1998 Toronto Blue Jays Season
The 1998 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's twenty-second season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing third in the American League East with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses, which as of 2012 remains their best record since their 1993 World Series-winning season.
With the disappointing last-place finish of the previous year, General Manager Gord Ash once again dug into the wallet to improve the team, signing reliever Randy Myers and slugger José Canseco as free agents. Though the team improved noticeably (thanks to another pitching Triple Crown and Cy Young Award-winning campaign by ace hurler Roger Clemens and a powerful lineup that featured Canseco, Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green, and José Cruz, Jr.), they could not finish ahead of the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox, who won 114 and 92 games en route to winning the division crown and Wild Card respectively.
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... The Blue Jays named Johnson as their manager for the 1998 season following the firing of Cito Gaston and the interim management of pitching coach Mel Queen ... and Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, all of whom left the team after the 1998 season ... lack of chemistry, Johnson guided the 1998 Blue Jays to a respectable third place finish in the AL East with an 88–74 record, just four games out of a tie for the wild card ...
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