Baseball in 1993
|January 4||The White Sox sign free agent OF Ellis Burks.|
The Braves sign free agent Bill Pecota to a 2-year contract. Primarily an infielder‚ Pecota has played every position including pitcher and DH.
The Pirates sign free agent OF Lonnie Smith.
|January 5||The Astros sign free agents Kevin Bass and Jose Uribe.|
|January 7||The Tigers sign Cecil Fielder to a 5-year $36 million contract‚ temporarily making him the highest paid player in the majors.|
|January 11||The Rev. Jesse Jackson tells baseball owners that unless a plan to hire more minorities for front-office jobs is in place by April 5‚ he will call for selective boycotts.|
|January 12||The Giants are bought by Peter A. Magowan and a local group which promises to keep the team in the Bay City.|
|January 13||The Giants sign free agents Todd Benzinger and Mark Carreon.|
The Rangers sign free agent P Craig Lefferts.
|January 14||The Athletics trade OF Harold Baines to the Orioles in exchange for minor league pitchers Bob Chouinard and Allen Plaster.|
|January 15||The Blue Jays sign free agent SS Dick Schofield to a contract.|
|January 27||The Royals sign free agents Hubie Brooks and Frank DiPino.|
|January 28||The Brewers sign free agent OF Tom Brunansky.|
|February 1||The Athletics sign free agent 3B Kevin Seitzer.|
|February 3||Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott is fined $25‚000 and banned from the day-to-day operation of her team for a year‚ resulting from her reported use of ethnic and racial slurs.|
|February 11||The Angels sign free agent P Scott Sanderson.|
The Padres sign free agent C Mike Scioscia.
|February 12||The Royals trade IF Gregg Jefferies and minor league OF Ed Gerald to the Cardinals in exchange for OF Felix Jose and IF-OF Craig Wilson.|
|February 18||The Red Sox sign free agent P Jeff Russell.|
|March 1||George Steinbrenner resumes his role as general partner of the Yankees following his suspension from baseball for conduct unbecoming an owner because of his dealings with Howard Spira, reportedly a former employee of Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield. Winfield’s contract with New York required Steinbrenner to make a sizable annual contribution to the outfielder’s charitable foundation. Steinbrenner suspected the foundation was being badly run and had paid Spira for information that might have relived the Yankees’ owner of his obligation. Steinbrenner and Winfield eventually settle the dispute.|
|March 6||John Wetteland‚ Expos closer‚ fractures his right big toe after kicking a batting-practice screen in spring training.|
|March 10||The Giants hire Sherry Davis as public address announcer at Candlestick Park‚ making her the first female to hold the position in a major league ballpark.|
|March 14||The Reds announce that Schottzie 02‚ the St. Bernard owned by Reds president Marge Schott‚ is being banned from the field at Riverfront Stadium for the season.|
|March 22||Cleveland pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews are killed‚ and Bob Ojeda is seriously injured‚ when the motorboat in which they are riding strikes a pier on Little Lake Nellie in Florida. Crews and Olin are the first active major leaguers to die since Thurm Munson in 1979. The Dodgers‚ for whom Crews played the previous 6 yerars and was very popular‚ will retire his #52.|
|March 27||The Marlins trade 3B Gary Scott and a player to be named to the Reds in exchange for P Chris Hammond.|
The Cubs put 2B Ryne Sandberg (broken hand) and SS Shawon Dunston (lower back rehab) on the DL. The two will miss opening day for the first time in 9 years together.
|March 30||The Padres trade OF Darrin Jackson to the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielders Derek Bell and Stoney Briggs.|
|March 31||NL president Bill White announces his resignation‚ which will take place in March of next year.|
The Cardinals trade P Mark Clark and SS Juan Andujar to the Indians in exchange for OF Mark Whiten. Whiten will have his best season for Cards in ’93.
|April 2||In the final Spring training game for the Red Sox‚ Frank Viola and Corey Bailey combine to no-hit the Phillies‚ winning 10-0.|
|April 3||The Rockies sign free agent vet Dale Murphy. The two-time MVP will hit just .143 in 26 games for the Rocks.|
|April 5||At Joe Robbie Stadium‚ the Florida Marlins make their NL debut with a 6-3 win over the Dodgers. Jeff Conine goes 4-for-4 while Charlie Hough gets the win. Joe DiMaggio throws out the first ball.|
At Shea Stadium‚ the Colorado Rockies make their NL debut‚ losing to the Mets by a score of 3-0. Andres Galarraga gets a pair of hits for Colorado but is thrown out in the 9th trying to stretch a single. David Nied takes the loss‚ giving up a homer to Bobby Bonilla.
The First Couple is 0-for-2 as President Clinton throws out the first ball in Baltimore and then watches the Orioles lose‚ 7-4‚ to Texas. In Chicago‚ Hillary Clinton throws out the first ball‚ But Greg Maddux‚ signed by the Braves as a free agent‚ allows five hits in 8 1/3 innings to beat his old team‚ the Chicago Cubs‚ 1-0.
|April 6||In his NL debut‚ Cubs P Juan Guzman takes a perfect game into the 8th inning against Atlanta‚ finally settling for a 1-hit‚ 1-0 victory. Otis Nixon‘s single with 2 outs in the 9th is the Braves’ only hit.|
The Phils Mitch Williams changes his uniform number from 28 to 99‚ the highest number in history. He picks up a save today and vows to throw at 99 mph every outing.
|April 8||Indians 2B Carlos Baerga becomes the 1st player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning‚ connecting in the 7th inning of Cleveland’s 15-5 win over the Yankees.|
|April 9||The Rockies defeat the Expos‚ 11-4‚ before 80‚227 fans in the first major league game played at Mile High Stadium in Colorado.|
Chicago’s Bo Jackson homers on his 1st swing after coming back from hip replacement surgery. The White Sox‚ however‚ lose to the Yankees‚ 11-6.
Brewers OF Darryl Hamilton sets an AL record by handling his 541st consecutive chance without an error. Milwaukee defeats the Athletics‚ 6-5.
|April 11||Expos 2B Mike Lansing gets 5 hits in Montreal’s 19-9 win over the Rockies. Lansing had been inserted into the lineup when Delino DeShields came down with chicken pox.|
|April 13||Cardinals’ P Lee Smith sets an all-time major league record with his 358th career save‚ breaking Jeff Reardon‘s mark. Smith preserves St. Louis’ 9-7 win over the Dodgers.|
The Tigers defeat the Athletics‚ 20-4. Rob Deer‚ Mickey Tettleton‚ and Travis Fryman each contribute 3-run homers. Detroit collects 18 hits and leaves 12 on base.
|April 14||P Graeme Lloyd and C Dave Nilsson form the 1st all-Australian battery in major league history in the Brewers’ 12-2 loss to the Angels. The 2 Aussies pitch in the 9th‚ when the Angels score 6 runs‚ after scoring 5 in the 8th.|
Padres 2B Tim Teufel strokes 5 hits in a losing cause as San Diego falls to the Pirates‚ 11-7.
|April 15||Boston’s Andre Dawson slams the 400th HR of his career in the Red Sox 4-3 win over the Indians. Boston scores a pair of runs in the 13th off Eric Plunk for the W.|
The Tigers best Oakland‚ 3-2‚ giving manager Sparky Anderson his 2‚000th career win. Only 6 men in the history of the game have won more.
|April 17||Seven players score as the Tigers score 20 runs in a game for the 2nd time this week‚ beating the Mariners‚ 20-3. Rob Deer is 1-for-2 and scores 4 runs‚ while Fryman has 4 hits and scores 5 runs. Kreuter adds 4 hits and 3 runs and Thurman paces the Bengals with 4 RBIs. Hampton takes the loss with 2.1 innings of work.|
In the Orioles’ 7-5 loss to the Angels‚ Baltimore winds up with 3 runners on 3rd base in a rare display of dumb baseball. With the bases loaded and one out‚ OF Mike Devereaux hits a fly ball which is trapped by CF Chad Curtis. Curtis throws home. Jeff Tackett‚ the baserunner on 3rd‚ returns to the base after running halfway home. Brady Anderson‚ who was on 2nd‚ advanced to 3rd. Chito Martinez‚ the baserunner on 1st‚ rounded 2nd and headed for 3rd. Angel C John Orton walked to 3rd where he tagged all 3 runners. Tackett was called out on a force‚ and Martinez was called out‚ completing the inning-ending double play.
|April 18||The game between the Giants and Braves at Candlestick Park is delayed for 5 minutes when fans shower the field with souvenir baseballs. When order is restored‚ the Giants go on to defeat the Braves‚ 13-12 in 11 innings.|
|April 22||Seattle’s Chris Bosio hurls a 7-0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. He walks the 1st 2 batters he faces‚ then finishes the game by retiring the last 26 Red Sox in a row.|
|April 23||Milwaukee pitchers Cal Eldred and Jesse Orosco combine to shut out Texas on 1 hit in a 3-0 win. Eldred hurls the 1st 8 innings while Orosco pitches the 9th to get the save. Rafael Palmeiro‘s double is the only hit.|
|April 24||In Chicago‚ the Reds smack two grand slams‚ one by Chris Sabo in the 1st inning and another by Joe Oliver in the 7th‚ to beat the Cubs‚ 15-5.|
Modesto A’s catcher Izzy Molino cycles and collects 8 RBIs in a 22-1 blasting of Stockton.
|April 26||The Phillies come back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Giants‚ 9-8 in 10 innings. The winning run scores on a wild pitch.|
Mets P Dwight Gooden hurts his shoulder when he is struck by a golf club teammate Vince Coleman is swinging in the clubhouse.
|April 27||Pirates knuckler Tim Wakefield (3-2) tosses 172 pitches in defeating Atlanta‚ 6-2‚ in 11 innings. It is the most pitches thrown by a pitcher in one game in the 1990s. Fernando Valenzuela‚ in 1987‚ was the last to throw that many pitches in a game.|
Yankee P Jimmy Key holds the Angels to one hit in pitching NY to a 5-0 victory. A 6th inning single by Gary DiSarcina is California’s only safety.
|April 29||Toronto 1B John Olerud strokes 5 hits in the Blue Jays’ 8-0 win over the Royals.|
|April 30||Milwaukee’s Graeme Lloyd becomes the first Australian to win a major league game by defeating the Rangers‚ 5-4.|
|May 2||Texas rolls over the Brewers‚ 13-2 collecting 15 hits. Canseco has a single‚ double and HR before leaving for a pinch runner. Protecting a 12-2 lead‚ Jeff Bronkey pitches 3 innings in relief of Nen‚ and picks up a save in his ML debut with Texas. Bronkey is the first major leaguer born in Afghanistan.|
The Triple-A American Association game between Iowa and Buffalo is called because of a toxic cloud in Des Moines. The area around the stadium is evacuated when several barrels of chemicals explode during a fire‚ releasing toxic fumes.
|May 4||The Cubs and Rockies combine for 38 hits in an 11-inning night game at Wrigley Field. The Rockies score 4 runs in the 11th‚ then hang on for a 14-13 win over the Cubs as Willie Blair allows the 3 runs‚ including a 2-out 2 run homer by Sammy Sosa‚ to card the victory. Sosa also hit a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9th‚ and has 5 hits for the game. The Rockies counter with back-to-back homers in the 5th by Girardi and Clark‚ Hayes homers in the 6th‚ and Jim Tatum hits his 1st ML homer in the 8th-a pinch hit grand slam.|
|May 5||In an 11-2 win over the Phillies‚ the Giants score 7 runs in the 5th inning. Darren Lewis makes all 3 outs in the frame‚ popping out and then ending the inning with a DP.|
|May 7||Tigers 1B-C Mickey Tettleton hits HRs from both sides of the plate in Detroit’s 7-6‚ 12-inning win over the Yankees. It is the 2nd time Tettleton has turned the trick in his career. Detroit uses 3 walks and a hit to win in the 12th.|
In a Triple-A game between the Omaha Royals and Oklahoma City 89ers‚ the Royals explode for 4 consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 8th inning of their 11-4 victory. Karl Rhodes‚ Terry Shumpert‚ Russ McGinnis‚ and Bob Hamelin all connected for Omaha‚ off Gerald Alexander After the next batter made the 3rd out‚ Benny DiStefano led off the 9th for Oklahoma City with a homer‚ making 5 round-trippers in 6 batters. The Royals win‚ 11-4. Only once before in the minors have there been 4 straight homers hit: for Tulsa (Western League) on July 1‚ 1923 Lyman Smith‚ Jocko Conlon‚ Wes Griffin‚ and Jim Blakesley hit HRs off Wichita’s Karl Black. They were the first four batters of the contest in the opener of a doubleheader.
|May 8||At Denver‚ the Rockies blow a 6-0 lead in the 8th inning and lose to the Braves‚ 8-7 on Sid Bream‘s pinch-hit‚ opposite field‚ pop fly grand slam.|
|May 9||The Rockies reach the 1‚000‚000 mark for attendance in their meeting with Atlanta. It is the fastest (17 home dates) any team has gotten to the magic number. The Braves win the game‚ however‚ 12-7.|
Cubs 1B Mark Grace hits for the cycle in Chicago’s 5-4 loss to the Padres. He is the 14th Cub to do so.
|May 13||In the Royals 7-3 victory over the Indians‚ George Brett hits the 300th HR of his career‚ making him the 6th player with 300 homers and 3‚000 hits. Cleveland OF Albert Belle receives a 3-game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Hippolito Pichardo of the Royals.|
|May 14||Colorado rookie 1B Jay Gainer hits the 1st pitch he sees in the major leagues for a HR‚ becoming the 12th major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The Reds defeat the Rockies‚ however‚ 13-5.|
At San Diego in the top of the 8th‚ Matt Williams is at bat with runners on 1B and 3B. Padres pitcher Greg Harris than picks off Barry Bonds at 1B unassisted for the 2nd out.
|May 15||The Expos retire Rusty Staub‘s uniform prior to the game with the Mets.|
In Milwaukee‚ Cleveland starter Charles Nagy (2-6) leaves the game with a shoulder injury after pitching to just two batters. Nagy will go on the DL in 2 days and undergo surgery on June 29.
|May 16||Seattle P Randy Johnson hurls a 1-hit‚ 7-0 victory over the Athletics. He loses his no-hitter when Lance Blankenship singles with 1 out in the 9th inning.|
|May 17||Seattle 3B Mike Blowers hits a grand slam to pace the Mariners to a 16-9 victory over Texas. Blowers also hit a grand slam yesterday.|
Philadelphia 1B John Kruk gets 5 hits in the Phillies’ 10-3 victory over Florida.
|May 19||Dallas Green replaces Jeff Torborg as manager of the Mets.|
Toronto P Dave Stewart‚ who has won 13 of his last 14 decisions against the Red Sox‚ is pounded by Boston for 10 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Red Sox hold on for a 10-5 victory.
|May 20||14-year-old Tommy McCoy‚ batboy for the Class A Savannah Cardinals‚ is fired by the team after the club was told by the US Department of Labor that they were in violation of child labor laws. McCoy‚ apparently‚ was staying out too late doing his job. When US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich hears the story‚ however‚ he exempts batboys and bat girls from the law. McCoy will be reinstated on May 27th.|
|May 22||Cardinal minor leaguer Diego Ruiz is killed and teammate Eddie Williams are injured when their car slams into a cement pole. Williams‚ a catcher with Springfield (Midwest League)‚ is the driver.|
B.J. Birdie‚ mascot of the Toronto Blue Jays‚ is ejected from Toronto’s game against Minnesota by umpire Jim McKean after holding his nose on a call. The Blue Jays win 7-0 over the Twins as 5 Jay pitchers record 15 strikeouts. Danny Cox(4-0)‚ in relief of Stottlemyre in the 3rd‚ is the winner. Devon White has a single‚ double‚ homer and stolen base to pace the offense.
|May 24||Indian rookie P Tommy Kramer hurls a 1-hitter in his 2nd major league start‚ defeating Texas‚ 4-1. Julio Franco‘s 4th inning HR is the only Ranger safety.|
The Mariners defeat the Angels‚ 4-3‚ in 14 innings. In the course of the game‚ California OF Luis Polonia ties an AL record by being caught stealing 3 times‚ twice on pitchouts.
Davey Johnson replaces Tony Perez as manager of the Reds.
Only 15 fans are in the stands‚ including 2 scouts and a mascot‚ at the start of the day when the Quad City River Bandits meet the Rockford Royals in a Class A Midwest League doubleheader.
|May 26||Whoops! Texas OF Jose Canseco has a fly ball off the bat of Cleveland’s Carlos Martinez bounce off his head and into the stands for a HR. The Indians defeat the Rangers‚ 7-6.|
Cincinnati P Tim Belcher hurls a 1-hit‚ 4-0 shutout over the Braves. A 1st inning double by Deion Sanders is Atlanta’s only hit.
|May 27||Mike Pierce of Shenandoah High School in Indiana hits 3 HRs in a single inning of his team’s 23-2 win over Union High School to break a record held by 34 other players.|
Two homers shy of 400‚ Dale Murphy reluctantly announces his retirement before the Rockies game in Houston. The Rockies were going to release Murphy to make room for Chris Jones. Murphy hit no homers in his brief time with the Rockies.
|May 28||Robin Yount and the Brewers defeat George Brett and the Royals‚ 5-1‚ in the first meeting of two 3‚000-hit players since 1925.|
|May 29||OF Jose Canseco hurls the 8th inning of the Rangers 15-1 loss to the Red Sox. He allows 3 earned runs on 3 walks and 2 singles before retiring the side.|
|May 30||The Phils Tommy Greene belts a 2-run homer during the Phillies 18-1 blitz of the Rockies. Greene coasts to his 7th win without a loss.|
|June 1||The Cubs trade P Heathcliff Slocumb to the Indians in exchange for minor league SS Jose Hernandez.|
|June 3||Seattle selects SS Alex Rodriguez of Westminster Christian HS in Miami with the 1st pick in the amateur draft. Rodriguez hit .417 with 17 homers and 90 stolen bases. The Tigers‚ picking 9th‚ take speedster Matt Brunson‚ who will steal 106 bases in 329 A-level minor league games: impressive‚ considering he will hit just .200. The Brewers get pitchers Jeff D’Amico and Kelly Wunsch with two 1st round picks. Both will prove injury prone‚ but they do take SS Mark Loretta on the 7th round. The Phils take Scott Rolen on the 2nd round; the Braves select Kevin Millwood (11th) and John Rocker (18th)‚ while the Indians take Richie Sexson (24th). The Dodgers pick Wichita State pitcher Darren Dreifort‚ who will skip the minor leagues and debut on April 7‚ 1994.|
|June 6||Baltimore’s Cal Ripken strains his right knee during a 7th inning brawl between the Orioles and Mariners‚ putting his consecutive game streak in jeopardy. He remains in the game‚ however‚ though later he says‚ “it was the closest I’ve come to not playing.” 8 players are suspended for their involvement in the melee which begins when Seattle C Bill Haselman charges the mound. The Orioles eventually win the game by a score of 5-2.|
Tigers defeat the Angels‚ 11-4. In the course of the game‚ they pull off a rare feat by hitting for the cycle in a 4-hitter span. With one out in the 3rd inning‚ Travis Fryman singles‚ Cecil Fielder homers‚ Kirk Gibson doubles‚ and Chad Kreuter triples. Of the 5 California pitchers to take the mound‚ the only one to retire Detroit in order is IF Rene Gonzalez‚ who has not pitched since American Legion ball.
|June 7||Milwaukee P Cal Eldred defeats the Mariners‚ 5-3‚ for his 7th win of the year. This gives him 20 victories in his 1st 30 career appearances in the majors‚ tying him for the “quickest” 20 wins in history with 3 other hurlers-Boo Ferriss (1945)‚ Russ Ford (1910)‚ and Nick Maddox (1908).|
|June 9||The Padres fire GM Joe McIlvaine and appoint 29-year-old Randy Smith as VP of baseball operations and GM‚ making him the youngest GM in the history of major league baseball.|
|June 11||Seattle P Erik Hanson allows 4 runs on a single in the 4th inning of the Mariners’ 8-2 loss to California. With the bases loaded‚ Greg Myers strokes a single to left. Left fielder Henry Cotto boots the ball‚ then throws over the head of C Bill Haselman as 2 runs score. Hanson‚ who is backing up home‚ fires a throw over 3B Edgar Martinez‘s head allowing 2 more runners to score.|
The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 sea gulls who swoop down onto the field‚ apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5-4‚ winning in the 9th on a two-run pinch homer by Kevin Maas. While no players or seagulls are hurt‚ Wade Boggs called the situation “terribly dangerous. The seagulls will return for tomorrow night’s game‚ but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds. Gus the wonder dog‚ on loan from the Wisconsin waterfowl association‚ will keep them away.
The Mets trade SS Tony Fernandez to the Blue Jays in exchange for OF Darrin Jackson.
|June 12||Giants’ 2B Robby Thompson gets 5 hits in SF’s 5-4 victory over the Cubs.|
The first two batters for Oakland‚ Rickey Henderson and Craig Paquette‚ homer off Minnesota’s Jim Deshais‚ but that is all the scoring the A’s can muster. Minnesota wins‚ 7-2.
Down 7-0 to Doug Drabek in the 3rd inning‚ the Rockies surge back to beat Houston‚ 14-11.
Behind the pitching of freshman Brett Laxton‚ LSU wins the College World Series with an 8-0‚ 3-hit victory over Wichita State in the championship game. Laxton gets the start because Mike Sirotka pitched 9 innings against Long Beach. His 16 Ks ties a mark in a final game set by ASU’s Tom Burgess in 1967. His shutout is the first and only in a series finale since 1961‚ when SC’s Jim Withers did it. Teammate Todd Walker‚ who homers today‚ is named the Series MVP.
|June 15||Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 100th HR of his career in the Mariners’ 6-1 win over the Royals‚ making him the 6th-youngest player to reach that level in major league history.|
The Braves edge the Mets‚ 2-1‚ in a pitching duel between Bret Saberhagen and Tom Glavine. Saberhagen goes 8 innings‚ allowing a home run to Sid Bream. Glavine finishes the Mets with 79 pitches‚ allowing just a HR to Darrin Jackson‚ his first hit as a Met since coming from Toronto. The Mets also lose closer John Franco‚ who walks in the winning run‚ then later punches the door to the sauna in the visiting clubhouse and needs stitches in the knuckle of his right index finger. Franco trashed a clubhouse last week‚ firing an ash tray during the tantrum.
After baseball owners have an all day meeting in Denver to discuss‚ among other things‚ bench-clearing brawls‚ they arrive at Mile high Stadium for the 7th inning‚ and witness two fights and 4 ejections. After a Ramon Martinez brushback pitch‚ Andres Galarraga singles and breaks for second clipping 2B Jody Reed with his spikes. Martinez then plunks Charlie Hayes‚ who charges the mound‚ and the brawling starts. Rock’s reliever Keith Shephard‚ a former boxer‚ throws at Cory Snyder in the 8th‚ then gestures him to come on. Brawl 2 and 2 more ejections. The Dodgers win‚ 12-4.
|June 16||Florida C Mitch Lyden becomes the 67th major league player to homer in his 1st at bat‚ doing so in the Marlins’ 6-4 loss to the Cubs.|
Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals his 24th base of the year in the Athletics’ 4-0 loss to the White Sox. The SB is the 1‚066th of his career‚ making him the world’s all-time leader‚ surpassing the total of 1‚065 of Yutaka Fukumoto‚ who played in Japan from 1970 to 1988.
|June 17||Giants OF Darren Lewis sets a major league record by playing his 243rd consecutive errorless game. It is the most ever by an OF at the start of his career. The Giants defeat the Reds‚ 5-1‚ as Bill Swift and Kevin Rogers combine to 1-hit Cincinnati. Kevin Mitchell‘s infield single leading off the 8th inning is the Reds’ only hit.|
Cleveland 2B Carlos Baerga hits 3 HRs in the Indians’ 9-5 loss to Detroit. The Tigers hit 5 four-baggers of their own‚ including a pair each by Travis Fryman and Dan Gladden. Three players with 2 or more homers in a game ties an AL mark.
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home 8 runs in the Rangers’ 18-2 win over the Angels. Gonzalez has a double and HR in his 4 hits. Strange has 4 hits and Canseco and Palmeiro also homer.
In Denver‚ the ML owners vote 26-2 to expand the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. With the change‚ 8 teams will qualify for post-season play.
|June 18||Montreal P Dennis Martinez records his 200th career victory‚ getting the decision in a 2-1 win over the Braves.|
The Tigers defeat the Blue Jays on “Singles Night” at Tiger Stadium. Detroit gets 15 hits in the game-all singles.
The Athletics come back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Royals‚ 10-9.
|June 19||Pittsburgh GM and former major league catcher Ted Simmons resigns after suffering a heart attack on June 8. He is succeeded by Cam Bonifay.|
|June 20||In a 3-2 loss to Chattanooga‚ Knoxville Smokies manager Garth Iorg and P Travis Baptist are ejected for breaking a rule banning the use of tobacco in the dugout or clubhouse. Baptist was tossed for chewing it and Iorg for not stopping him. The rule has been in effect for all the minor leagues since June 15th.|
|June 22||Paced by Kevin Mitchell‚ who has 2 doubles‚ a triple and a HR and 5 runs scored‚ the first 4 Reds in the lineup plate 14 runs in beating Colorado‚ 16-13. The Reds rally from deficits of 5-0‚ 10-6‚ and 11-10 to win. Mitchell is in the middle of a 20-game hit streak but will suffer a season-ending injury in July.|
|June 23||Seattle OF Jay Buhner hits for the cycle in the Mariners 8-7‚ 14-inning win over the Athletics.|
Toronto 1B John Olerud has his 26-game hitting streak snapped in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 loss to the Yankees.
The Padres trade P Tim Scott to the Expos in exchange for IF-OF Archi Cianfrocco.
|June 24||The Mets tie an 86-year-old record when they lose to the Cardinals‚ 8-5. They have not won 2 straight games for the 61st consecutive time.|
After never having had a multi-homer game in his career‚ dating back to Little League‚ Giants 2B Robby Thompson hits 2 HRs in a game for the 2nd day in a row‚ leading SF to a 17-2 win over the Rockies. Thompson gets 5 hits on the day for the Giants.
Carlton Fisk of the White Sox‚ plays his 2‚226 and final ML game‚ surpassing Bob Boone’s record of 2‚225 for most games caught. Fisk reluctantly retires with 3‚999 total bases‚ the most ever for a catcher. The Sox will exacerbate Fisk’s bitterness by refusing to allow him into the locker room after the Sox make the playoffs this year. When the Sox retire Fisk #72 in 1997‚ Fisk will request that Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Ron Schueler not be there for the ceremony‚ and when he goes into Cooperstown he will wear a Red Sox cap. A clerical error about 3 games caught in 1981 in which Fisk relieved initially gives him a total of 2‚229 games caught. This error will appear on Fisk’s Hall of Fame plaque when he is inducted‚ the 5th edition of Total Baseball‚ and the 1997 edition of The Sports Encyclopedia-Baseball. Other records books such as the final edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia‚ the 1997 editions of The Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book and the Elias Book of Baseball Records both correctly showed him with 2‚226 games caught lifetime. SABR historian Wayne McElreavy and others note the discrepancy and the plaque and subsequent editions of the record books have corrected the total to 2‚226.
The Marlins obtain OF Gary Sheffield and P Rich Rodriguez from the Padres for P Trevor Hoffman‚ Andres Berumen and Jose Martinez. The Fish will give Sheffield a 4-year contract extension in September.
|June 26||Knoxville Smokies pitcher Travis Baptist is the first pitcher to be be ejected and fined for usinbg snuff. The rule banning smoking and chewing tobacco in the minor leagues went into effect on June 15. The Phoenix Firebirds protested the ban by not speaking to the media for a week‚ and refusing to sign autographs or make public appearances (Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball).|
|June 27||Atlanta OF Ron Gant fans 4 times against Houston’s Darryl Kile‚ giving him 7 consecutive strikeouts‚ and a record-tying 10 in his last 3 games. The Astros and Kile defeat the Braves‚ 3-0.|
The Marlins trade 3B Dave Magadan to the Mariners for OF Henry Cotto and P Jeff Darwin.
The Calgary Cannons of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League explode for 35 hits in a 23-12 pasting of the Las Vegas Stars. Cannons’ OF Lee Tinsley goes 7-for-8 in the contest. Calgary ties a PCL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 2nd inning.
|June 28||Rangers OF Jose Canseco faces ligament transplant surgery in his arm‚ which he injured during his brief 1 inning stint on the mound in relief on May 29.|
|June 29||The Expos defeat the Pirates‚ 9-2‚ as Moises Alou‚ Marquis Grissom‚ and Larry Walker hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning.|
|June 30||The Mets defeat the Marlins‚ 7-1‚ to win their 2nd game in a row for the 1st time in 65 games.|
The Indians finish their home stand with a 4-2 win over the White Sox. The Indians have now won 23 straight at Jacobs Field.
No mas. 70-year-old Minnie Minoso‚ signed by Mike Veeck‚ appears as a DH for the St. Paul Saints in a game against Thunder Bay in the independent Northern League. Minoso grounds back to pitcher Yoshi Seo in his only at bat.
|July 2||Chicago OF Sammy Sosa gets 6 hits‚ one short of the NL record‚ in the Cubs’ 11-8 win over the Rockies.|
|July 3||Detroit’s Cecil Fielder becomes the 3rd player in history to homer onto the left field roof at Tiger Stadium‚ doing so in the Tigers’ 11-5 loss to the Rangers. Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard are the only other players to accomplish the feat.|
|July 5||Oakland OF Rickey Henderson leads off both games of the A’s doubleheader against the Indians with HRs. It is the 1st time this has happened since 1913‚ when Harry Hooper performed the feat for the Boston Red Sox. The Athletics win the 1st game‚ 6-5‚ but the Indians come back to take the nightcap‚ 6-2.|
|July 7||In LA‚ the Phillies defeat the Dodgers‚ 7-6‚ in a 20 inning marathon when Dykstra hits a bases-loaded 2-run double off Rod Nichols. The game takes 6 hours and 10 minutes‚ and concludes at 1:47 AM. The Phils Mitch Williams blows a 5-3 lead in the 9th‚ allowing a hit and walking 3 before being ejected by Jim Quick. Afterwards‚ John Kruk says‚ “I came here and I wanted to kill Mitch‚ but they told me it was against the law.” Phils rookie Kevin Stocker makes his ML debut‚ playing all 20 innings.|
Montreal P Kirk Reuter makes his ML debut with 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Giants. John Wetteland comes in to get the final 2 outs in Montreal’s 3-0 victory.
Mets P Bret Saberhagen throws a firecracker under a table near reporters at Shea Stadium‚ but no one is hurt.
Reds P Tom Browning is fined $500 for leaving the Cincinnati dugout during the Reds’ 4-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field‚ and watching the contest from the roof of a 3-story building across Sheffield Avenue.
|July 9||By homering twice in Montreal’s 6-1 win over San Diego‚ Expo OF Moises Alou sets a record for most hits that are all homers in consecutive games‚ with 6. He had a homer yesterday‚ one on the 7th‚ and 2 on the 6th.|
|July 13||Players Association chief Donald Fehr says that if serious negotiations between the players and the owners don’t begin soon‚ the players could go out on strike in September‚ threatening the postseason.|
A class action suit by two season ticket holders against the Padres is settled out of court. The suit argued that a preseason form letter from Padres president Dick Freeman stated that the team would be contenders because of its group of young stars‚ which the Padres then traded away. The Padres agreed to loosen their refund policy and the plaintiffs withdraw their demand that the team not trade Fred McGriff. McGriff goes within the week.
|July 14||The AL defeats the NL‚ 9-3‚ in the All-Star Game. Kirby Puckett‚ Roberto Alomar‚ and Gary Sheffield hit HRs‚ while the win goes to Jack McDowell. Craig Biggio is at 2B for the NL: last year he was on the team as a catcher‚ the first player ever to make it at those two positions. A highlight of the game is Randy Johnson firing a 95-MPH fastball over John Kruk’s head. Kruk bails out on the next two pitches‚ saying afterwards‚ he’s going to kill somebody.”|
|July 15||The Orioles defeat the Twins‚ 5-3‚ as Cal Ripken hits the 278th HR of his career as a SS for a new major league mark. Ernie Banks held the old standard.|
Mike Morgan allows 5 hits in pitching his 1st complete game of the year‚ beating the Rockies‚ 1-0. Sammy Sosa singles‚ steals 2B‚ and Steve Buechele drives a single off Willie Blair to score Sosa. For the Rockies‚ it is the closest to a shutout they’ll get this year.
Led by Rafael Palmiero‚ Texas snaps a 7-7 tie with Detroit to win‚ 12-7. Palmiero has 4 long hits-2 homers and 2 doubles-as the Rangers win their 9th in 10 games. They have scored 33 runs in ther last 3 games. This is the first of two game this year that Raffy will collect 4 extra base hits.
Mike Boddicker informs the Brewers he is retiring. The pitcher was acquired from Kansas City on April 26 and last pitched June 13.
|July 16||Giants OF Darren Lewis sets a major league record by playing his 267th consecutive game without an error. He snaps Don Demeter‘s record. The Giants defeat the Mets‚ 4-2.|
|July 17||The Rangers trade pitchers Robb Nen and Kurt Miller to the Marlins for P Cris Carpenter.|
Spokane (PCL) pitcher Glenn Dishman retires the first 26 Yakima batters. The 27th batter hits an easy roller to the second baseman who tosses to 1B Jason Thompson. Thompson starts celebrating early‚ pulling his foot off the bag for an error before he records the out. Dishman gets the next batter for his no hitter.
|July 18||Atlanta’s Steve Avery and 2 relievers shut out the Pirates‚ 2-0‚ despite surrendering 13 hits‚ just one shy of the record for most hits allowed in a shutout.|
The Braves obtain 1B Fred McGriff from the Padres in exchange for minor leaguers Melvin Nieves and Donnie Elliott.
|July 20||Baltimore P Ben McDonald (7-8) hurls a 1-hit shutout to beat the Royals and David Cone‚ 7-0. Gary Gaetti‘s single in the 4th is the only hit.|
|July 21||Mariner OF Jay Buhner collects 5 hits in Seattle’s 10-3 win over the Yankees. Hanson goes all the allowing no earned runs to beat Jimmy Key (12-3).|
In Minnesota’s 7-2 win over Detroit‚ Tony Phillips goes 0-4 with 2 strikeouts against two Minnesota Twins pitchers-Tapani and Wills. It is his only game without a hit‚ walk or hit batsmen in a string of 101 games.
|July 22||During Colorado’s 7-6 win over St. Louis‚ Cardinal P Bob Tewksbury surrenders a walk to Eric Young in the 7th inning‚ ending his streak of 55 1/3 innings without issuing a free pass. The NL record is 68.|
Kansas City’s Greg Gagne hits a HR off Detroit’s Mark Leiter in the Royals’ 12-6 victory. The HR is the 10‚000th hit in the long history of Tiger Stadium‚ making it the 1st ballpark to reach that figure. During the game‚ Detroit 3B Travis Fryman draws a walk off KC P Enrique Burgos‚ then proceeds to circle the bases on 3 wild pitches by Burgos.
Kirby Puckett belts a ball to the left of the baggie hanging on the RF fence at the Metrodome. The ball is ruled in play and Kirby gets a double‚ though the replay shows it to be a homer. Minnesota goes on to defeat the Orioles‚ 8-4.
|July 23||At San Francisco‚ Barry Bonds hits a homer in the 9th off Phils Curt Schilling to tie the game 1-1. Jim Eisenreich‘s homer in the 4th had been the games’s only score. Hollins finally scores in the 14th to giv the Phils a 2-1 victory.|
|July 24||The Mets are defeated by the Dodgers‚ 5-4‚ as Anthony Young loses his major league record 27th straight decision. Following the game‚ Mets OF Vince Coleman tosses a firecracker from his car‚ injuring 2 youngsters and a woman. Coleman will be charged with a felony.|
|July 25||Detroit P Mike Moore hurls a one-hit‚ 3-0 shutout over the Royals. Wally Joyner’s 2nd inning single is the only Kansas City safety.|
|July 26||The Padres trade pitchers Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris to the Rockies in exchange for C Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Bochtler and Andy Ashby.|
PH Tom Brunansky of the Brewers ends the Red Sox 10 game win streak with a 2-run‚ 2-out HR in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 win. The dinger comes off Jeff Russell in relief of Roger Clemens.
|July 27||Phillies 1B John Kruk gets 5 hits in Philadelphia’s 10-7 win over the visiting Cardinals.|
The Padres blank the Cubs‚ 8-0‚ as SD OF Tony Gwynn knocks 5 hits in a game for the 3rd time this season.
|July 28||Seattle’s Ken Griffey homers for the 8th consecutive game‚ tying the major league mark set by Dale Long and tied by Don Mattingly. The Mariners lose to the Twins‚ however‚ 5-1.|
The Mets defeat the Marlins‚ 5-4‚ as Anthony Young takes the win in relief‚ ending his 27-game losing streak.
Detroit 3B Travis Fryman strokes 5 safeties as he hits for the cycle in the Tigers’ 12-7 loss to the Yankees. He is the first Tiger to cycle in 43 years.
Darren Daulton belts a grand slam and two-run triple as the Phils pound the Cards‚ 14-6. Dave Hollins drives in 3 runs as well for the Quakers.
|July 29||Reds P Tom Browning is arrested for possession of marijuana.|
The Phils complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals‚ beating them 6-4‚ and now lead the NL East by 7 games.
|July 30||The Yankees obtain P Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal which sees P John Habyan go to the Royals and OF Karl Rhodes to the Cubs.|
|July 31||The Expos retire Gary Carter‘s uniform prior to their game with Florida.|
Toronto obtains OF Rickey Henderson from the Athletics in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera.
The Reds trade P Tim Belcher to the White Sox for pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jeff Pierce.
The Pirates trade P Stan Belinda to the Royals for pitchers John Lieber and Dan Miceli.
|August 1||During the Orioles’ 2-1 loss to the Red Sox‚ Baltimore’s Glenn Davis is knocked unconscious by a foul ball lined off the bat of Jeffrey Hammonds into the Orioles’ dugout. Davis‚ who is recovering from a broken jaw‚ did not sustain any further damage.|
Reggie Jackson is inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Royals owner Ewing Kauffman dies at age 76 of bone cancer.
The Memphis Chicks of the Southern League rout the Nashville Xpress‚ 25-5‚ setting league records for runs and hits (32) in a game. Jeff Garber is 5-for-6 with a league record 8 RBIs.
The Stockton Ports of the California League defeat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes‚ 25-7‚ setting league records in the process for hits (29) and team at bats (56).
|August 2||The Cubs defeat the Pirates‚ 12-10‚ in a game marked by 7 HRs‚ 6 ejections‚ 3 brushbacks and a brawl. Carlos Garcia has a pair of homers for the Bucs‚ and gets hit by a pitched ball for his efforts. Doug Jenning’s 3-run homer ties it at 8-8 for the Cubs‚ then Steve Buechele hits a 2run HR and Sosa hits his 22nd homer to make it 11-8.|
In a bankruptcy auction‚ The Baltimore Orioles are sold for $173 million by lawyer Peter Angleos and Banker Bill DeWitt‚ Jr. Eli Jacobs‚ the previous owner‚ eclared bankruptcy‚ necessitating the sale. He bought the team for $70 million. The previous high for a sports franchise was the $140 million for the Dallas Cowboys in 1989.
|August 4||OF Tony Gwynn of the Padres gets 6 hits in SD’s 11-10 win over the Giants. It is the 4th time this season he has 5 or more hits in a game‚ tying a major league record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897‚ and equaled by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.|
White Sox 3B Robin Ventura charges Nolan Ryan after a pitch hits him in the 3rd inning. Ryan gets Ventura in a headlock and throws 6 punches to emerge the winner. Ventura is suspended 2 games for his actions‚ while Ryan is not disciplined. Ryan (3-3) also is the winner with 7 IP‚ 5 K’s and 3 hits allowed.
|August 7||Indian P Bob Ojeda returns to action following the spring training accident which took the lives of teammates Steve Olin and Tim Crews. He hurls 2 innings in the Orioles 8-6 win over Cleveland.|
The Mets Bret Saberhagen injures his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
|August 8||Mariners’ P Brad Holman is struck in the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Texas’s Mario Diaz. The Rangers win the game‚ 7-1‚ and Holman suffers a fractured sinus cavity. Ken Griffey Jr. makes an error in the contest‚ breaking his AL record string of 573 consecutive chances without a miscue.|
Cleveland OF Albert Belle drives home 2 runs with a sacrifice fly as the Indians lose to Baltimore‚ 7-6.
|August 10||Mets P Bret Saberhagen admits to having sprayed bleach at 3 reporters on July 27. He agrees to donate one day’s pay-$15‚384.61-to the Eye Research Foundation.|
The Phillies obtain P Bobby Thigpen from the White Sox in exchange for P Jose DeLeon.
|August 11||Tigers OF Dan Gladden hits a grand slam in Detroit’s 15-5 win over the Orioles. Gladden also hit a grand slam in yesterday’s game against Baltimore‚ making him the 14th player in history to do so in consecutive games. Earlier this year‚ Mike Blowers became the 13th player to match the mark.|
|August 12||The Tigers defeat the Orioles‚ 17-11‚ as C Chad Kreuter hits a grand slam. It marks the 3rd consecutive game in which a Tiger hit a grand slam‚ tying a major league record set by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978. The 2 teams combine for 37 hits. Travis Fryman is the only one with 4 hits‚ including 3 doubles. Twelve players score for the Tigers‚ one short of the AL record‚ and 7 for the O’s.|
An all-night owners meeting in Kohler‚ Wisconsin fails to produce an agreement on revenue sharing among clubs.
|August 13||Rickey Henderson‚ recently traded to Toronto by Oakland‚ gives teammate Turner Ward $25‚000 for uniform No. 24. Henderson had complained that he was having trouble hitting with No. 14 on his back.|
|August 15||Twins’ OF Kirby Puckett gets 5 hits‚ including a pair of 2-run HRs‚ in Minnesota’s 12-5 win over Oakland.|
At Chicago‚ the Giants Barry Bonds and Matt Williams slug back-to-back homers twice to beat the Cubs‚ 9-7. The second pair come in the 11th inning off Randy Myers.
The Twins trade 3B Mike Pagliarulo to the Orioles for P Erik Schullstrom.
|August 17||The Class A Bellingham Mariners score 17 runs in the 3rd inning of their 25-2 win over Spokane.|
The Reds trade 1B Randy Milligan to the Indians in exchange for a player to be named.
|August 18||Boston P Danny Darwin hurls a 1-hit‚ 5-0 shutout over the visiting White Sox. Dan Pasqua‘s triple with 1 out in the 8th inning is Chicago’s only safety.|
|August 19||The Phils lose‚ 6-5‚ to the Expos when John Kruk makes a 9th inning error. With their 2nd loss in three games to Montreal‚ the Phils lead drops to 4 games with 11 to play. Their biggest lead has been 11 1/2 games.|
|August 20||The Indians trade OF Glenallen Hill to the Cubs for OF Candy Maldonado.|
|August 21||The Tigers trade OF Rob Deer to the Red Sox for a player to be named. Deer will homer tomorrow in his first at bat for the Sox in a 3-2 loss to the Indians.|
After allowing a homer in a 3-2 loss to Houston‚ Phils pitcher Terry Mulholland breaks his right hand punching a water cooler. “It’s stupid‚ but it really would’ve been stupid if I had hit it with my left hand‚” responds the southpaw.
|August 23||Toronto OF Joe Carter slugs 3 HRs in the Blue Jays’ 9-8 loss to the Indians. It is the 5th time in his career that he has homered 3 times in a game‚ setting an AL record.|
|August 24||The Padres score 13 runs in the first inning against the Cardinals‚ 8 off starter Allen Watson (6-1)‚ who will finish the year at 6-7. They win‚ 17-4‚ as they outhomer the Cards‚ 5-2.|
In the battle of the division tail enders‚ Milwaukee OF Kevin Reimer is 6-for-6 and scores 4 runs in the Brewers’ 7-6‚ 12 inning win over Oakland in the nitecap of 2. The Brew Crew collects 21 hits. They have 13 hits in the opener‚ a 9-2 win in which Reimer is 1-for-2. Milwaukee trails 2-1 until the 7th.
The Phils Danny Jackson beats the Rockies‚ 4-2‚ for his 10th win of the year. The Phils have five starters in double figure wins for the first time since 1932.
|August 25||For the second time in 10 days teammates hit back-to-back homers twice in a game. Fred McGriff and David Justice connect today for the Braves in a 9-1 win over San Francisco. M cGriff teamed up with Sheffield in 1992 to accomplish the feat.|
|August 26||Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon announces the OF Vince Coleman will remain on “administrative leave” for the rest of the season‚ but that he is through as a Met.|
|August 28||Texas OF Juan Gonzalez hits 3 HRs in the Rangers’ 11-1 win over the Orioles.|
The Mets sign P Kirk Presley‚ their top pick in this year’s amateur draft‚ for $960‚000. The pitcher is a distant cousin of Elvis Presley. In 1999‚ Gerry Hunsicker will recall his decision to draft Presley: “I didn’t make one of the brightest decisions of my career when I passed on a young pitcher out of Ferrum College [Billy Wagner] and chose another who never got out of A ball.”
In Williamsport‚ Long Beach becomes the first U.S. team to repeat as Little League champions‚ beating Panama‚ 3-2. Long Beach‚ led by Jeff Burrough’s son‚ Sean‚ is just the 3rd team to repeat as champs: Seoul‚ South Korea in 1984-85 and Monterrey‚ Mexico‚ in 1957-58 are the other repeaters.
|August 29||KC’s George Brett steals a base in the Royals’ 5-4 win over the Red Sox‚ making him only the 3rd player in history with 3‚000 hits‚ 300 HRs‚ and 200 SBs. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are the others to accomplish the feat.|
|August 30||Oakland P Rich Gossage breaks his right wrist when he trips over a ball bag prior to the Athletics game with Toronto. The Blue Jays beat Oakland‚ 4-2.|
|August 31||3B Gary Gaetti of the Royals hits the 239th HR of his career in KC’s 6-5 win over Milwaukee. By doing so‚ he becomes the all-time HR leader for players who homered in their 1st big league at bat‚ moving past Hall of Famer Earl Averill.|
In the Orioles 8-2 win over the Angels‚ Mike Mussina strikes out 6 straight batters. Mike Pagliarulo has 4 hits‚ including a HR.
The Minnesota Twins defeat the Indians in 22 innings by a score of 5-4 when Pedro Munoz hits a game-ending HR. It is the 2nd longest game ended by a homer.
The Braves beat the Giants for the 4th straight time and are just 3 1/2 games behind SF in the NL West. Barry Bonds has 3 singles and his 39th HR‚ while David Justice drives in 4 runs for the Braves.
At Fenway‚ Juan Gonzalez hits his 40th HR‚ off Roger Clemens‚ in the Rangers 8-1 win over the Red Sox.
In a flurry of deadline trades‚ the Reds sent pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jim Pierce to the White Sox in exchange for P Tim Belcher; The Dodgers trade OF Eric Davis to the Tigers for a player to be named later (P John DeSilva): Davis will be a free agent at the end of the year. The Cardinals trade closer P Lee Smith to the Yankees in exchange for P Richard Batchelor.
|September 1||Terry Mulholland beats the Cubs‚ 4-1‚ the 149th game in a row the Phils have scored‚ one short of NL record set by Pittsburgh 1924-5.|
|September 3||Team owners vote to split the leagues into three divisions and add a wild-card round to the playoffs for the 1994 season.|
|September 4||Yankees P Jim Abbott tosses a no-hitter against the Indians‚ defeating them by a score of 4-0.|
The Phillies lose to the Reds by a score of 6-5. In doing so‚ they set a new NL record by not being shut out in 151 consecutive games. The major league mark of 308 is held by the Yankees.
|September 5||Philadelphia 1B John Kruk walks in his 1st at bat in the Phils 5-3 win over Cincinnati‚ giving him 100 free passes for the season. He is the 3rd Phillie to reach the mark this year‚ making them the 1st NL team ever to have such a trio.|
|September 6||P Denis Boucher makes his Expos debut in a 4-3 win over Colorado. Boucher and C Joe Siddall form the first all-Canadian battery in modern big league history.|
Rafael Palmiero has his 2nd game this season with 4 extra base hits as he paces the Rangers to an 8-5 victory over the Yankees. Palmiero has 2 homers and 2 doubles‚ The two games this season ties a ML record.
In the Cubs 7-6 win over the Phils‚ Ryne Sandberg is held hitless‚ ending his 17-game hitting streak He’ll hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games as his season ends September 13th when he breaks a finger sliding.
|September 7||Cardinals OF Mark Whiten ties the major-league record for RBIs in a game with 12 in St. Louis’ 15-2 win over the Reds in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Whiten hits a record-tying 4 HRs‚ including a first inning grand slam‚ in the contest. His only out is a pop out in the 4th. Zeile‚ who scores 3 in the opener‚ scores ahead of Mark 3 times‚ while Gerald Perry is on base for each of the homers. With 1 RBI in the opener‚ a 14-13 loss‚ he also ties Nate Colbert’s mark of 13 RBIs in a doubleheader. Prior to today‚ Whiten had not homered in 4 weeks. Bob Tewksbury (16-8) is the winner in the Whiten blowout.|
Detroit C Chad Kreuter homers from both sides of the plate in the Tigers’ 10-6 win over California. He is the 2nd Tiger this year to perform the feat‚ joining Mickey Tettleton‚ who did so on May 7.
|September 8||Houston’s Darryl Kile no-hits the Mets‚ winning by a score of 7-1. He fans 9 and walks 1. Mets 3B Butch Huskey becomes the 3rd player in history to make his major league debut on the losing end of a no-hitter. Byron Browne and Don Young of the Cubs did so in Sandy Koufax‘s perfect game in 1965.|
The Pirates trade OF Lonnie Smith to the Orioles in exchange for 2 minor league players to be named.
|September 9||The major leagues vote to divide each league into 3 divisions‚ and add another round of playoffs featuring 2 wild-card teams.|
Promoted to majors‚ Oakland SS Kurt Abbott homers in 2nd at bat‚ off Jack Morris. Abbott has 3 hits and 4 RBIs as the A’s top the Blue Jays‚ 7-4. John Olerud hits his 48th double on his way to a ML high 54‚ good for 15th place on the all-time list.
|September 12||The Twins defeat the Rangers‚ 4-2‚ on Nolan Ryan Appreciation Night in Arlington‚ Texas. Ryan takes the loss for Texas.|
Paul Molitor drives in his 100th run of the year in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 win over California. He thus becomes the oldest player in major league history to post his 1st 100-RBI season.
In a 9-2 win‚ Houston’s Jeff Bagwell is struck on the left hand by a pitch from the Phils Ben Rivera. He suffers a broken bone and will miss the last 20 games‚ snapping his consecutive game streak at a club-record 304.
Tony Gwynn‚ who hasn’t played since September 5‚ undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery. Gwynn’s average is a league leading .358.
|September 13||Royals C Mike McFarlane twice is charged with throwing errors to 1st base following strikeouts in Kansas City’s 9-0 win over Chicago. Kevin Appier (16-6) throws 7 shutout innings for the win.|
The Astros’ game against the Rockies in Colorado is postponed when the Denver area is hit by a late-summer storm which deposits more than 5 inches of snow. Just 24 hours before game time‚ it had been 92 degrees.
|September 15||The NL announces realignment of its teams into 3 divisions‚ with Pittsburgh agreeing to move into the Central Division.|
|September 16||Dave Winfield of the Twins singles for the 3‚000th hit of his career‚ making him the 19th player to reach that mark. Dennis Eckersley serves up a single in the 9th as Minnesota tops the Athletics by a score of 5-4.|
|September 17||The Rockies defeat the Dodgers‚ 12-3‚ as they surpass the 4 million mark in attendance‚ setting a new single season record.|
Houston P Pete Harnisch hurls a one-hit 3-0 shutout against the Padres. A questionable bunt single by Jarvis Brown is SD’s only safety.
Expos OF Curtis Pride-who is mostly deaf-gets his 1st major league hit in Montreal’s 8-7‚ 12-inning win over the Phillies. The Phillies score all 7 in the 6th when they knock out Pedro Martinez. Daulton homers and Dykstra hits a triple in the frame. Mitch Williams walks 2 and gives up a hits in the 12th in losing. Scott is the winner‚ striking out the side in the 12th.
In a last try for the pennant‚ the Yankees obtain 40-year-old vet Frank Tanana from the Mets for minor league P Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0-2 to finish out his career at 240-236‚ and set a ML record for most wins without racking up a 20-win season.
|September 18||The Yankees defeat the Red Sox‚ 4-3‚ because of a fan who runs out on the field. With NY trailing‚ 3-1‚ with 2 outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning‚ Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke‚ however‚ had called time when the fan bolted onto the field‚ giving Stanley a second chance. He singled on the next pitch. That was followed by a hit by Wade Boggs‚ a walk to Dion James‚ and a single by Don Mattingly which drove home the tying and winning runs.|
|September 20||Giants P Jim Deshaies goes 0-for-2 in a 7-2 win over the Astros. In doing so‚ he sets a major league record by going 372 career at bats without having an extra-base hit. The old mark had been set by Virgil Barnes.|
|September 21||At Montreal‚ the Braves swamp the red hot Expos‚ by a score of 18-5 as the two teams combine to use a record 13 pinch hitters. The Expos‚ winners of 19 of their last 22 games‚ and fighting to catch the Phils‚ use 4 pinch batters‚ the Braves a record 9. In the 7th‚ Bobby Cox decides to rest his regular and sends a record 6 pinch hitters to the plate‚ including the first 5 batters‚ another record.|
The Rockies win their 63rd game of the year‚ beating the Padres‚ 15-4. Colorado (63-90) is now slightly ahead of the expansion Marlins (62-89). Andres Galarraga is 4-for-6 to raise his average to .381 but must get 502 plate appearances to beat the idle Gwynn for the battling title.
|September 22||At the Kingdome‚ Nolan Ryan gives up the last homer of his career in his final big league appearance‚ a 1st inning grand slam to Dann Howitt. Ryan leaves the game‚ after throwing only 28 pitches‚ with a torn ligament in his right elbow as the Mariners top the Rangers‚ 7-4. The grand slam is the 10th that Ryan has served up‚ a ML record‚ and Nolan is the only pitcher to serve up a grand slam on his last pitch in his career. Bob Gibson is close‚ but retired a batter a serving up a slam.|
|September 24||The Rockies defeat the Reds‚ 9-2‚ setting a new NL record for wins by an expansion team with 65.|
|September 25||Cincinnati P Jose Rijo shuts out the Rockies‚ 6-0‚ on one hit. Charlie Hayes’ broken bat single in the 2nd inning is Colorado’s only hit.|
|September 26||Seattle P Randy Johnson strikes out Ruben Sierra of the Athletics for his 300th strikeout of the season‚ making him the 12th pitcher this century to reach that mark. The Mariners lose to the Athletics‚ 3-2‚ in 12 innings.|
The Rockies set a season attendance record‚ reaching 4‚483‚350 as they defeat the Reds‚ 12-7.
|September 28||After 3 unsuccessful attempts‚ Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th NL victory‚ defeating the Marlins‚ 3-2. He becomes the 7th pitcher in history to win 100 games in each league‚ joining Cy Young‚ Nolan Ryan‚ Gaylord Perry‚ Ferguson Jenkins‚ Jim Bunning. and Al Orth.|
At Pittsburgh‚ the Phils clinch the NL East title with a 10-7 win. It is their 46th come-from-behind win this year.
|September 29||Toronto defeats Milwaukee‚ 9-6‚ as Blue Jays 1B John Olerud ties the AL record for intentional walks in a season with 33. Ted Williams set the record in 1957. Toronto hurler Juan Guzman sets a new league mark for wild pitches in a season. His 2 errant tosses give him a total of 25 for the year‚ erasing Jack Morris‘ record‚ set in 1987.|
The Rockies put in a crimp in the Giants by beating them‚ 5-3. Darryl Boston has a pair of homers and Nelson Liriano has one to lead the Rockies. The Giants are now tied with the Braves‚ winners today over Houston.
|September 30||The Phillies lose to the Pirates‚ 5-0‚ suffering their 1st shutout in 174 games to set a new modern NL record.|
|October 2||At Atlanta‚ Greg Maddux limits the Rockies to 4 hits‚ winning 10-1. One of the hits is by Andres Galarraga‚ and it comes on his 502nd trip to the plate‚ just qualifying him for the NL batting title at .370.|
|October 3||The Mets score 5 in the 9th and beat the Marlins‚ 9-2. Dwight Gooden raises his batting average to .200 with a pinch single in the 9th‚ while journeyman Chico Walker ends his major league career with a 9th inning 2-out solo homer off the Marlins’ Matt Turner. Walker will resurface as a replacement player in 1995‚ but will be released by the Padres on March 30th. Chuck Carr has his 58th stolen base to lead the NL.|
Tommy Glavine outpitches David Nied and the Braves defeat the Rockies‚ 5-3‚ thus becoming the first NL team this century to sweep a season series from another team. Atlanta won all 13 contests between the 2 clubs and has won 104 overall. The Giants just miss a one-game playoff‚ finishing with 103 wins.
The Royals defeat the Rangers‚ 4-1‚ in the final game at Arlington Stadium‚ before a crowd of 41‚039. The Rangers will move into their new stadium next season.
Toronto’s Joe Carter connect twice for homers in the 8-run 2nd inning as the Jays beat the Orioles‚ 11-6. For the first time in 100 years‚ teammates finish 1-2-3 in the race for the league batting title. Toronto’s John Olerud wins the crown with an average of .363‚ followed by Paul Molitor at .332 and Roberto Alomar at .326. Alomar is 3-for-4 in the game with 5 RBIs.
|October 4||AL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Orioles to attorney Peter Angelos and his partners.|
|October 5||The Astros fire manager Art Howe. Former Astros star Bob Watson is named Houston’s GM‚ becoming the first black to hold that position in the major leagues.|
The Blue Jays take Game 1 of the ALCS‚ defeating the White Sox by a score of 7-3. Paul Molitor and Ed Sprague each have 4 hits for the winners as Juan Guzman notches the win.
|October 6||Toronto goes up 2-games-to-0 by beating Chicago ‚ 3-1‚ in Game 2 of the ALCS behind Dave Stewart.|
The Phillies take the opener of the NLCS‚ besting the Braves by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings. Kim Batiste’s single is the deciding hit.
The Cubs fire manager Jim Lefebvre.
|October 7||The Braves even the NLCS at 1 game apiece by mauling the Phillies‚ 14-3‚ on 16 hits. The 14 runs are an LCS record. Terry Pendleton‚ Fred McGriff‚ Jeff Blauser‚ and Damon Berryhill each homer for Atlanta‚ as Greg Maddux cruises to the win. McGriff’s dinger is upper deck.|
The New York office of consumer affairs files civil charges against Hall of Fame C Johnny Bench‚ for allegedly making misleading claims while on the Home Shopping Network. In December‚ Bench will pay $5‚000 to settle the case.
|October 8||Wilson Alvarez’s complete game 6-1 victory gives Chicago its first win in the ALCS.|
|October 9||The Braves go up a game in the NLCS with a 9-4 victory. Philadelphia’s John Kruk hits the game’s only HR and triple‚ but Tom Glavine gets the win.|
The White Sox even the ALCS at 2 games apiece with a 7-4 win over Toronto. Lance Johnson homers and triples for Chicago‚ and Frank Thomas also clouts a 4-bagger. With his HR‚ Johnson becomes the first non-pitcher in history to hit a HR in ALCS play without having hit one any in the regular season.
|October 10||The Phillies even the NLCS as Danny Jackson is victorious in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel with John Smoltz. Jackson also drives in the winning run with a 4th inning single.|
Despite homers by Ellis Burks and Robin Ventura‚ the Blue Jays take Game 5 of the ALCS with a 5-3 win. Roberto Alomar strokes 3 hits to back Juan Guzman’s 2nd win of the series.
|October 11||The Phillies notch their 2nd 4-3‚ 10-inning victory of the NLCS and take a 3-games-to-2 lead over the Braves. Lenny Dykstra‘s homer off Mark Wohlers is the winning hit‚ while Darren Daulton also knocks a round-tripper. Exactly 7 years ago‚ Dykstra hit a 10th inning HR to beat the Astros in the NLCS.|
|October 12||Toronto captures the AL pennant with a 6-3 win in Game 6 of the ALCS‚. Dave Stewart gets the win for the Blue Jays‚ giving him an 8-0 record in ALCS play. Devon White homers for Toronto.|
|October 13||The combined pitching of Tommy Greene and Mitch Williams give the Phillies a 6-3 win over the Braves and the NL pennant. Dave Hollins hits a 2-run homer for the winners‚ while Mickey Morandini and Darren Daulton also drive in 2 runs each. Curt Schilling is named the NLCS MVP despite no victories: he gave up just 3 earned runs and struck out 19 in 16 innings.|
The Cubs name Tom Trebelhorn as manager‚ replacing Jim Lefebvre.
|October 16||In the WS opener‚ the Blue Jays defeat the Phils‚ 8-5‚ behind HRs by Devon White and John Olerud. Al Leiter gets the win in relief. Olerud’s HR in the 6th breaks a 4-4 tie.|
|October 17||HRs by Jim Eisenreich‚ a 3 run blast‚ and Lenny Dykstra lead Philadelphia to a 6-4 win over Toronto to even the Series at a game apiece. Terry Mulholland records the win.|
|October 19||Following a 72-minute delay because of rain‚ the Blue Jays finally take the field against the Phillies and pound out a 10-3 victory in Game 3. Toronto’s 13 hits include a HR and triple by Paul Molitor. Pat Hentgen gets credit for the win.|
|October 20||In one of the wildest games in WS history‚ the Blue Jays come out on top in Game 4 with a 15-14 victory. Toronto’s 6-run rally in the 8th inning is capped by Devon White‘s 2-run triple‚ while Lenny Dykstra hits a pair of homers for the losers. The 29 runs in the WS eclipses the 22 scored in a 1936 WS game.|
|October 21||In sharp contrast to Game 4‚ the pitchers are in control of Game 5 of the Series‚ with Curt Schilling holding Toronto to 5 hits in shutting them down by a count of 2-0. Kevin Stocker’s double in the 2nd inning proves to be decisive.|
|October 23||In a dramatic finish‚ Joe Carter of the Blue Jays homers off of Mitch Williams with 2 men on base in the bottom of the 9th to give Toronto an 8-6 victory and the World Championship. Lenny Dykstra hits his 4th homer of the Series for the Phils. Paul Molitor is named the WS MVP.|
Mike Piazza is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. Selected as a favor to a friend of LaSorda’s on the 62nd round of the 1988 draft‚ Piazza is the first rookie since Walt Dropo in 1950 to hit .300‚ collect 30 homers‚ and 100 RBIs. No NL rookie has done that since Wally Berger in 1930.
|October 25||The AL matches the NL by making Tim Salmon the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. The Angels outfielder hit .283 with 31 homers and 95 RBIs.|
|November 1||Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott returns to take over the day-to-day operations of the Reds following her 9-month suspension for using racial and ethnic epithets.|
|November 2||The Indians trade P Heathcliff Slocumb to the Phillies in exchange for OF Ruben Amaro.|
The Mariners trade 2B Bret Boone and P Erik Hanson to the Reds in exchange for P Bobby Ayala and C Dan Wilson.
|November 3||Cleveland Indians P Cliff Young is killed in a truck crash in Willis‚ Texas. He is the 3rd Indians pitcher to die this year.|
|November 9||The Mariners trade 3B Dave Magadan and cash to the Marlins in exchange for P Jeff Darwin.|
|November 17||The Braves trade 1B Brian Hunter to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named.|
|November 19||The Expos acquire P Pedro Martinez from the Dodgers in exchange for 2B Delino DeShields.|
The Rockies sign free agent IF-OF Howard Johnson.
|November 21||The Giants sign free agent P Mark Portugal to a 3-year contract.|
|November 22||The Orioles sign free agent P Sid Fernandez to a 3-year contract.|
The Rangers sign free agent 1B Will Clark to a 5-year contract.
|November 24||The Rangers sign free agent P Rick Honeycutt.|
The Braves trade P Pete Smith to the Mets in exchange for OF Dave Gallagher.
|November 27||The Astros trade P Xavier Hernandez to the Yankees in exchange for P Domingo Jean and 2B Andy Stankiewicz.|
|December 2||The Indians sign free agent 1B Eddie Murray.|
The Phillies trade P Mitch Williams to the Astros in exchange for Ps Doug Jones and Jeff Juden.
|December 10||The Colorado Silver Bullets are officially recognized as the first all-women’s baseball team in the minor leagues.|
|December 12||The Orioles sign free agent 1B Rafael Palmeiro‚ while the Indians hand free agent Dennis Martinez a two-year contract worth $9 million. With the Expos‚ Martinez passed up his chance to reach the playoffs with the Braves when he nixed an August 25 trade‚ exercising his veto rights as a 10-and-5 player. Instead he stayed with Montreal and helped them make their run at the Phillies.|
|December 15||The White Sox sign free agent DH Julio Franco.|
|December 17||The Athletics sign OF Rickey Henderson.|
|December 18||Top Yankees P prospect Brien Taylor injures his shoulder in a fight near his home in North Carolina. The Injury will require surgery and cause Taylor to miss the entire 1994 season. Taylor‚ who signed for a $1.55 million bonus in 1991 has yet to make it to the majors.|
|December 20||The Indians trade SS Felix Fermin and 1B Reggie Jefferson to the Mariners in exchange for SS Omar Vizquel.|
The Yankees sign free agent OF Luis Polonia.
The Athletics trade SS Kurt Abbott to the Marlins in exchange for OF Kerwin Moore.
|December 26||The Athletics sign free agent P Dave Righetti.|
|December 31||Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement runs out with no new agreement yet signed.|