1989 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1989 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Lee Thomas
Manager(s) Nick Leyva
Local television WTAF
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser)
(Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler, Garry Maddox)
Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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The 1989 season was the Phillies 107th season. The Phillies finished in 6th place in the National League East for the second consecutive season. It would also be Mike Schmidt's final season.


Regular season[edit]

Injuries to Mike Schmidt's knees and back caused him to miss much of the 1988 season. After a poor start to the 1989 season, Schmidt chose to suddenly announce his retirement in San Diego, on May 29. Known as "Captain Cool" by many in Philadelphia sports circles, Schmidt surprised many with an emotional, and occasionally tearful, retirement speech. In honor of his career, fans voted Schmidt to the NL All-Star team; Schmidt declined to play but was announced with the team. His last game was May 28, 1989 against the San Francisco Giants.[7]

The Phillies played 163 regular season games due to a tie game on June 5 when they hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the score tied 3-3, the game ended due to rain after only 8 innings had been played.[8] Under the playing rules in place at the time, all player and team statistics generated during the tie game would stand (except since neither team had won, there could not be a winning or losing pitcher); a replacement game would be played at a later date. This game would mark the last regular season tie game for the Phillies as playing rules changed in 2007 allowing tie games to continue from the point of interruption at a later date.

On June 8, 1989, Steve Jeltz hit two of his five career home runs in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, despite not starting the game. A switch-hitter, Jeltz hit one of these homers from the right side of the plate and one from the left side. This was the first time in the history of the Phillies that this feat had been accomplished. It was in this same game that, after the Pirates scored 10 runs in the top of the first, Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker said on-air, "If we lose this game, I'll walk home." The Phillies came back to win 15-11, and after the season Rooker conducted a 300-mile charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.


Retired 1989[9]

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

Notable transactions[edit]

1989 Game Log[edit]

  Phillies win
  Phillies loss
  Phillies tie
Bold Phillies team member
1989 Game Log[8]
Overall Record: 67–95–1


1989 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats[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 Daulton, DarrenDarren Daulton 131 368 74 .201 8 44
1B Jordan, RickyRicky Jordan 144 523 149 .285 12 75
2B Herr, TomTom Herr 151 561 161 .287 2 37
3B Hayes, CharlieCharlie Hayes 84 299 77 .258 8 43
SS Thon, DickieDickie Thon 136 435 118 .271 15 60
LF Kruk, JohnJohn Kruk 81 281 93 .331 5 38
CF Dykstra, LennyLenny Dykstra 90 352 78 .222 4 19
RF Hayes, VonVon Hayes 154 540 140 .259 26 78

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
Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 42 148 30 .203 6 28
Nieto, TomTom Nieto 11 20 3 .150 0 0
Miller, KeithKeith Miller 8 10 3 .300 0 0
Stanicek, SteveSteve Stanicek 9 9 1 .111 0 1


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
Howell, KenKen Howell 33 204 12 12 3.44 164
Ruffin, BruceBruce Ruffin 24 125.2 6 10 4.44 70
Ontiveros, SteveSteve Ontiveros 6 30.2 2 1 3.82 12

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
Dillard, GordonGordon Dillard 5 0 0 0 6.75 2

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Red Barons
International League Bill Dancy
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Mike Hart
A Clearwater Phillies Florida State League Glenn Gulliver
A Spartanburg Phillies South Atlantic League Mel Roberts
Short-Season A Batavia Clippers New York-Penn League Don McCormack
Rookie Martinsville Phillies Appalachian League Roly de Armas



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