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1989 Oakland Athletics season

The 1989 Oakland Athletics season saw the A's finish in first place in the American League West division, with a record of 99 wins and 63 losses, seven games in front of the Kansas City Royals. It was their second consecutive AL West title, as well as the second straight year in which they finished with the best record in all of baseball. The team defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS, then swept their cross-Bay rivals, the San Francisco Giants, in an earthquake-marred World Series.

1989 Oakland Athletics
World Series Champions
American League Champions
AL Western Division Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record99–63 (.611)
Other information
Owner(s)Walter A. Haas, Jr.
General manager(s)Sandy Alderson
Manager(s)Tony La Russa
Local televisionKPIX/KICU-TV
(Monte Moore, Ray Fosse)
Local radioKSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
KNTA
(Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Evilio Mendoza)
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OffseasonEdit

Major figures in the 1989 A's season included (clockwise from top left) Dave Parker, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and manager Tony La Russa.
  • November 28, 1988: Mike Moore signs as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics.
  • November 30, 1988: Billy Beane was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 99 63 0.611 54–27 45–36
Kansas City Royals 92 70 0.568 7 55–26 37–44
California Angels 91 71 0.562 8 52–29 39–42
Texas Rangers 83 79 0.512 16 45–36 38–43
Minnesota Twins 80 82 0.494 19 45–36 35–46
Seattle Mariners 73 89 0.451 26 40–41 33–48
Chicago White Sox 69 92 0.429 29½ 35–45 34–47

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1989 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 6–7 6–6 6–6 7–6 10–3 6–6 7–6 4–8 8–5 5–7 6–6 9–3 7–6
Boston 7–6 4–8 7–5 8–5 11–2 4–8 6–7 6–6 7–6 7–5 5–7 6–6 5–8
California 6–6 8–4 8–5 5–7 11–1 4–9 7–5 11–2 6–6 5–8 7–6 6–7 7–5
Chicago 6–6 5–7 5–8 7–5 4–8 6–7 10–2 5–8 5–6 5–8 7–6 3–10 1–11
Cleveland 6–7 5–8 7–5 5–7 5–8 8–4 3–10 5–7 9–4 2–10 6–6 7–5 5–8
Detroit 3–10 2–11 1–11 8–4 8–5 6–6 6–7 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 4–8 2–11
Kansas City 6–6 8–4 9–4 7–6 4–8 6–6 8–4 7–6 6–6 7–6 9–4 8–5 7–5
Milwaukee 6–7 7–6 5–7 2–10 10–3 7–6 4–8 9–3 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–7 6–7
Minnesota 8–4 6–6 2–11 8–5 7–5 7–5 6–7 3–9 6–6 6–7 7–6 5–8 9–3
New York 5–8 6–7 6–6 6–5 4–9 7–6 6–6 5–8 6–6 3–9 8–4 5–7 7–6
Oakland 7–5 5–7 8–5 8–5 10–2 8–4 6–7 7–5 7–6 9–3 9–4 8–5 7–5
Seattle 6–6 7–5 6–7 6–7 6–6 8–4 4–9 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 3–9 6–6 7–6 10–3 5–7 8–4 5–8 7–5 8–5 7–5 5–8 7–6 5–7
Toronto 6–7 8–5 5–7 11–1 8–5 11–2 5–7 7–6 3–9 6–7 5–7 7–5 7–5


Notable transactionsEdit

  • April 6, 1989: Troy Afenir was traded by the Houston Astros to the Oakland Athletics for Matt Sinatro.[4]
  • April 6, 1989: Mike Norris was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[5]
  • May 27, 1989: Jamie Quirk was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • June 5, 1989: Mike Mohler was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 42nd round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed August 18, 1989.[7]
  • June 21, 1989: Rickey Henderson was traded by the New York Yankees to the Oakland Athletics for Greg Cadaret, Eric Plunk, and Luis Polonia.
  • July 24, 1989: Jamie Quirk was released by the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • July 31, 1989: Glenn Hubbard was released by the Oakland Athletics.[8]
  • August 30, 1989: Ken Phelps was traded by the New York Yankees to the Oakland Athletics for Scott Holcomb (minors).

RosterEdit

1989 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

1989 game log

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos. Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Terry Steinbach 130 454 124 .273 7 42
1B Mark McGwire 143 490 113 .231 33 95
2B Tony Phillips 143 451 118 .262 4 47
3B Carney Lansford 148 551 185 .336 2 52
SS Mike Gallego 133 357 90 .252 3 30
LF Rickey Henderson 85 306 90 .294 9 35
CF Dave Henderson 152 579 145 .250 15 80
RF Stan Javier 112 310 77 .248 1 28
DH Dave Parker 144 553 146 .264 22 97

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ron Hassey 97 268 61 .228 5 23
Walt Weiss 84 236 55 .233 3 21
José Canseco 65 227 61 .269 17 57
Luis Polonia 59 206 59 .286 1 17
Glenn Hubbard 53 131 26 .198 3 12
Lance Blankenship 58 125 29 .232 1 4
Billy Beane 37 79 19 .241 0 11
Félix José 20 57 11 .193 0 5
Jamie Quirk 9 10 2 .200 1 1
Ken Phelps 11 9 1 .111 0 0
Larry Arndt 2 6 1 .167 0 0
Doug Jennings 4 4 0 .000 0 0
Dann Howitt 3 3 0 .000 0 0
Dick Scott 3 2 0 .000 0 1
Chris Bando 1 2 1 .500 0 1
Scott Hemond 4 0 0 --- 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Moore 35 241​23 19 11 2.61 172
Bob Welch 33 209​23 17 8 3.00 137
Dave Stewart 36 257​23 21 9 3.32 155
Curt Young 25 111 5 9 3.73 55
Storm Davis 31 169​13 19 7 4.36 91
Dave Otto 1 6​23 0 0 2.70 4

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA
Matt Young 26 37​13 1 4 6.75

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dennis Eckersley 51 4 0 33 1.56 55
Todd Burns 50 6 5 8 2.24 49
Greg Cadaret 26 0 0 0 2.28 14
Rick Honeycutt 64 2 2 12 2.35 52
Gene Nelson 50 3 5 3 3.26 70
Eric Plunk 23 1 1 1 2.20 24
Jim Corsi 22 1 2 0 1.88 21
Bill Dawley 4 0 0 0 4.00 3
Brian Snyder 2 0 0 0 27.00 1

ALCSEdit

Game 1Edit

October 3, 1989, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
Oakland 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 X 7 11 0
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Dave Stieb (0-1)  
HR: TORErnie Whitt (1)   OAKDave Henderson (1), Mark McGwire (1)

Game 2Edit

October 4, 1989, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 1
Oakland 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 X 6 9 1
W: Mike Moore (1-0)   L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)   S: Dennis Eckersley (1)   
HR: OAKDave Parker (1)

Game 3Edit

October 6, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Toronto 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 X 7 8 0
W: Jimmy Key (1-0)   L: Storm Davis (0-1)   
HR: OAKDave Parker (2)

Game 4Edit

October 7, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 11 1
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 5 13 0
W: Bob Welch (1-0)   L: Mike Flanagan (0-1)   S: Dennis Eckersley (2)   
HR: OAKRickey Henderson 2 (2), José Canseco (1)

Game 5Edit

October 8, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 4 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 9 0
W: Dave Stewart (2-0)   L: Dave Stieb (0-2)   S: Dennis Eckersley (3)   
HR: TORLloyd Moseby (1), George Bell (1)

World SeriesEdit

AL Oakland Athletics (4) vs. NL San Francisco Giants (0)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of game
1 Giants – 0, A's – 5 October 14 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 49,385 2:45
2 Giants – 1, A's – 5 October 15 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 49,388 2:47
3 A's – 13, Giants – 7 October 27 Candlestick Park (San Francisco) 62,038 3:03
4 A's – 9, Giants – 6 October 28 Candlestick Park (San Francisco) 62,032 3:07

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Rickey Henderson, ALCS Most Valuable Player
  • Dave Stewart, World Series MVP

All-Star Game

  • Dave Stewart, Pitcher
  • Terry Steinbach, Catcher, Starter
  • Mark McGwire, First Base, Starter
  • José Canseco, Outfield, Reserve
  • Mike Moore, Pitcher, Reserve
  • Tony La Russa, Manager

Team leadersEdit

  • Games – Dave Henderson (152)
  • At-Bats – Dave Henderson (579)
  • Runs – Carney Lansford (81)
  • Hits – Carney Lansford (185)
  • Doubles – Carney Lansford (28)
  • Triples – Tony Phillips (6)
  • Home Runs – Mark McGwire (33)
  • Runs Batted In – Dave Parker
  • Walks – Mark McGwire (83)
  • Batting average – Carney Lansford (.336)
  • On Base Percentage – Rickey Henderson (.425)
  • Slugging Average – José Canseco (.542)
  • Stolen Bases – Rickey Henderson (52)
  • Wins – Dave Stewart (21)
  • Innings Pitched – Dave Stewart (257.7)
  • Earned Run Average – Dennis Eckersley (1.56)
  • Strikeouts – Mike Moore (172)

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Billy Beane Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ "Ken Griffey Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "The Nolan Ryan Express - The Strikeout King - smackbomb.com/nolanryan". smackbomb.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
  4. ^ Troy Afenir Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ "Mike Norris Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  6. ^ a b Jamie Quirk Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ "Mike Mohler Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  8. ^ Glenn Hubbard Statistics Baseball-Reference.com

SourcesEdit