1981 Cincinnati Reds season

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1981 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Location
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[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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 (baseball) 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]

Paul O'Neill (baseball)

Roster[edit]

1981 Cincinnati Reds roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Farm system[edit]

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
Short-Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Greg Riddoch
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Jim Hoff

Notes[edit]

References[edit]