1994 Major League Baseball season

The 1994 Major League Baseball season ended on August 11, 1994, with the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. It was the first season played under the current three-division format in each league. It was also the first with an Opening Night game involving two National League teams, which did not become permanent until 1996.

1994 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 3 – August 11, 1994
Draft
Top draft pickPaul Wilson
Picked byNew York Mets
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Jeff Bagwell (HOU)
AL: Frank Thomas (CHW)

Strike

As a result of a players' strike, the MLB season ended prematurely on August 11, 1994. No postseason (including the World Series) was played. Minor League Baseball was not affected. Over 260 players were scheduled to exceed $1 million in compensation in 1994.[1]

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Raúl Mondesí (LA) Bob Hamelin (KC)
Cy Young Award Greg Maddux (ATL) David Cone (KC)
Manager of the Year Felipe Alou (MTL) Buck Showalter (NYY)
Most Valuable Player Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mark Langston (CAL)
Catcher Tom Pagnozzi (STL) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Wade Boggs (NYY)
Shortstop Barry Larkin (CIN) Omar Vizquel (CLE)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Kenny Lofton (CLE)
Darren Lewis (SF) Devon White (TOR)
Marquis Grissom (MTL) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Mark Portugal (SF) Julio Franco (CHW)
Catcher Mike Piazza (LA) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Carlos Baerga (CLE)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Wade Boggs (NYY)
Shortstop Wil Cordero (MTL) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Albert Belle (CLE)
Moisés Alou (MTL) Kirby Puckett (MIN)
Tony Gwynn (SD) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Paul O'Neill NYY .359 Tony Gwynn SD .394
HR Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA 40 Matt Williams SF 43
RBI Kirby Puckett MIN 112 Jeff Bagwell HOU 116
Wins Jimmy Key NYY 17 Ken Hill MTL
Greg Maddux ATL
16
ERA Steve Ontiveros OAK 2.65 Greg Maddux ATL 1.56
SO Randy Johnson SEA 204 Andy Benes SD 189
SV Lee Smith BAL 33 John Franco NYM 30
SB Kenny Lofton CLE 60 Craig Biggio HOU 39

Major league baseball final standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 70 43 0.619 33–24 37–19
Baltimore Orioles 63 49 0.562 28–27 35–22
Toronto Blue Jays 55 60 0.478 16 33–26 22–34
Boston Red Sox 54 61 0.470 17 31–33 23–28
Detroit Tigers 53 62 0.461 18 34–24 19–38
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 67 46 0.593 34–19 33–27
Cleveland Indians 66 47 0.584 1 35–16 31–31
Kansas City Royals 64 51 0.557 4 35–24 29–27
Minnesota Twins 53 60 0.469 14 32–27 21–33
Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 0.461 15 24–32 29–30
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Texas Rangers 52 62 0.456 31–32 21–30
Oakland Athletics 51 63 0.447 1 24–32 27–31
Seattle Mariners 49 63 0.438 2 22–22 27–41
California Angels 47 68 0.409 23–40 24–28
NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Montreal Expos 74 40 0.649 32–20 42–20
Atlanta Braves 68 46 0.596 6 31–24 37–22
New York Mets 55 58 0.487 18½ 23–30 32–28
Philadelphia Phillies 54 61 0.470 20½ 34–26 20–35
Florida Marlins 51 64 0.443 23½ 25–34 26–30
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 66 48 0.579 37–22 29–26
Houston Astros 66 49 0.574 ½ 37–22 29–27
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 61 0.465 13 32–29 21–32
St. Louis Cardinals 53 61 0.465 13 23–33 30–28
Chicago Cubs 49 64 0.434 16½ 20–39 29–25
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 58 56 0.509 33–22 25–34
San Francisco Giants 55 60 0.478 29–31 26–29
Colorado Rockies 53 64 0.453 25–32 28–32
San Diego Padres 47 70 0.402 12½ 26–31 21–39
  • On September 14, the remainder of the major league season was canceled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players' strike.

Television coverage

Network Day of week Announcers
ABC Saturday nights
Monday nights
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver
NBC Friday nights[n1 1] Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker
ESPN Sunday nights
Wednesday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan

Events

Movies

The following are baseball movies released in 1994:

Deaths

  • January 8 – Harvey Haddix, 68, All-Star pitcher best remembered for a 1959 game with the Pirates in which he threw 12 perfect innings before losing in the 13th; won 20 games for 1953 Cardinals and earned three Gold Gloves. Member of 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the World Series.
  • January 9 – Johnny Temple, 66, All-Star second baseman, primarily for the Cincinnati Reds, who batted .300 three times
  • January 10 – Chub Feeney, 72, National League president from 1970 to 1986
  • February 12 – Ray Dandridge, 80, Hall of Fame third baseman of the Negro Leagues who often batted over .350
  • March 16 – Eric Show, 37, pitcher who won 100 games for the San Diego Padres and surrendered Pete Rose's record 4,192nd hit
  • May 9 – Ralph Brickner, 69, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1950s
  • June 12 – Jim Brock, 57, coach at Arizona State since 1972 who led the school to two College World Series titles
  • June 23 – Marv Throneberry, 62, first baseman for the Yankees, Orioles, Mets, and Kansas City A's
  • July 14 – César Tovar, 54, outfielder for the Minnesota Twins who in 1968 became the second major leaguer to play all nine positions in a game; had his team's only hit on five occasions
  • September 5 – Hank Aguirre, 63, All-Star pitcher who led AL in ERA in 1962 with the Detroit Tigers
  • December 26 – Allie Reynolds, 77, 6-time All-Star pitcher, mainly with the Yankees, who led AL in ERA in 1952 and in strikeouts and shutouts twice; in 1951 was first AL pitcher to throw two no-hitters in same year, and was MVP runnerup in 1952; career .630 winning percentage

External links

References

  1. ^ Due to the strike, NBC wasn't able to broadcast their slate of games for The Baseball Network, which was supposed to begin on August 26.
  1. ^ "Baseball's millionaires". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. August 14, 1994. p. B-5.
  2. ^ "Baseball in B.C. Place: a thing of the past?". Vancouver Courier. August 18, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Box Score of Kent Mercker No Hitter Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on May 18, 2015.
1994 Atlanta Braves season

The 1994 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 124th in existence and their 29th in Atlanta. After trading the two-sport athlete Deion Sanders, experts predicted that the Atlanta Braves were going to have their worst season since 1935. The Braves' records reflect just how successful that year was, although it was curtailed due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. The Braves played a total of 114 games; they won 68 and lost 46. The Braves finished their 1994 season with a winning percentage .596, ranking the Braves 2nd overall in the MLB, although they were six games behind the Montreal Expos in the NL East.

1994 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1994 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 63 wins and 49 losses. The season was cut short by the infamous 1994 player's strike.

1994 Boston Red Sox season

The 1994 Boston Red Sox season was the 94th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The season was cut short by the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, and there was no postseason. When the strike started on August 12, the Red Sox were in fourth place in the American League East with a record of 54 wins and 61 losses, 17 games behind the New York Yankees.

1994 California Angels season

The California Angels 1994 season involved the Angels finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 47 wins and 68 losses. The season was cut short by the 1994 player's strike.

1994 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds were leading the National League Central division by a half game before a strike ended the 1994 Major League Baseball season.

1994 Cleveland Indians corked bat incident

The 1994 Cleveland Indians corked bat incident took place on July 15, 1994, at Comiskey Park in Chicago during a game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

In the first inning, White Sox manager Gene Lamont was tipped off that Indians batter Albert Belle was using a corked baseball bat. Under the rules of Major League Baseball, a manager may challenge one opponent's baseball bat per game. Lamont challenged Belle's bat with umpire Dave Phillips, who confiscated the bat and locked it in the umpires' dressing room.

1994 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 1994 season had a record of 53-62 in a strike-shortened season. The season ended with the Tigers in 5th place in the newly formed American League East Division. The season featured the return of former star Kirk Gibson, the return of Ernie Harwell to the television broadcast booth and the 18th season of the Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker double play combination.

1994 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 1994 season was the 2nd season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their season from 1993. Their manager was Rene Lachemann. They played home games at Joe Robbie Stadium. They finished with a record of 51-64, last in the National League East. The season ended early as a result of the 1994 players strike.

1994 Kansas City Royals season

The 1994 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League Central with a record of 64 wins and 51 losses. The season was cut short by the 1994 player's strike. The season marked the Royals' alignment into the new American League Central division.

1994 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1994 season involved the Brewers' finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 53 wins and 62 losses.

1994 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1994 season was the 33rd regular season for the Mets. They went 55-58 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Dallas Green. They played home games at Shea Stadium. The season was cut short by the 1994 player's strike.

1994 San Diego Padres season

The 1994 San Diego Padres season was the 26th season in franchise history.

1994 San Francisco Giants season

The 1994 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 112th season in Major League Baseball, their 37th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 35th at Candlestick Park. After winning 103 games in 1993, the Giants record dropped to 55-60 in a strike-shortened season. This was also the season in which Matt Williams hit a career high 43 home runs through 115 games by the time the strike hit, on pace to finish with 61; had the season continued, Williams may have had a chance to break Roger Maris's then-single season record of 61 home runs set in 1961.

1994 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1994 season was their 18th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 3rd in the American League West, finishing with a 49–63 (.438) record. The season was cut short by the infamous 1994 player's strike.

1994 Texas Rangers season

The 1994 Texas Rangers season was cut short by the infamous 1994 player's strike. At the time when the strike began, the Rangers were leading the American League West with a record of 52 wins and 62 losses.

1994 World Series

The 1994 World Series would have been the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1994 season, but it was canceled on September 14 of that year due to a strike by the MLB Players Association that started on August 12. It was only the second time in MLB history that a World Series was not played in a given season (the first being in 1904).

June 17th, 1994

June 17th, 1994 is a documentary film by Brett Morgen released as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. The documentary details the events of June 17, 1994, in which several noteworthy sporting events occurred during the police chase of O. J. Simpson. Morgen says the diversity of the events provides an opportunity "to look at the soul of America".The documentary features no narration and also no interviews and consists simply of music set to clips from news sources during the day.There are rare clips of sportscasters like Chris Berman and Bob Costas talking to their producers about how to deal with the O.J. story within the context of the events they were covering.Robert Lloyd wrote in the Los Angeles Times: "Morgen juxtaposes the events of that day in a kind of associative round robin, finding points of contrast and commonality, of similar action and visual consonance, on which to turn his film. But he offers no other, more remote perspective; this is not a summing up of events, but rather a meditation, of an elemental sort, not just on sports but on the way of the world."

Kenny Rogers' perfect game

On July 28, 1994, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched the 14th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, blanking the California Angels 4-0 at The Ballpark at Arlington. Needing 98 pitches to complete his masterpiece, Rogers struck out eight batters. He also survived three-ball counts to seven Angel hitters. The perfect game is, as of 2019, the most recent no-hitter in Ranger history.

Rogers said he did not think about the perfect game until the ninth inning—and the bid was almost broken up one batter in. Rookie center fielder Rusty Greer preserved the bid by making a diving catch of Rex Hudler's sinking line drive to right-center leading off the inning. Greer also caught Gary DiSarcina's fly ball for the game's final out.

Offensively for the Rangers, Jose Canseco hit two home runs. One of them came in the third inning and was on the front end of back-to-back homers with Iván Rodríguez, Rogers' catcher.

The perfect game came three years to the day after Dennis Martínez's perfect game, the last perfect game prior to this one, and made Rogers the third left-hander to pitch a perfect game, joining Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Tom Browning in 1988. It also came 10 years after the Angels' Mike Witt pitched his perfect game against the Rangers, that game taking place in The Ballpark's predecessor, Arlington Stadium. As of 2017, the Angels and Rangers are the only two teams to record perfect games against each other.

The home plate umpire was minor league fill-in Ed Bean, who was working in his 29th Major League game and seventh as home plate umpire. Bean worked only seven more Major League games.

1994 MLB season by team
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See also

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