1989 Kansas City Royals season
|1989 Kansas City Royals|
|Major League affiliations|
(Paul Splittorff, Denny Trease)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1989 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses. The Royals' record was tied for the third best in baseball, but in the pre-wild card era, the team did not qualify for the post-season.
- November 30, 1988: Bob Boone was signed as a free agent by the Royals.
- December 6, 1988: Bill Buckner was signed as a free agent by the Royals.
- December 6, 1988: Mauro Gozzo was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Kansas City Royals in the 1988 minor league draft.
- March 22, 1989: Daryl Smith was signed as a free agent by the Royals.
- May 15, 1989: Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs. This was accomplished in the second inning.
- June 5, 1989: Kansas City outfielder Bo Jackson made a spectacular defensive play in a game against the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome. With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning and Harold Reynolds on first, Scott Bradley lashed a double to deep left field. Reynolds, running with the pitch, thought he would easily score the winning run on the play, and was shocked when teammate Darnell Coles instructed him to slide. Jackson fielded Bradley's double and launched a flat-footed, 300-foot throw on the fly to Royals catcher Bob Boone, who tagged Reynolds out at the plate.
- During the season, Bret Saberhagen would be the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Royals in the 20th Century.
- The last Royals team, to date, to win at least 90 games.
|Kansas City Royals||92||70||.568||7|
|Chicago White Sox||69||92||.429||29½|
- June 5, 1989: Brent Mayne was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 1989.
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Starters by positionNote: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|Luis de los Santos||28||87||22||.253||0||6|
|Jerry Don Gleaton||15||14⅓||0||0||0||5.65|
Awards and honors
- Bo Jackson, All-Star Game, American League, Starting Lineup
- Bo Jackson, MLB All-Star Game MVP
- Bret Saberhagen, Cy Young Award
- Bob Boone page at Baseball Reference
- Bill Buckner page at Baseball Reference
- Daryl Smith page at Baseball Reference
- 3 Pitch Inning
- Posnanski, Joe (May 30, 2007). "Between the Seams: Recalling Bo Jackson's days in baseball".
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997
- 1989 Kansas City Royals team page at Baseball Reference
- 1989 Kansas City Royals team page at www.baseball-almanac.com