Year In Review : 1993 American League

O ff the field...

On February 26, 1993 more than 1,000 lb. of explosives shook the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York leaving six people dead and over one thousand injured. The incident marked the first time in modern history that a terrorist attack was launched on American soil. Unfortunately, it would not be the last.

After an unsuccessful raid by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, the FBI and U.S. Army took over, mounting a fifty-one day siege. The standoff ended in tragedy when a fire broke out as government agents attempted to storm the compound. In the end, all seventy four cult members inside perished.

An attempt by a U.S. Special Forces team (including Delta Force and Army Rangers) to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord in Mogadishu, Somalia resulted in the downing of two Black Hawk helicopters and the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy were badly injured.

I n the American League...

Carlos Baerga became the first switch-hitter in Major League history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning as the Cleveland Indians topped the New York Yankees 15-5.

Kansas City's Greg Gagne belted the 10,000th hit in the history of Detroit's Tiger Stadium, making it the first ballpark to reach that figure. The Royals went on to defeat the home team 12-6.

Carlton Fisk, then with the Chicago White Sox, played in his 2,226 and final Major League game, surpassing Bob Boone's record for the most games caught. Following the historical outing, Fisk reluctantly retired with 3,999 total bases, the most ever for a catcher.

I n the National League...

The Pittsburgh Pirate's Tim Wakefield set the record for the most pitches thrown in a single game in the 1990s. The Bucco's knuckler tossed one-hundred seventy-two en route to a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The last pitcher to match Wakefield was the Los Angeles Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela in 1987.

On July 7th, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies went head-to-head in a twenty-inning marathon that lasted six hours and ten minutes. The grueling contest finally ended after Lenny Dykstra hit a clutch, bases-loaded two-run double off Rod Nichols for the 7-6 finale.

The San Diego Padres appointed a twenty-nine year-old named Randy Smith as their new Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, making him the youngest General Manager in the history of Major League Baseball.

A round the league...

The Reverend Jesse Jackson accused baseball owners of discrimination practices and threatened to start a selective boycott unless a plan to hire more minorities for front-office jobs was in place by April 5.

Marge Schott, the Cincinnati Reds owner, was fined $25,000 by the commissioner's office and banned for an entire season after several complaints were filed accusing her of using of ethnic and racial slurs.

George Steinbrenner was finally able to resume his role as general partner of the New York Yankees after a suspension from baseball due to questionable dealings with renowned gambler Howard Spira.

In an effort to broaden both leagues and expand post-season opportunities, a vote was cast to divide both the American and National into three divisions and add another round of playoffs featuring two additional wild-card teams.

"I wanted to be like Nolan Ryan. I didn't want to be like Pete Gray." - Jim Abbott
1993 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

132

Batting Average

Toronto

.363

Doubles

Toronto

54

Hits

Toronto

211

Home Runs

Texas

46

On Base Percentage

Toronto

.478

RBI

Cleveland

129

Runs

Texas

124

Slugging Average

Texas

.632

Stolen Bases

Cleveland

70

Total Bases

Seattle

359

Triples

Chicago

14

1993 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

California

13

ERA

Kansas City

2.56

Games

Boston

80

Saves

Kansas City

45

Toronto

Shutouts

Chicago

4

Strikeouts

Seattle

308

Winning Percentage

New York

.750

Wins

Chicago

22

1993 American League

Team Standings

Toronto Blue Jays

95 67 .586 0

$51,935,034

New York Yankees

88 74 .543 7

$46,588,791

Baltimore Orioles

85 77 .525 10

$29,253,066

Detroit Tigers

85 77 .525 10

$38,038,498

Boston Red Sox

80 82 .494 15

$46,164,788

Cleveland Indians

76 86 .469 19

$16,690,997

Milwaukee Brewers

69 93 .426 26

$25,635,387

Chicago White Sox

94 68 .580 0

$42,115,723

Texas Rangers

86 76 .531 8

$39,959690

Kansas City Royals

84 78 .519 10

$40,164,878

Seattle Mariners

82 80 .506 12

$33,311,042

California Angels

71 91 .438 23

$27,444,899

Minnesota Twins

71 91 .438 23

$27,127,768

Oakland Athletics

68 94 .420 26

$35,351,334

1993 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

44

Batting Average

New York

.279

Toronto

Doubles

Boston

319

Hits

New York

1,568

Home Runs

Texas

181

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.365

Runs

Detroit

899

Slugging Average

Toronto

.436

Stolen Bases

Toronto

170

Triples

Chicago

44

1993 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

California

26

Milwaukee

ERA

Chicago

3.70

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,379

Kansas City

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Kansas City

105

Fewest Walks Allowed

Minnesota

514

Saves

Toronto

50

Shutouts

New York

13

Strikeouts

Seattle

1,083



On July 28, 1993, Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a home run during his eighth consecutive game tying the record held by Dale Long and Don Mattingly .

Did you know that on September 4, 1993, one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott threw a 4-0 no-hitter versus the Cleveland Indians?

On September 16, 1993, Dave Winfield smacked career hit number three-thousand .

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