||0.272||0.332||0.415||4.49||0.983|
|3||Seattle Mariners||161||76||85||0||.472||11.5||859 (5.34)||855 (5.31)||0.276||0.341||0.468||4.95||0.979|
|4||Oakland Athletics||162||74||88||0||.457||14.0||804 (4.96)||866 (5.35)||0.257||0.334||0.397||4.83||0.977|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The 1998 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.
|Division Series||Championship Series|
|WC||Boston Red Sox||1|
|East.||New York Yankees||4|
|East.||New York Yankees||3|
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Juan Gonzalez, an outfielder with the Texas Rangers. In the award's voting, he had 357 out of a possible 392 points and 21 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Ben Grieve, an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 130 out of a possible 140 points and 23 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 fifty-second annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 27 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays of the National League by a score of 7 to 1.
 Notable events