1988 Boston Red Sox Season
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1988 Boston Red Sox Season

1988 Boston Red Sox
1988 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record89-73 (.549)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Jean Yawkey,
Haywood Sullivan
General manager(s)Lou Gorman
Manager(s)
Local televisionWSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
NESN
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
Local radioWPLM-FM 99.1
WPLM-AM 1390
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
WRCA
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1988 Boston Red Sox season was the 88th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, but were then swept by the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS.

The team is best remembered for its change of fortune following its change of manager; after John McNamara was replaced by Joe Morgan, the team won its next 12 games in a stretch nicknamed "Morgan Magic".[1]

Offseason

Regular season

Record by month[4]
Month Record Cumulative AL East Ref.
Won Lost Won Lost Position GB
April 14 6 14 6 2nd 1 [5]
May 11 16 25 22 4th 7 [6]
June 14 12 39 34 3rd 6 [7]
July 21 9 60 43 3rd [8]
August 13 16 73 59 2nd 2 [9]
September 16 12 89 71 1st +3 [10]
October 0 2 89 73 1st +1 [11]

Highlights

A rough beginning

The 1988 team seemed to start much better than their chaotic 1987 predecessors, going 14-6 in April;[4] however, the team went sour thereafter, especially for Jim Rice as he moved from left field to designated hitter. Dwight Evans also had problems when he played first base, and the usually reliable Lee Smith had problems closing, including giving up a game-winning home run to the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day.[12]

The Red Sox had an 11-16 record in May,[4] followed by a slightly better June with a 14-12 record,[4] but lost pitcher Jeff Sellers when he was hit by a line drive in Cleveland that broke his hand. Wes Gardner was moved from the bullpen to the rotation, but the team and its fans were losing patience.

"Morgan Magic"

At the All-Star break, the Red Sox were 43-42, nine games behind the Tigers in the AL East standings.[13] Management had seen enough, firing John McNamara and elevating third base coach Joe Morgan to manager.[14]

On July 15, the first game after the All-Star break, the Red Sox and Roger Clemens beat the Kansas City Royals and Bret Saberhagen, 3-1.[15] It began a 12-game winning streak,[15] which launched the Red Sox to first place over the slumping Tigers and New York Yankees. The Red Sox would later set an American League record of 24 straight home victories. Two months after Morgan became manager, the team was 81-63 and in first place by ​ games.[16] The team cooled off in the final two weeks of the season, finishing with nine losses in their final 13 games,[15] but held on to win the AL East, finishing one game ahead of the Tigers, for their second division title in three seasons.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 -- 53-28 36-45
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 1 50-31 38-43
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 2 47-34 40-41
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 2 45-36 42-39
New York Yankees 85 76 0.528 46-34 39-42
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 11 44-37 34-47
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 0.335 34½ 34-46 20-61

Record vs. opponents

1988 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore -- 4-9 5-7 4-7 4-9 5-8 0-12 4-9 3-9 3-10 4-8 7-5 6-6 5-8
Boston 9-4 -- 8-4 7-5 8-5 6-7 6-6 10-3 7-5 9-4 3-9 6-6 8-4 2-11
California 7-5 4-8 -- 9-4 8-4 5-7 5-8 3-9 4-9 6-6 4-9 6-7 8-5 6-6
Chicago 7-4 5-7 4-9 -- 3-9 3-9 7-6 6-6 4-9 3-9 5-8 9-4 8-5 7-5
Cleveland 9-4 5-8 4-8 9-3 -- 4-9 6-6 9-4 5-7 6-7 4-8 5-7 6-6 6-7
Detroit 8-5 7-6 7-5 9-3 9-4 -- 8-4 5-8 1-11 8-5 4-8 9-3 8-4 5-8
Kansas City 12-0 6-6 8-5 6-7 6-6 4-8 -- 3-9 7-6 6-6 8-5 7-5 7-6 4-8
Milwaukee 9-4 3-10 9-3 6-6 4-9 8-5 9-3 -- 7-5 6-7 3-9 8-4 8-4 7-6
Minnesota 9-3 5-7 9-4 9-4 7-5 11-1 6-7 5-7 -- 3-9 5-8 8-5 7-6 7-5
New York 10-3 4-9 6-6 9-3 7-6 5-8 6-6 7-6 9-3 -- 6-6 5-7 5-6 6-7
Oakland 8-4 9-3 9-4 8-5 8-4 8-4 5-8 9-3 8-5 6-6 -- 9-4 8-5 9-3
Seattle 5-7 6-6 7-6 4-9 7-5 3-9 5-7 4-8 5-8 7-5 4-9 -- 6-7 5-7
Texas 6-6 4-8 5-8 5-8 6-6 4-8 6-7 4-8 6-7 6-5 5-8 7-6 -- 6-6
Toronto 8-5 11-2 6-6 5-7 7-6 8-5 8-4 6-7 5-7 7-6 3-9 7-5 6-6 --


Notable transactions

Opening Day lineup

  5 Brady Anderson CF
17 Marty Barrett 2B
26 Wade Boggs     3B
14 Jim Rice LF
39 Mike Greenwell     RF
24 Dwight Evans 1B
30 Sam Horn DH
10 Rich Gedman C
  7 Spike Owen SS
21 Roger Clemens P

Source:[12]

Alumni game

The team held an old-timers game on May 14, before a scheduled home game against the Seattle Mariners. The alumni game marked the 40th anniversary of the 1948 Red Sox team, which had lost a one-game playoff to the Cleveland Indians.[19] The visiting (non-Red Sox) alumni team, skippered by Lou Boudreau--who had been player-manager of the 1948 Cleveland squad--prevailed by an 8-2 score, led by four RBIs from former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén.[19]

Roster

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 Rich Gedman 95 299 69 .231 9 39
1B Todd Benzinger 120 405 103 .254 13 70
2B Marty Barrett 150 612 173 .283 1 65
3B Wade Boggs 155 584 214 .366 5 58
SS Jody Reed 109 338 99 .293 1 28
LF Mike Greenwell 158 590 192 .325 22 119
CF Ellis Burks 144 540 159 .294 18 92
RF Dwight Evans 149 559 164 .293 21 111
DH Jim Rice 135 485 128 .264 15 72

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Spike Owen 89 257 64 .249 5 18
Rick Cerone 84 264 71 .269 3 27
Brady Anderson 41 148 34 .230 0 12
Larry Parrish 52 158 41 .259 7 26
Kevin Romine 57 78 15 .192 1 6
Ed Romero 31 75 18 .240 0 5
Sam Horn 24 61 9 .148 2 8
Pat Dodson 17 45 8 .178 1 1
John Marzano 10 29 4 .138 0 1
Randy Kutcher 19 12 2 .167 0 0
Carlos Quintana 5 6 2 .333 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Clemens 35 264 18 12 2.93 291
Bruce Hurst 33 216.2 18 6 3.66 166
Oil Can Boyd 23 129.2 9 7 5.34 71
Mike Boddicker 15 89 7 3 2.63 56
Steve Ellsworth 8 36 1 6 6.75 16
Steve Curry 3 11 0 1 8.18 4

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wes Gardner 36 149.2 8 6 3.50 106
Mike Smithson 31 126.2 9 6 5.97 73
Jeff Sellers 18 85.2 1 7 4.83 70

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Lee Smith 64 4 5 29 2.80 96
Bob Stanley 57 6 4 5 3.19 57
Dennis Lamp 46 7 6 0 3.48 49
Tom Bolton 28 1 3 1 4.75 21
John Trautwein 9 0 1 0 9.00 8
Zach Crouch 3 0 0 0 6.75 0
Mike Rochford 2 0 0 0 0.00 1
Rob Woodward 1 0 0 0 13.50 0

ALCS

Game 1

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
W: Rick Honeycutt (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (1)

Game 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 10 1
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 4 1
W: Gene Nelson (1-0)   L: Lee Smith (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (2)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (2)   BOSRich Gedman (1)

Game 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 0
Oakland 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 X 10 15 1
W: Gene Nelson (2-0)   L: Mike Boddicker (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (3)
HR: OAKMark McGwire (1)  Carney Lansford (1)  Ron Hassey (1)  Dave Henderson (1)  BOSMike Greenwell (1)

Game 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Oakland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 X 4 10 1
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Bruce Hurst (0-2)  S: Dennis Eckersley (4)
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (3)

Awards and honors

Awards
Accomplishments

All-Star Game

Farm system

The Lynchburg Red Sox replaced the Greensboro Hornets as a Class A affiliate. The Arizona League Red Sox/Mariners (a cooperative team) were added as a Rookie League affiliate.

AZL club affiliation shared with Seattle Mariners

Source:[20]

References

  1. ^ Cafardo, Nick (April 24, 2016). "Baseball notes". The Boston Globe. p. C4. Retrieved 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b c d "The 1988 Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/04301988.htm
  6. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/05311988.htm
  7. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/06301988.htm
  8. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/07311988.htm
  9. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/08311988.htm
  10. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/09301988.htm
  11. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/10021988.htm
  12. ^ a b "Detroit Tigers 5, Boston Red Sox 3". Retrosheet. April 4, 1988. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Standings At Close of Play of July 10, 1988". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "John McNamara's short season". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. July 15, 1988. p. E1. Retrieved 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  15. ^ a b c "The 1988 Boston Red Sox Regular Season Game Log". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "Standings At Close of Play of September 13, 1988". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ Rick Cerone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  18. ^ Brady Anderson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  19. ^ a b Sudyk, Bob (May 15, 1988). "Old-Timers game a '48 reminder". Hartford Courant. p. B5. Retrieved 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  20. ^ Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

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