1989 Oakland Athletics season

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1989 Oakland Athletics
World Series Champions
AL Western Division Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
General manager(s) Sandy Alderson
Manager(s) Tony LaRussa
Local television KPIX/KICU-TV
(Monte Moore, Ray Fosse)
Local radio KSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
KNTA
(Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Evilio Mendoza)
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The 1989 Oakland Athletics season saw the A's finish in first place in the American League West division, with a record of 99 wins and 63 losses, seven games in front of the Kansas City Royals. It was their second consecutive AL West title, as well as the second straight year in which they finished with the best record in all of baseball. The team defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS, then swept their cross-Bay rivals, the San Francisco Giants, in an earthquake-marred World Series.

Offseason[edit]

Dave Parker Oakland A's.jpg Mark McGwire 1989.jpg
Tony La Russa 1989.jpg Jose Canseco 1989.jpg
Major figures in the 1989 A's season included (clockwise from top left) Dave Parker, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and manager Tony La Russa.


  • November 28, 1988: Mike Moore signs as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics.
  • November 30, 1988: Billy Beane was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[1]

Regular season[edit]

  • Ken Griffey, Jr. made his major league baseball debut on April 3, 1989, in a game against the Oakland Athletics.[2]
  • On August 22, 1989, Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson for the 5,000th strikeout in his career.[3]

Season standings[edit]

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[edit]

  • April 6, 1989: Troy Afenir was traded by the Houston Astros to the Oakland Athletics for Matt Sinatro.[4]
  • April 6, 1989: Mike Norris was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[5]
  • May 27, 1989: Jamie Quirk was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • June 5, 1989: Mike Mohler was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 42nd round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed August 18, 1989.[7]
  • June 21, 1989: Rickey Henderson was traded by the New York Yankees to the Oakland Athletics for Greg Cadaret, Eric Plunk, and Luis Polonia.
  • July 24, 1989: Jamie Quirk was released by the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • July 31, 1989: Glenn Hubbard was released by the Oakland Athletics.[8]
  • August 30, 1989: Ken Phelps was traded by the New York Yankees to the Oakland Athletics for Scott Holcomb (minors).

Roster[edit]

1989 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1989 game log

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 Terry Steinbach 130 454 124 .273 7 42
1B Mark McGwire 143 490 113 .231 33 95
2B Tony Phillips 143 451 118 .262 4 47
3B Carney Lansford 148 551 185 .336 2 52
SS Mike Gallego 133 357 90 .252 3 30
LF Rickey Henderson 85 306 90 .294 9 35
CF Dave Henderson 152 579 145 .250 15 80
RF Stan Javier 112 310 77 .248 1 28
DH Dave Parker 144 553 146 .264 22 97

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Billy Beane 37 79 19 .241 0 11
José Canseco 65 227 61 .269 17 57
Glenn Hubbard 53 131 26 .198 3 12
Ken Phelps 11 9 1 .111 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Moore 35 241⅔ 19 11 2.61 172
Bob Welch 33 209⅔ 17 8 3.00 137
Dave Stewart 36 257⅔ 21 9 3.32 155
Curt Young 25 111 5 9 3.73 55
Storm Davis 31 169⅓ 19 7 4.36 91

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dennis Eckersley 51 4 0 33 1.56 55
Todd Burns 50 6 5 8 2.24 49
Greg Cadaret 26 0 0 0 2.28 14
Rick Honeycutt 64 2 2 12 2.35 52
Gene Nelson 50 3 5 3 3.26 70

ALCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 3, 1989, at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
Oakland 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 X 7 11 0
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Dave Stieb (0-1)  
HR: TORErnie Whitt (1)   OAKDave Henderson (1), Mark McGwire (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 4, 1989, at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 1
Oakland 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 X 6 9 1
W: Mike Moore (1-0)   L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)   S: Dennis Eckersley (1)   
HR: OAKDave Parker (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 6, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Toronto 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 X 7 8 0
W: Jimmy Key (1-0)   L: Storm Davis (0-1)   
HR: OAKDave Parker (2)

Game 4[edit]

October 7, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 11 1
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 5 13 0
W: Bob Welch (1-0)   L: Mike Flanagan (0-1)   S: Dennis Eckersley (2)   
HR: OAKRickey Henderson 2 (2), José Canseco (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 8, 1989, at SkyDome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 4 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 9 0
W: Dave Stewart (2-0)   L: Dave Stieb (0-2)   S: Dennis Eckersley (3)   
HR: TORLloyd Moseby (1), George Bell (1)

World series[edit]

Main article: 1989 World Series

AL Oakland Athletics (4) vs. NL San Francisco Giants (0)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of game
1 Giants – 0, A's – 5 October 14 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 49,385 2:45
2 Giants – 1, A's – 5 October 15 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 49,388 2:47
3 A's – 13, Giants – 7 October 27 Candlestick Park (San Francisco) 62,038 3:03
4 A's – 9, Giants – 6 October 28 Candlestick Park (San Francisco) 62,032 3:07

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Rickey Henderson, ALCS Most Valuable Player
  • Dave Stewart, World Series MVP

All-Star Game

  • Dave Stewart, Pitcher
  • Terry Steinbach, Catcher, Starter
  • Mark McGwire, First Base, Starter
  • José Canseco, Outfield, Reserve
  • Mike Moore, Pitcher, Reserve
  • Tony LaRussa, Manager

Team leaders[edit]

  • Games – Dave Henderson (152)
  • At-Bats – Dave Henderson (579)
  • Runs – Carney Lansford (81)
  • Hits – Carney Lansford (185)
  • Doubles – Carney Lansford (28)
  • Triples – Tony Phillips (6)
  • Home Runs – Mark McGwire (33)
  • Runs Batted In – Dave Parker
  • Walks – Mark McGwire (83)
  • Batting Average – Carney Lansford (.336)
  • On Base Percentage – Rickey Henderson (.425)
  • Slugging Average – José Canseco (.542)
  • Stolen Bases – Rickey Henderson (52)
  • Wins – Dave Stewart (21)
  • Innings Pitched – Dave Stewart (257.7)
  • Earned Run Average – Dennis Eckersley (1.56)
  • Strikeouts – Mike Moore (172)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Brad Fischer
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Jeff Newman
A Modesto A's California League Lenn Sakata and Ted Kubiak
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Jim Nettles
Short-Season A Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Grady Fuson
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Casey Parsons

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Billy Beane Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/griffke02.shtml
  3. ^ The Nolan Ryan Express | The Strikeout King | smackbomb.com/nolanryan
  4. ^ Troy Afenir Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/n/norrimi01.shtml
  6. ^ a b Jamie Quirk Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mohlemi01.shtml
  8. ^ Glenn Hubbard Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com

Sources[edit]

Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1988
AL West Championship Season
1989
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1990
Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1988
American League Championship
1989
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1990