1989 Minnesota Twins season

The 1989 Minnesota Twins finished 80-82, fifth in the AL West. 2,277,438 fans attended Twins games, the seventh highest total in the American League.

1989 Minnesota Twins
80-82, fifth in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Carl Pohlad
General manager(s)Andy MacPhail
Manager(s)Tom Kelly
Local televisionWCCO-TV
Midwest Sports Channel
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson, Dick Bremer)
Local radio830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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Offseason

Regular season

Kirby Puckett tied a major league record when, on May 13, he hit four doubles in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was the thirty-fifth player to accomplish the feat.

When Jeff Reardon got his 30th save on September 14, he became the first major leaguer to reach 30 saves in five seasons.

Offense

Puckett led the AL in batting with a .339 average and hits with 215. Kirby hit 9 HR, drove in 85 runs, scored 75, and was rewarded with a Silver Slugger Award. Kent Hrbek hit .272 with 25 HR and 84 RBI. Gary Gaetti hit 19 HR and 75 RBI. Al Newman led the team with 25 stolen bases.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Kent Hrbek 25
RBI Kirby Puckett 85
BA Kirby Puckett .339*
Runs Kirby Puckett 75
*League leader

Pitching

Only two Twins had double digit wins: Allan Anderson (17-10) and Roy Smith (10-6). Frank Viola was 8-12 before being traded to the New York Mets on July 31. Reliever Jeff Reardon had 31 saves.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Frank Viola 3.79
Wins Allan Anderson 17
Saves Jeff Reardon 31
Strikeouts Frank Viola 138

Defense

Third baseman Gary Gaetti and center fielder Kirby Puckett each won their fourth Gold Glove Award.

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

Roster

1989 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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 Brian Harper 126 385 125 .325 8 57
1B Kent Hrbek 109 375 102 .272 25 84
2B Wally Backman 87 299 69 .231 1 26
3B Gary Gaetti 130 498 125 .251 19 75
SS Greg Gagne 149 460 125 .272 9 48
LF Dan Gladden 120 461 136 .295 8 46
CF Kirby Puckett 159 635 215 .339 9 85
RF Randy Bush 141 391 103 .263 14 54
DH Jim Dwyer 88 225 71 .316 3 23

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Terry Jorgensen 10 23 4 .174 0 2
Paul Sorrento 14 21 5 .238 0 1
Vic Rodriguez 6 11 5 .455 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roy Smith 32 172.1 10 6 3.92 92
Shane Rawley 27 145 5 12 5.21 68

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mike Cook 15 0 1 0 5.06 15
Lee Tunnell 10 1 0 0 6.00 7
Greg Booker 6 0 0 0 4.15 3

Awards and honors

  • Kirby Puckett – American League Batting Champion (.339)
  • Gary Gaetti – Gold Glove Award winner, third base
  • Kirby Puckett – Gold Glove Award winner, center field
  • Kirby Puckett – Silver Slugger Award, outfield

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Phil Roof
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Ron Gardenhire
A Visalia Oaks California League Scott Ullger
A Kenosha Twins Midwest League Steve Liddle
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Joel Lepel

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elizabethton[13]

References

  1. ^ Eric Bullock at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Bert Blyleven Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Randy Bush at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ John Christensen at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Lee Tunnell at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ "Keith Atherton Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Randy St. Claire at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Chuck Knoblauch at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Denny Neagle at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Dan Masteller at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Dennis Hocking at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Greg Booker at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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