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1978 American League Batting Leaders

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Rk Name Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1 Rod Carew 32 MIN MLB 152 651 564 85 188 26 10 5 70 27 7 78 62 .333 .411 .441 .853 249 18 1 2 6 19
2 Al Oliver* 31 TEX MLB 133 568 525 65 170 35 5 14 89 8 9 31 41 .324 .358 .490 .848 257 7 2 1 9 6
3 Jim Rice 25 BOS MLB 163 746 677 121 213 25 15 46 139 7 5 58 126 .315 .370 .600 .970 406 15 5 1 5 7
4 Jose Morales 33 MIN MLB 101 273 242 22 76 13 1 2 38 0 1 20 35 .314 .363 .401 .764 97 10 1 6 4 3
5 Lou Piniella 34 NYA MLB 130 513 472 67 148 34 5 6 69 3 1 34 36 .314 .361 .445 .806 210 12 2 4 1 8
6 Cecil Cooper* 28 MIL MLB 107 448 407 60 127 23 2 13 54 3 4 32 72 .312 .359 .474 .833 193 5 0 5 4 3
7 Ben Oglivie* 29 MIL MLB 128 527 469 71 142 29 4 18 72 11 7 52 69 .303 .370 .497 .867 233 10 0 3 3 10
8 Wayne Nordhagen 29 CHA MLB 68 216 206 28 62 16 0 5 35 0 1 5 18 .301 .310 .451 .762 93 6 0 0 5 0
9 Leon Roberts 27 SEA MLB 134 528 472 78 142 21 7 22 92 6 3 41 52 .301 .364 .515 .879 243 7 8 3 4 2
10 Chet Lemon 23 CHA MLB 105 416 357 51 107 24 6 13 55 5 9 39 46 .300 .377 .510 .887 182 11 8 8 4 2
11 John Wathan 28 KCA MLB 67 203 190 19 57 10 1 2 28 2 1 3 12 .300 .320 .395 .715 75 5 4 3 3 1
12 Tom Paciorek 31 SEA MLB 70 268 251 32 75 20 3 4 30 2 2 15 39 .299 .336 .450 .786 113 6 0 0 2 0
13 Fred Lynn* 26 BOS MLB 150 627 541 75 161 33 3 22 82 3 6 75 50 .298 .380 .492 .872 266 9 1 4 6 11
14 Amos Otis 31 KCA MLB 141 567 486 74 145 30 7 22 96 32 8 66 54 .298 .380 .525 .905 255 10 4 1 10 7
15 Ron Jackson 25 CAL MLB 105 418 387 49 115 18 6 6 57 2 3 16 31 .297 .337 .421 .758 163 9 9 2 4 1
16 Ron LeFlore 30 DET MLB 155 741 666 126 198 30 3 12 62 68 16 65 104 .297 .361 .405 .766 270 11 4 1 5 7
17 Thurman Munson 31 NYA MLB 154 666 617 73 183 27 1 6 71 2 3 35 70 .297 .332 .373 .705 230 20 3 1 10 6
18 Lyman Bostock 27 CAL MLB 147 637 568 74 168 24 4 5 71 15 12 59 36 .296 .362 .379 .740 215 26 2 4 4 8
19 Pete LaCock* 26 KCA MLB 118 347 322 44 95 21 2 5 48 1 0 21 27 .295 .335 .419 .755 135 8 0 1 3 2
20 George Brett 25 KCA MLB 128 558 510 79 150 45 8 9 62 23 7 39 35 .294 .342 .467 .809 238 6 1 3 5 6
21 Carney Lansford 21 CAL MLB 121 500 453 63 133 23 2 8 52 20 9 31 67 .294 .339 .406 .746 184 4 4 5 7 2
22 Don Money 31 MIL MLB 137 588 518 88 152 30 2 14 54 3 0 48 70 .293 .361 .440 .801 228 10 7 14 1 2
23 Ken Singleton 31 BAL MLB 149 608 502 67 147 21 2 20 81 0 0 98 94 .293 .409 .462 .871 232 14 2 4 2 5
24 Robin Yount 22 MIL MLB 127 545 502 66 147 23 9 9 71 16 5 24 43 .293 .323 .428 .752 215 5 1 13 5 1
25 Sixto Lezcano 24 MIL MLB 132 519 442 62 129 21 4 15 61 3 3 64 83 .292 .377 .459 .837 203 5 1 5 7 6
26 Craig Reynolds 25 SEA MLB 148 604 548 57 160 16 7 5 44 9 6 36 41 .292 .336 .374 .710 205 4 3 11 6 1
27 Larry Hisle 31 MIL MLB 142 600 520 96 151 24 0 34 115 10 6 67 90 .290 .374 .533 .906 277 14 5 3 5 3
28 Jason Thompson* 23 DET MLB 153 669 589 79 169 25 3 26 96 0 0 74 96 .287 .364 .472 .836 278 11 0 1 5 3
29 Doug DeCinces 27 BAL MLB 142 561 511 72 146 37 1 28 80 7 7 46 81 .286 .346 .526 .872 269 12 2 0 2 2
30 Sal Bando 34 MIL MLB 152 629 540 85 154 20 6 17 78 3 2 72 52 .285 .371 .439 .810 237 11 6 4 7 4
31 Eddie Murray 22 BAL MLB 161 690 610 85 174 32 3 27 95 6 5 70 97 .285 .356 .480 .836 293 15 1 1 8 7
32 Mitchell Page 26 OAK MLB 147 579 516 62 147 25 7 17 70 23 19 53 95 .285 .355 .459 .814 237 7 4 4 2 6
33 Lou Whitaker 21 DET MLB 139 567 484 71 138 12 7 3 58 7 7 61 65 .285 .361 .357 .718 173 9 1 13 8 0
34 Carlton Fisk 30 BOS MLB 157 658 571 94 162 39 5 20 88 7 2 71 83 .284 .366 .475 .841 271 10 7 3 6 6
35 Duane Kuiper 28 CLE MLB 149 589 547 52 155 18 6 0 43 4 9 19 35 .283 .311 .338 .649 185 11 4 16 3 1
36 Jim Norris* 29 CLE MLB 113 365 315 41 89 14 5 2 27 12 7 42 20 .283 .364 .378 .742 119 6 0 5 3 4
37 John Wockenfuss 29 DET MLB 71 211 187 23 53 5 0 7 22 0 1 21 14 .283 .357 .422 .780 79 7 1 1 1 4
38 Buddy Bell 26 CLE MLB 142 606 556 71 157 27 8 6 62 1 3 39 43 .282 .328 .392 .720 218 24 0 9 2 1
39 Bernie Carbo 30 CLE,BOS MLB 77 251 220 28 62 11 0 5 22 2 1 28 39 .282 .364 .400 .764 88 9 1 1 1 1
40 Rico Carty 38 TOR,OAK MLB 145 593 528 70 149 21 1 31 99 1 1 57 57 .282 .348 .502 .850 265 15 0 1 7 7
41 Mike Cubbage 27 MIN MLB 125 444 394 40 111 12 7 7 57 3 1 40 44 .282 .348 .401 .749 158 7 1 7 2 3
42 Willie Randolph 23 NYA MLB 134 596 499 87 139 18 6 3 42 36 7 82 51 .279 .381 .357 .738 178 12 4 6 5 1
43 Jerry Remy 25 BOS MLB 148 643 583 87 162 24 6 2 44 30 13 40 55 .278 .321 .350 .671 204 13 0 14 6 0
44 Jim Sundberg 27 TEX MLB 149 592 518 54 144 23 6 6 58 2 5 64 70 .278 .358 .380 .739 197 18 3 3 4 6
45 Steve Kemp* 23 DET MLB 159 686 582 75 161 18 4 15 79 2 3 97 87 .277 .379 .399 .778 232 9 1 3 3 3
46 Carl Yastrzemski 38 BOS MLB 144 611 523 70 145 21 2 17 81 4 5 76 44 .277 .367 .423 .790 221 9 3 1 8 8
47 Graig Nettles 33 NYA MLB 159 662 587 81 162 23 2 27 93 1 1 59 69 .276 .343 .460 .803 270 20 6 1 9 6
48 Ralph Garr 32 CHA MLB 118 478 443 67 122 18 9 3 29 7 5 24 41 .275 .314 .377 .691 167 9 1 10 0 1
49 Johnny Grubb 29 CLE,TEX MLB 134 493 411 62 113 19 6 15 67 6 2 70 65 .275 .381 .460 .841 189 5 2 8 2 5
50 Mario Guerrero 28 OAK MLB 143 546 505 27 139 18 4 3 38 0 5 15 35 .275 .302 .345 .647 174 13 6 17 3 2
51 Phil Mankowski 25 DET MLB 88 250 222 28 61 8 0 4 20 2 3 22 28 .275 .344 .365 .709 81 10 2 3 1 3
52 Frank White 27 KCA MLB 143 501 461 66 127 24 6 7 50 13 10 26 59 .275 .317 .399 .716 184 2 3 9 2 1
53 Chris Chambliss 29 NYA MLB 162 677 625 81 171 26 3 12 90 2 1 41 60 .274 .321 .382 .703 239 6 5 1 5 3
54 Al Cowens 26 KCA MLB 132 534 485 63 133 24 8 5 63 14 6 31 54 .274 .319 .388 .707 188 7 6 1 11 3
55 Dan Ford 26 MIN MLB 151 654 592 78 162 36 10 11 82 7 7 48 88 .274 .332 .424 .756 251 15 5 6 3 6
56 Reggie Jackson* 32 NYA MLB 139 581 511 82 140 13 5 27 97 14 11 58 133 .274 .356 .477 .834 244 8 9 0 3 2
57 Pat Kelly* 33 BAL MLB 100 315 274 38 75 12 1 11 40 10 8 34 58 .274 .357 .445 .802 122 9 2 4 1 1
58 Jorge Orta 27 CHA MLB 117 477 420 45 115 19 2 13 53 1 2 42 39 .274 .340 .421 .762 177 9 4 4 7 3
59 Mike Edwards 25 OAK MLB 142 446 414 48 113 16 2 1 23 27 21 16 32 .273 .303 .329 .632 136 7 2 14 0 0
60 Lamar Johnson 27 CHA MLB 148 551 498 52 136 23 2 8 72 6 5 43 46 .273 .329 .376 .705 187 17 2 1 7 2
61 Hal McRae 32 KCA MLB 156 692 623 90 170 39 5 16 72 17 8 51 62 .273 .329 .429 .757 267 15 6 1 11 6
62 Paul Molitor 21 MIL MLB 125 556 521 73 142 26 4 6 45 30 12 19 54 .273 .301 .372 .673 194 6 4 7 5 2
63 Roy Smalley 25 MIN MLB 158 702 586 80 160 31 3 19 77 2 8 85 70 .273 .362 .433 .796 254 16 1 23 7 3
64 Rusty Staub 34 DET MLB 162 734 642 75 175 30 1 24 121 3 1 76 35 .273 .347 .435 .782 279 24 3 2 11 5
65 Dave Revering 25 OAK MLB 152 553 521 49 141 21 3 16 46 0 1 26 55 .271 .303 .415 .718 216 12 0 2 4 5
66 Bombo Rivera 25 MIN MLB 101 295 251 35 68 8 2 3 23 5 3 35 47 .271 .362 .355 .717 89 3 2 5 2 1
67 Tom Veryzer 25 CLE MLB 130 458 421 48 114 18 4 1 32 1 2 13 36 .271 .298 .340 .638 143 7 5 15 4 0
68 Roy Howell 24 TOR MLB 140 601 551 67 149 28 3 8 61 0 1 44 78 .270 .325 .376 .701 207 10 1 4 1 3
69 Bob Randall 30 MIN MLB 119 375 330 36 89 11 3 0 21 5 3 24 22 .270 .329 .321 .650 106 7 6 13 2 0
70 Thad Bosley* 21 CHA MLB 66 236 219 25 59 5 1 2 13 12 11 13 32 .269 .308 .329 .636 72 4 0 2 2 1
71 Charlie Moore 25 MIL MLB 96 285 268 30 72 7 1 5 31 4 2 12 24 .269 .300 .358 .658 96 4 0 5 0 0
72 Roy White 34 NYA MLB 103 395 346 44 93 13 3 8 43 10 4 42 35 .269 .349 .393 .742 136 9 2 2 3 7
73 Rich Chiles* 28 MIN MLB 87 225 198 22 53 12 0 1 22 1 2 20 25 .268 .333 .343 .677 68 9 2 0 5 2
74 Alan Trammell 20 DET MLB 139 504 448 49 120 14 6 2 34 3 1 45 56 .268 .335 .339 .675 152 12 2 6 3 0
75 Bobby Bonds 32 TEX,CHA MLB 156 657 565 93 151 19 4 31 90 43 22 79 120 .267 .355 .480 .834 271 14 2 3 8 7
76 Otto Velez 27 TOR MLB 91 300 248 29 66 14 2 9 38 1 3 45 41 .266 .380 .448 .828 111 8 2 3 2 1
77 Rob Wilfong 24 MIN MLB 92 235 199 23 53 8 0 1 11 8 4 19 27 .266 .336 .322 .658 64 1 2 15 0 1
78 Tim Corcoran* 25 DET MLB 116 363 324 37 86 13 1 1 27 3 2 24 27 .265 .322 .321 .643 104 10 5 6 4 2
79 Darrell Porter 26 KCA MLB 150 602 520 77 138 27 6 18 78 0 5 75 75 .265 .358 .444 .802 231 13 2 1 4 14
80 Mickey Rivers* 29 NYA MLB 141 604 559 78 148 25 8 11 48 25 5 29 51 .265 .302 .397 .699 222 8 3 7 6 3
81 Aurelio Rodriguez 30 DET MLB 134 414 385 40 102 25 2 7 43 0 1 19 37 .265 .303 .395 .698 152 9 3 5 2 1
82 Bob Bailor 26 TOR MLB 154 676 621 74 164 29 7 1 52 5 6 38 21 .264 .310 .338 .649 210 8 5 9 3 1
83 Rich Dauer 25 BAL MLB 133 491 459 57 121 23 0 6 46 0 4 26 22 .264 .301 .353 .654 162 16 0 3 3 0
84 Clint Hurdle 20 KCA MLB 133 481 417 48 110 25 5 7 56 1 3 56 84 .264 .348 .398 .746 166 6 1 1 6 1
85 Bruce Bochte* 27 SEA MLB 140 560 486 58 128 25 3 11 51 3 4 60 47 .263 .342 .395 .737 192 12 1 7 6 3
86 Kiko Garcia 24 BAL MLB 79 199 186 17 49 6 4 0 13 7 1 7 43 .263 .287 .339 .626 63 5 0 4 2 0
87 Rick Manning 23 CLE MLB 148 616 566 65 149 27 3 3 50 12 12 38 62 .263 .309 .337 .647 191 10 1 8 3 1
88 Rick Miller* 30 CAL MLB 132 547 475 66 125 25 4 1 37 3 13 54 70 .263 .341 .339 .680 161 14 4 10 4 1
89 Bob Molinaro 28 CHA MLB 105 311 286 39 75 5 5 6 27 22 6 19 12 .262 .314 .378 .692 108 5 3 2 1 2
90 Andre Thornton 28 CLE MLB 145 617 508 97 133 22 4 33 105 4 7 93 72 .262 .377 .516 .893 262 17 6 2 8 4
91 Richie Zisk 29 TEX MLB 140 581 511 68 134 19 1 22 85 3 3 58 76 .262 .338 .432 .770 221 14 3 4 5 7
92 Alan Ashby 26 TOR MLB 81 298 264 27 69 15 0 9 29 1 1 28 32 .261 .333 .420 .754 111 10 1 4 1 4
93 Greg Pryor 28 CHA MLB 82 239 222 27 58 11 0 2 15 3 1 11 18 .261 .298 .338 .636 75 4 1 4 1 0
94 Bill Stein 31 SEA MLB 114 449 403 41 105 24 4 4 37 1 0 37 56 .261 .318 .370 .687 149 10 0 2 7 3
95 Juan Beniquez 28 TEX MLB 127 510 473 61 123 17 3 11 50 10 12 20 59 .260 .292 .378 .670 179 10 3 10 4 1
96 Billy Smith 24 BAL MLB 85 283 250 29 65 12 2 5 30 3 0 27 40 .260 .333 .384 .717 96 2 1 4 1 3
97 Rick Bosetti 24 TOR MLB 136 608 568 61 147 25 5 5 42 6 10 30 65 .259 .299 .347 .645 197 5 3 5 2 0
98 Rick Dempsey 28 BAL MLB 136 498 441 41 114 25 0 6 32 7 3 48 54 .259 .327 .356 .683 157 11 0 3 6 2
99 Glenn Adams 30 MIN MLB 116 329 310 27 80 18 1 7 35 0 1 17 32 .258 .297 .390 .687 121 10 0 2 0 0
100 Eric Soderholm 29 CHA MLB 143 510 457 57 118 17 1 20 67 2 2 39 44 .258 .318 .431 .749 197 13 4 3 7 2

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