Tony Armas (armasto01)

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Antonio Rafael Armas Machado

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

The brother of Marcos Armas and father of Tony Armas, Jr., outfielder Tony Armas was a major star who twice led the league in home runs.

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.

After the 1982 season, Armas was traded to the Boston Red Sox. In his first year in Boston, he hit 36 home runs and drove in 107 runs, and the next year, he paced the AL with 43 homers and 123 RBIs.

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.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 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)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Augusto Cárdenas: "Tony Armas", in Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy, ed.: The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game 6, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016. pp. 2-8. ISBN 978-1-943816-19-4

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