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1980 Kansas City Royals season

1980 Kansas City Royals
1980 AL West Champions
1980 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1969)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
    Manager(s) Jim Frey
    Local television WDAF-TV
    (Al Wisk, Denny Trease)
    Local radio WIBW (AM)
    (Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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    The 1980 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. The Royals finished first in the American League West with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. They went on to sweep the New York Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1980 World Series, four games to two.

    One of the highlights of the season was George Brett winning the American League batting title. Brett's .390 batting average was the highest in the majors since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    On September 30, while pitching for the Seattle Mariners against the Royals, Rick Honeycutt taped a thumbtack to his finger to cut the ball. Royals baserunner Willie Wilson spotted the tack from second base. The umpires investigated and not only found the tack, but also a gash in Honeycutt's forehead. Honeycutt was ejected from the game, suspended for 10 games, and fined.[2]

    Opening Day starters

    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

    Roster

    1980 Kansas City Royals
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    = Indicates team leader

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

    Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
    C Porter, DarrellDarrell Porter 118 418 51 104 14 2 .249 7 51 1
    1B Aikens, WillieWillie Aikens 151 543 70 151 24 0 .278 20 98 1
    2B White, FrankFrank White 154 560 70 148 23 4 .264 7 60 19
    3B Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 117 449 87 175 33 9 .390 24 118 15
    SS Washington, U LU L Washington 153 549 79 150 16 11 .273 6 53 20
    LF Wilson, WillieWillie Wilson 161 705 133 230 28 15 .326 3 49 79
    CF Otis, AmosAmos Otis 107 394 56 99 16 3 .251 10 53 16
    RF Hurdle, ClintClint Hurdle 130 395 50 116 31 2 .294 10 60 0
    DH McRae, HalHal McRae 124 489 73 145 39 5 .297 14 83 10
    [7]

    Other batters

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

    Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
    Wathan, JohnJohn Wathan 126 453 57 138 .305 6 58 17
    Chalk, DaveDave Chalk 69 167 19 42 .251 1 20 1
    Quirk, JamieJamie Quirk 62 163 13 45 .276 5 21 3
    LaCock, PetePete LaCock 114 156 14 32 .205 1 18 1
    Torres, RustyRusty Torres 51 72 10 12 .167 0 3 1
    Mulliniks, RanceRance Mulliniks 36 54 8 14 .259 0 6 0
    Cardenal, JoséJosé Cardenal 25 53 8 18 .340 0 5 0
    Detherage, BobBob Detherage 20 26 2 8 .308 1 7 1
    Braun, SteveSteve Braun 14 23 0 1 .043 0 1 0
    Terrell, JerryJerry Terrell 22 16 4 1 .063 0 0 0
    Concepción, OnixOnix Concepción 12 15 1 2 .133 0 2 0
    Castillo, MannyManny Castillo 7 10 1 2 .200 0 0 0
    Phelps, KenKen Phelps 3 4 0 0 .000 0 0 0
    Barranca, GermánGermán Barranca 7 0 3 0 ---- 0 0 0
    [7]

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

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

    Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
    Gura, LarryLarry Gura 36 283.1 18 10 2.95 76 113
    Leonard, DennisDennis Leonard 38 280.1 20 11 3.79 80 155
    Splittorff, PaulPaul Splittorff 34 204 14 11 4.15 43 53
    Gale, RichRich Gale 32 190.2 13 9 3.92 78 97
    [7]

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
    Martin, RenieRenie Martin 32 137.1 10 10 2 4.39 70 68
    Busby, SteveSteve Busby 11 42.1 1 3 0 6.17 19 12
    Jones, MikeMike Jones 3 4.2 0 1 0 11.57 5 2
    [7]

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
    Quisenberry, DanDan Quisenberry 75 128.1 12 7 33 3.09 27 37
    Pattin, MartyMarty Pattin 37 89 4 0 4 3.64 23 40
    Christenson, GaryGary Christenson 24 31.1 3 0 1 5.17 18 16
    Twitty, JeffJeff Twitty 13 22.1 2 1 0 6.04 7 9
    Eastwick, RawlyRawly Eastwick 14 22 0 1 0 5.32 8 5
    Brett, KenKen Brett 8 13.1 0 0 1 0.00 5 4
    Chamberlain, CraigCraig Chamberlain 5 9.1 0 1 0 6.75 5 3
    Terrell, JerryJerry Terrell 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 1 0
    [7]

    Postseason

    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)

    World Series

    Main article: 1980 World Series
    NL Philadelphia Phillies (4) vs. AL Kansas City Royals (2)
    Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
    1 Royals – 6, Phillies – 7 October 14 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 65,791 3:01
    2 Royals – 4, Phillies – 6 October 15 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 65,775 3:01
    3 Phillies – 3, Royals – 4 (10 inns) October 17 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 42,380 3:19
    4 Phillies – 3, Royals – 5 October 18 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 42,363 2:37
    5 Phillies – 4, Royals – 3 October 19 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 42,369 2:51
    6 Royals – 1, Phillies – 4 October 21 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 65,838 3:00

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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    Notes

    References

    • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

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