1981 Kansas City Royals season
|1981 Kansas City Royals|
|Major League affiliations|
|Manager(s)||Jim Frey and Dick Howser|
(Al Wisk, Denny Trease)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1981 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 50 wins and 53 losses. The season was suspended for 50 days due to the infamous 1981 players strike and the league chose as its playoff teams, the division winners from the first and second halves of the season, respectively. Because of this, despite a losing record and a 4th place overall finish, the Royals, having won the AL West in the second half of the season, qualified for the postseason, becoming the only team in MLB history to do so with a losing record.
- January 6, 1981: Derek Botelho was signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
- August 10, 1981: Cal Ripken, Jr. made his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles in a game against the Royals.
First Half Standings
|Chicago White Sox||31||22||.585|
|Kansas City Royals||20||30||.400|
Second Half Standings
|Kansas City Royals||30||23||.566|
|Chicago White Sox||23||30||.434|
- April 3, 1981: Bombo Rivera was signed as a free agent by the Royals.
- June 8, 1981: 1981 Major League Baseball Draft
Starters by positionNote: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|SS||U L Washington||98||339||77||.227||2||29|
Oakland wins series, 3-0.
|1||Oakland 4, Kansas City 0||October 6|
|2||Oakland 2, Kansas City 1||October 7|
|3||Oakland 4, Kansas City 1||October 9|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Royals Gold
- Cal Ripken, Jr. page at Baseball Reference
- Bombo Rivera page at Baseball Reference
- Dave Leeper page at Baseball Reference
- David Cone page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.
- 1981 Kansas City Royals team page at Baseball Reference
- 1981 Kansas City Royals team page at www.baseball-almanac.com