1989 Major League Baseball season

1989 Major League Baseball season

This article is about the 1989 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1989 in baseball.
1989 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 3, 1989 – October 28, 1989
Regular season
Season MVP NL: Kevin Mitchell (SF)
AL: Robin Yount (MIL)
League postseason
AL champions Oakland Athletics
  AL runners-up Toronto Blue Jays
NL champions San Francisco Giants
  NL runners-up Chicago Cubs
World Series
World Series champions Oakland Athletics
World Series MVP Dave Stewart (OAK)
MLB seasons

The 1989 Major League Baseball season.

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Kirby Puckett MIN .339 Tony Gwynn SDP .336
HR Fred McGriff TOR 36 Kevin Mitchell SFG 47
RBI Rubén Sierra TEX 119 Kevin Mitchell SFG 125
Wins Bret Saberhagen KCR 23 Mike Scott HOU 20
ERA Bret Saberhagen KCR 2.16 Scott Garrelts SFG 2.28
SO Nolan Ryan TEX 301 José DeLeón STL 201
SV Jeff Russell TEX 38 Mark Davis SDP 44
SB Rickey Henderson NYY/OAK 77 Vince Coleman STL 65

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Toronto Blue Jays 89   73 .549    --
2nd Baltimore Orioles 87   75 .537   2.0
3rd Boston Red Sox 83   79 .512   6.0
4th Milwaukee Brewers 81   81 .500   8.0
5th New York Yankees 74   87 .460 14.5
6th Cleveland Indians 73   89 .451 16.0
7th Detroit Tigers 59 103 .364 30.0
West Division
1st Oakland Athletics 99   63 .611    --
2nd Kansas City Royals 92   70 .568   7.0
3rd California Angels 91   71 .562   8.0
4th Texas Rangers 83   79 .512 16.0
5th Minnesota Twins 80   82 .494 19.0
6th Seattle Mariners 73   89 .451 26.0
7th Chicago White Sox 69   92 .429 29.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Chicago Cubs 93   69 .574    --
2nd New York Mets 87   75 .537   6.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 86   76 .531   7.0
4th Montreal Expos 81   81 .500 12.0
5th Pittsburgh Pirates 74   88 .457 19.0
6th Philadelphia Phillies 67   95 .414 26.0
West Division
1st San Francisco Giants 92   70 .568    --
2nd San Diego Padres 89   73 .549   3.0
3rd Houston Astros 86   76 .531   6.0
4th Los Angeles Dodgers 77   83 .481 14.0
5th Cincinnati Reds 75   87 .463 17.0
6th Atlanta Braves 63   97 .394 28.0


League Championship Series
World Series
East  Toronto Blue Jays 1  
West  Oakland Athletics 4  
    AL  Oakland Athletics 4
  NL  San Francisco Giants 0
East  Chicago Cubs 1
West  San Francisco Giants 4  


American League

Team Manager Notes
Baltimore Orioles Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox Joe Morgan
California Angels Doug Rader
Chicago White Sox Jeff Torborg
Cleveland Indians Doc Edwards, John Hart
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals John Wathan
Milwaukee Brewers Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Dallas Green, Bucky Dent
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa Won World Series
Seattle Mariners Jim Lefebvre
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Jimy Williams, Cito Gaston

National League

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Russ Nixon
Chicago Cubs Don Zimmer
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose, Tommy Helms
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies Nick Leyva
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog
San Diego Padres Jack McKeon
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig Won National League Pennant


  • May 29 – Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies calls a press conference and tearfully announces his retirement, effective immediately. Nonetheless, he will be voted to start the All-Star Game, and is permitted to appear in uniform.
  • June 3 – At the Astrodome, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers engage in a 22-inning battle lasting seven hours and fourteen minutes, setting a new record for the longest night game in National League history. Houston's ace pitcher Mike Scott, never known for his batting abilities, surprises everyone by coming through with a walk-off sacrifice fly to give the Astros a 5–4 victory. Amazingly, the two teams meet again just hours later and wage another marathon, with Houston once again emerging victorious, 7–6 in 13 innings.
  • August 15 – San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, making a comeback from cancer in his deltoid muscle, snaps his humerus bone while throwing a pitch to Tim Raines in the sixth inning of a game against the Montreal Expos. The bone had been frozen as part of surgery for his cancer the previous year. Dravecky's cancer would return after the Giants' pennant win, forcing his retirement and the eventual amputation of his arm.
  • August 24 – Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti announces in a press conference that Pete Rose is banned from baseball for life, in the wake of evidence that has come to light regarding Rose's gambling history.
  • October 3 – Kirby Puckett wins an unlikely (at the time) American League batting title, taking advantage of an off-year by Boston's Wade Boggs due to marital issues. Puckett clinches the title in Seattle on a double in the final game of the season, finishing with a final average of .339.
  • October 9 – After 43 years on the air, NBC concludes its run as the #1 over-the-air television broadcaster for Major League Baseball games. Game 5 of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs is the final baseball broadcast shown on the network.
  • October 17 – Game 3 of the World Series is postponed due to the Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck immediately before the game was set to begin. It would be rescheduled for ten days later, October 27.



  • January 9 – Bill Terry, 90, Hall of Fame first baseman for the New York Giants who batted .341 lifetime and was the last National Leaguer to hit .400 (.401 in 1930); also managed Giants to 1933 World Series title
  • January 21 – Carl Furillo, 66, All-Star right fielder for the Dodgers who batted .300 five times and won 1953 batting title
  • January 22 – Willie Wells, 83, All-Star shortstop of the Negro Leagues who combined batting power with excellent defense
  • January 23 – George Case, 73, All-Star outfielder for the Washington Senators who led the AL in stolen bases six times
  • February 17 – Lefty Gómez, 80, Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Yankees who had four 20-win seasons and a .649 career winning percentage; led AL in strikeouts three times and in wins and ERA twice each, and was 6–0 in World Series
  • April 8 – Bus Saidt, 68, sportswriter who covered the Phillies, Mets and Yankees for the Trenton Times since 1967; previously a minor league broadcaster
  • April 16 – Jocko Conlan, 89, Hall of Fame umpire who worked in the National League from 1941 to 1964, including five World Series and six All-Star Games
  • May 17 – Specs Toporcer, 90, infielder for the Cardinals for eight seasons, and the first non-pitcher to wear eyeglasses; later a minor league manager
  • June 8 – Bibb Falk, 90, left fielder who batted .314 with White Sox and Indians; coached Texas to two College World Series titles
  • June 8 – Emil Verban, 73, All-Star second baseman for four NL teams who hit .412 in the 1944 World Series
  • June 15 – Judy Johnson, 89, Hall of Fame third baseman of the Negro Leagues who became the major leagues' first black coach, and later a scout
  • July 18 – Donnie Moore, 35, All-Star relief pitcher who never overcame the disappointment from giving up a pivotal home run in the 1986 ALCS
  • August 17 – Fred Frankhouse, 85, All-Star pitcher for the Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers who ended Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak in 1937
  • August 30 – Joe Collins, 66, first baseman for the New York Yankees who hit four World Series homers
  • September 1 – A. Bartlett Giamatti, 51, commissioner of baseball since April, previously NL president since 1986, known for numerous writings on the sport as well as his banishment of Pete Rose