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1980 Oakland Athletics season

1980 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Oakland, California (since 1968)
  • Results
    Record 83–79 (.512)
    Other information
    Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
    Manager(s) Billy Martin
    Local television KPIX-TV
    (Monte Moore, Wayne Walker)
    Local radio KDIA
    (Ted Robinson, Red Rush, Dom Valentino)
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    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

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