1986 Boston Red Sox season

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1986 Boston Red Sox
1986 AL Champions
AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
General manager(s) Lou Gorman
Manager(s) John McNamara
Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
NESN
(Ned Martin, Bob Montgomery)
Local radio WPLM-FM 99.1
WPLM-AM 1390
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
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The 1986 Boston Red Sox season was the 86th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 66 losses. After defeating the California Angels in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the World Series to the New York Mets in seven games.

Offseason[edit]

Spring training[edit]

The Boston Red Sox held spring training at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida for the 21st season.

Regular season[edit]

  • April 29, 1986 – At Fenway Park, Roger Clemens struck out 20 Seattle Mariners to become the first pitcher in history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning major league game.
  • Clemens' 24 wins in the regular season were the most by a Red Sox pitcher since 1949.

Season standings[edit]

1986 was the first time since 1904 that the Yankees finished second in the standings to the Red Sox.[6]


AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 95 66 0.590 51–30 44–36
New York Yankees 90 72 0.556 41–39 49–33
Detroit Tigers 87 75 0.537 49–32 38–43
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 42–39 44–37
Cleveland Indians 84 78 0.519 11½ 45–35 39–43
Milwaukee Brewers 77 84 0.478 18 41–39 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 73 89 0.451 22½ 37–42 36–47


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1986 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 6–6 9–3 4–9 1–12 6–6 6–7 8–4 5–8 5–7 6–6 5–7 8–5
Boston 9–4 5–7 7–5 10–3 7–6 6–6 6–6 10–2 5–8 7–5 8–4 8–4 7–6
California 6–6 7–5 7–6 6–6 7–5 8–5 5–7 7–6 7–5 10–3 8–5 8–5 6–6
Chicago 3–9 5–7 6–7 5–7 6–6 7–6 5–7 6–7 6–6 7–6 8–5 2–11 6–6
Cleveland 9–4 3–10 6–6 7–5 4–9 8–4 8–5 6–6 5–8 10–2 9–3 6–6 3–10–1
Detroit 12–1 6–7 5–7 6–6 9–4 5–7 8–5 7–5 6–7 6–6 6–6 7–5 4–9
Kansas City 6–6 6–6 5–8 6–7 4–8 7–5 6–6 6–7 4–8 8–5 5–8 8–5 5–7
Milwaukee 7–6 6–6 7–5 7–5 5–8 5–8 6–6 4–8 8–5 5–7 6–6 4–8 7–6
Minnesota 4–8 2–10 6–7 7–6 6–6 5–7 7–6 8–4 4–8 6–7 6–7 6–7 4–8
New York 8–5 8–5 5–7 6–6 8–5 7–6 8–4 5–8 8–4 5–7 8–4 7–5 7–6
Oakland 7–5 5–7 3–10 6–7 2–10 6–6 5–8 7–5 7–6 7–5 10–3 3–10 8–4
Seattle 6–6 4–8 5–8 5–8 3–9 6–6 8–5 6–6 7–6 4–8 3–10 4–9 6–6
Texas 7–5 4–8 5–8 11–2 6–6 5–7 5–8 8–4 7–6 5–7 10–3 9–4 5–7
Toronto 5–8 6–7 6–6 6–6 10–3–1 9–4 7–5 6–7 8–4 6–7 4–8 6–6 7–5


Opening day line up[edit]

24 Dwight Evans RF
26 Wade Boggs 3B
 6 Bill Buckner 1B
14 Jim Rice LF
25 Don Baylor DH
10 Rich Gedman C
20 Tony Armas CF
17 Marty Barrett 2B
18 Glenn Hoffman SS
47 Bruce Hurst P

Transactions[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Alumni game[edit]

On May 17, the Red Sox held an old-timers game at Fenway, before a scheduled game with the Texas Rangers. The game—themed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the pennant-winning 1946 Red Sox—welcomed back 19 alumni of the team and was also the first to invite non-Red Sox alumni.[10] Besides Ted Williams, Luis Tiant, and Rico Petrocelli, the day featured appearances by all three DiMaggio brothers: Joe, Vince, and Dom.[11] The umpiring crew included Hall of Fame inductee Jocko Conlan.[11]

Roster[edit]

1986 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game Log[edit]

1986 Regular Season Game Log (95-66) (Home: 51-30; Road: 44-36)

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 Rich Gedman 135 462 119 .258 16 65
1B Bill Buckner 153 629 168 .267 18 102
2B Marty Barrett 158 625 179 .286 4 60
3B Wade Boggs 149 580 207 .357 8 71
SS Rey Quiñones 62 190 45 .315 2 15
LF Jim Rice 157 618 200 .324 20 110
CF Tony Armas 121 425 112 .264 11 58
RF Dwight Evans 152 529 137 .259 26 97
DH Don Baylor 160 585 139 .238 31 94

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
Ed Romero 100 233 49 .210 2 23
Spike Owen 42 126 23 .183 1 10
Steve Lyons 59 124 31 .250 1 14
Marc Sullivan 41 119 23 .193 1 14
Dave Henderson 36 51 10 .196 1 3
Dave Stapleton 39 39 5 .128 0 3
Mike Greenwell 31 35 11 .314 0 4
Kevin Romine 35 35 9 .257 0 2
La Schelle Tarver 13 25 3 .120 0 1
Glenn Hoffman 12 23 5 .217 0 1
Mike Stenhouse 21 21 2 .095 0 1
Pat Dodson 9 12 5 .417 1 3
Dave Sax 4 11 5 .455 1 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Clemens 33 254 24 4 2.48 238
Oil Can Boyd 30 214.1 16 10 3.78 129
Al Nipper 26 159 10 12 5.38 79
Bruce Hurst 25 174.1 13 8 2.99 167
Tom Seaver 16 104.1 5 7 3.80 72
Jeff Sellers 14 82 3 7 4.94 51

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Brown 15 57.1 4 4 5.34 32
Rob Woodward 9 35.2 2 3 5.30 14

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bob Stanley 66 6 6 16 4.37 54
Joe Sambito 53 2 0 12 4.84 30
Steve Crawford 40 0 2 4 3.92 32
Tim Lollar 32 2 0 0 6.91 28
Sammy Stewart 27 4 1 0 4.38 47
Calvin Schiraldi 25 4 2 9 1.41 55
Mike Trujillo 3 0 0 0 9.53 4
Wes Gardner 1 0 0 0 9.00 1

[12]

Postseason[edit]

ALCS[edit]

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 California – 8, Boston – 1 October 7 Fenway Park 32,993
2 California – 2, Boston – 9 October 8 Fenway Park 32,786
3 Boston – 3, California – 5 October 10 Anaheim Stadium 64,206
4 Boston – 3, California – 4 (11 innings) October 11 Anaheim Stadium 64,223
5 Boston – 7, California – 6 (11 innings) October 12 Anaheim Stadium 64,223
6 California – 4, Boston – 10 October 14 Fenway Park 32,998
7 California – 1, Boston – 8 October 15 Fenway Park 33,001

World Series[edit]

NL New York Mets (4) vs. AL Boston Red Sox (3)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Red Sox – 1, Mets – 0 October 18 Shea Stadium (New York City) 57,908 3:18
2 Red Sox – 9, Mets – 3 October 19 Shea Stadium (New York City) 57,911 2:44
3 Mets – 7, Red Sox – 1 October 21 Fenway Park (Boston) 33,595 3:09
4 Mets – 6, Red Sox – 2 October 22 Fenway Park (Boston) 33,920 3:22
5 Mets – 2, Red Sox – 4 October 23 Fenway Park (Boston) 34,010 2:55
6 Red Sox – 5, Mets – 6 (10 inn.) October 25 Shea Stadium (New York City) 57,908 3:18
7 Red Sox – 5, Mets – 8 October 27 Shea Stadium (New York City) 57,911 2:44

Game Log[edit]

1986 Postseason Game Log

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ed Nottle
AA New Britain Red Sox Eastern League Tony Torchia
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Dave Holt
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Doug Camilli
A-Short Season Elmira Pioneers New York–Penn League Bill Limoncelli

References[edit]