1984 Leaders & Numbers

Not since Ernie Banks in 1959 had the Cubs boasted of a MVP—until Ryne Sandberg came along. Dominican rookie Juan Samuel put up Sandberg-like numbers, but lost the MVP vote for his wretched defense at second base—and because he played for the .500 Phillies. Despite bouncing back strong from a hard-luck 6-16 campaign in 1983, Joaquin Andujar believed he didn’t win the NL Cy Young Award because he was Dominican. (Late arrival Rick Sutcliffe won it.) Cardinal teammate Bruce Sutter put his relief game back in high gear after also stalling the year before. Bert Blyleven fumed that his resurrection from a long string of injuries didn’t get him traded from lowly Cleveland to a contender a la Sutcliffe. Dwight Evans returned to prominence among AL hitters after an injury-marred .238 showing in 1983. Don Mattingly, an actual home-grown Yankee who George Steinbrenner managed not to give away for another over-the-hill veteran, received the cheers as he won his sole AL batting title over teammate Dave Winfield—who received the boos. With a regal strut, Willie Hernandez was nicknamed The King—and in 1984, he certainly pitched like one. Jose Cruz, one of the most popular players ever to wear an Astros uniform, claimed that feeling old was purely mental and continued playing some of his best baseball at age 37. Sudden big league stardom may have humbled the modest Alvin Davis—a Class-AA player one year earlier—but not his Rookie of the Year numbers in Seattle.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1984
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Ryne Sandberg Chicago 156 .314 636 114 200 36 19 19 84 49 3 3 32 7 7
2. Tim Raines Montreal 160 .309 622 106 192 38 9 8 60 80 7 2 75 10 7
3. Dale Murphy Atlanta 162 .309 607 94 176 32 8 36 100 59 20 2 19 7 13
4. Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 151 .277 528 93 146 23 3 36 106 78 14 4 5 7 15
5. Leon Durham Chicago 137 .279 473 86 132 30 4 23 96 58 11 1 16 8 8
6. Jose Cruz Houston 160 .312 600 96 187 28 13 12 95 63 10 0 22 8 8
7. Gary Matthews Chicago 147 .291 491 101 143 21 2 14 82 101 2 3 17 8 10
8. Tony Gwynn San Diego 158 .351 606 88 213 21 10 5 71 46 13 2 33 18 15
9. Juan Samuel Philadelphia 160 .272 701 105 191 36 19 15 69 26 2 7 72 15 6
10. Chili Davis San Francisco 137 .315 499 87 157 21 6 21 81 36 6 1 12 8 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1984
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Eddie Murray Baltimore 162 .306 588 97 180 26 3 29 110 82 25 2 10 2 9
2. Dwight Evans Boston 162 .295 630 121 186 37 8 32 104 94 2 4 3 1 19
3. Dave Winfield New York 141 .340 567 106 193 34 4 19 100 44 9 0 6 4 14
4. Don Mattingly New York 153 .343 603 91 207 44 2 23 110 33 8 1 1 1 15
5. Rickey Henderson Oakland 142 .293 502 113 147 27 4 16 58 85 1 5 66 18 7
6. Lloyd Moseby Toronto 158 .280 592 97 166 28 15 18 92 69 9 8 39 9 8
7. Kirk Gibson Detroit 149 .282 531 92 150 23 10 27 91 57 6 8 29 9 4
8. Mike Easler Boston 156 .313 601 121 186 31 5 27 91 54 4 4 1 1 8
9. Alvin Davis Seattle 152 .284 567 80 161 34 3 27 116 81 16 7 5 4 7
10. Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore 162 .304 641 103 195 37 7 27 86 70 1 2 2 1 16
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1984
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Rick Rhoden Pittsburgh 2.72 14 9 .609 0 0 33 33 238.1 295 72 62 0 10 1 4 11 13 19
2. Dwight Gooden New York 2.60 17 9 .654 0 0 31 31 218 220 63 71 2 3 2 7 47 5 4
3. Bruce Sutter St. Louis 1.54 5 7 .417 45 8 71 0 122.2 153 21 19 4 2 1 0 9 3 18
4. Orel Hershiser Los Angeles 2.66 11 8 .579 2 2 45 20 189.2 211 56 42 8 8 4 1 16 4 18
5. Alejandro Pena Los Angeles 2.48 12 6 .667 0 0 28 28 199.1 247 55 39 7 5 3 1 13 12 12
6. Joaquin Andujar St. Louis 3.34 20 14 .588 0 0 36 36 261,1 329 97 57 13 6 7 4 30 8 18
7. Rick Honeycutt Los Angeles 2.84 10 9 .526 0 0 29 28 183.2 238 58 40 11 1 2 2 16 8 24
8.John Denny Philadelphia 2.45 7 7 .500 0 0 22 22 154.1 186 42 27 2 0 4 0 11 5 8
9.Mario Soto Cincinnati 3.53 18 7 .720 0 0 33 33 237.1 297 93 81 6 3 5 0 32 14 7
10. Jesse Orosco New York 2.59 10 6 .625 31 8 60 0 87 93 25 28 6 1 2 1 2 0 5
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1984
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Willie Hernandez Detroit 1.92 9 3 .750 32 1 80 0 140.1 126 30 28 8 2 4 0 4 2 9
2. Dave Stieb Toronto 2.83 16 8 .667 0 0 35 35 267 322 84 87 1 2 11 0 10 8 21
3. Mike Boddicker Baltimore 2.79 20 11 .645 0 0 34 34 261.1 329 81 80 1 6 5 1 24 10 25
4. Bert Blyleven Cleveland 2.87 19 7 .731 0 0 33 32 245 300 78 70 4 6 6 0 17 3 18
5. Bud Black Kansas City 3.12 17 12 .586 0 0 35 35 257 336 89 62 2 2 4 2 11 14 13
6. Geoff Zahn California 3.12 13 10 .565 0 0 28 27 199.1 269 69 44 4 3 1 0 0 7 27
7. Dan Quisenberry Kansas City 2.64 6 3 .667 44 9 72 0 129.1 168 38 8 4 0 0 0 3 3 12
8. Storm Davis Baltimore 3.12 14 9 .608 1 1 35 31 225 266 78 65 6 6 5 1 16 9 21
9. Doyle Alexander Toronto 3.13 17 6 .739 0 0 36 35 261.2 376 91 58 1 2 3 0 7 6 20
10. Frank Viola Minnesota 3.21 18 12 .600 0 0 35 35 257.2 360 92 72 1 6 4 1 7 9 19

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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1984 Awards


NL MVP
Ryne Sandberg, Chicago

AL MVP
Willie Hernandez, Detroit


NL Cy Young Award
Rick Sutcliffe, Chicago

AL Cy Young Award
Willie Hernandez, Detroit


NL Rookie of the Year
Dwight Gooden, New York

AL Rookie of the Year
Alvin Davis, Seattle


NL Manager of the Year
Jim Frey, Chicago

AL Manager of the Year
Sparky Anderson, Detroit


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Joaquin Andujar, St. Louis
C Tony Pena, Pittsburgh
1B Keith Hernandez, New York
2B Ryne Sandberg, Chicago
3B Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia
SS Ozzie Smith, St. Louis
OF Andre Dawson, Montreal
OF Bob Dernier, Chicago
OF Dale Murphy, Atlanta


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Ron Guidry, New York
C Lance Parrish, Detroit
1B Eddie Murray, Baltimore
2B Lou Whitaker, Detroit
3B Buddy Bell, Texas
SS Alan Trammell, Detroit
OF Dwane Murphy, Oakland
OF Dwight Evans, Boston
OF Dave Winfield, New York