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1981 Texas Rangers season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1981 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Eddie Chiles
General manager(s)Eddie Robinson
Manager(s)Don Zimmer
Local televisionKXAS-TV
(Eric Nadel, Mel Proctor)
Vue-Pay
(Mark Holtz, Norm Hitzges)
Local radioWBAP
(Eric Nadel, Bill Merrill, Mel Proctor)
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The Rangers playing against the Oakland Athletics during a 1981 away game at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.
The Rangers playing against the Oakland Athletics during a 1981 away game at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

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 W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 64 45 0.587 35–21 29–24
Texas Rangers 57 48 0.543 5 32–24 25–24
Chicago White Sox 54 52 0.509 25–24 29–28
Kansas City Royals 50 53 0.485 11 19–28 31–25
California Angels 51 59 0.464 13½ 26–28 25–31
Seattle Mariners 44 65 0.404 20 20–37 24–28
Minnesota Twins 41 68 0.376 23 24–36 17–32
AL West
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 37 23 .617
Texas Rangers 33 22 .600 1 12
Chicago White Sox 31 22 .585 2 12
California Angels 31 29 .517 6
Kansas City Royals 20 30 .400 12
Seattle Mariners 21 36 .368 14 12
Minnesota Twins 17 39 .304 18
AL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Kansas City Royals 30 23 .566
Oakland Athletics 27 22 .551 1
Texas Rangers 24 26 .480 4 12
Minnesota Twins 24 29 .453 6
Seattle Mariners 23 29 .442 6 12
Chicago White Sox 23 30 .434 7
California Angels 20 30 .400 8 12

Record vs. opponents

1981 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 2–2 6–6 3–6 4–2 6–7 5–3 2–4 6–0 7–6 7–5 4–2 2–1 5–2
Boston 2–2 2–4 5–4 7–6 6–1 3–3 6–7 2–5 3–3 7–5 9–3 3–6 4–0
California 6–6 4–2 6–7 7–5 3–3 0–6 4–3 3–3 2–2 2–8 6–4 2–4 6–6
Chicago 6–3 4–5 7–6 2–5 3–3 2–0 4–1 2–4 5–7 7–6 3–3 2–4 7–5
Cleveland 2–4 6–7 5–7 5–2 1–5 4–4 3–6 2–1 7–5 3–2 8–4 2–2 4–2
Detroit 7–6 1–6 3–3 3–3 5–1 3–2 5–8 9–3 3–7 1–2 5–1 9–3 6–4
Kansas City 3–5 3–3 6–0 0–2 4–4 2–3 4–5 9–4 2–10 3–3 6–7 3–4 5–3
Milwaukee 4–2 7–6 3–4 1–4 6–3 8–5 5–4 9–3 3–3 4–2 2–2 4–5 6–4
Minnesota 0–6 5–2 3–3 4–2 1–2 3–9 4–9 3–9 3–3 2–8 3–6–1 5–8 5–1
New York 6–7 3–3 2–2 7–5 5–7 7–3 10–2 3–3 3–3 4–3 2–3 5–4 2–3
Oakland 5–7 5–7 8–2 6–7 2–3 2–1 3–3 2–4 8–2 3–4 6–1 4–2 10–2
Seattle 2–4 3–9 4–6 3–3 4–8 1–5 7–6 2–2 6–3–1 3–2 1–6 5–8 3–3
Texas 1–2 6–3 4–2 4–2 2–2 3–9 4–3 5–4 8–5 4–5 2–4 8–5 6–2
Toronto 2–5 0–4 6–6 5–7 2–4 4–6 3–5 4–6 1–5 3–2 2–10 3–3 2–6


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 Mario 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
Mark Wagner 50 85 22 .259 1 14
Bobby Jones 10 34 9 .265 3 7
Larry Cox 5 13 3 .231 0 1
Nelson 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
Danny Darwin 22 146 9 9 3.64 98
Rick 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
John 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
Steve Comer 36 8 2 6 2.56 22
Bob 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
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.
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