1988 Baltimore Orioles Season
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1988 Baltimore Orioles Season

1988 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 54-107 (.335)
Divisional place 7th
Other information
Owner(s) Edward Bennett Williams
General manager(s) Roland Hemond
Manager(s) Cal Ripken, Sr., Frank Robinson
Local television WMAR-TV
(Jim Simpson, Brooks Robinson)
Home Team Sports
(Jim Palmer, Mel Proctor, John Lowenstein)
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Jon Miller, Joe Angel)
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The 1988 Baltimore Orioles had the worst start to a season in American baseball history. The Orioles finished 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 4th to April 28th. [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]
  • Game 21: The Orioles lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins in Minnesota, extending their streak of season-starting losses to half again their original record, marking their seventh straight series being swept,[11] and ending the day 16 games out of first place on April 28.[12]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 -- 53-28 36-45
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 1 50-31 38-43
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 2 47-34 40-41
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 2 45-36 42-39
New York Yankees 85 76 0.528 46-34 39-42
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 11 44-37 34-47
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 0.335 34½ 34-46 20-61


Record vs. opponents

1988 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore -- 4-9 5-7 4-7 4-9 5-8 0-12 4-9 3-9 3-10 4-8 7-5 6-6 5-8
Boston 9-4 -- 8-4 7-5 8-5 6-7 6-6 10-3 7-5 9-4 3-9 6-6 8-4 2-11
California 7-5 4-8 -- 9-4 8-4 5-7 5-8 3-9 4-9 6-6 4-9 6-7 8-5 6-6
Chicago 7-4 5-7 4-9 -- 3-9 3-9 7-6 6-6 4-9 3-9 5-8 9-4 8-5 7-5
Cleveland 9-4 5-8 4-8 9-3 -- 4-9 6-6 9-4 5-7 6-7 4-8 5-7 6-6 6-7
Detroit 8-5 7-6 7-5 9-3 9-4 -- 8-4 5-8 1-11 8-5 4-8 9-3 8-4 5-8
Kansas City 12-0 6-6 8-5 6-7 6-6 4-8 -- 3-9 7-6 6-6 8-5 7-5 7-6 4-8
Milwaukee 9-4 3-10 9-3 6-6 4-9 8-5 9-3 -- 7-5 6-7 3-9 8-4 8-4 7-6
Minnesota 9-3 5-7 9-4 9-4 7-5 11-1 6-7 5-7 -- 3-9 5-8 8-5 7-6 7-5
New York 10-3 4-9 6-6 9-3 7-6 5-8 6-6 7-6 9-3 -- 6-6 5-7 5-6 6-7
Oakland 8-4 9-3 9-4 8-5 8-4 8-4 5-8 9-3 8-5 6-6 -- 9-4 8-5 9-3
Seattle 5-7 6-6 7-6 4-9 7-5 3-9 5-7 4-8 5-8 7-5 4-9 -- 6-7 5-7
Texas 6-6 4-8 5-8 5-8 6-6 4-8 6-7 4-8 6-7 6-5 5-8 7-6 -- 6-6
Toronto 8-5 11-2 6-6 5-7 7-6 8-5 8-4 6-7 5-7 7-6 3-9 7-5 6-6 --


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

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 Mickey Tettleton 86 283 74 11 37 .261
1B Eddie Murray 161 603 171 28 84 .284
2B Billy Ripken 150 512 103 2 34 .207
3B Rick Schu 89 270 69 4 20 .256
SS Cal Ripken 161 575 152 23 81 .264
LF Pete Stanicek 83 261 60 4 17 .230
CF Fred Lynn 87 301 76 18 37 .252
RF Joe Orsulak 125 379 109 8 27 .288
DH Larry Sheets 136 452 104 10 47 .230

[18]

Other batters

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
Jim Traber 103 352 78 10 45 .222
Terry Kennedy 85 265 60 3 16 .226
Ken Gerhart 103 262 51 9 23 .195
Rene Gonzales 92 237 51 2 15 .215
Brady Anderson 53 177 35 1 9 .198
Keith Hughes 41 108 21 2 14 .194
Craig Worthington 26 81 15 2 4 .185
Jeff Stone 26 61 10 0 1 .164
Jim Dwyer 35 53 12 0 3 .226
Carl Nichols 18 47 9 0 1 .191
Wade Rowdon 20 30 3 0 0 .100
Butch Davis 13 25 6 0 0 .240
Tito Landrum 13 24 3 0 2 .125

[18]

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
José Bautista 33 171.7 6 15 4.30 76
Jay Tibbs 30 158.7 4 15 5.39 82
Jeff Ballard 25 153.3 8 12 4.40 41
Mike Boddicker 21 147.0 6 12 3.86 100
Oswaldo Peraza 19 86.0 5 7 5.55 61
Scott McGregor 4 17.3 0 3 8.83 10
Curt Schilling 4 14.7 0 3 9.82 4
Bob Milacki 3 25.0 2 0 0.72 18
Pete Harnisch 2 13.0 0 2 5.54 10
Dickie Noles 2 3.3 0 2 24.30 1

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Schmidt 41 129.7 8 5 3.40 67
Mark Williamson 37 117.7 5 8 4.90 69
Mike Morgan 22 71.3 1 6 5.43 29
Gordon Dillard 2 3.0 0 0 6.00 2

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Tom Niedenfuer 52 59.0 3 4 18 3.51 40
Doug Sisk 52 94.3 3 3 0 3.72 26
Mark Thurmond 43 74.7 1 8 3 4.58 29
Don Aase 35 46.7 0 0 0 4.05 28
John Habyan 7 14.7 1 0 0 4.30 4
Gregg Olson 10 11.0 1 1 0 3.27 9
Bill Scherrer 4 4.0 0 1 0 13.50 3

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester

References


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