1989 Detroit Tigers season

1989 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Monaghan
General manager(s) Bill Lajoie
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(George Kell, Al Kaline)
(Larry Osterman, Jim Northrup)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The Detroit Tigers' 1989 season was a season in American baseball. The Tigers finished 59–103 and in last place in the AL East. It was the worst record in the major leagues as well as (at the time) the franchise's second-worst season ever in terms of both losses and win percentage (.364). It was also (at the time) the franchise's worst full 162-game season.


Regular season

In August, pitcher Charles Hudson, driving drunk, slammed his Mercury Cougar into a telephone pole in a Detroit suburb. He broke his left leg and his right knee needed reconstructive surgery. Hudson would later discuss how he began to drink as he struggled in his baseball career. He would not pitch in the major leagues again and the Tigers released him in November 1989.[7]

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

Notable transactions


1989 Detroit Tigers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


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
CMike Heath122396104.2631043
1BDave Bergman137385103.268737
2BLou Whitaker148509128.2512885
3BRick Schu9826657.214721
SSAlan Trammell121449109.243543
LFFred Lynn11735385.2411146
CFGary Pettis119444114.257118
RFChet Lemon12741498.237747
DHKeith Moreland9031895.299535

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rob Richie194913.265110


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jeff Robinson1678454.7340

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League John Wockenfuss
AA London Tigers Eastern League Chris Chambliss
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Johnny Lipon
A Fayetteville Generals South Atlantic League Gene Roof
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Rapids New York–Penn League Rick Magnante
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Rubén Amaro, Sr.



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  2. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bockura01.shtml
  3. Doyle Alexander at Baseball Reference
  4. Mark Huismann at Baseball Reference
  5. Tom Brookens at Baseball Reference
  6. Kenny Williams at Baseball Reference
  7. John Harper (February 22, 1995). "A Crash-Course Cubbie". New York Daily News.
  8. Rick Schu at Baseball Reference
  9. Tracy Jones at Baseball Reference
  10. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/atherke01.shtml
  11. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball". Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997


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