1988 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 4 – October 20, 1988
Number of games162
Number of teams26
TV partner(s)ABC, NBC
Draft
Top draft pickAndy Benes
Picked bySan Diego Padres
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Kirk Gibson (LA)
AL: José Canseco (OAK)
League postseason
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upBoston Red Sox
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upNew York Mets
World Series
ChampionsLos Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-upOakland Athletics
World Series MVPOrel Hershiser (LA)
MLB seasons

The 1988 Major League Baseball season ended with the underdog Los Angeles Dodgers shocking the Oakland Athletics, who had won 104 games during the regular season, in the World Series. The most memorable moment of the series came in Game 1, when injured Dodger Kirk Gibson hit a dramatic pinch-hit walk-off home run off Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley to win the game for Los Angeles. The Dodgers went on to win the Series in five games.

Overview

A ticket from the game where Goose Gossage earned his 300th career save on August 6, 1988.
A ticket from the game where Goose Gossage earned his 300th career save on August 6, 1988.

One of the American League's best players in 1988 was Athletics outfielder José Canseco,[citation needed] who became the first player in history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season, unanimously garnering league MVP honors. The A's surrounded him with a stellar supporting cast, led by fellow slugger Mark McGwire (with whom Canseco formed the famed "Bash Brothers" duo). Aided by strong pitching from Dave Stewart and Bob Welch and the lights-out Eckersley securing 45 saves, Oakland ran away with the American League West and swept the Boston Red Sox of Boggs, Rice, and Clemens in the playoffs before falling to the Dodgers in the World Series.

Speaking of the Dodgers, nobody expected them to even contend for the National League West title in 1988, let alone win the World Championship.[citation needed] However, the intensity and clutch hitting

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of Gibson (named the NL MVP at season's end) and the solid pitching of Orel Hershiser (who won a league-leading 23 games) spearheaded L.A. to a division championship by seven games over the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to his 23 victories, Hershiser led the National League with 267 innings pitched and 8 shutouts, and also set a record of 59 consecutive scoreless innings (formerly held by Dodger great Don Drysdale). These accomplishments, combined with his 2.26 ERA, earned him the National League Cy Young Award. However, it was in the post-season that Hershiser really distinguished himself – he started Games 1 and 3 of the NLCS against the tough New York Mets, saved Game 4 in relief, and threw a complete game shutout in Game 7. He hurled another complete game shutout in Game 2 of the World Series and again went the distance in the clinching Game 5. Hershiser was named MVP of both the NLCS and the World Series, capping off arguably one of the greatest seasons a starting pitcher has ever had.

Awards and honors

Further information: 1988 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

MLB statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .366 Tony Gwynn SD .313
HR José Canseco OAK 42 Darryl Strawberry NYM 39
RBI José Canseco OAK 124 Will Clark SF 109
Wins Frank Viola MIN 24 Orel Hershiser LA
Danny Jackson CIN
23
ERA Allan Anderson MIN
Teddy Higuera MIL
2.45 Joe Magrane STL 2.18
SO Roger Clemens BOS 291 Nolan Ryan HOU 228
SV Dennis Eckersley OAK 45 John Franco CIN 39
SB Rickey Henderson NYY 93 Vince Coleman STL 81

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

  League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                 
East Boston 0  
West Oakland 4  
    AL Oakland 1
  NL Los Angeles 4
East NY Mets 3
West Los Angeles 4  

Managers

American League

Team Manager Notes
Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken, Sr., Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox John McNamara, Joe Morgan
California Angels Cookie Rojas, Moose Stubing
Chicago White Sox Jim Fregosi
Cleveland Indians Doc Edwards
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals John Wathan
Milwaukee Brewers Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Billy Martin, Lou Piniella
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa Won American League Pennant
Seattle Mariners Dick Williams, Jim Snyder
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Jimy Williams

National League

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Chuck Tanner, Russ Nixon
Chicago Cubs Don Zimmer
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose, Tommy Helms (acting)
Houston Astros Hal Lanier
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda Won World Series
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies Lee Elia, John Vukovich
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog
San Diego Padres Larry Bowa, Jack McKeon
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game Est. Payroll
New York Mets[1] 100 8.7% 3,055,445 0.7% 38,193 $15,401,814 11.2%
Minnesota Twins[2] 91 7.1% 3,030,672 45.6% 37,416 $13,308,966 25.7%
Los Angeles Dodgers[3] 94 28.8% 2,980,262 6.5% 36,793 $17,141,015 18.4%
St. Louis Cardinals[4] 76 -20.0% 2,892,799 -5.8% 35,714 $13,192,500 12.2%
New York Yankees[5] 85 -4.5% 2,633,701 8.5% 32,921 $20,371,152 4.7%
Toronto Blue Jays[6] 87 -9.4% 2,595,175 -6.6% 32,039 $14,412,725 33.9%
Boston Red Sox[7] 89 14.1% 2,464,851 10.5% 30,430 $14,687,092 6.7%
Kansas City Royals[8] 84 1.2% 2,350,181 -1.8% 29,377 $14,850,062 18.7%
California Angels[9] 75 0.0% 2,340,925 -13.2% 28,900 $12,249,888 -11.6%
Oakland Athletics[10] 104 28.4% 2,287,335 36.2% 28,239 $10,653,833 -16.3%
Chicago Cubs[11] 77 1.3% 2,089,034 2.6% 25,476 $13,956,698 -9.8%
Detroit Tigers[12] 88 -10.2% 2,081,162 0.9% 25,693 $13,432,071 10.8%
Cincinnati Reds[13] 87 3.6% 2,072,528 -5.2% 25,907 $9,697,409 4.5%
Philadelphia Phillies[14] 65 -18.8% 1,990,041 -5.2% 24,568 $13,900,500 11.4%
Houston Astros[15] 82 7.9% 1,933,505 1.2% 23,870 $12,641,167 -0.9%
Milwaukee Brewers[16] 87 -4.4% 1,923,238 0.7% 23,744 $9,502,000 30.3%
Pittsburgh Pirates[17] 85 6.3% 1,866,713 60.8% 23,046 $7,128,500 -18.9%
San Francisco Giants[18] 83 -7.8% 1,785,297 -6.9% 22,041 $12,822,500 50.3%
Baltimore Orioles[19] 54 -19.4% 1,660,738 -9.5% 20,759 $14,389,075 1.0%
Texas Rangers[20] 70 -6.7% 1,581,901 -10.3% 19,530 $6,385,631 6.6%
San Diego Padres[21] 83 27.7% 1,506,896 3.6% 18,604 $10,723,502 -11.1%
Montreal Expos[22] 81 -11.0% 1,478,659 -20.1% 18,255 $10,046,833 14.7%
Cleveland Indians[23] 78 27.9% 1,411,610 31.0% 17,427 $9,261,500 2.5%
Chicago White Sox[24] 71 -7.8% 1,115,749 -7.6% 13,775 $8,537,500 -29.6%
Seattle Mariners[25] 68 -12.8% 1,022,398 -9.9% 12,622 $7,754,950 67.7%
Atlanta Braves[26] 54 -21.7% 848,089 -30.3% 10,735 $13,065,674 -25.1%

Television coverage

Network Day of week Announcers
ABC Monday nights Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Gary Bender, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson
NBC Saturday afternoons Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola, Bob Costas, Tony Kubek

Events

Movies

Deaths

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