1986 California Angels Season
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1986 California Angels Season

1986 California Angels
1986 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Gene Autry
General manager(s)Mike Port
Manager(s)Gene Mauch
Local televisionKTLA
(Joe Torre, Bob Starr)
Local radioKMPC
(Ron Fairly, Al Conin)
XPRS
(Ruben Valentin, Ulpiano Cos Villa)
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The California Angels' 1986 season was the franchise's 26th season and ended with the Angels losing the American League Championship Series in dramatic fashion.

The regular season ended with the Angels finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 92-70, earning the franchise's third division title. After jumping to a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-seven ALCS, the Angels blew a 3-run lead in the 9th inning of Game 5 that included giving up a two-out, two-strike home run to Boston's Dave Henderson (in other words, the Angels were 1 strike away from the World Series). The Angels went on to lose Game 5 in extra innings, and eventually lost the next two games and the series.

After 1986, the Angels went into a lengthy playoff drought, not returning to the postseason until their championship season of 2002 (though they did come close in 1995). They would not win a division title again until 2004.

Offseason

  • November 19, 1985: DeWayne Buice was signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.[1]
  • December 5, 1985: Don Sutton was signed as a free agent by the Angels.[2]
  • December 20, 1985: Daryl Sconiers was released by the Angels.[3]
  • December 20, 1985: Geoff Zahn was released by the California Angels.[4]

Regular season

  • May 4, 1986: Reggie Jackson hit the 537th home run of his career off Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, passing Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list.
  • June 18, 1986: Don Sutton won the 300th game of his career. Sutton became the 19th pitcher in MLB history to win 300 games.
  • September 18, 1986: Reggie Jackson had 3 Home Runs and 7 RBIs in one game.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
California Angels 92 70 0.568 -- 50-32 42-38
Texas Rangers 87 75 0.537 5 51-30 36-45
Kansas City Royals 76 86 0.469 16 45-36 31-50
Oakland Athletics 76 86 0.469 16 47-36 29-50
Chicago White Sox 72 90 0.444 20 41-40 31-50
Minnesota Twins 71 91 0.438 21 43-38 28-53
Seattle Mariners 67 95 0.414 25 41-41 26-54

Record vs. opponents

1986 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore -- 4-9 6-6 9-3 4-9 1-12 6-6 6-7 8-4 5-8 5-7 6-6 5-7 8-5
Boston 9-4 -- 5-7 7-5 10-3 7-6 6-6 6-6 10-2 5-8 7-5 8-4 8-4 7-6
California 6-6 7-5 -- 7-6 6-6 7-5 8-5 5-7 7-6 7-5 10-3 8-5 8-5 6-6
Chicago 3-9 5-7 6-7 -- 5-7 6-6 7-6 5-7 6-7 6-6 7-6 8-5 2-11 6-6
Cleveland 9-4 3-10 6-6 7-5 -- 4-9 8-4 8-5 6-6 5-8 10-2 9-3 6-6 3-10-1
Detroit 12-1 6-7 5-7 6-6 9-4 -- 5-7 8-5 7-5 6-7 6-6 6-6 7-5 4-9
Kansas City 6-6 6-6 5-8 6-7 4-8 7-5 -- 6-6 6-7 4-8 8-5 5-8 8-5 5-7
Milwaukee 7-6 6-6 7-5 7-5 5-8 5-8 6-6 -- 4-8 8-5 5-7 6-6 4-8 7-6
Minnesota 4-8 2-10 6-7 7-6 6-6 5-7 7-6 8-4 -- 4-8 6-7 6-7 6-7 4-8
New York 8-5 8-5 5-7 6-6 8-5 7-6 8-4 5-8 8-4 -- 5-7 8-4 7-5 7-6
Oakland 7-5 5-7 3-10 6-7 2-10 6-6 5-8 7-5 7-6 7-5 -- 10-3 3-10 8-4
Seattle 6-6 4-8 5-8 5-8 3-9 6-6 8-5 6-6 7-6 4-8 3-10 -- 4-9 6-6
Texas 7-5 4-8 5-8 11-2 6-6 5-7 5-8 8-4 7-6 5-7 10-3 9-4 -- 5-7
Toronto 5-8 6-7 6-6 6-6 10-3-1 9-4 7-5 6-7 8-4 6-7 4-8 6-6 7-5 --


Notable transactions

  • June 2, 1986: Alan Mills was drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1986 amateur draft (Secondary Phase). Player signed June 10, 1986.[5]

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Bob Boone 144 442 98 .222 7 49
1B Wally Joyner 154 593 172 .290 22 100
2B Bobby Grich 98 313 84 .268 9 30
SS Dick Schofield 139 458 114 .249 13 57
3B Doug DeCinces 140 512 131 .256 26 96
LF Brian Downing 152 513 137 .267 20 95
CF Gary Pettis 154 539 139 .258 5 58
RF Ruppert Jones 126 393 90 .229 17 49
DH Reggie Jackson 132 419 101 .241 18 58

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rob Wilfong 92 288 63 .219 3 33
George Hendrick 102 283 77 .272 14 47
Rick Burleson 93 271 77 .284 5 29
Jack Howell 63 151 41 .272 4 21
Jerry Narron 57 95 21 .221 1 8
Darrell Miller 33 57 13 .228 0 4
Devon White 29 51 12 .235 1 3
Mark Ryal 13 32 12 .375 2 5
Gus Polidor 6 19 5 .263 0 1
Mark McLemore 5 4 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Witt 34 269 18 10 2.84 208
Kirk McCaskill 34 246.1 17 10 3.36 202
Don Sutton 34 207 15 11 3.74 116
Ron Romanick 18 106.1 5 8 5.50 38
John Candelaria 16 92 10 2 2.55 81
Jim Slaton 14 73.1 4 6 5.65 31
Ray Chadwick 7 27.1 0 5 7.24 9
Willie Fraser 1 4.1 0 0 8.31 2

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vern Ruhle 16 47.2 1 3 4.15 23
Urbano Lugo 6 21.1 1 1 3.80 9
Mike Cook 5 9 0 2 9.00 6

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Donnie Moore 49 4 5 21 2.97 53
Doug Corbett 46 4 2 10 3.66 36
Terry Forster 41 4 1 5 3.51 28
Gary Lucas 27 4 1 2 3.15 31
Chuck Finley 25 3 1 0 3.30 37
T.R. Bryden 16 2 1 0 6.55 25
Ken Forsch 10 0 1 1 9.53 13
Todd Fischer 9 0 0 0 4.24 7

ALCS

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 California - 8, Boston - 1 October 7 Fenway Park 32,993
2 California - 2, Boston - 9 October 8 Fenway Park 32,786
3 Boston - 3, California - 5 October 10 Anaheim Stadium 64,206
4 Boston - 3, California - 4 (11 innings) October 11 Anaheim Stadium 64,223
5 Boston - 7, California - 6 (11 innings) October 12 Anaheim Stadium 64,223
6 California - 4, Boston - 10 October 14 Fenway Park 32,998
7 California - 1, Boston - 8 October 15 Fenway Park 33,001

Farm system

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References

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/buicede01.shtml
  2. ^ Don Sutton at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Daryl Sconiers at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/z/zahnge01.shtml
  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/millsal01.shtml
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997

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