1990 Boston Red Sox
1990 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record88–74 (.543)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Jean Yawkey,
Haywood Sullivan
General manager(s)Lou Gorman
Manager(s)Joe Morgan
Local televisionWSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Sean McDonough, Bob Montgomery)
NESN
(Ned Martin, Jerry Remy)
Local radioWRKO
(Bob Starr, Joe Castiglione)
WROL
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1990 Boston Red Sox season was the 90th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. It was the third AL East division championship in five years for the Red Sox. However, the team was defeated in a four-game sweep by the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS, as had been the case in 1988.

Offseason

Regular season

Record by month[7]
Month Record Cumulative AL East Ref.
Won Lost Won Lost Position GB
April 11 8 11 8 2nd 1+12 [8]
May 12 14 23 22 3rd 1 [9]
June 20 9 43 31 1st +3+12 [10]
July 12 17 55 48 1st (tie) [11]
August 19 9 74 57 1st +6+12 [12]
September 12 16 86 73 1st +1 [13]
October 2 1 88 74 1st +2 [14]

Highlights

The Red Sox set a major league record, which still stands, for the most times grounding into a double play during a season, 174.[15]

On June 6, the Red Sox got a measure of retribution for Bucky Dent's home run in the 1978 American League East tie-breaker game. While in Boston for a four-game series, the New York Yankees fired Dent as their manager. The Red Sox had just defeated the Yankees in the first two games of the series,[16] giving the Yankees an 18–31 record, 8+12 games behind the first-place Red Sox.[17] The firing made Fenway Park arguably the scene of Dent's best moment as a player and worst moment as manager.[18] Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe criticized Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for firing Dent—his 18th managerial change in as many years—in Boston, and rhetorically asked if he couldn't have waited to fire Dent elsewhere.[19] Shaughnessy noted, "if Dent had been fired in Seattle or Milwaukee, this would have been just another event in an endless line of George's jettisons. But it happened in Boston and the nightly news had its hook."[19] Author Bill Pennington called the firing of Dent "merciless."[20] However, Yankees television analyst Tony Kubek blasted at Steinbrenner for the firing in a harsh, angry way.[21] At the beginning of the broadcast of the game on MSG Network, he said to Yankees television play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats, "George Steinbrenner made a big deal that the Dave Winfield situation was mishandled. I think George mishandled this. You don't take a Bucky Dent (at) the site of one of the greatest home runs in Yankee history and fire him and make it a media circus for the Boston Red Sox."[22] He then stared defiantly on camera and said to Steinbrenner, "You don't do it by telephone, either, George. You do it face to face, eyeball to eyeball, even though you may have had a deposition to give to Mr. Dowd (John Dowd, who investigated Steinbrenner's relationship with Howard Spira). If you really are a winner, you should not have handled this like a loser."[22] He then said, angrily, "George, you're a bully and a coward."[23] He then said that "What all this does, it just wrecks George Steinbrenner's credibility with his players, with the front office and in baseball more than it already is–if that's possible. It was just mishandled."[22] The firing of Dent shook New York to its core and the Yankees flagship radio station then, WABC, which also criticized the firing, ran editorials demanding that Steinbrenner sell the team.[24][25][26]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 88 74 0.543 51–30 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 2 44–37 42–39
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 9 39–42 40–41
Cleveland Indians 77 85 0.475 11 41–40 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 0.472 11½ 40–40 36–45
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 14 39–42 35–46
New York Yankees 67 95 0.414 21 37–44 30–51

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 7–5 6–6 6–7 6–7 8–3 7–6 6–6 6–7 4–8 3–9 8–4 5–8
Boston 9–4 7–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 4–8 5–8 4–8 9–4 4–8 8–4 5–7 10–3
California 5–7 5–7 5–8 7–5 5–7 7–6 7–5 9–4 6–6 4–9 5–8 8–5 7–5
Chicago 6–6 6–6 8–5 5–7 5–7 9–4 10–2 7–6 10–2 8–5 8–5 7–6 5–7
Cleveland 7–6 4–9 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 9–4 7–5 5–8 4–8 7–5 7–5 4–9
Detroit 7–6 5–8 7–5 7–5 8–5 5–7 3–10 6–6 7–6 6–6 7–5 6–6 5–8
Kansas City 3–8 8–4 6–7 4–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 8–5 8–4 4–9 7–6 5–8 5–7
Milwaukee 6–7 8–5 5–7 2–10 4–9 10–3 8–4 4–8 6–7 5–7 4–8 5–7 7–6
Minnesota 6–6 8–4 4–9 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–4 6–6 6–7 6–7 5–8 3–9
New York 7–6 4–9 6–6 2–10 8–5 6–7 4–8 7–6 6–6 0–12 9–3 3–9 5–8
Oakland 8–4 8–4 9–4 5–8 8–4 6–6 9–4 7–5 7–6 12–0 9–4 8–5 7–5
Seattle 9–3 4–8 8–5 5–8 5–7 5–7 6–7 8–4 7–6 3–9 4–9 7–6 6–6
Texas 4–8 7–5 5–8 6–7 5–7 6–6 8–5 7–5 8–5 9–3 5–8 6–7 7–5
Toronto 8–5 3–10 5–7 7–5 9–4 8–5 7–5 6–7 9–3 8–5 5–7 6–6 5–7


Notable transactions

Opening Day lineup

26 Wade Boggs 3B
17 Marty Barrett 2B
39 Mike Greenwell LF
12 Ellis Burks CF
24 Dwight Evans DH
13 Billy Jo Robidoux     1B
  6 Tony Peña C
  3 Jody Reed SS
16 Kevin Romine RF
21 Roger Clemens P

Source:[32]

Alumni game

The team held an old-timers game on May 19, before a scheduled home game against the Minnesota Twins. Red Sox alumni pitchers Bill Lee, Bill Monbouquette, and Dick Radatz allowed just one hit (to former Detroit Tiger Willie Horton) in the four-inning game, as Boston won by a 2–0 score over a team of MLB alumni from other clubs.[33]

Roster

1990 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitters

Pinch hitter

Manager

Coaches

Statistical leaders

Roger Clemens
Category Player Statistic
Youngest player Phil Plantier 21
Oldest player Bill Buckner 40
Wins Above Replacement Roger Clemens 10.4

Source:[34]

Batting

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
G Games played Mike Greenwell 159
PA Plate appearances Wade Boggs 713
AB At bats Wade Boggs 619
R Runs scored Wade Boggs 89
Ellis Burks
H Hits Wade Boggs 187
2B Doubles Jody Reed 45
3B Triples Ellis Burks 8
HR Home runs Ellis Burks 21
RBI Runs batted in Ellis Burks 89
SB Stolen bases Ellis Burks 9
CS Caught stealing Ellis Burks 11
BB Base on balls Wade Boggs 87
SO Strikeouts Tom Brunansky 105
BA Batting average Wade Boggs .302
OBP On-base percentage Wade Boggs .386
SLG Slugging percentage Ellis Burks .486
OPS On-base plus slugging Ellis Burks .835
OPS+ Adjusted OPS Ellis Burks 128
TB Total bases Ellis Burks 286
GIDP Grounded into double play Tony Peña 23
HBP Hit by pitch 3 tied 4
SH Sacrifice hits Luis Rivera 12
SF Sacrifice flies Tom Brunansky 8
IBB Intentional base on balls Wade Boggs 19

Source:[34]

Pitching

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
W Wins Roger Clemens 21
L Losses Greg A. Harris 9
Dana Kiecker
W-L % Winning percentage Roger Clemens .778 (21–6)
ERA Earned run average Roger Clemens 1.93
G Games pitched Rob Murphy 68
GS Games started Mike Boddicker 34
GF Games finished Jeff Reardon 37
CG Complete games Roger Clemens 7
SHO Shutouts Roger Clemens 4
SV Saves Jeff Reardon 21
IP Innings pitched Roger Clemens 228+13
SO Strikeouts Roger Clemens 209
WHIP Walks plus hits per inning pitched Rogers Clemens 1.082

Source:[34]

ALCS

Main article: 1990 American League Championship Series

Game 1

October 6, 1990, at Fenway Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 9 13 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Larry Andersen (0-1)  
HR: BOSWade Boggs (1)

Game 2

October 7, 1990, at Fenway Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 13 1
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
W: Bob Welch (1-0)   L: Greg Harris (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: None

Game 3

October 9, 1990, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 3
Oakland 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 x 4 6 0
W: Mike Moore (1-0)   L: Mike Boddicker (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (2)
HR: None

Game 4

October 10, 1990, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Oakland 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 6 0
W: Dave Stewart (2-0)   L: Roger Clemens (0-1)  S: Rick Honeycutt (1)
HR: None

Awards and honors

Awards
Accomplishments

All-Star Game

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

The Lynchburg Red Sox and Winter Haven Red Sox changed classification from Class A to Class A-Advanced.

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ed Nottle and Johnny Pesky
AA New Britain Red Sox Eastern League Butch Hobson
A-Advanced Lynchburg Red Sox Carolina League Gary Allenson
A-Advanced Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Dave Holt
A-Short Season Elmira Pioneers New York–Penn League Mike Verdi
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Felix Maldonado
Rookie DSL cooperative Dominican Summer League  

The Red Sox shared a DSL team with the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres.[35]
Source:[36][37]

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