Year In Review : 1994 American League

O ff the field...

A major earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, struck the densely populated San Fernando Valley in northern Los Angeles. In the aftermath, fifty-seven people were killed, 1,500 were injured and over 12,500 buildings were damaged.

Richard M. Nixon, the thirty-seventh President of the United States, who won a record landslide and resigned in disgrace twenty-one months later died after suffering a stroke at the age of eighty-one.

U.S. national champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, a 1992 Olympic bronze medalist and one of the favorites to win the gold medal, was attacked after a practice at the U.S. Olympic trials. It was later discovered that one of her rivals, Tonya Harding and her husband were behind the plot.

I n the American League...

Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Shuey went four (K's) for four in the ninth inning of the Tribe's 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. In doing so he became only the tenth pitcher in American League history, (and the first rookie) to strike out four batters in a single inning.

The Twins' Pedro Munoz drove in seven runs to defeat the Detroit Tigers 21-7 as Minnesota became the first team since the 1950 Red Sox to score more than twenty runs in a game, two times in the same season. Their previous rally was a 21-2 homerun derby over the Boston Red Sox.

Kevin Appier, of the Kansas City Royals, set an all-time record (traced back to 1986) after striking out thirteen Texas Rangers in only five and 2/3 innings of work. To date, no pitcher, in the history of baseball had ever pitched less than six innings in a game with that many strikeouts.

I n the National League...

The Chicago Cubs' Tuffy Rhodes became the first National League player to tally three home runs (all consecutive) on Opening Day at Wrigley Field. Despite the setback, Dwight Gooden and the New York Mets held on to beat the home team 12-8.

The St. Louis Cardinals set a new major-league record by stranding sixteen base runners in a 4-0 shutout by the Philadelphia Phillies. After eight innings, the game remained scoreless, but reliever Mike Perez stumbled in the ninth surrendering two hits, one walk and a three-run homer.

Jeff Bagwell became the twenty-eighth player in Major League history to homer twice in the same inning as Houston rallied for nine runs in the sixth during a 16-4 massacre over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A round the league...

The Major League Players Association rejected an owner's salary cap proposal, asking players to split all revenues 50-50. In addition, the citation stated that salary arbitration would be eliminated and free agency for players could be reached after four years in the majors instead of six.

As negotiations continued to heat up, the owners decided to withhold $7.8 million that they were obligated to pay into the players' pension and benefit plans. The final straw fell after the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to approve an antitrust legislation that left the players with little choice but to strike.

On September 14th, the remainder of the baseball season was canceled thirty-four days into the players' strike. As a result, the World Series was also called off for the first time since 1904. Three months later, the owners unilaterally implemented a salary cap as negotiations remained at a standstill.

"I took the two most expensive aspirins in history." - Wally Pipp after Lou Gehrig replaced him in lineup
1994 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

109

Batting Average

New York

.359

Doubles

Minnesota

45

Hits

Cleveland

160

Home Runs

Seattle

40

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.494

RBI

Minnesota

112

Runs

Chicago

106

Slugging Average

Chicago

.729

Stolen Bases

Cleveland

60

Total Bases

Cleveland

294

Triples

Chicago

14

1994 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Seattle

9

ERA

Oakland

2.65

Games

New York

53

Saves

Baltimore

33

Shutouts

Seattle

4

Strikeouts

Seattle

204

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.857

Wins

New York

17

1994 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

70 43 .619 0

$47,512,342

Baltimore Orioles

63 49 .563

$38,711,487

Toronto Blue Jays

55 60 .478 16

$42,265,168

Boston Red Sox

54 61 .470 17

$36,337,937

Detroit Tigers

53 62 .461 18

$41,118,509

Chicago White Sox

67 46 .593 0

$40,144,836

Cleveland Indians

66 47 .584 1

$31,705,667

Kansas City Royals

64 51 .557 4

$40,667,375

Minnesota Twins

53 60 .469 14

$25,053,237

Milwaukee Brewers

53 62 .461 15

$24,786,857

Texas Rangers

52 62 .456 0

$32,399,097

Oakland Athletics

51 63 .447 1

$34,574,000

Seattle Mariners

49 63 .438 2

$28,463,110

California Angels

47 68 .409

$24,528,385

1994 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

530

Batting Average

Cleveland

.290

New York

Doubles

Cleveland

240

Hits

Cleveland

1,165

Home Runs

Cleveland

167

On Base Percentage

New York

.377

Runs

Cleveland

679

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.484

Stolen Bases

Kansas City

140

Triples

Chicago

39

1994 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cleveland

17

ERA

Chicago

3.96

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

964

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

94

Fewest Walks Allowed

Baltimore

351

Saves

Kansas City

38

Shutouts

Chicago

9

Oakland

Strikeouts

Toronto

832



On April 21, 1994, Eddie Murray hit a home run from both sides of the plate for the eleventh time during his career breaking Mickey Mantle's record of ten!

Did you know that on April 27, 1994, Scott Erickson threw the first Minnesota Twins no-hitter since 1967?

On June 13, 1994, Don Mattingly played in his one-thousand four-hundred sixty-ninth game at first base moving past Wally Pipp and a little closer to Lou Gehrig's record!

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