1990 Oakland Athletics season
|1990 Oakland Athletics|
American League Champions|
AL Western Division Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Walter A. Haas, Jr.|
|General manager(s)||Sandy Alderson|
|Manager(s)||Tony La Russa|
Sports Channel Bay Area
(Monte Moore, Ray Fosse)
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
(Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Erwin Higueros)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1990 season was their 23rd in Oakland, California. It was also the 90th season in franchise history. The team finished first in the American League West with a record of 103-59.
The Athletics' 1990 campaign ranks among the organization's finest. Oakland, in winning 103 games, led the league outright in wins for a third consecutive season; they remained the last major North American team to accomplish this until 2017, when the feat was matched by the nearby Golden State Warriors of the NBA. The Athletics benefited from stellar performances in all areas of the game. The team's offense was led by eventual Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson. Henderson finished the season with 65 stolen bases, 28 home runs, and a .325 batting average; for his efforts, he took home the 1990 American League MVP Award. The Athletics also benefited from strong performances by superstars Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. The pair clubbed 39 and 37 home runs, respectively; in doing so, they drove in a combined total of 209 runs. Over the course of the season, the team added to an already strong offense; the additions of recent All-Stars Willie Randolph, Willie McGee, and Harold Baines further widened the gap between the Athletics and the rest of the league. Established veterans (such as Carney Lansford, Terry Steinbach, Dave Henderson, and Mike Gallego) and promising young players (mainly Walt Weiss and Mike Bordick) rounded out arguably the deepest roster in all of Major League Baseball. Eight of the Athletics' nine main postseason starters (R. Henderson, McGwire, Canseco, McGee, Steinbach, Randolph, Baines, and Lansford) played in at least one All-Star Game between 1988 and 1990.
The Athletics pitching staff, in many regards, had an even stronger campaign. The starting rotation was led by veteran Bob Welch. Welch would finish the season with both an MLB-leading 27 wins and a 2.95 ERA; this performance was strong enough to net the 1990 Cy Young Award. Welch, as of 2014, remains the last MLB pitcher to win at least 25 games in a season. Fellow starter Dave Stewart, winner of 22 games, finished in a tie (with Pittsburgh starter Doug Drabek) for the second-most wins in MLB. 1989 All-Star Mike Moore, 1991 All-Star Scott Sanderson, and longtime Athletic Curt Young rounded out the American League's top rotation. The Athletics' bullpen was led by superstar closer Dennis Eckersley, who posted a microscopic 0.61 ERA while recording 48 saves. As a team, the Athletics allowed only 570 runs (the fewest in the American League by a wide margin).
The Athletics easily won the American League West for a third consecutive season. They swept the Boston Red Sox, four games to none, in that year's American League Championship series; in doing so, they won a third consecutive American League pennant. The Athletics entered the 1990 World Series as heavy favorites. Despite this, however, they were themselves swept by the Cincinnati Reds. The Athletics have not reached the World Series since.
- November 28, 1989: Rickey Henderson signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.
- December 13, 1989 – The Athletics sign Scott Sanderson as a free agent.
- December 13, 1989: Jamie Quirk was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.
- June 4, 1990: Todd Van Poppel was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed July 16, 1990.
- June 20, 1990 – Terry Steinbach has 6 RBIs in one game versus the Detroit Tigers.
- July 25, 1990 – Jose Canseco had 6 RBIs in a game against the California Angels.
|Chicago White Sox||94||68||0.580||9||49–31||45–37|
|Kansas City Royals||75||86||0.466||27½||45–36||30–50|
Record vs. opponents
1990 American League Records
- May 13, 1990: Willie Randolph was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Oakland Athletics for Stan Javier.
- June 17, 1990: Ken Phelps was purchased by the Cleveland Indians from the Oakland Athletics.
- July 15, 1990: Mike Norris was released by the Oakland Athletics.
- August 1, 1990: Ron Coomer was released by the Oakland Athletics.
- August 29, 1990: Willie McGee was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for Felix Jose, Stan Royer, and Daryl Green (minors).
|1990 Oakland Athletics|
Dave Stewart's No-Hitter
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Starters by position
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
October 6, 1990, at Fenway Park
|W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: Larry Andersen (0-1)|
|HR: BOS – Wade Boggs (1)|
October 7, 1990, at Fenway Park
|W: Bob Welch (1-0) L: Greg Harris (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (1)|
October 9, 1990, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
|W: Mike Moore (1-0) L: Mike Boddicker (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (2)|
October 10, 1990, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
|W: Dave Stewart (2-0) L: Roger Clemens (0-1) S: Rick Honeycutt (1)|
|Game||Score||Date||Location||Attendance||Time of Game|
|1||A's – 0, Reds – 7||October 16||Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)||55,830||2:48|
|2||A's – 4, Reds – 5 (10 inns)||October 17||Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)||55,832||3:31|
|3||Reds – 8, A's – 3||October 19||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)||48,269||3:01|
|4||Reds – 2, A's – 1||October 20||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)||48,613||2:48|
Awards and honors
- Rickey Henderson, American League Most Valuable Player
- Dave Stewart, ALCS MVP
- Dave Stewart, Pitcher, Roberto Clemente Award
- Bob Welch, AL Cy Young Award
- Jose Canseco, Outfielder
- Dennis Eckersley, Relief Pitcher
- Rickey Henderson, Outfielder
- Mark McGwire, First Baseman
- Bob Welch, Starting Pitcher
- Tony La Russa, Manager
- Home Runs – Mark McGwire (39)
- RBI – Mark McGwire (108)
- Batting Average – Rickey Henderson (.325)
- Hits – Rickey Henderson (159)
- Stolen Bases – Rickey Henderson (65)
- Walks – Mark McGwire (110)
- Wins – Bob Welch (27)
- Earned Run Average – Dennis Eckersley (0.61)
- Strikeouts – Dave Stewart (166)
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Scott Sanderson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Jamie Quirk Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Willie Randolph Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Willie McGee Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Izzy Molina Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- 1990 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
- 1990 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.