1990 Major League Baseball season

The 1990 Major League Baseball season saw the Cincinnati Reds upset the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in the World Series, for their first title since 1976.

1990 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 9 – October 20, 1990
Top draft pickChipper Jones
Picked byAtlanta Braves
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Rickey Henderson (OAK)
NL: Barry Bonds (PIT)
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upBoston Red Sox
NL championsCincinnati Reds
  NL runners-upPittsburgh Pirates
World Series
ChampionsCincinnati Reds
  Runners-upOakland Athletics
Finals MVPJosé Rijo (CIN)
Jack Murphy Stadium 1990.jpeg
The Padres playing host to the New York Mets at Jack Murphy Stadium during a 1990 home game.

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG George Brett KC .329 Willie McGee STL .335
HR Cecil Fielder DET 51 Ryne Sandberg CHC 40
RBI Cecil Fielder DET 132 Matt Williams SF 122
Wins Bob Welch OAK 27 Doug Drabek PIT 22
ERA Roger Clemens BOS 1.93 Danny Darwin HOU 2.21
SO Nolan Ryan TEX 232 David Cone NYM 233
SV Bobby Thigpen CHW 57 John Franco NYM 33
SB Rickey Henderson OAK 65 Vince Coleman STL 77

Major league baseball final standings

American League

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
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636 51–30 52–29
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 9 49–31 45–37
Texas Rangers 83 79 0.512 20 47–35 36–44
California Angels 80 82 0.494 23 42–39 38–43
Seattle Mariners 77 85 0.475 26 38–43 39–42
Kansas City Royals 75 86 0.466 27½ 45–36 30–50
Minnesota Twins 74 88 0.457 29 41–40 33–48

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 95 67 0.586 49–32 46–35
New York Mets 91 71 0.562 4 52–29 39–42
Montreal Expos 85 77 0.525 10 47–34 38–43
Chicago Cubs 77 85 0.475 18 39–42 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 77 85 0.475 18 41–40 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 70 92 0.432 25 34–47 36–45
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 91 71 0.562 46–35 45–36
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 0.531 5 47–34 39–42
San Francisco Giants 85 77 0.525 6 49–32 36–45
Houston Astros 75 87 0.463 16 49–32 26–55
San Diego Padres 75 87 0.463 16 37–44 38–43
Atlanta Braves 65 97 0.401 26 37–44 28–53


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Boston 0  
West Oakland 4  
    AL Oakland 0
  NL Cincinnati 4
East Pittsburgh 2
West Cincinnati 4  

List of Managers

American League

Team Manager Notes
Baltimore Orioles Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox Joe Morgan
California Angels Doug Rader
Chicago White Sox Jeff Torborg
Cleveland Indians John McNamara
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals John Wathan
Milwaukee Brewers Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Bucky Dent, Stump Merrill
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa Won American League Pennant
Seattle Mariners Jim Lefebvre
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston

National League

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Russ Nixon, Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Don Zimmer
Cincinnati Reds Lou Piniella Won World Series
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson, Bud Harrelson
Philadelphia Phillies Nick Leyva
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst, Joe Torre
San Diego Padres Jack McKeon, Greg Riddoch
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig

Television coverage

Network Day of week Announcers
CBS Saturday afternoons Jack Buck, Tim McCarver, Dick Stockton, Jim Kaat
ESPN Sunday nights
Tuesday nights
Wednesday nights
Friday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan


External links

1990 American League Championship Series

The 1990 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven series that matched the East Division champion Boston Red Sox against the West Division champion Oakland Athletics. For the second time in three years, the Athletics swept the Red Sox four games to none. The sweep was capped by a Roger Clemens ejection in Game 4 for arguing balls and strikes. The Athletics lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series.

1990 Atlanta Braves season

The 1990 Atlanta Braves season was the team's 25th season in Atlanta, the 115th in franchise history as a member of the National League and the 120th season overall. The Braves went 65–97, en route to their sixth-place finish in the NL West, 26 games behind the World Champion Cincinnati Reds, and ending up with the worst record that year. On June 23, Bobby Cox replaced Russ Nixon as the team's manager, a job Cox would hold for the next two decades.

1990 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1990 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball in which the Orioles finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 76 wins and 85 losses.

1990 California Angels season

The 1990 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses.

1990 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1990 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1990 Kansas City Royals season

The 1990 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 6th in the American League West with a record of 75 wins and 86 losses.

1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 61st playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 1990, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Cubs of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 2-0. The game is remembered for a rain delay in the 7th inning that resulted in CBS airing Rescue 911 during the delay. This is also the first game – and so far the only one – to feature two players bearing the same name: Greg Olson. One was a pitcher, represented the AL squad and Baltimore Orioles and featured three G's in the first name and the other was a catcher, represented the NL squad and Atlanta Braves and featured only two G's in the first name.

The pregame ceremonies celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station which, as with previous All-Star Games held in Chicago, provided the colors presentation. After Wayne Messmer sang O Canada, recording artist (and native Chicagoan) Richard Marx sang The Star-Spangled Banner. The last All-Star Game previously held at Wrigley Field was represented by Ernie Banks who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

1990 Major League Baseball draft

The 1990 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft was held in June 1990. The draft placed amateur baseball players onto major league teams. 1,487 players were distributed to 26 teams. The draft consisted of first round selections, supplemental first round selections, compensation picks, and many more rounds, in fact, it went a record 101 rounds with 40 first round selections. With a league-worst record of 63 wins and 97 losses in the 1989 MLB Season, the Atlanta Braves selected shortstop, Chipper Jones out of the Bolles School with the first pick of the draft. 9 NBA and NFL players were drafted in 1990. 7 of the first 10 picks were selected directly out of high school.

1990 Major League Baseball lockout

The 1990 Major League Baseball lockout was the seventh work stoppage in baseball since 1972. Beginning in February, it lasted 32 days and as a result, virtually wiped out all of spring training. Also because of the lockout, Opening Day was moved back a week to April 9. In addition to this, the season had to be extended by three days in order to accommodate the normal 162-game schedule.

1990 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1990 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the American League East with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses.

1990 New York Mets season

The 1990 New York Mets season was the 29th regular season for the Mets. They went 91-71 and finished second in the National League East. They were managed by Davey Johnson and Bud Harrelson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1990 San Francisco Giants season

The 1990 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 108th season in Major League Baseball, their 33rd season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 31st at Candlestick Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with an 85-77 record, 6 games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

1990 Seattle Mariners season

The 1990 Seattle Mariners season was the 14th for the Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball. They finished fifth in the American League West in 1990 at 77–85 (.475). The Mariners hit six grand slams, the most in MLB in 1990.

1990 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1990 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 109th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 99th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 70-92 during the season and finished 6th (and last) in the National League East division, 25 games behind the NL East champion Pittsburgh Pirates. It was one of the few times that the Cardinals had finished in last place, and the first, and only time that it has happened since 1918.

1990 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1990 season involved the Rangers finishing 3rd in the American League west with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

1990 World Series

The 1990 World Series was the 87th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series and the conclusion of the 1990 Major League Baseball season. The Series featured the defending champions and heavily favored American League (AL) champion Oakland Athletics against the National League (NL) champion Cincinnati Reds. The Reds defeated the Athletics in a four-game sweep. It was the fifth 4-game sweep by the National League and second by the Reds after they did it in 1976, as well as the second consecutive World Series to end in a sweep, after the A's themselves did it to the San Francisco Giants in 1989. It is remembered for Billy Hatcher's seven consecutive hits. The sweep extended the Reds' World Series winning streak to nine games, dating back to 1975. This also was the second World Series meeting between the two clubs (Oakland won four games to three in 1972). As of 2018, this remains both teams' most recent appearance in the World Series.

Athletics manager Tony La Russa and Reds manager Lou Piniella were old friends and teammates from their Tampa American Legion Post 248 team.

Nasty Boys (Cincinnati Reds)

The Nasty Boys were a trio of relief pitchers from the Cincinnati Reds: Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers. In 1990, the "Nasty Boys" were key figures in the Reds' charge to the World Series Championship. According to Rob Dibble, the "Nasty Boys" really was a fivesome including Tim Layana and Tim Birtsas. However, they have gone down in history as a trio.During the 1990 Cincinnati Reds season, Charlton, Dibble, and Myers combined for 44 saves (Myers with 31, Dibble with 11, and Charlton with 2) and 351 strikeouts, although some of Charlton's 117 strikeouts came as a starter, as he was moved to the rotation late in the season.The nickname was derived from the lyrics of the Janet Jackson song "Nasty." It was also a derivative of the Detroit Piston's "Bad Boys" name that was used during their 1989 NBA Championship season.

Turn Back the Clock (baseball)

Turn Back the Clock is the name associated with the promotion by Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises when they wear throwback uniforms. Often, the uniforms signify a special event in the team or regions history. The promotion was originated in 1990 by the Chicago White Sox. Since then, multiple other teams have made it a yearly tradition.

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