1989 Seattle Mariners season

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1989 Seattle Mariners
Ken Griffey Jr's Rookie Season
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jeff Smulyan
Manager(s) Jim Lefebvre
Local television KSTW-TV 11
Local radio KIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs, Joe Simpson)
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The Seattle Mariners 1989 season was their 13th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 6th in the American League West, finishing with a record of 73-89. The season, however, was enlivened by the arrival of the Mariners' 1987 first-round draft pick, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 15, 1988: Luis DeLeón was signed as a free agent by the Mariners.[1]
  • In spring training, Ken Griffey, Jr. set preseason team records for hits (32), RBIs (20) and total bases (49).[2]

Regular season[edit]

  • Ken Griffey, Jr. made his major league baseball debut on April 3, 1989, in a game against the Oakland Athletics.[3] Griffey would hit a double in his first at-bat.[2] During the 1989 season, Griffey Jr. was honoured by being selected as card Number 1 in the 1989 Upper Deck baseball card set.[2]

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]

Major league debuts[edit]

  • Batters:
    • Ken Griffey, Jr. (Apr 3)
    • Omar Vizquel (Apr 3)
  • Pitchers:
    • Gene Harris (Apr 5)
    • Clint Zavaras (June 3) [8]

Roster[edit]

1989 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other Batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
C Dave Valle 94 316 32 75 7 34 .237 0
1B Alvin Davis 142 498 84 152 21 95 .305 0
2B Harold Reynolds 153 613 87 184 0 43 .300 25
3B Jim Presley 117 390 42 92 12 41 .236 0
SS Omar Vizquel 143 387 45 85 1 20 .220 1
LF Greg Briley 115 394 52 105 13 52 .266 11
CF Ken Griffey, Jr. 127 455 61 120 16 61 .264 16
RF Darnell Coles 146 535 54 135 10 59 .252 5
DH Jeffrey Leonard 150 566 69 144 24 93 .254 6

[9]

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Henry Cotto 100 295 78 .264 9 33
Jay Buhner 58 204 56 .275 9 33

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Luis DeLeón 1 4 0 0 2.25 2

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League Rich Morales
AA Williamsport Bills Eastern League Jay Ward
A San Bernardino Spirit California League Ralph Dick
A Wausau Timbers Midwest League Tommy Jones
Short-Season A Bellingham Mariners Northwest League P. J. Carey
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Dave Myers

[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luis DeLeón page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b c Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, p.167, Dave Jamieson, 2010, Atlantic Monthly Press, imprint of Grove/Atlantic Inc., New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-8021-1939-1
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/griffke02.shtml
  4. ^ Steve Balboni page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Mark Langston page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Brian Turankg page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Steve Trout page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/statistics/1989/26.shtml
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1989.shtml
  10. ^ 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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