YEAR IN REVIEW : 1994 American League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

Chicago
109
New York
.359
Minnesota
45
Cleveland
160
Seattle
40
Chicago
.494
Minnesota
112
Chicago
106
Chicago
.729
Cleveland
60
Cleveland
294
Chicago
14

1994 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Seattle
9
Oakland
2.65
New York
53
Baltimore
33
Seattle
4
Seattle
204
Chicago
.857
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
American League Team Standings

1994 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
530
Batting Average
Cleveland
.290
New York
Cleveland
240
Cleveland
1,165
Cleveland
167
New York
.377
Cleveland
679
Cleveland
.484
Kansas City
140
Chicago
39

1994 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
17
Chicago
3.96
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
964
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cleveland
94
Fewest Walks Allowed
Baltimore
351
Kansas City
38
Chicago
9
Oakland
Toronto
832
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Draft | Home Run Derby | World Series
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Miscellaneous: N.L. Leaderboard | Retirements | Rookies List
Average Salary: $1,188,679.00
Minimum Salary: $109,000.00
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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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