1989 Boston Red Sox season

1989 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Jean Yawkey,
Haywood Sullivan
General manager(s) Lou Gorman
Manager(s) Joe Morgan
Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
Local radio WPLM-FM 99.1
WPLM-AM 1390
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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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.


  • November 20, 1988: Dennis Lamp was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[1]
  • December 8, 1988: Spike Owen was traded by the Boston Red Sox with Dan Gakeler to the Montreal Expos for John Dopson and Luis Rivera.[2]
  • February 6, 1989: Danny Heep signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[3]

Regular season

By the end of the 1980s, Wade Boggs was the only player in history to achieve four straight 200-hit, 100-walk seasons. By the end of the decade, he was also the only modern player to achieve 200 hits in a season for seven consecutive seasons.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 8973 0.549 46–35 43–38
Baltimore Orioles 8775 0.537 2 47–34 40–41
Boston Red Sox 8379 0.512 6 46–35 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 8181 0.500 8 45–36 36–45
New York Yankees 7487 0.460 14½ 41–40 33–47
Cleveland Indians 7389 0.451 16 41–40 32–49
Detroit Tigers 59103 0.364 30 38–43 21–60

Record vs. opponents

1989 American League Records

Baltimore 6–76–66–67–610–36–67–64–88–55–76–69–37–6
Boston 7–64–87–58–511–24–86–76–67–67–55–76–65–8
California 6–68–48–55–711–14–97–511–26–65–87–66–77–5
Chicago 6–65–75–87–54–86–710–25–85–65–87–63–101–11
Cleveland 6–75–87–55–75–88–43–105–79–42–106–67–55–8
Detroit 3–102–111–118–48–56–66–75–76–74–84–84–82–11
Kansas City 6–68–49–47–64–86–68–47–66–67–69–48–57–5
Milwaukee 6–77–65–72–1010–37–64–89–38–55–77–55–76–7
Minnesota 8–46–62–118–57–57–56–73–96–66–77–65–89–3
New York 5–86–76–66–54–97–66–65–86–63–98–45–77–6
Oakland 7–55–78–58–510–28–46–77–57–69–39–48–57–5
Seattle 6–67–56–76–76–68–44–95–76–74–84–96–75–7
Texas 3–96–67–610–35–78–45–87–58–57–55–87–65–7
Toronto 6–78–55–711–18–511–25–77–63–96–75–77–57–5

Opening Day Line Up

26Wade Boggs3B
17Marty Barrett2B
24Dwight EvansRF
39Mike Greenwell    LF
12Ellis BurksCF
14Jim RiceDH
  7Nick Esasky1B
10Rich GedmanC
  3Jody ReedSS
21Roger ClemensP


  • August 5, 1989: Ed Romero was released by the Boston Red Sox.[4]
  • August 7, 1989: Greg A. Harris was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox from the Philadelphia Phillies.[5]

Alumni game

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.[6] Red Sox alumni lost to a team of former MLB players from other clubs, by a 9–0 score in three innings of play.[6]


1989 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats

= Indicates team leader


Starters by position

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
CRick Cerone10229672.243448
1BNick Esasky154564156.27730108
2BMarty Barrett8633686.256127
3BWade Boggs156621205.330354
SSLuis Rivera9332383.257529
LFMike Greenwell145578178.3081495
CFEllis Burks97399121.3031261
RFDwight Evans146520148.28520100
DHJim Rice5620949.234328

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Clemens35253.117113.13230

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ed Nottle
AA New Britain Red Sox Eastern League Butch Hobson
A Lynchburg Red Sox Carolina League Gary Allenson
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Dave Holt
A-Short Season Elmira Pioneers New York–Penn League Mike Verdi
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Felix Maldonado



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