The Milwaukee Brewers' 1998 season was the first season for the franchise as a member of the National League. The Brewers finished in fifth in the NL Central, 28 games behind the Houston Astros, with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses. Before the 1998 regular season began, two new teams—the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays—were added by Major League Baseball. This resulted in the American League and National League having fifteen teams. However, in order for MLB officials to continue primarily intraleague play, both leagues would need to carry a number of teams that was divisible by two, so the decision was made to move one club from the AL Central to the NL Central.
This realignment was widely considered to have great financial benefit to the club moving. However, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Commissioner (then club owner) Bud Selig decided another team should have the first chance to switch leagues. The choice was offered to the Kansas City Royals, who ultimately decided to stay in the American League. The choice then fell to the Brewers, who, on November 6, 1997 elected to move to the National League. Had the Brewers elected not to move to the National League, the Minnesota Twins would have been offered the opportunity to switch leagues.
Also, Milwaukee was not totally unfamiliar with the National League, having been the home of the NL Braves for 13 seasons (1953–1965).
Regular season 
Season standings 
Notable transactions 
Player stats 
Starters by position 
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases
Other batters 
Starting pitchers 
Other pitchers 
Relief pitchers 
Farm system 
- ^ "Brewers switch leagues, join Reds in NL Central". The Kentucky Post (Associated Press) (E. W. Scripps Company). 1997-11-06. Archived from the original on 2005-05-05.
- ^ Pappas, Doug, "News Briefs: Fall 1997", Outside the Lines, Fall 1997.
- ^ Jack Voigt page at Baseball Reference
- ^ Marquis Grissom page at Baseball Reference
- ^ Bob Hamelin page at Baseball Reference
- ^ Ben McDonald page at Baseball Reference
- ^ J. J. Putz page at Baseball Reference
- ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/weathda01.shtml
- ^ Eric Plunk page at Baseball Reference
- ^ Bill Pulsipher page at Baseball Reference
- ^ Jeff Juden page at Baseball Reference
- ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/MIL/1998.shtml
- ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
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