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The 1989 season of the American League was the eighty-ninth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Toronto Blue Jays 162 89 73 0 .549 -.- 731 (4.51) 651 (4.02) 0.260 0.323 0.398 3.58 0.980
2 Baltimore Orioles 162 87 75 0 .537 2.0 708 (4.37) 686 (4.23) 0.252 0.325 0.379 4.00 0.986
3 Boston Red Sox 162 83 79 0 .512 6.0 774 (4.78) 735 (4.54) 0.277 0.351 0.403 4.01 0.980
4 Milwaukee Brewers 162 81 81 0 .500 8.0 707 (4.36) 679 (4.19) 0.259 0.315 0.382 3.80 0.975
5 New York Yankees 161 74 87 0 .460 14.5 698 (4.34) 792 (4.92) 0.269 0.331 0.391 4.50 0.980
6 Cleveland Indians 162 73 89 0 .451 16.0 604 (3.73) 654 (4.04) 0.245 0.308 0.365 3.65 0.981
7 Detroit Tigers 162 59 103 0 .364 30.0 617 (3.81) 816 (5.04) 0.242 0.316 0.351 4.53 0.979
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 99 63 0 .611 -.- 712 (4.40) 576 (3.56) 0.261 0.331 0.381 3.09 0.979
2 Kansas City Royals 162 92 70 0 .568 7.0 690 (4.26) 635 (3.92) 0.261 0.329 0.373 3.55 0.982
3 California Angels 162 91 71 0 .562 8.0 669 (4.13) 578 (3.57) 0.256 0.310 0.386 3.28 0.985
4 Texas Rangers 162 83 79 0 .512 16.0 695 (4.29) 714 (4.41) 0.263 0.325 0.394 3.91 0.978
5 Minnesota Twins 162 80 82 0 .494 19.0 740 (4.57) 738 (4.56) 0.276 0.333 0.402 4.28 0.982
6 Seattle Mariners 162 73 89 0 .451 26.0 694 (4.28) 728 (4.49) 0.257 0.318 0.384 4.00 0.977
7 Chicago White Sox 161 69 92 0 .429 29.5 693 (4.30) 750 (4.66) 0.271 0.328 0.383 4.23 0.975

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Joe Carter
Cal Ripken
Ruben Sierra
Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles
Texas Rangers
162
At Bats Joe Carter
Steve Sax
Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees
651
Runs Scored Wade Boggs
Rickey Henderson
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics
113
Hits Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins 215
Doubles Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 51
Triples Ruben Sierra Texas Rangers 14
Home Runs Fred McGriff Toronto Blue Jays 36
Total Bases Ruben Sierra Texas Rangers 344
Runs Batted In Ruben Sierra Texas Rangers 119
Stolen Bases Rickey Henderson New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics 77
Caught Stealing Cecil Espy Texas Rangers 20
Walks Rickey Henderson New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics 126
Intentional Base-on-Balls Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 19
Hit by Pitch Jim Gantner Milwaukee Brewers 10
Strikeouts Bo Jackson Kansas City Royals 172
Sacrifice Hits Felix Fermin Cleveland Indians 32
Sacrifice Flies George Bell Toronto Blue Jays 14
Grounded into Double Plays Julio Franco Texas Rangers 27
Batting Average Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins 0.339
On-Base Percentage Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 0.430
Slugging Percentage Ruben Sierra Texas Rangers 0.543
On-Base plus Slugging Fred McGriff Toronto Blue Jays 0.924
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Fred McGriff Toronto Blue Jays 161

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals 23
Losses Doyle Alexander Detroit Tigers 18
Win-Loss Percentage Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals 0.793
Appearances Chuck Crim Milwaukee Brewers 76
Games Started Mark Gubicza
Bob Milacki
Dave Stewart
Kansas City Royals
Baltimore Orioles
Oakland Athletics
36
Complete Games Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals 12
Shutouts Bert Blyleven California Angels 5
Games Finished Jeff Russell Texas Rangers 66
Saves Jeff Russell Texas Rangers 38
Innings Pitched Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals 262.1
Batters Faced Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 1081
Hits Allowed Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 260
Home Runs Allowed Doyle Alexander
Charlie Hough
Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers
28
Base-on-Balls Allowed Bobby Witt Texas Rangers 114
Intentional Base-on-Balls Mike Henneman Detroit Tigers 15
Hit Batsmen Dave Stieb Toronto Blue Jays 13
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers 301
Wild Pitches Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers 19
Balks John Dopson Boston Red Sox 15
Runs Allowed Andy Hawkins New York Yankees 127
Earned Runs Allowed Andy Hawkins
Bobby Witt
Mike Witt
New York Yankees
Texas Rangers
California Angels
111
Earned Run Average Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals 2.16
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals 0.961

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the sixtieth midsummer classic at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, July 11, 1989 by a score of 5 to 3. The league's manager was Tony LaRussa.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Toronto Blue Jays, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Athletics defeated the Blue Jays, 4 games to 1.

In the World Series, the American League champion Oakland Athletics defeated the National League's San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 0.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Robin Yount, an outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers. In the award's voting, he had 256 out of a possible 392 points and 8 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Bret Saberhagen of the Kansas City Royals. In the award's voting, he had 138 out of a possible 140 points and 27 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Gregg Olson, a pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 136 out of a possible 140 points and 26 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals
C Bob Boone Kansas City Royals
1B Don Mattingly New York Yankees
2B Harold Reynolds Seattle Mariners
3B Gary Gaetti Minnesota Twins
SS Tony Fernandez Toronto Blue Jays
OF Gary Pettis Detroit Tigers
Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins
Devon White California Angels

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Mickey Tettleton Baltimore Orioles
1B Fred McGriff Toronto Blue Jays
2B Julio Franco Texas Rangers
3B Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
SS Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles
OF Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins
Ruben Sierra Texas Rangers
Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
DH Harold Baines Chicago White Sox/Chicago White Sox

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The 1989 Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on July 24 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game was scheduled to be played between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Reds were stranded in Montreal, QC after the team's airplane had hydraulic problems. Instead, the Red Sox played a split-squad game between the Boston club and the "yastrzemskis". The "Yastrzemskis" were named in honor of former Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski, who had been inducted into the Hall of Fame a day earlier. The teams played to a seven inning 4 - 4 tie.

[edit] Notable events

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