1978 Baltimore Orioles season

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1978 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–71 (.559)
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Jerold Hoffberger
General manager(s)Hank Peters
Manager(s)Earl Weaver
Local televisionWJZ-TV
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell, Brooks Robinson)
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The 1978 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing fourth in the American League East with a record of 90 wins and 71 losses.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 100 63 0.613 55–26 45–37
Boston Red Sox 99 64 0.607 1 59–23 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 93 69 0.574 54–27 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 90 71 0.559 9 51–30 39–41
Detroit Tigers 86 76 0.531 13½ 47–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 69 90 0.434 29 42–36 27–54
Toronto Blue Jays 59 102 0.366 40 37–44 22–58

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1978 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 7–8 4–6 8–1 9–6 7–8 2–8 7–8 5–5 6–9 11–0 9–1 7–4 8–7
Boston 8–7 9–2 7–3 7–8 12–3 4–6 10–5 9–2 7–9 5–5 7–3 3–7 11–4
California 6–4 2–9 8–7 6–4 4–7 9–6 5–5 12–3 5–5 9–6 9–6 5–10 7–3
Chicago 1–8 3–7 7–8 8–2 2–9 8–7 4–7 8–7 1–9 7–8 7–8 11–4 4–6
Cleveland 6–9 8–7 4–6 2–8 5–10 5–6 5–10 5–5 6–9 4–6 8–1 1–9 10–4
Detroit 8–7 3–12 7–4 9–2 10–5 4–6 7–8 4–6 4–11 6–4 8–2 7–3 9–6
Kansas City 8–2 6–4 6–9 7–8 6–5 6–4 6–4 7–8 6–5 10–5 12–3 7–8 5–5
Milwaukee 8–7 5–10 5–5 7–4 10–5 8–7 4–6 4–7 10–5 9–1 5–5 6–4 12–3
Minnesota 5–5 2–9 3–12 7–8 5–5 6–4 8–7 7–4 3–7 9–6 6–9 6–9 6–4
New York 9–6 9–7 5–5 9–1 9–6 11–4 5–6 5–10 7–3 8–2 6–5 6–4 11–4
Oakland 0–11 5–5 6–9 8–7 6–4 4–6 5–10 1–9 6–9 2–8 13–2 6–9 7–4
Seattle 1–9 3–7 6–9 8–7 1–8 2–8 3–12 5–5 9–6 5–6 2–13 3–12 8–2
Texas 4–7 7–3 10–5 4–11 9–1 3–7 8–7 4–6 9–6 4–6 9–6 12–3 4–7
Toronto 7–8 4–11 3–7 6–4 4–10 6–9 5–5 3–12 4–6 4–11 4–7 2–8 7–4


Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Rick Dempsey 146 441 114 .259 6 32
1B Eddie Murray 161 610 174 .285 27 95
2B Rich Dauer 133 459 121 .264 6 46
3B Doug DeCinces 142 511 146 .286 28 80
SS Mark Belanger 135 348 74 .213 0 16
LF Pat Kelly 100 274 75 .274 11 40
CF Larry Harlow 147 460 112 .243 8 26
RF Ken Singleton 149 502 147 .293 20 81
DH Lee May 148 556 137 .246 25 80

Other batters[edit]

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
Billy Smith 85 250 65 .260 5 30
Andrés Mora 76 229 49 .214 8 14
Carlos López 120 193 46 .238 4 20
Kiko Garcia 79 186 49 .263 0 13
Al Bumbry 33 114 27 .237 2 6
Terry Crowley 62 95 24 .253 0 12
Dave Skaggs 36 86 13 .151 0 2
Gary Roenicke 27 58 15 .259 3 15
Mike Anderson 53 32 3 .094 0 3
Elrod Hendricks 13 18 6 .333 1 1
Mike Dimmel 8 0 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Flanagan 40 281.1 19 15 4.03 167
Dennis Martínez 40 276.1 16 11 3.52 142
Jim Palmer 38 296 21 12 2.46 138
Scott McGregor 35 233 15 13 3.32 94
Sammy Stewart 2 11.1 1 1 3.18 11

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nelson Briles 16 54.1 4 4 4.64 30
Dave Ford 2 15 1 0 0.00 5

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Don Stanhouse 56 6 9 24 2.89 42
Tippy Martinez 42 3 3 5 4.83 57
Joe Kerrigan 26 3 1 3 4.77 41
John Flinn 13 1 1 0 8.04 8
Tim Stoddard 8 0 1 0 6.00 14
Earl Stephenson 2 0 0 0 2.79 4
Larry Harlow 1 0 0 0 67.50 1
Elrod Hendricks 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Ken Boyer, Al Widmar and Frank Robinson
AA Charlotte O's Southern League Lance Nichols
A Miami Orioles Florida State League Jimmy Williams
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League J. R. Miner

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Miami

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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.
  • 1978 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1978 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com