Year In Review : 1992 American League

Off the field...

South-Central Los Angeles burned amidst several days of rioting, following a jury's acquittal of white L.A. police officers that had been videotaped beating a black motorist named Rodney King. The violent protest was the worst civil disobedience incident since the Watts Riots of 1964 and resulted in $785 million in property damage.

America's most notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was sentenced to fifteen life terms (957 years) in prison for the vicious torture and murder of seventeen young men. He himself was murdered in prison by a fellow inmate on November 28, 1994.

Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive United States hurricane of record (a category four), caused twenty-three deaths in the U.S. and three more in the Bahamas. The massive storm had a peak gust of 164 mph and caused $26.5 billion in damage.

In the American League...

Oakland Athletics outfielder and perennial base thief Rickey Henderson snatched the 1,000th base of his career in the first inning of the A's 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Nolan Ryan, of the Texas Rangers, struck out his 100th batter for a record twenty-third year in a row. In doing so, he passed Phil Niekro as number twelve on the all-time win list with three-hundred nineteen victories.

Milwaukee Brewer Robin Yount reached the 3,000th hit of his career as his team lost 5-4 against the Cleveland Indians. He also became the second player in Major League history (behind Willie Mays) to record two-hundred home runs, two-hundred stolen bases and one-hundred triples.

In the National League...

Pittsburgh's Andy Van Slyke became the first outfielder in nearly eighteen years to record an unassisted double play. As the Pirates took on the Houston Astros, Van Slyke made a running catch in shallow center followed by a tag on Ken Caminiti, who was running from second base on the play.

Los Angeles Dodger Kevin Gross dominated the mound after tossing ninety-nine pitches (seventy-one for strikes) in a no-hitter, 2-0 triumph over the San Francisco Giants.

Eddie Murray topped the New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle for the most RBIs ever by a switch-hitter (1,510) after blasting two home two runs in the Mets 15-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Around the league...

Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame while Pete Rose, ineligible because of his ban from baseball for allegedly betting on games, surprisingly received forty-one write-in votes.

Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan petitioned the baseball owners for permission to purchase the Seattle Mariners. The owners approved the request 25-1 marking the first non-North American ownership of a Major League team.

Commissioner Fay Vincent ordered the realignment of the National League moving the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals into the Western Division. Later in the season, the owners voted 18-9 (with one abstention) calling for Vincent's resignation and the Commissioner obliged them three days after failing to receive a vote of confidence. Baseball's executive council rescinded the National League realignment following Vincent's departure.

In November, baseball held an expansion draft, resulting in seventy-two selections, to fill the rosters of the National League's two newest teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out." - George Brett

1992 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Detroit
122
Chicago
Batting Average
Seattle
.343
Doubles
Seattle
46
Chicago
Hits
Minnesota
210
Home Runs
Texas
43
On Base Percentage
Chicago
.446
RBI
Detroit
124
Runs
Detroit
114
Slugging Average
Oakland
.585
Stolen Bases
Cleveland
66
Total Bases
Minnesota
313
Triples
Chicago
12

1992 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Chicago
13
ERA
Boston
2.41
Games
Texas
81
Saves
Oakland
51
Shutouts
Boston
5
Strikeouts
Seattle
241
Winning Percentage
Baltimore
.783
Wins
Texas
21
Toronto

1992 American League

Team Standings

Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 .593 0 $48,991,840
Milwaukee Brewers 92 70 .568 4 $29,849,670
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 .549 7 $23,023,330
New York Yankees 76 86 .469 20 $34,789,500
Cleveland indians 76 86 .469 20 $8,399,711
Detroit Tigers 75 87 .463 21 $29,479,830
Boston Red Sox 73 89 .451 23 $41,887,250
Oakland Athletics 96 66 .593 0 $47,372,810
Minnesota Twins 90 72 .556 6 $26,222,830
Chicago White Sox 86 76 .531 10 $29,524,500
Texas Rangers 77 85 .475 19 $25,323,000
Kansas City Royals 72 90 .444 24 $30,248,830
California Angels 72 90 .444 24 $26,343,670
Seattle Mariners 64 98 .395 32 $23,831,330
American League Team Standings

1992 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Oakland
707
Batting Average
Minnesota
.277
Doubles
Kansas City
284
Hits
Minnesota
1,544
Home Runs
Detroit
182
On Base Percentage
Oakland
.349
Runs
Detroit
791
Slugging Average
Toronto
.414
Stolen Bases
Milwaukee
256
Triples
Kansas City
42

1992 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
California
26
ERA
Milwaukee
3.43
Fewest Hits Allowed
Milwaukee
1,344
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Kansas City
106
Fewest Walks Allowed
Milwaukee
435
Saves
Oakland
58
Shutouts
Baltimore
16
Strikeouts
Texas
1,034
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Draft | Home Run Derby | World Series
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Average Salary: $1,084,408.00
Minimum Salary: $109,000.00
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On June 15, 1992, Jeff Reardon broke Rollie Fingers' career saves record with his three-hundred forty-second save.

Did you know that on July 26, 1992, Nolan Ryan struck out his one-hundredth batter of the season for a Major League record twenty-third consecutive season?

Robin Yount , on September 9, 1992, and George Brett , on September 30, 1992, both collected their 3,000th career hit during the same month.

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