1989 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1989 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
  • Los Angeles (since 1958)
Other information
Owner(s) Peter O'Malley
General manager(s) Fred Claire
Manager(s) Tommy Lasorda
Local television

KTTV (11)
(Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Don Drysdale)

Z Channel
(Eddie Doucette, Don Sutton)
Local radio

(Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Don Drysdale)

(Jaime Jarrín, René Cárdenas)
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The 1989 team came down to earth after the success of the 1988 season, finishing further down in the standings falling to fourth place in the Western Division of the National League.


Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Francisco Giants 92 70 -- .568
San Diego Padres 89 73 3.0 .549
Houston Astros 86 76 6.0 .531
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 83 14.0 .481
Cincinnati Reds 75 87 17.0 .463
Atlanta Braves 63 97 28.0 .394

Notable games[edit]

  • June 3–4, 1989 – The Dodgers lost 5–4 in 22 innings to the Houston Astros when Jeff Hamilton allowed a RBI single to Rafael Ramírez, scoring Bill Doran. The game lasted 7 hours, 14 minutes and did not finish until 2:49 a.m. Central time (12:49 a.m. Pacific). KTTV, which normally aired a postgame show in this era, canceled it on this night and went straight to a newscast. Whether it was due to the length of the game or due to the confluence of two huge breaking news stories (the death of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Tiananmen Square massacre) was never publicly revealed.[1]
  • August 23–24, 1989 – The Dodgers played another 22-inning game, this one against the Montreal Expos. It eventually ended when Rick Dempsey homered for the Dodgers in the top half of the 22nd off Expos pitcher Dennis Martínez, who was making a very rare relief performance; the Dodgers won 1–0 in what was the Expos' longest game ever. Rex Hudler would be caught stealing second in the bottom half of the 22nd to end the game. The game almost ended earlier when an Expo scored from third on a sacrifice fly. The Dodger's appeal, that the runner left the base too soon, was recognized by the third base umpire and the third out was recorded. The game also marked the first time a mascot was ejected by an umpire. When Youppi! dressed in a nightgown and nightcap pretended to go to sleep on top of the Dodgers dugout, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda demanded that Youppi! be run from the game. In the end, the game took over 6 hours to finish and ended close to 2 a.m. Eastern time (11 p.m. PT).[2]

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Willie Randolph Second baseman
Alfredo Griffin Shortstop
Kirk Gibson Left fielder
Eddie Murray First baseman
Mike Marshall Right fielder
John Shelby Center fielder
Jeff Hamilton Third baseman
Mike Scioscia Catcher
Tim Belcher Starting pitcher


1989 Los Angeles Dodgers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Notable transactions[edit]

Round 1: Tom Goodwin
Round 1 – Supplemental Pick: Jamie McAndrew
Round 3: Phil Nevin (did not sign)
Round 10: Kevin Jordan (did not sign)
Round 34: Matt Howard
Round 43: Eric Young
Round 44: Garey Ingram[3]

Player stats[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 Mike Scioscia 133 408 102 .250 10 44
1B Eddie Murray 160 594 147 .247 20 88
2B Willie Randolph 145 549 155 .282 2 36
3B Jeff Hamilton 151 548 134 .245 12 56
SS Alfredo Griffin 136 506 125 .247 0 29
LF Kirk Gibson 71 253 54 .213 9 28
CF John Shelby 108 345 63 .183 1 12
RF Mike Marshall 105 377 98 .260 11 42

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


Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

1989 Awards[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Kevin Kennedy
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League John Shoemaker
High A Bakersfield Dodgers California League Tim Johnson
High A Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League Joe Alvarez
Short-Season A Salem Dodgers Northwest League Tom Beyers
Rookie Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League Joe Vavra
Rookie Gulf Coast Dodgers Gulf Coast League Jerry Royster
Rookie DSL Dodgers Dominican Summer League

Teams in BOLD won League Championships


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