1990 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Harding "Pete" Peterson, Gene Michael
Manager(s)Bucky Dent, Stump Merrill
Local televisionWPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, George Grande, Tom Seaver)
MSG
(Tony Kubek, Dewayne Staats, Al Trautwig)
Local radioWABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Jay Johnstone)
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The New York Yankees' 1990 season was the 88th season for the Yankees. The team finished in seventh place in the American League East with a record of 67-95, finishing 21 games behind the Boston Red Sox. It was the Yankees' first last-place finish in 24 years, the first in the two-division era, and their most recent to date. New York was managed by Stump Merrill and Bucky Dent. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Offseason

Notable transactions

Death of Billy Martin

Billy Martin's grave in Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven.
Billy Martin's grave in Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven.

Multi-time former Yankees manager Billy Martin was working as a special consultant to Yankees owner George Steinbrenner when he was killed in a one-car crash in Binghamton, New York, on Christmas Day (December 25) in 1989. Martin had been drinking heavily with his friend, William Reedy, who was driving a pickup truck at the time of the accident. When Martin was killed, the media reported that he was a passenger in Reedy's pickup. However, Peter Golenbock, in his book Wild, High, and Tight: The Life and Death of Billy Martin, makes the case that Martin was the driver and that his wife and Reedy covered up the truth. According to the HBO TV series Autopsy,[9] forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden performed the autopsy on Martin and investigated the accident scene, including the pick-up truck in which Martin died. The autopsy revealed that Martin's impact injuries were all on the right side, and that hair and other DNA found on the right side of the shattered windshield belonged to Martin, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The conclusion of the autopsy study was that Reedy drove the pick-up.

Billy Martin was eulogized by Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, before his funeral at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His grave is located about 150 feet from the grave of Babe Ruth. The following epitaph by Billy Martin himself appears on the headstone: I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform but I was the proudest. Former President of the United States Richard Nixon attended Martin's funeral. The Yankees started the season with a small number 1 on their left sleeves.

Regular season

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

Draft picks

Roster

1990 New York Yankees
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Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Kevin Maas

Andy Hawkins no-hitter

Line Score

July 1, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 x 4 0 2
W: Barry Jones (10-1)  L: Andy Hawkins (1-5)  
Attendance: 30,642 Time: 2:34

Batting

New York Yankees AB R H RBI Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI
Kelly, cf 4 0 0 0 Johnson, cf 3 1 0 0
Sax, 2b 4 0 0 0 Ventura, 3b 4 1 0 0
Mattingly, 1b 4 0 0 0 Calderon, dh 3 0 0 0
Balboni, dh 4 0 0 0 Pasqua, lf 4 0 0 0
Tolleson, pr, dh 0 0 0 0 Gallagher, lf 0 0 0 0
Barfield, rf 4 0 1 0 Kittle, 1b 3 0 0 0
Leyritz, lf 3 0 1 0 Lyons, 1b 0 0 0 0
Blowers, 3b 3 0 0 0 Karkovice, c 2 0 0 0
Geren, c 3 0 1 0 Fletcher, 2b 2 0 0 0
Espinoza, ss 2 0 1 0 Sosa, rf 3 1 0 0
NONE 0 0 0 0 Guillen, ss 2 1 0 0
Totals 31 0 4 0 Totals 26 4 0 0

Pitching

New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Hawkins, L (1-5) 8.0 0 4 0 5 3
Chicago White Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Hibbard 7.0 4 0 0 0 4
Jones W (10-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Radinsky 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

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 Bob Geren 110 277 59 .213 8 31
1B Don Mattingly 102 394 101 .256 5 42
2B Steve Sax 155 615 160 .260 4 42
3B Jim Leyritz 92 303 78 .257 5 25
SS Álvaro Espinoza 150 438 98 .224 2 20
LF Oscar Azócar 65 214 53 .248 5 19
CF Roberto Kelly 162 641 183 .285 15 61
RF Jesse Barfield 153 476 117 .246 25 78
DH Steve Balboni 116 266 51 .192 17 34

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
Mel Hall 113 360 93 .258 12 46
Kevin Maas 79 254 64 .252 21 41
Matt Nokes 92 240 57 .238 8 32
Randy Velarde 95 229 48 .210 5 19
Mike Blowers 48 144 27 .188 5 21
Rick Cerone 49 139 42 .302 2 11
Deion Sanders 57 133 21 .158 3 9
Hensley Meulens 23 83 20 .241 3 10
Claudell Washington 33 80 13 .163 0 6
Wayne Tolleson 73 74 11 .149 0 4
Dave Winfield 20 61 13 .213 2 6
Brian Dorsett 14 35 5 .143 0 0
Luis Polonia 11 22 7 .318 0 3
Jim Walewander 9 5 1 .200 0 1

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
Tim Leary 31 208.0 9 19 4.11 138
Dave LaPoint 28 157.2 7 10 4.11 67
Andy Hawkins 28 157.2 5 12 5.37 74
Chuck Cary 27 156.2 6 12 4.19 134
Mike Witt 16 96.2 5 6 4.47 60
Dave Eiland 5 30.1 2 1 3.56 16
Steve Adkins 5 24.0 1 2 6.38 14
Pascual Pérez 3 14.0 1 2 1.29 12

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
Jimmy Jones 17 50.0 1 2 6.30 25
Mark Leiter 8 26.1 1 1 6.84 21
Clay Parker 5 22.0 1 1 4.50 20

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
Dave Righetti 53 1 1 36 3.57 43
Lee Guetterman 64 11 7 2 3.19 48
Jeff Robinson 54 3 6 0 3.45 43
Greg Cadaret 54 5 4 3 4.15 80
Eric Plunk 47 6 3 0 2.72 67
Alan Mills 36 1 5 0 4.10 24
Lance McCullers 11 1 0 0 3.60 11
John Habyan 6 0 0 0 2.08 4
Rich Monteleone 5 0 1 0 6.14 8

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Stump Merrill and Rick Down
AA Albany-Colonie Yankees Eastern League Rick Down and Dan Radison
A Prince William Cannons Carolina League Gary Denbo
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Mike Hart
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Brian Butterfield
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Trey Hillman
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Glenn Sherlock

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Oneonta[35]

References

  1. ^ Dickie Noles page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Steve Kiefer page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Rafael Santana page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Pascual Pérez page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Tim Leary page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Rick Cerone page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Mariano Rivera page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Dave Silvestri page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Autopsy: Billy Martin
  10. ^ Cafardo, Nick (June 7, 1990). "Dent Dumped by Yankees". The Boston Globe. p. 37. Dent's greatest moment as a player—and his worst moment as a manager—came in Boston.
  11. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (June 7, 1990). "His Back Was Against the Wall". The Boston Globe. p. 37.
  12. ^ Pennington, Bill (2019). Chumps to Champs: How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the '90s Dynasty. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 32. ISBN 9781328849854.
  13. ^ Bock, Hal (June 7, 1990). "Kubek Speaks Out Against Dent Firing". Associated Press.
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  15. ^ Raissman, Bob (June 8, 1990). "At MSG, Kubek Reigns Over George". New York Daily News. p. 71.
  16. ^ "Steinbrenner Under Fire In New York". Associated Press. June 8, 1990. Firing the manager is nothing new for George Steinbrenner, who made Bucky Dent the 18th victim in the 17 years he's owned the New York Yankees. But it has touched a nerve in New York, where just about everyone wants to have Steinbrenner fired. Even the team's media outlets have joined the bandwagon...The latest critic is hardly a likely one—Fred Weinhaus, general manager of WABC radio, the Yankees' flagship station. 'We're tired of what we have and we deserve better,' said Weinhaus, who has run editorials demanding that Steinbrenner either sell the team or bring in a knowledgeable baseball man and give him full power to run it.
  17. ^ Raissman, Bob (June 8, 1990). "ABC Exec Gives Boss Static". New York Daily News. p. 68.
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  21. ^ Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference
  22. ^ Clay Parker page at Baseball Reference
  23. ^ "Lance McCullers Stats".
  24. ^ Deion Sanders page at Baseball Reference
  25. ^ Baseball Draft: 1st Round of the 1990 June Draft - Baseball-Reference.com
  26. ^ "Robert Eenhoorn Stats".
  27. ^ Sam Militello page at Baseball Reference
  28. ^ "Jalal Leach Stats".
  29. ^ Ricky Ledée page at Baseball Reference
  30. ^ Andy Pettitte page at Baseball Reference
  31. ^ Jorge Posada page at Baseball Reference
  32. ^ Shane Spencer page at Baseball Reference
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