Missed Playoffs
60-49 (.550)
4th place in AL East

Due to a mid-season players' strike, the season was divided into a first half and a second half. The division winner of each half played each other in a five-game divisional series. The Cincinnati Reds, despite having the best overall record during the season, finished 2nd in both halves, so did not qualify for the post-season.

Manager Sparky Anderson
General Manager Jim Campbell
Team Owner John Fetzer
Ballpark Tiger Stadium
Attendance 1,149,144
Average 20,894

1981 Draft Picks

Round Pick Player
1 17 Ricky Barlow P
2 43 Nelson Simmons OF
3 68 Bob Williamson C
4 94 Bubby Brister SS
5 120 Stan Barker OF

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