Year In Review : 1993 American League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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
American League Team Standings

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
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Average Salary: $1,120,254.00
Minimum Salary: $109,000.00
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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