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The Gold Coast Suns were one of the eight original franchises that began play in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. The club split their home games between Miami and Pompano Beach, FL and hired future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver as manager. In the league's inaugural season, the Suns struggled. Despite fine performances from Bert Campaneris (.291 with 16 stolen bases) and Joaquin Andujar (5-0 with a 1.31 ERA), the team did not make the playoffs. After their first season, the Gold Coast Suns ceased operations.





Home Ballparks: Bobby Maduro-Miami Stadium; Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium

Manager: Earl Weaver

Attendance 35,457 (36 Games) Average 985

Coaches: Charlie Bree, Speedy Hecht, Pedro Ramos

1989 Opening Day Roster:

PITCHERS: Stan Bahnsen, Joe Decker, Jeff Farro, Ed Figueroa, Jim Gideon, Ed Halicki, Grant Jackson, Mike Kekich, Frank Riccelli, Luis Tiant (also with St. Lucie)

CATCHERS: Paul Casanova, Bobby Ramos

INFIELDERS: Bert Campaneris, Orlando Gonzalez, Glenn Gulliver, Rafael Landestoy, Rennie Stennett, Derrel Thomas

OUTFIELDERS: Paul Blair, Cesar Cedeno, Jesus de la Rosa, George Hendrick, Bob Molinaro, Tom Shopay

DISABLED LIST: Ken Clay, Taylor Duncan, Jim Essian

Other Players: Joaquin Andujar, Ross Grimsley (also with St. Lucie), Joe Hicks, Cliff Johnson, Larry Milbourne (also with St. Lucie, Orlando), Sid Monge (also with West Palm Beach)

[edit] 1989-1990 Stats (Incomplete)

Hitting Stats
PlayerPOSAVGHRRBISB
Paul BlairOF.200020
Bert CampanerisSS.29102916
Cesar CedenoOF.3311235
Orlando Gonzalez1B.3314422
George HendrickOF.2914361
Joe HicksC.2482160
Cliff JohnsonDH.2902340
Rafael Landestoy3B.3230339
Larry Milbourne2B.3940131
Bob MolinaroOF.29853611
Bobby RamosC.3130200
Rennie Stennett2B.3232351
Derrel ThomasOF.3030339
Pitching Stats
PitcherWLERASV
Joaquin Andujar501.310
Joe Decker555.297
Ed Figueroa1106.860
Jim Gideon365.033
Mike Kekich287.690
Sid Monge009.000
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