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|1998 in baseball|
|1998 National 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||Houston Astros||162||102||60||0||.630||-.-||874 (5.40)||620 (3.83)||0.280||0.351||0.436||3.50||0.983|
|2||Chicago Cubs*||163||90||73||0||.552||12.5||831 (5.10)||792 (4.86)||0.264||0.335||0.433||4.50||0.984|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals||163||83||79||1||.509||19.0||810 (4.97)||782 (4.80)||0.258||0.338||0.441||4.32||0.978|
|4||Cincinnati Reds||162||77||85||0||.475||25.0||750 (4.63)||760 (4.69)||0.262||0.336||0.402||4.44||0.980|
|5||Milwaukee Brewers||162||74||88||0||.457||28.0||707 (4.36)||812 (5.01)||0.260||0.325||0.396||4.63||0.982|
|6||Pittsburgh Pirates||163||69||93||1||.423||33.0||650 (3.99)||718 (4.40)||0.254||0.304||0.374||3.91||0.977|
|1||Atlanta Braves||162||106||56||0||.654||-.-||826 (5.10)||581 (3.59)||0.272||0.338||0.453||3.25||0.985|
|2||New York Mets||162||88||74||0||.543||18.0||706 (4.36)||645 (3.98)||0.259||0.328||0.394||3.77||0.984|
|3||Philadelphia Phillies||162||75||87||0||.463||31.0||713 (4.40)||808 (4.99)||0.264||0.325||0.395||4.64||0.982|
|4||Montreal Expos||162||65||97||0||.401||41.0||644 (3.98)||783 (4.83)||0.249||0.305||0.394||4.39||0.975|
|5||Florida Marlins||162||54||108||0||.333||52.0||667 (4.12)||923 (5.70)||0.248||0.313||0.373||5.20||0.979|
|1||San Diego Padres||162||98||64||0||.605||-.-||749 (4.62)||635 (3.92)||0.253||0.327||0.409||3.63||0.983|
|2||San Francisco Giants||163||89||74||0||.546||9.5||845 (5.18)||739 (4.53)||0.274||0.352||0.421||4.19||0.984|
|3||Los Angeles Dodgers||162||83||79||0||.512||15.0||669 (4.13)||678 (4.19)||0.252||0.308||0.387||3.81||0.978|
|4||Colorado Rockies||162||77||85||0||.475||21.0||826 (5.10)||855 (5.28)||0.291||0.346||0.461||5.00||0.984|
|5||Arizona Diamondbacks||162||65||97||0||.401||33.0||665 (4.10)||812 (5.01)||0.246||0.308||0.393||4.64||0.984|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The 1998 National 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|
|West.||San Diego Padres||4|
|West.||San Diego Padres||3|
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Sammy Sosa, an outfielder with the Chicago Cubs. In the award's voting, he had 438 out of a possible 448 points and 30 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Kerry Wood, a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs. In the award's voting, he had 128 out of a possible 160 points and 16 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 National League's Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Baltimore Orioles of the American League by a score of 7 to 1.
 Notable events