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1989 St. Louis Cardinals season


1989 St. Louis Cardinals season

Template:MLB yearly infobox The St. Louis Cardinals 1989 season was the team's 108th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 98th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86-76 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East division.

Shortstop Ozzie Smith and third baseman Terry Pendleton won Gold Gloves this year.

On September 29, team owner August A. Busch, Jr. died at the age of 90.


Regular season

The over-achieving 1989 Cardinal team almost made the playoffs. Pedro Guerrero finished third in the National League MVP voting while leading the league with 42 doubles and finishing second in RBIs (117). Joe Magrane won 18 games while José DeLeón won 16 games. Milt Thompson played in 155 games and hit .290, mostly substituting for the injured Willie McGee. Vince Coleman lead the league in stolen bases for the fifth straight year. However, it would be the arch-rival Cubs who would claim the division and move on to the playoffs.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Chicago Cubs 93 69 .574 --
New York Mets 87 75 .537 6
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 7
Montreal Expos 81 81 .500 12
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 .457 19
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 26

Notable transactions


1989 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


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 Tony Peña 141 424 110 .259 4 37
1B Pedro Guerrero 162 570 177 .311 17 117
2B José Oquendo 163 556 162 .291 1 48
3B Terry Pendleton 162 613 162 .264 13 74
SS Ozzie Smith 155 593 162 .273 2 50
LF Vince Coleman 145 563 143 .254 2 28
CF Milt Thompson 155 545 158 .290 4 68
RF Tom Brunansky 158 556 133 .239 20 85

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Willie McGee 58 199 47 .236 3 17
Todd Zeile 28 82 21 .256 1 8
Denny Walling 69 79 24 .304 1 11
Jim Lindeman 73 45 5 .111 0 2
Craig Wilson 6 4 1 .250 0 1


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

Awards and honors

  • Vince Coleman, National League Stolen Base Leader, 65[5]
  • Terry Pendleton, Third Base, National League Gold Glove
  • Ozzie Smith, Shortstop, National League Gold Glove

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Redbirds American Association Mike Jorgensen
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Gaylen Pitts
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Dave Bialas
A Springfield Cardinals Midwest League Dan Radison
A Savannah Cardinals South Atlantic League Keith Champion
Short-Season A Hamilton Redbirds New York–Penn League Joe Pettini
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Mark DeJohn
Rookie AZL Cardinals Arizona League Luis Meléndez


External links

  • 1989 St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1989 St. Louis Cardinals team page at

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