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The 1990 season of the American League was the ninetieth 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 Boston Red Sox 162 88 74 0 .543 -.- 699 (4.31) 664 (4.10) 0.272 0.343 0.395 3.72 0.980
2 Toronto Blue Jays 162 86 76 0 .531 2.0 767 (4.73) 661 (4.08) 0.265 0.328 0.419 3.84 0.986
3 Detroit Tigers 162 79 83 0 .488 9.0 750 (4.63) 754 (4.65) 0.259 0.336 0.409 4.39 0.979
4 Cleveland Indians 162 77 85 0 .475 11.0 732 (4.52) 737 (4.55) 0.267 0.324 0.391 4.26 0.981
5 Baltimore Orioles 161 76 85 0 .472 11.5 669 (4.16) 698 (4.34) 0.245 0.328 0.370 4.04 0.985
6 Milwaukee Brewers 162 74 88 0 .457 14.0 732 (4.52) 760 (4.69) 0.256 0.320 0.384 4.08 0.976
7 New York Yankees 162 67 95 0 .414 21.0 603 (3.72) 749 (4.62) 0.241 0.296 0.366 4.21 0.980
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 103 59 0 .636 -.- 733 (4.52) 570 (3.52) 0.254 0.334 0.391 3.18 0.986
2 Chicago White Sox 162 94 68 0 .580 9.0 682 (4.21) 633 (3.91) 0.258 0.318 0.379 3.61 0.980
3 Texas Rangers 162 83 79 0 .512 20.0 676 (4.17) 696 (4.30) 0.259 0.329 0.376 3.83 0.979
4 California Angels 162 80 82 0 .494 23.0 690 (4.26) 706 (4.36) 0.260 0.328 0.391 3.79 0.977
5 Seattle Mariners 162 77 85 0 .475 26.0 640 (3.95) 680 (4.20) 0.259 0.332 0.373 3.69 0.979
6 Kansas City Royals 161 75 86 0 .466 27.5 707 (4.39) 709 (4.40) 0.267 0.328 0.395 3.93 0.980
7 Minnesota Twins 162 74 88 0 .457 29.0 666 (4.11) 729 (4.50) 0.265 0.320 0.385 4.12 0.983

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Roberto Kelly New York Yankees 162
At Bats Harold Reynolds Seattle Mariners 642
Runs Scored Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 119
Hits Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers 191
Doubles George Brett
Jody Reed
Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox
45
Triples Tony Fernandez Toronto Blue Jays 17
Home Runs Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers 51
Total Bases Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers 339
Runs Batted In Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers 132
Stolen Bases Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 65
Caught Stealing Lance Johnson Chicago White Sox 22
Walks Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 110
Intentional Base-on-Balls Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox 19
Hit by Pitch Phil Bradley Baltimore Orioles/Chicago White Sox 11
Strikeouts Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers 182
Sacrifice Hits Mike Gallego
Billy Ripken
Oakland Athletics
Baltimore Orioles
17
Sacrifice Flies Dave Parker Milwaukee Brewers 14
Grounded into Double Plays Ivan Calderon Chicago White Sox 26
Batting Average George Brett Kansas City Royals 0.329
On-Base Percentage Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 0.439
Slugging Percentage Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers 0.592
On-Base plus Slugging Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 1.016
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 188

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Bob Welch Oakland Athletics 27
Losses Tim Leary New York Yankees 19
Win-Loss Percentage Bob Welch Oakland Athletics 0.818
Appearances Bobby Thigpen Chicago White Sox 77
Games Started Jack Morris
Dave Stewart
Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics
36
Complete Games Jack Morris
Dave Stewart
Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics
11
Shutouts Roger Clemens
Dave Stewart
Boston Red Sox
Oakland Athletics
4
Games Finished Bobby Thigpen Chicago White Sox 73
Saves Bobby Thigpen Chicago White Sox 57
Innings Pitched Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 267.0
Batters Faced Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics 1088
Hits Allowed Jim Abbott California Angels 246
Home Runs Allowed Dave Johnson Baltimore Orioles 30
Base-on-Balls Allowed Randy Johnson Seattle Mariners 120
Intentional Base-on-Balls Jack Morris Detroit Tigers 13
Hit Batsmen Charlie Hough Texas Rangers 11
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers 232
Wild Pitches Tim Leary New York Yankees 23
Balks Jaime Navarro Milwaukee Brewers 5
Runs Allowed Jack Morris Detroit Tigers 144
Earned Runs Allowed Jack Morris Detroit Tigers 125
Earned Run Average Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox 1.93
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers 1.034

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the sixty-first midsummer classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, July 10, 1990 by a score of 2 to 0. The league's manager was Tony La Russa.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Boston Red Sox, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Athletics defeated the Red Sox, 4 games to 0.

In the World Series, the American League champion Oakland Athletics were defeated by the National League's Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 0.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Rickey Henderson, an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 317 out of a possible 392 points and 14 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Bob Welch of the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 107 out of a possible 140 points and 15 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given to its best rookie player, was Sandy Alomar Jr., a catcher with the Cleveland Indians. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 140 points and 28 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 Mike Boddicker Boston Red Sox
C Sandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland Indians
1B Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics
2B Harold Reynolds Seattle Mariners
3B Kelly Gruber Toronto Blue Jays
SS Ozzie Guillen Chicago White Sox
OF Ellis Burks Boston Red Sox
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners
Gary Pettis Texas Rangers

[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 Lance Parrish California Angels
1B Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers
2B Julio Franco Texas Rangers
3B Kelly Gruber Toronto Blue Jays
SS Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers
OF Ellis Burks Boston Red Sox
Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics
Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
DH Dave Parker Milwaukee Brewers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The 1990 Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on August 6 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game between the Montreal Expos of the NL and the Baltimore Orioles of the AL was rained out.

[edit] Notable events

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