1981 Texas Rangers season

1981 Texas Rangers season


The Texas Rangers 1981 season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 57 wins and 48 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.

Offseason

Regular season

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 Texas Rangers roster
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
SS Mendoza, MarioMario Mendoza 88 229 53 .231 0 22

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
Wagner, MarkMark Wagner 50 85 22 .259 1 14
Jones, BobbyBobby Jones 10 34 9 .265 3 7
Cox, LarryLarry Cox 5 13 3 .231 0 1
Norman, NelsonNelson Norman 7 13 3 .231 0 2

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
Darwin, DannyDanny Darwin 22 146 9 9 3.64 98
Honeycutt, RickRick Honeycutt 20 127.2 11 6 3.31 40

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
Butcher, JohnJohn Butcher 5 27.2 1 2 1.63 19

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
Comer, SteveSteve Comer 36 8 2 6 2.56 22
Babcock, BobBob Babcock 16 1 1 0 2.20 18

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Wichita Aeros American Association Rich Donnelly
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Tom Burgess
A Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League Tom Robson
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Andy Hancock

Notes

References

  • 1981 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1981 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com