1998 World Series

The 1998 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1998 season. The 94th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion New York Yankees and the National League (NL) champion San Diego Padres. The Yankees swept the Series in four games to win their second World Series championship in three years and their 24th overall. Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

The Yankees advanced to the World Series by defeating the Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series, three games to none, and then the Cleveland Indians in the AL Championship Series, four games to two. The Padres advanced to the series by defeating the Houston Astros in the NL Division Series, three games to one, and then the Atlanta Braves in the NL Championship Series, four games to two. It was the Yankees' second appearance in the World Series in three years, and San Diego's second World Series appearance overall, their first since losing in 1984.

This was officially the first World Series that Bud Selig presided over as Commissioner of Baseball, although he had presided over the Commissioner's Trophy presentation at the end of the 1995 and 1997 World Series as the interim Commissioner. For the first time, the same city—San Diego—hosted both the final World Series game and the Super Bowl the same year; not only were they held in the same city, they were both also held in the same stadium, Qualcomm Stadium.

1998 World Series
1998-World-Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 114–48, .704, GA: 22
San Diego Padres (0) Bruce Bochy 98–64, .605, GA: 9½
DatesOctober 17–21
MVPScott Brosius (New York)
UmpiresRich Garcia (AL, crew chief), Mark Hirschbeck (NL), Dale Scott (AL), Dana DeMuth (NL), Tim Tschida (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL)
Hall of FamersYankees: Tim Raines, Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre (manager)
Padres: Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman
ALCSNew York Yankees defeated Cleveland Indians, 4–2
NLCSSan Diego Padres defeated Atlanta Braves, 4–2
Broadcast
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Bob Brenly (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Miller and Joe Morgan
World Series Program
1998 World Series Program
World Series

Summary

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL San Diego Padres (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 17 San Diego Padres – 6, New York Yankees – 9 Yankee Stadium 3:29 56,712[1] 
2 October 18 San Diego Padres – 3, New York Yankees – 9 Yankee Stadium 3:31 56,692[2] 
3 October 20 New York Yankees – 5, San Diego Padres – 4 Qualcomm Stadium 3:14 64,667[3] 
4 October 21 New York Yankees – 3, San Diego Padres – 0 Qualcomm Stadium 2:58 65,427[4]

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 17, 1998 8:00 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 6 8 1
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 0 X 9 9 1
WP: David Wells (1–0)   LP: Donne Wall (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
SD: Greg Vaughn 2 (2), Tony Gwynn (1)
NYY: Chuck Knoblauch (1), Tino Martinez (1)

In Game 1, Kevin Brown took the hill for the Padres while the Yankees sent ALCS MVP David Wells to start. The Yankees began the scoring in the second inning, when rookie Ricky Ledee laced a two-run double into the right field corner with the bases loaded. However, the Padres battered Wells hard, beginning in the third inning when Greg Vaughn homered to right-center with Chris Gomez aboard tying the game up at two runs apiece. In the fifth, Quilvio Veras singled and Tony Gwynn smashed a two-run shot off the facing of the upper deck, followed up immediately by Vaughn's second dinger of the night. Trailing 5–2, Jorge Posada singled and Ledee walked with one out in the seventh for the Yankees, ending the night for Brown. Chuck Knoblauch homered off of Donne Wall to tie the game at five. After Derek Jeter singled, Mark Langston relieved Wall and after Paul O'Neill flied out, walked two to load the bases. A 2–2 count call by home plate umpire Rich Garcia would prove to be decisive. Langston's pitch was shown to be borderline and Garcia called it a ball. On the next pitch, Tino Martinez sent a grand slam into the upper deck, giving the Yankees a 9–5 lead. The Padres would score one more run in the eighth off of Mariano Rivera with the run charged to Jeff Nelson, but Rivera then pitched a scoreless ninth as the Yankees won Game 1 9–6. Despite giving up five of the six runs scored by the Padres, David Wells earned the win and Wall, who allowed the game-tying and winning runs to score, got the loss.

Game 2

Sunday, October 18, 1998 7:55 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 10 1
New York 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 9 16 0
WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0)   LP: Andy Ashby (0–1)
Home runs:
SD: None
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)

In Game 2, the Bombers would go up 2–0 in the Series thanks to a dreadful outing by San Diego starter Andy Ashby. Catcher Greg Meyers, starting for the first time in a month, was also ineffective. Chuck Knoblauch walked to lead off the first, stole second, and scored on third basemen Ken Caminiti's throwing error to first on Paul O'Neill's ground ball. After Bernie Williams grounded out, RBI singles by Chili Davis and Scott Brosius gave the Yankees a 3–0 lead. Next inning, Derek Jeter drove in Knoblauch with a single, then Williams's home run made it 6–0 Yankees. They added to their lead in the fourth on Ricky Ledee's RBI double. New York started Cuban import Orlando Hernández, who pitched four shutout innings before allowing a two-out triple to Chris Gomez in the fifth. Gomez scored on Quilvio Veras's double to put the Padres on the board, but In the bottom of the inning, Jorge Posada's two-run home run off of Brian Boehringer extended the Yankees' lead to 9–1. Mike Stanton relieved Hernandez in the eighth and allowed a leadoff double to Caminiti, who scored two outs later on Ruben Rivera's double. After Carlos Hernandez singled, Jeff Nelson relieved Stanton and allowed an RBI single to Mark Sweeney before striking out Veras to end the inning. Nelson then pitched a perfect ninth as the Yankees 9–3 win gave them a 2–0 series lead.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 20, 1998 5:20 pm (PDT) at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 9 1
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 7 1
WP: Ramiro Mendoza (1–0)   LP: Trevor Hoffman (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Scott Brosius 2 (2)
SD: None

The Yankees sent David Cone to the mound to face former Yankee pitcher Sterling Hitchcock, the MVP of the NLCS. Both teams were kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth when Hitchcock himself led off the inning with a single off Cone. He and Quilvio Veras both scored two batters later when Tony Gwynn shot a single down the line past Tino Martinez at first base and Paul O'Neill committed a throwing error on the same play. Gwynn would also score in the inning to give San Diego a 3–0 lead. However, a half inning later the Yanks jumped on Hitchcock for two runs, beginning with a home run to left-center by Scott Brosius. The second run came in after Shane Spencer doubled and scored on an error by third baseman Ken Caminiti. In the eighth, the call was made to dominant closer Trevor Hoffman after setup man Randy Myers walked O'Neill to open the inning. Hoffman then walked Tino Martinez before Scott Brosius tagged a three-run blast over the fence in dead center. A Greg Vaughn sacrifice fly, scoring Quilvio Veras, cut the lead to 5–4 coming into the ninth, but the Yankees wrapped up the victory when Mariano Rivera picked up the save to end it. There was some criticism of Padres manager Bruce Bochy for using John Vander Wal as a pinch runner, leaving the responsibility of facing Rivera for the final at bat to Andy Sheets. Sheets struck out to end the game.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 21, 1998 5:20 pm (PDT) at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 9 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Kevin Brown (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)

Andy Pettitte, who struggled throughout the regular season and had turned in a poor start in the ALCS, outdueled Kevin Brown in Game 4, throwing ​7 13 shutout innings. The Yankees scored their first run of the game in the sixth on Bernie Williams's RBI groundout with runners on second and third, then added to their lead in the eighth on Scott Brosius's based-loaded RBI single followed by Ricky Ledee's sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the inning, however, the Padres were able to get two batters on base against Pettitte. Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson struck out Greg Vaughn; then called upon Mariano Rivera. After Ken Caminiti reached with a single to load the bases, Rivera was able to get Jim Leyritz, known for his clutch postseason home runs, to fly out to end the threat. Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to end the Series.

Composite box

1998 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over San Diego Padres (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 3 5 1 0 2 1 9 5 0 26 43 2
San Diego Padres 0 0 2 0 4 3 0 4 0 13 32 3
Total attendance: 243,498   Average attendance: 60,875
Winning player's share: $312,042   Losing player's share: $204,144[5]

Broadcasting

The television rights for the 1998 World Series went to Fox, as they had the rights to the World Series in even-numbered years under the television contract that was signed in 1996. Joe Buck once again provided the play-by-play, with Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly alongside him in the booth.

For the first time, ESPN Radio was the home of the World Series, having taken the national radio rights for Major League Baseball from CBS Radio. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan provided the coverage for the network.

Impact and aftermath

Yankees

The series win brought the Yankees' franchise championship total to 24, tying the Montreal Canadiens for most championships won by a North American professional sports franchise.

The 1998 Yankees are considered to be one of the top teams in baseball history. With the win, the Yankees posted an MLB record with the most overall wins in a single season in MLB history with 125 wins (including the postseason). The previous record for most overall wins in one season was 118, set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs followed by 116, set by their cross-town rivals, the 1986 New York Mets.[6] The sweep marked the first time the Yankees swept a World Series since 1950 when they swept the Philadelphia Phillies.[7] They were also the first team to sweep a World Series since the Cincinnati Reds in 1990.

This was also the first time since 1989 that a team had won a World Series after having the best record in the regular season.[7] It was also the first time since 1986 that a team won a World Series after posting at least 100 wins in the regular season.[7] It was also the only World Series championship during the Yankees' 1990s dynasty not to be won against either the Mets or the Atlanta Braves.

Padres

The loss made the Padres the first expansion team to lose two World Series, having lost in 1984 to the Detroit Tigers. In addition, the Padres became the first expansion team to lose a World Series at home. As of 2012 the Padres are one of only two teams in Major League Baseball to win at least two league championships and never win the World Series (the other team being the Texas Rangers).

Bruce Bochy is the only Padres player or manager to be on every Padres playoff team. Bruce Bochy however would go on to win three World Series titles as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014.[8]

As of 2017, this remains as the most recent championship game or series a professional San Diego sports team has participated in. The Padres' loss was also significant as it also assured that the city of San Diego's sporting championship drought since 1963 would continue, which has become the longest streak of such futility for a city with at least one professional sports team.[9][10]

The Padres left Qualcomm Stadium for Petco Park for the 2004 baseball season.

DVD

On October 11, 2005, A&E Home Video released The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collectors Edition (1996–2001) DVD set. Game 3 of the 1998 World Series is included in the set.

Notes

  1. ^ "1998 World Series Game 1 - San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "1998 World Series Game 2 - San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1998 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1998 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  6. ^ Durso, Joseph (October 28, 1986). "Mets Get the Magic Back, Take 7th Game and Series". New York Times. p. A1.
  7. ^ a b c Edes, Gordon (October 22, 1998). "World-beaters Yankees finish Padres off, take place in history". Boston Globe. p. E1. With their 125th win of 1998, they became the first team to sweep a World Series since the 1990 Cincinnati Reds, who dispatched the Oakland A's of McGwire and Jose Canseco, and the first Yankee team to sweep since the 1950 club of aging Joe DiMaggio and rookie Whitey Ford bounced the Whiz Kids of Philadelphia.
  8. ^ Scott, Laurence (November 1, 2010). "Giants Bring World Series Championship to West Coast". NBCBayArea.com. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  9. ^ "Are San Diego Sports Teams Cursed?". San Diego 6. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  10. ^ Thirteen years after missing a Super Bowl-winning field – 07.12.04 – SI Vault

See also

References

  • Forman, Sean L. "1998 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information. Archived from the original on December 12, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2007.

External links

1998 American League Championship Series

The 1998 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1998 American League playoffs, was played between the East Division champion New York Yankees and the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees defeated the Indians four games to two and went on to sweep the National League champion San Diego Padres in the 1998 World Series to win their twenty-fourth World Series championship. New York, who won 114 games during the regular season, recorded their only two losses of the 1998 postseason in this series.

1998 American League Division Series

The 1998 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1998 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 29, and ended on Saturday, October 3, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 114–48) vs. (3) Texas Rangers (Western Division champion, 88–74): Yankees win series, 3–0.

(2) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champion, 89–73) vs. (4) Boston Red Sox (Wild Card, 92–70): Indians win series, 3–1.The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Yankees became the American League champion, and defeated the National League champion San Diego Padres in the 1998 World Series.

1998 NBA Finals

The 1998 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1998 playoffs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the 1997–98 NBA season. The Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls played against the Western Conference champion Utah Jazz, with the Jazz holding home-court advantage with the first 2 games in Salt Lake City. In a repeat of the previous year's Finals, the Bulls won the series 4 games to 2 for their third consecutive NBA title and their sixth in eight seasons. Michael Jordan was voted the NBA Finals MVP of the series (he also had won the award the last five times the Bulls won the Finals: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, and 1997). This would be his sixth NBA championship and sixth Finals MVP award in six full basketball seasons. Until 2014, it was the last consecutive Finals rematch between two teams.

The 1998 Finals garnered the highest Nielsen TV ratings in NBA history at 18.7, and even surpassed the Nielsen ratings for the 1998 World Series, marking the first time the NBA had a higher rating in its championship round than of Major League Baseball's championship round.

Until 2012, this was the most recent final played entirely outside of Texas and California.

1998 National League Division Series

The 1998 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1998 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 29, and ended on Sunday, October 4, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 106–56) vs. (4) Chicago Cubs (Wild Card, 90–73): Braves win series, 3–0.

(2) Houston Astros (Central Division champion, 102–60) vs. (3) San Diego Padres (Western Division champion, 98–64): Padres win series, 3–1.The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Padres defeated the Braves four games to two to become the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion New York Yankees in the 1998 World Series.

1998 World Series of Poker

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Bruce Douglas Bochy (; born April 16, 1955) is an American professional baseball player and manager. He is the manager of the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). During his playing career, Bochy was a catcher for the Houston Astros, New York Mets, and San Diego Padres. Prior to becoming the Giants’ manager in 2007, he was the Padres’ manager for twelve seasons. Bochy has led the Giants to three World Series Championships, and previously led the Padres to one World Series appearance.

Bochy is the only former Padres player to serve as the team's manager on a non-interim basis. He has participated in all five postseason appearances in Padres history, as a backup catcher in 1984 and as their manager in 1996, 1998, 2005, and 2006. In 1998, he led the Padres to their first National League (NL) pennant in 14 years; however, they lost the 1998 World Series to the New York Yankees.

Bochy reached the World Series for a second time as the manager of the 2010 Giants, this time in a winning effort over the Texas Rangers, and brought the first ever World Series Championship home to the city of San Francisco; it was the first for the Giants franchise since 1954. Two years later, in the 2012 World Series, by sweeping the Detroit Tigers, Bochy managed the Giants to their second World Series Championship win, in three years. He reached the World Series for a fourth time, in 2014, and managed his third World Championship in 5 years, this time leading the Giants over the Kansas City Royals in seven games.

Bochy is both the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and the first European-born manager to win the World Series (2010). On July 23, 2013, he became the 21st manager with 1,500 wins. On April 10, 2017, Bochy surpassed Dusty Baker to become the Giants all-time managerial wins leader in the San Francisco Era. On February 18, 2019, Bochy announced that the 2019 season would be his last, thus ending the tenure of the longest-serving active manager in Major League Baseball. He is the only manager in Major League history to win at least nine hundred games with two different teams.

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At the 2018 WSOP, Bonyadi's mother, Farhintaj Bonyadi, won the $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold'em event, making them the first mother/son World Series of Poker bracelet winners.

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Jorge Posada

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Australia became the sixth country (not counting the United States) to have a player represent it in the major leagues, when Joe Quinn made his debut on 26 April 1884 for the St. Louis Maroons. Quinn also became the first Australian-born manager, as a player-manager for the St. Louis Browns in 1895. After Quinn played his last MLB game, it was almost 85 years before another Australian would appear in an MLB game: Craig Shipley on 22 June 1986 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The most recent Australian-born player to make his debut in the major leagues is Liam Hendriks, who played for the Minnesota Twins on 6 September 2011.As of 2013, Grant Balfour and David Nilsson are the only Australians to have played in an MLB All-Star Game. In 2013, Balfour was added to the squad by AL manager Jim Leyland as a 'Sunday replacement' pitcher. In 1999, Nilsson was one of two players from the Milwaukee Brewers to be selected. At this time the starting lineup was selected by the fans through voting at stadiums and online. The remaining players were selected by the managers of the respective teams, themselves having been the managers of the league champions from the previous season: in Nilsson's case, he was selected by Bruce Bochy, who had managed the San Diego Padres to the 1998 World Series against the New York Yankees. Liam Hendriks became the third Australian to make the MLB All-Star Game in 2019, as a replacement for Charlie Morton.

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