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1981 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1981 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (since 1882)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
    General manager(s) Harding "Pete" Peterson
    Manager(s) Chuck Tanner
    Local television KDKA-TV
    Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker, John Sanders
    Action-TV
    Bob Prince, Ray Scott
    Local radio KDKA
    Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker
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    The 1981 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 100th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 95th in Major League Baseball (MLB). The Pirates finished fourth in the National League East in the first half of the season with a record of 25–23 and sixth in the second half with a record of 21–33.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Officials of the Louisiana Superdome met with Pirates management in April 1981 about moving the club to New Orleans when the Pirates were unhappy with their lease at Three Rivers Stadium.[4]

    Season standings

    NL East
    First Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
    St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600 1.5
    Montreal Expos 30 25 .545 4.0
    Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521 5.5
    New York Mets 17 34 .333 15.0
    Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288 17.5
    NL East
    Second Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
    St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558 0.5
    Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481 4.5
    New York Mets 24 28 .462 5.5
    Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451 6.0
    Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389 9.5



    Opening Day lineup

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1981 Pittsburgh Pirates
    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 Peña, TonyTony Peña 66 210 63 .300 2 17
    1B Thompson, JasonJason Thompson 86 223 54 .242 15 42
    CF Moreno, OmarOmar Moreno 103 434 120 .276 1 35
    RF Parker, DaveDave Parker 67 240 62 .258 9 48

    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
    Robinson, BillBill Robinson 39 88 19 .216 2 8
    Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell 38 60 17 .283 0 9
    Milner, JohnJohn Milner 34 59 14 .237 2 9
    Alexander, GaryGary Alexander 21 47 10 .213 1 6
    Montañez, WillieWillie Montañez 29 38 10 .263 1 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
    Rhoden, RickRick Rhoden 21 136.1 9 4 3.89 76
    Solomon, EddieEddie Solomon 22 127 8 6 3.12 38
    Bibby, JimJim Bibby 14 93.2 6 3 2.50 48
    Pérez, PascualPascual Pérez 17 86.1 2 7 3.96 46
    Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant 9 57.1 2 5 3.92 32
    Candelaria, JohnJohn Candelaria 6 40.2 2 2 3.54 14

    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
    Scurry, RodRod Scurry 27 74 4 5 3.77 65
    Camacho, ErnieErnie Camacho 7 21.2 0 1 4.98 11
    Long, BobBob Long 5 19.2 1 2 5.95 8

    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
    Romo, EnriqueEnrique Romo 33 1 3 9 4.54 23
    Tekulve, KentKent Tekulve 45 5 5 3 2.49 34
    Cruz, VíctorVíctor Cruz 22 1 1 1 2.65 28
    Robinson, DonDon Robinson 16 0 3 2 5.87 17
    Lee, MarkMark Lee 12 0 2 2 2.75 5

    Awards and honors

    1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    References