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The 1998 World Series, the 94th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, matched the New York Yankees (representing the American League) against the San Diego Padres (representing the National League). The Yankees swept the Series in four games to capture their second championship in three years, and their 24th overall. It was San Diego's second World Series appearance, and the first since losing in 1984 to the Detroit Tigers. This was officially the first World Series that Bud Selig presided as Commissioner of Baseball, although he had presided over the Commissioner's Trophy presentation at the end of the 1995 and 1997 World Series.

For the first time the same city, San Diegomarker, hosted both the Super Bowl and the final World Series game in the same year. Not only were they held in the same city, they were both held in the same stadium.

The New York Yankees posted a MLB record with the most overall wins in MLB history with 125 wins (including the postseason).

Summary

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 17, 1998 at Yankee Stadium marker in Bronx, New Yorkmarker

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 second inning, when rookie Ricky Ledee laced a two-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 third when Greg Vaughn homered to right-center with a man aboard tying the game up at two runs apiece. In the fifth, Tony Gwynn smashed a two-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 seventh. 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 three-run homer by Chuck Knoblauch that tied the game at five. 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 borderline pitch, which 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

Sunday, October 18, 1998 at Yankee Stadium marker in Bronx, New Yorkmarker

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

Tuesday, October 20, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadiummarker in San Diego, Californiamarker

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 sixth 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 eighth, 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. A Greg Vaughn sacrifice fly, scoring Quilvio Veras, cut the lead to 5–4 coming into the ninth—but the Yankees wrapped up the victory when Mariano Rivera picked up the save to end it. However, there was some criticism of Padres manager Bruce Bochy for using John Vander Wal as a pinch runner instead—leaving the responsibility of facing Rivera for the final at bat to Andy Sheets. Sheets struck out to end the game.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 21, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadiummarker in San Diego, Californiamarker

The once struggling Andy Pettitte outdueled Kevin Brown in Game 4.

Composite box

1998 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over San Diego Padres (N.L.)

Series quotes

Uniforms

This was the first year this particular World Series logo was used. It was only used again in the 1999 World Series. Both the 1998 and 1999 series were won by the Yankees.

Broadcasting

The television rights for the 1998 World Series went to Fox, as they had the rights to the World Series in even-numbered years under the television contract that was signed in 1996. Joe Buck once again provided the play-by-play, with Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly alongside him in the booth.

For the first time, ESPN Radio was the home of the World Series, having taken the radio rights for Major League Baseball from the CBS Radio Network. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan provided the coverage for the network.

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