October 5, 1981

National League awards [1981]



20-year-old rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela began the season 8-0 with five shutouts. Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton reached 3,000 strikeouts. Nolan Ryan threw a record fifth no-hitter. A two-month players’ strike canceled 38 percent of the schedule, splitting the season in two halves.

Babe Ruth Award | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 31 home runs, 91 RBIs, .316 batting average, .435 on-base percentage, .644 slugging percentage, 78 runs, 73 walks. Schmidt led the league in home runs, RBIs, runs, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. | Third Is The Word

2. Andre Dawson, Expos
3. George Foster, Reds

Walter Johnson Award | Fernando Valenzuela, Dodgers. 13-7, 2.48 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 61 walks in 192.1 innings, 11 complete games, eight shutouts. | Unreal!

2. Steve Carlton, Phillies
3. Nolan Ryan, Astros

Jackie Robinson Award | Fernando Valenzuela, Dodgers. 2. Tim Raines, Expos. | Fernandomania

Connie Mack Award | Whitey Herzog, Cardinals. 59-43 [.578]

2. John McNamara, Reds
3. Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers



Catcher | Gary Carter, Expos. 16 home runs, 68 RBIs, .251 batting average, .313 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Carter

First base | Keith Hernandez, Cardinals. 8 home runs, 48 RBIs, .306 batting average, .401 on-base percentage, .463 slugging percentage, 27 doubles. Best fielder | Steve Garvey, Dodgers.

Second base | Ron Oester, Reds. 5 home runs, 42 RBIs, .271 batting average, .342 on-base percentage, .398 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Tom Herr, Cardinals.

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 31 home runs, 91 RBIs, .316 batting average, .435 on-base percentage, .644 slugging percentage, 78 runs, 73 walks. Best fielder | Howe

2. Ron Cey, Dodgers
3. Art Howe, Astros

Shortstop | Dave Concepcion, Reds. 5 home runs, 67 RBIs, .306 batting average, .358 on-base percentage, .409 slugging percentage, 28 doubles. Best fielder | Ozzie Smith, Padres.

Left field | George Foster, Reds. 22 home runs, 90 RBIs, .295 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, .519 slugging percentage.

2. Tim Raines, Expos
3. Gary Matthews, Phillies

Center field | Andre Dawson, Expos. 24 home runs, 64 RBIs, .302 batting average, .365 on-base percentage, .553 slugging percentage, 71 runs, 26 stolen bases. 2. Ken Griffey, Reds. Best fielder | Dawson

Right field | Jack Clark, Giants. 17 home runs, 53 RBIs, .268 batting average, .341 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage. 2. Pedro Guerrero, Dodgers.



Starting rotation |

1. Fernando Valenzuela, Dodgers.
13-7, 2.48 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 61 walks in 192.1 innings, 11 complete games, eight shutouts.

2. Steve Carlton, Phillies. 13-4, 2.42 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 62 walks in 190 innings, 10 complete games.

3. Nolan Ryan, Astros. 11-5, 1.69 ERA, 140 strikeouts and 68 walks in 149 innings, 16 wild pitches.

4. Tom Seaver, Reds. 14-2, 2.54 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 66 walks in 166.1 innings.

5. Jerry Reuss, Dodgers. 10-4, 2.40 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 27 walks in 152.2 innings, eight complete games.

6. Bob Knepper, Astros
7. Burt Hooton, Dodgers

Reliever | Rick Camp, Atlanta. 9-3, 1.78 ERA, 17 saves, 47 strikeouts and 12 walks in 76 innings.
— Kevin Brewer

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