50-53 (.485)
4th place in AL West

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 Jim Frey (30-40)
Dick Howser (20-13)
General Manager Joe Burke
Team Owner Ewing Kauffman
Ballpark Royals Stadium
Attendance 1,279,403 total
27,221 per game

1981 Draft Picks

Round Pick Player
1 23 Dave Leeper OF
2 34 Mark Gubicza P
2 49 Tony Ferreira P
3 74 Dave Cone P
4 100 Shane Mack SS
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