|1981 Kansas City Royals|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Joe Burke|
|Manager(s)||Jim Frey and Dick Howser|
(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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 ALDS
- 5 Farm system
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- 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.
|Chicago White Sox||54||52||0.509||8½||25–24||29–28|
|Kansas City Royals||50||53||0.485||11||19–28||31–25|
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|
Record vs. opponents
1981 American League Records
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- April 3, 1981: Bombo Rivera was signed as a free agent by the Royals.
- June 8, 1981: 1981 Major League Baseball draft
|1981 Kansas City Royals roster|
Starters by position
Note: 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
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
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