1989 Oakland Athletics season

1989 Oakland Athletics
World Series Champions
American League Champions
AL Western Division Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 99–63 (.611)
Other information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
General manager(s) Sandy Alderson
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television KPIX/KICU-TV
(Monte Moore, Ray Fosse)
Local radio KSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
KNTA
(Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Evilio Mendoza)
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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.

Offseason

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 season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 9963 0.611 54–27 45–36
Kansas City Royals 9270 0.568 7 55–26 37–44
California Angels 9171 0.562 8 52–29 39–42
Texas Rangers 8379 0.512 16 45–36 38–43
Minnesota Twins 8082 0.494 19 45–36 35–46
Seattle Mariners 7389 0.451 26 40–41 33–48
Chicago White Sox 6992 0.429 29½ 35–45 34–47

Record vs. opponents

1989 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
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

  • 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).

Roster

1989 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1989 game log

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

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
CTerry Steinbach130454124.273742
1BMark McGwire143490113.2313395
2BTony Phillips143451118.262447
3BCarney Lansford148551185.336252
SSMike Gallego13335790.252330
LFRickey Henderson8530690.294935
CFDave Henderson152579145.2501580
RFStan Javier11231077.248128
DHDave Parker144553146.2642297

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Billy Beane377919.241011
José Canseco6522761.2691757
Glenn Hubbard5313126.198312
Ken Phelps1191.11100

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Moore35241⅔19112.61172
Bob Welch33209⅔1783.00137
Dave Stewart36257⅔2193.32155
Curt Young25111593.7355
Storm Davis31169⅓1974.3691

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dennis Eckersley5140331.5655
Todd Burns506582.2449
Greg Cadaret260002.2814
Rick Honeycutt6422122.3552
Gene Nelson503533.2670

ALCS

Game 1

October 3, 1989, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 020 100 000 351
Oakland 010 013 02X 7110
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Dave Stieb (0-1)  
HR: TOR Ernie Whitt (1)   OAK Dave Henderson (1), Mark McGwire (1)

Game 2

October 4, 1989, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 001 000 020 351
Oakland 000 203 10X 691
W: Mike Moore (1-0)   L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)   S: Dennis Eckersley (1)   
HR: OAK Dave Parker (1)

Game 3

October 6, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 101 100 000 381
Toronto 000 400 30X 780
W: Jimmy Key (1-0)   L: Storm Davis (0-1)   
HR: OAK Dave Parker (2)

Game 4

October 7, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 003 020 100 6111
Toronto 000 101 120 5130
W: Bob Welch (1-0)   L: Mike Flanagan (0-1)   S: Dennis Eckersley (2)   
HR: OAK Rickey Henderson 2 (2), José Canseco (1)

Game 5

October 8, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 101 000 200 440
Toronto 000 000 012 390
W: Dave Stewart (2-0)   L: Dave Stieb (0-2)   S: Dennis Eckersley (3)   
HR: TOR Lloyd Moseby (1), George Bell (1)

World Series

AL Oakland Athletics (4) vs. NL San Francisco Giants (0)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of game
1Giants – 0, A's – 5October 14Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)49,3852:45
2Giants – 1, A's – 5October 15Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)49,3882:47
3A's – 13, Giants – 7October 27Candlestick Park (San Francisco)62,0383:03
4A's – 9, Giants – 6October 28Candlestick Park (San Francisco)62,0323:07

Awards and honors

  • 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 leaders

  • 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 system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Brad Fischer
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Jeff Newman
A Modesto A's California League Lenn Sakata and Ted Kubiak
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Jim Nettles
A-Short Season Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Grady Fuson
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Casey Parsons

References

Notes

  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. 1 2 Jamie Quirk Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. "Mike Mohler Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  8. Glenn Hubbard Statistics Baseball-Reference.com

Sources

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