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The Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. One of the highlights of the season was George Brett winning the American League batting title. Brett's .390 batting average was the highest in the majors since 1941.

Offseason

  • October 26, 1979: Keith Drumright was acquired by the Royals from the Houston Astros to complete an earlier deal (the Astros sent a player to be named later to the Royals for George Throop) made on April 27, 1979.


Regular season

  • September 30, 1980: While pitching for the Seattle Mariners against the Royals, Rick Honeycutt taped a thumbtack to his finger to cut the ball. Royals baserunner Willie Wilson spotted the tack from second base. The umpires investigated and not only found the tack, but also a gash in Honeycutt's forehead. Honeycutt was ejected from the game, suspended for 10 games, and fined.


Opening Day starters



Season standings

Notable transactions



Roster

1980 Kansas City Royals roster
Roster
Pitchers CatchersInfielders OutfieldersOther batters ManagerCoaches


Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; Avg. = Batting Average; SB = Stolen Bases
Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
C 118 418 51 104 14 2 .249 7 51 1
1B 151 543 70 151 24 0 .278 20 98 1
2B 154 560 70 148 23 4 .264 7 60 19
3B 117 449 87 175 33 9 .390 24 118 15
SS 153 549 79 150 16 11 .273 6 53 20
LF 161 705 133 230 28 15 .326 3 49 79
CF 107 394 56 99 16 3 .251 10 53 16
RF 130 395 50 116 31 2 .294 10 60 0
DH 124 489 73 145 39 5 .297 14 83 10


Other batters

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
126 453 57 138 .305 6 58 17
69 167 19 42 .251 1 20 1
62 163 13 45 .276 5 21 3
114 156 14 32 .205 1 18 1
51 72 10 12 .167 0 3 1
36 54 8 14 .259 0 6 0
25 53 8 18 .340 0 5 0
22 16 4 1 .063 0 0 0
12 15 1 2 .133 0 2 0
3 4 0 0 .000 0 0 0
7 0 3 0 ---- 0 0 0


Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
36 283.1 18 10 2.95 76 113
38 280.1 20 11 3.79 80 155
34 204 14 11 4.15 43 53
32 190.2 13 9 3.92 78 97


Other pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
32 137.1 10 10 2 4.39 70 68
11 42.1 1 3 0 6.17 19 12
3 4.2 0 1 0 11.57 5 2


Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
75 128.1 12 7 33 3.09 27 37
8 13.1 0 0 1 0.00 5 4
5 9.1 0 1 0 6.75 5 3
1 1 0 0 0 0.00 1 0


ALCS

Game 1

October 8 Royals Stadiummarker
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
Kansas City 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 X 7 10 0
W: Larry Gura (1-0)  L: Ron Guidry (0-1)  
HRs: NYYRick Cerone (1) Lou Piniella (1)   KCRGeorge Brett (1)


Game 2

October 9 Royals Stadiummarker

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Kansas City 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 0
W: Dennis Leonard (1-0)  L: Rudy May (0-1)  S: Dan Quisenberry (1)
HRs: NYYGraig Nettles


Game 3

October 10 Yankee Stadiummarker

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 12 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0
W: Dan Quisenberry (1-0)  L: Rich Gossage (0-1)
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett (2) Frank White (1)


World Series

NL Philadelphia Phillies (4) vs. AL Kansas City Royals (2)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Royals – 6, Phillies – 7 October 14 Veterans Stadiummarker (Philadelphia) 65,791 3:01
2 Royals – 4, Phillies – 6 October 15 Veterans Stadiummarker (Philadelphia) 65,775 3:01
3 Phillies – 3, Royals – 4 (10 inns) October 17 Royals Stadiummarker (Kansas City) 42,380 3:19
4 Phillies – 3, Royals – 5 October 18 Royals Stadiummarker (Kansas City) 42,363 2:37
5 Phillies – 4, Royals – 3 October 19 Royals Stadiummarker (Kansas City) 42,369 2:51
6 Royals – 1, Phillies – 4 October 21 Veterans Stadiummarker (Philadelphia) 65,838 3:00


Awards and honors



Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Royals Blue

Notes

References




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