1982 New York Yankees season

1982 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
General manager(s) Bill Bergesch
Manager(s) Gene Michael, Bob Lemon, Clyde King
Local television


(Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)
SportsChannel NY
(Mel Allen, Fran Healy, others from WPIX)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, John Gordon)
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The New York Yankees' 1982 season was the 80th season for the Yankees. The team finished in fifth place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 79–83, finishing 16 games behind the AL Champion Milwaukee Brewers. As a result, the Yankees endured their first losing season since going 80–82 in 1973, the team's final season at the original Yankee Stadium before the 1976 renovations. The Yankees were managed by Gene Michael, Bob Lemon, and Clyde King. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.


Regular season

  • April 6, 1982, Opening Day vs. the Texas Rangers was snowed out, as a blizzard brought more than a foot of snow to New York; additional games were also postponed due to snow.[7] The team would finally start their season on April 11, with a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.[8]
  • April 27, 1982, Reggie Jackson returned to Yankee Stadium with the Angels. He broke out of a terrible season-starting slump to hit a home run off former teammate Ron Guidry. The at-bat began with Yankee fans, angry at Steinbrenner for letting Jackson get away, starting the "Reg-GIE!" chant, and ended it with the fans chanting "Steinbrenner sucks!" By the time of Jackson's election to the Hall of Fame, Steinbrenner had begun to say that letting him go was the biggest mistake he made as Yankee owner.
  • September 5, 1982: Roy Smalley hit home runs from both sides of plate for New York Yankees.
  • Future NFL Hall of Famer John Elway played baseball for the New York Yankees' Oneonta single-A farm club in 1982. Elway posted a .318 average and knocked in a team-high 24 runs with no errors in 42 games.[9]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 9567 0.586 48–34 47–33
Baltimore Orioles 9468 0.580 1 53–28 41–40
Boston Red Sox 8973 0.549 6 49–32 40–41
Detroit Tigers 8379 0.512 12 47–34 36–45
New York Yankees 7983 0.488 16 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 7884 0.481 17 41–40 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 7884 0.481 17 44–37 34–47

Record vs. opponents

1982 American League Records

Baltimore 4–97–55–76–77–64–89–4–18–411–27–57–59–310–3
Boston 9–47–54–86–78–56–64–96–67–68–47–510–27–6
California 5–75–78–58–45–77–66–67–67–59–410–38–58–4
Chicago 7–58–45–86–69–33–103–97–68–49–46–78–58–4
Cleveland 7–67–64–86–66–72–107–68–44–94–89–37–57–6
Detroit 6–75–87–53–97–66–63–109–38–59–36–68–46–7
Kansas City 8–46–66–710–310–26–67–57–65–77–67–67–64–8
Milwaukee 4–9–19–46–69–36–710–35–77–58–57–58–47–59–4
Minnesota 4–86–66–76–74–83–96–75–72–103–105–85–85–7
New York 2–116–75–74–89–45–87–55–810–27–56–67–56–7
Oakland 5–74–84–94–98–43–96–75–710–35–76–75–83–9
Seattle 5–75–73–107–63–96–66–74–88–56–67–69–47–5
Texas 3–92–105–85–85–74–86–75–78–55–78–54–94–8
Toronto 3–106–74–84–86–77–68–44–97–57–69–35–78–4

Notable transactions

Draft picks


1982 New York Yankees
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Other batters




Player stats

= Indicates team leader


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
CRick Cerone893002968.2275280
1BJohn Mayberry692152045.2098270
2BWillie Randolph14455385155.28033616
3BGraig Nettles1224054794.23218551
SSRoy Smalley14248655125.25720670
LFDave Winfield14053984151.280371065
CFJerry Mumphrey12347776143.30096811
RFKen Griffey12748470134.277125410
DHOscar Gamble1083164986.27218576


Other batters

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Dave Collins1113484188.25332513
Lou Piniella1022613380.3076370
Butch Wynegar631912756.2933200
Bucky Dent591601127.169090
Bobby Murcer651411232.2277302
Lee Mazzilli371282034.2666172
Andre Robertson441181626.220290
Steve Balboni33107820.187240
Butch Hobson3058210.172030
Barry Foote174847.146020
Dave Revering144026.150020
Barry Evans173128.258020
Larry Milbourne142724.148000
Rodney Scott102655.192002
Bob Watson71734.235030
Mike Patterson111633.188111
Don Mattingly71202.167010
Bobby Ramos41111.091120
Edwin Rodriguez3923.333010


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
Ron Guidry342221483.81162
Tommy John30186.210103.6654
Roger Erickson1670.2454.4637

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
Shane Rawley4716411104.06111
Doyle Alexander1666.2176.0826

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
George Frazier634413.4769
Goose Gossage5645302.23102
Jim Lewis100054.000

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Frank Verdi
AA Nashville Sounds Southern League Johnny Oates
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Stump Merrill
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Doug Holmquist
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Ken Berry
Rookie Paintsville Yankees Appalachian League Mike Notaro
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Nashville, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, GCL Yankees[23]


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  10. 1 2 Bill Caudill page at Baseball Reference
  11. Bobby Ramos page at Baseball Reference
  12. Bob Watson page at Baseball Reference
  13. John Mayberry page at Baseball Reference
  14. Lee Mazzilli page at Baseball Reference
  15. Tommy John page at Baseball Reference
  16. Bo Jackson page at Baseball Reference
  17. Dan Pasqua page at Baseball Reference
  18. B. J. Surhoff page at Baseball Reference
  19. Jim Deshaies page at Baseball Reference
  20. Mike York page at Baseball Reference
  21. 1982 New York Yankees Roster by Baseball Almanac
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  23. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007


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