October 4, 1988

American League awards [1988]



The Orioles lost their first 21 games. George Steinbrenner fired Billy Martin for the fifth time, replacing him with Lou Piniella for the second time. The Red Sox won 19 of 20 games after the All-Star break. Jose Canseco became the first 40/40 player, hitting 42 home runs and stealing 40 bases.

Babe Ruth Award | Jose Canseco, Athletics. 42 home runs, 124 RBIs, .307 batting average, .391 on-base percentage, .569 slugging percentage, 120 runs, 40 stolen bases, 10 HBPs.

2. Wade Boggs, Red Sox
3. Kirby Puckett, Twins
4. Mike Greenwell, Red Sox
5. Frank Viola, Twins

Walter Johnson Award | Frank Viola, Twins. 24-7, 2.64 ERA, 193 strikeouts and 54 walks in 255.1 innings.

2. Mark Gubicza, Royals
3. Teddy Higuera, Brewers

Jackie Robinson Award | Walt Weiss, Athletics. 3 home runs, 39 RBIs, .250 batting average, .312 on-base percentage, .321 slugging percentage.

2. Don August, Brewers
3. Jody Reed, Red Sox

Pee Wee Reese Award | Dennis Eckersley, Athletics. 4-2, 2.35 ERA, 45 saves, 70 strikeouts and 11 walks in 72.2 innings.

Connie Mack Award | Tony LaRussa, Athletics. 104-58 [.642]

2. Tom Kelly, Twins
3. Joe Morgan, Red Sox



Catcher | Bob Boone, Angels. 5 home runs, 39 RBIs, .295 batting average, .352 on-base percentage, .386 slugging percentage. 2. Matt Nokes, Tigers. 3. Ernie Whitt, Blue Jays. Best fielder | Andy Allanson, Cleveland.

First base | Fred McGriff, Blue Jays. 34 home runs, 82 RBIs, .282 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .552 slugging percentage, 100 runs, 35 doubles. 2. George Brett, Royals. Best fielder | Pete O’Brien, Rangers.

Second base | Lou Whitaker, Tigers. 12 home runs, 55 RBIs, .275 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .419 slugging percentage. 2. Julio Franco, Cleveland. 3. Johnny Ray, Angels. Best fielder | Frank White, Royals.

Third base | Wade Boggs, Red Sox. 5 home runs, 58 RBIs, .366 batting average, .476 on-base percentage, .490 slugging percentage, 128 runs, 214 hits, 45 doubles, 125 walks. Boggs had the highest on-base percentage since Mickey Mantle in 1962. 2. Paul Molitor, Brewers. Best fielder | Kelly Gruber, Blue Jays.

Shortstop | Cal Ripken, Orioles. 23 home runs, 81 RBIs, .264 batting average, .372 on-base percentage, .431 slugging percentage, 102 walks. 2. Alan Trammell, Tigers. Best fielder | Walt Weiss, Athletics.

Left field | Mike Greenwell, Red Sox. 22 home runs, 119 RBIs, .325 batting average, .416 on-base percentage, .531 slugging percentage, 39 doubles. 2. Rickey Henderson, Yankees.

Center field | Kirby Puckett, Twins. 24 home runs, 121 RBIs, .356 batting average, .375 on-base percentage, .545 slugging percentage, 109 runs, 234 hits, 42 doubles. 2. Robin Yount, Brewers. 3. Dave Henderson, Athletics. Best fielder | Yount

Right field | Jose Canseco, Athletics. 42 home runs, 124 RBIs, .307 batting average, .391 on-base percentage, .569 slugging percentage, 120 runs, 40 stolen bases, 10 HBPs. 2. Dave Winfield, Yankees.

Designated hitter | Jack Clark, Yankees. 27 home runs, 93 RBIs, .242 batting average, .381 on-base percentage, .433 slugging percentage, 113 walks.



Starting rotation |

1. Frank Viola, Twins.
24-7, 2.64 ERA, 193 strikeouts and 54 walks in 255.1 innings.

2. Mark Gubicza, Royals. 20-8, 2.70 ERA, 183 strikeouts and 83 walks in 269.2 innings, 12 wild pitches.

3. Teddy Higuera, Brewers. 16-9, 2.45 ERA, 192 strikeouts and 59 walks in 227.1 innings.

4. Roger Clemens, Red Sox. 18-12, 2.93 ERA, 291 strikeouts and 62 walks in 264 innings, 14 complete games, eight shutouts.

5. Greg Swindell, Cleveland. 18-14, 3.20 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 45 walks in 242 innings, 12 complete games. 6. Mark Langston, Mariners. 7. Allan Anderson, Twins. 8. Tom Candiotti, Cleveland.

Reliever | Doug Jones, Cleveland. 3-4, 2.27 ERA, 37 saves, 72 strikeouts and 16 walks in 83.1 innings. 2. Mike Henneman, Tigers.

Best Picture | Bull Durham



— Kevin Brewer

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