1989 Chicago Cubs season

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1989 Chicago Cubs
National League East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
General manager(s) Jim Frey
Manager(s) Don Zimmer
Local television WGN-TV/Superstation WGN
(Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Dewayne Staats)
Local radio WGN
(Dewayne Staats, Dave Nelson, Harry Caray)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 1989 Chicago Cubs season was the team's 117th season, the 114th in the National League and the 74th at Wrigley Field. Highlighting the season was the Cubs' second National League Eastern Division championship with a record of 93–69. The Cubs had All-Star seasons from Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Rick Sutcliffe and Mitch Williams; Jerome Walton was the NL Rookie of the Year. Ultimately, the team was defeated four games to one by the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 National League Championship Series.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Chicago Cubs 93 69 .574 --
New York Mets 87 75 .537 6
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 7
Montreal Expos 81 81 .500 12
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 .457 19
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 26

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1989 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1989 Chicago Cubs Game Log

Player stats[edit]

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 Berryhill, DamonDamon Berryhill 91 334 86 .257 5 41
1B Grace, MarkMark Grace 142 510 160 .314 13 79
2B Sandberg, RyneRyne Sandberg 157 606 176 .290 30 76
3B Law, VanceVance Law 130 408 96 .235 7 42
SS Dunston, ShawonShawon Dunston 138 471 131 .278 9 60
LF Smith, DwightDwight Smith 109 343 111 .324 9 52
CF Walton, JeromeJerome Walton 116 475 139 .293 5 46
RF Dawson, AndreAndre Dawson 118 416 105 .252 21 77

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Stephenson, PhilPhil Stephenson 17 21 3 .143 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Maddux, GregGreg Maddux 35 238 19 12 2.95 135

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Sanderson, ScottScott Sanderson 37 146 11 9 3.94 86
Kilgus, PaulPaul Kilgus 35 145.2 6 10 4.39 61

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

NLCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 4 at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 3 0 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 11 13 0
Chicago 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
W: Scott Garrelts (1-0)   L: Greg Maddux (0-1)   S: None
HR: SFWill Clark (1), (2), Kevin Mitchell (1)  CHCMark Grace (1), Ryne Sandberg (1)
Pitchers: SF – Garrelts, Brantley (8), Hammaker (9)  CHC – Maddux, Kilgus (5), Wilson (8)
Attendance: 39,195

Game 2[edit]

October 5 at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 5 10 0
Chicago 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 9 11 0
W: Les Lancaster (1-0)   L: Rick Reuschel (0-1)   S: None
HR: SFKevin Mitchell (2), Matt Williams (1), Robby Thompson (1)  CHC – None
Pitchers: SF – Reuschel, Downs (1), Lefferts (6), Brantley (7), Bedrosian (8)  CHC – Bielecki, Assenmacher (5), Lancaster (6)
Attendance: 39,195

Game 3[edit]

October 7 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 10 0
San Francisco 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 8 3
W: Don Robinson (1-0)   L: Les Lancaster (1-1)   S: Steve Bedrosian (1)
HR: CHC – None  SFRobby Thompson (2)
Pitchers: CHC – Sutcliffe, Assenmacher (7), Lancaster (7)  SF – LaCoss, Brantley (4), Robinson (7), Lefferts (8), Bedrosian (9)
Attendance: 62,065

Game 4[edit]

October 8 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 12 1
San Francisco 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 X 6 9 1
W: Kelly Downs (1-0)   L: Steve Wilson (1-1)   S: Steve Bedrosian (2)
HR: CHCLuis Salazar (1)  SFMatt Williams (2)
Pitchers: CHC – Maddux, Wilson (4), Sanderson (6), Williams (8)  SF – Garrelts, Downs (5), Bedrosian (9)
Attendance: 62,078

Game 5[edit]

October 9 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 1
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 X 3 4 1
W: Rick Reuschel (1-1)   L: Mike Bielecki (0-1)   S: Steve Bedrosian (3)
HR: CHC – None  SF – None
Pitchers: CHC – Bielecki, Williams (8), Lancaster (8)  SF – Reuschel, Bedrosian (9)
Attendance: 62,084

The Giants made it to their first World Series since 1962 with a 3-2 win over the Cubs to win the 1989 National League pennant, four games to one. The final game pitted Mike Bielecki against a well-rested (due to his quick exit from Game 2) Rick Reuschel. Reuschel made amends for his poor start in Game 2 by giving up only one run over eight innings. The one run Reuschel gave up was an unearned run the Cubs scored when Walton reached on an error by Mitchell and then scored on Sandberg's double. The Cubs held the 1-0 lead until the seventh inning when Will Clark tripled and scored on Mitchell's sacrifice fly.

With two outs in the eighth, the Cubs appeared ready to send the series back to Chicago. But Candy Maldonado pinch-hit for Reuschel and walked. Bielcki then proceeded the load the bases by walking both Butler and Thompson. Don Zimmer sent for Mitch Williams to end the jam, but Clark drove home the pennant winning runs with a single to center that gave the Giants a 3-1 lead. Les Lancaster got Matt Williams out to end the inning but the Cubs were finished.

The Cubs did rally, however, in the ninth with three straight singles that made it 3-2. But Sandberg grounded out sending the Giants to their first World Series since 1962.

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rafael Palmeiro page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Scott Sanderson page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/roomero01.shtml
  4. ^ Rich Gossage page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Paul Assenmacher page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Phil Stephenson page at Baseball Reference

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs American Association Pete Mackanin
AA Charlotte Knights Southern League Jim Essian
A Winston-Salem Spirits Carolina League Jay Loviglio
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Brad Mills
A Charleston Wheelers South Atlantic League Greg Mahlberg
Short-Season A Geneva Cubs New York–Penn League Bill Hayes
Rookie Wytheville Cubs Appalachian League Steve Roadcap

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

External links[edit]

Preceded by
New York Mets
1988
NL East Championship Season
1989
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1990