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1989 Kansas City Royals season

1989 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) John Wathan
Local television WDAF-TV
(Paul Splittorff, Denny Trease)
Local radio WIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1989 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses. The Royals' record was tied for the third best in baseball, but in the pre-wild card era, the team did not qualify for the post-season.

Offseason

  • November 30, 1988: Bob Boone was signed as a free agent by the Royals.[1]
  • December 6, 1988: Bill Buckner was signed as a free agent by the Royals.[2]
  • December 6, 1988: Mauro Gozzo was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Kansas City Royals in the 1988 minor league draft.[3]
  • March 22, 1989: Daryl Smith was signed as a free agent by the Royals.[4]

Regular season

  • May 15, 1989: Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs.[5] This was accomplished in the second inning.
  • June 5, 1989: Kansas City outfielder Bo Jackson made a spectacular defensive play in a game against the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome. With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning and Harold Reynolds on first, Scott Bradley lashed a double to deep left field. Reynolds, running with the pitch, thought he would easily score the winning run on the play, and was shocked when teammate Darnell Coles instructed him to slide. Jackson fielded Bradley's double and launched a flat-footed, 300-foot throw on the fly to Royals catcher Bob Boone, who tagged Reynolds out at the plate.[6]
  • During the season, Bret Saberhagen would be the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Royals in the 20th Century.[7]
  • The last Royals team, to date, to win at least 90 games.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 99 63 .611 --
Kansas City Royals 92 70 .568 7
California Angels 91 71 .562 8
Texas Rangers 83 79 .512 16
Minnesota Twins 80 82 .494 19
Seattle Mariners 73 89 .451 26
Chicago White Sox 69 92 .429 29½

Transactions

  • June 5, 1989: Brent Mayne was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 1989.[8]

Roster

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

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 Bob Boone 131 405 111 .274 1 43
1B George Brett 124 457 129 .282 12 80
2B Frank White 135 418 107 .256 2 36
3B Kevin Seitzer 160 597 168 .281 4 48
SS Kurt Stillwell 130 463 121 .261 7 54
LF Bo Jackson 135 515 132 .256 32 105
CF Willie Wilson 112 383 97 .253 3 43
RF Danny Tartabull 133 441 118 .268 18 62
DH Pat Tabler 123 390 101 .259 2 42

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jim Eisenreich 134 475 139 .293 9 59
Brad Wellman 103 178 41 .230 2 12
Bill Buckner 79 176 38 .216 1 16
Mike Macfarlane 69 157 35 .223 2 19
Matt Winters 42 107 25 .234 2 9
Gary Thurman 72 87 17 .195 0 5
Luis de los Santos 28 87 22 .253 0 6
Bill Pecota 65 83 17 .205 3 5
Rey Palacios 55 47 8 .170 1 8
Jeff Schulz 7 9 2 .222 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bret Saberhagen 36 262⅓ 23 6 2.16 193
Mark Gubicza 36 255 15 11 3.04 173
Charlie Leibrandt 33 161 5 11 5.14 73
Floyd Bannister 14 75⅓ 4 1 4.66 35

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Crawford 25 3 1 0 2.83 33
Larry McWilliams 8 32⅔ 2 2 4.13 24
Rick Luecken 19 23⅔ 2 1 1 3.42
Kevin Appier 6 21⅔ 1 4 9.14 10
Jerry Don Gleaton 15 14⅓ 0 0 0 5.65
José DeJesús 3 8 0 0 4.50 2
Stan Clarke 2 7 0 2 15.43 2
Bob Buchanan 2 3⅓ 0 0 0 16.20

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jeff Montgomery 63 7 3 18 1.37 94
Tom Gordon 49 163 17 9 3.64 153
Luis Aquino 34 141⅓ 6 8 3.50 68
Terry Leach 30 5 6 0 4.15 34
Steve Farr 51 2 5 18 4.12 56

Awards and honors

  • Bo Jackson, All-Star Game, American League, Starting Lineup
  • Bo Jackson, MLB All-Star Game MVP
  • Bret Saberhagen, Cy Young Award

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Sal Rende
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Jeff Cox
A Baseball City Royals Florida State League Luis Silverio
A Appleton Foxes Midwest League Brian Poldberg
Short-Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Paul Kirsch
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca
[9]

References

  1. ^ Bob Boone page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Bill Buckner page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gozzoma01.shtml
  4. ^ Daryl Smith page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ 3 Pitch Inning
  6. ^ Posnanski, Joe (May 30, 2007). "Between the Seams: Recalling Bo Jackson's days in baseball".  
  7. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/maynebr01.shtml
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997
  • 1989 Kansas City Royals team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1989 Kansas City Royals team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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