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1981 Minnesota Twins season

1981 Minnesota Twins
combined 41-68, seventh in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Johnny Goryl and Billy Gardner
    Local television KMSP-TV
    (Bob Kurtz, Larry Osterman)
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Frank Quilici)
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    The 1981 Minnesota Twins finished a combined 41-68, seventh in the American League West. In the strike split season, the Twins were 17-39, seventh place in the first half and 24-29, fourth place in the second half. 469,090 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League. It was also their 21st and final season at Metropolitan Stadium, before moving their home games to the Metrodome the next season. The franchise would not play another outdoor home game until 2010, when Target Field opened.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game: relief pitcher Doug Corbett.

    Offense

    John Castino batted .268 with 6 HR and 37 RBI. Shortstop Roy Smalley had 7 HR and collected 22 RBI.

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    HR Roy Smalley 7
    RBI Mickey Hatcher 37
    BA John Castino .268
    Runs Gary Ward 42

    Pitching

    Reliever Doug Corbett was the Twins' only bright spot on the mound, racking up 17 saves.

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    ERA Fernando Arroyo 3.93
    Wins Pete Redfern 9
    Saves Doug Corbett 17
    Strikeouts Pete Redfern 77

    Season standings

    AL West
    First Half Standings
    W L Pct.
    Oakland Athletics 37 23 .617
    Texas Rangers 33 22 .600
    Chicago White Sox 31 22 .585
    California Angels 31 29 .517
    Kansas City Royals 20 30 .400
    Seattle Mariners 21 36 .368
    Minnesota Twins 17 39 .304
    AL West
    Second Half Standings
    W L Pct.
    Kansas City Royals 30 23 .566
    Oakland Athletics 27 22 .551
    Texas Rangers 24 26 .480
    Minnesota Twins 24 29 .453
    Seattle Mariners 23 29 .442
    Chicago White Sox 23 30 .434
    California Angels 20 30 .400

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1981 Minnesota Twins
    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
    3B Castino, JohnJohn Castino 101 381 102 .268 6 36
    SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 56 167 44 .263 7 22
    LF Ward, GaryGary Ward 85 295 78 .264 3 29
    CF Hatcher, MickeyMickey Hatcher 99 377 96 .255 3 37

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Jackson, RonRon Jackson 54 175 46 .263 4 28
    Baker, ChuckChuck Baker 40 66 12 .182 0 6
    Corcoran, TimTim Corcoran 22 51 9 .176 0 4
    Faedo, LennyLenny Faedo 12 41 8 .195 0 6

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Williams, AlbertAlbert Williams 23 150 6 10 4.08 76
    Redfern, PetePete Redfern 24 141.2 9 8 4.07 77
    Arroyo, FernandoFernando Arroyo 23 128.1 7 10 3.93 39
    Koosman, JerryJerry Koosman 19 94.1 3 9 4.20 55
    Erickson, RogerRoger Erickson 14 91.1 3 8 3.84 44

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Jackson, DarrellDarrell Jackson 14 32.2 3 3 4.41 26

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Corbett, DougDoug Corbett 54 2 6 17 2.57 60
    O'Connor, JackJack O'Connor 28 3 2 0 5.86 16
    Cooper, DonDon Cooper 27 1 5 0 4.30 33

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Orlando

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