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1998 Milwaukee Brewers season


1998 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1998 season was the first season for the franchise as a member of the National League. The Brewers finished in fifth in the NL Central, 28 games behind the Houston Astros, with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses. Before the 1998 regular season began, two new teams—the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays—were added by Major League Baseball. This resulted in the American League and National League having fifteen teams. However, in order for MLB officials to continue primarily intraleague play, both leagues would need to carry a number of teams that was divisible by two, so the decision was made to move one club from the AL Central to the NL Central.

This realignment was widely considered to have great financial benefit to the club moving. However, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Commissioner (then club owner) Bud Selig decided another team should have the first chance to switch leagues. The choice was offered to the Kansas City Royals, who ultimately decided to stay in the American League.[1] The choice then fell to the Brewers, who, on November 6, 1997 elected to move to the National League. Had the Brewers elected not to move to the National League, the Minnesota Twins would have been offered the opportunity to switch leagues.[2]

Also, Milwaukee was not totally unfamiliar with the National League, having been the home of the NL Braves for 13 seasons (1953–1965).


Regular season

Season standings

NL Central W L GB Pct.
Houston Astros 102 60 .630 --
Chicago Cubs 90 73 .552 12.5
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 .512 19.0
Cincinnati Reds 77 85 .475 25.0
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 28.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 69 93 .426 33.0

Notable transactions


1998 Milwaukee Brewers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

= Indicates team leader


Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Mike Matheny 108 320 24 76 .238 6 27 1
1B John Jaha 73 216 29 45 .208 7 38 1
2B Fernando Viña
3B Jeff Cirillo
SS José Valentín
LF Geoff Jenkins 84 262 33 60 .229 9 28 1
CF Marquis Grissom
RF Jeromy Burnitz

Other batters

Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
Dave Nilsson 102 309 39 83 12 56 .269 2


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville RiverBats International League Gary Allenson
AA El Paso Diablos Texas League Ed Romero
A Stockton Ports California League Bernie Moncallo
A Beloit Snappers Midwest League Don Money
Rookie Helena Brewers Pioneer League Tom Houk
Rookie Ogden Raptors Pioneer League Ed Sedar


  • 1998 Milwaukee Brewers team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1998 Milwaukee Brewers team page at
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