1980 Oakland Athletics season: Wikis

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1980 Oakland Athletics
Major league affiliations
Location
1980 information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
Manager(s) Billy Martin
Local television KPIX-TV
(Monte Moore, Wayne Walker)
Local radio KDIA
(Ted Robinson, Red Rush, Dom Valentino)

The Oakland Athletics' 1980 season involved the A's finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses. 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 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.

Contents

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

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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
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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
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

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Minetto, CraigCraig Minetto 7 8 0 2 7.88 5

Relief pitchers

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
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

Awards and honors

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

Notes

References


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