1989 Texas Rangers season

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1989 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George W. Bush
General manager(s) Tom Grieve
Manager(s) Bobby Valentine
Local television KTVT
(Bob Carpenter, Steve Busby)
HSE
(Greg Lucas, Norm Hitzges, Merle Harmon)
Local radio WBAP
(Eric Nadel, Mark Holtz )
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The Texas Rangers 1989 season involved the Rangers finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • June 16, 1989: Sammy Sosa made his major league debut in a game against the New York Yankees.[8] In four at-bats, Sosa appeared in 4 at-bats and had 2 hits.
  • August 22, 1989: Against the eventual World Champion Oakland A's, Ryan became the first pitcher ever to record 5,000 career strikeouts. He struck out Rickey Henderson in the fifth inning to break the 5,000 barrier.[9]
  • September 12, 1989: Nolan Ryan threw 164 pitches before he was replaced on the mound by Kenny Rogers in the ninth inning. The Rangers lost the game, 6-5, to the Kansas City Royals.
  • Rubén Sierra had a career year as he led the AL in triples and RBI but ranked 6th in Home Runs (29), third in runs scored (101) and 5th in hits (194). He set the club record for most total bases in a season (344), which also led the league.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 99 63 0.611 54–27 45–36
Kansas City Royals 92 70 0.568 7 55–26 37–44
California Angels 91 71 0.562 8 52–29 39–42
Texas Rangers 83 79 0.512 16 45–36 38–43
Minnesota Twins 80 82 0.494 19 45–36 35–46
Seattle Mariners 73 89 0.451 26 40–41 33–48
Chicago White Sox 69 92 0.429 29½ 35–45 34–47


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 Texas Rangers
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 Chad Kreuter 87 158 24 .152 5 9
1B Rafael Palmeiro 156 559 154 .275 8 64
2B Julio Franco 150 548 173 .316 13 92
3B Steve Buechele 155 486 114 .235 16 59
SS Scott Fletcher 83 314 75 .239 0 22
LF Pete Incaviglia 133 453 107 .236 21 81
CF Cecil Espy 142 275 122 .257 3 31
RF Rubén Sierra 162 634 194 .306 29 119
DH Harold Baines 50 172 49 .285 3 16

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jack Daugherty 52 106 32 .302 1 10
Juan González 24 60 9 .150 1 7

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nolan Ryan 32 239⅓ 16 10 3.20 301
Bobby Witt 31 194⅓ 12 13 5.14 166
Charlie Hough 30 182 10 13 4.35 94
Kevin Brown 28 191 12 9 3.35 104
Mike Jeffcoat 22 130⅔ 9 6 3.58 64
Jamie Moyer 15 76 4 9 4.86 44

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Barfield 4 11⅔ 0 1 6.17 9

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Cecilio Guante 50 6 6 2 3.91 69
Gary Mielke 43 1 0 1 3.26 26
Drew Hall 38 2 1 0 3.70 45
Brad Arnsberg 16 2 1 1 4.13 26
Darrel Akerfelds 6 0 1 0 3.27 9
Paul Wilmet 3 0 0 0 15.43 1

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Jim Skaalen
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Tommy Thompson
A Charlotte Rangers Florida State League Bobby Jones
A Gastonia Rangers South Atlantic League Orlando Gómez
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Chino Cadahia
Rookie Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League Bump Wills

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charlotte

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy Hoffman at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Paul Kilgus at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Julio Franco at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Nolan Ryan at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Cecilio Guante at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Jim Sundberg at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Rick Leach at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b Sammy Sosa at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ The Nolan Ryan Express | The Strikeout King | smackbomb.com/nolanryan