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|1981 in baseball|
|1981 National League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
- Italics indicates half winner, Bold indicates league champion, Bold/Italics indicates World Series champion
|Rank||Team||G||W||L||T||WPCT||GB||RS (RS/G)||RA (RA/G)||AVG||OBP||SLG||ERA||FPCT|
|1||St. Louis Cardinals||103||59||43||1||.573||-.-||464 (4.50)||417 (4.05)||0.265||0.336||0.377||3.63||0.981|
|2||Montreal Expos||108||60||48||0||.556||2.0||443 (4.10)||394 (3.65)||0.246||0.316||0.370||3.30||0.980|
|3||Philadelphia Phillies||107||59||48||0||.551||2.5||491 (4.59)||472 (4.41)||0.273||0.340||0.389||4.05||0.980|
|4||Pittsburgh Pirates||103||46||56||1||.447||13.0||407 (3.95)||425 (4.13)||0.257||0.311||0.369||3.56||0.979|
|5||New York Mets||105||41||62||2||.390||18.5||348 (3.31)||432 (4.11)||0.248||0.309||0.356||3.55||0.968|
|6||Chicago Cubs||106||38||65||3||.358||21.5||370 (3.49)||483 (4.56)||0.236||0.303||0.340||4.01||0.974|
|1||Cincinnati Reds||108||66||42||0||.611||-.-||464 (4.30)||440 (4.07)||0.267||0.336||0.385||3.73||0.981|
|2||Los Angeles Dodgers||110||63||47||0||.573||4.0||450 (4.09)||356 (3.24)||0.262||0.322||0.374||3.01||0.980|
|3||Houston Astros||110||61||49||0||.555||6.0||394 (3.58)||331 (3.01)||0.257||0.319||0.356||2.66||0.980|
|4||San Francisco Giants||111||56||55||0||.505||11.5||427 (3.85)||414 (3.73)||0.250||0.320||0.357||3.28||0.978|
|5||Atlanta Braves||107||50||56||1||.467||15.0||395 (3.69)||416 (3.89)||0.243||0.305||0.349||3.45||0.976|
|6||San Diego Padres||110||41||69||0||.373||26.0||382 (3.47)||455 (4.14)||0.256||0.313||0.346||3.72||0.977|
 Half Standings
 First Half
|Eastern Division||Western Division|
|Philadelphia Phillies||E||55||34||21||0||.618||-.-||Los Angeles Dodgers (-.-)||(237)||57||36||21||0||.632|
|St. Louis Cardinals||E||51||30||20||1||.600||1.5||Cincinnati Reds (0.5)||(262)||56||35||21||0||.625|
|Montreal Expos||E||55||30||25||0||.545||4.0||Houston Astros (8.0)||(195)||57||28||29||0||.491|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||E||49||25||23||1||.521||5.5||Atlanta Braves (9.5)||(201)||55||25||29||1||.463|
|New York Mets||E||52||17||34||1||.333||15.0||San Francisco Giants (10.0)||(222)||59||27||32||0||.458|
|Chicago Cubs||E||54||15||37||2||.288||17.5||San Diego Padres (12.5)||(194)||56||23||33||0||.411|
 Second Half
|Eastern Division||Western Division|
|Montreal Expos||W||53||30||23||0||.566||-.-||Houston Astros (-.-)||(199)||53||33||20||0||.623|
|St. Louis Cardinals||W||52||29||23||0||.558||0.5||Cincinnati Reds (1.5)||(202)||52||31||21||0||.596|
|Philadelphia Phillies||W||52||25||27||0||.481||4.5||San Francisco Giants (3.5)||(205)||52||29||23||0||.558|
|New York Mets||W||53||24||28||1||.462||5.5||Los Angeles Dodgers (6.0)||(213)||53||27||26||0||.509|
|Chicago Cubs||W||52||23||28||1||.451||6.0||Atlanta Braves (7.5)||(194)||52||25||27||0||.481|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||W||54||21||33||0||.389||9.5||San Diego Padres (15.5)||(188)||54||18||36||0||.333|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The 1981 National League playoffs featured the champions of the first half and second half in each of the league's two divisions. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-five League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.
|Division Series||Championship Series|
|West.||Los Angeles Dodgers||3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||3|
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Mike Schmidt, a third baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies. In the award's voting, he had 321 out of a possible 336 points and 21 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 70 out of a possible 120 points and 8 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Fernando Valenzuela, a pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 107 out of a possible 120 points and 17 first place votes.
 Gold Gloves
The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Silver Sluggers
The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Hall of Fame Game
The 1981 Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on August 3 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds canceled due to the players' strike.
 Notable events