Notable: Ripken, who had shifted to third base permanently in 1997, sat out the final home game Sept. 20 against the Yankees after playing in 2,632 straight games. Ryan Minor replaced him in the lineup.


Record: 78-84

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Ray Miller

Most Valuable Oriole: B.J. Surhoff

Batting leader: B.J. Surhoff (.308)

Home run leader: Albert Belle (37)

RBI leader: Albert Belle (117)

Wins leader: Mike Mussina (18)

ERA leader: Mike Mussina (3.50)

Notable: The Orioles beat the Cuban national team in Havana in the opener of a two-part exhibition in March, but lost in the rematch at Camden Yards in May. Ripken had a club-record six hits in the Orioles' 22-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on June 13.