1989 Seattle Mariners season

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1989 Seattle Mariners
Ken Griffey Jr's Rookie Season
Randy Johnson's first season with the Mariners
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 73–89 (.451)
Divisional place 6th
Other information
Owner(s) Jeff Smulyan
General manager(s) Woody Woodward
Manager(s) Jim Lefebvre
Local television KSTW-TV 11
Local radio KIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs,
Joe Simpson)
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The Seattle Mariners 1989 season was their 13th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 6th in the American League West, finishing with a record of 73–89 (.451). The season, however, was enlivened by the arrival of the first overall pick of the 1987 draft, nineteen-year-old Ken Griffey, Jr.

Offseason

  • November 15, 1988: Luis DeLeón was signed as a free agent by the Mariners.[1]
  • In spring training, Ken Griffey, Jr. set preseason team records for hits (32), RBIs (20) and total bases (49).[2]

Regular season

  • Ken Griffey, Jr. made his major league baseball debut on opening day, April 3, against the defending league champion Oakland Athletics.[3][4] Griffey hit a double in his first at-bat.[3][2] During the 1989 season, Griffey was honored by being selected as card number one in the 1989 Upper Deck baseball card set.[2]
  • The Mariners had the lowest payroll in the majors in 1989, at $7.6 million.[5]

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 99 63 0.611 54–27 45–36
Kansas City Royals 92 70 0.568 7 55–26 37–44
California Angels 91 71 0.562 8 52–29 39–42
Texas Rangers 83 79 0.512 16 45–36 38–43
Minnesota Twins 80 82 0.494 19 45–36 35–46
Seattle Mariners 73 89 0.451 26 40–41 33–48
Chicago White Sox 69 92 0.429 29½ 35–45 34–47


Record vs. opponents

1989 American League Records

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 6–7 6–6 6–6 7–6 10–3 6–6 7–6 4–8 8–5 5–7 6–6 9–3 7–6
Boston 7–6 4–8 7–5 8–5 11–2 4–8 6–7 6–6 7–6 7–5 5–7 6–6 5–8
California 6–6 8–4 8–5 5–7 11–1 4–9 7–5 11–2 6–6 5–8 7–6 6–7 7–5
Chicago 6–6 5–7 5–8 7–5 4–8 6–7 10–2 5–8 5–6 5–8 7–6 3–10 1–11
Cleveland 6–7 5–8 7–5 5–7 5–8 8–4 3–10 5–7 9–4 2–10 6–6 7–5 5–8
Detroit 3–10 2–11 1–11 8–4 8–5 6–6 6–7 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 4–8 2–11
Kansas City 6–6 8–4 9–4 7–6 4–8 6–6 8–4 7–6 6–6 7–6 9–4 8–5 7–5
Milwaukee 6–7 7–6 5–7 2–10 10–3 7–6 4–8 9–3 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–7 6–7
Minnesota 8–4 6–6 2–11 8–5 7–5 7–5 6–7 3–9 6–6 6–7 7–6 5–8 9–3
New York 5–8 6–7 6–6 6–5 4–9 7–6 6–6 5–8 6–6 3–9 8–4 5–7 7–6
Oakland 7–5 5–7 8–5 8–5 10–2 8–4 6–7 7–5 7–6 9–3 9–4 8–5 7–5
Seattle 6–6 7–5 6–7 6–7 6–6 8–4 4–9 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 3–9 6–6 7–6 10–3 5–7 8–4 5–8 7–5 8–5 7–5 5–8 7–6 5–7
Toronto 6–7 8–5 5–7 11–1 8–5 11–2 5–7 7–6 3–9 6–7 5–7 7–5 7–5


Notable transactions

Major league debuts

  • Batters:
    • Ken Griffey, Jr. (Apr 3)
    • Omar Vizquel (Apr 3)
  • Pitchers:
    • Gene Harris (Apr 5)
    • Clint Zavaras (June 3) [10]

Roster

1989 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other Batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
C Dave Valle 94 316 32 75 7 34 .237 0
1B Alvin Davis 142 498 84 152 21 95 .305 0
2B Harold Reynolds 153 613 87 184 0 43 .300 25
3B Jim Presley 117 390 42 92 12 41 .236 0
SS Omar Vizquel 143 387 45 85 1 20 .220 1
LF Greg Briley 115 394 52 105 13 52 .266 11
CF Ken Griffey, Jr. 127 455 61 120 16 61 .264 16
RF Darnell Coles 146 535 54 135 10 59 .252 5
DH Jeffrey Leonard 150 566 69 144 24 93 .254 6

[11]

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Henry Cotto 100 295 78 .264 9 33
Jay Buhner 58 204 56 .275 9 33

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Luis DeLeón 1 4 0 0 2.25 2

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League Rich Morales
AA Williamsport Bills Eastern League Jay Ward
A San Bernardino Spirit California League Ralph Dick
A Wausau Timbers Midwest League Tommy Jones
A-Short Season Bellingham Mariners Northwest League P. J. Carey
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Dave Myers

[12]

References

  1. ^ Luis DeLeón page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b c Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, p.167, Dave Jamieson, 2010, Atlantic Monthly Press, imprint of Grove/Atlantic Inc., New York, ISBN 978-0-8021-1939-1
  3. ^ a b "McGwire spoils M's opener, 3-2". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 4, 1993. p. C1. 
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/g/griffke02.shtml
  5. ^ "Signing of O'Brien heralds loose purse string for M's". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 8, 1989. p. C1. 
  6. ^ Steve Balboni page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Mark Langston page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Brian Turankg page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Steve Trout page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/statistics/1989/26.shtml
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

  • 1989 Seattle Mariners
  • 1989 Seattle Mariners team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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