Tony Armas (armasto01)
Antonio Rafael Armas Machado
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
- Debut September 6, 1976
- Final Game October 1, 1989
- Born July 2, 1953 in Puerto Piritu, Anzoategui, Venezuela
Armas was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 and reached the majors in 1976, appearing in 4 games with the club. Prior to the next season, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics as part of a nine player deal, and he soon became a regular for the A's. In 1980, he had one of his best seasons, hitting .279 with 35 homers and 109 RBIs, and the next year, he led the American League with 22 homers in the strike-shortened campaign.
Armas had only 251 home runs lifetime, primarily because he only appeared in more than 140 games three times during his career. He was the all-time Caribbean Series home run leader with 11 but had his record broken in 2008 by Miguel Tejada. He also held the Venezuelan League home run record with 97, but this was topped by Robert Pérez in 2006-2007.
- 2-time AL All-Star (1981 & 1984)
- AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1984)
- AL Total Bases Leader (1984)
- 2-time AL Home Runs Leader (1981 & 1984)
- AL RBI Leader (1984)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1980-1985)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1980, 1983 & 1984)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1984)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1980, 1983 & 1984)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1984)