• Best & Worst Yankees Of The 1980′s

    Posted by on January 18th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    From Donnie Baseball to Joel Skinner, and, from Rags to Ed Whitson, here are the numbers via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia.


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    First, the batters:

    Player                           RCAA      PA
    1    Don Mattingly               275     4422
    2    Dave Winfield               202     4954
    3    Rickey Henderson            195     2735
    4    Willie Randolph              79     5063
    5    Reggie Jackson               69      983
    6    Oscar Gamble                 68     1197
    7    Don Baylor                   61     1719
    8    Ken Griffey Sr.              39     2168
    9    Jerry Mumphrey               26     1185
    10   Roy Smalley                  25     1312
    T11  Ron Hassey                   24      517
    T11  Jack Clark                   24      616
    13   Dan Pasqua                   21      860
    14   Graig Nettles                19     1751
    15   Claudell Washington          17      968
    16   Bob Watson                   14      725
    17   Butch Wynegar                12     1712
    T18  Roberto Kelly                10      639
    T18  Mike Easler                  10      730
    T20  Jesse Barfield                9      529
    T20  Eric Soderholm                9      304
    22   Steve Sax                     8      717
    23   Ken Phelps                    7      342
    24   Bobby Murcer                  6      654
    T25  Steve Kemp                    3      780
    T25  Ron Kittle                    3      262
    T25  Luis Polonia                  3      248
    T25  Lou Piniella                  3     1065
    T25  Gary Roenicke                 3      165
    T30  Lee Mazzilli                  2      144
    T30  Brian Dorsett                 2       23
    T32  Barry Evans                   1       38
    T32  Victor Mata                   1       83
    T32  Brad Gulden                   1        3
    T32  Joe Lefebvre                  1      178
    T32  Don Slaught                   1      750
    T37  Leo Hernandez                 0       23
    T37  Paul Blair                    0        2
    T37  Billy Sample                  0      154
    T37  Phil Lombardi                 0       49
    T37  Mike Patterson                0       27
    T37  Tucker Ashford                0        0
    T37  Rowland Office                0        3
    T37  Chris Chambliss               0        1
    T37  Deion Sanders                 0       50
    T37  Jerry Royster                 0       47
    T37  Edwin Rodriguez               0       10
    T37  Dave Stegman                  0        0
    T49  Steve Kiefer                 -1        8
    T49  Keith Hughes                 -1        4
    T49  Marshall Brant               -1        6
    T49  Keith Smith                  -1        5
    T49  Marcus Lawton                -1       14
    T49  Roger Holt                   -1        7
    T49  Dennis Sherrill              -1        4
    T49  Otis Nixon                   -1       15
    T49  Bruce Robinson               -1        5
    T49  Mike O'Berry                 -1       34
    T49  Ted Wilborn                  -1        8
    T49  Ivan DeJesus                 -1        5
    T49  Stan Javier                  -1        7
    T49  Larry Milbourne              -1      281
    T49  Orestes Destrade             -1       24
    T49  Lenn Sakata                  -1       48
    T65  Bob Geren                    -2      237
    T65  Bert Campaneris              -2      155
    T65  Stan Jefferson               -2       12
    T65  Jeff Moronko                 -2       12
    T65  Dennis Werth                 -2      149
    T65  Bobby Ramos                  -2       11
    T65  Rodney Scott                 -2       31
    T65  Bob Brower                   -2       75
    T65  Mike Blowers                 -2       41
    T65  Randy Velarde                -2      258
    T75  Hensley Meulens              -3       30
    T75  Brian Dayett                 -3      171
    T77  Juan Espino                  -4       78
    T77  Juan Bonilla                 -4       79
    T77  Mel Hall                     -4      391
    T77  Jamie Quirk                  -4       27
    T77  Bryan Little                 -4       43
    T82  Jim Spencer                  -5      367
    T82  John Mayberry                -5      249
    T82  Jose Cruz                    -5       88
    T82  Luis Aguayo                  -5      149
    T82  Jay Buhner                   -5       99
    T82  Scott Bradley                -5       73
    T82  Hal Morris                   -5       39
    T89  Toby Harrah                  -6      299
    T89  Rex Hudler                   -6       66
    T89  Bobby Brown                  -6      515
    T89  Butch Hobson                 -6       60
    T89  Fred Stanley                 -6       95
    T94  Brian Doyle                  -7       81
    T94  Johnny Oates                 -7       95
    T94  Tim Foli                     -7      172
    T94  Mark Salas                   -7      130
    T98  Aurelio Rodriguez            -8      237
    T98  Dave Revering                -8      174
    T98  Dale Berra                   -8      239
    T98  Steve Balboni                -8      551
    T102 Ruppert Jones                -9      373
    T102 Dave Collins                 -9      393
    T104 Tom Brookens                -10      183
    T104 Mike Fischlin               -10      116
    T106 Paul Zuvella                -12       93
    T106 Barry Foote                 -12      187
    108  Mike Pagliarulo             -14     2535
    109  Henry Cotto                 -16      299
    110  Omar Moreno                 -18      613
    111  Alvaro Espinoza             -21      547

    And, next, the pitchers:

    Pitcher                          RSAA      IP
    1    Dave Righetti               105   1066.1
    2    Goose Gossage                69    340.1
    3    Ron Guidry                   55   1639.2
    4    Tommy John                   28   1090.2
    5    Rudy May                     26    447.1
    6    Ron Davis                    22    204
    7    George Frazier               19    254.2
    8    Lee Guetterman               15    143.2
    9    Doug Bird                    12    104
    T10  Chuck Cary                   10     99.1
    T10  Brian Fisher                 10    195
    T10  Phil Niekro                  10    435.2
    13   Ray Fontenot                  9    266.2
    T14  Dave LaRoche                  7     98
    T14  Rick Reuschel                 7     70.2
    T16  Neil Allen                    6    171.1
    T16  Clay Parker                   6    120
    18   Bob Tewksbury                 5    163.2
    T19  Charles Hudson                4    261
    T19  Eric Plunk                    4     75.2
    T19  Rod Scurry                    4     52
    T22  Tom Underwood                 3    219.2
    T22  Pete Filson                   3     22
    T22  Doug Drabek                   3    131.2
    T25  John Candelaria               2    206
    T25  Curt Brown                    2     16.2
    T25  Tim Lollar                    2     32.1
    T25  John Montefusco               2    112.2
    T29  Hipolito Pena                 1     14.1
    T29  Cecilio Guante                1    119
    T29  Andy McGaffigan               1      7
    T29  Rick Cerone                   1      2
    T33  Curt Kaufman                  0     17.1
    T33  Don Schulze                   0     11
    T33  Joe Cowley                    0    243
    T33  Bill Castro                   0     19
    T37  Rick Rhoden                  -1    378.2
    T37  Alfonso Pulido               -1     30.2
    T37  Dave Wehrmeister             -1      7
    T40  Don Cooper                   -2     10
    T40  Bob Davidson                 -2      1
    T40  Brad Arnsberg                -2     27.1
    T40  Jim Kaat                     -2      5
    T44  Mike Armstrong               -3     77.2
    T44  Gaylord Perry                -3     50.2
    T44  Bill Gullickson              -3     48
    T44  Dale Mohorcic                -3     80.1
    T48  Jim Lewis                    -4      0.2
    T48  Mike Griffin                 -4     58.1
    T48  Lance McCullers              -4     84.2
    T48  Lynn McGlothen               -4      5
    T48  Bob Shirley                  -4    470.2
    T48  Bill Fulton                  -4      4.2
    T48  John Pacella                 -4     10
    T55  Tim Stoddard                 -5    197
    T55  Gene Nelson                  -5     39.1
    T55  Marty Bystrom                -5     80.1
    T55  Steve Shields                -5     82.1
    T55  Roger Erickson               -5     87.1
    T55  Rich Bordi                   -5    131
    T55  Greg Cadaret                 -5     92.1
    T62  Jimmy Jones                  -6     48
    T62  Jim Deshaies                 -6      7
    T62  Scott Nielsen                -6     76.1
    T65  Stefan Wever                 -7      2.2
    T65  Joe Niekro                   -7    188.2
    T65  Jose Rijo                    -7     62.1
    T65  Kevin Mmahat                 -7      7.2
    T65  Matt Keough                  -7     55.2
    T70  Mike Morgan                  -8    150.1
    T70  Pat Clements                 -8     88.1
    72   Shane Rawley                 -9    444.1
    T73  Dave Eiland                 -10     47
    T73  Walt Terrell                -10     83
    T73  Clay Christiansen           -10     38.2
    T73  Dale Murray                 -10    120
    77   Al Holland                  -11     47
    T78  Al Leiter                   -12    106.2
    T78  Steve Trout                 -12     46.1
    T78  Dennis Rasmussen            -12    597.1
    81   Jay Howell                  -13    213.2
    82   Luis Tiant                  -14    136.1
    83   Andy Hawkins                -15    208.1
    T84  Dave LaPoint                -19    113.2
    T84  Ed Figueroa                 -19     58
    86   Doyle Alexander             -23     95
    T87  Ed Whitson                  -30    195.2
    T87  Rich Dotson                 -30    222.2

    Ah, memories, eh?

    Comments on Best & Worst Yankees Of The 1980′s

    1. LMJ229
      January 18th, 2011 | 1:06 pm

      Yeah, those were some pretty lean years. That list goes a long way towards explaining why we were so bad.

    2. Evan3457
      January 18th, 2011 | 4:28 pm

      Actually, I believe the Yanks won the most games of any team in the 1980′s…

      Yes, Yanks (854-708) were 15 wins better than their nearest competitor, the Tigers.

      And won nothing of consequence. Just one AL pennant in 1981, and a divisional title in 1980.

    3. January 18th, 2011 | 5:20 pm

      Without looking, I would bet that the Yankees of 2001-2009 led the majors in wins…and have only one ring to show for it.

    4. KPOcala
      January 18th, 2011 | 5:23 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Evan, good point, the Talking Heads have people thinking that the decade that I shall mention was totally putrid. They actually fielded some pretty decent teams, but would come up short on the pitching staffs. Of course a lot of teams can say the same….

    5. Raf
      January 18th, 2011 | 8:57 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      They actually fielded some pretty decent teams, but would come up short on the pitching staffs.

      1980, 1981, 1985 & 1988 were the seasons they were in contention until late in the year. 1988 hurt a lot.

    6. 77yankees
      January 18th, 2011 | 9:23 pm

      1985 was the toughest – they went 40-17 to finish the season, but that included an eight game losing streak in September that essentially killed their pennant hopes.

    7. RockyTopYankee
      January 19th, 2011 | 8:30 am

      I’m very surprised to see Mike Pagliarulo so low on that list. For some reason, I think of Pags being much better than that.

      Seeing how bottom-heavy that pitchers list is and how many innings were pitched by the guys at the bottom really highlights just how bad the pitching staffs were. When Lee Gutterman had the 8th-best RSAA, you know times were tough.

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