1983 New York Yankees season

1983 New York Yankees season

Template:MLB yearly infobox The New York Yankees' 1983 season was the 81st season for the Yankees. The team finished in third place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 91-71, finishing 7 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. New York was managed by Billy Martin. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.


Spring training

For the fourth straight spring training, the Yankees played an exhibition game at the Louisiana Superdome. On March 27, 1983, the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2 to 1 behind six shutout innings from Doyle Alexander. Attendance was 15,129 for the game.[9]

Regular season

  • June 11, 1983: Longtime Yankee Bobby Murcer played in the last game of his career.[10]
  • June 20: Bobby Murcer announced his retired from the New York Yankees. On the same day, he became part of the Yankees Broadcasting Team for WPIX TV.[11]
  • August 4, 1983: Dave Winfield, while warming up before the 5th inning of a game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown ball. He doffed his cap in mock sorrow. Fans responded by hurling obscenities and improvised missiles. After the game, he was brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and was forced to post a $500 bond before being released. Quipped Yankees manager Billy Martin, "It's the first time he's hit the cutoff man." The charges were dropped the following day.[13] For years afterward Winfield's appearances in Toronto were greeted with loud choruses of boos, but he later became a fan favorite.

Pine Tar Game

The Pine Tar Game refers to a controversial incident that took place in an American League baseball game played between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees on July 24, 1983.

Playing at New York's Yankee Stadium, the Royals were trailing 4-3 with two outs in the top of the ninth and U L Washington on first base. In the on deck circle, George Brett was heard remarking to a teammate, "Watch this baby fly" as he shook his bat. He then came to the plate and connected off Yankee reliever Rich "Goose" Gossage for a two-run home run and a 5-4 lead. As Brett crossed the plate, New York manager Billy Martin approached home plate umpire Tim McClelland and requested that Brett's bat be examined. Earlier in the season, Martin and other members (most notably, third baseman Graig Nettles, who as a member of the Minnesota Twins, recalled a similar incident involving Thurman Munson) of the Yankees had noticed the amount of pine tar used by Brett, but Martin had chosen not to say anything until the home run.

With Brett watching from the dugout, McClelland and the rest of the umpiring crew inspected the bat. Measuring the bat against the width of home plate (which is 17 inches), they determined that the amount of pine tar on the bat's handle exceeded that allowed by Rule 1.10(b) of the Major League Baseball rule book, which read that "a bat may not be covered by such a substance more than 18 inches from the tip of the handle."

Season standings

Team Wins Losses Win % GB
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 .605 0
Detroit Tigers 92 70 .568 6.0
New York Yankees 91 71 .562 7.0
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 .549 9.0
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 .537 11.0
Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20.0
Cleveland Indians 70 92 .432 28.0

Notable transactions


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Player stats


Starters by position

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
1B Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly 91 279 79 .283 4 32
LF Winfield, DaveDave Winfield 152 598 169 .283 32 116
DH Baylor, DonDon Baylor 144 534 162 .303 21 85

Other batters

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
Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 60 143 46 .322 0 11
Nixon, OtisOtis Nixon 13 14 2 .143 0 0
Office, RowlandRowland Office 2 2 0 .000 0 1


Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Guidry, RonRon Guidry 31 250.1 21 9 3.42 156

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Alexander, DoyleDoyle Alexander 8 28.1 0 2 6.35 17

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Frazier, GeorgeGeorge Frazier 61 4 4 8 3.43 78
Murray, DaleDale Murray 40 2 4 1 4.48 45

Awards and honors

Ron Guidry and Dave Winfield represented the Yankees at the 1983 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Gold Gloves were awarded to pitcher, Guidry and outfielder, Winfield.

Winfield also won the Silver Slugger Award.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Johnny Oates
AA Nashville Sounds Southern League Doug Holmquist
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Stump Merrill
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Carlos Tosca
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Bill Livesey



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