1998 San Diego Padres Season

In 1998, the San Diego Padres won the National League championship and advanced to the World Series for the second time in franchise history.

San Diego featured six All-Stars: pitchers Andy Ashby, Kevin Brown, and Trevor Hoffman, and outfielders Tony Gwynn and Greg Vaughn. Brown and Hoffman were two of the premier pitchers in baseball for 1998. Brown led the staff in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts, and he also finished in the league's top five in each category. Hoffman saved 53 games and was voted the NL Rolaids Relief Man Award for best closer in the league. Ashby was the team's number two starter with 17 wins.

The Padres offense was led by Vaughn, who had the greatest season of his career in 1998. He ended up winning both the Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Silver Slugger Award. And in a season headlined by sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Vaughn was matching them in home runs before finishing with 50 (compared to 70 for McGwire and 66 for Sosa). Former MVP Ken Caminiti was second on the team in home runs and runs batted in.

In the regular season, San Diego won the NL Western Division. Their 98-64 record was third-best in the league, behind only the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros, who San Diego then went a combined 7-3 again in winning the NL pennant. But unfortunately, they had to face arguably the best baseball team in Major League history, the 114-win 1998 New York Yankees, in the World Series. The Padres suffered a 4-0 series sweep.

This World Series loss by the Padres was the only time during the Yankees' dynasty of the 1990s that didn't revive the rivalry between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves.[1] Three of the four Yankees championships during their dynasty came against either team. (1996 and 1999 against Atlanta, 2000 against New York).[1]


Regular season

Opening Day starters

Player Pos
Quilvio Veras 2B
Steve Finley CF
Tony Gwynn RF
Ken Caminiti 3B
Greg Vaughn LF
Wally Joyner 1B
Carlos Hernández C
Chris Gomez SS
Kevin Brown P

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Diego Padres 98 64 -- .605
San Francisco Giants 89 74 9.5 .546
Los Angeles Dodgers 83 79 15.0 .512
Colorado Rockies 77 85 21.0 .475
Arizona Diamondbacks 65 97 33.0 .401

Notable transactions


1998 San Diego Padres
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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 Hernández, CarlosCarlos Hernández 129 390 102 .262 9 52
1B Joyner, WallyWally Joyner 131 439 131 .298 12 80
2B Veras, QuilvioQuilvio Veras
SS Gomez, ChrisChris Gomez
3B Caminiti, KenKen Caminiti
LF Vaughn, GregGreg Vaughn
CF Finley, SteveSteve Finley
RF Gwynn, TonyTony Gwynn 127 461 148 .321 16 69

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Sheets, AndyAndy Sheets
Sweeney, MarkMark Sweeney
Rivera, RubénRubén Rivera
Myers, GregGreg Myers
Leyritz, JimJim Leyritz
Giovanola, EdEd Giovanola


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brown, KevinKevin Brown
Hamilton, JoeyJoey Hamilton
Ashby, AndyAndy Ashby 33 226.2 17 9 3.34 151
Hitchcock, SterlingSterling Hitchcock
Langston, MarkMark Langston
Spencer, StanStan Spencer 6 30.2 1 0 4.70 31

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Clement, MattMatt Clement

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hoffman, TrevorTrevor Hoffman 66 4 2 53 1.48 86
Miceli, DanDan Miceli
Boehringer, BrianBrian Boehringer 56 5 2 0 4.36 67
Wall, DonneDonne Wall
Sanders, ScottScott Sanders 23 3 1 0 4.11 26
Ramírez, RobertoRoberto Ramírez 21 1 0 0 6.14 17

League honors



Statistical leaders

Kevin Brown

  • #2 ERA (2.38)
  • #2 Strikeouts (257)
  • #2 WHIP (1.07)
  • #2 Innings Pitched (257)
  • #4 Wins (18)
  • #4 Complete Games (7)

Tony Gwynn

  • #1 At-Bats Per Strikeout (25.6)

Trevor Hoffman

  • #1 Saves (53)

Greg Vaughn

  • #3 Home runs (50)
  • #5 Slugging percentage (.597)
  • #5 Total Bases (342)

National League Division Series

Houston Astros vs. San Diego Padres

San Diego wins the series, 3-1

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Houston 1 San Diego 2 September 29 1-0 (SD)
2 Houston 5 San Diego 4 October 1 1-1
3 San Diego 2 Houston 1 October 3 2-1 (SD)
4 San Diego 6 Houston 1 October 4 3-1 (SD)

National League Championship Series

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record


1 October 7 San Diego 3 Atlanta 2 1-0 42,117
2 October 8 San Diego 3 Atlanta 0 2-0 43,083
3 October 10 Atlanta 1 San Diego 4 3-0 62,779
4 October 11 Atlanta 8 San Diego 3 3-1 65,042
5 October 12 Atlanta 7 San Diego 6 3-2 58,988
6 October 14 San Diego 5 Atlanta 0 4-2 50,988
San Diego wins series 4–2 and advances to the World Series

World series

Main article: 1998 World Series

Game 1

October 17, 1998 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 6 8 1
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 0 X 9 9 1
WP: David Wells (1-0)   LP: Donne Wall (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
SD: Greg Vaughn 2 (2), Tony Gwynn (1)
NYY: Chuck Knoblauch (1), Tino Martinez (1)

In Game 1, Kevin Brown took the hill for the Padres and he was opposed by Yankee ace and ALCS MVP David Wells. The Yankees began the scoring in the 2nd inning, when rookie Ricky Ledee laced a 2 run double into the right field corner with the bases loaded. Wells was battered hard for the only time in the postseason beginning with the 3rd when Greg Vaughn homered to rightcenter with a man aboard tying the game up at 2 runs apiece. In the 5th, Tony Gwynn smashed a 2 run shot off the facing of the upper deck and that was followed up immediately by Vaughn's second dinger of the night. Trailing 5-2, the Yanks made their comeback in the 7th. Jorge Posada singled and Ledee walked ending the night for Brown. It turned out to be a bad move by Padres manager Bruce Bochy. New York took advantage of the Padres bullpen with a 3 run homer by Chuck Knoblauch that tied the game at 5. Later in the inning, a 2-2 count call by home plate umpire Rich Garcia would prove to be decisive. Mark Langston's pitch was shown on television replays to be a strike, which Rich Garcia called a ball. Tino Martinez would take advantage of Garcia's call and on the next pitch sent a grand slam into the upper deck making it a 9-5 lead. The Padres would only score one more run as the Yankees won game one 9-6.

Game 2

October 18, 1998 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 10 1
New York 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 9 16 0
WP: Orlando Hernández (1-0)   LP: Andy Ashby (0-1)
Home runs:
SD: None
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)

In Game 2, the Bombers would go up 2-0 thanks to a dreadful outing by San Diego starter Andy Ashby. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada would go yard to assist the Yankees on offense. New York started Cuban import, Orlando Hernández, who was outstanding.

Game 3

October 20, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 9 1
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 7 1
WP: Ramiro Mendoza (1-0)   LP: Trevor Hoffman (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Scott Brosius 2 (2)
SD: None

With the Yankees up 2-0, they sent David Cone to the mound to face former Yankee pitcher, Sterling Hitchcock, the MVP of the NLCS. Both teams were kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the 6th when Hitchcock himself led off the inning with a single off Cone. He and Qulivio Veras both scored two batters later when Tony Gwynn shot a double down the line past Tino Martinez at first base. Gwynn would also score in the inning to give San Diego a 3-0 lead. However, a half inning later the Yanks jumped on Hitchcock for two runs beginning with a home run to left-center by Scott Brosius. The second run came in after Shane Spencer doubled and scored on an error by Ken Caminiti. In the 8th, the call was made to Trevor Hoffman after Randy Myers walked Paul O'Neill to open the inning. Hoffman then walked Tino Martinez before Scott Brosius tagged a three run blast over the fence in dead center. With a 5-3 lead, the Yankees wrapped up the victory when Mariano Rivera picked up the save in the 9th to end it.

Game 4

October 21, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 9 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1-0)   LP: Kevin Brown (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)

New York's Andy Pettitte outpitched San Diego's Kevin Brown with 7 strong innings for the 3-0 Yankees victory, giving the Bombers their 24th title. Though New York's reliever Jeff Nelson allowed the Padres to load the bases, Mariano Rivera came in to end the threat by getting Jim Leyritz, known for his clutch postseason homers with San Diego, to fly out. Rivera added another scoreless inning for the save.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League Jerry Royster
AA Mobile BayBears Southern League Mike Ramsey
A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League Carlos Lezcano
A Clinton Lumber Kings Midwest League Tom LeVasseur
Rookie AZL Padres Arizona League Randy Whisler
Rookie Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League Don Werner
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Idaho Falls[8]


External links

  • 1998 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1998 San Diego Padres team page at Baseball Almanac
Preceded by
San Francisco Giants
NL West Division
Championship Season

Succeeded by
Arizona Diamondbacks
Preceded by
Florida Marlins
National League Championship Season
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
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