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1998 Arizona Diamondbacks season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1998 Arizona Diamondbacks
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Jerry Colangelo
Ken Kendrick
General manager(s)Joe Garagiola Jr.
Manager(s)Buck Showalter
Local televisionFSN Arizona
KTVK (3TV)
(Thom Brennaman, Greg Schulte, Bob Brenly, Joe Garagiola, Al McCoy)
Local radioKTAR (620 AM)
(Thom Brennaman, Rod Allen, Greg Schulte)
KSUN (Spanish)
(Jose Tolentino, Ivan Lara)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks season was the Diamondbacks' inaugural season. They looked to contend in what was a strong National League Western Division. They finished the season 33 games behind the National League Champion San Diego Padres with a record of 65-97, last in the division. However, they would improve in 1999, finishing with a record of 100-62 and winning 35 games more than the previous year.

Jeff Suppan was the last player from the inaugural team still active in Major League Baseball when he retired in 2012.

Offseason

  • February 7, 1997: Mark Davis was signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1]
  • August 14, 1997: Mark Davis was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers by the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a conditional deal.[1]
  • November 17, 1997: Jay Bell signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[2]
  • November 18, 1997: Devon White was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jesus Martinez (minors).[3]
  • November 18, 1997: Travis Fryman was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Gabe Alvarez, Joe Randa, and Matt Drews (minors).[4]
  • December 1, 1997: Matt Williams was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Travis Fryman, Tom Martin, and cash.[5]
  • January 8, 1998: Andy Stankiewicz signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[6]
  • January 11, 1998: Mark Davis was signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1]

Expansion Draft

Round 1

Pick Player Position From To
2 Brian Anderson LHP Cle Ari
3 Jeff Suppan RHP Bos Ari
5 Gabe Alvarez 3B SD Ari
7 Jorge Fábregas C CWS Ari
9 Karim García OF LA Ari
11 Edwin Diaz IF Tex Ari
13 Cory Lidle RHP NYM Ari
15 Joel Adamson LHP Mil Ari
17 Ben Ford RHP NYY Ari
19 Yamil Benitez OF KC Ari
21 Neil Weber LHP Mon Ari
23 Jason Boyd RHP Phi Ari
25 Brent Brede OF Min Ari
27 Tony Batista IF Oak Ari

Round 2

Pick Player Position From To
29 Tom Martin LHP Hou Ari
31 Omar Daal LHP Tor Ari
33 Scott Winchester RHP Cin Ari
35 Clint Sodowsky RHP Pit Ari
37 Danny Klassen IF Mil Ari
39 Matt Drews RHP Det Ari
41 Todd Erdos RHP SD Ari
43 Chris Clemons RHP CWS Ari
45 David Dellucci OF Bal Ari
47 Damian Miller C Min Ari
49 Héctor Carrasco RHP KC Ari
51 Hanley Frias SS Tex Ari
53 Bob Wolcott RHP Sea Ari
55 Mike Bell 3B Ana Ari

Round 3

Pick Player Position From To
57 Joe Randa 3B Pit Ari
59 Jesus Martinez LHP LA Ari
61 Russ Springer RHP Hou Ari
63 Bryan Corey RHP Det Ari
65 Kelly Stinnett C Mil Ari
67 Chuck McElroy LHP CWS Ari
69 Marty Janzen RHP Tor Ari

1996–97 MLB June drafts and minor league affiliates

The two expansion teams set to debut in 1998, the Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, had two full seasons to establish scouting and player development systems and were permitted to participate fully in the 1966 and 1997 Major League Baseball drafts. The Diamondbacks drafted 30th in both 1996 and 1997, selecting 62 players (1996) and 60 players (1997) in those drafts. The team began developing those players in a farm system with three minor-league affiliates in 1996 and four in 1997.

Among the players selected and signed by Arizona from those drafts were pitchers Brad Penny (fifth round, 1996) and Casey Fossum (seventh, 1996); infielders Alex Cintrón (36th, 1997), Jack Cust (first, 1997) and Junior Spivey (36th round, 1996); and outfielders Ron Calloway (eighth, 1997) and Jason Conti (32nd, 1996).

1996 farm system

Level Team League Manager
A Visalia Oaks California League Tim Torricelli
Rookie AZL Diamondbacks Arizona League Dwayne Murphy
Rookie Lethbridge Black Diamonds Pioneer League Chris Speier

Visalia affiliation shared with Detroit Tigers[7]

1997 farm system

Level Team League Manager
A High Desert Mavericks California League Chris Speier
A South Bend Silver Hawks Midwest League Dick Scott
Rookie AZL Diamondbacks Arizona League Brian Butterfield and Don Wakamatsu
Rookie Lethbridge Black Diamonds Pioneer League Tommy Jones

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: High Desert[7]

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Diego Padres 98 64 0.605 54–27 44–37
San Francisco Giants 89 74 0.546 49–32 40–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 83 79 0.512 15 48–33 35–46
Colorado Rockies 77 85 0.475 21 42–39 35–46
Arizona Diamondbacks 65 97 0.401 33 34–47 31–50


Record vs. opponents

1998 National League Records

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


Notable transactions

  • June 23, 1998: Alan Embree was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Russ Springer.[8]
  • June 26, 1998: Aaron Small was selected off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Oakland Athletics.[9]

Roster

1998 Arizona Diamondbacks
Roster
Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1998 Game Log (65–97)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement

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

Pos Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
C Kelly Stinnett 92 274 71 11 34 .259
1B Travis Lee 146 562 151 22 72 .269
2B Andy Fox 139 502 139 9 44 .277
3B Matt Williams 135 510 136 20 71 .267
SS Jay Bell 155 549 138 20 67 .251
LF David Dellucci 124 416 108 5 51 .260
CF Devon White 146 563 157 22 85 .279
RF Karim García 113 333 74 9 43 .222

[10]

Other batters

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
Tony Batista 106 293 80 18 41 .273
Brent Brede 98 212 48 2 17 .226
Jorge Fábregas 50 151 30 1 15 .199
Bernard Gilkey 29 101 25 1 5 .248
Hensley Meulens 7 15 1 1 1 .067
Andy Stankiewicz 77 145 30 0 8 .207

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB
Brian Anderson 32 208.0 12 13 4.33 95 24
Andy Benes 34 231.1 14 13 3.97 164 74
Willie Blair 23 146.7 4 15 5.34 71 51
Omar Daal 33 162.7 8 12 2.88 132 51
Jeff Suppan 13 66.0 6 9 6.68 39 21
Amaury Telemaco 27 121.0 1 7 3.94 60 33

[10]

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB
Joel Adamson 5 23.0 0 3 8.22 14 11
Scott Brow 17 21.3 1 0 7.17 13 14
Bobby Chouinard 26 38.3 0 2 4.23 26 11
Ben Ford 8 10.0 0 0 9.90 5 3
Aaron Small 23 31.7 3 1 3.69 14 8
Russ Springer 26 32.7 4 3 4.13 37 14
Bob Wolcott 6 33.0 1 3 7.09 21 13

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO BB
Willie Banks 33 43.7 1 2 1 3.09 32 25
Alan Embree 35 35.0 3 2 1 4.11 24 13
Gregg Olson 64 68.7 3 4 30 3.01 55 25
Felix Rodriguez 43 44.0 0 2 5 6.14 36 29
Clint Sodowsky 45 77.7 3 6 0 5.68 42 39

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Sidewinders Pacific Coast League Chris Speier
A High Desert Mavericks California League Don Wakamatsu
A South Bend Silver Hawks Midwest League Roly de Armas
Rookie AZL Diamondbacks Arizona League Mike Brumley
Rookie Lethbridge Black Diamonds Pioneer League Joe Almaraz

[7][11]

References

External links

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