1981 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1981 Cincinnati Reds season consisted of the Reds finishing with an overall record of 66–42, giving them the best win–loss record in all of Major League Baseball. However, due to a split-season format, caused by a mid-season players' strike, they failed to make the MLB playoffs this year because they did not finish first in either half of the season. The Reds finished the first half of the season in second place with a record of 35–21, just one-half game behind the eventual World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, and one-and-a-half games behind the Houston Astros in the second half, in which the Reds were 31–21, good for second place, again. The Reds were managed by John McNamara and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium.

1981 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record66–42 (.611)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)William & James Williams
General manager(s)Dick Wagner
Manager(s)John McNamara
Local televisionWLWT
(Ray Lane, Bill Brown, Dick Carlson)
Local radioWLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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Offseason

  • January 22, 1981: Mike Grace and John Hale were traded by the Reds to the Baltimore Orioles for Joe Kerrigan and John Buffamoyer (minors).[1]

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 6642 0.611 32–22 34–20
Los Angeles Dodgers 6347 0.573 4 33–23 30–24
Houston Astros 6149 0.555 6 31–20 30–29
San Francisco Giants 5655 0.505 11½ 29–24 27–31
Atlanta Braves 5056 0.472 15 22–27 28–29
San Diego Padres 4169 0.373 26 20–35 21–34
NL West
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Los Angeles Dodgers3621.632
Cincinnati Reds3521.62512
Houston Astros2829.4918
Atlanta Braves2529.4639+12
San Francisco Giants2732.45810
San Diego Padres2333.41112+12
NL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Houston Astros3320.623
Cincinnati Reds3121.5961+12
San Francisco Giants2923.5583+12
Los Angeles Dodgers2726.5096
Atlanta Braves2527.4817+12
San Diego Padres1836.33315+12

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta3–2–16–54–87–73–73–34–52–39–65–74–3
Chicago2–3–11–51–66–44–75–8–12–104–103–35–55–4–1
Cincinnati5–65–18–48–85–47–35–24–210–29–50–5
Houston8–46–14–84–85–26–34–62–411–39–62–4
Los Angeles 7–74–68–88–45–25–13–35–16–57–55–5
Montreal7–37–44–52–52–59–37–410–34–22–56–9
New York3–38–5–13–73–61–53–97–73–6–12–52–46–5
Philadelphia5-410–22–56–43–34–77–77–54–24–37–6
Pittsburgh3–210–42–44–21–53–106–3–15–76–43–73–8
San Diego6–93–32–103–115–62–45–22–44–66–73–7
San Francisco7–55–55–96–95–75–24–23–47–37–62–3
St. Louis3–44–5–15–04–25–59–65–66–78–37–33–2

Notable transactions

  • June 8, 1981: Terry McGriff was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 8th round of the 1981 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 1981.[2]
  • June 8, 1981: Paul O'Neill was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 4th round of the 1981 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 1981.[3]
  • September 10, 1981: Doug Bair was traded by the Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Edelen and Neil Fiala.[4]

Roster

1981 Cincinnati Reds roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers
  • 17 Joe Nolan
  •  9 Mike O'Berry

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

  • 12 Germán Barranca
  • 19 Neil Fiala
Manager

Coaches

  •  4 Harry Dunlop
  •  6 Bill Fischer
  •  2 Russ Nixon
  • 11 Ron Plaza

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
CJoe Nolan8123673.309126
1BDan Driessen8223355.236733
2BRon Oester10535496.271542
SSDave Concepción106421129.306567
3BRay Knight106386100.259634
LFGeorge Foster108414122.2952290
CFKen Griffey101396123.311234
RFDave Collins9536098.272323

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
Johnny Bench5217855.309825
Mike O'Berry5511120.18015
Paul Householder236919.27529
Larry Biittner426113.21308
Sam Mejías664914.28607
Junior Kennedy274411.25005
Mike Vail31315.16103
Harry Spilman23244.16703
Rafael Landestoy12112.18201
Germán Barranca962.33301
Eddie Milner851.20001
Neil Fiala221.50001

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
Mario Soto25175.01293.29151
Tom Seaver23166.11422.5487
Frank Pastore22132.0494.0281
Bruce Berenyi21126.0963.50106

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
Mike LaCoss2078.0476.1222
Charlie Liebrandt730.0113.609

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
Tom Hume5194133.4627
Joe Price416142.5241
Paul Moskau27212.49432
Doug Bair242205.7716
Geoff Combe141007.649
Scott Brown101002.777
Joe Edelen51000.715

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Jim Beauchamp
AA Waterbury Reds Eastern League George Scherger
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Jim Lett
A Cedar Rapids Reds Midwest League Randy Davidson
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Greg Riddoch
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Jim Hoff

Notes

References


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