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East Division

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The Chicago Cubs captured their second N.L. East title in 1989, beating out the previous two division winners by a comfortable margin.  The Cubs finished the regular season with a record of 93-69, six games ahead of the runner-up Mets, and seven games in front of the third-place Cardinals.

Although the Cubs depended primarily on their league-leading offense to claim their second division crown in five years, they featured two of the senior circuit’s top pitchers in Greg Maddux and Mike Bielecki.  Maddux finished 19-12 with a 2.95 earned run average, while Bielecki compiled a record of 18-7 and a 3.14 ERA.  Rick Sutcliffe gave Chicago a third solid starter, posting a total of 16 victories.  

The duo of Mark Grace and Ryne Sandberg paced an offense that topped the senior circuit with 702 runs scored.  Grace batted .314 and drove in 79 runs.  Sandberg hit 30 homers, knocked in 76 runs, batted .290, and led the N.L. with 104 runs scored.  

Yet, both the Mets and Cardinals featured players who posted superior offensive numbers to either Grace or Sandberg.  Third baseman Howard Johnson had a big year for New York, hitting 36 home runs, knocking in 101 runs, batting .287, stealing 41 bases, and tying Sandberg and San Francisco’s Will Clark for the league lead with 104 runs scored.  Pedro Guerrero also performed extremely well for St. Louis, hitting 17 home runs, placing among the league leaders with 117 runs batted in and a .311 batting average, and topping the circuit with 42 doubles.

While the Cubs claimed their second Eastern Division title, the San Francisco Giants finished first in the West for the third time.  Combining solid hitting with outstanding pitching, the Giants concluded the campaign with a record of 92-70 that left them three games ahead of the second-place San Diego Padres and six games in front of the third-place Houston Astros.  

Rick Reuschel and Scott Garrelts anchored a pitching staff that finished third in the league with a team ERA of 3.30.  Reuschel went 17-8 with a 2.94 ERA, while Garrelts compiled an excellent 14-5 record and led all N.L. starters with a 2.28 ERA

San Francisco also placed a close second in the league to Chicago with 699 runs scored.  Leadoff hitter Brett Butler batted .283, scored 100 runs, and stole 31 bases.  Will Clark earned a close second-place finish in the N.L. MVP voting by hitting 23 homers, driving in 111 runs, batting .333, collecting 196 hits, and tying for the league lead with 104 runs scored.  Edging out his teammate for league MVP honors was outfielder Kevin Mitchell, who had the finest season of his career.  Mitchell batted .291, scored 100 runs, and topped the circuit with 47 home runs, 125 runs batted in, 345 total bases, and a .635 slugging average.

The tandem of Clark and Mitchell led the Giants to a five-game victory over the Cubs in the NLCS.  Mitchell batted .353, homered twice, and drove in five runs.  Clark was even better, earning NLCS MVP honors by batting .650, hitting two home runs, knocking in eight runs, and scoring eight others.

However, the Giants proved to be no match for the Oakland Athletics in the World Series, dropping in four games a Fall Classic marred by an earthquake that hit the San Francisco Bay area shortly before the scheduled start of Game Three.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• May 29 – Philadelphia’s Mike Schmidt called a press conference to announce his retirement, effective immediately.

• San Diego reliever Mark Davis (44 saves, 1.85 ERA) earned N.L. Cy Young honors.

• Cardinal Vince Coleman stole a major league record 50 consecutive bases without being caught.

• Chicago's Jerome Walton earned N.L. Rookie of the Year honors.

• Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Jr. became the first father and son in major league history to be active in the major leagues at the same time.

• Ozzie Smith set a major league record for shortstops by winning his 10th Gold Glove.

• Houston's Mike Scott led the National League with 20 wins.

• Comeback Player of the Year Lonnie Smith of Atlanta led the league with a .415 on-base percentage and finished third in the loop with a .315 batting average.

• San Diego’s Tony Gwynn led the league with a .336 batting average and 203 hits.  

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Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
ATL 2197 5463 584 1281 544 .178 201 22 128 83 54 1910 .300 .243 .615 94 42 65
CHN 2172 5513 702 1438 653 .185 235 45 124 136 57 2135 .288 .268 .600 114 50 80
CIN 2272 5520 632 1362 588 .224 243 28 128 128 71 2045 .333 .307 .675 96 49 66
HOU 2212 5516 647 1316 598 .191 239 28 97 144 62 1902 .285 .272 .583 80 44 83
LAN 2199 5465 554 1313 513 .216 241 17 89 81 54 1855 .332 .295 .675 98 41 83
MON 2224 5482 632 1353 587 .227 267 30 100 160 70 1980 .327 .294 .630 119 46 71
NYN 2097 5489 683 1351 633 .207 280 21 147 158 53 2114 .342 .281 .666 87 48 56
PHI 2284 5447 629 1324 594 .155 215 36 123 106 50 1980 .280 .227 .556 107 42 57
PIT 2231 5539 637 1334 584 .192 263 53 95 155 69 1988 .323 .263 .631 115 51 83
SDN 2074 5422 642 1360 598 .185 215 32 120 136 67 1999 .318 .286 .649 115 41 95
SFN 2317 5469 699 1365 647 .182 241 52 141 87 54 2133 .303 .256 .593 84 39 82
SLN 2234 5492 632 1418 587 .185 263 47 73 155 54 1994 .292 .241 .567 120 43 78

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ATL 501 63 97 1447 966 468 6088 1370 114 86.530 597 680 15 6 33 48 17
CHN 500 93 69 1462 918 532 6163 1369 106 52.130 556 623 18 5 55 44 24
CIN 501 75 87 1465 981 559 6265 1404 125 75.760 609 691 16 5 37 39 22
HOU 508 86 76 1480 965 551 6290 1379 105 118.090 601 669 19 6 38 50 23
LAN 445 77 83 1466 1052 504 6034 1278 95 86.360 479 536 25 14 36 53 14
MON 449 81 81 1468 1059 519 6152 1344 120 107.830 568 630 20 10 35 40 20
NYN 436 87 75 1451 1108 532 6098 1260 115 68.380 533 595 24 7 38 50 24
PHI 511 67 95 1435 899 613 6204 1408 127 93.980 648 735 10 6 33 91 18
PIT 489 74 88 1486 827 539 6309 1394 121 103.900 602 680 20 7 40 55 20
SDN 407 89 73 1457 933 481 6095 1359 133 74.170 548 626 21 4 52 42 15
SFN 480 92 70 1457 802 471 6041 1320 120 80.260 535 600 12 3 47 37 26
SLN 522 86 76 1461 844 482 6090 1330 84 61.130 547 608 18 8 43 40 16

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ATL 2531 7353 5449 1735 169 .952 17374 108 78 1.00 14
CHN 2589 7419 5523 1748 148 .959 17525 87 56 0 12
CIN 2641 7315 5482 1695 138 .953 17573 141 65 0 8
HOU 2538 7470 5630 1688 152 .961 17754 170 40 0 14
LAN 2580 7284 5448 1694 142 .966 17562 99 72 0 10
MON 2649 7375 5367 1851 157 .966 17622 166 70 0 11
NYN 2522 7185 5528 1483 174 .957 17448 158 57 0 11
PHI 2698 7294 5339 1806 149 .970 17200 113 66 0 6
PIT 2586 7630 5657 1793 180 .959 17852 190 56 0 19
SDN 2559 7482 5442 1862 178 .964 17486 68 44 0 14
SFN 2750 7405 5515 1752 138 .969 17482 96 56 0 11
SLN 2603 7464 5448 1877 139 .966 17534 133 55 0 12

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
San Francisco Giants 92 70 2059701 1 802
San Diego Padres 89 73 2009031 2 933
Houston Astros 86 76 1834908 3 965
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 83 2944653 4 1052
Cincinnati Reds 75 87 1979320 5 981
Atlanta Braves 63 97 984930 6 966

Central

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
Chicago Cubs 93 69 2491942 1 918
New York Mets 87 75 2918710 2 1108
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 3080980 3 844
Montreal Expos 81 81 1783533 4 1059
Pittsburg Pirates 74 88 1374141 5 827
Philadelphia Philies 67 95 1861985 6 899

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1989 NLCS, 1989 World Series, Brett Butler, Chicago Cubs, Greg Maddux, Howard Johnson, Jerome Walton, Kevin Mitchell, Lonnie Smith, Mark Davis, Mark Grace, Mike Bielecki, Mike Schmidt, Mike Scott, Orel Hershiser, Ozzie Smith, Pedro Guerrero, Rick Reuschel, Rick Sutcliffe, Ryne Sandberg, San Francisco Giants, Scott Garrelts, Tony Gwynn, Vince Coleman, Will Clark

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