1989 Montreal Expos
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record81-81
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Charles Bronfman
General manager(s)Dave Dombrowski
Manager(s)Buck Rodgers
Local televisionCBC Television
(Dave Van Horne, Ken Singleton)
The Sports Network
(Ken Singleton, Jim Hughson)
Télévision de Radio-Canada
(Claude Raymond, Raymond Lebrun)
Local radioCJAD (English)
(Dave Van Horne, Bobby Winkles, Jerry Trupiano)
CKAC (French)
(Jacques Doucet, Rodger Brulotte)
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The 1989 Montreal Expos season was the 21st season of the baseball franchise. With owner Charles Bronfman thinking of selling the team he founded, he contemplated taking one last shot at a playoff berth. Bronfman gave young general manager Dave Dombrowski a clear mandate to win now, reportedly telling him he would provided all the money needed in the quest to bring a championship to Montreal in 1989. Dombrowski pulled off a massive trade on May 25, acquiring star left-handed pitcher – and pending free agent – Mark Langston from the Seattle Mariners. While the move was viewed as a coup at the time, it came at a heavy cost as a young, very tall and very raw Randy Johnson was the key part of the package going to the Pacific Northwest. Johnson would eventually harness his fantastic stuff and became one of the game's most dominant left-handed pitchers for well over a decade. Langston pitched 4 months for the club and left as a free agent. Still, it seemed like a worthy gamble at the time for the Expos. That year, there was no dominant team in the National League. The team seemed poised to compete for the NL East crown with a loaded starting pitching staff that featured Langston, Dennis Martínez, Bryn Smith, Pascual Perez and Kevin Gross.

The team peaked on August 2 with an NL best record of 63–44, holding a 3-game lead in the NL East and everything running along smoothly. What followed would go down as the greatest collapse in franchise history. The next night, a Benny Distefano pinch hit single in the 12th inning dealt the Expos a 1–0 loss in Pittsburgh. It was the start of a 7-game losing streak. The club limped through the rest of August but remained in the race in early September, with the team being only 2 games back of 1st place on September 6. Regardless, the downward spiral continued as the Expos inexplicably ended up losing 37 of their final 55 games to finish the season a disappointing 81-81, well out of the playoff picture. The easiest analysis of what caused the collapse is to point to the offence, which struggled after August 2, scoring an MLB worst 3.23 runs per game. For long-time Expos fans, the collapse is viewed as the beginning of the end of the franchise. If the club had won the NL East title that year and then beaten the Giants in the NLCS, clinching a World Series berth in the process, Bronfman may have changed his mind about selling the team. Instead, the late season collapse after such a big win now move only added to the owner's frustration.

Offseason

Spring training

The Expos held spring training at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach, Florida – a facility they shared with the Atlanta Braves. It was their 13th season at the stadium; they had conducted spring training there from 1969 to 1972 and since 1981.

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 93 69 0.574 48–33 45–36
New York Mets 87 75 0.537 6 51–30 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 7 46–35 40–41
Montreal Expos 81 81 0.500 12 44–37 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 19 39–42 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 26 38–42 29–53

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 transactions

Draft picks

Major League debuts

Roster

1989 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Other batters Manager

Coaches

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; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Nelson Santovenia 97 304 76 .250 5 31 2
1B Andrés Galarraga 152 572 147 .257 23 85 12
2B Tom Foley 122 375 86 .229 7 39 2
3B Tim Wallach 154 573 159 .277 13 77 3
SS Spike Owen 142 437 102 .233 6 41 3
LF Tim Raines 145 517 148 .286 9 60 41
CF Dave Martinez 126 361 99 .274 3 27 23
RF Hubie Brooks 148 542 145 .268 14 70 6

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI SB
Mike Fitzgerald 100 290 69 .238 7 42 3
Otis Nixon 126 258 56 .217 0 21 37
Dámaso García 80 203 55 .271 3 18 5
Rex Hudler 92 155 38 .245 6 13 15
Mike Aldrete 76 136 30 .221 1 12 1
Wallace Johnson 85 114 31 .272 2 17 1
Marquis Grissom 26 74 19 .257 1 2 1
Jeff Huson 32 74 12 .162 0 2 3
Larry Walker 20 47 8 .170 0 4 1
Junior Noboa 21 44 10 .227 0 1 0
Marty Pevey 13 41 9 .220 0 3 0
Jim Dwyer 13 10 3 .300 0 2 0
Gilberto Reyes 4 5 1 .200 0 1 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dennis Martínez 34 232.0 16 7 3.18 142
Bryn Smith 33 215.2 10 11 2.84 129
Kevin Gross 31 201.1 11 12 4.38 158
Pascual Pérez 33 198.1 9 13 3.31 152
Mark Langston 24 176.2 12 9 2.39 175

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
Brian Holman 10 31.2 1 2 4.83 23
Randy Johnson 7 29.2 0 4 6.67 26
Mark Gardner 7 26.1 0 3 5.13 21

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
Tim Burke 68 9 3 28 2.55 54
Andy McGaffigan 57 3 5 2 4.68 40
Joe Hesketh 43 6 4 3 5.77 44
Zane Smith 31 0 1 2 1.50 35
Steve Frey 20 3 2 0 5.48 15
Rich Thompson 19 0 2 0 2.18 15
John Candelaria 12 0 2 0 3.31 14
Gene Harris 11 1 1 0 4.95 11
Brett Gideon 4 0 0 0 1.93 2
Urbano Lugo 3 0 0 0 6.75 3
Tim Wallach 1 0 0 0 9.00 0
Tom Foley 1 0 0 0 27.00 0

Award winners

1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Tom Runnells
AA Jacksonville Expos Southern League Alan Bannister
A West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Felipe Alou
A Rockford Expos Midwest League Mike Quade
A-Short Season Jamestown Expos New York–Penn League Don Werner
Rookie GCL Expos Gulf Coast League Jerry Weinstein

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Indianapolis, Jamestown[10]

References

  1. ^ Mike Aldrete at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Spike Owen at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Mark Langston at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Zane Smith at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Doug Piatt at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ John Candelaria at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Charles Johnson at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Doug Bochtler at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ "The Baseball Cube - Research Site for Pro + College Stats + draft".
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007