Year In Review : 1994 National League

O ff the field...

A major earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, struck the densely populated San Fernando Valley in northern Los Angeles. In the aftermath, fifty-seven people were killed, 1,500 were injured and over 12,500 buildings were damaged.

Richard M. Nixon, the thirty-seventh President of the United States, who won a record landslide and resigned in disgrace twenty-one months later died after suffering a stroke at the age of eighty-one.

U.S. national champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, a 1992 Olympic bronze medalist and one of the favorites to win the gold medal, was attacked after a practice at the U.S. Olympic trials. It was later discovered that one of her rivals, Tonya Harding and her husband were behind the plot.

I n the American League...

Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Shuey went four (K's) for four in the ninth inning of the Tribe's 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. In doing so he became only the tenth pitcher in American League history, (and the first rookie) to strike out four batters in a single inning.

The Twins' Pedro Munoz drove in seven runs to defeat the Detroit Tigers 21-7 as Minnesota became the first team since the 1950 Red Sox to score more than twenty runs in a game, two times in the same season. Their previous rally was a 21-2 homerun derby over the Boston Red Sox.

Kevin Appier, of the Kansas City Royals, set an all-time record (traced back to 1986) after striking out thirteen Texas Rangers in only five and 2/3 innings of work. To date, no pitcher, in the history of baseball had ever pitched less than six innings in a game with that many strikeouts.

I n the National League...

The Chicago Cubs' Tuffy Rhodes became the first National League player to tally three home runs (all consecutive) on Opening Day at Wrigley Field. Despite the setback, Dwight Gooden and the New York Mets held on to beat the home team 12-8.

The St. Louis Cardinals set a new major-league record by stranding sixteen base runners in a 4-0 shutout by the Philadelphia Phillies. After eight innings, the game remained scoreless, but reliever Mike Perez stumbled in the ninth surrendering two hits, one walk and a three-run homer.

Jeff Bagwell became the twenty-eighth player in Major League history to homer twice in the same inning as Houston rallied for nine runs in the sixth during a 16-4 massacre over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A round the league...

The Major League Players Association rejected an owner's salary cap proposal, asking players to split all revenues 50-50. In addition, the citation stated that salary arbitration would be eliminated and free agency for players could be reached after four years in the majors instead of six.

As negotiations continued to heat up, the owners decided to withhold $7.8 million that they were obligated to pay into the players' pension and benefit plans. The final straw fell after the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to approve an antitrust legislation that left the players with little choice but to strike.

On September 14th, the remainder of the baseball season was canceled thirty-four days into the players' strike. As a result, the World Series was also called off for the first time since 1904. Three months later, the owners unilaterally implemented a salary cap as negotiations remained at a standstill.

"I have done all I could to change this situation. Clearly they are not capable of settling this strike without an umpire." - President Bill Clinton
1994 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

San Francisco

74

Batting Average

San Diego

.394

Doubles

Houston

44

Montreal

Hits

San Diego

165

Home Runs

San Francisco

43

On Base Percentage

Houston

.461

RBI

Houston

116

Runs

Houston

104

Slugging Average

Houston

.750

Stolen Bases

Houston

39

Total Bases

Houston

300

Triples

Los Angeles

9

San Francisco

1994 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Atlanta

10

ERA

Atlanta

1.56

Games

Colorado

61

Saves

New York

30

Shutouts

Atlanta

3

Los Angeles

Strikeouts

San Diego

189

Winning Percentage

New York

.778

Wins

Montreal

16

Atlanta

1994 National League

Team Standings

Montreal Expos

74 40 .649 0

$18,771,000

Atlanta Braves

68 46 .596 6

$44,100,972

New York Mets

55 58 .487

$30,903,583

Philadelphia Phillies

54 61 .470 20½

$31,143,000

Florida Marlins

51 64 .443 23½

$19,524,361

Cincinnati Reds

66 48 .579 0

$41,458,042

Houston Astros

66 49 .574 ½

$33,092,500

St. Louis Cardinals

53 61 .465 13

$29,622,052

Pittsburgh Pirates

53 61 .465 13

$21,503,250

Chicago Cubs

49 64 .434 16½

$32,456,333

Los Angeles Dodgers

58 56 .509 0

$38,837,526

San Francisco Giants

55 60 .478

$42,260,538

Colorado Rockies

53 64 .453

$23,654,508

San Diego Padres

47 70 .402 12½

$13,774,268

1994 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

434

Batting Average

Cincinnati

.286

Doubles

Houston

252

Hits

Cincinnati

1,142

Home Runs

Atlanta

137

On Base Percentage

Cincinnati

.353

Runs

Cincinnati

609

Slugging Average

Cincinnati

.449

Stolen Bases

Montreal

137

Triples

Colorado

39

1994 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Atlanta

16

ERA

Montreal

3.56

Fewest Hits Allowed

Atlanta

929

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Atlanta

76

Fewest Walks Allowed

Montreal

288

Saves

Montreal

46

Shutouts

Atlanta

8

Montreal

Strikeouts

Atlanta

865



On April 8, 1994, Chan Ho Park pitched a game for the Los Angeles Dodgers and became the first Korean born player in Major League history.

On June 30, 1994, Darren Lewis was charged with an error after playing a record three-hundred and ninety-two errorless games in center field.

On September 14, 1994, the World Series is cancelled due to the strike which started on August 12th. Ninety years has passed since there has not been a World Series.

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