1989 Texas Rangers season

1989 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1989 season involved the Rangers finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

  • June 16, 1989: Sammy Sosa made his major league debut in a game against the New York Yankees.[8] In four at-bats, Sosa appeared in 4 at-bats and had 2 hits.
  • August 22, 1989: Against the eventual World Champion Oakland A's, Ryan became the first pitcher ever to record 5,000 career strikeouts. He struck out Rickey Henderson in the fifth inning to break the 5,000 barrier.[9]
  • Rubén Sierra had a career year as he led the AL in triples and RBI but ranked 6th in Home Runs (29), third in runs scored (101) and 5th in hits (194). He set the club record for most total bases in a season (344), which also led the league.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 99 63 .611 --
Kansas City Royals 92 70 .568 7
California Angels 91 71 .562 8
Texas Rangers 83 79 .512 16
Minnesota Twins 80 82 .494 19
Seattle Mariners 73 89 .451 26
Chicago White Sox 69 92 .429 29½

Notable transactions

Roster

1989 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
C Chad Kreuter 87 158 24 .152 5 9
1B Rafael Palmeiro 156 559 154 .275 8 64
2B Julio Franco 150 548 173 .316 13 92
3B Steve Buechele 155 486 114 .235 16 59
SS Scott Fletcher 83 314 75 .239 0 22
LF Pete Incaviglia 133 453 107 .236 21 81
CF Cecil Espy 142 275 122 .257 3 31
RF Rubén Sierra 162 634 194 .306 29 119
DH Harold Baines 50 172 49 .285 3 16

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jack Daugherty 52 106 32 .302 1 10
Juan González 24 60 9 .150 1 7

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nolan Ryan 32 239⅓ 16 10 3.20 301
Bobby Witt 31 194⅓ 12 13 5.14 166
Charlie Hough 30 182 10 13 4.35 94
Kevin Brown 28 191 12 9 3.35 104
Mike Jeffcoat 22 130⅔ 9 6 3.58 64
Jamie Moyer 15 76 4 9 4.86 44

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Barfield 4 11⅔ 0 1 6.17 9

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Cecilio Guante 50 6 6 2 3.91 69
Gary Mielke 43 1 0 1 3.26 26
Drew Hall 38 2 1 0 3.70 45
Brad Arnsberg 16 2 1 1 4.13 26
Darrel Akerfelds 6 0 1 0 3.27 9
Paul Wilmet 3 0 0 0 15.43 1

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Jim Skaalen
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Tommy Thompson
A Charlotte Rangers Florida State League Bobby Jones
A Gastonia Rangers South Atlantic League Orlando Gómez
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Chino Cadahia
Rookie Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League Bump Wills

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charlotte

References

  • 1989 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1989 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com