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1981 Kansas City Royals season

1981 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Jim Frey and Dick Howser
Local television WDAF-TV
(Al Wisk, Denny Trease)
Local radio WIBW (AM)
(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.[1]

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


Player stats


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 U L Washington 98 339 77 .227 2 29

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
César Gerónimo 59 118 29 .246 2 13
Jamie Quirk 46 100 25 .250 0 10
Tim Ireland 4 0 0 .--- 0 0
Onix Concepción 2 0 0 .--- 0 0


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Jones 12 75.2 6 3 3.21 29

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bill Paschall 2 0 0 0 4.50 1


Oakland wins series, 3-0.

Game Score Date
1 Oakland 4, Kansas City 0 October 6
2 Oakland 2, Kansas City 1 October 7
3 Oakland 4, Kansas City 1 October 9

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Joe Sparks
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Gene Lamont
A Fort Myers Royals Florida State League Brian Murphy
A Charleston Royals South Atlantic League Rick Mathews
Rookie GCL Royals Blue Gulf Coast League Joe Jones
Rookie GCL Royals Gold Gulf Coast League Roy Tanner



  1. ^
  2. ^ Cal Ripken, Jr. page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bombo Rivera page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Dave Leeper page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ 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.  

External links

  • 1981 Kansas City Royals team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1981 Kansas City Royals team page at

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