1978 California Angels season

1978 California Angels
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Gene Autry
General manager(s) Buzzie Bavasi
Manager(s) Dave Garcia, Jim Fregosi
Local television KTLA
Local radio KMPC
(Dick Enberg, Don Drysdale, Al Wisk)
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The 1978 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing second in the American League West with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses.

Late in the season, the Angels suffered the loss of outfielder Lyman Bostock when Bostock was murdered on September 24 in Gary, Indiana.[1]

Offseason

Regular season

On May 12, Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan struck out Buddy Bell for the 2500th strikeout of his career.[8]

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 9270 0.568 56–25 36–45
Texas Rangers 8775 0.537 5 52–30 35–45
California Angels 8775 0.537 5 50–31 37–44
Minnesota Twins 7389 0.451 19 38–43 35–46
Chicago White Sox 7190 0.441 20½ 38–42 33–48
Oakland Athletics 6993 0.426 23 38–42 31–51
Seattle Mariners 56104 0.350 35 32–49 24–55

Record vs. opponents

1978 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 7–84–68–19–67–82–87–85–56–911–09–17–48–7
Boston 8–79–27–37–812–34–610–59–27–95–57–33–711–4
California 6–42–98–76–44–79–65–512–35–59–69–65–107–3
Chicago 1–83–77–88–22–98–74–78–71–97–87–811–44–6
Cleveland 6–98–74–62–85–105–65–105–56–94–68–11–910–4
Detroit 8–73–127–49–210–54–67–84–64–116–48–27–39–6
Kansas City 8–26–46–97–86–56–46–47–86–510–512–37–85–5
Milwaukee 8–75–105–57–410–58–74–64–710–59–15–56–412–3
Minnesota 5–52–93–127–85–56–48–77–43–79–66–96–96–4
New York 9–69–75–59–19–611–45–65–107–38–26–56–411–4
Oakland 0–115–56–98–76–44–65–101–96–92–813–26–97–4
Seattle 1–93–76–98–71–82–83–125–59–65–62–133–128–2
Texas 4–77–310–54–119–13–78–74–69–64–69–612–34–7
Toronto 7–84–113–76–44–106–95–53–124–64–114–72–87–4

Notable transactions

Roster

1978 California Angels
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
RFLyman Bostock147568168.296571

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
Jim Anderson4810821.19407

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
Don Aase29178.21184.0393

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

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake City Gulls Pacific Coast League Deron Johnson
AA El Paso Diablos Texas League Moose Stubing
A Salinas Packers California League Chuck Cottier
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Cotton Nash
Rookie Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League Reuben Rodriguez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: El Paso

Notes

  1. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-15/sports/sp-3976_1_color-analyst
  2. Lyman Bostock at Baseball-Reference
  3. Richard Dotson at Baseball-Reference
  4. Don Aase at Baseball-Reference
  5. Gary Nolan at Baseball-Reference
  6. Fred Kuhaulua at Baseball-Reference
  7. Merv Rettenmund at Baseball-Reference
  8. "The Nolan Ryan Express". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2008. Text " The Strikeout King " ignored (help); Text " smackbomb.com/nolanryan " ignored (help)
  9. Dave Engle at Baseball-Reference
  10. Dan Whitmer at Baseball-Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
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