1990 New York Yankees season

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1990 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Bucky Dent
Stump Merrill
Local television WPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, George Grande, Tom Seaver)
MSG
(Tony Kubek, Dewayne Staats, Al Trautwig)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Jay Johnstone)
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The New York Yankees' 1990 season was the 88th season for the Yankees. The team finished in seventh place in the American League East with a record of 67-95, finishing 21 games behind the Boston Red Sox. It was the Yankees' first last-place finish in 24 years, and the first in the two-division era. New York was managed by Stump Merrill and Bucky Dent. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Death of Billy Martin[edit]

Billy Martin's grave in Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven.

Multi-time former Yankees manager Billy Martin was working as a special consultant to Yankees owner George Steinbrenner when he was killed in a one-car crash in Binghamton, New York, on Christmas Day (December 25) in 1989. Martin had been drinking heavily with his friend, William Reedy, who was driving a pickup truck at the time of the accident. When Martin was killed, the media reported that he was a passenger in Reedy's pickup. However, Peter Golenbock, in his book Wild, High, and Tight: The Life and Death of Billy Martin, makes the case that Martin was the driver and that his wife and Reedy covered up the truth. According to the HBO TV series Autopsy, [9] forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden performed the autopsy on Martin and investigated the accident scene, including the pick-up truck in which Martin died. The autopsy revealed that Martin's impact injuries were all on the right side, and that hair and other DNA found on the right side of the shattered windshield belonged to Martin, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The conclusion of the autopsy study was that Reedy drove the pick-up.

Billy Martin was eulogized by Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, before his funeral at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His grave is located about 150 feet from the grave of Babe Ruth. The following epitaph by Billy Martin himself appears on the headstone: I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform but I was the proudest. Former President of the United States Richard Nixon attended Martin's funeral. The Yankees started the season with a small number 1 on their left sleeves.

Regular season[edit]

  • June 6, 1990: Yankees Manager Bucky Dent was fired before a game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Although Dent had his greatest moment as a player at Fenway, his worst moment as manager happened there.[10] However, Steinbrenner was severely criticized for firing Dent, his 18th managerial change in 18 years, because he did it in Boston.[11]
  • On July 30, 1990, Commissioner Fay Vincent banned Steinbrenner from baseball for life after he paid Howie Spira, a small-time gambler, $40,000 for "dirt" after Winfield sued him for failing to pay his foundation the $300,000 [12] guaranteed in his contract.
  • October 3, 1990: Cecil Fielder hit two home runs at Yankee Stadium to finish with 51 for the season. The 50th home run was hit off of Steve Adkins. Fielder would be the first Major Leaguer since George Foster in 1977 to hit 50 home runs in a season. It was the 18th time that a major leaguer (and the 11th time that an American League player) hit for 50 home runs in a season.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 88 74 .543 --
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 .531 2
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 9
Cleveland Indians 77 85 .475 11
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 11½
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 14
New York Yankees 67 95 .414 21

Notable transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

  • June 4, 1990: 1990 Major League Baseball Draft
    • Carl Everett was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round.[18]
    • Robert Eenhoorn was drafted by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1990 June Draft. Player signed June 10, 1990.[19]
    • Sam Militello was drafted by the Yankees in the 6th round.[20]
    • Jalal Leach was drafted by the Yankees in the 7th round. Player signed June 8, 1990.[21]
    • Ricky Ledée was drafted by the Yankees in the 16th round. Player signed June 5, 1990.[22]
    • Andy Pettitte was drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round, but did not sign.[23]
    • Jorge Posada was drafted by the Yankees in the 24th round. Player signed May 24, 1991.[24]
    • Shane Spencer was drafted by the Yankees in the 28th round. Player signed June 7, 1990.[25]

Roster[edit]

1990 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Kevin Maas[edit]

  • Kevin Maas set a major league record by setting a record for the fewest at bats (72) to hit 10 home runs. He also set a record by hitting his first 15 home runs in the fewest number of at-bats. About halfway through the season a group of a dozen or so young ladies began wearing "Maas-tops" to Yankees home games and sitting in the right field stands. Whenever Maas hit a home run to right, the girls would get up, remove their tops and jump up and down until Maas finished circling the bases. However after a few home runs the women were banned from entering Yankee Stadium.

Andy Hawkins no-hitter[edit]

Line Score[edit]

July 1, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 x 4 0 2
W: Barry Jones (10-1)  L: Andy Hawkins (1-5)  
Attendance: 30,642 Time: 2:34

Batting[edit]

New York Yankees AB R H RBI Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI
Kelly, cf 4 0 0 0 Johnson, cf 3 1 0 0
Sax, 2b 4 0 0 0 Ventura, 3b 4 1 0 0
Mattingly, 1b 4 0 0 0 Calderon, dh 3 0 0 0
Balboni, dh 4 0 0 0 Pasqua, lf 4 0 0 0
Tolleson, pr, dh 0 0 0 0 Gallagher, lf 0 0 0 0
Barfield, rf 4 0 1 0 Kittle, 1b 3 0 0 0
Leyritz, lf 3 0 1 0 Lyons, 1b 0 0 0 0
Blowers, 3b 3 0 0 0 Karkovice, c 2 0 0 0
Geren, c 3 0 1 0 Fletcher, 2b 2 0 0 0
Espinoza, ss 2 0 1 0 Sosa, rf 3 1 0 0
NONE 0 0 0 0 Guillen, ss 2 1 0 0
Totals 31 0 4 0 Totals 26 4 0 0

Pitching[edit]

New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Hawkins, L (1-5) 8.0 0 4 0 5 3
Chicago White Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Hibbard 7.0 4 0 0 0 4
Jones W (10-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Radinsky 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

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 Bob Geren 110 277 59 .213 8 31
1B Don Mattingly 102 394 101 .256 5 42
2B Steve Sax 155 615 160 .260 4 42
3B Jim Leyritz 92 303 78 .257 5 25
SS Álvaro Espinoza 150 438 98 .224 2 20
LF Oscar Azócar 65 214 53 .248 5 19
CF Roberto Kelly 162 641 183 .285 15 61
RF Jesse Barfield 153 476 117 .246 25 78
DH Steve Balboni 116 266 51 .192 17 34

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mel Hall 113 360 93 .258 12 46
Kevin Maas 79 254 64 .252 21 41
Matt Nokes 92 240 57 .238 8 32
Rick Cerone 49 139 42 .302 2 11
Deion Sanders 57 133 21 .158 3 9
Claudell Washington 33 80 13 .163 0 6
Wayne Tolleson 73 74 11 .149 0 4
Dave Winfield 20 61 13 .213 2 6
Luis Polonia 11 22 7 .318 0 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tim Leary 31 208 9 19 4.11 138
Chuck Cary 27 156.2 6 12 4.19 134
Dave LaPoint 28 157.2 7 10 4.11 67
Andy Hawkins 28 157.2 5 12 5.37 74
Mike Witt 16 96.2 5 6 4.47 60
Dave Eiland 5 30.1 2 1 3.56 16
Pascual Pérez 3 14 1 2 1.29 12

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jimmy Jones 17 50 1 2 6.30 25
Clay Parker 5 22 1 1 4.50 20

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dave Righetti 53 1 1 36 3.57 43
Lee Guetterman 64 11 7 2 3.19 48
Jeff Robinson 54 3 6 0 3.45 43
Greg Cadaret 54 5 4 3 4.15 80
Eric Plunk 47 6 3 0 2.72 67
Alan Mills 36 1 5 0 4.10 24
Lance McCullers 11 1 0 0 3.60 11
Rich Monteleone 5 0 1 0 6.14 8

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Stump Merrill and Rick Down
AA Albany-Colonie Yankees Eastern League Rick Down and Dan Radison
A Prince William Cannons Carolina League Gary Denbo
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Mike Hart
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Brian Butterfield
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Trey Hillman
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Glenn Sherlock

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Oneonta[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dickie Noles page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Steve Kiefer page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Rafael Santana page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Pascual Pérez page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Tim Leary page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Rick Cerone page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Mariano Rivera page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Dave Silvestri page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Autopsy: Billy Martin
  10. ^ Cafardo, Nick (June 7, 1990). "Dent Dumped by Yankees". The Boston Globe. p. 37. "Dent's greatest moment as a player—and his worst moment as a manager—came in Boston." 
  11. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (June 7, 1990). "His Back Was Against the Wall". The Boston Globe. p. 37. 
  12. ^ Anderson, Dave (March 7, 1988). "Sports Of The Times; Dave Winfield's Rebuttal". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ Luis Polonia page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Clay Parker page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcculla01.shtml
  17. ^ Deion Sanders page at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ Baseball Draft: 1st Round of the 1990 June Draft - Baseball-Reference.com
  19. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/eenhoro01.shtml
  20. ^ Sam Militello page at Baseball Reference
  21. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leachja01.shtml
  22. ^ Ricky Ledée page at Baseball Reference
  23. ^ Andy Pettitte page at Baseball Reference
  24. ^ Jorge Posada page at Baseball Reference
  25. ^ Shane Spencer page at Baseball Reference
  26. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007