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The St. Louis Cardinals 1989 season was the team's 108th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 98th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86-76 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East division.

1989 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record86–76 (.531)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
Anheuser-Busch
General manager(s)Dal Maxvill
Manager(s)Whitey Herzog
Local televisionKPLR-TV
Cardinal Cable Network
(Al Hrabosky, Ken Wilson)
Local radioKMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon)
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Shortstop Ozzie Smith and third baseman Terry Pendleton won Gold Gloves this year.

On September 29, team owner August A. Busch, Jr. died at the age of 90.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The over-achieving 1989 Cardinal team almost made the playoffs. Pedro Guerrero finished third in the National League MVP voting while leading the league with 42 doubles and finishing second in RBIs (117). Joe Magrane won 18 games while José DeLeón won 16 games. Milt Thompson played in 155 games and hit .290, mostly substituting for the injured Willie McGee. Vince Coleman lead the league in stolen bases for the fifth straight year. However, it would be the arch-rival Cubs who would claim the division and move on to the playoffs.

Opening Day startersEdit

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 93 69 0.574 48–33 45–36
New York Mets 87 75 0.537 6 51–30 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 7 46–35 40–41
Montreal Expos 81 81 0.500 12 44–37 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 19 39–42 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 26 38–42 29–53

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1989 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 8–10 8–10 6–10 6–6 2–10 8–4 4–8 7–11 6–12 3–9
Chicago 7–5 7–5 5–7 7–5 10–8 10–8 10–8 12–6 8–4 6–6 11–7
Cincinnati 10–8 5–7 8–10 8–10 4–8 4–8 4–8 7–5 9–9 8–10 8–4
Houston 10–8 7–5 10–8 10–8 4–8 6–6 9–3 7–5 8–10 8–10 7–5
Los Angeles 10–6 5–7 10–8 8–10 7–5 5–7 6–6 7–5 6–12 10–8 3–9
Montreal 6–6 8–10 8–4 8–4 5–7 9–9 9–9 11–7 5–7 7–5 5–13
New York 10–2 8–10 8–4 6–6 7–5 9–9 12–6 9–9 5–7 3–9 10–8
Philadelphia 4-8 8–10 8–4 3–9 6–6 9–9 6–12 10–8 2–10 4–8 7–11
Pittsburgh 8–4 6–12 5–7 5–7 5–7 7–11 9–9 8–10 3–9 5–7 13–5
San Diego 11–7 4–8 9–9 10–8 12–6 7–5 7–5 10–2 9–3 8–10 2–10
San Francisco 12–6 6–6 10–8 10–8 8–10 5–7 9–3 8–4 7–5 10–8 7–5
St. Louis 9–3 7–11 4–8 5–7 9–3 13–5 8–10 11–7 5–13 10–2 5–7


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1989 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

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 Tony Peña 141 424 110 .259 4 37
1B Pedro Guerrero 162 570 177 .311 17 117
2B José Oquendo 163 556 162 .291 1 48
3B Terry Pendleton 162 613 162 .264 13 74
SS Ozzie Smith 155 593 162 .273 2 50
LF Vince Coleman 145 563 143 .254 2 28
CF Milt Thompson 155 545 158 .290 4 68
RF Tom Brunansky 158 556 133 .239 20 85

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Willie McGee 58 199 47 .236 3 17
Todd Zeile 28 82 21 .256 1 8
Denny Walling 69 79 24 .304 1 11
Jim Lindeman 73 45 5 .111 0 2
Craig Wilson 6 4 1 .250 0 1

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Vince Coleman, National League Stolen Base Leader, 65[5]
  • Terry Pendleton, Third Base, National League Gold Glove
  • Ozzie Smith, Shortstop, National League Gold Glove

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lee Tunnell at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Steve Lake page at Baseball Refefence
  3. ^ 1989 St. Louis Cardinals Roster by Baseball Almanac
  4. ^ Jeremy Hernandez page at Baseball Refefence
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/hitting/hisb2nl.shtml
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External linksEdit