1980 Cleveland Indians season

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1980 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Steve O'Neill
General manager(s) Phil Seghi
Manager(s) Jeff Torborg, Dave Garcia
Local television WUAB
Local radio WWWE
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Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

"Super Joe" Charboneau made his debut with the Indians in 1980, splitting time between left field and designated hitter. His 23 home runs led the team and he captured the city's imagination with his hard hitting and his eccentricities. His tendency to dye his hair unnatural colors, open beer bottles with his eye socket, and drink beer with a straw through his nose, and other stories that emerged about how he did his own dental work and fixed a broken nose with a pair of pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel's whiskey, stood out in 1980.[citation needed] By mid-season, Charboneau was the subject of a song--"Go Joe Charboneau"—that reached #3 on the local charts.[citation needed]

He finished the season with 87 runs batted in and a .289 batting average while winning the American League Rookie of the Year award—all in spite of being stabbed with a ball-point pen by a crazed fan as he waited for the team bus on March 8.[citation needed] The pen penetrated an inch and hit a rib, but Charboneau played his first regular-season game just over a month later, on April 11. He missed the final six weeks of the season with a pelvis injury. He would never play another full season in the majors after 1980.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 103 59 -- .636
Baltimore Orioles 100 62 3 .617
Milwaukee Brewers 86 76 17 .531
Detroit Tigers 84 78 19 .519
Boston Red Sox 83 77 19 .519
Cleveland Indians 79 81 23 .494
Toronto Blue Jays 67 95 36 .414


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1980 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Alexander, GaryGary Alexander 76 178 22 40 7 1 5 31 .225 0
Alston, DellDell Alston 52 54 11 12 1 2 0 9 .222 2
Bannister, AlanAlan Bannister 81 262 41 86 17 4 1 32 .328 9
Brohamer, JackJack Brohamer 53 142 13 32 5 1 1 15 .225 0
Charboneau, JoeJoe Charboneau 131 453 76 131 17 2 23 87 .289 2
Diaz, BoBo Diaz 76 207 15 47 11 2 3 32 .227 1
Dilone, MiguelMiguel Dilone 132 528 82 180 30 9 0 40 .341 61
Dybzinski, JerryJerry Dybzinski 114 248 32 57 11 1 1 23 .230 4
Gray, GaryGary Gray 28 54 4 8 1 0 2 4 .148 0
Hargrove, MikeMike Hargrove 160 589 86 179 22 2 11 85 .304 4
Harrah, TobyToby Harrah 160 561 100 150 22 4 11 72 .267 17
Hassey, RonRon Hassey 130 390 43 124 18 4 8 65 .318 0
Johnson, CliffCliff Johnson 54 174 25 40 3 1 6 28 .230 0
Kuiper, DuaneDuane Kuiper 42 149 10 42 5 0 0 9 .282 0
Manning, RickRick Manning 140 471 55 110 17 4 3 52 .234 12
Mora, AndresAndres Mora 9 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 .111 0
Orta, JorgeJorge Orta 129 481 78 140 18 3 10 64 .291 6
Pruitt, RonRon Pruitt 23 36 1 11 1 0 0 4 .306 0
Rosello, DaveDave Rosello 71 117 16 29 3 0 2 12 .248 0
Veryzer, TomTom Veryzer 109 358 28 97 12 0 2 28 .271 0
Totals 160 5470 738 1517 221 40 89 692 .277 118

Pitching[edit]

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Barker, LenLen Barker 19 12 4.17 36 36 0 246.1 127 114 92 187
Collins, DonDon Collins 0 0 7.50 4 0 0 6.0 5 5 7 0
Cruz, VictorVictor Cruz 6 7 3.45 55 0 12 86.0 36 33 27 88
Denny, JohnJohn Denny 8 6 4.39 16 16 0 108.2 54 53 47 59
Garland, WayneWayne Garland 6 9 4.61 25 20 0 150.1 85 77 48 55
Grimsley, RossRoss Grimsley 4 5 6.75 14 11 0 74.2 63 56 24 18
Monge, SidSid Monge 3 5 3.53 67 0 14 94.1 39 37 40 61
Owchinko, BobBob Owchinko 2 9 5.27 29 14 0 114.1 71 67 47 66
Paxton, MikeMike Paxton 0 0 12.91 4 0 0 7.2 11 11 6 6
Spillner, DanDan Spillner 16 11 5.28 34 30 0 194.1 122 114 74 100
Stanton, MikeMike Stanton 1 3 5.46 51 0 5 85.2 58 52 44 74
Waits, RickRick Waits 13 14 4.45 33 33 0 224.1 118 111 82 109
Wihtol, SandySandy Wihtol 1 0 3.57 17 0 1 35.1 18 14 14 20
Totals 79 81 4.68 160 160 32 1428.0 807 743 552 843

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Gene Dusan
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Woody Smith
A Waterloo Indians Midwest League Cal Emery
Short-Season A Batavia Trojans New York–Penn League Rick Colzie

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waterloo[7]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]