October 8, 1980

American League awards [1980]



George Brett chased .400 all summer, not falling below the mark for good until Sept. 20. Owner Bill Veeck put the White Sox up for sale. Charlie Finley did the same with the Athletics. 57-year-old Minnie Minoso played in his fifth decade. Mike Parrott lost 16 straight games.

Babe Ruth Award | George Brett, Royals. 24 home runs, 118 RBIs, .390 batting average, .454 on-base percentage, .664 slugging percentage. Brett had the highest batting average since Ted Williams, more RBIs than games and more home runs than strikeouts, while missing 45 games with a bruised heel, tendinitis and torn ligaments. | Brett May Do It Yet

2. Rickey, Athletics
3. Willie Wilson, Royals
4. Al Bumbry, Orioles
5. Willie Randolph, Yankees

Walter Johnson Award | Mike Norris, Athletics. 22-9, 2.53 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 83 walks in 284.1 innings, 24 complete games.

2. Britt Burns, White Sox
3. Doug Corbett, Twins

Jackie Robinson Award | Britt Burns, White Sox. 15-13, 2.84 ERA, 133 strikeouts and 63 walks in 238 innings, 11 complete games.

2. Doug Corbett, Twins
3. Dave Stapleton, Red Sox

Connie Mack Award | Billy Martin, Athletics. 83-79 [.512] The Athletics won 29 more games than last season, thanks to the Berkeley, Calif., native and his all-out, aggressive baserunning style. Oakland had 175 stolen bases, including seven steals of home, 14 double steals and one triple steal.

Martin also had the best (and oddest) pitching staff in the league. The Athletics led the league in ERA [3.46] and complete games [94], the most by any team since the 1940s. Four starters had 14-inning complete games.

2. Dick Howser, Yankees
3. Jim Frey, Royals



Catcher | Rick Cerone, Yankees. 14 home runs, 85 RBIs, .277 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Cerone

First base | Cecil Cooper, Brewers. 25 home runs, 122 RBIs, .352 batting average, .387 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage, 219 hits. Best fielder | Bruce Bochte, Mariners. | No Condolences, Please

Second base | Willie Randolph, Yankees. 7 home runs, 46 RBIs, .294 batting average, .427 on-base percentage, .407 slugging percentage, 119 walks, 30 stolen bases. Best fielder | Damaso Garcia, Blue Jays.

Third base | George Brett, Royals. 2. Buddy Bell, Rangers. Best fielder | Doug DeCinces, Orioles. | By George, He’s Some Hitter

Shortstop | Robin Yount, Brewers. 23 home runs, 87 RBIs, .293 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .519 slugging percentage, 121 runs, 49 doubles, 10 triples. Best fielder | Rick Burleson, Red Sox.

Left field | Rickey Henderson, Athletics. 9 home runs, 53 RBIs, .303 batting average, .420 on-base percentage, .399 slugging percentage, 111 runs, 117 walks, 100 stolen bases. 2. Willie Wilson, Royals. 3. Ben Oglivie, Brewers. Best fielder | Wilson

Center field | Al Bumbry, Orioles. 9 home runs, 53 RBIs, .318 batting average, .392 on-base percentage, .433 slugging percentage, 118 runs, 205 hits, 44 stolen bases. 2. Dwayne Murphy, Athletics. Best fielder | Murphy

Right field | Tony Armas, Athletics. 35 home runs, 109 RBIs, .279 batting average, .310 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage. 2. Ken Singleton, Orioles.

Designated hitter | Reggie Jackson, Yankees. 41 home runs, 111 RBIs, .300 batting average, .398 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Mike Norris, Athletics.
22-9, 2.53 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 83 walks in 284.1 innings, 24 complete games.

2. Britt Burns, White Sox 15-13, 2.84 ERA, 133 strikeouts and 63 walks in 238 innings, 11 complete games.

3. Larry Gura, Royals. 18-10, 2.95 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 76 walks in 283.1 innings, 16 complete games.

4. Jim Clancy, Blue Jays. 13-16, 3.30 ERA, 152 strikeouts and 128 walks in 250.2 innings, 15 complete games.

5. Steve Stone, Orioles. 25-7, 3.23 ERA, 149 strikeouts and 101 walks in 250.2 innings. 6. Tommy John, Yankees. 7. Scott McGregor, Orioles. 8. Dave Stieb, Blue Jays. 9. Moose Haas, Brewers.

Reliever | Doug Corbett, Twins. 8-6, 1.98 ERA, 23 saves, 89 strikeouts and 42 walks in 136.1 innings. 2. Rudy May, Yankees.
— Kevin Brewer

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