1989 Boston Red Sox season
The 1989 Boston Red Sox season was the 89th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses, six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.
|1989 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Divisional place||3rd (6 GB)|
|General manager(s)||Lou Gorman|
|Local television||WSBK-TV, Ch. 38|
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
|Local radio||WPLM-FM 99.1|
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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Wade Boggs had 205 hits and 107 walks, becoming the first player in MLB history to have at least 200 hits and 100 walks in four consecutive seasons. He also became the first player in the modern era (after 1900) to have at least 200 hits in seven consecutive seasons.
|Toronto Blue Jays||89||73||0.549||—||46–35||43–38|
|Boston Red Sox||83||79||0.512||6||46–35||37–44|
|New York Yankees||74||87||0.460||14½||41–40||33–47|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1989 American League Records
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- August 5, 1989: Ed Romero was released by the Red Sox.
- August 7, 1989: Greg A. Harris was selected off waivers by the Red Sox from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Opening Day lineupEdit
The team held an old-timers game on May 6, before a scheduled home game against the Texas Rangers. Festivities included an appearance by Carl Yastrzemski, shortly after his election to the Hall of Fame. Red Sox alumni lost to a team of former MLB players from other clubs, by a 9–0 score in three innings of play.
|1989 Boston Red Sox|
|Youngest player||Carlos Quintana||23|
|Oldest player||Dwight Evans||37|
|Wins Above Replacement||Wade Boggs||8.4|
|G||Games played||Wade Boggs||156|
|PA||Plate appearances||Wade Boggs||742|
|AB||At bats||Wade Boggs||621|
|R||Runs scored||Wade Boggs||113|
|HR||Home runs||Nick Esasky||30|
|RBI||Runs batted in||Nick Esasky||108|
|SB||Stolen bases||Ellis Burks||21|
|CS||Caught stealing||Wade Boggs||6|
|BB||Base on balls||Wade Boggs||107|
|BA||Batting average||Wade Boggs||.330|
|OBP||On-base percentage||Wade Boggs||.430|
|SLG||Slugging percentage||Nick Esasky||.500|
|OPS||On-base plus slugging||Wade Boggs||.879|
|OPS+||Adjusted OPS||Wade Boggs||142|
|TB||Total bases||Nick Esasky||282|
|GIDP||Grounded into double play||Mike Greenwell||21|
|HBP||Hit by pitch||Wade Boggs||7|
|SH||Sacrifice hits||Marty Barrett||15|
|SF||Sacrifice flies||Wade Boggs||7|
|IBB||Intentional base on balls||Wade Boggs||19|
|W-L %||Winning percentage||Lee Smith||.857 (6–1)|
|ERA||Earned run average||Dennis Lamp||2.32|
|G||Games pitched||Rob Murphy||74|
|GS||Games started||Roger Clemens||35|
|GF||Games finished||Lee Smith||50|
|CG||Complete games||Roger Clemens||8|
|IP||Innings pitched||Roger Clemens||253+1⁄3|
|WHIP||Walks plus hits per inning pitched||Dennis Lamp||1.095|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Dennis Lamp Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Spike Owen Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Danny Heep Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- "The 1989 Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
- Wade Boggs Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- O'Hara, Dave (September 27, 1989). "Boggs' hit parade never seems to end". Daily Record. Morristown, New Jersey. p. 23. Retrieved October 12, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
- Ed Romero Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Greg Harris Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- "Baltimore Orioles 5, Boston Red Sox 4". Retrosheet. April 3, 1989. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
- Madron, Jody. "April 3, 1989: New-look Orioles begin season on winning note". SABR. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
- "Yaz makes return to Fenway Park". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. May 7, 1989. p. 4E. Retrieved May 24, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "1989 Boston Red Sox Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- Boston Red Sox Media Guide. 1989. p. 138. Retrieved March 14, 2021 – via Wayback Machine.
- 1989 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
- 1989 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com