1998 Chicago Cubs
National League Wild Card Winners
Sammy Sosa hits 66 Home Runs
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Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–73 (.552)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Tribune Company
General manager(s)Ed Lynch
Manager(s)Jim Riggleman
Local televisionWGN-TV/Superstation WGN/Chicagoland TV
(Chip Caray, Steve Stone)
Local radioWGN
(Pat Hughes, Ron Santo)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1998 Chicago Cubs season was the 127th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 123rd in the National League and the 83rd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished second in the National League Central with a record of 90–73.

The season was a significant one for the team for several reasons. Firstly, it saw the Cubs reach the playoffs for the first time since 1989 by way of a Wild Card berth, which they clinched after winning a one-game playoff against the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs, however, would lose the Division Series in a 3-0 sweep by the Atlanta Braves. The season also saw Sammy Sosa, along with Mark McGwire, surpass the existing single-season home run record of 61. Sosa would hold the home run lead at several points over the course of the season, eventually finishing four homers behind McGwire (66 and 70 respectively). The 1998 season also saw the debut of Kerry Wood, who drew immediate national attention because of a 20-strikeout performance in his fifth career start, a 13-6 record over 26 starts, and more than 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

Offseason

Harry Caray

On February 18, 1998, Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray died. Caray had the benefit of being in the booth during the NL East title run in 1984, when being a Cub fan became more popular to Chicagoans. His trademark call of "Holy Cow!" and his singing of "Take me out to the ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch made Caray a fan favorite both locally and, thanks to WGN's superstation status, on a national level as well.

The Cubs still have a live singer, usually a celebrity, during the 7th inning stretch to honor Caray's memory to this day. Caray is also honored with a statue located at the corner of Sheffield and Addison streets, and during the 1998 season, a patch with Caray's caricature and Brickhouse's trademark "Hey Hey" were worn on the players sleeves to honor the passing of both commentators within a span of a few months. Harry's popularity also led to his grandson Chip Caray joining the broadcast team in winter of 1997, shortly before Harry's death.

Notable transactions

Regular season

In the final game of the season, with the Cubs and Giants tied for the Wild Card lead, a Terry Mulholland throwing error cost the Cubs a victory against the Houston Astros, as San Francisco held an early lead in Colorado, and the team's playoff hopes were in jeopardy. However, a Neifi Pérez walk-off home run gave the Rockies a win and forced a one-game playoff at Wrigley Field.

Notable transactions

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 102 60 0.630 55–26 47–34
Chicago Cubs 90 73 0.552 12½ 51–31 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 19 48–34 35–45
Cincinnati Reds 77 85 0.475 25 39–42 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 28 38–43 36–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 69 93 0.426 33 40–40 29–53

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 1–8 5–7 4–5 6–6 6–2 4–5 4–8 6–3 2–7 4–5 2–7 6–3 3–9 5–7 2–7 5–8
Atlanta 8–1 3–6 7–2 5–3 7–5 4–5 8–1 7–2 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–2 5–4 7–2 6–3 9–7
Chicago 7–5 6–3 6–5 7–2 7–2 4–7 4–5 6–6 7–2 4–5 3–6 8–3 5–4 7–3 4–7 5–8
Cincinnati 5–4 2–7 5–6 4–5 9–0 3–8 5–4 6–5 8–1 3–6 4–5 5–7 1–11 2–7 8–3 7-6
Colorado 6–6 3–5 2–7 5–4 6–3 6–5 6–6 4–7 7–2 3–6 5–4 5–4 5–7 7–5 3–6 4–8
Florida 2–6 5–7 2–7 0–9 3–6 3–6 4–5 0–9 5–7 5–7 6–6 3–6 4–5 0–9 4–5 8–8
Houston 5–4 5–4 7–4 8–3 5–6 6-3 3–6 9–2 7–2 5–4 7–2 9–2 5–4 6–3 5–7 10–4
Los Angeles 8–4 1–8 5–4 4–5 6–6 5–4 6–3 5–4 5–4 3–5 5–4 7–5 5–7 6–6 4–5 8–5
Milwaukee 3–6 2–7 6–6 5–6 7–4 9–0 2–9 4–5 6–3 1–8 4–5 6–5 3–6 5–4 3–8 8–6
Montreal 7–2 6–6 2–7 1–8 2–7 7–5 2–7 4–5 3–6 8–4 5–7 2–7 4–4 3–6 3–6 6–10
New York 5–4 3–9 5–4 6–3 6–3 7–5 4–5 5–3 8–1 4–8 8–4 4–5 4–5 4–5 6–3 9–7
Philadelphia 7-2 4–8 6–3 5–4 4–5 6–6 2–7 4–5 5–4 7–5 4–8 8–1 1–8 2–6 3–6 7–9
Pittsburgh 3–6 2–7 3–8 7–5 4–5 6–3 2–9 5–7 5–6 7–2 5–4 1–8 5–4 2–7 6–5 6–7
San Diego 9–3 4–5 4–5 11–1 7–5 5–4 4–5 7–5 6–3 4–4 5–4 8–1 4–5 8–4 6–3 6–7
San Francisco 7–5 2–7 3–7 7–2 5–7 9–0 3–6 6–6 4–5 6–3 5–4 6–2 7–2 4–8 7–5 8–5
St. Louis 7–2 3–6 7–4 3–8 6–3 5-4 7–5 5–4 8–3 6–3 3–6 6–3 5–6 3–6 5–7 4–9


Roster

1998 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Sammy Sosa's 66 home runs

Number Date Pitcher Length
1 April 4, 1998 Marc Valdes 371'
2 04-11-1998 Anthony Telford 350'
3 04-15-1998 Dennis Cook 430'
4 04-23-1998 Dan Miceli 420'
5 04-24-1998 Ismael Valdez 430'
6 04-27-1998 Joey Hamilton 434'
7 05-03-1998 Cliff Politte 370'
8 05-16-1998 Scott Sullivan 441'
9 05-22-1998 Greg Maddux 440'
10 05-25-1998 Kevin Millwood 410'
11 05-25-1998 Mike Cather 420'
12 05-27-1998 Darrin Winston 460'
13 05-27-1998 Wayne Gomes 400'
14 06-01-1998 Ryan Dempster 430'
15 06-01-1998 Oscar Henriquez 410'
16 06-03-1998 Liván Hernández 370'
17 06-05-1998 Jim Parque 370'
18 06-06-1998 Carlos Castillo 410'
19 06-07-1998 James Baldwin 380'
20 06-08-1998 LaTroy Hawkins 340'
21 06-13-1998 Mark Portugal 410'
22 06-15-1998 Cal Eldred 420'
23 06-15-1998 Cal Eldred 410'
24 06-15-1998 Cal Eldred 415'
25 06-17-1998 Bronswell Patrick 430'
26 06-19-1998 Carlton Loewer 380'
27 06-19-1998 Carlton Loewer 380'
28 06-20-1998 Matt Beech 366'
29 06-20-1998 Toby Borland 500'
30 06-21-1998 Tyler Green 380'
31 06-24-1998 Seth Greisinger 390'
32 06-25-1998 Brian Moehler 400'
33 06-30-1998 Alan Embree 364'
34 07-09-1998 Jeff Juden 432'
35 07-10-1998 Scott Karl 428'
36 07-17-1998 Kirt Ojala 440'
37 07-22-1998 Miguel Batista 365'
38 07-26-1998 Rick Reed 420'
39 07-27-1998 Willie Blair 347'
40 07-27-1998 Alan Embree 438'
41 07-28-1998 Bob Wolcott 390'
42 07-31-1998 Jamey Wright 375'
43 08-05-1998 Andy Benes 374'
44 08-08-1998 Rich Croushore 400'
45 08-10-1998 Russ Ortiz 361'
46 08-10-1998 Chris Brock 480'
47 08-16-1998 Sean Bergman 360'
48 08-19-1998 Kent Bottenfield 368'
49 08-21-1998 Orel Hershiser 430'
50 08-23-1998 José Lima 440'
51 08-23-1998 José Lima 380'
52 08-26-1998 Brett Tomko 438'
53 08-28-1998 John Thomson 414'
54 08-30-1998 Darryl Kile 482'
55 08-31-1998 Brett Tomko 364'
56 09-02-1998 Jason Bere 363'
57 09-04-1998 Jason Schmidt 374'
58 09-05-1998 Sean Lawrence 417'
59 09-11-1998 Bill Pulsipher 464'
60 09-12-1998 Valerio de los Santos 430'
61 09-13-1998 Bronswell Patrick 480'
62 09-13-1998 Eric Plunk 480'
63 09-16-1998 Brian Boehringer 434'
64 09-23-1998 Rafael Roque 344'
65 09-23-1998 Rod Henderson 410'
66 09-25-1998 José Lima 462'

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 Scott Servais 113 325 72 .222 7 36
1B Mark Grace 158 595 184 .309 17 89
2B Mickey Morandini 154 582 172 .296 8 53
SS Jeff Blauser 119 361 79 .219 4 26
3B José Hernández 149 488 124 .254 23 75
LF Henry Rodríguez 128 415 104 .251 31 85
CF Lance Johnson 85 304 85 .280 2 21
RF Sammy Sosa 159 643 198 .308 66 158

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Brant Brown 124 347 101 .291 14 48
Manny Alexander 108 264 60 .227 5 25
Tyler Houston 95 255 65 .255 9 33
Kevin Orie 64 204 37 .181 2 21
Glenallen Hill 48 131 46 .351 8 23
Gary Gaetti 37 128 41 .320 8 27
Matt Mieske 77 97 29 .299 1 12
Sandy Martínez 45 87 23 .264 0 7
Pedro Valdés 14 23 5 .217 0 2
Jason Hardtke 18 21 5 .238 0 2
Terrell Lowery 24 15 3 .200 0 1
Orlando Merced 12 10 3 .300 1 5
Derrick White 11 10 1 .100 1 2
Jason Maxwell 7 3 1 .333 1 2
José Nieves 2 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Tapani 35 219.0 19 9 4.85 139
Mark Clark 33 213.2 9 14 4.84 161
Steve Trachsel 33 208.0 15 8 4.46 149
Kerry Wood 26 166.2 13 6 3.40 233
Geremi González 20 110.0 7 7 5.32 70
Mike Morgan 5 22.2 0 1 7.15 10

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Don Wengert 21 49.2 1 5 5.07 41

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rod Beck 81 3 4 51 3.02 81
Terry Mulholland 70 6 5 3 2.89 72
Terry Adams 63 7 7 1 4.33 73
Marc Pisciotta 43 1 2 0 4.09 31
Bob Patterson 33 1 1 1 7.52 17
Dave Stevens 31 1 2 0 4.74 31
Félix Heredia 30 3 0 0 4.08 16
Matt Karchner 29 3 1 0 5.14 22
Amaury Telemaco 14 1 1 0 3.90 18
Rodney Myers 12 0 0 0 7.00 15
Ben Van Ryn 9 0 0 0 3.38 6
Tony Fossas 8 0 0 0 9.00 6
Chris Haney 5 0 0 0 7.20 4
Kennie Steenstra 4 0 0 0 10.80 4
Kurt Miller 3 0 0 0 0.00 6
Kevin Foster 3 0 0 0 16.20 3
Justin Speier 1 0 0 0 13.50 2

Postseason

Wild Card tie-breaker game

Main article: 1998 National League Wild Card tie-breaker game

One-game playoff to break tie in regular season standings

Chicago Cubs 5, San Francisco Giants 3 (Wrigley Field)

Division Series

Main article: 1998 National League Division Series

NL Division Series (Best of 5)

Atlanta Braves 7, Chicago Cubs 1 (Turner Field)
Atlanta Braves 2, Chicago Cubs 1 (Turner Field)
Atlanta Braves 6, Chicago Cubs 2 (Wrigley Field)

Braves win series 3-0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Terry Kennedy
AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Southern League Dave Trembley
A Daytona Cubs Florida State League Steve Roadcap
A Rockford Cubbies Midwest League Rubén Amaro, Sr.
A-Short Season Williamsport Cubs New York–Penn League Bobby Ralston
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Nate Oliver

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References

  1. ^ "Brooks Kieschnick Stats".
  2. ^ Glenallen Hill Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.96, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007