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The 1998 season of the National League was the one hundred twenty-third season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

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
Central Division
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
Eastern Division
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
Western Division
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

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Vinny Castilla
Neifi Perez
Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
162
At Bats Doug Glanville Philadelphia Phillies 678
Runs Scored Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 134
Hits Dante Bichette Colorado Rockies 219
Doubles Craig Biggio Houston Astros 51
Triples David Dellucci Arizona Diamondbacks 12
Home Runs Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals 70
Total Bases Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 416
Runs Batted In Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 158
Stolen Bases Tony Womack Pittsburgh Pirates 58
Caught Stealing Edgar Renteria Florida Marlins 22
Walks Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals 162
Intentional Base-on-Balls Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 29
Hit by Pitch Jason Kendall Pittsburgh Pirates 31
Strikeouts Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 171
Sacrifice Hits Neifi Perez Colorado Rockies 22
Sacrifice Flies Derek Bell
Rico Brogna
Jeff Kent
Houston Astros
Philadelphia Phillies
San Francisco Giants
10
Grounded into Double Plays Jeff Cirillo Milwaukee Brewers 26
Batting Average Larry Walker Colorado Rockies 0.363
On-Base Percentage Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals 0.470
Slugging Percentage Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals 0.752
On-Base plus Slugging Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals 1.222
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals 217

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves 20
Losses Darryl Kile Colorado Rockies 17
Win-Loss Percentage John Smoltz Atlanta Braves 0.850
Appearances Rod Beck Chicago Cubs 81
Games Started Kevin Brown
Darryl Kile
Shane Reynolds
Curt Schilling
San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies
Houston Astros
Philadelphia Phillies
35
Complete Games Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies 15
Shutouts Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves 5
Games Finished Rod Beck Chicago Cubs 70
Saves Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres 53
Innings Pitched Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies 268.2
Batters Faced Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies 1089
Hits Allowed Livan Hernandez Florida Marlins 265
Home Runs Allowed Brian Anderson
Pedro Astacio
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies
39
Base-on-Balls Allowed Joey Hamilton San Diego Padres 106
Intentional Base-on-Balls Julian Tavarez San Francisco Giants 11
Hit Batsmen Pedro Astacio Colorado Rockies 17
Strikeouts Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies 300
Wild Pitches Jason Schmidt Pittsburgh Pirates 15
Balks Brian Anderson Arizona Diamondbacks 6
Runs Allowed Pedro Astacio Colorado Rockies 160
Earned Runs Allowed Pedro Astacio Colorado Rockies 145
Earned Run Average Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves 2.22
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves 0.980

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League lost the sixty-ninth midsummer classic at Coors Field in Denver, CO on Tuesday, July 7, 1998 by a score of 13 to 8. The league's manager was Jim Leyland.

[edit] Postseason

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
                 
East.  Atlanta Braves 3  
WC  Chicago Cubs 0  
    East.  Atlanta Braves 2
  West.  San Diego Padres 4
Cent.  Houston Astros 1
West.  San Diego Padres 3  

In the World Series, the National League champion San Diego Padres were defeated by the American League's New York Yankees, 4 games to 0.

[edit] 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 Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves. In the award's voting, he had 99 out of a possible 160 points and 11 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.

[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 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
C Charles Johnson Florida Marlins/Los Angeles Dodgers
1B J.T. Snow San Francisco Giants
2B Bret Boone Cincinnati Reds
3B Rey Ordóñez New York Mets
SS Scott Rolen Philadelphia Phillies
OF Larry Walker Colorado Rockies
Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants

[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 Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers/Florida Marlins/New York Mets
1B Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
2B Craig Biggio Houston Astros
3B Vinny Castilla Colorado Rockies
SS Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds
OF Moises Alou Houston Astros
Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs
Greg Vaughn San Diego Padres
P Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves

[edit] 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.

[edit] Notable events

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