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1981 Detroit Tigers season

1981 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Detroit, Michigan (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) John Fetzer
    Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
    Local television WDIV-TV
    (George Kell, Al Kaline)
    ONTV
    (Larry Adderley, Hank Aguirre, Norm Cash)
    Local radio WJR
    (Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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    The 1981 Detroit Tigers finished in fourth place in the American League East with a record of 31-26 (.544) in the first half of the season, and in third place with a record of 29-23 (.558) in the second half, for an overall record of 60-49. They outscored their opponents 427 to 404. The Tigers drew 1,149,144 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1981, ranking 5th of the 14 teams in the American League.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    AL East
    First Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    New York Yankees 34 22 .607
    Baltimore Orioles 31 23 .574 2.0
    Milwaukee Brewers 31 25 .554 3.0
    Detroit Tigers 31 26 .544 3.5
    Boston Red Sox 30 26 .536 4.0
    Cleveland Indians 26 24 .520 5.0
    Toronto Blue Jays 16 42 .276 19.0
    AL East
    Second Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    Milwaukee Brewers 31 22 .585
    Boston Red Sox 29 23 .558 1.5
    Detroit Tigers 29 23 .558 1.5
    Baltimore Orioles 28 23 .549 2.0
    Cleveland Indians 26 27 .491 5.0
    New York Yankees 25 26 .490 5.0
    Toronto Blue Jays 21 27 .438 7.5


    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1981 Detroit Tigers 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
    C Parrish, LanceLance Parrish 96 348 85 .244 10 46
    1B Hebner, RichieRichie Hebner 78 226 51 .226 5 28
    2B Whitaker, LouLou Whitaker 109 335 88 .263 5 36
    3B Brookens, TomTom Brookens 71 239 58 .243 4 25
    SS Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell 105 392 101 .258 2 31
    LF Kemp, SteveSteve Kemp 105 372 103 .277 9 49
    CF Cowens, AlAl Cowens 85 253 66 .261 1 18
    RF Gibson, KirkKirk Gibson 83 290 95 .328 9 40
    DH Wockenfuss, JohnJohn Wockenfuss 70 172 37 .215 9 25

    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
    Peters, RickRick Peters 63 207 53 .256 0 15
    Jones, LynnLynn Jones 71 174 45 .259 2 19
    Summers, ChampChamp Summers 64 165 42 .255 3 21
    Jackson, RonRon Jackson 31 95 27 .284 1 12
    Papi, StanStan Papi 40 93 19 .204 3 12
    Leach, RickRick Leach 54 83 16 .193 1 11
    Kelleher, MickMick Kelleher 61 77 17 .221 0 6
    Brown, DarrellDarrell Brown 16 4 1 .250 0 0
    Dyer, DuffyDuffy Dyer 2 0 0 ---- 0 0

    Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

    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
    Morris, JackJack Morris 25 198 14 7 3.05 97
    Wilcox, MiltMilt Wilcox 24 166.1 12 9 3.03 79
    Petry, DanDan Petry 23 141 10 9 3.00 79
    Schatzeder, DanDan Schatzeder 17 71.1 6 8 6.06 20
    Ujdur, JerryJerry Ujdur 4 14 0 0 6.43 5

    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
    Rozema, DaveDave Rozema 28 104 5 5 3.63 46
    Bailey, HowardHoward Bailey 9 36.2 1 4 7.36 17
    Cappuzzello, GeorgeGeorge Cappuzzello 18 33.2 1 1 3.48 19

    Relief pitchers

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

    Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
    Saucier, KevinKevin Saucier 38 4 2 13 23 1.65 23
    Tobik, DaveDave Tobik 27 2 2 1 9 2.69 32
    López, AurelioAurelio López 29 5 2 3 19 3.64 53
    Kinney, DennisDennis Kinney 6 0 0 0 0 9.82 3

    Awards and honors

    1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    League top ten finishers

    Kirk Gibson

    • #3 in AL in batting average (.328)
    • #4 in AL in Power/Speed Number (11.8)

    Steve Kemp

    • #4 in AL in on-base percentage (.389)
    • #3 in AL in bases on balls (70)
    • #3 in AL in times on base (174)

    Jack Morris

    • MLB leader in wins (14) (tied with four others)
    • MLB leader in bases on balls allowed (78)
    • #2 in MLB in innings pitched (198)
    • #2 in MLB in games started (25)
    • #3 in AL in hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (6.95)
    • #3 in MLB in complete games (15)
    • #3 in MLB in batters faced (798)
    • #6 in AL in home runs allowed (14)
    • #9 in AL in earned runs allowed (67)

    Lance Parrish

    • #3 in AL in times grounded into double plays (16)

    Kevin Saucier

    • #5 in AL in saves (13)

    Alan Trammell

    • AL leader in sacrifice hits (16)

    Lou Whitaker

    • AL leader in games played (109)
    • AL leader in games at second base (108)
    • AL leader in innings at second base (918-1/3)
    • AL leader in assists by a second baseman (354)

    Milt Wilcox

    • #5 in AL in games started (24)
    • #5 in AL in hit batsmen (6)

    Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

    The following members of the 1981 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract:

    Farm system

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    References