1981 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1981 season was the 20th regular season for the Mets. They went 41–62 and finished in fifth place in the National League East. They were managed by Joe Torre. They played home games at Shea Stadium. The season is remembered for a summer strike that cut the season in half.

1981 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
General manager(s)Frank Cashen
Manager(s)Joe Torre
Local televisionWOR-TV
Local radioWMCA
(Ralph Kiner, Bob Murphy, Steve Albert, Art Shamsky)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 59 43 0.578 32–21 27–22
Montreal Expos 60 48 0.556 2 38–18 22–30
Philadelphia Phillies 59 48 0.551 36–19 23–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 46 56 0.451 13 22–28 24–28
New York Mets 41 62 0.398 18½ 24–27 17–35
Chicago Cubs 38 65 0.369 21½ 27–30 11–35
NL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct.
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521
New York Mets 17 34 .333
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288
NL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481
New York Mets 24 28 .462
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389

Record vs. opponents

1981 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–2–1 6–5 4–8 7–7 3–7 3–3 4–5 2–3 9–6 5–7 4–3
Chicago 2–3–1 1–5 1–6 6–4 4–7 5–8–1 2–10 4–10 3–3 5–5 5–4–1
Cincinnati 5–6 5–1 8–4 8–8 5–4 7–3 5–2 4–2 10–2 9–5 0–5
Houston 8–4 6–1 4–8 4–8 5–2 6–3 4–6 2–4 11–3 9–6 2–4
Los Angeles 7–7 4–6 8–8 8–4 5–2 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–5 7–5 5–5
Montreal 7–3 7–4 4–5 2–5 2–5 9–3 7–4 10–3 4–2 2–5 6–9
New York 3–3 8–5–1 3–7 3–6 1–5 3–9 7–7 3–6–1 2–5 2–4 6–5
Philadelphia 5-4 10–2 2–5 6–4 3–3 4–7 7–7 7–5 4–2 4–3 7–6
Pittsburgh 3–2 10–4 2–4 4–2 1–5 3–10 6–3–1 5–7 6–4 3–7 3–8
San Diego 6–9 3–3 2–10 3–11 5–6 2–4 5–2 2–4 4–6 6–7 3–7
San Francisco 7–5 5–5 5–9 6–9 5–7 5–2 4–2 3–4 7–3 7–6 2–3
St. Louis 3–4 4–5–1 5–0 4–2 5–5 9–6 5–6 6–7 8–3 7–3 3–2

Notable Transactions

Roster

1981 New York Mets roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
RF Ellis Valentine 48 169 35 .207 5 21

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
Rusty Staub 70 161 51 .317 5 21
Alex Treviño 56 149 39 .262 0 10

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Randy Jones 13 59.1 1 8 4.85 14

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mike Marshall 20 3 2 0 2.61 8
Jeff Reardon 18 1 0 2 3.45 28

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Jack Aker
AA Jackson Mets Texas League Davey Johnson
A Lynchburg Mets Carolina League Gene Dusan
A Shelby Mets South Atlantic League Dan Monzon
A-Short Season Little Falls Mets New York–Penn League Rich Miller
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Al Jackson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jackson

Notes

  1. ^ Kevin Mitchell page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jose Moreno page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Rick Sweet page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rusty Staub page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cubbami01.shtml
  6. ^ Randy Milligan page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Gary Rajsich page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/b/boitada01.shtml
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bentobu01.shtml
  10. ^ Jeff Reardon page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ John Christensen page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Roger Clemens page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Lenny Dykstra page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Lou Thornton page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Bill Latham page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Mike Marshall page at Baseball Reference

References

  • 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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