1987 New York Yankees season

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1987 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
General manager(s) Woody Woodward
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television WPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Billy Martin)
SportsChannel NY
(Ken Harrelson, Spencer Ross, Mickey Mantle)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(Hank Greenwald, Tommy Hutton)
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The New York Yankees' 1987 season was the 85th season for the Yankees. The team finished in fourth place with a record of 89-73, finishing 9 games behind the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Lou Piniella. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Yankees hit 10 grand slams, the most by an MLB team in 1987.[7] Six of those were hit by Don Mattingly, who set a record for most grand slam home runs in one season with six.[8] His record was matched by Travis Hafner during the 2006 season. Mattingly's Grand Slams in 1987 were also the only six Grand Slams of his career. In addition, Mattingly had tied Dale Long's major league record by hitting home runs in eight consecutive games (record later tied again by Ken Griffey, Jr., of Seattle in 1993), as well as stroking an extra base hit in ten consecutive games. Mattingly had a record 10 home runs during this streak (Long & Griffey had eight of them). In June 1987, it was reported that Mattingly injured his back during some clubhouse horseplay with pitcher Bob Shirley though both denied this.[9] Nevertheless, he finished with a .327 batting average, 30 home runs, and 115 RBIs, his fourth straight year with at least 110 RBIs.

On July 13, 1987, George Steinbrenner told manager Lou Piniella that the acquisition of Steve Trout would win the Yankees the pennant.[10] Trout never won a game for the Yankees, going 0–4 in 14 games.[11]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 98 64 0.605 54–27 44–37
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 0.593 2 52–29 44–37
Milwaukee Brewers 91 71 0.562 7 48–33 43–38
New York Yankees 89 73 0.549 9 51–30 38–43
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 20 50–30 28–54
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 31 31–51 36–44
Cleveland Indians 61 101 0.377 37 35–46 26–55


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1987 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 1–12 9–3 8–4 7–6 4–9 9–3 2–11 5–7 3–10 7–5 4–8 7–5 1–12
Boston 12–1 4–8 3–9 7–6 2–11 6–6 6–7 7–5 7–6 4–8 7–5 7–5 6–7
California 3–9 8–4 8–5 7–5 3–9 5–8 7–5 8–5 3–9 6–7 7–6 5–8 5–7
Chicago 4–8 9–3 5–8 7–5 3–9 6–7 6–6 6–7 5–7 9–4 6–7 7–6 4–8
Cleveland 6–7 6–7 5–7 5–7 4–9 6–6 4–9 3–9 6–7 4–8 5–7 2–10 5–8
Detroit 9–4 11–2 9–3 9–3 9–4 5–7 6–7 8–4 5–8 5–7 7–5 8–4 7–6
Kansas City 3–9 6–6 8–5 7–6 6–6 7–5 4–8 8–5 5–7 5–8 9–4 7–6 8–4
Milwaukee 11–2 7–6 5–7 6–6 9–4 7–6 8–4 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–8 9–3 9–4
Minnesota 7–5 5–7 5–8 7–6 9–3 4–8 5–8 9–3 6–6 10–3 9–4 6–7 3–9
New York 10–3 6–7 9–3 7–5 7–6 8–5 7–5 6–7 6–6 5–7 7–5 5–7 6–7
Oakland 5–7 8–4 7–6 4–9 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–6 3–10 7–5 5–8 6–7 7–5
Seattle 8–4 5–7 6–7 7–6 7–5 5–7 4–9 8–4 4–9 5–7 8–5 9–4 2–10
Texas 5–7 5–7 8–5 6–7 10–2 4–8 6–7 3–9 7–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 3–9
Toronto 12–1 7–6 7–5 8–4 8–5 6–7 4–8 4–9 9–3 7–6 5–7 10–2 9–3


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1987 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

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 Rick Cerone 113 284 69 .243 4 23
1B Don Mattingly 141 569 186 .327 30 115
2B Willie Randolph 120 449 137 .305 7 67
3B Mike Pagliarulo 150 522 122 .234 32 87
SS Wayne Tolleson 121 349 77 .221 1 22
LF Gary Ward 146 529 131 .248 16 78
CF Claudell Washington 102 312 87 .279 9 44
RF Dave Winfield 156 575 158 .275 27 97
DH Ron Kittle 59 159 44 .277 12 28

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
Randy Velarde 8 22 4 .182 0 1
Phil Lombardi 5 8 1 .125 0 0

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
Tommy John 33 187.2 13 6 4.03 63
Rick Rhoden 30 181.2 16 10 3.86 107
Ron Guidry 22 117.2 5 8 3.67 96
Bill Gullickson 8 48 4 2 4.88 28
Al Leiter 4 22.2 2 2 6.35 28

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
Charles Hudson 35 154.2 11 7 3.61 100
Pete Filson 7 22 1 0 3.27 10
Brad Arnsberg 6 19.1 1 3 5.59 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
Pat Clements 55 3 3 7 4.95 36
Cecilio Guante 23 3 2 1 5.73 46
Neil Allen 8 0 1 0 3.65 16

Awards and records[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Bucky Dent
AA Albany-Colonie Yankees Eastern League Tommy Jones
A Prince William Cannons Carolina League Wally Moon
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Buck Showalter
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Gary Allenson
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Fred Ferreira

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, Fort Lauderdale[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rick Rhoden at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sakatle01.shtml
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/romanro01.shtml
  4. ^ Randy Velarde at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Willie Randolph at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Rick Cerone at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ "Team Batting Event Finder: 1987, All Teams, Home Runs, With Runners on 123". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  8. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.232, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  9. ^ Chass, Murray (June 9, 1987). "Doctor's orders: Rest for Mattingly". New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p. 265, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0
  11. ^ Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, "The Right Thing" by Tom Verducci, p.35, Published by Time Inc.
  12. ^ Rich Bordi at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Rafael Quirico Archived November 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Shane Turner at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/millsal01.shtml
  16. ^ Steve Trout at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Bill Gullickson at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ Jerry Royster at Baseball Reference
  19. ^ Sherman Obando at Baseball Reference
  20. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.259, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  21. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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