1980 Kansas City Royals season

The 1980 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. The Royals finished first in the American League West with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. They went on to sweep the New York Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1980 World Series, four games to two.

One of the highlights of the season was George Brett winning the American League batting title. Brett's .390 batting average was the highest in the majors since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.

1980 Kansas City Royals
1980 AL West Champions
1980 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)Joe Burke
Manager(s)Jim Frey
Local televisionWDAF-TV
(Al Wisk, Denny Trease)
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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Offseason

Regular season

On September 30, while pitching for the Seattle Mariners against the Royals, Rick Honeycutt taped a thumbtack to his finger to cut the ball. Royals baserunner Willie Wilson spotted the tack from second base. The umpires investigated and not only found the tack, but also a gash in Honeycutt's forehead. Honeycutt was ejected from the game, suspended for 10 games, and fined.[2]

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 97 65 0.599 49–32 48–33
Oakland Athletics 83 79 0.512 14 46–35 37–44
Minnesota Twins 77 84 0.478 19½ 44–36 33–48
Texas Rangers 76 85 0.472 20½ 39–41 37–44
Chicago White Sox 70 90 0.438 26 37–42 33–48
California Angels 65 95 0.406 31 30–51 35–44
Seattle Mariners 59 103 0.364 38 36–45 23–58

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 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
C Darrell Porter 118 418 51 104 14 2 .249 7 51 1
1B Willie Aikens 151 543 70 151 24 0 .278 20 98 1
2B Frank White 154 560 70 148 23 4 .264 7 60 19
3B George Brett 117 449 87 175 33 9 .390 24 118 15
SS U L Washington 153 549 79 150 16 11 .273 6 53 20
LF Willie Wilson 161 705 133 230 28 15 .326 3 49 79
CF Amos Otis 107 394 56 99 16 3 .251 10 53 16
RF Clint Hurdle 130 395 50 116 31 2 .294 10 60 0
DH Hal McRae 124 489 73 145 39 5 .297 14 83 10

[7]

Other batters

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
John Wathan 126 453 57 138 .305 6 58 17
Dave Chalk 69 167 19 42 .251 1 20 1
Jamie Quirk 62 163 13 45 .276 5 21 3
Pete LaCock 114 156 14 32 .205 1 18 1
Rusty Torres 51 72 10 12 .167 0 3 1
Rance Mulliniks 36 54 8 14 .259 0 6 0
José Cardenal 25 53 8 18 .340 0 5 0
Bob Detherage 20 26 2 8 .308 1 7 1
Steve Braun 14 23 0 1 .043 0 1 0
Jerry Terrell 22 16 4 1 .063 0 0 0
Onix Concepción 12 15 1 2 .133 0 2 0
Manny Castillo 7 10 1 2 .200 0 0 0
Ken Phelps 3 4 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Germán Barranca 7 0 3 0 ---- 0 0 0

[7]

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
Larry Gura 36 283.1 18 10 2.95 76 113
Dennis Leonard 38 280.1 20 11 3.79 80 155
Paul Splittorff 34 204 14 11 4.15 43 53
Rich Gale 32 190.2 13 9 3.92 78 97

[7]

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Renie Martin 32 137.1 10 10 2 4.39 70 68
Steve Busby 11 42.1 1 3 0 6.17 19 12
Mike Jones 3 4.2 0 1 0 11.57 5 2

[7]

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Dan Quisenberry 75 128.1 12 7 33 3.09 27 37
Marty Pattin 37 89 4 0 4 3.64 23 40
Gary Christenson 24 31.1 3 0 1 5.17 18 16
Jeff Twitty 13 22.1 2 1 0 6.04 7 9
Rawly Eastwick 14 22 0 1 0 5.32 8 5
Ken Brett 8 13.1 0 0 1 0.00 5 4
Craig Chamberlain 5 9.1 0 1 0 6.75 5 3
Jerry Terrell 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 1 0

[7]

Postseason

ALCS

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)

World Series

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Royals – 6, Phillies – 7 October 14 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 65,791 3:01
2 Royals – 4, Phillies – 6 October 15 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 65,775 3:01
3 Phillies – 3, Royals – 4 (10 inns) October 17 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 42,380 3:19
4 Phillies – 3, Royals – 5 October 18 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 42,363 2:37
5 Phillies – 4, Royals – 3 October 19 Royals Stadium (Kansas City) 42,369 2:51
6 Royals – 1, Phillies – 4 October 21 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 65,838 3:00

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Joe Sparks
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Gene Lamont
A Fort Myers Royals Florida State League Brian Murphy
A Charleston Royals South Atlantic League Ron Mihal
Rookie GCL Royals Blue Gulf Coast League Joe Jones
Rookie GCL Royals Gold Gulf Coast League Roy Tanner

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Royals Blue

Notes

  1. ^ a b Keith Drumright at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/cheaters/ballplayers.html
  3. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1980&t=KCA
  4. ^ Eduardo Rodríguez at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Mark Huismann at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Kevin Kobel at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ a b c d e 1980 Kansas City Royals Statistics and Roster Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

External links

Gary Christenson (baseball)

Gary Richard Christenson (born May 5, 1953) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for two seasons. He pitched in six games for the Kansas City Royals during the 1979 Kansas City Royals season and in 24 games during the 1980 Kansas City Royals season. He is the father of Ryan, Allan, and Carolyn Christenson.

Jeff Twitty

Jeffrey Dean Twitty (born November 10, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for one season. He pitched for the Kansas City Royals for 13 games during the 1980 Kansas City Royals season.

List of Kansas City Royals managers

The Kansas City Royals are a franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri. They are members of the Central division of Major League Baseball's American League. The Royals franchise was formed in 1969.

There have been 19 managers for the Royals. Joe Gordon became the first manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1969, serving for one season. Bob Lemon became the first manager who held the title of manager for the Royals for more than one season. Ned Yost has managed more games than any other Royals manager and as many seasons as Dick Howser and Tony Muser. Whitey Herzog, Jim Frey, Howser, and Ned Yost are the only managers to have led the Royals into the playoffs. Three Royals managers—Gordon, Lemon, and Herzog—have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;In 1970, Gordon was replaced with Charlie Metro. The Royals made their first playoff appearance under Herzog. Four managers have led the Royals into the postseason. Dick Howser led the Royals to their first World Series Championship in 1985. Ned Yost led the Royals into two World Series appearances, in the 2014 World Series, and a Win in the 2015 World Series. Frey, led the Royals to One world series appearance in the 1980 World Series. The highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season was Herzog, with a percentage of .574. The lowest percentage was Bob Schaefer in 2005, although he managed for only 17 games. The lowest percentage of a manager with at least one season with the Royals was Buddy Bell, the manager from 2005 through the 2007 season with a percentage of .399.

The highest win total for a Royals manager is held by Yost, who also holds the record for losses. Tony Peña became the first Royals manager to win the Manager of the Year award, in 2003. The current manager of the Royals is Ned Yost. He was hired on May 13, 2010 after Trey Hillman was fired.

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