4th Steve Carlton joins Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Jim Palmer as the only pitchers to win 3 Cy Young Awards, garnering 23 of 24 first-place votes to take NL honors. Carlton was 24-9 with a 2.34 ERA and led the NL with 286 strikeouts.
Forty-year-old Sadaharu Oh, professional baseball’s all-time home run king with 868 in 22 seasons in Japan, retires.
6th Mariners GM Lou Gorman, who had been with the club since its inception, resigns to become vice president of the New York Mets.
12th Baltimore’s Steve Stone, who led the AL in wins with a 25-7 record, edges Oakland’s Mike Norris for the AL Cy Young Award.
Don Zimmer is named manager of the Texas Rangers, becoming the 10th manager in the club’s 9-year history.
14th Free-agent OF Claudell Washington signs a 5-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.
18th Despite having missed 45 games with injuries, George Brett is named AL MVP. The 27-year-old third sacker’s .390 average was the highest in the ML since Ted Williams’ .406 in 1941. He added 24 home runs and 118 RBI to lead Kansas City to its first AL pennant.
Hold the mustard. The Yankees trade catcher Brad Gulden and cash to Seattle for infielder Larry Milbourne and a player to be named. That player will turn out to be Gulden, who Seattle will ship back to the Yanks on May 18, 1981.
21st Ending weeks of speculation that he would be fired despite having led the Yankees to 103 wins last season, manager Dick Howser “resigns” and is immediately replaced by GM Gene Michael.
26th Mike Schmidt is a unanimous choice as NL MVP. The slugging 3B hit .286 with career highs of 48 home runs and 121 RBI.
Outfielder Ron LeFlore, who hit .257 with 97 stolen bases for the Expos last season, signs as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox.