1998 Chicago Cubs

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1998 Chicago Cubs / Franchise: Chicago Cubs / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 90-73, Finished 2nd in NL Central Division (1998 NL)

Managed by Jim Riggleman

Coaches: Dave Bialas, Tom Gamboa, Jeff Pentland, Dan Radison, Phil Regan and Billy Williams

Ballpark: Wrigley Field

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1998 Chicago Cubs were fueled by the MVP season of outfielder Sammy Sosa, who helped the club make its first postseason appearance in 9 years. While the nation's attention was on Sosa and Mark McGwire's chase of Roger Maris' single-season record of 60 home runs, the Cubs were in the middle of the wild card race. While both sluggers would break Maris' record, McGwire's total of 70 home runs topped Sosa's 66. But the Cubs finished the season in a tie for the wild card with the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs beat the Giants in a one-game playoff at Wrigley Field, clinching the club's first-ever wild card win. But when the Cubs met the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, they were swept in three games.

Awards and Honors[edit]

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NL Division Series (3-1) Padres (NLW) over Astros (NLC)

NL Division Series (3-0) Braves (NLE) over Cubs (WC)

NL Championship Series (4-2) Padres over Braves

World Series (4-0) Yankees over Padres

AL Championship Series (4-2) Yankees over Indians

AL Division Series (3-0) Yankees (ALE) over Rangers (ALW)

AL Division Series (3-1) Indians (ALC) over Red Sox (WC)