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1981 National League Most Valuable Player Award

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The winner of the 1981 National League Most Valuable Player Award was Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies.

[edit] Award Voting

† indicates playoff team
Player Team Points Points Share (Max Points) First Votes AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG W - L SV IP H HR BB SO ERA
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 321 0.955 (336) 21 354 78 112 31 91 12 73 71 0.316 0.435 0.644 Did not pitch
Andre Dawson Montreal Expos 215 0.640 (336) 2 394 71 119 24 64 26 35 50 0.302 0.365 0.553 Did not pitch
George Foster Cincinnati Reds 146 0.435 (336) 0 414 64 122 22 90 4 51 75 0.295 0.373 0.519 Did not pitch
Dave Concepcion Cincinnati Reds 108 0.321 (336) 0 421 57 129 5 67 4 37 61 0.306 0.358 0.409 Did not pitch
Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers 90 0.268 (336) 1 64 3 16 0 7 0 1 9 0.250 0.262 0.281 13 - 7 0 192.1 140 11 61 180 2.48
Gary Carter Montreal Expos 77 0.229 (336) 0 374 48 94 16 68 1 35 35 0.251 0.313 0.444 Did not pitch
Dusty Baker Los Angeles Dodgers 65 0.193 (336) 0 400 48 128 9 49 10 29 43 0.320 0.363 0.445 Did not pitch
Bruce Sutter St. Louis Cardinals 59 0.176 (336) 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0.000 0.100 0.000 3 - 5 25 82.1 64 5 24 57 2.62
Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 41 0.122 (336) 0 67 5 9 0 4 0 2 16 0.134 0.159 0.224 13 - 4 0 190.0 152 9 62 179 2.42
Tom Seaver Cincinnati Reds 35 0.104 (336) 0 55 3 11 1 6 0 8 16 0.200 0.297 0.273 14 - 2 0 166.1 120 10 66 87 2.54
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies 35 0.104 (336) 0 431 73 140 0 33 4 46 26 0.325 0.391 0.390 Did not pitch
Bill Buckner Chicago Cubs 35 0.104 (336) 0 421 45 131 10 75 5 26 16 0.311 0.349 0.480 Did not pitch
Gary Matthews Philadelphia Phillies 31 0.092 (336) 0 359 62 108 9 67 15 59 42 0.301 0.398 0.451 Did not pitch
Jose Cruz Houston Astros 25 0.074 (336) 0 409 53 109 13 55 5 35 49 0.267 0.319 0.425 Did not pitch
George Hendrick St. Louis Cardinals 25 0.074 (336) 0 394 67 112 18 61 4 41 44 0.284 0.356 0.485 Did not pitch
Nolan Ryan Houston Astros 23 0.068 (336) 0 51 3 11 0 1 0 5 18 0.216 0.286 0.235 11 - 5 0 149.0 99 2 68 140 1.69
Bill Madlock Pittsburgh Pirates 20 0.060 (336) 0 279 35 95 6 45 18 34 17 0.341 0.413 0.495 Did not pitch
Art Howe Houston Astros 16 0.048 (336) 0 361 43 107 3 36 1 41 23 0.296 0.365 0.404 Did not pitch
Tim Raines Montreal Expos 15 0.045 (336) 0 313 61 95 5 37 71 45 31 0.304 0.391 0.438 Did not pitch
Rick Camp Atlanta Braves 9 0.027 (336) 0 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 9 - 3 17 76.0 68 5 12 47 1.78
Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals 9 0.027 (336) 0 376 65 115 8 48 12 61 45 0.306 0.401 0.463 Did not pitch
Tom Herr St. Louis Cardinals 7 0.021 (336) 0 411 50 110 0 46 23 39 30 0.268 0.329 0.345 Did not pitch
Greg Minton San Francisco Giants 4 0.012 (336) 0 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 4 - 5 21 84.1 84 0 36 29 2.88
Warren Cromartie Montreal Expos 3 0.009 (336) 0 358 41 109 6 42 2 39 27 0.304 0.370 0.419 Did not pitch
Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0.003 (336) 0 431 63 122 10 64 3 25 49 0.283 0.322 0.411 Did not pitch
Milt May San Francisco Giants 1 0.003 (336) 0 316 20 98 2 33 1 34 29 0.310 0.376 0.383 Did not pitch
Preceded by
1980
Most Valuable Player Award
American

1981
Succeeded by
1982
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