1986 New York Yankees season
The New York Yankees' 1986 season was the 84th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 90-72, finishing in second-place, 5.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Lou Piniella. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.
|1986 New York Yankees|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Clyde King|
(Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Jim Kaat, Billy Martin)
(Mel Allen, Mickey Mantle, others from WPIX)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)|
(Bill White, Phil Rizzuto, Spencer Ross, Bobby Murcer)
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- November 7, 1985: Bob Geren was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.
- December 6, 1985: Billy Sample was traded by the Yankees to the Atlanta Braves for Miguel Sosa (minors).
- December 12, 1985: Ron Hassey and Joe Cowley were traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Britt Burns, Glen Braxton (minors), and Mike Soper (minors).
- December 12, 1985: Rex Hudler was traded by the New York Yankees with Rich Bordi to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later and Gary Roenicke. The Baltimore Orioles sent Leo Hernández (December 16, 1985) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.
- December 14, 1985: Roger Maris, the Yankees record holder for most Home Runs in one season died after a battle with lymphomatic cancer.
- February 13, 1986: Neil Allen, Scott Bradley, Glen Braxton (minors), and cash were traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Ron Hassey, Matt Winters, Chris Alvarez (minors) and Eric Schmidt (minors).
- March 28, 1986: Don Baylor was traded by the New York Yankees to the Boston Red Sox for Mike Easler.
- Don Mattingly became the sixth player in Major League history to have at least 230 hits, 100 RBIs, and 30 home runs in a season. He holds the distinction of being the first American Leaguer to reach that milestone.
- Don Mattingly became the first Yankee since Lou Gehrig to have three consecutive seasons of 200 hits.
- Dave Winfield became the first Yankee since Joe DiMaggio to achieve five straight 100 RBI seasons. DiMaggio did it from 1936 to 1942.
- Willie Randolph became the all-time Yankee leader for games played at second base. The previous record holder was Tony Lazzeri. Lazzeri held the record with 1,446 games.
- Mark McGwire made his Major League debut on August 22, 1986, in a game versus the New York Yankees. He had three at-bats and no hits.
- May 2, 1986: Tommy John signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- June 2, 1986: 1986 Major League Baseball draft
- June 30, 1986: Ken Griffey, Sr. and Andre Robertson were traded by the Yankees to the Atlanta Braves for Claudell Washington and Paul Zuvella.
- July 4, 1986: Ozzie Canseco was released by the Yankees.
- July 9, 1986: Ed Whitson was traded by the Yankees to the San Diego Padres for Tim Stoddard.
- July 30, 1986: Ron Hassey, Carlos Martínez and a player to be named later were traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Ron Kittle, Wayne Tolleson, and Joel Skinner. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Bill Lindsey to the White Sox on December 24.
1986 was the first time since 1904 that the Yankees finished second in the standings to the Red Sox.
|Boston Red Sox||95||66||0.590||—||51–30||44–36|
|New York Yankees||90||72||0.556||5½||41–39||49–33|
|Toronto Blue Jays||86||76||0.531||9½||42–39||44–37|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1986 American League Records
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|1986 New York Yankees|
|Billy Martin's number 1 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1986.|
On August 10, 1986, the Yankees retired Martin's uniform number 1 and dedicated a plaque in his honor for Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The plaque contains the words, There has never been a greater competitor than Billy. Martin told the crowd, "I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest."
On May 24, 1986, on the season finale of Saturday Night Live, co-host Martin was "fired" by executive producer Lorne Michaels for being "drunk" in a skit, slurring his lines. During the goodnights, Martin "sets fire" to the dressing room in retaliation. (Only three cast members would be re-hired the next season.) In 1988, on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, comedian Dennis Miller opened the sports with, "In Calgary tonight, Katarina Witt won the gold medal in figure skating, prompting Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to fire manager Billy Martin."
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Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Ken Griffey, Sr.||59||198||60||.303||9||26|
Awards and RecordsEdit
- Rickey Henderson – American League Leader Stolen Bases (87)
- Rickey Henderson – American League Leader Runs Scored (130)
- Don Mattingly – American League Leader Hits (238)
- Don Mattingly, Silver Slugger Award
- Don Mattingly, Yankees Single Season Record, Hits in a Season (238)
- Don Mattingly, Yankees Single Season Record, Doubles in a Season (53)
- Dave Righetti, Major League Record (since broken), Most Saves in One Season by a Relief Pitcher(46)
- Dave Righetti, Major League Record, Most Saves in One Season by a Left-handed Pitcher(46)
- Rickey Henderson, Starting Lineup, Outfield
- Dave Winfield, Starting Lineup, Outfield
- Don Mattingly, Reserve, First Baseman
- Dave Righetti, Reserve, Pitcher
- Bob Geren at Baseball Reference
- Billy Sample at Baseball Reference
- Ron Hassey at Baseball Reference
- Numbelievable!, p.41, Michael X. Ferraro and John Venziano, Triumph Books, 2007, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
- Tommy John Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Andy Stankiewicz at Baseball Reference
- Kevin Maas at Baseball Reference
- Ken Griffey at Baseball Reference
- Ozzie Canseco at Baseball Reference
- Ed Whitson at Baseball Reference
- Vaccaro, Mike (2005). Emperors and idiots: The hundred year rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, from the very beginning to the end of the curse. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-51354-2.
- SNL Transcript, 24 May 1986.
- 1986 New York Yankees Statistics and Roster Archived March 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Baseball-Reference.com
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.290, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.289, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007