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1988 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1988 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League East with a record of 54 wins and 107 losses. The season is remembered for the 0-21 start that lasted from April 4 to 28 to start the Orioles season.[1] Manager Cal Ripken, Sr. was fired after an 0-6 start and replaced by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. The Orioles won their first game of the year against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on April 29.[2] The most runs allowed during the season was 15 in a game on June 19 while the most runs scored was 12 in a game on May 31.[1] Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams died in August of that year.

Offseason

Regular season

  • April 4, 1988: The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Orioles 12-0, setting a record for the largest margin of victory in a shutout win on Opening Day.[8]
  • September 7, 1988: Curt Schilling made his major league debut. He pitched against the Boston Red Sox and pitched in 7 innings. Schilling gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs. He had 2 strikeouts and 5 bases on balls.[9]

The Losing Streak

  • Game 13: The Orioles tied the 1904 Washington Senators and the 1920 Detroit Tigers for most losses to start the season with 13 losses after being beaten by the Brewers, 9-5, in Milwaukee.[10]
  • Game 14: On a cold, wet night, 7,284 witnessed baseball history at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Baltimore became the first team in the history of major league baseball to start the season 0-14 as the Brewers won, 8-6.[10]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 89 73 .549    --
Detroit Tigers 88 74 .543   1.0
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 .537   2.0
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 .537   2.0
New York Yankees 85 76 .528   3.5
Cleveland Indians 78 84 .481 11.0
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 .335 34.5


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1988 Baltimore Orioles roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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

Pos Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
C Tettleton, MickeyMickey Tettleton 86 283 74 11 37 .261
1B Murray, EddieEddie Murray 161 603 171 28 84 .284
2B Ripken, BillyBilly Ripken 150 512 103 2 34 .207
3B Schu, RickRick Schu 89 270 69 4 20 .256
SS Ripken, CalCal Ripken 161 575 152 23 81 .264
LF Stanicek, PetePete Stanicek 83 261 60 4 17 .230
CF Lynn, FredFred Lynn 87 301 76 18 37 .252
RF Orsulak, JoeJoe Orsulak 125 379 109 8 27 .288
DH Sheets, LarryLarry Sheets 136 452 104 10 47 .230
[16]

Other batters

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
Traber, JimJim Traber 103 352 78 10 45 .222
Kennedy, TerryTerry Kennedy 85 265 60 3 16 .226
Gerhart, KenKen Gerhart 103 262 51 9 23 .195
Gonzales, ReneRene Gonzales 92 237 51 2 15 .215
Anderson, BradyBrady Anderson 53 177 35 1 9 .198
Hughes, KeithKeith Hughes 41 108 21 2 14 .194
Worthington, CraigCraig Worthington 26 81 15 2 4 .185
Stone, JeffJeff Stone 26 61 10 0 1 .164
Dwyer, JimJim Dwyer 35 53 12 0 3 .226
Nichols, CarlCarl Nichols 18 47 9 0 1 .191
Rowdon, WadeWade Rowdon 20 30 3 0 0 .100
Davis, ButchButch Davis 13 25 6 0 0 .240
Landrum, TitoTito Landrum 13 24 3 0 2 .125
[16]

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bautista, JoséJosé Bautista 33 171.7 6 15 4.30 76
Tibbs, JayJay Tibbs 30 158.7 4 15 5.39 82
Ballard, JeffJeff Ballard 25 153.3 8 12 4.40 41
Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker 21 147.0 6 12 3.86 100
Peraza, OswaldoOswaldo Peraza 19 86.0 5 7 5.55 61
McGregor, ScottScott McGregor 4 17.3 0 3 8.83 10
Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 4 14.7 0 3 9.82 4
Milacki, BobBob Milacki 3 25.0 2 0 0.72 18
Harnisch, PetePete Harnisch 2 13.0 0 2 5.54 10
Noles, DickieDickie Noles 2 3.3 0 2 24.30 1

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Schmidt, DaveDave Schmidt 41 129.7 8 5 3.40 67
Williamson, MarkMark Williamson 37 117.7 5 8 4.90 69
Morgan, MikeMike Morgan 22 71.3 1 6 5.43 29
Dillard, GordonGordon Dillard 2 3.0 0 0 6.00 2

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Niedenfuer, TomTom Niedenfuer 52 59.0 3 4 18 3.51 40
Sisk, DougDoug Sisk 52 94.3 3 3 0 3.72 26
Thurmond, MarkMark Thurmond 43 74.7 1 8 3 4.58 29
Aase, DonDon Aase 35 46.7 0 0 0 4.05 28
Habyan, JohnJohn Habyan 7 14.7 1 0 0 4.30 4
Olson, GreggGregg Olson 10 11.0 1 1 0 3.27 9
Scherrer, BillBill Scherrer 4 4.0 0 1 0 13.50 3

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Johnny Oates
AA Charlotte Knights Southern League Greg Biagini
A Hagerstown Suns Carolina League Mike Hart
Short-Season A Erie Orioles New York-Penn League Bobby Tolan
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Glenn Gulliver

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester

References

  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
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