1990 New York Yankees season
|1990 New York Yankees|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Harding "Pete" Peterson, Gene Michael|
|Manager(s)||Bucky Dent, Stump Merrill|
(Phil Rizzuto, George Grande, Tom Seaver)
(Tony Kubek, Dewayne Staats, Al Trautwig)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)|
(John Sterling, Jay Johnstone)
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The New York Yankees' 1990 season was the 88th season for the Yankees. The team finished in seventh place in the American League East with a record of 67-95, finishing 21 games behind the Boston Red Sox. It was the Yankees' first last-place finish in 24 years, the first in the two-division era, and their most recent to date. New York was managed by Stump Merrill and Bucky Dent. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.
- October 1989: Dickie Noles was released by the Yankees.
- October 4, 1989: Steve Kiefer was released by the Yankees.
- November 20, 1989: Rafael Santana was released by the Yankees.
- November 21, 1989: Pascual Pérez was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.
- December 12, 1989: Hal Morris and Rodney Imes (minors) were traded by the Yankees to the Cincinnati Reds for Tim Leary and Van Snider.
- December 20, 1989: Rick Cerone was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.
- February 17, 1990: Mariano Rivera was signed as an amateur free agent by the Yankees.
- March 13, 1990: Orlando Miller was traded by the Yankees to the Houston Astros for Dave Silvestri and a player to be named later. The Astros completed the deal by sending Daven Bond (minors) to the Yankees on June 11.
Death of Billy Martin
Multi-time former Yankees manager Billy Martin was working as a special consultant to Yankees owner George Steinbrenner when he was killed in a one-car crash in Binghamton, New York, on Christmas Day (December 25) in 1989. Martin had been drinking heavily with his friend, William Reedy, who was driving a pickup truck at the time of the accident. When Martin was killed, the media reported that he was a passenger in Reedy's pickup. However, Peter Golenbock, in his book Wild, High, and Tight: The Life and Death of Billy Martin, makes the case that Martin was the driver and that his wife and Reedy covered up the truth. According to the HBO TV series Autopsy, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden performed the autopsy on Martin and investigated the accident scene, including the pick-up truck in which Martin died. The autopsy revealed that Martin's impact injuries were all on the right side, and that hair and other DNA found on the right side of the shattered windshield belonged to Martin, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The conclusion of the autopsy study was that Reedy drove the pick-up.
Billy Martin was eulogized by Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, before his funeral at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His grave is located about 150 feet from the grave of Babe Ruth. The following epitaph by Billy Martin himself appears on the headstone: I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform but I was the proudest. Former President of the United States Richard Nixon attended Martin's funeral. The Yankees started the season with a small number 1 on their left sleeves.
- June 6, 1990: Yankees manager Bucky Dent was fired before a game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. George Steinbrenner was severely criticized for firing Dent, his 18th managerial change in 18 years, because he did it in Boston, where Dent had his greatest moment as a player. However, Bill Pennington called the firing of Dent "merciless."
- On July 30, 1990, Commissioner Fay Vincent banned Steinbrenner from baseball for life after he paid Howard Spira, a small-time gambler, $40,000 for "dirt" after Dave Winfield sued him for failing to pay his foundation the $300,000  guaranteed in his contract.
- October 3, 1990: Cecil Fielder hit two home runs at Yankee Stadium to finish with 51 for the season. The 50th home run was hit off of Steve Adkins. Fielder would be the first Major Leaguer since George Foster in 1977 to hit 50 home runs in a season. It was the 18th time that a major leaguer (and the 11th time that an American League player) hit for 50 home runs in a season.
|Boston Red Sox||88||75||0.540||—||51–31||37–44|
|Toronto Blue Jays||86||76||0.531||1½||44–37||42–39|
|New York Yankees||67||95||0.414||20½||37–44||30–51|
Record vs. opponents
1990 American League Records
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- April 29, 1990: Luis Polonia was traded by the Yankees to the California Angels for Claudell Washington and Rich Monteleone.
- May 11, 1990: Dave Winfield was traded by the Yankees to the California Angels in exchange for Mike Witt.
- June 4, 1990: Clay Parker and Lance McCullers were traded by the Yankees to the Detroit Tigers for Matt Nokes.
- September 24, 1990: Deion Sanders was released by the Yankees.
- June 4, 1990: 1990 Major League Baseball Draft
- Carl Everett was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round.
- Robert Eenhoorn was drafted by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1990 June Draft. Player signed June 10, 1990.
- Sam Militello was drafted by the Yankees in the 6th round.
- Jalal Leach was drafted by the Yankees in the 7th round. Player signed June 8, 1990.
- Ricky Ledée was drafted by the Yankees in the 16th round. Player signed June 5, 1990.
- Andy Pettitte was drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round, but did not sign.
- Jorge Posada was drafted by the Yankees in the 24th round. Player signed May 24, 1991.
- Shane Spencer was drafted by the Yankees in the 28th round. Player signed June 7, 1990.
|1990 New York Yankees|
- Kevin Maas set a major league record for the fewest at bats (72) to hit 10 home runs. He also set a record by hitting his first 15 home runs in the fewest at-bats. About halfway through the season a group of a dozen or so young ladies began wearing "Maas-tops" to Yankees home games and sitting in the right field stands. Whenever Maas hit a home run to right, the girls would get up, remove their tops and jump up and down until Maas finished circling the bases. However, after a few home runs the women were banned from entering Yankee Stadium.
Andy Hawkins no-hitter
- July 1, 1990: Yankees pitcher Andy Hawkins threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox but lost the game 4-0. The following year, Major League Baseball changed the rule to require a minimum nine complete innings pitched to count as a no-hitter, and as Hawkins pitched only eight innings, as Chicago hosted and did not bat in the ninth, his no-hitter is no longer official.
July 1, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois
|W: Barry Jones (10-1) L: Andy Hawkins (1-5)|
|Attendance: 30,642 Time: 2:34|
|New York Yankees||AB||R||H||RBI||Chicago White Sox||AB||R||H||RBI|
|Kelly, cf||4||0||0||0||Johnson, cf||3||1||0||0|
|Sax, 2b||4||0||0||0||Ventura, 3b||4||1||0||0|
|Mattingly, 1b||4||0||0||0||Calderon, dh||3||0||0||0|
|Balboni, dh||4||0||0||0||Pasqua, lf||4||0||0||0|
|Tolleson, pr, dh||0||0||0||0||Gallagher, lf||0||0||0||0|
|Barfield, rf||4||0||1||0||Kittle, 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Leyritz, lf||3||0||1||0||Lyons, 1b||0||0||0||0|
|Blowers, 3b||3||0||0||0||Karkovice, c||2||0||0||0|
|Geren, c||3||0||1||0||Fletcher, 2b||2||0||0||0|
|Espinoza, ss||2||0||1||0||Sosa, rf||3||1||0||0|
|New York Yankees||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Hawkins, L (1-5)||8.0||0||4||0||5||3|
|Chicago White Sox||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Jones W (10-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
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- Steve Kiefer page at Baseball Reference
- Rafael Santana page at Baseball Reference
- Pascual Pérez page at Baseball Reference
- Tim Leary page at Baseball Reference
- Rick Cerone page at Baseball Reference
- Mariano Rivera page at Baseball Reference
- Dave Silvestri page at Baseball Reference
- Autopsy: Billy Martin
- Cafardo, Nick (June 7, 1990). "Dent Dumped by Yankees". The Boston Globe. p. 37.
Dent's greatest moment as a player—and his worst moment as a manager—came in Boston.
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- Sam Militello page at Baseball Reference
- Ricky Ledée page at Baseball Reference
- Andy Pettitte page at Baseball Reference
- Jorge Posada page at Baseball Reference
- Shane Spencer page at Baseball Reference
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