Year In Review : 1994 National 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.

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"I have done all I could to change this situation. Clearly they are not capable of settling this strike without an umpire." - President Bill Clinton

1994 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
San Francisco
74
Batting Average
San Diego
.394
Doubles
Houston
44
Montreal
Hits
San Diego
165
Home Runs
San Francisco
43
On Base Percentage
Houston
.461
RBI
Houston
116
Runs
Houston
104
Slugging Average
Houston
.750
Stolen Bases
Houston
39
Total Bases
Houston
300
Triples
Los Angeles
9
San Francisco

1994 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Atlanta
10
ERA
Atlanta
1.56
Games
Colorado
61
Saves
New York
30
Shutouts
Atlanta
3
Los Angeles
Strikeouts
San Diego
189
Winning Percentage
New York
.778
Wins
Montreal
16
Atlanta

1994 National League

Team Standings

Montreal Expos 74 40 .649 0 $18,771,000
Atlanta Braves 68 46 .596 6 $44,100,972
New York Mets 55 58 .487 18½ $30,903,583
Philadelphia Phillies 54 61 .470 20½ $31,143,000
Florida Marlins 51 64 .443 23½ $19,524,361
Cincinnati Reds 66 48 .579 0 $41,458,042
Houston Astros 66 49 .574 ½ $33,092,500
St. Louis Cardinals 53 61 .465 13 $29,622,052
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 61 .465 13 $21,503,250
Chicago Cubs 49 64 .434 16½ $32,456,333
Los Angeles Dodgers 58 56 .509 0 $38,837,526
San Francisco Giants 55 60 .478 $42,260,538
Colorado Rockies 53 64 .453 $23,654,508
San Diego Padres 47 70 .402 12½ $13,774,268
National League Team Standings

1994 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
St. Louis
434
Batting Average
Cincinnati
.286
Doubles
Houston
252
Hits
Cincinnati
1,142
Home Runs
Atlanta
137
On Base Percentage
Cincinnati
.353
Runs
Cincinnati
609
Slugging Average
Cincinnati
.449
Stolen Bases
Montreal
137
Triples
Colorado
39

1994 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Atlanta
16
ERA
Montreal
3.56
Fewest Hits Allowed
Atlanta
929
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Atlanta
76
Fewest Walks Allowed
Montreal
288
Saves
Montreal
46
Shutouts
Atlanta
8
Montreal
Strikeouts
Atlanta
865
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Draft | Home Run Derby | World Series
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Average Salary: $1,188,679.00
Minimum Salary: $109,000.00
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baseball almanac fast facts

On April 8, 1994, Chan Ho Park pitched a game for the Los Angeles Dodgers and became the first Korean born player in Major League history.

On June 30, 1994, Darren Lewis was charged with an error after playing a record three-hundred and ninety-two errorless games in center field.

On September 14, 1994, the World Series is cancelled due to the strike which started on August 12th. Ninety years has passed since there has not been a World Series.

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