1986 New York Yankees season

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1986 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television WPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Jim Kaat, Billy Martin)
SportsChannel NY
(Mel Allen, Mickey Mantle, others from WPIX)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(Bill White, Phil Rizzuto, Spencer Ross, Bobby Murcer)
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The New York Yankees' 1986 season was the 84th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 90-72, finishing in second-place, 5.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Lou Piniella. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 7, 1985: Bob Geren was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.[1]
  • December 6, 1985: Billy Sample was traded by the Yankees to the Atlanta Braves for Miguel Sosa (minors).[2]
  • December 12, 1985: Ron Hassey and Joe Cowley were traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Britt Burns, Glen Braxton (minors), and Mike Soper (minors).[3]
  • December 12, 1985: Rex Hudler was traded by the New York Yankees with Rich Bordi to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later and Gary Roenicke. The Baltimore Orioles sent Leo Hernandez (December 16, 1985) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.[4]
  • December 14, 1985: Roger Maris, the Yankees record holder for most Home Runs in one season died after a battle with lymphomatic cancer.[5]
  • February 13, 1986: Neil Allen, Scott Bradley, Glen Braxton (minors), and cash were traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Ron Hassey, Matt Winters, Chris Alvarez (minors) and Eric Schmidt (minors).[3]
  • March 28, 1986: Don Baylor was traded by the New York Yankees to the Boston Red Sox for Mike Easler.[6]

Regular season[edit]

  • Don Mattingly became the sixth player in Major League history to have at least 230 hits, 100 RBIs, and 30 home runs in a season. He holds the distinction of being the first American Leaguer to reach that milestone.
  • Don Mattingly became the first Yankee since Lou Gehrig to have three consecutive seasons of 200 hits.
  • Dave Winfield became the first Yankee since Joe DiMaggio to achieve five straight 100 RBI seasons. DiMaggio did it from 1936 to 1942.
  • Willie Randolph became the all-time Yankee leader for games played at second base. The previous record holder was Tony Lazzeri. Lazzeri held the record with 1,446 games.
  • Mark McGwire made his Major League debut on August 22, 1986 in a game versus the New York Yankees. He had three at-bats and no hits.[7]

Notable transactions[edit]

Season standings[edit]

1986 was the first time since 1904 that the Yankees finished second in the standings to the Red Sox.[14]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 95 66 .590 --
New York Yankees 90 72 .556
Detroit Tigers 87 75 .537
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 .531
Cleveland Indians 84 78 .519 11½
Milwaukee Brewers 77 84 .478 18
Baltimore Orioles 73 89 .451 22½

Roster[edit]

1986 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Billy Martin[edit]

YankeesRetired1.svg
Billy Martin's number 1 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1986.

On August 10, 1986, the Yankees retired Martin's uniform number 1 and dedicated a plaque in his honor for Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The plaque contains the words, There has never been a greater competitor than Billy. Martin told the crowd, "I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest."

On May 24, 1986, on the season finale of Saturday Night Live, co-host Martin was "fired" by executive producer Lorne Michaels for being "drunk" in a skit, slurring his lines. During the goodnights, Martin "sets fire" to the dressing room in retaliation.[15] (Only three cast members would be re-hired the next season.) In 1988, on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, comedian Dennis Miller opened the sports with, "In Calgary tonight, Katarina Witt won the gold medal in figure skating, prompting Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to fire manager Billy Martin."

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Butch Wynegar 61 194 40 .206 7 29
1B Don Mattingly 162 677 238 .352 31 113
2B Willie Randolph 141 492 136 .276 5 50
3B Mike Pagliarulo 149 504 120 .238 28 71
SS Wayne Tolleson 60 215 61 .284 0 14
LF Dan Pasqua 102 280 82 .293 16 45
CF Rickey Henderson 153 608 160 .263 28 74
RF Dave Winfield 154 565 148 .262 24 104
DH Mike Easler 146 490 148 .302 14 78

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ken Griffey, Sr. 59 198 60 .303 9 26
Ron Hassey 64 191 57 .298 6 29
Joel Skinner 54 166 43 .259 1 17
Bobby Meacham 56 161 36 .224 0 10
Gary Roenicke 69 136 36 .265 3 18
Claudell Washington 54 135 32 .237 6 16
Dale Berra 42 108 25 .231 2 13
Mike Fischlin 71 102 21 .206 0 3
Henry Cotto 35 80 17 .213 1 6
Ron Kittle 30 80 19 .238 4 12
Paul Zuvella 21 48 4 .083 0 2
Bryan Little 14 41 8 .195 0 0
Juan Espino 27 37 6 .162 0 5
Phil Lombardi 20 36 10 .278 2 6
Leo Hernández 7 22 5 .227 1 4
Iván DeJesús 7 4 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dennis Rasmussen 31 202 18 6 3.88 131
Ron Guidry 30 192.3 9 12 3.98 140
Joe Niekro 25 125.7 9 10 4.87 59
Doug Drabek 27 131.7 7 8 4.10 76
Bob Tewksbury 23 130.3 9 5 3.31 49
Tommy John 13 70.7 5 3 2.93 28
Scott Nielsen 10 56.0 4 4 4.02 20

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Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Tim Stoddard 24 49.3 4 1 0 3.83 34
Ed Whitson 14 37.0 5 2 0 7.54 27
Alfonso Pulido 10 30.7 1 1 1 4.70 13
John Montefusco 4 12.3 0 0 0 2.19 3
Mike Armstrong 7 8.7 0 1 0 9.35 8
Brad Arnsberg 2 8.0 0 0 0 3.38 3

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Dave Righetti 74 106.7 8 8 46 2.45 83
Brian Fisher 62 96.7 9 5 6 4.93 67
Bob Shirley 39 105.3 0 4 3 5.04 64
Rod Scurry 31 39.3 1 2 2 3.66 36
Al Holland 25 40.7 1 0 0 5.09 37

Awards and Records[edit]

  • Rickey Henderson – American League Leader Stolen Bases (87)
  • Rickey Henderson – American League Leader Runs Scored (130)
  • Don Mattingly – American League Leader Hits (238)
  • Don Mattingly, Silver Slugger award
  • Don Mattingly, Yankees Single Season Record, Hits in a Season (238)
  • Don Mattingly, Yankees Single Season Record, Doubles in a Season (53)
  • Dave Righetti, Major League Record (since broken), Most Saves in One Season by a Relief Pitcher(46)[17]
  • Dave Righetti, Major League Record, Most Saves in One Season by a Left-handed Pitcher(46)[18]

All-Star Game

  • Rickey Henderson, Starting Lineup, Outfield
  • Dave Winfield, Starting Lineup, Outfield[19]
  • Don Mattingly, Reserve, First Baseman
  • Dave Righetti, Reserve, Pitcher

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Barry Foote
AA Albany-Colonie Yankees Eastern League Jim Saul
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Bucky Dent
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Buck Showalter
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Fred Ferreira

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Geren page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Billy Sample page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b c Ron Hassey page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hudlere01.shtml
  5. ^ Numbelievable!, p.41, Michael X. Ferraro and John Venziano, Triumph Books, 2007, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/baylodo01.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mcgwima01.shtml
  8. ^ Tommy John Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Andy Stankiewicz page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Kevin Maas page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Ken Griffey page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Ozzie Canseco page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Ed Whitson page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Vaccaro, Mike (2005). Emperors and idiots: The hundred year rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, from the very beginning to the end of the curse. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-51354-2. 
  15. ^ SNL Transcript, 24 May 1986.
  16. ^ 1986 New York Yankees Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com
  17. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.290, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  18. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.289, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  19. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NLS/NLS198607150.shtml
  20. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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