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1980 Oakland Athletics season

 

1980 Oakland Athletics season

The 1980 Oakland Athletics season was the team's thirteenth season in Oakland. The A's, under first-year manager Billy Martin, began the season with low expectations following their insipid 1979 campaign. Strong performances from pitchers Mike Norris, Matt Keough, and Rick Langford, along with the brilliant play of breakout star (and future Hall-of-Famer) Rickey Henderson, paved the way for a staggering 29-win increase over the previous year's output. The Athletics, only one year removed from baseball's worst record, swung to a second place finish behind their 83-79 record.

The season also marked the end of the Charlie Finley ownership era. Finley sold the team to Walter A. Haas, Jr. shortly before the start of the 1981 season. The A's would remain under Haas' ownership until 1995.

Offseason

  • March 21, 1980: Jim Todd was released by the Athletics.[1]
  • March 21, 1980: Joe Wallis was released by the Athletics.[2]

Regular season

In 1980, Charlie O. Finley hired Billy Martin to manage the young team. The club was led by new young stars Rickey Henderson, Mike Norris, Tony Armas, and Dwayne Murphy. The starting pitching staff was also notable in that they completed 94 starts, virtually unheard of in the era of the relief pitcher. Rick Langford finished 28 of his 33 starts, totalling nearly 300 innings, and tallying a 19-12 record. Norris went 22-9 with a 2.53 ERA, completed 24 starts, and was runner-up to Steve Stone in the Cy Young Award balloting that year. Martin made believers of his young charges as “Billyball” (characterized as featuring aggressive base running) was used to market the team, and the Athletics finished second in 1980.

Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's American League record for most stolen bases in one season (96) by recording 100 stolen bases.[3]

Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 97 65 -- .599
Oakland Athletics 83 79 14 .512
Minnesota Twins 77 84 19.5 .478
Texas Rangers 76 85 20.5 .472
Chicago White Sox 70 90 26 .438
California Angels 65 95 31 .406
Seattle Mariners 59 103 38 .364

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Roster

1980 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 Essian, JimJim Essian 87 285 66 .232 5 29
LF Henderson, RickeyRickey Henderson 158 591 179 .303 9 53
CF Murphy, DwayneDwayne Murphy 159 573 157 .274 13 68
RF Armas, TonyTony Armas 158 628 175 .279 35 109

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
Newman, JeffJeff Newman 127 438 102 .233 15 56
McKay, DaveDave McKay 123 295 72 .244 1 29
González, OrlandoOrlando González 25 70 17 .243 0 1
Edwards, MikeMike Edwards 46 59 14 .237 0 3
Elliott, RandyRandy Elliott 14 39 5 .128 0 1

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
Langford, RickRick Langford 35 290 19 12 3.26 102
Norris, MikeMike Norris 33 284.1 22 9 2.53 180

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
Minetto, CraigCraig Minetto 7 8 0 2 7.88 5

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
Jones, JeffJeff Jones 35 1 3 5 2.84 34
Beard, DaveDave Beard 13 0 1 1 3.38 12
Camacho, ErnieErnie Camacho 5 0 0 0 6.94 9
Lysander, RickRick Lysander 5 0 0 0 7.90 5
Souza, MarkMark Souza 5 0 0 0 7.71 2
Wirth, AlanAlan Wirth 2 0 0 0 4.50 1
Bordi, RichRich Bordi 1 0 0 0 4.50 0

Awards and honors

League records

  • Rickey Henderson, American League record (since broken), Most stolen bases in one season (100)

League leaders

  • Rickey Henderson, American League leader, stolen bases (100)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ogden A's Pacific Coast League José Pagán
AA West Haven Whitecaps Eastern League Ed Nottle
A Modesto A's California League Keith Lieppman
Short-Season A Medford A's Northwest League Brad Fischer

References

External links

  • 1980 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1980 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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