Year In Review : 1990 American League

Off the field...

The Hubble Space Telescope was originally due to be launched in 1986, but the explosion
of the Space Shuttle Challenger delayed the launch until April of 1990. The twelve-ton telescope was equipped with a ninety-four inch mirror and was sent into orbit by the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Within two months, a flaw in the mirror was discovered, placing in jeopardy the largest investment ever in astronomy. Three years later, the defect was finally repaired by specialists aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor who restored the telescope to its full optical capabilities.

Microsoft Corporation introduced their new operating system Windows 3.0 which featured a graphical user interface similar to the Macintosh platform from Apple. The PC version of the software was geared towards the novice home user and forever changed the world of personal computers. Some of the new features included the use of a mouse, which allowed the user to navigate the screen with a pointer and manipulate data with one hand.

America's favorite dysfunctional cartoon family, The Simpsons debuted as a half hour-comedy on the FOX Network. Created by Matt Groening in 1987, the characters of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie were featured as thirty-second spots on The Tracey Ullman Show before going solo in 1990. The controversial series had been repeatedly confirmed by fans and critics to be one of the most humorous and lifelike portraits of the average American family and it received the 1990 and 1991 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program.

In the American League...

The Seattle Mariner's Randy Johnson tossed the franchise's first no-hitter with a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The "Big Unit", who earned his nickname as the tallest pitcher in Major League history at six feet ten inches, struck out eight batters and walked six with fifty of his pitches clocked at ninety-four miles per hour or above.

As a tribute to days gone by, the Chicago White Sox held a throwback tribute to honor their 1917 World Championship team. The players donned old-fashioned uniforms and the promoters at Comiskey Park scaled all concessions back to World War I prices. The home team went on to lose 12-9 at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers in a thirteen inning nail-biter.

The Minnesota Twins set a Major League record by pulling off two triple plays in the same game, one in the fourth and another in the eighth. Both were started on grounders to third baseman Gary Gaetti who had started five of the Twins' last six triple efforts. Despite the record, the Red Sox went on to win 1-0. The following day both teams combined to set yet another major league mark for defensive plays when Boston hit into six double plays and Minnesota grounded into four. The previous mark of nine double plays was last accomplished on April 15, 1961.

In the National League...

The National League announced it plans to expand from twelve to fourteen teams for the 1993 season opening the doors for expansion franchises in Denver and Miami. The price of admission into the National League was set at a whopping ninety-five million dollars.

Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers homered from both sides of the plate during a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. In doing so he became the first major leaguer to pull the feat in both the National and American Leagues.

Chicago Cubs' ace Greg Maddux set a Major League record for pitchers when he recorded seven putouts in a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over the course of the season he recorded thirty-nine putouts for the year to tie Vic Willis for the National League mark set in 1904. Maddux went on to match it again both in 1991 and 1993.

Around the league...

The Boston Red Sox hired Elaine Weddington as their newest assistant General Manager, making her the highest-ranking black female in the major leagues.

The Major League owners unanimously refused to open Spring Training camps without a new Basic Agreement with the Players' Association. The standoff resulted in a thirty-two day lockout that postponed the start of the regular season by one week.

Both players and owners eventually reached a collective-bargaining agreement that increased the clubs' contributions to the players' pension fund, raised the minimum major league salary to $100,000 and also set a compromise on salary arbitration that left seventeen percent of the players with two and three years experience eligible.

On April 10th, President George Bush Sr. became the first U.S. president to throw out a first pitch on foreign soil after he was invited to the Toronto home opener by the Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The Blue Jays later went on to beat the Texas Rangers (who were owned by a group led by George Bush Jr.) by a score of 2-1.

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1990 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Oakland
110
Batting Average
Kansas City
.329
Doubles
Kansas City
45
Boston
Hits
Texas
191
Home Runs
Detroit
51
On Base Percentage
Oakland
.441
RBI
Detroit
132
Runs
Oakland
119
Slugging Average
Detroit
.592
Stolen Bases
Oakland
65
Total Bases
Detroit
339
Triples
Toronto
17

1990 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Detroit
11
Oakland
ERA
Boston
1.93
Games
Chicago
77
Saves
Chicago
57
Shutouts
Boston
4
Oakland
Strikeouts
Texas
269
Winning Percentage
Oakland
.818
Wins
Oakland
27

1990 American League

Team Standings

Boston Red Sox 88 74 .543 0 $21,843,333
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 .531 2 $16,231,854
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 9 $18,248,738
Cleveland Indians 77 85 .475 11 $13,820,000
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 11½ $7,985,584
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 14 $18,196,667
New York Yankees 67 95 .414 21 $19,339,816
Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636 0 $21,785,040
Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 9 $9,843,529
Texas Rangers 83 79 .512 20 $12,617,333
California Angels 80 82 .494 23 $21,391,152
Seattle Mariners 77 85 .475 26 $11,918,167
Kansas City Royals 75 86 .466 27½ $23,197,845
Minnesota Twins 74 88 .457 29 $13,528,000
American League Team Standings

1990 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Baltimore
660
Batting Average
Boston
.272
Doubles
Kansas City
316
Hits
Boston
1,502
Home Runs
Detroit
172
On Base Percentage
Boston
.346
Runs
Toronto
767
Slugging Average
Toronto
.419
Stolen Bases
Milwaukee
164
Triples
Toronto
50

1990 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Texas
25
ERA
Oakland
3.18
Fewest Hits Allowed
Oakland
1,287
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Boston
92
Fewest Walks Allowed
Toronto
445
Saves
Chicago
68
Shutouts
Oakland
16
Strikeouts
Seattle
1,064
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Average Salary: $578,930.00
Minimum Salary: $100,000.00
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The "year of the no-hitter " started on June 11, 1990, when Nolan Ryan tossed his sixth gem — this time versus the Oakland Athletics.

Did you know that on August 31, 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey, Jr. became the first father and son to play together as Major League teammates ?

On September 2, 1990, Dave Stieb of Toronto threw the first Blue Jay no-hitter in franchise history. It was also the ninth and final no-hitter thrown during 1990.

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