1989 San Francisco Giants National League Championship Team: Where Are They Now?
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The 1989 San Francisco Giants will always be a special team. They were the first Giants squad that I had the rare privilege of watching play in a World Series.
This Giant team had a potent lineup, they could hit for average and power. They featured a good rotation and solid relievers. They also had a repuation for being able to pick it on defense.
With players like Will Clark, Mike Krukow and Candy Maldonado, the 1989 Giants also had some spunk and swagger.
Unfortunately, the Loma Prieta earthquake during the warm-up for Game 3 would be the only excitement for Giants fans in the 1989 World Series.
The Oakland Athletics fielded their own dangerous team in 1989, and met the Giants in the first and only Bay Bridge World Series to date.
Although the Giants were swept by the A's in four games, this was a team San Francisco fans will always remember fondly.
Let's take a look at just a few of the players from that 1989 World Series Team, and ask: "Where are they now?"
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Brett Butler was the Giants center fielder and batted lead off for the World Series team in 1989. Butler signed as a free agent with San Francisco prior to the 1988 season.
Anyone who remembers watching the San Francisco Giants in 1989 will remember Brett Butler as an excellent lead-off hitter who played an outstanding center-field.
He had range, a good arm and a hard nose approach to baseball.
Butler retired as a player from the Dodgers in 1997.
Since his playing days, Butler has become a devout Christian. He and his family currently reside in Phoenix, Ariz.
Butler can still be found around a baseball diamond, managing the Arizona D-Backs Triple A club, the Reno Aces. He hopes to one day return again to the Major Leagues, as a manager.
Good Luck, Brett!
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"Now batting, second baseman Robby Thompson."
Hearing most of these players on the PA system at Candlestick Park was an awesome experience for a young baseball fan like myself.
The 1989 squad was a special team, and if not for an earthquake and a superhuman Athletics team, might have been the World Champions.
Robby Thompson's glove was a Giant part of the success; the club enjoyed that. His contributions at the plate set up teammates Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell very nicely.
We know Robby Thompson ended his playing career in September of 1996, and worked as first base coach for the Giants in 2000 and 2001.
Robby then joined the Cleveland Indians as bench coach in 2002. From there, we have accounts of Thompson joining the Cleveland Indians front office, and also his name appears as bench coach again in 2005.
He did not return to Indians as bench coach in 2006, stating he wanted to take off to spend time with his children. His two sons entered the Major League draft in 2008.
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William Nuschler Clark, Jr.
"Will the Thrill" is how we remember this legendary Giant. Clark was an integral part of the Giants success in 1989 (and many other years).
As the Giants faced the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, Clark let it all hang out and practically carried the club into the World Series. He earned the NLCS MVP in that 1989 season.
Will the Thrill moved around some after leaving the Giants in 1993. He retired from baseball in 2000 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 2009, Clark rejoined the Giants, this time with the front office as a Special Assistant. He can be seen around the park today, talking with players and media types.
It's good to have you back in the fold Will, you just didn't look right in any other uniform, buddy.
Kevin Mitchell had a checkered background that not many people knew about. He grew up around a gang atmosphere in San Diego, living with his Grandmother.
When he was drafted by the New York Mets in 1984, Mitchell seemed to put his youth behind him.
As a Giant, his legacy will long be remembered for his power hitting, and the "Catch." He earned the NL MVP in 1989, hitting .291, 47 HRs, and 125 RBI.
The Athletics stymied the Giants in 1989 World Series, and Mitchell was no exception. He did manage a HR in the four-game series, and a couple of RBI as well.
After leaving the Giants in 1991, Mitchell's star power diminished. He moved around to several clubs, including the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in Japan.
After baseball, Kevin Mitchell faced charges in 1999 for assault, and suspended in the minors for a brawl with a pitcher.
Where is Mitchell now? On bail in Chula Vista, where he will stand trial for guess what? You guessed it, an alleged assault on a golfer at a country club.
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Batting fifth, Matt Williams. Third Base.
You mean after facing Clark and Mitchell, opposing pitchers had to deal with Matt Williams?
Matt the Bat really anchored this storied lineup down. Opposing managers often had to pitch to clean up hitter Kevin Williams knowing a walk would just give Williams one more RBI.
In 1989, Williams just started to bud as a future five-time All-Star. He spent time platooning at third base with Ernest Riles and got in 84 games with 311 plate appearances.
Although Matt's best years and best numbers came later in his career as a Giant and later in Cleveland and Arizona, his glove and bat were a presence in the 1989 Giants clubhouse.
Matt Williams retired from playing in 2003 and is currently the first-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
No. 21, Candy Maldonado, RF.
The Puerto Rican native left the Dodgers and joined the Giants in 1986. He was a good hitter, batting .254 while in a Giants uniform.
Maldonado sticks out in my mind not for his batting or fielding, but for his spirit as a Giant. Anyone remember his KO of Ozzie Smith, the brawl at second base with Will Clark?
Great ball player, great person, excellent running haymaker.
Candy Maldonado is currently a baseball analyst with ESPN Latin America. He is working with ESPN back home in Puerto Rico.
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Yes, I too grimaced when I saw this picture of Terry Kennedy. The media these days is really thin on archived information or pictures of the former Giants catcher.
The statistics however, are always there. Terry Kennedy joined the Giants in 1989, taking over for Kirt Manwaring .
Terry Kennedy had decent offense numbers after coming over the from the Baltimore Orioles, but was probably more valuable managing a pitching staff that included Scott Garrelts, Rick Reuschel, Mike Krukow and Goose Gossage.
After Kennedy left the game in 1991, he stuck around the minors, instructing and coaching for several teams, including the Dodgers.
The last mention of his accomplishments in minor league coaching are Manager of the Year in 1998.
Where is Terry Kennedy now? Good question.
Update: Terry Kennedy has turned up in Triple A ball as well, he is the Manager of the San Diego's minor league team, The Portland Beavers. Good to know he is still around the game, influencing the next herd.
Thanks Chuck for the update!
The late Jose Uribe
Long before San Francisco fans were cheering on Juan Uribe, they were chanting "OOH! - REE-bay!" for his second cousin and elder, Jose Uribe.
Jose Uribe was outstanding at shortstop and a clutch hitter when it mattered most. In 1988 Uribe earned the Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership.
Uribe played for the Giants until 1992, and was part of 1989 World Series team.
Jose Uribe, at the age of 47, was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Dec. 8, 2006.
We will always remember Uribe's character and service as person and a ball player, rest in peace.
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Scott Garrelts was a major reason the Giants pitching saw action in the post season, including the World Series.
He was a tough right-hander who was converted from relief to staring pitcher in 1989.
He flourished in his new role in the rotation and won 14 games, losing only 5. He closed the regular season with an ERA of 2.28, with a complete game shutout to his credit.
Little information exists as far as Scott Garrelts life after baseball. He was a part of Giants 1989 Team Reunion at AT&T Park in 2009.
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Rick Reuschel was already a 17-year veteran in the big leagues before joining the Giants in 1987.
When you think of a pitcher with 17 years of service, you start to question if he can still be effective and productive. Not with Reuschel; he and Garrelts formed a very good one-two punch for the Giants in 1989.
Rick Reuschel had an All-Star year in 1989, starting for National League.
And after 17 years of pitching, he posted an ERA of 2.94 in 1989. He also had a 17-8 record, with 111 strikeouts.
Reuschel posted two complete games in 1989 as the Giants stormed through the National League.
Reuschel also had a boiler, or gut. It was great to see a gut out there on the mound, punishing batters and moving around the bases occasionally.
Rick Reuschel retired as a Giant in 1991.
One source has Rick Reuschel running his family farm with his brother in their hometown of Quincy, Ill.
These were just a few of the Giants on that great team, it's good to know most of these guys are still around and doing well.
It's icing on the cake that some of these Giant greats are still associated with the game.