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1981 Kansas City Royals (MLB)

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W-L Record: 50-53 .485
Rank: th in American League West
Run Differential: 397-405 -8
Roster Continuity 78.37% 10/26
Manager(s): Jim Frey, Dick Howser
General Manager: Joe Burke (1981-10-14), John Schuerholz
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Ballpark: Royals Stadium
Attendance: 1,279,403 8/26
Playoffs: Lost in 1st Round (Athletics)
Top Draft Pick: Dave Leeper (#23) All picks
Years Active:
Franchise Information

Coaching Staff

Bullpen Coach: Jimmie Schaffer
First Base Coach: Jose Martinez
Hitting Coach: Rick Renick
Pitching Coach: Bill Connors
Third Base Coach: Gordon MacKenzie

#1 Draft Picks

Ken Brett (#4), Clint Hurdle (#9), Dave Chalk (#10), Jamie Quirk (#18), Atlee Hammaker (#21)
American League West Standings
  • A roster of all players who participated in at least one game for this team for this season.
  • The roster is sortable but defaults to an alphabetical listing.
  • Uniform numbers may not be complete for non-MLB teams. It is difficult to come by this information historically. See Data coverage
  • For MLB and Minor league teams, this roster was never an actual roster at any given point during the season.
  • Colleges may be missing players who were either red-shirted or who did not get into game action
  • Full Team Roster for 1981 Kansas City Royals season
    UnifPlayerPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh LevelCurrent TeamStatus
    24Willie Aikens1B6-3220L-R261977CAL: 1975-1-2MLB--
    37Juan BerenguerP5-11225R-R261978Not draftedMLB--
    5George Brett3B-1B6-0205L-R281973KCA: 1971-2-29MLB--
    25Ken BrettP5-11195L-L321967BOS: 1966-1-4MLB--
    7Dave Chalk3B-SS5-10175R-R301973CAL: 1972-1-10MLB--
    38Rich GaleP6-7225R-R271978KCA: 1975-5-105MLB--
    45Danny GarciaOF-1B6-1182L-L271981KCA: 1975-11-249MLB--
    23Cesar GeronimoOF6-2170L-L331969Not draftedMLB--
    15Jerry GroteC5-10190R-R381963Not draftedMLB--
    32Larry GuraP6-1185B-L331970CHN: 1969-2-40MLB--
    33Atlee HammakerP6-2200B-L231981KCA: 1979-1-21MLB--
    10Clint HurdleOF6-3195L-R231977KCA: 1975-1-9MLB--
    17Tim Ireland2B-1B6-0180R-R281981MON: 1973-25-563MLB--
    40Mike JonesP6-6215L-L211980SFN: 1982-1-12MLB--
    22Dennis LeonardP6-1190R-R301974KCA: 1972-2-42MLB--
    27Renie MartinP6-4190R-R251979KCA: 1977-19-486MLB--
    14Lee May1B6-3205R-R381965Not draftedMLB--
    11Hal McRaeOF5-11185R-R351968CIN: 1965-6-117MLB--
    4Darryl MotleyOF5-9196R-R211981KCA: 1978-2-51MLB--
    18Rance Mulliniks3B-SS6-0175L-R251977CAL: 1974-3-58MLB--
    26Amos OtisOF5-11166R-R341967BOS: 1965-5-95MLB--
    28Bill PaschallP6-0175R-R271978KCA: 1976-3-53MLB--
    16,52Ken Phelps1B6-1200L-L261980KCA: 1976-15-354MLB--
    9Jamie QuirkC-3B6-4200L-R261975KCA: 1972-1-18MLB--
    29Dan QuisenberryP6-2185R-R281979UDFAMLB--
    31Jeff SchattingerP6-5200L-R251981KCA: 1979-1-21MLB--
    37Pat SheridanOF6-3175L-R231981KCA: 1979-3-73MLB--
    34Paul SplittorffP6-3210L-L341970KCA: 1968-25-575MLB--
    30U.L. WashingtonSS5-11175B-R271977Not draftedMLB--
    12John WathanC-1B6-2205R-R311976KCA: 1971-1-4MLB--
    20Frank White2B5-11175R-R301973Not draftedMLB--
    6Willie WilsonOF6-3195B-R251976LAN: 1974-16-381MLB--
    35Jim WrightP6-5205R-R261981PHI: 1973-5-98MLB--

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