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1990 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1990 season saw the A's win their third consecutive American League West title, with a record of 103 wins and 59 losses, nine games ahead of the Chicago White Sox. It was the third consecutive year in which Oakland finished with the best record in all of MLB. During the season, A's starter Bob Welch would be the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in the 20th century.[1] The Athletics swept the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS before being shockingly swept themselves by the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.

Offseason

  • November 28, 1989: Rickey Henderson signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.
  • December 13, 1989 – The Athletics sign Scott Sanderson as a free agent.[2]
  • December 13, 1989: Jamie Quirk was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[3]

Regular season

Hunter
Pitcher:
1965-67(KC)
1968-74(OAK)
Retired 1990
  • June 4, 1990: Todd Van Poppel was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed July 16, 1990.
  • June 20, 1990 – Terry Steinbach has 6 RBIs in one game versus the Detroit Tigers.
  • July 25, 1990 – Jose Canseco had 6 RBIs in a game against the California Angels.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636 --
Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 9
Texas Rangers 83 79 .512 20
California Angels 80 82 .494 23
Seattle Mariners 77 85 .475 26
Kansas City Royals 75 86 .466 27½
Minnesota Twins 74 88 .457 29

Notable transactions

  • May 13, 1990: Willie Randolph was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Oakland Athletics for Stan Javier.[4]
  • June 17, 1990: Ken Phelps was purchased by the Cleveland Indians from the Oakland Athletics.
  • July 15, 1990: Mike Norris was released by the Oakland Athletics.[5]
  • August 1, 1990: Ron Coomer was released by the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • August 29, 1990: Willie McGee was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for Felix Jose, Stan Royer, and Daryl Green (minors).[7]

Draft Picks

  • June 4, 1990: Ernie Young was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 10th round of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1990.[8]
  • June 4, 1990: Izzy Molina was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 22nd round of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed June 28, 1990.[9]

Roster

1990 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitters

Manager

Coaches

Dave Stewart's No-Hitter

On June 29, Dave Stewart no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 5-0.

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 Terry Steinbach 114 379 95 .291 9 57
1B Mark McGwire 156 523 123 .235 39 108
2B Willie Randolph 93 292 75 .257 1 21
3B Carney Lansford 134 507 136 .268 3 50
SS Walt Weiss 138 445 118 .265 2 35
LF Rickey Henderson 136 489 159 .325 28 61
CF Dave Henderson 127 450 122 .264 20 63
RF José Canseco 131 481 132 .274 37 101
DH Harold Baines 32 94 25 .266 3 21

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Troy Afenir 14 14 2 .143 0 2
Lance Blankenship 86 136 26 .295 0 10
Mike Bordick 25 14 1 .071 0 0
Ozzie Canseco 9 19 2 .105 0 1
Mike Gallego 140 389 80 .206 3 34
Ron Hassey 94 254 54 .213 5 22
Scott Hemond 7 13 2 .154 0 1
Rick Honeycutt 66 2 0 .000 0 0
Steve Howard 21 52 12 .231 0 1
Dann Howitt 14 22 3 .136 0 1
Stan Javier 19 33 8 .242 0 3
Doug Jennings 64 156 30 .192 2 14
Félix José 101 341 90 .264 8 39
Darren Lewis 25 35 8 .229 0 1
Willie McGee 29 113 31 .274 0 15
Ken Phelps 32 59 11 .186 1 6
Jamie Quirk 56 121 34 .281 3 26

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Stewart 36 267 22 11 2.56 166
Bob Welch 35 238 27 6 2.95 127
Scott Sanderson 34 206⅓ 17 11 3.88 128
Mike Moore 33 199⅓ 13 15 4.65 73
Curt Young 26 124⅓ 9 6 4.85 56

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Joe Bitker
Steve Chitren
Reggie Harris
Mike Norris
Dave Otto

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Todd Burns
Dennis Eckersley 63 4 2 48 0.61 73
Rick Honeycutt 63
Joe Klink
Nelson, GeneGene Nelson

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

World series

Main article: 1990 World Series

The four game sweep to the Reds in the 1990, was reminiscent of the A’s loss to the Boston Braves 76 years earlier.

NL Cincinnati Reds (4) vs. AL Oakland Athletics (0)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 A's – 0, Reds – 7 October 16 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati) 55,830 2:48
2 A's – 4, Reds – 5 (10 inns) October 17 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati) 55,832 3:31
3 Reds – 8, A's – 3 October 19 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 48,269 3:01
4 Reds – 2, A's – 1 October 20 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) 48,613 2:48

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

  • Jose Canseco, Outfield
  • Rickey Henderson, Outfield
  • Mark McGwire, First Base
  • Tony LaRussa, Manager

Team leaders

  • Home Runs – Mark McGwire (39)
  • RBI - Mark McGwire (108)
  • Batting Average – Rickey Henderson (.325)
  • Hits – Rickey Henderson (159)
  • Stolen Bases - Rickey Henderson (65)
  • Walks - Mark McGwire (110)
  • Wins – Bob Welch (27)
  • Earned Run Average – Dennis Eckersley (0.61)
  • Strikeouts – Dave Stewart (166)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Brad Fischer
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Jeff Newman
A Modesto A's California League Ted Kubiak
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Casey Parsons
Short-Season A Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Grady Fuson
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Gary Jones

References

  • 1990 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1990 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1989
AL West Championship Season
1990
Succeeded by
Minnesota Twins
1991
Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1989
American League Championship
1990
Succeeded by
Minnesota Twins
1991
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