1989 Baltimore Orioles season

1989 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1989 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses. The team was known as the Comeback Kids as they rebounded from the 54 wins and 107 losses of the 1988 season. The season also took on the "Why Not?!" promotional slogan as the team's pursuit of the pennant went down to the final series of the season. The Orioles went into the 3 game season finale with the first place Toronto Blue Jays down by 1 game in the AL East standings and needing either a sweep for the pennant or 2 wins to force a one game playoff for the pennant. The Blue Jays won the first two games of the series, clinching the pennant on the penultimate game of the season.

Offseason

Regular season

Bill Ripken’s 1989 Fleer Baseball Card (#616) made national news when it included a hidden obscenity. The obscenity was printed in black marker on the knob of his bat.[8] Once the discovery was made public, subsequent printings of the card were issued with the words obscured. The first obscuring involved a blob of white out, another was scribbled with a black pen while the last was covered with a black square.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 .549 --
Baltimore Orioles 87 75 .537 2
Boston Red Sox 83 79 .512 6
Milwaukee Brewers 81 81 .500 8
New York Yankees 74 87 .460 14½
Cleveland Indians 73 89 .451 16
Detroit Tigers 59 103 .364 30

Notable transactions

Roster

1989 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: 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
C Mickey Tettleton 117 411 106 .258 26 65
1B Randy Milligan 124 365 98 .268 12 45
2B Billy Ripken 115 318 76 .239 2 26
3B Craig Worthington 145 497 123 .247 15 70
SS Cal Ripken, Jr. 162 646 166 .257 21 93
LF Phil Bradley 144 545 151 .277 11 55
CF Mike Devereaux 122 391 104 .266 8 46
RF Joe Orsulak 123 390 111 .285 7 55
DH Larry Sheets 102 304 74 .243 7 33

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bob Melvin 85 278 67 .241 1 32
Brady Anderson 94 266 55 .207 4 16
Jim Traber 86 234 49 .209 4 26
Steve Finley 82 217 54 .249 2 25
Rene Gonzales 71 166 36 .217 1 11
Stan Jefferson 35 127 33 .260 4 20
Keith Moreland 33 107 23 .215 1 10
Tim Hulett 33 97 27 .278 3 18
Jamie Quirk 25 51 11 .216 0 9
Francisco Meléndez 9 11 3 .273 0 3
Chris Hoiles 6 9 1 .111 0 1
Butch Davis 5 6 1 .167 0 0
Juan Bell 8 4 0 .000 0 0
Rick Schu 1 0 0 .--- 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Milacki 37 243 14 12 3.74 113
Jeff Ballard 35 215.1 18 8 3.43 62
Pete Harnisch 18 103.1 5 9 4.62 70
José Bautista 15 78 3 4 5.31 30
Dave Johnson 14 89.1 4 7 4.23 26
Jay Tibbs 10 54.1 5 0 2.82 30

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Schmidt 38 156.2 10 13 5.69 46
Brian Holton 39 116.1 5 7 4.02 51
Curt Schilling 5 8.2 0 1 6.23 6

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Gregg Olson 64 85 5 2 27 1.69 90
Mark Williamson 65 107.1 10 5 9 2.93 55
Kevin Hickey 51 49.1 2 3 2 2.92 28
Mark Thurmond 49 90 2 4 4 3.90 34
Mike Smith 13 20 2 0 0 7.65 12
Mark Huismann 8 11.1 0 0 1 6.35 13
Mickey Weston 7 13 1 0 1 5.54 7
Ben McDonald 6 7 1 0 0 8.59 3

Awards and honors

  • Frank Robinson, Associated Press Manager of the Year
  • Frank Robinson, American League Manager of the Year
  • Gregg Olson, American League Rookie of the Year

MLB All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Greg Biagini
AA Hagerstown Suns Eastern League Jimmie Schaffer
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Jerry Narron
Short-Season A Erie Orioles New York-Penn League Bobby Tolan
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Mike Young
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References

  • 1989 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1989 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com