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1990 Boston Red Sox season

The 1990 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing first in the American League East with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. It was the second AL East division championship in three years for the Red Sox. However, as in 1988, the team fell victim to a four-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS.

Offseason

  • December 6, 1989: Dennis Lamp was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[1]
  • December 6, 1989: Jeff Reardon signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[2]
  • December 19, 1989: Rick Cerone was released by the Boston Red Sox.[3]
  • December 20, 1989: Sam Horn was released by the Boston Red Sox.[4]
  • February 15, 1990: Bill Buckner signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[5]
  • February 15, 1990: Greg A. Harris was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[6]

Regular season

On June 6, 1990, the Red Sox got retribution for Bucky Dent's home run when the New York Yankees fired Dent as their manager, making Fenway Park the scene of his greatest moment as a player—and his worst moment as manager.[7] Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe criticized Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner for firing Dent—his 18th managerial change in as many years—in Boston and said he should "have waited until the Yankees got to Baltimore" to fire Dent.[8] He said that "if Dent had been fired in Seattle or Milwaukee, this would have been just another event in an endless line of George's jettisons. But it happened in Boston and the nightly news had its hook."[8] He also said that "the firing was only special because...it's the first time a Yankee manager...was purged on the ancient Indian burial grounds of the Back Bay."[8]

The Red Sox also set a Major League record which still stands for the most double plays grounded into in a season, with 174.[9]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 88 74 .543 --
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 .531 2
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 9
Cleveland Indians 77 85 .475 11
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 11½
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 14
New York Yankees 67 95 .414 21

Opening Day Line Up

26 Wade Boggs 3B
17 Marty Barrett 2B
39 Mike Greenwell LF
12 Ellis Burks CF
24 Dwight Evans DH
13 Billy Jo Robidoux     1B
  6 Tony Peña C
  3 Jody Reed SS
16 Kevin Romine RF
21 Roger Clemens P

Roster

1990 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitters

Pinch hitter

Manager

Coaches

Notable transactions

  • May 4, 1990: Lee Smith was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals for Tom Brunansky.[10]
  • June 4, 1990: Les Norman was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the 1990 amateur draft, but did not sign.[11]
  • June 5, 1990: Bill Buckner was released by the Boston Red Sox.[5]
  • August 23, 1990: Cecilio Guante signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
  • August 30, 1990: The Boston Red Sox traded Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros for Larry Andersen.

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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 Tony Peña 143 491 129 .263 7 56
1B Carlos Quintana 149 512 147 .287 7 67
2B Jody Reed 155 598 173 .289 5 51
3B Wade Boggs 155 619 187 .302 6 63
SS Luis Rivera 118 346 78 .225 7 45
LF Mike Greenwell 159 610 181 .297 14 73
CF Ellis Burks 152 588 174 .296 21 89
RF Tom Brunansky 129 461 123 .267 15 71
DH Dwight Evans 123 445 111 .249 13 63

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roger Clemens 31 228.1 21 6 1.93 209
Mike Boddicker 34 228 17 8 3.16 143
Tom Bolton 21 119.2 10 5 3.38 65

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALCS

Game 1

October 6, 1990 at Fenway Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 9 13 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: Larry Andersen (0-1)  
HR: BOSWade Boggs (1)

Game 2

October 7, 1990 at Fenway Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 13 1
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
W: Bob Welch (1-0)   L: Greg Harris (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: None

Game 3

October 9, 1990 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 3
Oakland 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 x 4 6 0
W: Mike Moore (1-0)   L: Mike Boddicker (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (2)
HR: None

Game 4

October 10, 1990 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Oakland 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 6 0
W: Dave Stewart (2-0)   L: Roger Clemens (0-1)  S: Rick Honeycutt (1)
HR: None

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ed Nottle and Johnny Pesky
AA New Britain Red Sox Eastern League Butch Hobson
A Lynchburg Red Sox Carolina League Gary Allenson
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Dave Holt
Short-Season A Elmira Pioneers New York-Penn League Mike Verdi
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Felix Maldonado
[12]

References

  • 1990 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1990 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1989
AL East Championship Season
1990
Succeeded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1991
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