1989 Montreal Expos season

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1989 Montreal Expos
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles Bronfman
Manager(s) Buck Rodgers
Local television CBC Television
(Dave Van Horne, Ken Singleton)
The Sports Network
(Ken Singleton, Jim Hughson)
Télévision de Radio-Canada
(Claude Raymond, Raymond Lebrun)
Local radio CJAD (English)
(Dave Van Horne, Bobby Winkles, Jerry Trupiano)
CKAC (French)
(Jacques Doucet, Rodger Brulotte)
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The 1989 season for the Montreal Expos was the baseball club's twenty-first. With owner Charles Bronfman wanting to take one last shot at a playoff berth as he was thinking of selling the team, the club pulled off a massive trade on May 25th, acquiring star left-handed pitcher - and pending free agent - Mark Langston from the Seattle Mariners. While the move was viewed as a coup at the time, it came at a heavy cost as Hall of Famer Randy Johnson was the key part of the package going to the Pacific Northwest. Still, it seemed like a worthy gamble. That year, there was no dominant team in the National League. The team seemed poised to compete for the NL East crown with a loaded starting pitching staff that featured Langston, Dennis Martinez, Bryn Smith, Pascual Perez and Kevin Gross. The team peaked on August 2nd with an NL best record of 63-44, holding a 3 game lead in the East and everything running along smoothly. What followed would go down as the greatest collapse in franchise history. The next night, a Benny Distefano pinch hit single in the 12th inning dealt the Expos a 1-0 loss in Pittsburgh. It was the start of a 7 game losing streak. The club limped through the rest of August but remained in the race in early September, with the team being only 2 games back of 1st place on September 6th. Regardless, the downward spiral continued as the Expos inexplicably ended up losing 37 of their final 55 games to finish the season a disappointing 81-81, well out of the playoff picture. The easiest analysis of the collapse is to point to the offence, which struggled after August 2nd, scoring an MLB worst 3.23 runs per game. For long-time Expos fans, the collapse is viewed as the beginning of the end of the franchise. If the team makes the playoffs, perhaps even wins the NLCS against a beatable Giants team to make it to the World Series, one can only wonder if Bronfman changes his stance about selling and remains the owner.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • August 23, 1989: The Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers engage in a 22 inning marathon, the longest game in Expos history. It eventually ended when Rick Dempsey homered for the Dodgers in the top half of the 22nd innings off Dennis Martínez in a very rare relief performance. Rex Hudler was caught stealing second in the bottom half of the 22nd to end the game. The game would have ended earlier when an Expo scored from third on a sacrifice fly. The Dodgers' appeal, that the runner left the base too soon, was recognized by the third base umpire and the third out was recorded. The game also marked the first time that a mascot was ejected by an umpire. Youppi!, dressed in a nightgown and nightcap, pretended to go to sleep on top of the Dodgers dugout, former Montreal Royals reliever and then coach of the Dodgers Tommy Lasorda demanded that Youppi! be run from the game. In the end the game took over 6 hours to finish and ended close to 2:00 am.
  • August 15, 1989: San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky pitched three no-hit innings, but in the fifth inning, he felt a tingling sensation in his arm. In the sixth inning he started off shaky, allowing a home run to the lead off batter and then hitting the second batter. Then, on his first pitch to Tim Raines, his humerus bone snapped, ending his career.

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Chicago Cubs 93 69 .574 --
New York Mets 87 75 .537 6
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 7
Montreal Expos 81 81 .500 12
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 .457 19
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 26

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1989 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 8–10 8–10 6–10 6–6 2–10 8–4 4–8 7–11 6–12 3–9
Chicago 7–5 7–5 5–7 7–5 10–8 10–8 10–8 12–6 8–4 6–6 11–7
Cincinnati 10–8 5–7 8–10 8–10 4–8 4–8 4–8 7–5 9–9 8–10 8–4
Houston 10–8 7–5 10–8 10–8 4–8 6–6 9–3 7–5 8–10 8–10 7–5
Los Angeles 10–6 5–7 10–8 8–10 7–5 5–7 6–6 7–5 6–12 10–8 3–9
Montreal 6–6 8–10 8–4 8–4 5–7 9–9 9–9 11–7 5–7 7–5 5–13
New York 10–2 8–10 8–4 6–6 7–5 9–9 12–6 9–9 5–7 3–9 10–8
Philadelphia 4-8 8–10 8–4 3–9 6–6 9–9 6–12 10–8 2–10 4–8 7–11
Pittsburgh 8–4 6–12 5–7 5–7 5–7 7–11 9–9 8–10 3–9 5–7 13–5
San Diego 11–7 4–8 9–9 10–8 12–6 7–5 7–5 10–2 9–3 8–10 2–10
San Francisco 12–6 6–6 10–8 10–8 8–10 5–7 9–3 8–4 7–5 10–8 7–5
St. Louis 9–3 7–11 4–8 5–7 9–3 13–5 8–10 11–7 5–13 10–2 5–7


Notable transactions[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Major League debuts[edit]

  • Batters:
    • Marquis Grissom (Aug 22)
    • Marty Pevey (May 16)
    • Larry Walker (Aug 16)
  • Pitchers:
    • Steve Frey (May 10)
    • Mark Gardner (May 16)
    • Gene Harris (Apr 5) [9]

Roster[edit]

1989 Montreal Expos
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; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Santovenia, NelsonNelson Santovenia 97 304 76 .250 5 31 2
1B Galarraga, AndrésAndrés Galarraga 152 572 147 .257 23 85 12
2B Foley, TomTom Foley 122 375 86 .229 7 39 2
3B Wallach, TimTim Wallach 154 573 159 .277 13 77 3
SS Owen, SpikeSpike Owen 142 437 102 .233 6 41 3
LF Raines, TimTim Raines 145 517 148 .286 9 60 41
CF Martinez, DaveDave Martinez 126 361 99 .274 3 27 23
RF Brooks, HubieHubie Brooks 148 542 145 .268 14 70 6

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI SB
Hudler, RexRex Hudler 92 155 38 .245 6 13
Aldrete, MikeMike Aldrete 76 136 30 .221 1 12

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez 34 232 16 7 3.18 142
Langston, MarkMark Langston 24 176.2 12 9 2.39 175

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Harris, GeneGene Harris 11 1 1 0 4.95 11

Award winners[edit]

1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Tom Runnells
AA Jacksonville Expos Southern League Alan Bannister
A West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Felipe Alou
A Rockford Expos Midwest League Mike Quade
Short-Season A Jamestown Expos New York–Penn League Don Werner
Rookie GCL Expos Gulf Coast League Jerry Weinstein

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Indianapolis, Jamestown[10]

References[edit]