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1984 Oakland Athletics season

1984 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
Manager(s) Steve Boros
Jackie Moore
Local television KBHK
(Bill King, Bill Rigney, Lon Simmons)
Local radio KSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Wayne Hagin)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1984 season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. While the A's struggled for a third consecutive season, they staged a major coup by drafting future superstar Mark McGwire with the tenth overall pick of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft. The season also marked the end of Rickey Henderson's first (of four) stints with the Athletics. His second stint would begin in 1989.

Offseason

Regular season

  • August 19, 1984: In a game against the Athletics, Cliff Johnson of the Toronto Blue Jays hit the 19th pinch home run of his career, breaking Jerry Lynch's mark of 18.[9]

Season standings

Team Wins Losses Win % GB
Kansas City Royals   84 78 .519    --
California Angels   81 81 .500   3.0
Minnesota Twins   81 81 .500   3.0
Oakland Athletics   77 85 .475   7.0
Chicago White Sox   74 88 .457 10.0
Seattle Mariners   74 88 .457 10.0
Texas Rangers   69 92 .429 14.5

Notable transactions

  • June 4, 1984: 1984 Major League Baseball Draft
    • Mark McGwire was drafted by the Athletics in the 1st round (10th pick). Player signed July 20, 1984.[10]
    • Todd Burns was drafted by the Athletics in the 7th round.[11]
  • June 9, 1984: Chuck Hensley was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Oakland Athletics.[12]
  • July 3, 1984: Mike Torrez was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[13]
  • August 9, 1984: Mike Torrez was released by the Athletics.[13]

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
2B Morgan, JoeJoe Morgan 116 365 89 .244 6 43

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
Wagner, MarkMark Wagner 80 87 20 .230 0 12
Hancock, GarryGarry Hancock 51 60 13 .217 0 8
Kiefer, SteveSteve Kiefer 23 40 7 .175 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
Burris, RayRay Burris 34 211.2 13 10 3.15 93

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
Sorensen, LaryLary Sorensen 46 183.1 6 13 4.91 63

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
Caudill, BillBill Caudill 68 9 7 36 2.71 89
Atherton, KeithKeith Atherton 57 7 6 2 4.33 58
Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 17 3 0 2 2.35 8
Rainey, ChuckChuck Rainey 16 1 1 1 6.75 10
Heimueller, GormanGorman Heimueller 6 0 1 0 6.14 3
Bettendorf, JeffJeff Bettendorf 3 0 0 1 4.66 5
Torrez, MikeMike Torrez 2 0 0 0 27.00 2
Wagner, MarkMark Wagner 1 0 0 0 0.00 1
Hancock, GarryGarry Hancock 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Ed Nottle
AA Albany-Colonie A's Eastern League Keith Lieppman
A Modesto A's California League George Mitterwald
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Brad Fischer
Short-Season A Medford A's Northwest League Dennis Rogers
Rookie Idaho Falls A's Pioneer League Jim Nettles

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Modesto

References

  1. ^ Joe Rudi page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Bill Caudill page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Joe Morgan page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ray Burris page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Luis Polonia page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Félix José page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Jack Daugherty page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Tim Belcher page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.232, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  10. ^ Mark McGwire page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Todd Burns page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/henslch01.shtml
  13. ^ a b Mike Torrez page at Baseball Reference

External links

  • 1984 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1984 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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