1976 Oakland Athletics season: Wikis

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1976 Oakland Athletics
Major league affiliations
Location
1976 information
Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
Manager(s) Chuck Tanner
Local television KPIX-TV
Local radio KNBR
(Monte Moore, Bob Waller)

The Oakland Athletics' 1976 season involved the A's finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 87 wins and 74 losses, 2.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals, meaning that the A's failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1970.

As the 1976 season got underway, the basic rules of player contracts were changing. It was ruled that baseball’s reserve clause only bound players for one season after their contract expired. All players not signed to multi-year contracts would be eligible for free agency at the end of the 1976 season. Finley reacted by trading star players and attempting to sell others. On June 15, 1976, Finley sold left fielder Joe Rudi and relief pitcher Rollie Fingers to Boston for $1 million each, and pitcher Vida Blue [1] to the New York Yankees for $1.5 million. Three days later, Bowie Kuhn voided the transactions in the “best interests of baseball.” Amid the turmoil, the A's still finished second in the A.L. West, 2.5 games behind the Royals.

This team set and still holds the team record for most stolen bases in a season with 341.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 90 72 -- .556
Oakland Athletics 87 74 2.5 .540
Minnesota Twins 85 77 5 .525
Texas Rangers 76 86 14 .469
California Angels 76 86 14 .469
Chicago White Sox 64 97 25.5 .398

Notable transactions

Roster

1976 Oakland Athletics roster
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 Haney, LarryLarry Haney 88 177 40 .226 0 10
1B Tenace, GeneGene Tenace 128 417 104 .249 22 66
2B Garner, PhilPhil Garner 159 555 145 .261 8 74
3B Bando, SalSal Bando 158 550 132 .240 27 84
SS Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 149 536 137 .256 1 52
LF Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi 130 500 135 .270 13 94
CF North, BillyBilly North 154 590 163 .276 2 31
RF Washington, ClaudellClaudell Washington 134 490 126 .257 5 53
DH Williams, BillyBilly Williams 120 351 74 .211 11 41

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Baylor, DonDon Baylor 157 595 147 .247 15 68
McMullen, KenKen McMullen 98 186 41 .220 5 23
Hosley, TimTim Hosley 37 55 9 .164 1 4
Fairly, RonRon Fairly 15 46 11 .239 3 10
Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 29 45 8 .178 0 4
McCovey, WillieWillie McCovey 11 24 5 .208 0 0
Walling, DennyDenny Walling 3 11 3 .273 0 0
Colbert, NateNate Colbert 2 5 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Blue, VidaVida Blue 37 298.1 18 13 2.35 166
Torrez, MikeMike Torrez 39 266.1 16 12 2.50 115
Mitchell, PaulPaul Mitchell 26 142 9 7 4.25 67
Norris, MikeMike Norris 24 96 4 5 4.78 44

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bahnsen, StanStan Bahnsen 35 143 8 7 3.34 82
Abbott, GlennGlenn Abbott 19 62.1 2 4 5.49 27
Batton, ChrisChris Batton 2 4 0 0 9.00 4

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 70 13 11 20 2.47 113
Todd, JimJim Todd 49 7 8 4 3.81 22
Mitchell, CraigCraig Mitchell 1 0 0 0 2.70 0

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Hank Aguirre and Lee Stange
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Rene Lachemann
A Modesto A's California League George Farson
Short-Season A Boise A's Northwest League Tom Trebelhorn

Notes

References


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