1982 Leaders & Numbers

They’d be Brewers in arms for 15 years, and in 1982 both Robin Yount and Paul Molitor made quantum leaps with their offense that laid a strong groundwork for future Hall of Fame consideration. Al Oliver, claiming to be 35 pounds lighter, said hello again to the NL after four years as a DH and skewered opposing pitchers like never before. Hal McRae also fattened up on his numbers after needed weight loss, knocking in 100-plus runs for the only time in his career. Pedro Guerrero became the first Dodger to go .300-30-100 since Duke Snider and Roy Campanella both did it in 1955 for Brooklyn’s lone champions. The ornery Toby Harrah lived a bittersweet year that started by hitting close to .400 well into June while criticizing the Indians for not improving with him. Steve Carlton continued to amaze even after handicapping himself with a 0-4 start. Dan Quisenberry, who became a Kent Tekulve disciple with his submarine-style delivery following shoulder problems in college, became the AL’s premier closer. Steve Rogers, who paid his dues with 22 losses for the fledgling 1974 Expos, finally got some well-deserved payback in 1982. The efforts of Dave Stieb were good enough to help ascend the Blue Jays out of expansionist futility, if not yet out of the AL East cellar. Nicknamed “Inspector” for his penchant of imitating a detective, Mariner closer Bill Caudill solved a lot of tight games in Seattle’s favor.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1982
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Dale Murphy Atlanta 162 .281 598 113 168 23 2 36 109 84 9 3 23 11 10
2. Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 148 .280 514 108 144 26 3 35 87 90 17 3 14 7 11
3. Pedro Guerrero Los Angeles 150 .304 575 87 175 27 5 32 100 49 16 5 22 5 7
4. Lonnie Smith St. Louis 156 .307 592 120 182 35 8 8 69 62 2 9 68 26 11
5. Al Oliver Montreal 160 .331 617 90 204 43 2 22 109 46 15 4 5 2 11
6. Andre Dawson Montreal 148 .301 608 107 183 37 7 23 83 30 4 8 39 10 8
7. Leon Durham Chicago 148 .312 539 84 168 33 7 22 90 52 14 2 28 14 11
8. Jason Thompson Pittsburgh 156 .284 550 87 156 32 0 31 101 94 7 2 1 0 11
9. Bill Madlock Pittsburgh 154 .319 568 92 181 33 3 19 95 32 16 4 18 6 12
10. Bill Buckner Chicago 161 .306 657 93 201 34 5 15 105 29 7 5 15 5 14
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1982
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Robin Yount Milwaukee 156 .331 635 129 210 46 12 29 114 52 2 1 14 3 19
2. Hal McRae Kansas City 159 .308 613 91 189 46 8 27 133 48 7 5 4 4 8
3. Dwight Evans Boston 162 .292 609 122 178 37 7 32 98 111 1 1 3 2 17
4. Rickey Henderson Oakland 149 .267 536 119 143 24 4 10 51 115 1 2 130 42 5
5. Eddie Murray Baltimore 151 .316 550 87 174 30 1 32 110 52 18 1 7 2 17
6. Cecil Cooper Milwaukee 155 .313 654 104 205 38 3 32 121 25 7 0 2 3 4
7. Paul Molitor Milwaukee 160 .302 666 136 201 26 8 19 71 68 1 1 41 9 9
8. Toby Harrah Cleveland 162 .304 602 100 183 29 4 25 78 77 7 12 17 3 13
9. Fred Lynn California 138 .299 472 89 141 38 1 21 86 54 4 3 7 8 9
10. Reggie Jackson California 153 .275 530 92 146 17 1 39 101 73 12 2 4 5 10
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1982
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Steve Rogers Montreal 2.40 19 8 .704 0 0 35 35 277 334 74 58 7 3 6 0 20 12 24
2. Joe Niekro Houston 2.47 17 12 .586 0 0 35 35 270 297 74 63 1 19 5 0 27 13 21
3. Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles 2.87 19 13 .594 0 0 37 37 285 343 91 71 12 4 2 0 23 18 21
4. Steve Carlton Philadelphia 3.10 23 11 .676 0 0 38 38 295.2 367 102 81 5 9 1 9 17 16 25
5. Joaquin Andujar St. Louis 2.47 15 10 .600 0 0 38 37 265.2 324 73 43 7 3 7 2 21 11 18
6. Jerry Reuss Los Angeles 3.11 18 11 .621 0 0 39 37 254.2 307 88 40 10 7 2 3 14 5 16
7. Don Sutton Houston 3.00 13 8 .619 0 0 27 27 195 237 65 44 2 3 1 1 25 7 15
8. Mario Soto Cincinnati 2.79 14 13 .519 0 0 35 34 257.2 312 80 68 3 6 4 1 24 9 13
9. Greg Minton San Francisco 1.83 10 4 .714 30 7 78 0 123 139 25 25 17 7 2 0 16 5 13
10. Phil Niekro Atlanta 3.61 17 4 .810 0 0 35 35 234.1 325 94 72 1 4 3 1 17 16 20
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1982
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jim Palmer Baltimore 3.13 15 5 .750 1 0 36 32 227 297 79 62 1 2 4 1 10 12 12
2. Dan Quisenberry Kansas City 2.57 9 7 .563 35 9 72 0 136.2 177 39 10 2 1 0 0 6 5 17
3. Dave Stieb Toronto 3.25 17 14 .548 0 0 38 38 288.1 394 104 71 4 3 5 1 11 15 19
4. Bob Stanley Boston 3.10 12 7 .632 14 2 48 0 168.1 222 58 44 6 2 4 0 7 5 24
5. Mike Witt California 3.51 8 6 .571 0 0 33 26 179.2 240 70 45 2 8 7 1 2 11 18
6. Dan Petry Detroit 3.22 15 9 .625 0 0 35 35 246 311 88 95 5 9 4 0 13 9 26
7. Geoff Zahn California 3.73 18 8 .692 0 0 34 34 229.1 343 95 61 4 2 4 0 2 12 32
8. Bill Caudill Seattle 2.35 12 9 .571 26 6 70 0 95.2 104 25 31 4 2 1 0 11 1 3
9. Rick Sutcliffe Cleveland 2.96 14 8 .636 1 0 34 27 216 252 71 96 2 6 4 1 26 17 17
10. LaMarr Hoyt Chicago 3.53 19 15 .559 0 1 39 32 239.2 366 94 45 3 4 2 0 24 9 22

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1982 Awards


NL MVP
Dale Murphy, Atlanta

AL MVP
Robin Yount, Milwaukee


NL Cy Young Award
Steve Carlton, Philadelphia

AL Cy Young Award
Pete Vuckovich, Milwaukee


NL Rookie of the Year
Steve Sax, Los Angeles

AL Rookie of the Year
Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Phil Niekro, Atlanta
C Gary Carter, Montreal
1B Keith Hernandez, St. Louis
2B Manny Trillo, Philadelphia
3B Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia
SS Ozzie Smith, St. Louis
OF Andre Dawson, Montreal
OF Garry Maddox, Philadelphia
OF Dale Murphy, Atlanta


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Ron Guidry, New York
C Bob Boone, California
1B Eddie Murray, Baltimore
2B Frank White, Kansas City
3B Buddy Bell, Texas
SS Robin Yount, Milwaukee
OF Dwane Murphy, Oakland
OF Dwight Evans, Boston
OF Dave Winfield, New York