1980 Cleveland Indians season

1980 Cleveland Indians season

Offseason

Regular season

"Super Joe" Charboneau made his debut with the Indians in 1980, splitting time between left field and designated hitter. His 23 home runs led the team and he captured the city's imagination with his hard hitting and his eccentricities. His tendency to dye his hair unnatural colors, open beer bottles with his eye socket, and drink beer with a straw through his nose, and other stories that emerged about how he did his own dental work and fixed a broken nose with a pair of pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel's whiskey, stood out in 1980. By mid-season, Charboneau was the subject of a song--"Go Joe Charboneau"—that reached #3 on the local charts.

He finished the season with 87 runs batted in and a .289 batting average while winning the American League Rookie of the Year award—all in spite of being stabbed with a ball-point pen by a crazed fan as he waited for the team bus on March 8. The pen penetrated an inch and hit a rib, but Charboneau played his first regular-season game just over a month later, on April 11. He missed the final six weeks of the season with a pelvis injury. He would never play another full season in the majors after 1980.

Season standings

Notable transactions

Roster

1980 Cleveland Indians
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
LF Diloné, MiguelMiguel Diloné 132 528 180 .341 0 40
DH Charboneau, JoeJoe Charboneau 131 453 131 .289 23 87

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Díaz, BoBo Díaz 76 207 47 .227 3 32
Gray, GaryGary Gray 28 54 8 .148 2 4
Mora, AndrésAndrés Mora 9 18 2 .111 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Barker, LenLen Barker 36 246.1 19 12 4.17 187
Denny, JohnJohn Denny 16 108.2 8 6 4.39 59

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Owchinko, BobBob Owchinko 29 114.1 2 9 5.27 66

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Cruz, VíctorVíctor Cruz 55 6 7 12 3.45 88
Stanton, MikeMike Stanton 51 1 3 5 5.46 74
Collins, DonDon Collins 4 0 0 0 7.50 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Gene Dusan
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Woody Smith
A Waterloo Indians Midwest League Cal Emery
Short-Season A Batavia Trojans New York–Penn League Rick Colzie

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waterloo[7]

Notes

References

  • 1980 Cleveland Indians team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1980 Cleveland Indians team page at www.baseball-almanac.com