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|1978 in baseball|
|1978 American League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
In a one-game playoff for the American League Eastern Division title, the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 5 to 4. For the final out, Boston's Carl Yastrzemski popped up a Goose Gossage pitch to Graig Nettles.
- Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
|Rank||Team||G||W||L||T||WPCT||GB||RS (RS/G)||RA (RA/G)||AVG||OBP||SLG||ERA||FPCT|
|1||New York Yankees||163||100||63||0||.613||-.-||735 (4.51)||582 (3.57)||0.267||0.328||0.388||3.18||0.982|
|2||Boston Red Sox||163||99||64||0||.607||1.0||796 (4.88)||657 (4.03)||0.267||0.336||0.424||3.54||0.977|
|3||Milwaukee Brewers||162||93||69||0||.574||6.5||804 (4.96)||650 (4.01)||0.276||0.339||0.432||3.65||0.977|
|4||Baltimore Orioles||161||90||71||0||.559||9.0||659 (4.09)||633 (3.93)||0.258||0.326||0.396||3.56||0.982|
|5||Detroit Tigers||162||86||76||0||.531||13.5||714 (4.41)||653 (4.03)||0.271||0.338||0.392||3.64||0.981|
|6||Cleveland Indians||159||69||90||0||.434||29.0||639 (4.02)||694 (4.36)||0.261||0.323||0.379||3.97||0.980|
|7||Toronto Blue Jays||161||59||102||0||.366||40.0||590 (3.66)||775 (4.81)||0.250||0.307||0.359||4.54||0.979|
|1||Kansas City Royals||162||92||70||0||.568||-.-||743 (4.59)||634 (3.91)||0.268||0.329||0.399||3.44||0.976|
|2||Texas Rangers||162||87||75||0||.537||5.0||692 (4.27)||632 (3.90)||0.253||0.331||0.381||3.36||0.976|
|3||California Angels||162||87||75||0||.537||5.0||691 (4.27)||666 (4.11)||0.259||0.325||0.370||3.65||0.978|
|4||Minnesota Twins||162||73||89||0||.451||19.0||666 (4.11)||678 (4.19)||0.267||0.339||0.375||3.69||0.977|
|5||Chicago White Sox||161||71||90||0||.441||20.5||634 (3.94)||731 (4.54)||0.264||0.316||0.379||4.21||0.977|
|6||Oakland Athletics||162||69||93||0||.426||23.0||532 (3.28)||690 (4.26)||0.245||0.302||0.351||3.62||0.971|
|7||Seattle Mariners||160||56||104||0||.350||35.0||614 (3.84)||834 (5.21)||0.248||0.314||0.359||4.67||0.978|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The American League Championship Series, featured New York Yankees, the Eastern Division winner, and the Kansas City Royals, the Western Division winner. The Yankees defeated the Royals, 3 games to 1.
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Jim Rice, an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox. In the award's voting, he had 352 out of a possible 392 points and 20 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Lou Whitaker, a second baseman with the Detroit Tigers. In the award's voting, he had 21 out of a possible 28 points and 21 first place votes.
 Gold Gloves
The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Monthly Awards
- Player of the Month Award
 Hall of Fame Game
The thirty-sixth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 7 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game ended in a 4 - 4 tie between the Detroit Tigers of the American League and New York Mets of the National League. The game was stopped by rain in top of the seventh inning.
 Notable events