October 3, 1978

American League awards [1978]



Yankees manager Billy Martin suspended Reggie Jackson for five days on July 15. Martin resigned on July 24. Five days later, the Yankees named Martin manager for the 1980 season. On Oct. 2, Bucky Fucking Dent homered, as the Yankees beat the Red Sox in a one-game playoff for the AL East title.

Babe Ruth Award | Ron Guidry, Yankees. 25-3, 1.74 ERA, 248 strikeouts and 72 walks in 273.2 innings, 19 complete games, nine shutouts.

2. Jim Rice, Red Sox

Walter Johnson Award | Ron Guidry, Yankees. 2. Mike Caldwell, Brewers.

Jackie Robinson Award | Lou Whitaker, Tigers. 3 home runs, 58 RBIs, .285 batting average, .361 on-base percentage, .357 slugging percentage.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Graig Nettles, Yankees. 27 home runs, 93 RBIs, .276 batting average, .343 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage.

Connie Mack Award | George Bamberger, Brewers. 93-69 [.574]

2. Bob Lemon, Yankees
3. Ralph Houk, Tigers



Catcher | Carlton Fisk, Red Sox. 20 home runs, 88 RBIs, .284 batting average, .366 on-base percentage, .475 slugging percentage, 39 doubles. Best fielder | Jim Sundberg, Rangers.

First base | Eddie Murray, Orioles. 27 home runs, 95 RBIs, .285 batting average, .356 on-base percentage, .480 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Chris Chambliss, Yankees.

Second base | Willie Randolph, Yankees. 3 home runs, 42 RBIs, .279 batting average, .381 on-base percentage, .357 slugging percentage, 36 stolen bases. Best fielder | Bump Wills, Rangers.

Third base | Doug DeCinces, Orioles. 28 home runs, 80 RBIs, .286 batting average, .346 on-base percentage, .526 slugging percentage, 37 doubles. Best fielder | Graig Nettles, Yankees.

2. Graig Nettles, Yankees
3. Sal Bando, Brewers

Shortstop | Roy Smalley, Twins. 19 home runs, 77 RBIs, .273 batting average, .362 on-base percentage, .433 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Rick Burleson, Red Sox.

Left field | Jim Rice, Red Sox. 46 home runs, 139 RBIs, .315 batting average, .370 on-base percentage, .600 slugging percentage, 121 runs, 213 hits, 15 triples.

Center field | Amos Otis, Royals. 22 home runs, 96 RBIs, .298 batting average, .380 on-base percentage, .525 slugging percentage, 32 stolen bases. Best fielder | Otis

2. Fred Lynn, Red Sox

Right field | Ken Singleton, Orioles. 20 home runs, 81 RBIs, .293 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .462 slugging percentage.

Designated hitter | Don Baylor, Angels. 34 home runs, 99 RBIs, .255 batting average, .332 on-base percentage, .472 slugging percentage, 103 runs, 18 HBPs.



Starting rotation |

1. Ron Guidry, Yankees.
25-3, 1.74 ERA, 248 strikeouts and 72 walks in 273.2 innings, 19 complete games, nine shutouts.

2. Mike Caldwell, Brewers. 22-9, 2.36 ERA, 131 strikeouts and 54 walks in 293.1 innings, 23 complete games, six shutouts.

3. Jim Palmer, Orioles. 21-12, 2.46 ERA, 138 strikeouts and 97 walks in 296 innings, 19 complete games, six shutouts.

4. Dennis Eckersley, Red Sox. 20-8, 2.99 ERA, 162 strikeouts and 71 walks in 268.1 innings, 16 complete games.

5. Jon Matlack, Rangers. 15-13, 2.27 ERA, 157 strikeouts and 51 walks in 270 innings, 18 complete games.

Reliever | Rich Gossage, Yankees. 10-11, 2.01 ERA, 27 saves, 122 strikeouts and 59 walks in 134.1 innings.

2. Bob Stanley, Red Sox



— Kevin Brewer

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