1987 Season News

A high school outfielder named Ken Griffey, Jr. was selected by the Seattle Mariners as their first overall pick in the 1987 Amateur Draft.

After hitting a meager .220 with fifteen home runs for the Oakland Athletics, forty-one year old Reggie Jackson finally retired. "Mr. October" had played twenty-one years in the Major Leagues and totaled five-hundred sixty-three home runs, one-thousand seven-hundred two runs batted in and a .262 batting average. He also held the all time record for strikeouts with two-thousand five-hundred ninety-seven and the best slugging average in World Series play with .755.

The New York Mets' Dwight "Doc" Gooden entered a twenty-eight day drug rehabilitation program at the Smithers Alcoholism Treatment Center. The 1985 Cy Young Award winner had tested positive for cocaine use and would not return to start the season until June 5th.

On April 18th, Mike Schmidt, of the Philadelphia Phillies, launched a three-run blast over the wall at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium for his 500th career home run. The historic shot put the All-Star third baseman in the company of just thirteen other players in Major League history.

The Major League Players Association filed a grievance accusing the owners of acting together to restrict player's salaries. The association cited the lack of offers to free agents from 1985-1987, which resulted in them returning to their original teams. In a study from the 1985 season, it was estimated that free agents lost between $70 and $90 million dollars.

On October 17th, the Minnesota Twins welcomed the St. Louis Cardinals to the Metrodome for the first World Series game ever played indoors. The home team dominated the visitors 11-1 in front of a capacity crowd of 55,171.
1987 American League East
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 98-64 -
Toronto Blue Jays 96-66 2.0
Milwaukee Brewers 91-71 7.0
New York Yankees 89-73 9.0
Boston Red Sox 78-87 20.0
Baltimore Orioles 67-95 31.0
Cleveland Indians 61-101 37.0
1987 American League West
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 85-77 -
Kansas City Royals 83-79 2.0
Oakland Athletics 81-81 4.0
Seattle Mariners 78-84 7.0
Chicago White Sox 77-85 8.0
California Angels 75-87 10.0
Texas Rangers 75-87 10.0
1987 National League East
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 95-67 -
New York Mets 92-70 3.0
Montreal Expos 91-71 4.0
Philadelphia Phillies 80-82 15.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 80-82 15.0
Chicago Cubs 76-85 18.5
1987 National League West
Team Record GB
San Francisco Giants 90-72 -
Cincinnati Reds 84-78 6.0
Houston Astros 76-86 14.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 73-89 17.0
Atlanta Braves 69-92 20.5
San Diego Padres 65-97 25.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Detroit Tigers 98 64 0.605 896 5.53 735 4.54 225 180 0.272 0.347 0.451 4.02 563 976 0.980 147
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 0.593 845 5.22 655 4.04 215 158 0.269 0.334 0.446 3.74 567 1064 0.982 148
Milwaukee Brewers 91 71 0.562 862 5.32 817 5.04 163 169 0.276 0.345 0.428 4.62 529 1039 0.976 155
New York Yankees 89 73 0.549 788 4.86 758 4.68 196 179 0.262 0.335 0.418 4.36 542 900 0.983 155
Minnesota Twins 85 77 0.525 786 4.85 806 4.98 196 210 0.261 0.326 0.430 4.63 564 990 0.984 147
Kansas City Royals 83 79 0.512 715 4.41 691 4.27 168 128 0.262 0.326 0.412 3.86 548 923 0.979 151
Oakland Athletics 81 81 0.500 806 4.98 789 4.87 199 176 0.260 0.332 0.428 4.32 531 1042 0.977 122
Seattle Mariners 78 84 0.481 760 4.69 801 4.94 161 199 0.272 0.333 0.428 4.49 497 919 0.980 150
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 842 5.20 825 5.09 174 190 0.278 0.349 0.430 4.77 517 1034 0.982 158
Chicago White Sox 77 85 0.475 748 4.62 746 4.60 173 189 0.258 0.318 0.415 4.30 537 792 0.981 174
California Angels 75 87 0.463 770 4.75 803 4.96 172 212 0.252 0.324 0.401 4.38 504 941 0.981 162
Texas Rangers 75 87 0.463 823 5.08 849 5.24 194 199 0.266 0.334 0.430 4.63 760 1103 0.976 148
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 729 4.50 880 5.43 211 226 0.258 0.321 0.418 5.01 547 870 0.982 174
Cleveland Indians 61 101 0.377 742 4.58 957 5.91 187 219 0.263 0.322 0.422 5.28 606 849 0.975 128
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 95 67 0.586 798 4.93 693 4.28 94 129 0.263 0.341 0.378 3.91 533 873 0.982 172
New York Mets 92 70 0.568 823 5.08 698 4.31 192 135 0.268 0.338 0.434 3.84 510 1032 0.978 137
Montreal Expos 91 71 0.562 741 4.57 720 4.44 120 145 0.265 0.326 0.401 3.92 446 1012 0.976 122
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 783 4.83 669 4.13 205 146 0.260 0.322 0.430 3.68 547 1038 0.980 183
Cincinnati Reds 84 78 0.519 783 4.83 752 4.64 192 170 0.266 0.328 0.427 4.24 485 919 0.979 137
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 0.494 702 4.33 749 4.62 169 167 0.254 0.326 0.410 4.18 587 877 0.980 137
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 0.494 723 4.46 744 4.59 131 164 0.264 0.329 0.403 4.20 562 914 0.980 147
Chicago Cubs 76 85 0.472 720 4.47 801 4.98 209 159 0.264 0.325 0.432 4.55 628 1024 0.979 154
Houston Astros 76 86 0.469 648 4.00 678 4.19 122 141 0.253 0.318 0.373 3.84 525 1137 0.981 113
Los Angeles Dodgers 73 89 0.451 635 3.92 675 4.17 125 130 0.252 0.308 0.371 3.72 565 1097 0.975 144
Atlanta Braves 69 92 0.429 747 4.64 829 5.15 152 163 0.258 0.336 0.403 4.63 587 837 0.982 170
San Diego Padres 65 97 0.401 668 4.12 763 4.71 113 175 0.260 0.331 0.378 4.27 602 897 0.976 135