1989 Baltimore Orioles season
|1989 Baltimore Orioles|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Roland Hemond|
(Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson)
Home Team Sports
(Rex Barney, Mel Proctor, John Lowenstein)
(Jon Miller, Joe Angel, Charlie Slowes)
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The 1989 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses. The team was known as the Comeback Kids as they rebounded from the 54 wins and 107 losses of the 1988 season. The season also took on the "Why Not?!" promotional slogan as the team's pursuit of the pennant went down to the final series of the season. The Orioles went into the 3 game season finale with the first place Toronto Blue Jays down by 1 game in the AL East standings and needing either a sweep for the pennant or 2 wins to force a one-game playoff for the pennant. The Blue Jays won the first two games of the series, clinching the pennant on the penultimate game of the season.
- October 3, 1988: Don Aase was released by the Orioles.
- November 9, 1988: Pete Blohm (minors) was traded by the Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Randy Milligan.
- November 17, 1988: Dickie Noles was released by the Orioles.
- December 4, 1988: Eddie Murray was traded by the Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Ken Howell, Brian Holton, and Juan Bell.
- December 8, 1988: Ken Howell and Gordon Dillard were traded by the Orioles to the Philadelphia Phillies for Phil Bradley.
- March 1, 1989: Mark Huismann was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- March 31, 1989: Carl Nichols was traded by the Orioles to the Houston Astros for Dave Johnson and Victor Hithe (minors).
Bill Ripken's 1989 Fleer Baseball Card (#616) made national news when it included a hidden obscenity. The obscenity was printed in black marker on the knob of his bat. Once the discovery was made public, subsequent printings of the card were issued with the words obscured. The first obscuring involved a blob of white out, another was scribbled with a black pen while the last was covered with a black square.
Opening Day starters
- Brady Anderson
- Phil Bradley
- Steve Finley
- Rene Gonzales
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Dave Schmidt
- Larry Sheets
- Mickey Tettleton
- Jim Traber
- Craig Worthington
|Toronto Blue Jays||89||73||0.549||—||46–35||43–38|
|Boston Red Sox||83||79||0.512||6||46–35||37–44|
|New York Yankees||74||87||0.460||14½||41–40||33–47|
Record vs. opponents
1989 American League Records
- May 19, 1989: Rick Schu was purchased from the Orioles by the Detroit Tigers.
- June 1, 1989: John Posey (minors) was traded by the Orioles to the Philadelphia Phillies for Shane Turner.
- June 5, 1989: 1989 Major League Baseball Draft
- July 20, 1989: John Habyan was traded by the Orioles to the New York Yankees for Stan Jefferson.
- August 5, 1989: Jamie Quirk was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
|1989 Baltimore Orioles|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by position
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|SS||Cal Ripken, Jr.||162||646||166||.257||21||93|
Awards and honors
- Frank Robinson, Associated Press Manager of the Year
- Frank Robinson, American League Manager of the Year
- Gregg Olson, American League Rookie of the Year
MLB All-Star Game
- Don Aase page at Baseball Reference
- Randy Milligan page at Baseball Reference
- Dickie Noles page at Baseball Reference
- Juan Bell page at Baseball Reference
- Gordon Dillard page at Baseball Reference
- Mark Huismann page at Baseball Reference
- Carl Nichols page at Baseball Reference
- snopes.com: Bill Ripken 1989 Baseball Card
- Rick Schu page at Baseball Reference
- Shane Turner page at Baseball Reference
- Ben McDonald page at Baseball Reference
- Mike Oquist page at Baseball Reference
- Gregg Zaun page at Baseball Reference
- Stan Jefferson page at Baseball Reference
- Jamie Quirk page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- 1989 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
- 1989 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com