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1988 Oakland Athletics season

 

1988 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1988 season involved the A's winning their first American League West title since 1981, with a record of 104 wins and 58 losses. In 1988, the elephant was restored as the symbol of the Athletics and currently adorns the left sleeve of home and road uniforms. The elephant was retired as team mascot in 1963 by then-owner Charles O. Finley in favor of a Missouri mule. The A's defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, but lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games, including a dramatic, classic walk-off home run by the Dodgers' Kirk Gibson in game one.

Offseason

Regular season

José Canseco led the American League with 42 Home Runs, 124 RBIs and a .569 slugging percentage. Canseco became the first member of the Athletics to have three straight 100 RBI seasons.

  • July 3, 1988: José Canseco had 3 home runs and 6 RBIs in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 104 58 .642 --
Minnesota Twins 91 71 .562 13
Kansas City Royals 84 77 .522 19½
California Angels 75 87 .463 29
Chicago White Sox 71 90 .441 32½
Texas Rangers 70 91 .435 33½
Seattle Mariners 68 93 .422 35½

Notable Transactions

Roster

1988 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 Avg. HR RBI
RF José Canseco 158 610 187 .307 42 124
CF Dave Henderson 146 507 154 .304 24 94
3B Carney Lansford 150 556 155 .279 7 57
1B Mark McGwire 155 550 143 .260 32 99
C Ron Hassey 107 323 83 .257 7 45
2B Glenn Hubbard 105 294 75 .255 3 33
SS Walt Weiss 147 452 113 .250 3 39
DH Don Baylor 92 264 58 .220 7 34
LF Luis Polonia 84 288 84 .292 2 27

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Stan Javier 125 397 102 .257 2 35
Dave Parker 101 377 97 .257 12 55

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Welch 36 244.2 17 9 3.64 158

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALCS

Game 1

October 5, Fenway Park

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

October 6, Fenway Park

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

October 8, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

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

October 9, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

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)

World series

Main article: 1988 World Series
NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs. AL Oakland Athletics (1)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 A's – 4, Dodgers – 5 October 15 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 55,983 3:04
2 A's – 0, Dodgers – 6 October 16 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56,051 2:30
3 Dodgers – 1, A's – 2 October 18 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 49,316 3:21
4 Dodgers – 4, A's – 3 October 19 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 49,317 3:05
5 Dodgers – 5, A's – 2 October 20 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 49,317 2:51

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Brad Fischer
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Tommie Reynolds
A Modesto A's California League Jeff Newman
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Jim Nettles
Short-Season A Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Lenn Sakata
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Dave Hudgens

References

  • 1988 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1988 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
1987
AL West Championship Season
1988
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1989
Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
1987
American League Championship
1988
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1989
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