1980 New York Yankees
1980 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Gene Michael
Manager(s)Dick Howser
Local televisionWPIX
SportsChannel NY
(Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)
Local radioWINS (AM)
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Fran Healy)
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The 1980 New York Yankees season was the 78th season for the franchise. The team finished with a record of 103-59, finishing in first place in the American League East, 3 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. The Kansas City Royals swept the Yankees in the ALCS. New York was managed by Dick Howser. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Offseason

Spring training

The Yankees played two spring training exhibition games at the Louisiana Superdome over the weekend of March 15 and 16, 1980. 45,152 spectators watched the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9 to 3 on March 15, 1980. The following day, 43,339 fans saw Floyd Rayford lead the Orioles to a 7 to 1 win over the Yankees.[7]

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 103 59 0.636 53–28 50–31
Baltimore Orioles 100 62 0.617 3 50–31 50–31
Milwaukee Brewers 86 76 0.531 17 40–42 46–34
Boston Red Sox 83 77 0.519 19 36–45 47–32
Detroit Tigers 84 78 0.519 19 43–38 41–40
Cleveland Indians 79 81 0.494 23 44–35 35–46
Toronto Blue Jays 67 95 0.414 36 35–46 32–49

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 8–5 10–2 6–6 6–7 10–3 6–6 7–6 10–2 7–6 7–5 6–6 6–6 11–2
Boston 5–8 9–3 6–4 7–6 8–5 5–7 6–7 6–6 3–10 9–3 7–5 5–7 7–6
California 2–10 3–9 3–10 4–6 5–7 5–8 6–6 7–6 2–10 3–10 11–2 11–2 3–9
Chicago 6–6 4–6 10–3 5–7 2–10 5–8 5–7 5–8 5–7 6–7 6–7 6–7–2 5–7
Cleveland 7–6 6–7 6–4 7–5 3–10 5–7 3–10 9–3 5–8 6–6 8–4 6–6 8–5
Detroit 3–10 5–8 7–5 10–2 10–3 2–10 7–6 6–6 5–8 6–6 10–2–1 4–8 9–4
Kansas City 6–6 7–5 8–5 8–5 7–5 10–2 6–6 5–8 8–4 6–7 7–6 10–3 9–3
Milwaukee 6–7 7–6 6–6 7–5 10–3 6–7 6–6 7–5 5–8 7–5 9–3 5–7 5–8
Minnesota 2–10 6–6 6–7 8–5 3–9 6–6 8–5 5–7 4–8 6–7 7–6 9–3 7–5
New York 6–7 10–3 10–2 7–5 8–5 8–5 4–8 8–5 8–4 8–4 9–3 7–5 10–3
Oakland 5–7 3–9 10–3 7–6 6–6 6–6 7–6 5–7 7–6 4–8 8–5 7–6 8–4
Seattle 6–6 5–7 2–11 7–6 4–8 2–10–1 6–7 3–9 6–7 3–9 5–8 4–9 6–6
Texas 6–6 7–5 2–11 7–6–2 6–6 8–4 3–10 7–5 3–9 5–7 6–7 9–4 7–5
Toronto 2–11 6–7 9–3 7–5 5–8 4–9 3–9 8–5 5–7 3–10 4–8 6–6 5–7


Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1980 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log

Regular season

1980 regular season game log: 103–59 (Home: 53–28; Away: 50–31)
April: 9–9 (Home: 5–4; Away: 4–5)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
GB
May: 19–7 (Home: 9–5; Away: 10–2)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
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June: 19–9 (Home: 10–4; Away: 9–5)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
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GB
July: 16–12 (Home: 5–5; Away: 11–7)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
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GB
July 8 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
August: 15–14 (Home: 7–6; Away: 8–8)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
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GB
September: 21–7 (Home: 14–3; Away: 7–4)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
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October: 4–1 (Home: 3–1; Away: 1–0)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
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Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Yankees team member

Postseason Game log

1980 Postseason game log: 0–3 (Home: 0–1; Away: 0–2)
AL Championship Series: vs. Kansas City Royals 0–3 (Home: 0–1; Away: 0–2)
# Date Time (ET) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Yankees team member

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Bold indicates American League All-Star.

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Rick Cerone 147 519 144 .277 14 85
1B Bob Watson 130 469 144 .307 13 68
2B Willie Randolph 138 513 151 .294 7 46
3B Graig Nettles 89 324 79 .244 16 45
SS Bucky Dent 141 489 128 .262 5 52
LF Lou Piniella 116 321 92 .287 2 27
CF Bobby Brown 137 412 107 .260 14 47
RF Reggie Jackson 143 514 154 .300 41 111
DH Eric Soderholm 95 275 79 .287 11 35

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ruppert Jones 83 328 73 .223 9 42
Bobby Murcer 100 297 80 .269 13 57
Jim Spencer 97 259 61 .236 13 43
Oscar Gamble 78 194 54 .278 14 50
Aurelio Rodríguez 52 164 36 .220 3 14
Joe Lefebvre 74 150 34 .227 8 21
Fred Stanley 49 86 18 .209 0 5
Brian Doyle 34 75 13 .173 1 5
Dennis Werth 39 65 20 .308 3 12
Johnny Oates 39 64 12 .188 1 3
Ted Wilborn 8 8 2 .250 0 1
Roger Holt 2 6 1 .167 0 1
Marshall Brant 3 6 0 .000 0 0
Bruce Robinson 4 5 0 .000 0 0
Dennis Sherrill 3 4 1 .250 0 0
Brad Gulden 2 3 1 .333 1 2
Paul Blair 12 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Bold indicates American League All-Star.

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tommy John 36 265+13 22 9 3.43 78
Ron Guidry 37 219+23 17 10 3.56 166
Tom Underwood 38 187 13 9 3.66 116
Rudy May 41 175+13 15 5 2.46 133
Luis Tiant 25 136+13 8 9 4.89 84

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ed Figueroa 15 58 3 3 6.98 16
Mike Griffin 13 54 2 4 4.83 25
Gaylord Perry 10 50+23 4 4 4.44 28

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Goose Gossage 64 6 2 33 2.27 103
Ron Davis 53 9 3 7 2.95 65
Doug Bird 22 3 0 1 2.66 17
Tim Lollar 14 1 0 2 3.34 13
Jim Kaat 4 0 1 0 7.20 1

ALCS

Main article: 1980 American League Championship Series

Game 1

October 8 Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
Kansas City 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 X 7 10 0
W: Larry Gura (1-0)  L: Ron Guidry (0-1)  
HRs: NYYRick Cerone (1) Lou Piniella (1)   KCRGeorge Brett (1)

Game 2

October 9 Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Kansas City 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 0
W: Dennis Leonard (1-0)  L: Rudy May (0-1)  S: Dan Quisenberry (1)
HRs: NYYGraig Nettles

Game 3

October 10 Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 12 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0
W: Dan Quisenberry (1-0)  L: Rich Gossage (0-1)
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett (2) Frank White (1)

Awards and honors

Bucky Dent, Goose Gossage, Reggie Jackson, Tommy John, Graig Nettles and Willie Randolph represented the Yankees at the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Randolph earned the inaugural Silver Slugger Award at second base.

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Joe Altobelli
AA Nashville Sounds Southern League Stump Merrill
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Doug Holmquist
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Bob Schaefer
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Art Mazmanian
Rookie Paintsville Yankees Appalachian League Mike Easom
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Oneonta, Paintsville

Notes

  1. ^ Rick Cerone at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jim Beattie at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bob Watson at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rudy May at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Eric Soderholm at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Andre Robertson at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Associated Press (March 17, 1980). "Big Crowds see Baseball at Superdome". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Jim Kaat at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Johnny Oates at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ a b Paul Blair at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ José Rijo at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Gaylord Perry at Baseball Reference

References