1988 Cleveland Indians season

The 1988 Cleveland Indians season was the 88th season for the franchise. The team, managed by Doc Edwards, finished sixth in the American League East.

Despite its mediocre season, the team had a significant legacy in Major League Baseball in the 21st century. Twenty-five years later, five of the 30 MLB managers at the start of the 2013 season were alumni of the 1988 Indians:[1]

The team also had players who became MLB Broadcasters, coaches, and front office executives:

1988 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Richard Jacobs
General manager(s)Hank Peters
Manager(s)Doc Edwards
Local televisionWUAB
Jack Corrigan, Steve Lamar
Local radioWWWE
Herb Score, Paul Olden
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Offseason

  • January 15, 1988: Rick Rodriguez was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[2]
  • January 19, 1988: John Moses was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[3]
  • January 19, 1988: Greg Harris was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[4]
  • February 3, 1988: Doug Piatt was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians.[5]
  • February 9, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[6]
  • February 22, 1988: Chris Codiroli was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[7]
  • February 28, 1988: Terry Francona was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[8]
  • March 17, 1988: Mark Huismann was released by the Indians.[9]
  • March 24, 1988: Greg Harris was released by the Indians.[4]
  • March 25, 1988: Willie Upshaw was purchased by the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays.[10]
  • March 29, 1988: John Moses was released by the Indians.[3]

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

Roster

1988 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Statistics

Batting

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Andy Allanson 133 434 44 114 11 0 5 50 .263 5
Rod Allen 5 11 1 1 1 0 0 0 .091 0
Chris Bando 32 72 6 9 1 0 1 8 .125 0
Jay Bell 73 211 23 46 5 1 2 21 .218 4
Joe Carter 157 621 85 168 36 6 27 98 .271 27
Carmelo Castillo 66 176 12 48 8 0 4 14 .273 6
Dave Clark 63 156 11 41 4 1 3 18 .263 0
Dan Firova 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Julio Franco 152 613 88 186 23 6 10 54 .303 25
Terry Francona 62 212 24 66 8 0 1 12 .311 0
Mel Hall 150 515 69 144 32 4 6 71 .280 7
Brook Jacoby 152 552 59 133 25 0 9 49 .241 2
Houston Jimenez 9 21 1 1 0 0 0 1 .048 0
Scott Jordan 7 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 .111 0
Ron Kittle 75 225 31 58 8 0 18 43 .258 0
Tom Lampkin 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Luis Medina 16 51 10 13 0 0 6 8 .255 0
Domingo Ramos 22 46 7 12 1 0 0 5 .261 0
Cory Snyder 142 511 71 139 24 3 26 75 .272 5
Pat Tabler 41 143 16 32 5 1 1 17 .224 1
Ron Tingley 9 24 1 4 0 0 1 2 .167 0
Willie Upshaw 149 493 58 121 22 3 11 50 .245 12
Ron Washington 69 223 30 57 14 2 2 21 .256 3
Eddie Williams 10 21 3 4 0 0 0 1 .190 0
Reggie Williams 11 31 7 7 2 0 1 3 .226 0
Paul Zuvella 51 130 9 30 5 1 0 7 .231 0
Totals 162 5505 666 1435 235 28 134 629 .261 97

Pitching

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Scott Bailes 9 14 4.90 37 21 0 145.0 89 79 46 53
Bud Black 2 3 5.03 16 7 1 59.0 35 33 23 44
Tom Candiotti 14 8 3.28 31 31 0 216.2 86 79 53 137
Chris Codiroli 0 4 9.31 14 2 1 19.1 22 20 10 12
Jeff Dedmon 1 0 4.54 21 0 1 33.2 20 17 21 17
John Farrell 14 10 4.24 31 30 0 210.1 106 99 67 92
Don Gordon 3 4 4.40 38 0 1 59.1 33 29 19 20
Brad Havens 2 3 3.14 28 0 1 57.1 22 20 17 30
Doug Jones 3 4 2.27 51 0 37 83.1 26 21 16 72
Jeff Kaiser 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 2.2 0 0 1 0
Bill Laskey 1 0 5.18 17 0 1 24.1 16 14 6 17
Rod Nichols 1 7 5.06 11 10 0 69.1 41 39 23 31
Jon Perlman 0 2 5.49 10 0 0 19.2 12 12 11 10
Rick Rodriguez 1 2 7.09 10 5 0 33.0 28 26 17 9
Dan Schatzeder 0 2 9.56 15 0 3 16.0 19 17 2 10
Greg Swindell 18 14 3.20 33 33 0 242.0 97 86 45 180
Mike Walker 0 1 7.27 3 1 0 8.2 7 7 10 7
Rich Yett 9 6 4.62 23 22 0 134.1 72 69 55 71
Totals 78 84 4.16 162 162 46 1434.0 731 663 442 812

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League Steve Swisher
AA Williamsport Bills Eastern League Mike Hargrove
A Kinston Indians Carolina League Glenn Adams
A Waterloo Indians Midwest League Ken Bolek
Rookie Burlington Indians Appalachian League Mike Bucci
Rookie GCL Indians Gulf Coast League Billy Williams

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kinston[14]

References

  1. ^ Miller, Scott (April 30, 2013). "Five managers with connections to 1988 Indians, an unbelievable story". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Rick Rodriguez at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b John Moses at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ a b Greg Harris at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Doug Piatt at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ a b Dan Schatzeder at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ a b Chris Codiroli at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Terry Francona at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Mark Huismann at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Willie Upshaw at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Dan Firova at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Houston Jiménez at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Bud Black at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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