1993 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1993 season was the team's 26th in Oakland, California. It was also the 93rd season in franchise history. The team finished seventh in the American League West with a record of 68-94.

The Athletics' disastrous 1993 campaign was mired by inconsistency, injuries, and free agent losses. The team lost key contributors Dave Stewart, Harold Baines, and Mike Moore to free agency; the players ended up (respectively) in Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. The A's also traded Walt Weiss to the expansion Florida Marlins for Scott Baker and Eric Hefland. The Athletics' roster was further weakened by the retirement of longtime third baseman Carney Lansford.

The team's depleted pitching staff was no match for its American League (AL) competition. The Athletics, following a resurgent 1992 campaign, finished 1993 with a team ERA of 4.90; this was the worst such figure in the AL. The futility of Oakland's new-look starting rotation was especially noteworthy; of the team's five primary starters (Bobby Witt, Ron Darling, Bob Welch, Todd Van Poppel, and Shawn Hillegas), only one (Witt) managed a sub-5.00 ERA. On offense, the Athletics also struggled; the loss of their two best players (Mark McGwire and Rickey Henderson) to injury and a trade, respectively, contributed to their scoring only 715 runs (10th of 14 AL teams).

The Athletics' 68-94 finish was their worst since 1982. Moreover, the 1993 Athletics (as of 2018) remain the only team in Oakland history to finish last in the AL West after finishing first one-year earlier.

1993 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record68–94 (.420)
Other information
Owner(s)Walter A. Haas, Jr.
General manager(s)Sandy Alderson
Manager(s)Tony La Russa
Local televisionKRON-TV
(Dick Stockton, Ray Fosse)
Sports Channel Pacific
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
Local radioKNEW (AM)
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
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Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 45–36 49–32
Texas Rangers 86 76 0.531 8 50–31 36–45
Kansas City Royals 84 78 0.519 10 43–38 41–40
Seattle Mariners 82 80 0.506 12 46–35 36–45
California Angels 71 91 0.438 23 44–37 27–54
Minnesota Twins 71 91 0.438 23 36–45 35–46
Oakland Athletics 68 94 0.420 26 38–43 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1993 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 6–7 7–5 4–8 8–5 5–8 7–5 8–5 8–4 6–7 10–2 7–5 4–8 5–8
Boston 7–6 7–5 7–5 5–8 6–7 5–7 5–8 7–5 6–7 9–3 7–5 6–6 3–10
California 5–7 5–7 7–6 5–7 4–8 6–7 7–5 4–9 6–6 6–7 6–7 6–7 4–8
Chicago 8–4 5–7 6–7 9–3 7–5 6–7 9–3 10–3 4–8 7–6 9–4 8–5 6–6
Cleveland 5–8 8–5 7–5 3–9 6–7 7–5 8–5 4–8 6–7 8–4 3–9 7–5 4–9
Detroit 8–5 7–6 8–4 5–7 7–6 5–7 8–5 6–6 4–9 8–4 7–5 6–6 6–7
Kansas City 5–7 7–5 7–6 7–6 5–7 7–5 5–7 7–6 6–6 6–7 7–6 7–6 8–4
Milwaukee 5–8 8–5 5–7 3–9 5–8 5–8 7–5 7–5 4–9 7–5 4–8 4–8 5–8
Minnesota 4–8 5–7 9–4 3–10 8–4 6–6 6–7 5–7 4–8 8–5 4–9 7–6 2–10
New York 7–6 7–6 6–6 8–4 7–6 9–4 6–6 9–4 8–4 6–6 7–5 3–9 5–8
Oakland 2–10 3–9 7–6 6–7 4–8 4–8 7–6 5–7 5–8 6–6 9–4 5–8 5–7
Seattle 5–7 5–7 7–6 4–9 9–3 5–7 6–7 8–4 9–4 5–7 4–9 8–5 7–5
Texas 8–4 6–6 7–6 5–8 5–7 6–6 6–7 8–4 6–7 9–3 8–5 5–8 7–5
Toronto 8–5 10–3 8–4 6–6 9–4 7–6 4–8 8–5 10–2 8–5 7–5 5–7 5–7

Notable transactions

Roster

1993 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Terry Steinbach 104 389 111 .285 10 43
1B Mike Aldrete 95 255 68 .267 10 33
2B Brent Gates 139 535 155 .290 7 69
3B Craig Paquette 105 393 86 .219 12 46
SS Mike Bordick 159 546 136 .249 3 48
LF Rickey Henderson 90 318 104 .327 17 47
CF Dave Henderson 107 382 84 .220 20 53
RF Rubén Sierra 158 630 147 .233 22 101
DH Troy Neel 123 427 124 .290 19 63

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Eric Helfand 8 13 3 .231 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rich Gossage 39 4 5 1 4.53 40
Kevin Campbell 11 0 0 0 7.31 9

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Bob Boone
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Casey Parsons
A Modesto A's California League Ted Kubiak
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Gary Jones
A-Short Season Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Dick Scott
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Bruce Hines

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: AZL Athletics

References

  1. ^ Jamie Quirk at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Walt Weiss at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Rich Gossage at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ron Darling at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b Joe Boever at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ a b Dale Sveum at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Mike Aldrete at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Jeff D'Amico at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Jason McDonald at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Scott Spiezio at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Miguel Tejada at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Rickey Henderson at Baseball Reference
  • 1993 Oakland Athletics at Baseball Reference
  • 1993 Oakland Athletics at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
Roger Smithberg

Roger Craig Smithberg (born March 21, 1966) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for two seasons. He pitched for the Oakland Athletics for 13 games during the 1993 Oakland Athletics season and two games during the 1994 Oakland Athletics season.

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