1994 Baseball Season Highlights
During the 1994 baseball season, both major leagues shut down when the players union refused to accept a salary cap proposed by the owners. Players like Frank Thomas and Matt Williams were enjoying career years before the strike hit, but there would be no finish to the year. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1994 baseball season:
- For the first time since 1869 there is no national professional baseball champion.
- The major league baseball strike is first work stoppage in professional sports history to eliminate postseason play.
- On July 18, Kenny Rogers of Texas becomes the first American League hurler since 1984 to throw a perfect game, beating the Angels 4-0.
- The Yankees post the best record in the American League prior to strike.
- Indians have their best season since 1959 and the third-best mark in the American League.
- The Rangers top the American League West with a .456 record when the strike stops action.
- White Sox pace the American League Central by a slim one-game margin over the Indians.
- The Expos post best mark in majors (74-40) and lead the National League East at strike time.
- Cincinnati holds meager half-game lead over the Astros in the National League Central.
- Dodgers are the only National League West team with an above-.500 mark (58-56).
- The Padres have the worst record in majors at 47-70 (.402).
- Defending world champion Blue Jays finish below .500 at 55-60, and the defending National League champion Phillies likewise sag below .500 at 54-61.
- The Indians unveil the new Jacobs Field. Attendance is best in over 40 years.
- The Rangers also open a new home site, The Ballpark in Arlington.
- Tony Gwynn's .394 BA is the highest in the National League since 1930, earning him his fifth National League batting title, the most by any senior loop performer since Stan Musial.
- Gwynn tops majors with 165 hits.
- Paul O'Neill bags the American League batting crown with .359 BA.
- Houston's Jeff Bagwell leads majors with 116 RBI. He also paces the majors with a gigantic .750 SA, best in the National League since 1925.
- When Bagwell leads the National League in runs (104) and total bases and clubs 39 homers, he is named the National League MVP.
- With 43 homers, Matt Williams is on a pace to approach Roger Maris's record of 61 when the strike ends the season.
- Ken Griffey Jr. tops the American League with 40 homers but has just 90 RBI, the fewest ever by a 40-homer man.
- Griffey's .674 SA sets a new Seattle franchise record.
- Chuck Knoblauch tops the majors with 45 doubles and is on course to approach Earl Webb's season doubles record when the strike stops action.
- Lance Johnson of the White Sox paces the majors with 14 triples.
- Kenny Lofton of Cleveland leads the majors with 60 stolen bases.
- Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett collects 112 RBI to top the American League.
- Cleveland's Albert Belle hits .357 with 36 homers and 101 RBI, trailing Thomas's heroics by a narrow margin.
- Baltimore's Lee Smith heads the majors in saves with 33.
- John Hudek of Houston becomes the first pitcher ever to be selected for the All-Star Game before he posts his first big-league win, and in fact completes 1994 season still winless.
- Jason Bere of the White Sox tops the majors with an .857 winning percentage (12-2).
- Yankees lefty Jimmy Key collects the most wins in the majors with 17.
- When he finishes third in ERA at 2.94 and second in wins with 16, David Cone of the Royals wins the American League Cy Young Award.
- The National League Cy Young Award winner is the Braves' Greg Maddux (16-6, 1.56).
- Seattle's Randy Johnson is the only major league hurler to top 200 Ks with 204.
- Bret Saberhagen of Kansas City allows only 13 bases on balls in 177 innings pitched.
- Andy Benes of the Padres leads the National League with 189 Ks despite just six wins.
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