1980 Minnesota Twins season

1980 Minnesota Twins
77-84, third in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Gene Mauch, Johnny Goryl
Local television KMSP-TV
(Bob Kurtz, Larry Osterman)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Frank Quilici)
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The 1980 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The Twins finished 77-84, third in the American League West. 769,206 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League.


Regular season

On May 31, outfielder Ken Landreaux went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 31 games. This set a Minnesota Twins record that has yet to be topped.

Landreaux tripled three times July 3, in a 10-3 win over the Texas Rangers, to tie an American League record. This Twins record remained untouched until Denard Span matched it on June 29, 2010.

Landreaux, a Los Angeles native, is the only Twins player to make the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

One of the club's most unusual games was played in Toronto on Thursday, August 28, a game in which one player was replaced after being injured in a car crash during the game and that featured a rare save by a Twins starting pitcher. A game that ended with the Blue Jays' mound ace playing left field. The Canadian National Exhibition (like a state fair) was set up adjacent to Exhibition Stadium. Because of a nightly concert, no inning could start past 5:00 PM; the game was begun at 1:00 PM to avoid the curfew. However, the game went into extra innings and was suspended in the 15th inning, to be finished the following afternoon. During the evening hours Thursday, Bombo Rivera was injured in a car crash with Toronto's Otto Velez and neither could resume playing Friday. Friday's scheduled starter Dave Stieb played left field for the final inning of the Thursday game when the Jays ran out of position players (he'd go on to lose the Friday game). Minnesota's John Verhoeven got the win, and starter Al Williams, who faced four batters in the fifteenth inning, got the save.[5]

September 18: At Milwaukee for a double-header, outfielder Gary Ward hit a double, single, homer and triple in the first game, becoming the sixth Twin to hit for the cycle. It came, however, in a losing effort as the 9-8 win by the Brewers was the only time -- of the ten Minnesota cycles -- that Minnesota has lost the game in which a Twin cycled. Ward became part of history in 2004 when, on May 26, his son Daryle Ward hit for the cycle for Pittsburgh, and they became the only father-son duo to accomplish the feat.

Infielder John Castino led the team in most of the major offensive categories, batting .302 with 13 HR and 64 RBI. Shortstop Roy Smalley hit 12 HR and collected 63 RBI. Ken Landreaux batted .281 with 7 HR and 62 RBI.

Reliever Doug Corbett replaced Mike Marshall as manager Gene Mauch's all-purpose reliever, racking up 8 relief wins along with 23 saves. His saves total set a major league rookie record. Only veterans Jerry Koosman (16-13) and Geoff Zahn (14-18) had double digit wins.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 9765 0.599 49–32 48–33
Oakland Athletics 8379 0.512 14 46–35 37–44
Minnesota Twins 7784 0.478 19½ 44–36 33–48
Texas Rangers 7685 0.472 20½ 39–41 37–44
Chicago White Sox 7090 0.438 26 37–42 33–48
California Angels 6595 0.406 31 30–51 35–44
Seattle Mariners 59103 0.364 38 36–45 23–58

Record vs. opponents

1980 American League Records

Baltimore 8–510–26–66–710–36–67–610–27–67–56–66–611–2
Boston 5–89–36–47–68–55–76–76–63–109–37–55–77–6
California 2–103–93–104–65–75–86–67–62–103–1011–211–23–9
Chicago 6–64–610–35–72–105–85–75–85–76–76–76–7–25–7
Cleveland 7–66–76–47–53–105–73–109–35–86–68–46–68–5
Detroit 3–105–87–510–210–32–107–66–65–86–610–2–14–89–4
Kansas City 6–67–58–58–57–510–26–65–88–46–77–610–39–3
Milwaukee 6–77–66–67–510–36–76–67–55–87–59–35–75–8
Minnesota 2–106–66–78–53–96–68–55–74–86–77–69–37–5
New York 6–710–310–27–58–58–54–88–58–48–49–37–510–3
Oakland 5–73–910–37–66–66–67–65–77–64–88–57–68–4
Seattle 6–65–72–117–64–82–10–16–73–96–73–95–84–96–6
Texas 6–67–52–117–6–26–68–43–107–53–95–76–79–47–5
Toronto 2–116–79–37–55–84–93–98–55–73–104–86–65–7

Notable transactions

  • April 1, 1980: Guy Sularz was returned by the Twins to the San Francisco Giants.[2]
  • April 3, 1980: Paul Hartzell was released by the Twins.[6]
  • April 3, 1980: Bob Randall was released by the Twins.[7]
  • May 16, 1980: Bob Randall was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[7]
  • June 3, 1980: Bob Randall was released by the Twins.[7]
  • June 6, 1980: Mike Marshall was released by the Twins.[8]
  • June 18, 1980: Bob Randall was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[7]
  • July 16, 1980: Bob Randall was released by the Twins.[7]


1980 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

= Indicates team leader


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
CButch Wynegar146486124.255557
1BRon Jackson131396105.265542
2BRob Wilfong131416103.248845
3BJohn Castino150546165.3021364
SSRoy Smalley133486135.2781263
CFKen Landreaux129484136.281762
RFHosken Powell137485127.262635
DHGlenn Adams9926275.286638

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
Pete Mackanin10831985.266435
Mike Cubbage10328570.246842
José Morales9724173.303836
Dave Edwards8120050.250220
Danny Goodwin5511523.200111
Bombo Rivera4411325.221310
Sal Butera348523.27102
Willie Norwood347312.16418
Gary Ward134119.463110
Jesús Vega12305.16704
Greg Johnston14275.18501
Bob Randall5153.20000
Lenny Faedo582.25000


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
Jerry Koosman38243.116134.03149
Geoff Zahn38232.214184.4196
Roger Erickson32191.17133.2597
Darrell Jackson32172993.8790
Terry Felton517.2037.1314

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
Pete Redfern23104.2774.5673
Fernando Arroyo2192.1664.6827
Albert Williams1877623.5135

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
Doug Corbett7386231.9829
John Verhoeven443403.9742
Mike Kinnunen210005.118
Mike Marshall181316.1213
Mike Bacsik100004.309
Bob Veselic10004.502

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Roy McMillan
A Visalia Oaks California League Tom Kelly
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Rick Stelmaszek
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters



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