Greg Maddux was the first
Cub pitcher to notch
a 20-win season since
Rick Reuschel in 1977.
The first Cub hurler to notch a 20-win season since Rick Reuschel in 1977, Chicago's Greg Maddux captured the 1992 National League Cy Young Award with a 20-11 mark. The durable right-hander finished third in the league in strikeouts, placed third in ERA, and led the National League in innings pitched for the second year in a row. Maddux topped 200 frames for the fifth straight season in 1992, winning 87 games in that span.
Bud Selig Gains Top Post
After commissioner Fay Vincent resigned on September 7, 1992, Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig became the game's commissioner pro tem. He oversaw baseball, with the assistance of the executive council. Growing animosity between owners and players, questions about future TV contracts, and disagreements among owners promised as many off-field as on-field headlines in the 1990s.
George Brett: 4-For-4, 3,000 Hits
In 1992, Kansas City's George Brett became the 18th player to reach 3,000 career hits. After missing two games with an aching left shoulder, the 39-year-old DH reached the milestone September 30 in Anaheim. Entering that evening's game with 2,996 hits, Brett slashed two singles and a double in his first three at-bats before bouncing a single to right in the seventh against the Angels' Tim Fortugno to conclude his dramatic chase.
Jeff Reardon Nails Save Record
On June 15, 1992, at Fenway Park, Jeff Reardon shut down the Yankees to collect the 342nd save of his career. That evening, he passed Rollie Fingers and moved into first place on the all-time career saves list. Reardon collected 20 or more saves for the 11th consecutive season. In August, the veteran stopper was acquired by Atlanta and collected three wins and three saves in 14 games down the stretch for the pennant-winning Braves.
1992 Colorado Rockies Acquire David Nied
David Nied goes down in history as the first player chosen in the 1992 Expansion Draft. A 23-year-old righty pitcher from the Atlanta organization, Nied was tabbed by the Colorado Rockies to anchor their starting rotation after his impressive 3-0 showing with the Braves late in the 1992 season. The Rockies also drafted veteran Charlie Hayes, Joe Girardi, and Alex Cole in the first round.
Darren Daulton Dominates
In 1992, 30-year-old Phillies catcher Darren Daulton finally enjoyed the big season many had predicted for him. Frequent injury problems had hampered Daulton in the past, but in 1992 he became the first National League player to win an RBI crown in fewer than 500 at-bats, pacing the league with 109. The first-time All-Star also finished high in the leader boards in home runs, walks, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.
Barry Bonds Bashes Way to 1992 MVP
Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds destroyed National League pitching in 1992 as he captured the MVP Award. He clubbed 34 homers, batted .311, swiped 39 bases, and paced the league in on-base percentage, slugging average, walks, and runs scored. He also hit .392 with 11 homers after September 1 to help the Pirates hold off the charging Montreal Expos. Bonds, trying to shake off his poor reputation for clutch performance, hit .261 with a key home run in the NLCS.
Robin Yount Nails Hit No. 3,000
Robin Yount, a Brewer since 1974, collected his 3,000th hit in Milwaukee County Stadium September 9. With 47,589 fans screaming encouragement, Yount lined a single to right-center in the seventh inning off Cleveland hurler Jose Mesa. At 36 years and 11 months, Yount was the third-youngest player to reach this historic plateau. The Milwaukee center fielder had also collected his 1,000th and 2,000th hits (in 1980 and 1986, respectively) off Indians' pitching.
Gary Sheffield Hits .330 to Win Crown
Acquired from Milwaukee for pitcher Ricky Bones just before the start of the 1992 season, 23-year-old Gary Sheffield starred at third base for the San Diego Padres. He won the National League batting title with a .330 mark, clouted 33 homers, drove in 100 runs, and piled up a league-best 323 total bases. He and teammate Fred McGriff (.286 average, 35 homers, 104 RBI) combined to form the league's top 3-4 combination for the third-place Padres.
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