1979 Cleveland Indians season

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1979 Cleveland Indians
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Owner(s) Steve O'Neill
General manager(s) Phil Seghi
Manager(s) Jeff Torborg, Dave Garcia
Local television WJKW
Local radio WWWE
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Offseason

Larvell Blanks is a former Major League Baseball infielder. Blanks comes from a family of athletes. His uncle Sid is a former American football player. His cousin, Lance, is a former professional basketball player and was the General Manager of Phoenix Suns of the NBA, while Lance's daughter, Riley, plays tennis at the University of Virginia. Larvell currently resides in Del Rio, Texas.

James Lester Kern is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. A three time American League All-Star (1977–1979), Kern went 13-5 with a 1.57 ERA and 29 saves out of the Texas Rangers' bullpen in 1979 to finish fourth in American League Cy Young Award balloting.

Texas Rangers (baseball) Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Arlington, Texas, United States

The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise currently competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) West division. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlington. The team's name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name.

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 102 57 0.642 55–24 47–33
Milwaukee Brewers 95 66 0.590 8 52–29 43–37
Boston Red Sox 91 69 0.569 11½ 51–29 40–40
New York Yankees 89 71 0.556 13½ 51–30 38–41
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 18 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 81 80 0.503 22 47–34 34–46
Toronto Blue Jays 53 109 0.327 50½ 32–49 21–60

Record vs. opponents

1979 American League Records

Sources:
TeamBALBOSCALCWSCLEDETKCMILMINNYYOAKSEATEXTOR
Baltimore 8–5 9–3 8–3 8–5 7–6 6–6 8–5 8–4 5–6 8–4 10–2 6–6 11–2
Boston 5–8 5–7 5–6 6–7 8–5 8–4 8–4 9–3 5–8 9–3 8–4 6–6 9–4
California 3–9 7–5 9–4 6–6 4–8 7–6 7–5 9–4 7–5 10–3 7–6 5–8 7–5
Chicago 3–8 6–5 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 5–7 5–8 4–8 9–4 5–8 11–2 7–5
Cleveland 5–8 7–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 4–9 8–4 5–8 8–4 7–5 5–7 8–5
Detroit 6–7 5–8 8–4 9–3 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 7–6 7–5 7–5 6–6 9–4
Kansas City 6–6 4–8 6–7 8–5 6–6 7–5 5–7 7–6 5–7 9–4 7–6 6–7 9–3
Milwaukee 5–8 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–4 7–6 7–5 8–4 9–4 6–6 9–3 9–3 10–3
Minnesota 4–8 3–9 4–9 8–5 4–8 8–4 6–7 4–8 7–5 9–4 10–3 4–9 11–1
New York 6–5 8–5 5–7 8–4 8–5 6–7 7–5 4–9 5–7 9–3 6–6 8–4 9–4
Oakland 4–8 3–9 3–10 4–9 4–8 5–7 4–9 6–6 4–9 3–9 8–5 2–11 4–8
Seattle 2–10 4–8 6–7 8–5 5–7 5–7 6–7 3–9 3–10 6–6 5–8 6–7 8–4
Texas 6–6 6–6 8–5 2–11 7–5 6–6 7–6 3–9 9–4 4–8 11–2 7–6 7–5
Toronto 2–11 4–9 5–7 5–7 5–8 4–9 3–9 3–10 1–11 4–9 8–4 4–8 5–7

Notable transactions

Von Hayes American baseball player

Von Francis Hayes, is a former Major League Baseball player whose career spanned from 1981 to 1992 for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, and California Angels. Hayes was originally acquired by the Phillies in a "five-for-one" trade with the Indians in exchange for Manny Trillo, George Vukovich, Jay Baller, Jerry Willard, and Julio Franco.

Michael Thomas Stanton is a former professional baseball pitcher. Stanton pitched in all or part of seven seasons in Major League Baseball between 1975 and 1985.

Roster

1979 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers
Larry Andersen American baseball player

Larry Eugene Andersen is an American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball and current radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1975 through 1994, Andersen played for the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners (1981–1982), Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros (1986–1990), Boston Red Sox (1990), and San Diego Padres (1991–1992).

Leonard Harold Barker III is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. He pitched the tenth perfect game in baseball history. Barker pitched for the Texas Rangers (1976–78), Cleveland Indians (1979–83), Atlanta Braves (1983–85) and Milwaukee Brewers (1987). During an 11-year baseball career, Barker compiled 74 wins, 975 strikeouts, and a 4.34 earned run average.

David Clyde American baseball player

David Eugene Clyde is a former left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played for five seasons with the Texas Rangers (1973–1975) and Cleveland Indians (1978–1979). He is noted for his once promising baseball career, which ended at age 26 because of arm and shoulder injuries.

Catchers

Gary Wayne Alexander is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1975 through 1981 for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bo Díaz baseball player

Baudilio José Díaz Seijas was a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds from 1977 to 1989. Díaz was the first Venezuelan to play regularly as a major league catcher.

Ron Hassey American baseball player and coach

Ronald William Hassey is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a catcher for the Cleveland Indians (1978–1984), Chicago Cubs (1984), New York Yankees (1985–1986), Chicago White Sox (1986–1987), Oakland Athletics (1988–1990), and Montreal Expos (1991). Hassey is the only catcher in MLB history to have caught more than one perfect game. Hassey is also the second catcher in MLB history to have caught a no-hitter in both leagues.

Infielders

Wayne Levell Cage is a former professional baseball player in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1971 he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Although Cage was on the team until 1981, Cage only played in the major leagues in 1978 and 1979, when he had batting averages of .245 and .232. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 1981 for Rod Craig, although he would not play in the major leagues with Seattle. Instead, a week after the trade, Cage's contract was sold to the Hankyu Braves of the Pacific League. He played for the Braves for two seasons, 1981 and 1982.

William Ted Cox is a former shortstop who played in Major League Baseball from 1977 through 1981 for the Boston Red Sox (1977), Cleveland Indians (1978–1979), Seattle Mariners (1980) and Toronto Blue Jays (1981). He batted and threw right-handed.

Toby Harrah American baseball player and coach

Colbert Dale (Toby) Harrah is an American former professional baseball player. He played as a shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1986. Harrah played for the Texas Rangers both before and after their 1971 franchise shift. He also played for the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. In 1992, he briefly served as manager of the Rangers. Harrah most recently served as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers.

Outfielders

Wendell Alston is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, and Cleveland Indians. He attended Concordia College, where he participated in college baseball.

Bobby Bonds American baseball player and coach

Bobby Lee Bonds was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball from 1968 to 1981, primarily with the San Francisco Giants. Noted for his outstanding combination of power hitting and speed, he was the first player to have more than two seasons of 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases, doing so a record five times, and was the first to accomplish the feat in both major leagues; he became the second player to hit 300 career home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Willie Mays. Together with Barry, he is part of baseball's most accomplished father-son combination, holding the record for combined home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases. A prolific leadoff hitter, he also set major league records for most times leading off a game with a home run in a career (35) and a season ; both records have since been broken.

Lonnie Paul Dade was a Major League Baseball outfielder/third baseman. On June 4, 1970 he was drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round of the 1970 amateur draft. He played for the Angels (1975–1976), Cleveland Indians (1977–1979), and San Diego Padres (1979–1980).

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

Contents

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Thornton, Andre Andre Thornton 143 515 120 .233 26 93
RF Bonds, Bobby Bobby Bonds 146 538 148 .275 25 85

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

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
Clyde, David David Clyde 9 45.2 3 4 5.91 17

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
Barker, Len Len Barker 29 137.1 6 6 4.92 93

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, Víctor Víctor Cruz 61 3 9 10 4.23 63
Andersen, Larry Larry Andersen 8 0 0 0 7.56 7

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

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

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Notes

  1. Larvell Blanks page at Baseball-Reference
  2. Carmen Castillo page at Baseball-Reference
  3. Joe Charboneau page at Baseball-Reference
  4. Von Hayes page at Baseball Reference
  5. Mike Stanton page at Baseball Reference
  6. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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