The 1988 Boston Red Sox season was the 88th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, but were then swept by the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS.
|1988 Boston Red Sox|
|1988 AL East Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Lou Gorman|
|Manager(s)||John McNamara (W-43; L-42) and Joe Morgan (W-46; L-31)|
|Local television||WSBK-TV, Ch. 38|
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
|Local radio||WPLM-FM 99.1|
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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|Boston Red Sox||89||73||0.549||—||53–28||36–45|
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||75||0.537||2||45–36||42–39|
|New York Yankees||85||76||0.528||3½||46–34||39–42|
1988 American League Records
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The 1988 team seemed to start much better than their chaotic 1987 season as evidenced by their 14-6 record in April; however, the team went sour thereafter specially for Jim Rice as he moved from left field to designated hitter. Dwight Evans also had problems when he played first base; usually reliable Lee Smith had problems including when he gave up a game-winning home run against the Tigers on Opening Day. The Red Sox would have an 11-16 record in May.
The team would have a slightly better June with a 14-12 record, but lost Jeff Sellers when he was hit by a line drive in Cleveland and broke his hand. Wes Gardner was moved from the bullpen to become a starter, but the team and its fans were losing patience.
At the All-Star break the Red Sox were 43-42, 9 games behind the front running division champion Detroit Tigers. But management had seen enough, and fired John McNamara and hired 58-year-old Joe Morgan as their manager. On July 15, the Red Sox and Roger Clemens beat Bret Saberhagen's Kansas City Royals 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader to begin a 12-game winning streak that launched them to first place over the slumping Yankees and Tigers. The Red Sox would later set an American League record of 24 straight home victories. 60 days after Morgan became Red Sox manager they were 81-63 and 4.5 games ahead of first.
After a bad road trip to Toronto, the Sox came to Yankee Stadium up by 4, and won 2 out of 3 to just about clinch the A.L. East title. Unfortunately, the hitting slump the team had been in for a while reasserted itself, and the Sox lost 3 to Toronto in Boston, but they crushed the Indians on September 29 to clinch a tie for first. The Yanks and Milwaukee lost the next day, and the division title was Boston's. Their 2nd A.L. East title in 3 seasons.
The team held an old-timers game on May 14, before a scheduled home game against the Seattle Mariners. The alumni game marked the 40th anniversary of the 1948 Red Sox team, which had lost a one-game playoff to the Cleveland Indians. The visiting (non-Red Sox) alumni team, skippered by Lou Boudreau—who had been player-manager of the 1948 Cleveland squad—prevailed by an 8–2 score, led by four RBIs from former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén.
|1988 Boston Red Sox|
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|Oil Can Boyd||23||129.2||9||7||5.34||71|
|W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (1)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (1)|
|W: Gene Nelson (1-0) L: Lee Smith (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (2)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (2) BOS – Rich Gedman (1)|
|W: Gene Nelson (2-0) L: Mike Boddicker (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (3)|
|HR: OAK – Mark McGwire (1) Carney Lansford (1) Ron Hassey (1) Dave Henderson (1) BOS – Mike Greenwell (1)|
|W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: Bruce Hurst (0-2) S: Dennis Eckersley (4)|
|HR: OAK – José Canseco (3)|
|AAA||Pawtucket Red Sox||International League||Ed Nottle|
|AA||New Britain Red Sox||Eastern League||Dave Holt|
|A||Lynchburg Red Sox||Carolina League||Dick Berardino|
|A||Winter Haven Red Sox||Florida State League||Doug Camilli|
|A-Short Season||Elmira Pioneers||New York–Penn League||Bill Limoncelli|
|Rookie||AZL Mariners/Red Sox||Arizona League||Mike Verdi and Myron Pines|
AZL club affiliation shared with Seattle Mariners
John Howard Trautwein (born August 7, 1962) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1988 season. Listed at 6' 3", 205 lb., Trautwein batted and threw right-handed. He attended Northwestern University where he earned a degree in Chemistry, was Academic All Big-10 and captained Northwestern's most successful baseball team in school history in 1984.
In 1984, Trautwein was purchased by the Montreal Expos from the Helena Gold Sox of the Pioneer League. Then, in 1987 he was obtained by Boston from the Expos in the Rule 5 draft, and spent the entire 1988 season as a member of the Red Sox pitching staff. Trautwein's 7 year professional baseball career ended in 1990.
Trautwein currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with his wife Susie, and their three children. He is currently the Chief Customer Officer of Source Support Services, Inc.,where he formerly was President and COO for 10 years. Source Support is a global IT services organization headquartered in Lawrenceville, GA. Trautwein was formerly Director of Sales and Marketing for Zellweger Analytics for 13 years, living in Munich Germany, Poole, England and Johns Creek, (Atlanta), GA.
John and Susie Trautwein are recipients of the Presidential Point Of Light Award, for their work in founding the non-profit Will To Live Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity that is dedicated to spreading the awareness and education of teen suicide in America and around the world. John and Susie started the foundation after the suicide death of their oldest child, and son, Will, who took his own life in October 2010.
Trautwein is an accomplished public speaker and gives over 100 speeches a year on teen suicide awareness to schools, teams and organizations around the country.
Trautwein wrote a book about his son Will's suicide, and the creation of the Will To Live Foundation, My Living Will: A Fathers story of Loss & Hope which was published in December 2014.
1988 MLB season by team
|Division championships (10)|
|Wild card berths (7)|