Ken Griffey Jr: .300 BA, 22 HRs
Ken Griffey Jr. continued to show his great talent in 1990, as he batted .300 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI in his sophomore year. In September, he met up with his father, Ken Sr., who joined the Mariners after being released by the Reds. The Griffeys have the distinction of being the first father-son duo to play in the major leagues at the same time.
George Brett Wins Third Title
George Brett won his third career batting title in 1990 as he batted .329 to lead the American League. Brett, who won batting crowns in 1976 and 1980, became the first player to win titles in three different decades. The heroics of their first baseman were the lone bright spot in a dismal season for the Royals, who had spent megabucks for free agents in the off-season.
Chris Sabo: .563 in 1990 Series
Cincinnati's Chris Sabo was tagged out at second by Willie Randolph in game two of the 1990 World Series. Though Sabo didn't like the call, he had little else to complain about in the Series. Not only did his team win every game, he also hit .563. In game three, he clubbed two homers and grabbed everything in sight at third base. Sabo's performance undoubtedly enhanced his status as a cult hero. With his crewcut and goggles, he earned the nickname "Spuds" for his resemblance to a certain beer mascot.
Alan Trammell: .304, 89 RBI
Alan Trammell continued to make his case for Hall of Fame consideration in 1990, batting .304 with 14 home runs and 89 RBI while leading the Tigers to a surprise third-place finish. At age 32, the shortstop completed his 14th season in Detroit with no sign of slowing down. Trammell rebounded from an injury-plagued 1989 season, in which he hit a meager .243 with five home runs.
Cartlon Fisk Sets HR Record
Carlton Fisk rewrote the record books in 1990. He surpassed the career home run mark for catchers previously held by Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, by tallying 18 four-baggers. With a .285 batting average and 65 RBI, Fisk also played an instrumental role in leading a young White Sox team to a 94-victory season and a second-place finish (9 games out) behind the Oakland A's.
Joe Oliver's an Unsung Hero
Little-known catcher Joe Oliver took game two of the 1990 World Series with a game-clinching ground-ball single in the bottom of the tenth inning. His hit came off baseball's toughest pitcher, Dennis Eckersley, who yielded only five earned runs during the regular season. In the Series, Oliver batted .333 with three doubles.
Nolan Ryan Wins No. 300
Ageless wonder Nolan Ryan, the all-time leader in strikeouts and no-hitters, had a milestone year in 1990. The Ranger righty won his 300th game on August 1, against the Brewers, to become both the 20th pitcher ever (and the third hurler age 43 or older) to reach the mark. On June 11, he pitched his sixth career no-hitter, a major league record. Ryan led the American League with 232 strikeouts while winning 13 games that season.
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