Managed by Joe Torre
Coaches: Jose Cardenal, Chris Chambliss, Tony Cloninger, Willie Randolph, Mel Stottlemyre and Don Zimmer
Ballpark: Yankee Stadium
The 1998 New York Yankees played the 96th season in team history. They finished with a record of 114-48, 22 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. This team set an American League record for wins in a season with 114, a record that would stand until 2001. In the playoffs, they reached the World Series and swept the San Diego Padres in 4 games to win their 24th World Series title.
The Yanks were utterly dominant in 1998, reaching first place to stay by April 30th. They played .700 ball most of the season before tailing off late in the year, but still finishing with a winning percentage of .704.
The regular position players all had at least 10 home runs although nobody hit more than Tino Martinez's 28. Martinez also led the team in RBI with 123 while Derek Jeter led the team with 127 runs scored. Paul O'Neill was the doubles leader of the team with 40. Jeter led in triples with 8 (and also strikeouts with 119). Bernie Williams had the highest batting average at .339, leading the league, although Homer Bush and Shane Spencer each hit over .370 in limited play. Chuck Knoblauch led the team in walks and stolen bases.
The pitchers were awesome, with the top ERA in the league. David Cone was 20-7, David Wells was 18-4, Andy Pettitte went 16-11, Orlando Hernandez was 12-4 and Hideki Irabu was 13-9. Reliever Mariano Rivera had 36 saves with an ERA of 1.91 while Graeme Lloyd's ERA of 1.67 was even lower. David Wells pitched Major League Baseball's 15th perfect game on May 17th against the Minnesota Twins.
Manager Joe Torre, in his 18th year as a manager, won his second World Series and would go on to win again in 1999 and 2000.
Awards and Honors
September 29 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)
September 30 at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)
October 2 at The Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers)
New York wins the series, 4-2
October 17, 1998 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York
October 18, 1998 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York
October 20, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
October 21, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
- Douglas Jordan: "The .700 Club: Blessedly Good Baseball", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 26-33.