1988 Boston Red Sox season

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
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Jean Yawkey,
Haywood Sullivan
General manager(s)Lou Gorman
Manager(s)John McNamara (W-43; L-42) and Joe Morgan (W-46; L-31)
Local televisionWSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
NESN
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
Local radioWPLM-FM 99.1
WPLM-AM 1390
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
WRCA
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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Offseason

  • December 8, 1987: Lee Smith was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox for Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi.[1]
  • January 5, 1988: Dennis Lamp was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[2]

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 53–28 36–45
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 1 50–31 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 2 47–34 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 2 45–36 42–39
New York Yankees 85 76 0.528 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 11 44–37 34–47
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 0.335 34½ 34–46 20–61

Record vs. opponents

1988 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 5–7 4–7 4–9 5–8 0–12 4–9 3–9 3–10 4–8 7–5 6–6 5–8
Boston 9–4 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–7 6–6 10–3 7–5 9–4 3–9 6–6 8–4 2–11
California 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4 5–7 5–8 3–9 4–9 6–6 4–9 6–7 8–5 6–6
Chicago 7–4 5–7 4–9 3–9 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–9 3–9 5–8 9–4 8–5 7–5
Cleveland 9–4 5–8 4–8 9–3 4–9 6–6 9–4 5–7 6–7 4–8 5–7 6–6 6–7
Detroit 8–5 7–6 7–5 9–3 9–4 8–4 5–8 1–11 8–5 4–8 9–3 8–4 5–8
Kansas City 12–0 6–6 8–5 6–7 6–6 4–8 3–9 7–6 6–6 8–5 7–5 7–6 4–8
Milwaukee 9–4 3–10 9–3 6–6 4–9 8–5 9–3 7–5 6–7 3–9 8–4 8–4 7–6
Minnesota 9–3 5–7 9–4 9–4 7–5 11–1 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–8 8–5 7–6 7–5
New York 10–3 4–9 6–6 9–3 7–6 5–8 6–6 7–6 9–3 6–6 5–7 5–6 6–7
Oakland 8–4 9–3 9–4 8–5 8–4 8–4 5–8 9–3 8–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 9–3
Seattle 5–7 6–6 7–6 4–9 7–5 3–9 5–7 4–8 5–8 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 6–6 4–8 5–8 5–8 6–6 4–8 6–7 4–8 6–7 6–5 5–8 7–6 6–6
Toronto 8–5 11–2 6–6 5–7 7–6 8–5 8–4 6–7 5–7 7–6 3–9 7–5 6–6

Notable Transactions

  • April 15, 1988: Rick Cerone signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[3]
  • July 29, 1988: Curt Schilling was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Brady Anderson to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Boddicker.

Opening Day Line Up

  5 Brady Anderson CF
17 Marty Barrett 2B
26 Wade Boggs     3B
14 Jim Rice LF
39 Mike Greenwell     RF
24 Dwight Evans 1B
30 Sam Horn DH
10 Rich Gedman C
  7 Spike Owen SS
21 Roger Clemens P

The Rough Beginning

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.

Morgan Magic

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.

Staggering But Still Won The East

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.

Alumni game

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.[4] 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.[4]

Roster

1988 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Rich Gedman 95 299 69 .231 9 39
1B Todd Benzinger 120 405 103 .254 13 70
2B Marty Barrett 150 612 173 .283 1 65
3B Wade Boggs 155 584 214 .366 5 58
SS Jody Reed 109 338 99 .293 1 28
LF Mike Greenwell 158 590 192 .325 22 119
CF Ellis Burks 144 540 159 .294 18 92
RF Dwight Evans 149 559 164 .293 21 111
DH Jim Rice 135 485 128 .264 15 72

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Spike Owen 89 257 64 .249 5 18
Rick Cerone 84 264 71 .269 3 27
Brady Anderson 41 148 34 .230 0 12
Larry Parrish 52 158 41 .259 7 26
Kevin Romine 57 78 15 .192 1 6
Ed Romero 31 75 18 .240 0 5
Sam Horn 24 61 9 .148 2 8
Pat Dodson 17 45 8 .178 1 1
John Marzano 10 29 4 .138 0 1
Randy Kutcher 19 12 2 .167 0 0
Carlos Quintana 5 6 2 .333 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Clemens 35 264 18 12 2.93 291
Bruce Hurst 33 216.2 18 6 3.66 166
Oil Can Boyd 23 129.2 9 7 5.34 71
Mike Boddicker 15 89 7 3 2.63 56
Steve Ellsworth 8 36 1 6 6.75 16
Steve Curry 3 11 0 1 8.18 4

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wes Gardner 36 149.2 8 6 3.50 106
Mike Smithson 31 126.2 9 6 5.97 73
Jeff Sellers 18 85.2 1 7 4.83 70

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Lee Smith 64 4 5 29 2.80 96
Bob Stanley 57 6 4 5 3.19 57
Dennis Lamp 46 7 6 0 3.48 49
Tom Bolton 28 1 3 1 4.75 21
John Trautwein 9 0 1 0 9.00 8
Zach Crouch 3 0 0 0 6.75 0
Mike Rochford 2 0 0 0 0.00 1
Rob Woodward 1 0 0 0 13.50 0

ALCS

Game 1

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (1)

Game 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 10 1
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 4 1
W: Gene Nelson (1-0)   L: Lee Smith (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (2)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (2)   BOSRich Gedman (1)

Game 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 0
Oakland 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 X 10 15 1
W: Gene Nelson (2-0)   L: Mike Boddicker (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (3)
HR: OAKMark McGwire (1)  Carney Lansford (1)  Ron Hassey (1)  Dave Henderson (1)  BOSMike Greenwell (1)

Game 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Oakland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 X 4 10 1
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-2)  S: Dennis Eckersley (4)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (3)

Awards and honors

Awards
Accomplishments

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
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

References

  1. ^ Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Rick Cerone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b Sudyk, Bob (May 15, 1988). "Old-Timers game a '48 reminder". Hartford Courant. p. B5. Retrieved May 24, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
John Trautwein

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.

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