1988 Cleveland Indians season

1988 Cleveland Indians
Major league affiliations
Location
1988 information
Owner(s) Richard Jacobs
General manager(s) Hank Peters
Manager(s) Doc Edwards
Local television WUAB
Local radio WWWE
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The 1988 Cleveland Indians season was the 88th season for the franchise. The team, managed by Doc Edwards, finished sixth in the American League East.

Despite its mediocre season, the team had a significant legacy in Major League Baseball in the 21st century. Twenty-five years later, five of the 30 MLB managers at the start of the 2013 season were alumni of the 1988 Indians:[1]

The team also had players who became MLB Broadcasters, coaches, and front office executives:

Offseason

  • January 15, 1988: Rick Rodriguez was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[2]
  • January 19, 1988: John Moses was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[3]
  • January 19, 1988: Greg Harris was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[4]
  • February 3, 1988: Doug Piatt was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians.[5]
  • February 9, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[6]
  • February 22, 1988: Chris Codiroli was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[7]
  • February 28, 1988: Terry Francona was signed as a free agent by the Indians.[8]
  • March 17, 1988: Mark Huismann was released by the Indians.[9]
  • March 24, 1988: Greg Harris was released by the Indians.[4]
  • March 25, 1988: Willie Upshaw was purchased by the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays.[10]
  • March 29, 1988: John Moses was released by the Indians.[3]

Regular season

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


Notable transactions

Roster

1988 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

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
1B Upshaw, WillieWillie Upshaw 149 493 121 .245 11 50

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
Francona, TerryTerry Francona 62 212 66 .311 1 12
Tabler, PatPat Tabler 41 143 32 .224 1 17
Medina, LuisLuis Medina 16 51 13 .255 6 8
Williams, ReggieReggie Williams 11 31 7 .226 1 3
Jiménez, HoustonHouston Jiménez 9 21 1 .048 0 1
Firova, DanDan Firova 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

Pitching

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
Farrell, JohnJohn Farrell 31 210.1 14 10 4.24 92

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
Bailes, ScottScott Bailes 37 145 9 14 4.90 53
Black, BudBud Black 16 59 2 3 5.03 44
Rodriguez, RickRick Rodriguez 10 33 1 2 7.09 9
Codiroli, ChrisChris Codiroli 14 19.1 0 4 9.31 12

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
Schatzeder, DanDan Schatzeder 15 0 2 3 9.56 10
Kaiser, JeffJeff Kaiser 3 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League Steve Swisher
AA Williamsport Bills Eastern League Mike Hargrove
A Kinston Indians Carolina League Glenn Adams
A Waterloo Indians Midwest League Ken Bolek
Rookie Burlington Indians Appalachian League Mike Bucci
Rookie GCL Indians Gulf Coast League Billy Williams
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kinston[14]

References

  • 1988 Cleveland Indians team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1988 Cleveland Indians team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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