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San Francisco Giants: Remembering the 1989 NL pennant winners

SAN DIEGO - JUNE: Kevin Mitchell #7 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch during a June 1988 game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - JUNE: Kevin Mitchell #7 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch during a June 1988 game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO – JULY: Kevin Mitchell #7 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch during a July 1989 game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO – JULY: Kevin Mitchell #7 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch during a July 1989 game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

1989 San Francisco Giants: Postseason Performance and Accolades

The Giants were matched up with the 93-69 Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.

The two teams split the first two games of the series before the Giants won three straight to clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1962.

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Clark (13-for-20, 2 HR, 8 RBI) won NLCS MVP honors and Mitchell (6-for-17, 2 HR, 7 RBI) also enjoyed a big series at the plate. The bullpen also did a great job protecting leads win a close series that saw the final three games decided by a combined four runs.

The World Series was a different story entirely.

Facing off against a juggernaut Oakland Athletics team and dealing with the shock of the Loma Prieta earthquake that put a 12-day break between Game 2 and Game 3, the Giants were swept in four games by a combined 19 runs.

Nevertheless, it was a memorable season filled with accolades.

The All-Star Game featured three Giants players in the starting lineup for the NL squad—Clark, Mitchell and Reuschel.

Mitchell also took home NL MVP honors, the first Giants player to do so since Willie McCovey in 1969.

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So while the season did not end with the hoisting of the World Series trophy, it was still a fantastic season, and one we can still appreciate some 30 years later.

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