1989 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record77–83 (.481)
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Peter O'Malley
General manager(s)Fred Claire
Manager(s)Tommy Lasorda
Local televisionKTTV (11)
Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Don Drysdale
Z Channel
Eddie Doucette, Don Sutton
Local radioKABC
Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Don Drysdale
KWKW
Jaime Jarrín, René Cárdenas
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The 1989 Los Angeles Dodgers season marked the 100th season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, having joined the National League in 1890 after six seasons in the American Association. It also marked their 32nd season in Los Angeles, California.

The 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.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 92 70 0.568 53–28 39–42
San Diego Padres 89 73 0.549 3 46–35 43–38
Houston Astros 86 76 0.531 6 47–35 39–41
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 83 0.481 14 44–37 33–46
Cincinnati Reds 75 87 0.463 17 38–43 37–44
Atlanta Braves 63 97 0.394 28 33–46 30–51

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 8–10 8–10 6–10 6–6 2–10 8–4 4–8 7–11 6–12 3–9
Chicago 7–5 7–5 5–7 7–5 10–8 10–8 10–8 12–6 8–4 6–6 11–7
Cincinnati 10–8 5–7 8–10 8–10 4–8 4–8 4–8 7–5 9–9 8–10 8–4
Houston 10–8 7–5 10–8 10–8 4–8 6–6 9–3 7–5 8–10 8–10 7–5
Los Angeles 10–6 5–7 10–8 8–10 7–5 5–7 6–6 7–5 6–12 10–8 3–9
Montreal 6–6 8–10 8–4 8–4 5–7 9–9 9–9 11–7 5–7 7–5 5–13
New York 10–2 8–10 8–4 6–6 7–5 9–9 12–6 9–9 5–7 3–9 10–8
Philadelphia 4-8 8–10 8–4 3–9 6–6 9–9 6–12 10–8 2–10 4–8 7–11
Pittsburgh 8–4 6–12 5–7 5–7 5–7 7–11 9–9 8–10 3–9 5–7 13–5
San Diego 11–7 4–8 9–9 10–8 12–6 7–5 7–5 10–2 9–3 8–10 2–10
San Francisco 12–6 6–6 10–8 10–8 8–10 5–7 9–3 8–4 7–5 10–8 7–5
St. Louis 9–3 7–11 4–8 5–7 9–3 13–5 8–10 11–7 5–13 10–2 5–7


Notable games

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

Roster

1989 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Notable transactions

Player stats

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 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
José González 95 261 70 .268 3 18
Mickey Hatcher 94 224 66 .295 2 25
Mike Davis 67 173 43 .249 5 19
Rick Dempsey 79 151 27 .179 4 16
Lenny Harris 54 147 37 .252 1 15
Dave Anderson 87 140 32 .229 1 14
Franklin Stubbs 69 103 30 .291 4 15
Mariano Duncan 49 84 21 .250 0 8
Billy Bean 51 71 14 .197 0 3
Chris Gwynn 32 68 16 .235 0 7
Kal Daniels 11 38 13 .342 2 8
Mike Sharperson 27 28 7 .250 0 5
Mike Huff 12 25 5 .200 1 2
José Vizcaíno 7 10 2 .200 0 0
Darrin Fletcher 5 8 4 .500 1 2
Tracy Woodson 4 6 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Orel Hershiser 35 256.2 15 15 2.31 178
Tim Belcher 39 230.0 15 12 2.82 200
Fernando Valenzuela 31 196.2 10 13 3.43 116
Tim Leary 19 117.1 6 7 3.38 59
Ramón Martínez 15 98.2 6 4 3.19 89

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Morgan 40 152.2 8 11 2.53 72
John Wetteland 31 102.2 5 8 3.77 96
John Tudor 6 14.1 0 0 3.14 9

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jay Howell 56 5 3 28 1.58 55
Alejandro Peña 53 4 3 5 2.13 75
Tim Crews 44 0 1 1 3.21 56
Ray Searage 41 3 4 0 3.53 24
Ricky Horton 23 0 0 0 5.06 12
Mike Hartley 5 0 1 0 1.50 4
Mike Munoz 3 0 0 0 16.88 3
Jeff Fischer 2 0 0 0 13.50 2
Jeff Hamilton 1 0 1 0 5.40 2
Mickey Hatcher 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

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
A-Short Season 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

Main article: 1989 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.

References

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU198906030.shtml Boxscore from Baseball Reference
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MON/MON198908230.shtml 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". Baseball-Reference.com.