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1982 Oakland Athletics season

 

1982 Oakland Athletics season

1982 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
Manager(s) Billy Martin
Local television KBHK
(Bill King, Harmon Killebrew, Lon Simmons)
Local radio KSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Wayne Hagin)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1982 season involved the A's finishing fifth in the American League West with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.

The 1982 Athletics are remembered mainly for the exploits of star left fielder Rickey Henderson. Henderson, in his fourth major league season, stole an MLB-record 130 bases over the course of the year. Henderson broke the record, previously held by Lou Brock, by swiping his 119th base of the season on August 27th against the Milwaukee Brewers. Henderson's record has not been approached since.

The season also marked the end of manager Billy Martin's tenure with the Athletics. Martin was unceremoniously fired at season's end, despite having led the A's to the ALCS only one season prior. He was replaced by Steve Boros.

Offseason

Regular season

In the first fifty games of the season, Rickey Henderson had stolen 49 bases. By the All-Star break, Henderson had 84 steals.[5]

  • October 3, 1982: Joe Rudi hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.[6]

Season standings

AL West Wins Losses Win % GB
California Angels 93   69 .574    --
Kansas City Royals 90   72 .556   3.0
Chicago White Sox 87   75 .537   6.0
Seattle Mariners 76   86 .469 17.0
Oakland Athletics 68   94 .420 25,0
Texas Rangers 64   98 .395 29.0
Minnesota Twins 60 102 .370 33.0

Notable transactions

Roster

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 Heath, MikeMike Heath 101 318 77 .242 3 39
1B Meyer, DanDan Meyer 120 383 92 .240 8 59
2B Lopes, DaveyDavey Lopes 128 450 109 .242 11 42
3B Gross, WayneWayne Gross 129 386 97 .251 9 41
SS Stanley, FredFred Stanley 101 228 44 .193 2 17
LF Henderson, RickeyRickey Henderson 149 536 143 .267 10 51
CF Murphy, DwayneDwayne Murphy 151 543 129 .238 27 94
RF Armas, TonyTony Armas 138 536 125 .233 28 89
DH Burroughs, JeffJeff Burroughs 113 285 79 .277 16 48

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Johnson, CliffCliff Johnson 73 214 51 .238 7 31
Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi 71 193 41 .212 5 18
Moore, KelvinKelvin Moore 21 67 15 .224 2 6
Picciolo, RobRob Picciolo 18 49 11 .224 0 3
Bosetti, RickRick Bosetti 6 15 3 .200 0 0
Bell, KevinKevin Bell 4 9 3 .333 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Langford, RickRick Langford 32 237.1 11 16 4.21 79

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hanna, PrestonPreston Hanna 23 48.1 0 4 5.59 32

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Kinney, DennisDennis Kinney 3 0 0 0 8.31 0

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Ed Nottle
AA West Haven A's Eastern League Bob Didier
A Modesto A's California League Pete Whisenant
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Brad Fischer
Short-Season A Medford A's Northwest League Dennis Rogers
Rookie Idaho Falls A's Pioneer League Keith Lieppman

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: West Haven, Modesto

References

  1. ^ Joe Rudi page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Rich Bordi page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dennis Kinney page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Craig Minetto page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p.52, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  6. ^ Home Run in Last At Bat by Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ Rob Picciolo page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Phil Stephenson page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Charlie O'Brien page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Jeff Kaiser page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Jim Eppard page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ José Canseco page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spencji01.shtml
  14. ^ Preston Hanna page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Rick Bosetti page at Baseball Reference

External links

  • 1982 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1982 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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