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1970 Oakland Athletics season

The 1970 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing second in the American League West with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses. In 1970, owner Charlie Finley officially changed the team name from the Athletics to the "A's". An "apostrophe-s" was added to the cap and uniform emblem to reflect that fact.

Offseason

During the off-season, Reggie Jackson sought an increase in salary, and A's owner Charlie Finley threatened to send Jackson to the minors. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn successfully intervened in their dispute. Reggie Jackson demanded $60,000 per season, while he was offered $40,000 by Charlie Finley. Both parties settled on $45,000,[1] but Jackson's numbers in 1970 dropped sharply, as he hit just 23 home runs while batting .237.

Notable transactions

Round 4: Mitchell Page (did not sign)
Secondary Phase[7]
Round 1: Vic Harris [8]

Regular season

  • During the 1070 season, there were rumours of the Athletics attempting to relocate to Toronto, Ontario.[9]
  • At the end of May, the Athletics were 25-23, and 8 games back of the first place Minnesota Twins.[10]
  • September 21: Vida Blue threw a no-hitter versus the Minnesota Twins.[11]
  • The club hired Harry Caray to do the play by play for the Athletics. Charlie Finley wanted Caray to change his broadcast chant of Holy Cow to Holy Mule. Caray refused and left after the season.[12]

Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Minnesota Twins 98 64 0 .605
Oakland Athletics 89 73 9.0 .549
California Angels 86 76 12.0 .531
Kansas City Royals 65 97 33.0 .401
Milwaukee Brewers 65 97 33.0 .401
Chicago White Sox 56 106 42.0 .346

Notable transactions

Round 1: Dan Ford (18th pick)[15]

Roster

1970 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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 Fernández, FrankFrank Fernández 94 252 54 .214 15 44
1B Mincher, DonDon Mincher 140 463 114 .246 27 74
3B Bando, SalSal Bando 155 502 132 .263 20 75
SS Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 147 603 168 .279 22 64
RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 149 426 101 .237 23 66

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Duncan, DaveDave Duncan 86 232 60 .259 10 29
Davis, TommyTommy Davis 66 200 58 .290 1 27
Hovley, SteveSteve Hovley 72 100 19 .190 0 1
Donaldson, JohnJohn Donaldson 41 89 22 .247 1 11
Peña, RobertoRoberto Peña 19 58 15 .259 0 3
Driscoll, JimJim Driscoll 21 52 10 .192 1 2
Johnson, BobBob Johnson 30 46 8 .174 1 2
Francona, TitoTito Francona 32 33 8 .242 1 6
Tartabull, JoséJosé Tartabull 24 13 3 .231 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dobson, ChuckChuck Dobson 41 267 16 15 3.74 149
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 40 262.1 18 14 3.81 178
Blue, VidaVida Blue 6 38.2 2 0 2.09 35

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Seguí, DiegoDiego Seguí 47 162 10 10 2.56 95
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 45 148 7 9 3.65 79
Downing, AlAl Downing 10 41 3 3 3.95 26

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 72 6 2 24 1.82 54
Lindblad, PaulPaul Lindblad 62 8 2 3 2.70 42
Lachemann, MarcelMarcel Lachemann 41 3 3 3 2.78 39
Rodríguez, RobertoRoberto Rodríguez 6 0 0 0 2.92 8
Talbot, FredFred Talbot 1 0 1 0 10.80 0

Awards and honors

  • Bert Campaneris led the American League in Stolen Bases[17]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Sherm Lollar
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Phil Cavarretta
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Roy Sievers
Short-Season A Coos Bay-North Bend A's Northwest League Harry Bright

References

External links

  • 1970 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1970 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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