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1982 Baltimore Orioles season

 

1982 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1982 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

Weaver
Manager
Retired 1982

Opening Day starters

Season standings

Team Wins Losses Win % GB
Milwaukee Brewers 95 67 .586 0
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 .580 1.0
Boston Red Sox 89 73 .549 6.0
Detroit Tigers 83 79 .512 12.0
New York Yankees 79 83 .488 16.0
Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 16.0
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 .481 17.0


Notable transactions

A classic near-miss season

The '82 season was a classic, even though it eventually was as frustrating as those that had preceded it. Eddie Murray had 32 homers and 110 RBIs. Jim Palmer, in his last hurrah, went 15–5. Cal Ripken, Jr. started off slowly, gathered himself, and ended up as the AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .264 with 28 homers and 93 RBIs. After all the debate about where he should play, he started the year at third base, switched to shortstop in July, and never looked back. After sitting out the second game of a doubleheader on May 29, he played in every game for the rest of the season. His consecutive-games streak was underway.

After starting slowly and falling eight games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-August of '82, the Orioles rallied furiously. They won seven games in a row, lost one, won ten in a row, swept five straight from the New York Yankees, won two of three in Milwaukee to pull within two games of the Brewers with a week left. In the end, they needed to sweep a season-ending four-game series with the Brewers at Memorial Stadium to complete a comeback. They won the first three before roaring crowds, pulling even, and sent Palmer out to pitch the finale against the Brewers' Don Sutton. Fans brought brooms to the stadium, anticipating the final scene of one of the Orioles' greatest comebacks. Instead, the Brewers pounded Palmer and won the American League East title 10–2.

Farewell to a legend

After the final out of the loss to the Brewers, an emotional spectacle unfolded at Memorial Stadium. The disappointed sellout crowd rose and started to cheer, and kept cheering for 45 minutes. The Orioles' players left the clubhouse and came back out onto the field to wave, and then Weaver did, too, setting off the biggest roar. The cheers were mostly for him.

Weaver announced in March that the 1982 season would be his last managing the Orioles. he was retiring after that and moving to Florida to play golf. An era was ending. The news had been in the headlines and the back of everyone's mind all season, yet it was almost forgotten as the Orioles chased the Brewers down the stretch. Now, suddenly, the moment was at hand. Weaver was pulling off his uniform for the last time. And the fans weren't going to let him go without a salute.

Roster

1982 Baltimore Orioles roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Dempsey, RickRick Dempsey 125 344 88 .256 5 36
1B Murray, EddieEddie Murray 151 550 174 .316 32 110
2B Dauer, RichRich Dauer 158 558 156 .280 8 57
3B Gulliver, GlennGlenn Gulliver 50 145 29 .200 1 5
SS Ripken, CalCal Ripken 160 598 158 .264 28 93
LF Lowenstein, JohnJohn Lowenstein 122 322 103 .320 24 66
CF Bumbry, AlAl Bumbry 150 562 147 .262 5 40
RF Ford, DanDan Ford 123 421 99 .235 10 43
DH Singleton, KenKen Singleton 156 561 141 .251 14 77

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Roenicke, GaryGary Roenicke 137 393 106 .270 21 74
Sakata, LennLenn Sakata 136 343 89 .259 6 31
Nolan, JoeJoe Nolan 77 219 51 .233 6 35
Dwyer, JimJim Dwyer 71 148 45 .304 6 15
Crowley, TerryTerry Crowley 65 93 22 .237 3 17
Ayala, BennyBenny Ayala 64 128 39 .305 6 24
Bonner, BobbyBobby Bonner 41 77 13 .169 0 5
Rayford, FloydFloyd Rayford 34 53 7 .132 3 5
Shelby, JohnJohn Shelby 26 35 11 .314 1 2
Young, MikeMike Young 6 2 0 .000 0 0
Morales, JoséJosé Morales 3 3 0 .000 0 0
Hernández , LeoLeo Hernández 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez 40 252 16 12 4.21 111
Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan 36 236 15 11 3.97 103
Palmer, JimJim Palmer 36 227 15 5 3.13 103
McGregor, ScottScott McGregor 37 226.1 14 12 4.61 84

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Stewart, SammySammy Stewart 38 139 10 9 4.14 69
Davis, StormStorm Davis 29 100.2 8 4 3.49 67

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Martinez, TippyTippy Martinez 76 8 8 16 3.41 78
Stoddard, TimTim Stoddard 50 3 4 12 4.02 42
Grimsley, RossRoss Grimsley 21 1 2 0 5.25 18
Stanhouse, DonDon Stanhouse 17 0 1 0 5.40 8
Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker 7 1 0 0 3.51 20
Flinn, JohnJohn Flinn 5 2 0 0 1.32 13
Welchel, DonDon Welchel 2 1 0 0 8.31 3

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

  • Eddie Murray

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Lance Nichols
AA Charlotte O's Southern League Mark Wiley
A Hagerstown Suns Carolina League Grady Little
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League John Hart

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bluefield

Notes

References

  • 1982 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1982 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
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