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1989 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1989 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
  • Los Angeles (since 1958)
Other information
Owner(s) Peter O'Malley
General manager(s) Fred Claire
Manager(s) Tommy Lasorda
Local television

KTTV (11)
(Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Don Drysdale)

Z Channel
(Eddie Doucette, Don Sutton)
Local radio

(Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Don Drysdale)

(Jaime Jarrín, René Cárdenas)
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The 1989 team came down to earth after the success of the 1988 season, finishing further down in the standings falling to fourth place in the Western Division of the National League.


Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Francisco Giants 92 70 -- .568
San Diego Padres 89 73 3.0 .549
Houston Astros 86 76 6.0 .531
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 83 14.0 .481
Cincinnati Reds 75 87 17.0 .463
Atlanta Braves 63 97 28.0 .394

Notable games

  • June 3–4, 1989 – The Dodgers lost 5–4 in 22 innings to the Houston Astros when Jeff Hamilton allowed a RBI single to Rafael Ramírez, scoring Bill Doran. The game lasted 7 hours, 14 minutes and did not finish until 2:49 a.m. Central time (12:49 a.m. Pacific). KTTV, which normally aired a postgame show in this era, canceled it on this night and went straight to a newscast. Whether it was due to the length of the game or due to the confluence of two huge breaking news stories (the death of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Tiananmen Square massacre) was never publicly revealed.[1]
  • August 23–24, 1989 – The Dodgers played another 22-inning game, this one against the Montreal Expos. It eventually ended when Rick Dempsey homered for the Dodgers in the top half of the 22nd off Expos pitcher Dennis Martínez, who was making a very rare relief performance; the Dodgers won 1–0 in what was the Expos' longest game ever. Rex Hudler would be caught stealing second in the bottom half of the 22nd to end the game. The game almost ended earlier when an Expo scored from third on a sacrifice fly. The Dodger's appeal, that the runner left the base too soon, was recognized by the third base umpire and the third out was recorded. The game also marked the first time a mascot was ejected by an umpire. When Youppi! dressed in a nightgown and nightcap pretended to go to sleep on top of the Dodgers dugout, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda demanded that Youppi! be run from the game. In the end, the game took over 6 hours to finish and ended close to 2 a.m. Eastern time (11 p.m. PT).[2]

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Willie Randolph Second baseman
Alfredo Griffin Shortstop
Kirk Gibson Left fielder
Eddie Murray First baseman
Mike Marshall Right fielder
John Shelby Center fielder
Jeff Hamilton Third baseman
Mike Scioscia Catcher
Tim Belcher Starting pitcher


Notable transactions

Player stats


Starters by position

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 Mike Scioscia 133 408 102 .250 10 44
1B Eddie Murray 160 594 147 .247 20 88
2B Willie Randolph 145 549 155 .282 2 36
3B Jeff Hamilton 151 548 134 .245 12 56
SS Alfredo Griffin 136 506 125 .247 0 29
LF Kirk Gibson 71 253 54 .213 9 28
CF John Shelby 108 345 63 .183 1 12
RF Mike Marshall 105 377 98 .260 11 42

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

1989 Awards

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Kevin Kennedy
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League John Shoemaker
High A Bakersfield Dodgers California League Tim Johnson
High A Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League Joe Alvarez
Short-Season A Salem Dodgers Northwest League Tom Beyers
Rookie Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League Joe Vavra
Rookie Gulf Coast Dodgers Gulf Coast League Jerry Royster
Rookie DSL Dodgers Dominican Summer League

Teams in BOLD won League Championships

Major League Baseball Draft

The Dodgers drafted 65 players in this draft. Of those, seven of them would eventually play Major League baseball. The Dodgers had three first round picks this season as they gained the New York Yankees first round pick and a supplemental pick for the loss of free agent Steve Sax. They also gained an extra second round pick from the Cleveland Indians as compensation for the loss of pitcher Jesse Orosco.

With their first pick in the 1st round, the Dodgers selected pitcher Kiki Jones from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida. Despite concerns that he was too small to make it, the Dodgers drafted him and their scouting director said "he`s got the best arm around and the best curveball in the country."[3] He was 8-0 with a 1.58 ERA his first season in the rookie leagues with the Great Falls Dodgers but then began to experience arm injuries and legal problems.[4] The Dodgers released him after the 1993 season, though he attempted comebacks in 1998-1999 and 2001. In 8 total minor league seasons he was 23-20 with a 4.13 ERA in 77 games (61 starts).

Their next first round pick was outfielder Tom Goodwin from California State University, Fresno. He would play 14 seasons in the Majors (5 of them with the Dodgers) and hit .268 while stealing 369 bases. The supplemental pick was pitcher Jamie McAndrew of the University of Florida. He was subsequently selected by the Florida Marlins in the 1992 expansion draft and eventually pitched in 15 games in the Majors with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1995 and 1997.

The most successful pick was Eric Young drafted in the 43rd round out of Rutgers University as an outfielder. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft and spent most of his 15 season career as a second baseman. He hit .283 in 1,730 career games with 79 homers, 543 RBI and 465 steals while playing with seven different teams.


  1. ^ Boxscore from Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Boxscore from Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Sullivan, Paul (June 12, 1989). "Dodgers Size Up Jones As Promising". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE: BASEBALL; Dodger Pitching Hopeful Arrested". New York Times. May 17, 1992. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ 1989 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft

External links

  • 1989 Los Angeles Dodgers uniform
  • Los Angeles Dodgers official web site
  • Baseball-Reference season page
  • Baseball Almanac season page
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