1982 Baltimore Orioles season

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1982 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record94–68 (.580)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Edward Bennett Williams
General manager(s)Hank Peters
Manager(s)Earl Weaver
Local televisionWMAR-TV
Local radioWFBR
(Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell, Brooks Robinson, Tom Marr)
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The 1982 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. For the second consecutive season, the Orioles recorded the most grand slams in MLB, hitting eight in 1982.[1][2]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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Earl
Weaver

Manager
Retired 1982

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 95 67 0.586 48–34 47–33
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 0.580 1 53–28 41–40
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 6 49–32 40–41
Detroit Tigers 83 79 0.512 12 47–34 36–45
New York Yankees 79 83 0.488 16 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 17 41–40 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 0.481 17 44–37 34–47

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1982 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 4–9 7–5 5–7 6–7 7–6 4–8 9–4–1 8–4 11–2 7–5 7–5 9–3 10–3
Boston 9–4 7–5 4–8 6–7 8–5 6–6 4–9 6–6 7–6 8–4 7–5 10–2 7–6
California 5–7 5–7 8–5 8–4 5–7 7–6 6–6 7–6 7–5 9–4 10–3 8–5 8–4
Chicago 7–5 8–4 5–8 6–6 9–3 3–10 3–9 7–6 8–4 9–4 6–7 8–5 8–4
Cleveland 7–6 7–6 4–8 6–6 6–7 2–10 7–6 8–4 4–9 4–8 9–3 7–5 7–6
Detroit 6–7 5–8 7–5 3–9 7–6 6–6 3–10 9–3 8–5 9–3 6–6 8–4 6–7
Kansas City 8–4 6–6 6–7 10–3 10–2 6–6 7–5 7–6 5–7 7–6 7–6 7–6 4–8
Milwaukee 4–9–1 9–4 6–6 9–3 6–7 10–3 5–7 7–5 8–5 7–5 8–4 7–5 9–4
Minnesota 4–8 6–6 6–7 6–7 4–8 3–9 6–7 5–7 2–10 3–10 5–8 5–8 5–7
New York 2–11 6–7 5–7 4–8 9–4 5–8 7–5 5–8 10–2 7–5 6–6 7–5 6–7
Oakland 5–7 4–8 4–9 4–9 8–4 3–9 6–7 5–7 10–3 5–7 6–7 5–8 3–9
Seattle 5–7 5–7 3–10 7–6 3–9 6–6 6–7 4–8 8–5 6–6 7–6 9–4 7–5
Texas 3–9 2–10 5–8 5–8 5–7 4–8 6–7 5–7 8–5 5–7 8–5 4–9 4–8
Toronto 3–10 6–7 4–8 4–8 6–7 7–6 8–4 4–9 7–5 7–6 9–3 5–7 8–4


Notable transactions[edit]

A classic near-miss season[edit]

The '82 season was a classic, even though it eventually was as frustrating as those that had preceded it. Eddie Murray had 32 homers and 110 RBIs. Jim Palmer, in his last hurrah, went 15–5.

After starting slowly and falling eight games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-August of '82, the Orioles rallied furiously. They won seven games in a row, lost one, won ten in a row, swept five straight from the New York Yankees, won two of three in Milwaukee to pull within two games of the Brewers with a week left. In the end, they needed to sweep a season-ending four-game series with the Brewers at Memorial Stadium to complete a comeback. They won the first three before roaring crowds, pulling even, and sent Palmer out to pitch the finale against the Brewers' Don Sutton. Fans brought brooms to the stadium, anticipating the final scene of one of the Orioles' greatest comebacks. Instead, the Brewers pounded Palmer and won the American League East title 10–2.

The start of 2,632 consecutive games[edit]

For his first full season in the Major League, Cal Ripken, Jr. started off slowly, gathered himself, and ended up as the AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .264 with 28 homers and 93 RBIs. After all the debate about where he should play, he started the year at third base, switched to shortstop in July, and never looked back.

On May 29, Ripken sat out of the second game of a double header against the Toronto Blue Jays; little did anyone know that it would be his last sit-out for the remainder of this season and the next 16 years. Starting the following day (also against the Blue Jays), his monumental consecutive-games streak got underway.

Weaver's farewell[edit]

After the final out of the loss to the Brewers, an emotional spectacle unfolded at Memorial Stadium. The disappointed sellout crowd rose and started to cheer, and kept cheering for 45 minutes. The Orioles' players left the clubhouse and came back out onto the field to wave, and then Weaver did, too, setting off the biggest roar. The cheers were mostly for him.[citation needed]

Weaver announced in March that the 1982 season would be his last managing the Orioles. he was retiring after that and moving to Florida to play golf. An era was ending. The news had been in the headlines and the back of everyone's mind all season, yet it was almost forgotten as the Orioles chased the Brewers down the stretch. Now, suddenly, the moment was at hand. Weaver was pulling off his uniform for the last time. And the fans weren't going to let him go without a salute.[citation needed]

Roster[edit]

1982 Baltimore Orioles roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 125 344 88 .256 5 36
1B Eddie Murray 151 550 174 .316 32 110
2B Rich Dauer 158 558 156 .280 8 57
3B Glenn Gulliver 50 145 29 .200 1 5
SS Cal Ripken 160 598 158 .264 28 93
LF John Lowenstein 122 322 103 .320 24 66
CF Al Bumbry 150 562 147 .262 5 40
RF Dan Ford 123 421 99 .235 10 43
DH Ken Singleton 156 561 141 .251 14 77

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gary Roenicke 137 393 106 .270 21 74
Lenn Sakata 136 343 89 .259 6 31
Joe Nolan 77 219 51 .233 6 35
Jim Dwyer 71 148 45 .304 6 15
Terry Crowley 65 93 22 .237 3 17
Benny Ayala 64 128 39 .305 6 24
Bobby Bonner 41 77 13 .169 0 5
Floyd Rayford 34 53 7 .132 3 5
John Shelby 26 35 11 .314 1 2
Mike Young 6 2 0 .000 0 0
José Morales 3 3 0 .000 0 0
Leo Hernández 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dennis Martínez 40 252 16 12 4.21 111
Mike Flanagan 36 236 15 11 3.97 103
Jim Palmer 36 227 15 5 3.13 103
Scott McGregor 37 226.1 14 12 4.61 84

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Sammy Stewart 38 139 10 9 4.14 69
Storm Davis 29 100.2 8 4 3.49 67

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tippy Martinez 76 8 8 16 3.41 78
Tim Stoddard 50 3 4 12 4.02 42
Ross Grimsley 21 1 2 0 5.25 18
Don Stanhouse 17 0 1 0 5.40 8
Mike Boddicker 7 1 0 0 3.51 20
John Flinn 5 2 0 0 1.32 13
Don Welchel 2 1 0 0 8.31 3

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

  • Eddie Murray

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Lance Nichols
AA Charlotte O's Southern League Mark Wiley
A Hagerstown Suns Carolina League Grady Little
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League John Hart

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bluefield

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Batting Event Finder: 1981, All Teams, Home Runs, With Runners on 123". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Team Batting Event Finder: 1982, All Teams, Home Runs, With Runners on 123". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Dan Ford page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Wayne Krenchicki page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Steve Luebber page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ John Flinn page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dallas Williams page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1982&t=BAL
  9. ^ a b c Don Stanhouse page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Dave Otto page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Walt Weiss page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Billy Ripken page at Baseball Reference

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