1986 Season News

On April 29th, Red Sox ace Roger Clemens struck out twenty Seattle Mariners setting a Major League record for most strikeouts in a single game.

Vincent "Bo" Jackson, a Heisman Trophy winner who chose baseball over football, played twenty-five games for the Kansas City Royals as an outfielder and designated hitter, batting .207 with two home runs. The Auburn All-American turned down a $7 million dollar deal from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a much smaller $1 million dollar contract with the Royals because he said he liked baseball best.

The "Curse of the Bambino" remained in effect as the Boston Red Sox fell victim to the "Amazin' Mets". In Game 6, the Red Sox had a two-run, 10th-inning lead with two outs and no runners on base. Then, after the Mets hit three consecutive singles, a passed ball erased the Red Sox lead, setting up one of the most improbable comebacks in post-season history. When the Mets' Mookie Wilson tapped a grounder down the first base line that somehow found its way between Bill Buckner's legs, the game ended; the costly error gave New York a 6-5 victory, and extended the Series to a Game 7.

On May 31st, a young rookie outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates named Barry Bonds tapped a double off the Los Angeles Dodgers' Rick Honeycutt for his first official Major League hit.

Forty-five year-old Pete Rose banged out five hits for the tenth time in his career (setting a National League record) as the Cincinnati Reds took on the San Francisco Giants on August 11th. "Charlie Hustle" also reached a record 4,256 career at-bats during his last appearance in a Major League line-up.

In an effort to set an example, Commissioner Peter Ueberoth suspended seven players for drug abuse. All seven decided to contribute ten percent of their seasonal salary to drug abuse programs, serve one-hundred hours of community service and be subjected to random drug testing. The seven include Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets, Dale Berra of the New York Yankees, Joaquin Andujar of the Oakland Athletics, Jeffrey Leonard of the San Francisco Giants, Lonnie Smith of the Kansas City Royals, Enos Cabell of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds.
1986 American League East
Team Record GB
Boston Red Sox 95-66 -
New York Yankees 90-72 5.5
Detroit Tigers 87-75 8.5
Toronto Blue Jays 86-76 9.5
Cleveland Indians 84-78 11.5
Milwaukee Brewers 77-84 18.0
Baltimore Orioles 73-89 22.5
1986 American League West
Team Record GB
California Angels 92-70 -
Texas Rangers 87-75 5.0
Oakland Athletics 76-86 16.0
Kansas City Royals 76-86 16.0
Chicago White Sox 72-90 20.0
Minnesota Twins 71-91 21.0
Seattle Mariners 67-95 25.0
1986 National League East
Team Record GB
New York Mets 108-54 -
Philadelphia Phillies 86-75 21.5
St. Louis Cardinals 79-82 28.5
Montreal Expos 78-83 29.5
Chicago Cubs 70-90 37.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 64-98 44.0
1986 National League West
Team Record GB
Houston Astros 96-66 -
Cincinnati Reds 86-76 10.0
San Francisco Giants 83-79 13.0
San Diego Padres 74-88 22.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 73-89 23.0
Atlanta Braves 72-89 23.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Red Sox 95 66 0.590 794 4.93 696 4.32 144 167 0.271 0.342 0.415 3.93 474 1033 0.979 146
California Angels 92 70 0.568 786 4.85 684 4.22 167 153 0.255 0.337 0.404 3.84 478 955 0.983 156
New York Yankees 90 72 0.556 797 4.92 738 4.56 188 175 0.271 0.347 0.430 4.11 492 878 0.979 153
Detroit Tigers 87 75 0.537 798 4.93 714 4.41 198 183 0.263 0.336 0.424 4.02 571 880 0.982 163
Texas Rangers 87 75 0.537 771 4.76 743 4.59 184 145 0.267 0.329 0.428 4.11 736 1059 0.980 160
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 809 4.99 733 4.52 181 164 0.269 0.328 0.427 4.08 487 1002 0.984 150
Cleveland Indians 84 78 0.519 831 5.13 841 5.19 157 167 0.284 0.337 0.430 4.58 605 744 0.975 148
Milwaukee Brewers 77 84 0.478 667 4.14 734 4.56 127 158 0.255 0.321 0.385 4.01 494 952 0.976 146
Oakland Athletics 76 86 0.469 731 4.51 760 4.69 163 166 0.252 0.321 0.390 4.31 667 937 0.978 120
Kansas City Royals 76 86 0.469 654 4.04 673 4.15 137 121 0.252 0.311 0.390 3.82 479 888 0.980 153
Baltimore Orioles 73 89 0.451 708 4.37 760 4.69 169 177 0.258 0.327 0.395 4.30 535 954 0.978 163
Chicago White Sox 72 90 0.444 644 3.98 699 4.31 121 143 0.247 0.309 0.363 3.93 561 895 0.981 142
Minnesota Twins 71 91 0.438 741 4.57 839 5.18 196 200 0.261 0.323 0.428 4.77 503 937 0.980 168
Seattle Mariners 67 95 0.414 718 4.43 835 5.15 158 171 0.253 0.324 0.399 4.65 585 944 0.975 191
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Mets 108 54 0.667 783 4.83 578 3.57 148 103 0.263 0.338 0.401 3.11 509 1083 0.978 145
Houston Astros 96 66 0.593 654 4.04 569 3.51 125 116 0.255 0.322 0.381 3.15 523 1160 0.978 108
Philadelphia Phillies 86 75 0.534 739 4.59 713 4.43 154 130 0.253 0.325 0.400 3.85 553 874 0.978 157
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 0.531 732 4.52 717 4.43 144 136 0.254 0.325 0.387 3.91 524 924 0.978 160
San Francisco Giants 83 79 0.512 698 4.31 618 3.81 114 121 0.253 0.320 0.375 3.33 591 992 0.977 149
St. Louis Cardinals 79 82 0.491 601 3.73 611 3.80 58 135 0.236 0.309 0.327 3.37 485 761 0.981 178
Montreal Expos 78 83 0.484 637 3.96 688 4.27 110 119 0.254 0.321 0.379 3.78 566 1051 0.979 132
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 656 4.05 723 4.46 136 150 0.261 0.321 0.388 3.99 607 934 0.978 135
Los Angeles Dodgers 73 89 0.451 638 3.94 679 4.19 130 115 0.251 0.311 0.370 3.76 499 1051 0.972 118
Atlanta Braves 72 89 0.447 615 3.82 719 4.47 138 117 0.250 0.318 0.381 3.97 576 932 0.978 181
Chicago Cubs 70 90 0.438 680 4.25 781 4.88 155 143 0.256 0.319 0.398 4.49 557 962 0.980 147
Pittsburgh Pirates 64 98 0.395 663 4.09 700 4.32 111 138 0.250 0.321 0.374 3.90 570 924 0.978 134