Year In Review : 1993 National 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.

"If you're not going to get room service you might as well win." - John Kruk
1993 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Walks

Philadelphia

129

Batting Average

Colorado

.370

Doubles

Colorado

45

Hits

Philadelphia

194

Home Runs

San Francisco

46

On Base Percentage

San Francisco

.463

RBI

San Francisco

123

Runs

Philadelphia

143

Slugging Average

San Francisco

.677

Stolen Bases

Florida

58

Total Bases

San Francisco

365

Triples

Houston

13

1993 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Atlanta

8

ERA

Atlanta

2.36

Games

San Francisco

81

Saves

Chicago

53

Shutouts

Houston

4

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

227

Winning Percentage

Houston

.818

Wins

San Francisco

22

Atlanta

1993 National League

Team Standings

Philadelphia Phillies

97 65 .599 0

$28,695,858

Montreal Expos

94 68 .580 3

$17,622,040

St. Louis Cardinals

87 75 .537 10

$24,190,667

Chicago Cubs

84 78 .519 13

$36,005,976

Pittsburgh Pirates

75 87 .463 22

$24,318,667

Florida Marlins

64 98 .395 33

$21,172,545

New York Mets

59 103 .364 38

$40,822,667

Atlanta Braves

104 58 .642 0

$47,206,416

San Francisco Giants

103 59 .636 1

$36,342,322

Houston Astros

85 77 .525 19

$30,130,233

Los Angeles Dodgers

81 81 .500 23

$33,529,000

Cincinnati Reds

73 89 .451 31

$41,641,387

Colorado Rockies

67 95 .414 37

$14,872,588

San Diego Padres

61 101 .377 43

$12,842,333

1993 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

665

Batting Average

San Francisco

.276

Doubles

Philadelphia

297

Hits

Philadelphia

1,555

Home Runs

Atlanta

169

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.354

Runs

Philadelphia

877

Slugging Average

San Francisco

.427

Stolen Bases

Montreal

228

Triples

Colorado

59

1993 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Philadelphia

24

ERA

Atlanta

3.14

Fewest Hits Allowed

Atlanta

1,297

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Atlanta

101

Fewest Walks Allowed

St. Louis

383

Saves

Montreal

61

Shutouts

Atlanta

16

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

1,117



On May 27, 1993, Dale Murphy resigned from Major League baseball two home runs shy of number four-hundred.

On July 7, 1993, Tom Browning left the dugout in Wrigley Field and went to watch the game from the roof of the three-story building on Sheffield Avenue! He was later fined $500 by Major League Baseball for his "unusual behavior."

On September 7, 1993, Mark "Hard Hitten" Whiten accomplished one of the rarest feats in baseball when he blasted four home runs during the same game.

Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac18 Jan
Willie Mays, in 1955, had 51 HRs & 24 SB, 1st in #MLB history with a 50-20 season. Brady Anderson, born OTD1964, di… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac17 Jan
Carl Hubbell went 23-12 in '33, won MVP & signed a new contract OTD1934, a $6,000 raise. On #BaseballAlmanac, you c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jan
TRIVIA TIME: He died OTD1965. He set the still-standing #MLB record for triples in a season by a rookie. [Answer:… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jan
OTD1974: The Baseball Writers' Association of America (@officialBBWAA) put Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford in the Hall… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jan
Happy Birthday Brooks Conrad. Born OTD1980, he hit a walk-off super slam, making a little #MLB history, making a li… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jan
CURT FLOOD: OTD1970 he filed a $1 million lawsuit against Commish Kuhn & MLB, alleging violation of federal antitru… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac15 Jan
It's only "Haderade" days until Opening Day 2020! Number 71 has been worn 70 times, first by Johnny Hodapp in 1929.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac15 Jan
NOT A TOPPS TYPO: Mike Marshall, born OTD1943, appeared in 106 games in 1974, setting NL / MLB record for most game… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac15 Jan
OTD1942: The President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, sent his "Green Light Letter" to the Commission… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac15 Jan
Baseball Movie Checklist: When "For The Love of the Game" was released, in 1999, we built this page, and we now hav… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac15 Jan
@expos_exposed You nailed it! The name stuck with him, and clearly inspired him to record the song later in his life.
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jan
#TuesdayTrivia: You know who that future #HOF pitcher is on the left (@ClaytonKersh22), but did you know Kersh face… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jan
OTD1928: Alfred James Reach passed away. His business, A.J. Reach Company, was once the largest manufacturer of spo… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jan
Happy Birthday to Terry Forster. DYK he once appeared on the David Letterman show AND he once recorded a novelty so… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jan
You are welcome Kyle, and if we can EVER make that piece of cake even better, please don't hesitate to let us know… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac13 Jan
Bob Forsch: Born OTD1950. DYK he was the first pitcher in MLB history to win a Silver Slugger Award? Read about his… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jan
Searching through OLD issues of The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) courtesy of Newspapers (@_newspapers) to find a sol… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jan
Why is Bill Madlock happy? Because today is his birthday! And, he won four batting titles. And, he once made a litt… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac11 Jan
UPDATED: Patsy Tebeau. Added GREAT quote about his perspective on the way baseball should be played. Then, I integr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac11 Jan
@rip_mlb @baseball_ref I appreciate you tagging us. We were using the date from his actual death certificate, but I… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Desktop Version