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1980 New York Yankees season

1980 New York Yankees
1980 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York City, New York (since 1903)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
    Manager(s) Dick Howser
    Local television

    WPIX
    SportsChannel NY

    (Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)
    Local radio WINS (AM)
    (Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Fran Healy)
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    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

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

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