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1980 New York Yankees season

 

1980 New York Yankees season

Template:MLB yearly infobox The 1980 New York Yankees season was the 78th season for the franchise in New York, and its 80th season overall. The team finished with a record of 103-59, finishing in first place in the American League East, 3 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. The Kansas City Royals swept the Yanks in the ALCS. New York was managed by Dick Howser. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Offseason

Spring training

The Yankees played two spring training exhibition games at the Louisiana Superdome over the weekend of March 15 and 16, 1980. 45,152 spectators watched the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9 to 3 on March 15, 1980. The following day, 43,339 fans saw Floyd Rayford lead the Orioles to a 7 to 1 win over the Yankees.[7]

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 103 59 -- .636
Baltimore Orioles 100 62 3 .617
Milwaukee Brewers 86 76 17 .531
Detroit Tigers 84 78 19 .519
Boston Red Sox 83 77 19 .519
Cleveland Indians 79 81 23 .494
Toronto Blue Jays 67 95 36 .414


Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

  • April 1, 1980: Jim Kaat was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.[8]
  • April 4, 1980: Johnny Oates was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.[9]
  • April 30, 1980: Jim Kaat was purchased from the Yankees by the St. Louis Cardinals.[8]
  • May 28, 1980: Paul Blair was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.[10]
  • July 1, 1980: Paul Blair was released by the Yankees.[10]
  • August 1, 1980: José Rijo was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent.[11]
  • August 14, 1980: Ken Clay and a player to be named later were traded by the Yankees to the Texas Rangers for Gaylord Perry. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Marvin Thompson (minors) to the Rangers on October 1.[12]

Roster

1980 New York Yankees
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

Bold indicates American League All-Star.

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Cerone, RickRick Cerone 147 519 144 .277 14 85
1B Watson, BobBob Watson 130 469 144 .307 13 68
2B Randolph, WillieWillie Randolph 138 513 151 .294 7 46
3B Nettles, GraigGraig Nettles 89 324 79 .244 16 45
SS Dent, BuckyBucky Dent 141 489 128 .262 5 52
LF Piniella, LouLou Piniella 116 321 92 .287 2 27
CF Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 137 412 107 .260 14 47
RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 143 514 154 .300 41 111
DH Soderholm, EricEric Soderholm 95 275 79 .287 11 35

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
Wilborn, TedTed Wilborn 8 8 2 .250 0 1
Sherrill, DennisDennis Sherrill 3 4 1 .250 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Bold indicates American League All-Star.

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John, TommyTommy John 36 265⅓ 22 9 3.43 78
Guidry, RonRon Guidry 37 219 ⅔ 17 10 3.56 166
Underwood, TomTom Underwood 38 187 13 9 3.66 116
May, RudyRudy May 41 175⅓ 15 5 2.46 133
Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant 25 136⅓ 8 9 4.89 84

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
Figueroa, EdEd Figueroa 15 58 3 3 6.98 16

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
Davis, RonRon Davis 53 9 3 7 2.95 65
Bird, DougDoug Bird 22 3 0 1 2.66 17

ALCS

Game 1

October 8 Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
Kansas City 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 X 7 10 0
W: Larry Gura (1-0)  L: Ron Guidry (0-1)  
HRs: NYYRick Cerone (1) Lou Piniella (1)   KCRGeorge Brett (1)

Game 2

October 9 Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Kansas City 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 0
W: Dennis Leonard (1-0)  L: Rudy May (0-1)  S: Dan Quisenberry (1)
HRs: NYYGraig Nettles

Game 3

October 10 Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 12 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0
W: Dan Quisenberry (1-0)  L: Rich Gossage (0-1)
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett (2) Frank White (1)

Awards and honors

Bucky Dent, Goose Gossage, Reggie Jackson, Tommy John, Graig Nettles and Willie Randolph represented the Yankees at the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Randolph earned the inaugural Silver Slugger Award at second base.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Joe Altobelli
AA Nashville Sounds Southern League Stump Merrill
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Doug Holmquist
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Bob Schaefer
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Art Mazmanian
Rookie Paintsville Yankees Appalachian League Mike Easom
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Oneonta, Paintsville

Notes

References

  • 1980 New York Yankees
  • 1980 New York Yankees team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Baltimore Orioles
1979
AL East Championship Season
1980
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
1981
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