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The 1980 season of the American League was the eightieth season of the league.

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[edit] Season summary

Third baseman George Brett of the Kansas City Royals flirting with a .400 batting average during the season, but ended the year hitting .390.

[edit] Standings

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
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 162 103 59 0 .636 -.- 820 (5.06) 662 (4.09) 0.267 0.343 0.425 3.58 0.978
2 Baltimore Orioles 162 100 62 0 .617 3.0 805 (4.97) 640 (3.95) 0.273 0.342 0.413 3.64 0.985
3 Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 0 .531 17.0 811 (5.01) 682 (4.21) 0.275 0.329 0.448 3.71 0.977
4 Boston Red Sox 160 83 77 0 .519 19.0 757 (4.73) 767 (4.79) 0.283 0.339 0.436 4.38 0.977
5 Detroit Tigers 163 84 78 1 .515 19.0 830 (5.09) 757 (4.64) 0.273 0.348 0.409 4.25 0.979
6 Cleveland Indians 160 79 81 0 .494 23.0 738 (4.61) 807 (5.04) 0.277 0.351 0.381 4.68 0.983
7 Toronto Blue Jays 162 67 95 0 .414 36.0 624 (3.85) 762 (4.70) 0.251 0.307 0.383 4.19 0.979
Western Division
1 Kansas City Royals 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 809 (4.99) 694 (4.28) 0.286 0.344 0.413 3.83 0.978
2 Oakland Athletics 162 83 79 0 .512 14.0 686 (4.23) 642 (3.96) 0.259 0.322 0.385 3.46 0.979
3 Minnesota Twins 161 77 84 0 .478 19.5 670 (4.16) 724 (4.50) 0.265 0.319 0.381 3.93 0.977
4 Texas Rangers 163 76 85 2 .466 20.5 756 (4.64) 752 (4.61) 0.284 0.340 0.405 4.02 0.977
5 Chicago White Sox 162 70 90 2 .432 26.0 587 (3.62) 722 (4.46) 0.259 0.309 0.370 3.92 0.973
6 California Angels 160 65 95 0 .406 31.0 698 (4.36) 797 (4.98) 0.265 0.331 0.378 4.52 0.977
7 Seattle Mariners 163 59 103 1 .362 38.0 610 (3.74) 793 (4.87) 0.248 0.308 0.356 4.38 0.977

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Al Oliver Texas Rangers 163
At Bats Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals 705
Runs Scored Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals 133
Hits Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals 230
Doubles Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers 49
Triples Alfredo Griffin
Willie Wilson
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals
15
Home Runs Reggie Jackson
Ben Oglivie
New York Yankees
Milwaukee Brewers
41
Total Bases Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers 335
Runs Batted In Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers 122
Stolen Bases Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 100
Caught Stealing Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 26
Walks Willie Randolph New York Yankees 119
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ben Oglivie Milwaukee Brewers 19
Hit by Pitch Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox 13
Strikeouts Gorman Thomas Milwaukee Brewers 170
Sacrifice Hits Dwayne Murphy Oakland Athletics 22
Sacrifice Flies Carney Lansford California Angels 11
Grounded into Double Plays Tony Perez Boston Red Sox 25
Batting Average George Brett Kansas City Royals 0.390
On-Base Percentage George Brett Kansas City Royals 0.454
Slugging Percentage George Brett Kansas City Royals 0.664
On-Base plus Slugging George Brett Kansas City Royals 1.118
On-Base plus Slugging Plus George Brett Kansas City Royals 202

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Steve Stone Baltimore Orioles 25
Losses Brian Kingman Oakland Athletics 20
Win-Loss Percentage Steve Stone Baltimore Orioles 0.781
Appearances Dan Quisenberry Kansas City Royals 75
Games Started Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals 38
Complete Games Rick Langford Oakland Athletics 28
Shutouts Tommy John New York Yankees 6
Games Finished Dan Quisenberry Kansas City Royals 68
Saves Rich Gossage
Dan Quisenberry
New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals
33
Innings Pitched Rick Langford Oakland Athletics 290.0
Batters Faced Larry Gura Kansas City Royals 1175
Hits Allowed Mike Flanagan Baltimore Orioles 278
Home Runs Allowed Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals 30
Base-on-Balls Allowed Jim Clancy Toronto Blue Jays 128
Intentional Base-on-Balls Shane Rawley Seattle Mariners 16
Hit Batsmen Steve Trout Chicago White Sox 9
Strikeouts Len Barker Cleveland Indians 187
Wild Pitches Len Barker Cleveland Indians 14
Balks Britt Burns
Mike Norris
Chicago White Sox
Oakland Athletics
4
Runs Allowed Geoff Zahn Minnesota Twins 138
Earned Runs Allowed Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals 118
Earned Run Average Rudy May New York Yankees 2.46
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Rudy May New York Yankees 1.044

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the fifty-first midsummer classic at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, July 8, 1980 by a score of 4 to 2. The league's manager was Earl Weaver.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured New York Yankees, the Eastern Division winner, and the Kansas City Royals, the Western Division winner. The Royals defeated the Yankees, 3 games to 0.

In the World Series, the American League champion Kansas City Royals were defeated by the National League's Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was George Brett, a third baseman with the Kansas City Royals. In the award's voting, he had 335 out of a possible 392 points and 17 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Steve Stone of the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 100 out of a possible 140 points and 13 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Joe Charboneau, an outfielder with the Cleveland Indians. In the award's voting, he had 102 out of a possible 140 points and 15 first place votes.

[edit] 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.

Position Player Team
P Mike Norris Oakland Athletics
C Jim Sundberg Texas Rangers
1B Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers
2B Frank White Kansas City Royals
3B Buddy Bell Texas Rangers
SS Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers
OF Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox
Dwayne Murphy Oakland Athletics
Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Lance Parrish Detroit Tigers
1B Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers
2B Willie Randolph New York Yankees
3B George Brett Kansas City Royals
SS Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
OF Ben Oglivie Milwaukee Brewers
Al Oliver Texas Rangers
Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals
DH Reggie Jackson New York Yankees

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirty-eighth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 4 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Chicago White Sox lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League by a score of 11 to 8.

[edit] Notable events

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