1981 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1981 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
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[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 Pittsburgh Pirates
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
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[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
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[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
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[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
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[edit]

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[edit]

1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Pete Ward
AA Buffalo Bisons Eastern League Johnny Lipon
A Alexandria Pirates Carolina League Mike Toomey
A Greenwood Pirates South Atlantic League Joe Frisina
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

Notes[edit]

References[edit]