1993 Baseball Season Highlights
- The Phillies capture their fifth pennant in franchise history -- their first since 1983.
- The Blue Jays defeat the White Sox in six games in ALCS.
- In a bid to win their third straight pennant, the Braves instead fall to the Phillies in six games in the NLCS.
- When the Phillies and Blue Jays tally 29 runs in game four of the 1993 World Series, a new 20th century record is set for the most runs in a postseason game. Mitch Williams is the loser in this 15-14 slugfest.
- Toronto becomes first team since 1977-78 Yankees to win consecutive world championships.
- Blue Jays free-agent acquisition Paul Molitor bags 1993 World Series MVP Award.
Carlos Baerga, second
baseman for the Indians,
had a stellar hitting
season in 1993.
- Carlos Baerga is the first second sacker ever to collect 200 or more hits, 20 or more homers, and 100 or more RBI two seasons in a row.
- Danny Jackson of the Phils becomes the third pitcher in history to start a WS game with three different teams.
- Jack McDowell captures the American League Cy Young Award with a 22-10 record. He is the American League's sole 20-game winner.
- Free-agent acquisition Greg Maddux leads the Braves and the majors with a 2.36 ERA.
- Maddux also paces the National League in innings pitched (267) and CGs (eight) and is third in strikeouts with 197.
- For his stellar work, Maddux earns his second straight Cy Young Award.
- Barry Bonds posts a .677 SA, highest by a National League player since 1948, when Stan Musial slugged .702.
- Bonds, the National League MVP, leads the National League in homers (46) and RBI (123).
- Colorado's Andres Galarraga is the first player on a first-year expansion team to win batting title.
- Mike Piazza of the Dodgers breaks records for a rookie catcher with 35 homers, 112 RBI, and .561 SA.
- Randy Myers of the Cubs sets a new National League record with 53 saves.
- Braves become the first 20th century team to blank an opponent for an entire season when they go 13-0 versus Colorado.
- Phils are the third team in three years to win a pennant after finishing in division basement the previous season.
- The A's are the first team since the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics to finish in last place after having the best record in their league the previous year.
- Kenny Lofton breaks his own one-year-old Cleveland record when he swipes 70 bases.
- Lenny Dykstra of the Phils tops the National League in hits with 194. His 143 runs are the most by a National League player since 1932.
- Anthony Young's record 27 straight losses break Cliff Curtis's old mark.
- Sparky Anderson becomes first manager since Connie Mack to manage 24 consecutive years in majors.
- Blue Jays John Olerud, Paul Molitor, and Roberto Alomar finish 1-2-3 in the American League batting race. Toronto is first team since 1893 Phillies to have its loop's top three hitters.
- Dykstra (129), Darren Daulton (117), and John Kruk (111) are first trio of teammates since 1949 to garner 100 walks in a season.
- Reggie Jackson is the only new selection to the Hall of Fame in 1993.
- Molitor leads the majors in hits with 211.
- Lance Johnson of White Sox tops the American League with 14 triples. He is the first player ever to win two three-bagger crowns in seasons in which he failed to hit a single home run.
- John Olerud's 54 doubles are the most in the majors since 1978, when Hal McRae also had 54.
- Florida's Chuck Carr sets a record for the most steals by a player on a first-year expansion team when he tops the National League with 58 thefts.
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