1980 Cleveland Indians season

1980 Cleveland Indians
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Owner(s)Steve O'Neill
General manager(s)Phil Seghi
Manager(s)Jeff Torborg, Dave Garcia
Local televisionWUAB
Local radioWWWE
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Offseason

Regular season

"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. By mid-season, Charboneau was the subject of a song--"Go Joe Charboneau"—that reached #3 on the local charts.

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. 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

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
Detroit Tigers 84 78 0.519 19 43–38 41–40
Boston Red Sox 83 77 0.519 19 36–45 47–32
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

1980 American League Records

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

Notable transactions

Roster

1980 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Gary Alexander 76 178 22 40 7 1 5 31 .225 0
Dell Alston 52 54 11 12 1 2 0 9 .222 2
Alan Bannister 81 262 41 86 17 4 1 32 .328 9
Jack Brohamer 53 142 13 32 5 1 1 15 .225 0
Joe Charboneau 131 453 76 131 17 2 23 87 .289 2
Bo Díaz 76 207 15 47 11 2 3 32 .227 1
Miguel Dilone 132 528 82 180 30 9 0 40 .341 61
Jerry Dybzinski 114 248 32 57 11 1 1 23 .230 4
Gary Gray 28 54 4 8 1 0 2 4 .148 0
Mike Hargrove 160 589 86 179 22 2 11 85 .304 4
Toby Harrah 160 561 100 150 22 4 11 72 .267 17
Ron Hassey 130 390 43 124 18 4 8 65 .318 0
Cliff Johnson 54 174 25 40 3 1 6 28 .230 0
Duane Kuiper 42 149 10 42 5 0 0 9 .282 0
Rick Manning 140 471 55 110 17 4 3 52 .234 12
Andrés Mora 9 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 .111 0
Jorge Orta 129 481 78 140 18 3 10 64 .291 6
Ron Pruitt 23 36 1 11 1 0 0 4 .306 0
Dave Rosello 71 117 16 29 3 0 2 12 .248 0
Tom Veryzer 109 358 28 97 12 0 2 28 .271 0
Totals 160 5470 738 1517 221 40 89 692 .277 118

Pitching

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Len Barker 19 12 4.17 36 36 0 246.1 127 114 92 187
Don Collins 0 0 7.50 4 0 0 6.0 5 5 7 0
Victor Cruz 6 7 3.45 55 0 12 86.0 36 33 27 88
John Denny 8 6 4.39 16 16 0 108.2 54 53 47 59
Wayne Garland 6 9 4.61 25 20 0 150.1 85 77 48 55
Ross Grimsley 4 5 6.75 14 11 0 74.2 63 56 24 18
Sid Monge 3 5 3.53 67 0 14 94.1 39 37 40 61
Bob Owchinko 2 9 5.27 29 14 0 114.1 71 67 47 66
Mike Paxton 0 0 12.91 4 0 0 7.2 11 11 6 6
Dan Spillner 16 11 5.28 34 30 0 194.1 122 114 74 100
Mike Stanton 1 3 5.46 51 0 5 85.2 58 52 44 74
Rick Waits 13 14 4.45 33 33 0 224.1 118 111 82 109
Sandy 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

All-Star Game

Farm system

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
A-Short Season Batavia Trojans New York–Penn League Rick Colzie

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waterloo[7]

Notes

  1. ^ Paul Reuschel page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Gary Gray page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bob Owchinko page at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Kelly Gruber page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Doug Drabek page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jeffcmi01.shtml
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References

Jerry Dybzinski

Jerome Matthew "Jerry" Dybzinski (born July 7, 1955) is an American former professional baseball shortstop. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dybzinski attended Collinwood High School. He attended Cleveland State University from 1974 to 1977, becoming the first of four Cleveland State alumni to play in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 15th round of the 1977 amateur draft on June 7, 1977. He spent a few years in the minor leagues, playing for the Batavia Muckdogs in 1977, the Waterloo Indians in 1978, and the Tacoma Tugs in 1979. Dybzinski had 25 stolen bases each in 1978 and 1979, leading all Waterloo players and finishing second to Dell Alston in Tacoma.The Indians brought him up to the majors at the start of the 1980 season. He spent the season mostly at shortstop, serving as Tom Veryzer's backup, but also spent time at second and third base in the 114 games he played during the 1980 Cleveland Indians season. In 1981, Dybzinski played only 48 games for the Indians that season. He played one more season for the Indians, then on April 1, 1983, Dybzinski was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Pat Tabler.The 1983 Chicago White Sox season wound up being the best season statistically for Dybzinski. He played 127 games as the starting shortstop, stealing 11 bases over the course of the season. In the 1983 American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles, Dybzinski committed a critical baserunning error in game four (overrunning second base while third base was already occupied by Vance Law). He served as the backup to Scott Fletcher in 1984, and was released from the Chicago White Sox on April 1, 1985. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 11, and was released at the end of the season. He signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners in January 1986, but was released before the season began, ending his major league career.

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