Tim Salmon of the Angels
slugged out 31 home runs
and was named the 1993
American League Rookie
of the Year.
Early in the 1993 season Tim Salmon was overshadowed by fellow Angels rookie teammate, J.T. Snow. But by the end of the campaign, Snow was ticketed to begin the 1994 season in the minors while Salmon took home the American League Rookie of the Year trophy. Along with his 31 dingers (a new Angels yearling record), Salmon hit .283 with 95 RBI and tied for the American League lead in outfield assists (12).
Big Hurt Named American League MVP
Frank Thomas reached career highs in home runs (41) and RBI (128) in 1993, sparking the White Sox to their first division title since 1983. After pacing the American League in both walks and on-base percentage the previous two years, Thomas "sank" to 112 walks and a .426 OBP (fourth in American League) in 1993. His unmatched combination of power and patience earned him the American League MVP Award.
Randy Johnson is K King
Randy Johnson matured in a big way in 1993. The 6'10" southpaw's .704 winning percentage was second only to Jimmy Key's in the American League. Johnson's 304 strikeouts, however, were in a class by themselves. His continued success caused the Expos to regret all the more the 1989 deal that sent him to the Mariners.
Barry Bonds: Like Father, Like Son
Barry Bonds accomplished something his famous father, Bobby, never did when he topped 40 homers in 1993, finishing with 43. Bobby's peak mark was 39 in 1973. Barry also set a new Bonds record with 123 RBI in 1993. The elder and younger Bonds hold virtually every father-and-son career slugging record. In 1993, Barry won his third MVP Award in four years and his fourth straight Gold Glove.
Greg Maddux Wins 1993 National League Cy Young
Not since Catfish Hunter in 1975 has a free-agent hurler had a better year with his new club than free-agent-signee Greg Maddux did with the Braves in 1993. The former Cub treated his new employer to his second consecutive 20-win season. Maddux also led the National League in ERA (2.36), innings (267), and complete games (eight) en route to capturing his second straight Cy Young Award.
Dave Winfield: Hit No. 3,000
Dave Winfield accepts accolades at the Metrodome after tapping Oakland's Dennis Eckersley for his 3,000th career hit -- a ninth-inning RBI single on September 16. In 1993 Winfield also set a new major league record for the most home runs by a player over age 40 when he ripped 21 four-baggers, giving him 47 dingers since turning 40. Winfield finished the season with 1,786 RBI, the most by any active player.
Mike Piazza Unanimous ROTY
National League Rookie of the Year Mike Piazza showcases the swing that made him the best-hitting rookie catcher in history in 1993. The Dodger maskman collected 174 hits and 317 total bases, just one short of Yogi Berra's all-time single-season mark by a catcher. Piazza's 317 total bases did tie him, however, with an earlier Dodgers backstopping star, Roy Campanella, for the National League record. Piazza was the 13th Dodger to be named Rookie of the Year.
Kenny Lofton Swipes 70
Kenny Lofton is the reason that someday Eddie Taubensee may become a footnote in the record book for being involved in one of the most one-sided trades in history. Cleveland swapped Taubensee, a career backup catcher, to the Astros in December 1991 for Lofton. In 1993 Lofton had the finest season of any Indians center fielder since Larry Doby as he stole a Tribe-record 70 bases and garnered a .325 average.
Myers's 53 Saves Set New National League Record
Normally a reliever on a team that struggles to break .500 has little to show in the way of individual stats, but in 1993 Cubs bullpenner Randy Myers was a stunning exception. Though Chicago posted just an 84-78 won-lost mark, Myers set a new National League record for saves when he nailed down 53 of the Cubs' 84 victories. The hard-throwing southpaw averaged more than a strikeout per inning with a 3.11 ERA in 1993.
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