1989 Season – statistics

19 04 2011

All-Star Game: AL over NL, 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA     (Bo Jackson, MVP)

Home Run Derby: Eric Davis / Ruben Sierra, 3     (NL over AL, 9-5)

ALCS: Oakland A’s over Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1

NLCS: San Francisco Giants over Chicago Cubs, 4-1

World Series: A’s over Giants, 4-0     (Dave Stewart, MVP)

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MVP: AL – Robin Yount, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (.318/21/103)

NL – Kevin Mitchell, OF, San Francisco Giants (.291/47/125, .635 SLG)

Cy Young: AL – Brett Saberhagen, SP, Kansas City Royals (23-6/2.16/193, 12 CG, 262.1 IP)

NL – Mark Davis, SP, San Diego Padres (4-3/1.85/92, 44 SV)

RoY: AL – Gregg Olson, RP, Baltimore Orioles (5-2/1.69/90, 27 SV)

NL – Jerome Walton, OF, Chicago Cubs (.293/5/46, 24 SB)

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MLB Amateur Draft:

Ben McDonald, P, BAL (1st overall pick)

Frank Thomas, 1B, CHW (1st #7) – 5x All-Star, 2x AL MVP (1993-1994), 2000 AL Comeback PoY, 521 career HR, 1700+ RBI, 2400+ career H, 5x 40-HR season

Charles Johnson, C, MON (1st #10 – did not sign) – 2x All-Star, 4x Gold Glove

Mo Vaughn, 1B, BOS (1st #23) – 3x All-Star, 1995 AL MVP, 328 career HR, 1000+ RBI

Chuck Knoblauch, 2B, MIN (1st #25) – 1991 AL ROY, 4x All-Star, 4x WS Champ

Todd Jones, P, HOU (1st #27) – 1x All-Star, 319 career SV

Tim Salmon, OF, CAL (3rd #69) – 1993 AL RoY, 2002 AL Comeback PoY, 299 career HR, 1100+ RBI

John Olerud, 1B, CAL (3rd #79) – 2x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, 500 career 2B, 1200+ career RBI, 1100+ career R

Phil Nevin, SS, LAD (3rd #79) – 1x All-Star, 1992 #1 overall pick

Denny Neagle, P, MIN (3rd #85) – 2x All-Star, 20-game winner, 128 career W

Jeff Bagwell, 3B, BOS (4th #109) – NL MVP, 1991 NL RoY, 4x All-Star, 2x 30-30 club, 1994 NL MVP, 449 career HR, 1500+ RBI

Trevor Hoffman, P, CIN (11th #290) – 7x All-Star, 601 SV (career record), 856 Games Finished – most all-time

Jim Thome, SS, CLE (13th #333) – 5x All-Star, 590 career HR (through beginning of 2011), 6x 40+ HR, 2200+ career H, 1600+ RBI, 1500+ R

Brian Giles, OF, CLE (17th #437) – 2x All-Star, 287 career HR, 1000+ RBI & R

Jeff Kent, SS, TOR (20th #523) – 2000 NL MVP, 5x All-Star, 2400+ career H, 1500+ RBI, 1300+ R, 377 career HR, 6x 40+ HR, 2200+ career H, 1600+ RBI, 1500+ R, 351 HR at 2B – (all-time record)

Jason Giambi, SS, MIL (43rd #1117 – did not sign) – 2000 AL MVP, 5x All-Star, 416 career HR, 1900+ H, 1300+ RBI, 1100+ R

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Hall of Fame: Johnny Bench, C, Cincinnati Reds (1st ballot)

Carl Yastrzemski, OF, Boston Red Sox (1st)

Red Schoendienst, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals (VC)

Al Barlick, Umpire (VC)

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Batting Leaders:

Avg. (AL) Kirby Puckett MIN .339, (NL) Tony Gwynn SDP .336

HR (AL) Fred McGriff TOR 36, (NL) Mitchell SFG 47

RBI (AL) Ruben Sierra TEX 119, (NL) Mitchell SFG 125

R (AL) R. Henderson NYY & OAK / W. Boggs BOS 114, (NL) W. Clark SFG / H. Johnson NYM / R. Sandberg CHC 104

SB (AL) Henderson NYY & OAK 77, (NL) Vince Coleman STL 65

H (AL) Puckett MIN 215, (NL) Gwynn SDP 203

Pitching Leaders:

W (AL) Saberhagen KCR 23, (NL) Mike Scott HOU 20

K (AL) Nolan Ryan TEX 301, (NL) Jose DeLeon STL 201

ERA (AL) Saberhagen KCR 2.16, (NL) Scott Garrelts SFG 2.28

SV (AL) Jeff Russell TEX 38, (NL) Davis SDP 44

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Trends and Stats:

5 players above .330 AVG

10 players above 30 HR, 1 above 40 HR

13 players above 100 RBI, 1 above 120 RBI

2 players above 50 SB

4 players above 200 H

3 pitchers above 20 W

6 pitchers above 200 K, 1 above 250 K, 1 above 300 K

21 pitchers below 3.00 ERA, 3 below 2.50

7 pitchers above 250 IP

1 pitcher above 40 SV

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Read below for my All-Star selections and the silver slugger winners for the year. 

My NL All-Stars: C – Craig Biggio, HOU (.257/13/60, 23 SB)

1B – Clark, SFG (.333/23/111, 104 R)

2B – Sandberg, CHC (.290/30/76, 104 R)

3B – Johnson, NYM (.287/36/101, 104 R)

SS – Ozzie Smith, STL (.273/2/50, 80 R, 29 SB)

OF – Mitchell, SFG (.291/47/125, .635 SLG)

OF – Lonnie Smith, ATL (.315/21/79, .415 OBP)

OF – Gwynn, SDP (.336/4/62, 203 H, 40 SB)

SP – Orel Hershiser, LAD (15-15/2.31/178, 256.2 IP)

SP – Greg Maddux, CHC (19-12/2.95/135)

SP – Scott Garrelts, SFG (14-5/2.28/119)

RP – Davis, SDP (4-3/1.85/92, 44 SV)

There were a number of good first baseman – but Will “the Thrill” was better than anyone in baseball.  Bobby Bonilla was very good at 3rd – but not as good as HoJo.  Shortstop was a tough position between Ozzie and Shawon Dunston – but Ozzie’s offensive stats weren’t in home park of Wrigley, so I went with the wizard.  Outfield was somewhat clearcut, though Barry Bonds and Von Hayes could have been taken over Gwynn.  Hershiser led the league in losses, but was definitely the best starting pitcher in the NL for the 2nd straight year.  The 2nd and 3rd pitcher slot were debatable – Maddux’s numbers seemed to distance him from a crowded field.  For the 3rd slot – there were a lot of guys with more innings, who looked similar, but Garrelts led the league in win percentage and ERA.  And he was the best pitcher on the NL champs, so I’ll give the 3rd slot to the guy I can’t even remember.

My AL All-Stars: C – Mickey Tettleton, BAL (.258/26/65)

1B – McGriff, TOR (.269/36/92, .552 SLG)

2B – Julio Franco, TEX (.316/13/92, 21 SB)

3B – Boggs, BOS (.330/3/54, 205 H, 113 R, 51 2B, .430 OBP)

SS – Cal Ripken, BAL (.257/21/93)

OF – Henderson, NYY & OAK (.274/12/57, .411 OBP, 77 SB, 126 BB, 113 R)

OF – Sierra, TEX (.306/29/119, 14 3B, .543 SLG)

OF – Yount, MIL (.318/21/103)

SP – Saberhagen, SP, KCR (23-6/2.16/193, 12 CG, 262.1 IP)

SP – Bert Blyleven, CAL (17-5/2.73/131, 5 SHO)

SP – Ryan, TEX (16-10/3.20/301)

RP – Jeff Montgomery, KCR (7-3/1.37/94, 18 SV)

It was tough to leave Puckett off as the 4th OF, but the other 3 guys were all great MVP candidates (along with Franco).  I’m surprised Yount got it, to be honest.  Sierra’s numbers were better.  Oakland’s bash brothers had a down year offensively – getting Henderson really jump started them.  And Saberhagen may have been the best choice with a dominant season as a pitcher.  The 3rd SP slot could have had any number of guys – so I went with Ryan and the 301 strikeouts.

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NL Silver Slugger: C – Biggio, 1B – Clark, 2B – Sandberg, 3B – Johnson, SS – Barry Larkin CIN (.342/4/36), OF – Gwynn, Mitchell, Eric Davis CIN (.288/25/100, 15 3B), P – Don Robinson SFG (.185/3/7)

Man – the two guys who don’t match up are both Reds that I didn’t select!  Larkin had a very good season, but only 350 plate appearances.  This may be one of those differences where the Silver Slugger is for the best offensive season, while I’m picking the “All-Star”.  Like Puckett below – Davis was my 4th outfielder, so not major gripes there.  If anything – I think Davis should be over Gwynn, not Lonnie Smith.

AL Silver Sluggers: C – Tettleton, 1B – McGriff, 2B – Franco, 3B – Boggs, SS – Ripken, OF – Yount, Puckett (.339/9/85), Sierra,  DH – Harold Baines CHW & TEX (.309/16/72)

Almost a complete match – the only difference was Puckett.  There’s no way you could convince me Puckett was better than Rickey.  Puckett had moderately better power #’s.  Rickey had a 30 point better OBP (in almost the same # of plate appearances), he stole 65 more bases, and, once traded to Oakland, was the best player on the best team in baseball.

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