1989 Detroit Tigers season

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1989 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Monaghan
General manager(s) Bill Lajoie
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(George Kell, Al Kaline)
PASS
(Larry Osterman, Jim Northrup)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The Detroit Tigers' 1989 season was a season in American baseball. The Tigers finished at 59–103 in the AL East, the worst record in the major leagues.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In August, pitcher Charles Hudson, driving drunk, slammed his Mercury Cougar into a telephone pole in a Detroit suburb. He broke his left leg and his right knee needed reconstructive surgery. Hudson would later discuss how he began to drink as he struggled in his baseball career. He would not pitch in the major leagues again and the Tigers released him in November 1989.[7]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549 46–35 43–38
Baltimore Orioles 87 75 0.537 2 47–34 40–41
Boston Red Sox 83 79 0.512 6 46–35 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 81 81 0.500 8 45–36 36–45
New York Yankees 74 87 0.460 14½ 41–40 33–47
Cleveland Indians 73 89 0.451 16 41–40 32–49
Detroit Tigers 59 103 0.364 30 38–43 21–60


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1989 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 6–7 6–6 6–6 7–6 10–3 6–6 7–6 4–8 8–5 5–7 6–6 9–3 7–6
Boston 7–6 4–8 7–5 8–5 11–2 4–8 6–7 6–6 7–6 7–5 5–7 6–6 5–8
California 6–6 8–4 8–5 5–7 11–1 4–9 7–5 11–2 6–6 5–8 7–6 6–7 7–5
Chicago 6–6 5–7 5–8 7–5 4–8 6–7 10–2 5–8 5–6 5–8 7–6 3–10 1–11
Cleveland 6–7 5–8 7–5 5–7 5–8 8–4 3–10 5–7 9–4 2–10 6–6 7–5 5–8
Detroit 3–10 2–11 1–11 8–4 8–5 6–6 6–7 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 4–8 2–11
Kansas City 6–6 8–4 9–4 7–6 4–8 6–6 8–4 7–6 6–6 7–6 9–4 8–5 7–5
Milwaukee 6–7 7–6 5–7 2–10 10–3 7–6 4–8 9–3 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–7 6–7
Minnesota 8–4 6–6 2–11 8–5 7–5 7–5 6–7 3–9 6–6 6–7 7–6 5–8 9–3
New York 5–8 6–7 6–6 6–5 4–9 7–6 6–6 5–8 6–6 3–9 8–4 5–7 7–6
Oakland 7–5 5–7 8–5 8–5 10–2 8–4 6–7 7–5 7–6 9–3 9–4 8–5 7–5
Seattle 6–6 7–5 6–7 6–7 6–6 8–4 4–9 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 3–9 6–6 7–6 10–3 5–7 8–4 5–8 7–5 8–5 7–5 5–8 7–6 5–7
Toronto 6–7 8–5 5–7 11–1 8–5 11–2 5–7 7–6 3–9 6–7 5–7 7–5 7–5


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1989 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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 Heath, MikeMike Heath 122 396 104 .263 10 43
1B Bergman, DaveDave Bergman 137 385 103 .268 7 37
2B Whitaker, LouLou Whitaker 148 509 128 .251 28 85
3B Schu, RickRick Schu 98 266 57 .214 7 21
SS Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell 121 449 109 .243 5 43
LF Lynn, FredFred Lynn 117 353 85 .241 11 46
CF Pettis, GaryGary Pettis 119 444 114 .257 1 18
RF Lemon, ChetChet Lemon 127 414 98 .237 7 47
DH Moreland, KeithKeith Moreland 90 318 95 .299 5 35

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
Richie, RobRob Richie 19 49 13 .265 1 10

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
Robinson, JeffJeff Robinson 16 78 4 5 4.73 40

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

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

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League John Wockenfuss
AA London Tigers Eastern League Chris Chambliss
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Johnny Lipon
A Fayetteville Generals South Atlantic League Gene Roof
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Rapids New York–Penn League Rick Magnante
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Rubén Amaro, Sr.

[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ray Knight at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bockura01.shtml
  3. ^ Doyle Alexander at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mark Huismann at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Tom Brookens at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Kenny Williams at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ John Harper (February 22, 1995). "A Crash-Course Cubbie". New York Daily News. 
  8. ^ Rick Schu at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Tracy Jones at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/atherke01.shtml
  11. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball". Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997

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