1988 Oakland Athletics season

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1988 Oakland Athletics
1988 AL West Champions
1988 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record104–58 (.642)
Other information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
General manager(s) Sandy Alderson
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television KPIX/KICU-TV
(Monte Moore, Ray Fosse)
Local radio KSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
KNTA
(Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Evilio Mendoza)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1988 season involved the A's winning their first American League West title since 1981, with a record of 104 wins and 58 losses. In 1988, the elephant was restored as the symbol of the Athletics and currently adorns the left sleeve of home and road uniforms. The elephant was retired as team mascot in 1963 by then-owner Charles O. Finley in favor of a Missouri mule. The A's defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, but lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games, including a dramatic, classic walk-off home run by the Dodgers' Kirk Gibson in game one.

Oakland Athletics Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Oakland, California, United States

The Oakland Athletics, often referred to as the A's, are an American professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division. The team plays its home games at the RingCentral Coliseum. They have won nine World Series championships.

Boston Red Sox Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.

The American League Championship Series (ALCS) is a best-of-seven series played in October in the Major League Baseball postseason that determines the winner of the American League (AL) pennant. The winner of the series advances to play the winner of the National League (NL) Championship Series (NLCS) in the World Series, Major League Baseball's championship series.

Contents

1988 was the first of 3 straight years the A's would represent the AL in the World Series.

1988 World Series 85th edition of Major League Baseballs championship series

The 1988 World Series was the 85th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, and the conclusion of the 1988 Major League Baseball season. It was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion Oakland Athletics and the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers upsetting the heavily favored Athletics to win the Series in five games. It is best known for the pinch-hit walk-off home run hit by Dodgers outfielder and 1988 NL MVP Kirk Gibson, who could barely walk due to injuries suffered during the NLCS, against Hall-of-Fame Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley in Game 1. The Dodgers were the only MLB team to win more than one World Series title in the 1980s; their other World Series title during the decade came in 1981.

Offseason

Brian Harper American baseball player

Brian David Harper is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for teams in both the American and National Leagues during his 16-year career (1979-1995). He is currently the hitting coach of the AA-Erie SeaWolves.

Gerald Duane Willard is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1984 to 1994 for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos, and Seattle Mariners.

Ron Hassey American baseball player and coach

Ronald William Hassey is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a catcher for the Cleveland Indians (1978–1984), Chicago Cubs (1984), New York Yankees (1985–1986), Chicago White Sox (1986–1987), Oakland Athletics (1988–1990), and Montreal Expos (1991). Hassey is the only catcher in MLB history to have caught more than one perfect game. Hassey is also the second catcher in MLB history to have caught a no-hitter in both leagues.

Regular season

José Canseco led the American League with 42 Home Runs, 124 RBIs and a .569 slugging percentage. Canseco became the first member of the Athletics to have three straight 100 RBI seasons. He also had 40 stolen bases and became the first major leaguer ever to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 104580.64254–2750–31
Minnesota Twins 91710.5621347–3444–37
Kansas City Royals 84770.52219½44–3640–41
California Angels 75870.4632935–4640–41
Chicago White Sox 71900.44132½40–4131–49
Texas Rangers 70910.43533½38–4332–48
Seattle Mariners 68930.42235½37–4431–49

Record vs. opponents

1988 American League Records

Sources:
TeamBALBOSCALCWSCLEDETKCMILMINNYYOAKSEATEXTOR
Baltimore 4–95–74–74–95–80–124–93–93–104–87–56–65–8
Boston 9–48–47–58–56–76–610–37–59–43–96–68–42–11
California 7–54–89–48–45–75–83–94–96–64–96–78–56–6
Chicago 7–45–74–93–93–97–66–64–93–95–89–48–57–5
Cleveland 9–45–84–89–34–96–69–45–76–74–85–76–66–7
Detroit 8–57–67–59–39–48–45–81–118–54–89–38–45–8
Kansas City 12–06–68–56–76–64–83–97–66–68–57–57–64–8
Milwaukee 9–43–109–36–64–98–59–37–56–73–98–48–47–6
Minnesota 9–35–79–49–47–511–16–75–73–95–88–57–67–5
New York 10–34–96–69–37–65–86–67–69–36–65–75–66–7
Oakland 8–49–39–48–58–48–45–89–38–56–69–48–59–3
Seattle 5–76–67–64–97–53–95–74–85–87–54–96–75–7
Texas 6–64–85–85–86–64–86–74–86–76–55–87–66–6
Toronto 8–511–26–65–77–68–58–46–75–77–63–97–56–6

Notable Transactions

Darren Joel Lewis is an American former professional baseball player who played center field in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics (1990), San Francisco Giants (1991–1995), Cincinnati Reds (1995), Chicago White Sox (1996–1997), Los Angeles Dodgers (1997) and Boston Red Sox (1998–2001); he played his final season in 2002 with the Chicago Cubs. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31, 2002, but refused to report to the Pirates, choosing to retire instead.

Roster

1988 Oakland Athletics
Roster
PitchersCatchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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

PosPlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
RF José Canseco 158610187.30742124
CF Dave Henderson 146507154.3042494
3B Carney Lansford 150556155.279757
1B Mark McGwire 155550143.2603299
C Ron Hassey 10732383.257745
2B Glenn Hubbard 10529475.255333
SS Walt Weiss 147452113.250339
DH Don Baylor 9226458.220734
LF Luis Polonia 8428884.292227

Other batters

PlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
Stan Javier 125397102.257235
Dave Parker 10137797.2571255
Terry Steinbach 10435193.265951
Mike Gallego 12927758.209220
Tony Phillips 7921243.203217
Doug Jennings 7110121.208115
Orlando Mercado 16243.12511
Matt Sinatro 1093.33305
Félix José 862.33301
Lance Blankenship 1030.00000
Ed Jurak 310.00000

Pitching

Starting pitchers

PlayerGGSIPWLERASO
Dave Stewart 3737275.221123.23192
Bob Welch 3636244.21793.64158
Storm Davis 3333201.21673.70127
Curt Young 2626156.11184.1469
Todd Burns 1714102.2823.1657
Steve Ontiveros 101054.2344.6130
Rich Bordi 227.2014.706

Other pitchers

PlayerGIPWLERASO
Dave Otto 310001.807

Relief pitchers

PlayerGWLSVERASO
Dennis Eckersley 6042452.3570
Greg Cadaret 585232.8964
Rick Honeycutt 553273.5047
Gene Nelson 549633.0667
Eric Plunk 497253.0079
Jim Corsi 110103.8010
Jeff Shaver 10000.000

ALCS

Game 1

October 5, Fenway Park

Team123456789RHE
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Boston000000100160
W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: OAK José Canseco (1)

Game 2

October 6, Fenway Park

Team123456789RHE
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Boston000002100341
W: Gene Nelson (1-0)   L: Lee Smith (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (2)
HR: OAK José Canseco (2)   BOS Rich Gedman (1)

Game 3

October 8, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team123456789RHE
Boston3200001006120
Oakland04201012X10151
W: Gene Nelson (2-0)   L: Mike Boddicker (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (3)
HR: OAK Mark McGwire (1)   Carney Lansford (1)  Ron Hassey (1)   Dave Henderson (1)  BOS Mike Greenwell (1)

Game 4

October 9, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team123456789RHE
Boston000001000140
Oakland10100002X4101
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-2)  S: Dennis Eckersley (4)
HR: OAK José Canseco (3)

World Series

NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs. AL Oakland Athletics (1)

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Los Angeles, California, United States

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. Established in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York, the team moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season. They played for four seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to their current home of Dodger Stadium in 1962.

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1A's – 4, Dodgers – 5October 15 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)55,9833:04
2A's – 0, Dodgers – 6October 16 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)56,0512:30
3Dodgers – 1, A's – 2October 18 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)49,3163:21
4Dodgers – 4, A's – 3October 19 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)49,3173:05
5Dodgers – 5, A's – 2October 20 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)49,3172:51

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

LevelTeamLeagueManager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Brad Fischer
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Tommie Reynolds
A Modesto A's California League Jeff Newman
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Jim Nettles
A-Short Season Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Lenn Sakata
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Dave Hudgens

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