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1981 Cincinnati Reds season

1981 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (since 1882)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) William & James Williams
    General manager(s) Dick Wagner
    Manager(s) John McNamara
    Local television WLWT
    (Ray Lane, Bill Brown, Dick Carlson)
    Local radio WLW
    (Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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    The Cincinnati Reds' 1981 season consisted of the Reds finishing with an overall record of 66-42 the National League West, putting them in first place. However, due to a split-season format, caused by a mid-season players' strike, they failed to make the MLB Playoffs that year. 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.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    NL West
    First Half Standings
    W L Pct.
    Los Angeles Dodgers 36 21 .632
    Cincinnati Reds 35 21 .625
    Houston Astros 28 29 .491
    Atlanta Braves 25 29 .463
    San Francisco Giants 27 32 .458
    San Diego Padres 23 33 .411
    NL West
    Second Half Standings
    W L Pct.
    Houston Astros 33 20 .623
    Cincinnati Reds 31 21 .596
    San Francisco Giants 29 23 .558
    Los Angeles Dodgers 27 26 .509
    Atlanta Braves 25 27 .481
    San Diego Padres 18 36 .333

    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

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    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
    CF Griffey, KenKen Griffey 101 396 123 .311 2 34

    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
    Barranca, GermánGermán Barranca 9 6 2 .333 0 1
    Fiala, NeilNeil Fiala 2 2 1 .500 0 1

    Pitching

    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
    Berenyi, BruceBruce Berenyi 21 126 9 6 3.50 106

    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

    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
    Bair, DougDoug Bair 24 2 2 0 5.77 16
    Edelen, JoeJoe Edelen 5 1 0 0 0.71 5

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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