1989 Philadelphia Phillies season

1989 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Lee Thomas
Manager(s) Nick Leyva
Local television WTAF
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser)
(Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler, Garry Maddox)
Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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The 1989 season was the Phillies 107th season. The Phillies finished in 6th place in the National League East for the second consecutive season. It would also be Mike Schmidt's final season.


Regular season

Injuries to Mike Schmidt's knees and back caused him to miss much of the 1988 season. After a poor start to the 1989 season, Schmidt chose to suddenly announce his retirement in San Diego, on May 29. Known as "Captain Cool" by many in Philadelphia sports circles, Schmidt surprised many with an emotional, and occasionally tearful, retirement speech. In honor of his career, fans voted Schmidt to the NL All-Star team; Schmidt declined to play but was announced with the team. His last game was May 28, 1989, against the San Francisco Giants.[7]

The Phillies played 163 regular season games due to a tie game on June 5 when they hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the score tied 3-3, the game ended due to rain after only 8 innings had been played.[8] Under the playing rules in place at the time, all player and team statistics generated during the tie game would stand (except since neither team had won, there could not be a winning or losing pitcher); a replacement game would be played at a later date. This game would mark the last regular season tie game for the Phillies as playing rules changed in 2007 allowing tie games to continue from the point of interruption at a later date.

On June 8, 1989, Steve Jeltz hit two of his five career home runs in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, despite not starting the game. A switch-hitter, Jeltz hit one of these homers from the right side of the plate and one from the left side. This was the first time in the history of the Phillies that this feat had been accomplished. It was in this same game that, after the Pirates scored 10 runs in the top of the first, Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker said on-air, "If we lose this game, I'll walk home." The Phillies came back to win 15-11, and after the season Rooker conducted a 300-mile charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.


Retired 1989[9]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 9369 0.574 48–33 45–36
New York Mets 8775 0.537 6 51–30 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 8676 0.531 7 46–35 40–41
Montreal Expos 8181 0.500 12 44–37 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 7488 0.457 19 39–42 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 6795 0.414 26 38–42 29–53

Record vs. opponents

1989 National League Records

Atlanta 5–78–108–106–106–62–108–44–87–116–123–9–1
Chicago 7–57–55–77–510–810–810–812–68–46–611–7
Cincinnati 10–85–78–108–104–84–84–87–59–98–108–4
Houston 10–87–510–810–84–86–69–37–58–108–107–5
Los Angeles 10–65–710–88–107–55–76–67–56–1210–83–9
Montreal 6–68–108–48–45–79–99–911–75–77–55–13
New York 10–28–108–46–67–59–912–69–95–73–910–8
Philadelphia 4-88–108–43–96–69–96–1210–8–12–104–87–11
Pittsburgh 8–46–125–75–75–77–119–98–10–13–95–713–5–1
San Diego 11–74–89–910–812–67–57–510–29–38–102–10
San Francisco 12–66–610–810–88–105–79–38–47–510–87–5
St. Louis 9–3–17–114–85–79–313–58–1011–75–13–110–25–7

Notable transactions

Game log

1989 game log (Overall Record: 67–95–1)
  •   Phillies win
  •   Phillies loss
  •   Phillies tie
  •   Postponement
  • Bold: Phillies team member


1989 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
CDarren Daulton13136874.201844
1BRicky Jordan144523149.2851275
2BTom Herr151561161.287237
3BCharlie Hayes8429977.258843
SSDickie Thon136435118.2711560
LFJohn Kruk8128193.331538
CFLenny Dykstra9035278.222419
RFVon Hayes154540140.2592678

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
Mike Schmidt4214830.203628
Tom Nieto11203.15000
Keith Miller8103.30000
Steve Stanicek991.11101


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
Ken Howell3320412123.44164
Bruce Ruffin24125.26104.4470
Steve Ontiveros630.2213.8212

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
Gordon Dillard50006.752

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Red Barons
International League Bill Dancy
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Mike Hart
A Clearwater Phillies Florida State League Glenn Gulliver
A Spartanburg Phillies South Atlantic League Mel Roberts
A-Short Season Batavia Clippers New York–Penn League Don McCormack
Rookie Martinsville Phillies Appalachian League Roly de Armas



  1. Tom Nieto at Baseball Reference
  2. Kent Tekulve at Baseball Reference
  3. 1 2 https://www.baseball-reference.com/h/harrigr01.shtml
  4. Gordon Dillard at Baseball Reference
  5. Steve Lake at Baseball Reference
  6. Steve Stanicek at Baseball Reference
  7. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=198905280SFN
  8. 1 2 "1989 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  9. The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Steve Carlton
  10. Shane Turner at Baseball Reference
  11. John Kruk at Baseball Reference
  12. Lenny Dykstra at Baseball Reference
  13. Charlie Hayes at Baseball Reference
  14. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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