Oakland Athletics 199
American League West Division 1991 Final Baseball Standings
Minnesota 95-67 … ChicWhSox 87-75 - 8 GB …Texas 85-77- 10 GB … Oakland 84-78 – 11GB … Seattle 83-79 – 12 GB … Kansas City 82-80 – 13 GB … California 81-81 - 14 GB
* Baseball Player Bios, Quotes and Stats
* Rick Honeycutt Pitcher LH – One of the leading mound-masters of this time frame he started pitching in the majors back in 1977 with Seattle as a starting pitcher (pitched in 534 games – 1977-97). Rick Honeycutt joined Oakland in August ’87 via a trade for Tim Belcher of Dodgers, and was moved into the bullpen as long reliever/set-up man. In his 6 years, 1988-93, with A’s he appeared in 55, 64, 63, 43, 54 and 52 games and gathered 30 saves and had 3 seasons of ERA being under 2.85. Throwing from a three/quarter angle Rick Honeycutt used an assortment of pitchers, and was very capable of changing speeds on various pitches.
* Rickey Henderson Leftfielder Bats RH Throws LH – The following is from the back of a SCORE BASEBALL CARD for this year, ‘No matter what Henderson is hitting, he is still the most exciting player in the AL. A sure Hall of Famer, he is the greatest leadoff man in the history of baseball. A quote from ex-MLB player and manager Frank Robinson, “There have been other players who can dominate a game, but not the way Rickey does.” And, baseball historian says, “We cannot dispute that quote.”
* Scott Brosius Infielder / Outfielder RH – Born in Hillsboro, Oregon – He started in pro baseball at age 20 and had a .281 batting average with Medford A minors. An all-around athlete when he joined the Oakland Athletics as a rookie in early August of 1991, Scott Brosius played second and third base plus in the outfield. In his first major league game he lined a homer and a double and batted .235 in 35 games.
* 1991 American League Home Run Leaders – Jose Canseco of Oakland 44 tied with Cecil Fielder Detroit 44
* Dave Henderson of the Athletics hit 25 homers in 1991 – his number was 16th highest in AL. Teammate Mark McGwire hit 22.
* Walt Weiss Shortstop RH – Walt Weiss was voted the 1988 American League Rookie of the Year, and by 1991 had just finished 4th season as the starting shortstop for the Oakland A’s. His excellent defensive play at shortstop helped the team make 3 straight post season playoffs. A slap hitter in ‘90 he hit .265 the highest batting average in his first four full seasons with Oakland.