October 2, 1984

National League awards [1984]



Expos first baseman Pete Rose doubled for his 4,000th hit. The Expos later traded him to the Reds, who named him their player-manager. The Padres and Atlanta had a series of beanings, close calls and two bench-clearing brawls at Fulton County Stadium on Aug. 12, resulting in 19 ejections.

Babe Ruth Award | Ryne Sandberg, Cubs. 19 home runs, 84 RBIs, .314 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage, 114 runs, 200 hits, 36 doubles, 19 triples, 32 stolen bases.

2. Tony Gwynn, Padres
3. Keith Hernandez, Mets
4. Gary Carter, Expos
5. Tim Raines, Expos
6. Dale Murphy, Atlanta

Walter Johnson Award | Bruce Sutter, Cardinals. 6-7, 1.54 ERA, 45 saves, 77 strikeouts and 23 walks in 122.2 innings.

2. Dwight Gooden, Mets
3. Rick Rhoden, Pirates

Jackie Robinson Award | Dwight Gooden, Mets. 17-9, 2.60 ERA, 276 strikeouts and 73 walks in 218 innings. Gooden, 19, broke Herb Score’s rookie strikeout record and set the all-time record for strikeouts per nine innings (11.39).

Pee Wee Reese Award | Gary Matthews, Cubs. 14 home runs, 82 RBIs, .291 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .428 slugging percentage, 101 runs, 103 walks, 10 sacrifice flies. 2. Rick Sutcliffe, Cubs.

Connie Mack Award | Jim Frey, Cubs. 96-65 [.596] Frey led the Cubs to their first winning season since 1972 and their first playoff appearance since 1945.

2. Davey Johnson, Mets
3. Dick Williams, Padres

Branch Rickey Award | Dallas Green, Cubs. The manager of the 1980 World Series champion Philles, Green won the division by acquiring his old players — Keith Moreland in 1981, Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa in 1982 and Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier before the season.



Catcher | Gary Carter, Expos. 27 home runs, 106 RBIs, .294 batting average, .366 on-base percentage, .487 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Tony Pena, Pirates.

First base | Keith Hernandez, Mets. 15 home runs, 94 RBIs, .311 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .449 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Steve Garvey, Padres.

Second base | Ryne Sandberg, Cubs. 19 home runs, 84 RBIs, .314 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage, 114 runs, 200 hits, 36 doubles, 19 triples, 32 stolen bases. Best fielder | Sandberg

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 36 home runs, 106 RBIs, .277 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .536 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Tim Wallach, Expos.

Shortstop | Ozzie Smith, Cardinals. 1 home run, 44 RBIs, .257 batting average, .347 on-base percentage, .337 slugging percentage, 35 stolen bases. Best fielder | Smith

Left field | Jose Cruz, Astros. 12 home runs, 95 RBIs, .312 batting average, .381 on-base percentage, .462 slugging percentage, 13 triples, 22 stolen bases, 10 sacrifice flies.

Center field | Tim Raines, Expos. 8 home runs, 60 RBIs, .309 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage, 106 runs, 38 doubles, 75 stolen bases. Best fielder | Kevin McReynolds, Padres.

2. Dale Murphy, Atlanta
3. Kevin McReynolds, Padres

Right field | Tony Gwynn, Padres. 5 home runs, 71 RBIs, .351 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage, 213 hits, 10 triples, 33 stolen bases.



Starting rotation |

1. Dwight Gooden, Mets.
17-9, 2.60 ERA, 276 strikeouts and 73 walks in 218 innings.

2. Rick Rhoden, Pirates. 14-9, 2.72 ERA, 136 strikeouts and 62 walks in 238.1 innings, 10 wild pitches.

3. Alejandro Pena, Dodgers. 12-6, 2.48 ERA, 135 strikeouts and 46 walks in 199.1 innings, four shutouts.

4. Rick Sutcliffe, Cubs. 16-1, 2.69 ERA, 155 strikeouts and 39 walks in 150.1 innings with the Cubs. | 4-5, 5.15 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 46 walks in 94.1 innings with Cleveland. Player most similar to | Hank Borowy, the last pitcher to win 20 games while playing in both leagues.

Sutcliffe, acquired by the Cubs in a seven-player deal on June 13, helped lead them to the division title. He won the Game 1 of the NLCS but lost the deciding game.

On July 27, 1945, the Cubs acquired Borowy in a waiver deal. He was 11-2 with a 2.14 ERA down the stretch, and the Cubs won the pennant — the last time they made the playoffs. Borowy won the Game 1 of the World Series, but he lost Game 7.

5. Mario Soto, Reds. 18-7, 3.53 ERA, 185 strikeouts and 87 walks in 237.1 innings, 13 complete games.

Reliever | Bruce Sutter, Cardinals. 6-7, 1.54 ERA, 45 saves, 77 strikeouts and 23 walks in 122.2 innings.
— Kevin Brewer

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