1989 Chicago Cubs season
|1989 Chicago Cubs|
|National League East Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Jim Frey|
|Local television||WGN-TV/Superstation WGN|
(Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Dewayne Staats)
(Dewayne Staats, Dave Nelson, Harry Caray)
|< Previous season Next season >|
The 1989 Chicago Cubs season was the 118th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 114th in the National League and the Cubs' 74th season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were managed by Don Zimmer in his second season as manager and played their home games at Wrigley Field as members of Major League Baseball's National League East Division.
The Cubs finished the season 93–69 to win the East Division for the second time in franchise history. The Cubs lost the National League Championship Series four games to one to the San Francisco Giants.
- December 5, 1988: Rafael Palmeiro, Jamie Moyer, and Drew Hall were traded by the Cubs to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Paul Kilgus, Mitch Williams, Curtis Wilkerson, Steve Wilson, Luis Benitez (minors), and Pablo Delgado (minors).
- December 7, 1988: Scott Sanderson was signed as a free agent by the Cubs.
- December 8, 1988: Rolando Roomes was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds for Lloyd McClendon.
- March 28, 1989: Rich Gossage was released by the Cubs.
|New York Mets||87||75||0.537||6||51–30||36–45|
|St. Louis Cardinals||86||76||0.531||7||46–35||40–41|
Record vs. opponents
1989 National League Records
Sources:            
- August 24, 1989: The Cubs traded players to be named later to the Atlanta Braves for Paul Assenmacher. The Cubs completed the deal by sending Kelly Mann and Pat Gomez to the Braves on September 1.
- August 30, 1989: Calvin Schiraldi, Darrin Jackson and a player to be named later were traded by the Cubs to the San Diego Padres for Marvell Wynne and Luis Salazar. The Cubs completed the deal by sending Phil Stephenson to the Padres on September 5.
|1989 Chicago Cubs|
|1989 Chicago Cubs regular season game log: 93–69 (.574)|
April: 12–11 (.522)
May: 16–11 (.593)
June: 13–15 (.464)
July: 18–9 (.667)
August: 16–8 (.667)
September: 17–11 (.607)
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|W: Scott Garrelts (1–0) L: Greg Maddux (0–1) S: None|
|HR: SF – Will Clark (1), (2), Kevin Mitchell (1) CHC – Mark Grace (1), Ryne Sandberg (1)|
|Pitchers: SF – Garrelts, Brantley (8), Hammaker (9) CHC – Maddux, Kilgus (5), Wilson (8)|
|W: Les Lancaster (1–0) L: Rick Reuschel (0–1) S: None|
|HR: SF – Kevin Mitchell (2), Matt Williams (1), Robby Thompson (1) CHC – None|
|Pitchers: SF – Reuschel, Downs (1), Lefferts (6), Brantley (7), Bedrosian (8) CHC – Bielecki, Assenmacher (5), Lancaster (6)
|W: Don Robinson (1–0) L: Les Lancaster (1–1) S: Steve Bedrosian (1)|
|HR: CHC – None SF – Robby Thompson (2)|
|Pitchers: CHC – Sutcliffe, Assenmacher (7), Lancaster (7) SF – LaCoss, Brantley (4), Robinson (7), Lefferts (8), Bedrosian (9)|
|W: Kelly Downs (1–0) L: Steve Wilson (1–1) S: Steve Bedrosian (2)|
|HR: CHC – Luis Salazar (1) SF – Matt Williams (2)|
|Pitchers: CHC – Maddux, Wilson (4), Sanderson (6), Williams (8) SF – Garrelts, Downs (5), Bedrosian (9)|
|W: Rick Reuschel (1–1) L: Mike Bielecki (0–1) S: Steve Bedrosian (3)|
|HR: CHC – None SF – None|
|Pitchers: CHC – Bielecki, Williams (8), Lancaster (8) SF – Reuschel, Bedrosian (9)|
The Giants made it to their first World Series since 1962 with a 3–2 win over the Cubs to win the 1989 National League pennant, four games to one. The final game pitted Mike Bielecki against a well-rested (due to his quick exit from Game 2) Rick Reuschel. Reuschel made amends for his poor start in Game 2 by giving up only one run over eight innings. The one run Reuschel gave up was an unearned run the Cubs scored when Walton reached on an error by Mitchell and then scored on Sandberg's double. The Cubs held the 1–0 lead until the seventh inning when Will Clark tripled and scored on Mitchell's sacrifice fly.
Awards and honors
- Ryne Sandberg, National League Leader, Runs (104)
- Ryne Sandberg, Second Base, Starter
- Andre Dawson, Outfield, Reserve
- Rick Sutcliffe, Pitcher, Reserve
- Mitch Williams, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
- Rafael Palmeiro at Baseball Reference
- Scott Sanderson at Baseball Reference
- Rich Gossage at Baseball Reference
- Paul Assenmacher at Baseball Reference
- Phil Stephenson at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997