Year In Review : 1992 National League

O ff 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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"If you don't think you're out, read the morning paper." - Bill McGowan
1992 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Pittsburgh

127

Batting Average

San Diego

.330

Doubles

Pittsburgh

45

Hits

Atlanta

199

Pittsburgh

Home Runs

San Diego

35

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.461

RBI

Philadelphia

109

Runs

Pittsburgh

109

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.624

Stolen Bases

Montreal

78

Total Bases

San Diego

323

Triples

Atlanta

14

1992 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Philadelphia

12

ERA

San Francisco

2.08

Games

Houston

81

Saves

St. Louis

43

Shutouts

New York

5

Atlanta

Strikeouts

Atlanta

215

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.762

Wins

Atlanta

20

1992 National League

Team Standings

Pittsburgh Pirates

96 66 .593 0

$32,444,320

Montreal Expos

87 75 .537 9

$15,572,670

St. Louis Cardinals

83 79 .512 13

$24,680,501

Chicago Cubs

78 84 .481 18

$31,798,680

New York Mets

72 90 .444 24

$44,760,340

Philadelphia Phillies

70 92 .432 26

$23,926,330

Atlanta Braves

98 64 .605 0

$32,907,170

Cincinnati Reds

90 72 .556 8

$36,471,500

San Diego Padres

82 80 .506 16

$25,781,500

Houston Astros

81 81 .500 17

$14,671,500

San Francisco Giants

72 90 .444 26

$31,712,170

Los Angeles Dodgers

63 99 .389 35

$39,440,170

1992 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

572

Batting Average

St. Louis

.262

Doubles

Cincinnati

281

Hits

St. Louis

1,464

Home Runs

Atlanta

138

On Base Percentage

Cincinnati

.331

Runs

Pittsburgh

693

Slugging Average

Atlanta

.388

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

208

Triples

Pittsburgh

54

1992 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Philadelphia

27

ERA

Atlanta

3.14

Fewest Hits Allowed

Montreal

1,296

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Los Angeles

82

Fewest Walks Allowed

St. Louis

400

Saves

Cincinnati

55

Shutouts

Atlanta

24

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

1,060



On May 17, 1992, Gary Carter became the third catcher, Bob Boone and Carlton Fisk were the other two, in Major League history with two-thousand games caught.

On July 27, 1992, the Houston Astros go on a road trip. Importance? They will be away from home for twenty-six games while the Republican National Convention is being held in the Astrodome.

On September 19, 1992, Barry Bonds joined the 30 / 30 club for the second time. Only other players to accomplish it twice with to date were his father Bobby Bonds , Ron Gant , Willie Mays , and Howard Johnson .

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