Baseball in 1994
|January 5||The Mets trade OF Vince Coleman to the Royals in exchange for OF Kevin McReynolds. For McReynolds‚ it is his 2nd stint in NY.|
|January 6||The Rangers sign free agent pitcher Jay Howell and tomorrow they ink Jack Armstrong.|
The Reds sign free agent P Jeff Brantley.
The Rockies sign free agent SS Walt Weiss.
|January 8||The Colorado Silver Bullets‚ professional baseball’s first women’s team‚ holds its first public tryouts in Orlando‚ Florida. An invitation-only tryout was held in Orlando on December 18.|
|January 10||Former NL President Chub Feeney dies of a heart attack at age 72.|
The Padres sign free agent IF/OF Bip Roberts.
|January 12||Steve Carlton is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America‚ receiving almost 96% of the vote. Orlando Cepeda falls 7 votes short of the 75% required for election.|
|January 13||The Angels sign free agent P Craig Lefferts while the Twins sign free agent P Jim Deshaies.|
|January 14||The Braves sign free agent IF Bill Pecota to a 2-year contract.|
The Orioles sign free agent 3B Chris Sabo.
The Mariners sign free agent P Greg Hibbard.
|January 18||Major league owners approve a new revenue-sharing plan keyed to a salary cap‚ which requires the players’ approval.|
|January 19||Major league owners amend the major league agreement‚ giving complete power to the commissioner on labor negotiations. Bud Selig will continue to act as interim commissioner.|
|January 26||The Astros sign free agent 1B Sid Bream.|
|January 29||The Orioles sign free agent P Lee Smith.|
|January 30||The Royals sign free agent OF Dave Henderson.|
|January 31||The Angels sign free agent OF Bo Jackson.|
|February 3||Atlanta OF Ron Gant breaks his right leg in a motorbike accident a week after signing the largest single-season contract in history.|
|February 7||Basketball superstar Michael Jordan signs a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. He is invited to spring training with the team as a non-roster player.|
The Tigers sign free agent P Tim Belcher.
|February 9||The Ted Williams Retrospective Museum and Library opens in Hernando‚ Florida.|
The Phillies trade P Terry Mulholland and a player to be named to the Yankees in exchange for P Bobby Munoz‚ 2B Kevin Jordan‚ and minor league P Ryan Karp.
|February 11||Milwaukee’s Robin Yount retires after 21 years with the Brewers.|
The owners greatly reduce the commissioner’s power to act in “the best interests of baseball.”
|February 15||Ila Borders becomes the first woman to pitch in a college game. Appearing for Southern California College of Cosa Mesa‚ she 5-hits Claremont-Mudd-Scripps‚ 12-1.|
|February 20||Toronto pitchers Dave Stewart and Todd Stottlemyre are arrested following a scuffle with police outside a Tampa nightclub. Both are charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.|
|February 25||The veterans committee elects Phil Rizzuto and Leo Durocher to baseball’s Hall of Fame.|
|March 1||Leonard Coleman‚ executive director of Major League Baseball’s market development department‚ is elected president of the NL‚ succeeding Bill White.|
|March 3||Darryl Strawberry comes under investigation by the IRS for allegedly failing to report income from autograph and memorabilia shows.|
|March 4||Michael Jordan bounces out to Texas pitcher Darren Oliver in his first at bat in spring training.|
|March 9||Phillies 1B John Kruk is diagnosed with testicular cancer.|
|March 16||Former Padres P Eric Show dies at age 37 of unknown causes at Rancho L’Abri Drug and Alcohol treatment center near SD.|
|March 18||The Braves release OF Ron Gant‚ who broke his leg in a motorcycle accident.|
|March 27||The Orioles trade 1B David Segui to the Mets in exchange for P Tom Wegmann and SS Kevin Baez.|
|March 29||The Padres trade 2B Harold Reynolds to the Angels in exchange for P Hilly Hathaway.|
|March 30||The Mets trade P Anthony Young to the Cubs in exchange for SS Jose Vizcaino.|
|March 31||The Mets continue dealing by swapping former number one selections with the Tigers. The Mets send pitcher Alan Zinter to Detroit for 1B Rico Brogna. Rico will start at Norfolk but after the Mets bring him up he will hit .351 in 39 games.|
|April 3||Cardinals OF Ray Langford hits a HR as the first batter of the 1994 season. St. Louis goes on the defeat Cincinnati‚ 6-4‚ with Bob Tewksbury gaining the win.|
|April 4||Cubs OF Tuffy Rhodes becomes 1st NL player to hit 3 HRs on opening day when he connects off Doc Gooden at Wrigley Field‚ but the Mets beat the Cubs 12-8‚ with Gooden getting the win over Mike Morgan. Tuffy’s three HRs are consecutive and he adds a single.|
Jacobs Field in Cleveland opens with the Indians defeating the Mariners‚ 4-3‚ in front of 41‚259 fans. Seattle OF Eric Anthony hits the stadium’s first HR‚ while Eric Plunk notches the first victory in relief.
|April 8||Braves P Kent Mercker no-hits the Dodgers‚ 6-0‚ fanning 10 in the process. It his first complete game in the majors. Chan Ho Park comes on to pitch in the 9th for the Dodgers‚ becoming the first Korean player to appear in a major league game.|
Darryl Strawberry enters the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage‚ California‚ for 18 days of treatment for substance abuse.
Oakland defeats Minnesota‚ 15-5‚ as Geronimo Berroa gets 5 hits‚ and drives home 5 runs‚ for the A’s.
|April 11||At the regular season opening of The Ballpark at Arlington‚ a fan posing for pictures falls from the railing of the right field home run porch. Hollye Minter falls some 35 feet and breaks her right arm‚ ribs‚ and several bones in her neck. The Brewers go on to defeat the Rangers‚ 4-3.|
|April 12||Boston 3B Scott Cooper hits for the cycle while going 5-for-6 in the Red Sox- 22-11 victory over KC. It is the most runs ever scored in a game against the Royals.|
|April 13||Montreal P Pedro Martinez’s bid for a perfect game‚ in only his 5th major league start‚ goes down the tubes as he hits Reds OF Reggie Sanders on an 0-2 count with 1 out in the 8th inning. Sanders apparently thinks that Martinez did it deliberately and charges the mound‚ setting off a bench-clearing brawl. When order is restored‚ Martinez loses his no-hitter when Brian Dorsett singles to lead off the 9th. He does not figure in the decision‚ as the Reds rally to tie. Montreal wins‚ 3-2‚ with a run in the bottom of the inning.|
Indians P Derek Lilliquist is credited with Cleveland’s 6-5 win without retiring a batter. With 2 outs in 9th of a 5-5 tie‚ the runner on 1B‚ Rex Hudler‚ is thrown out trying to steal. The Indians go on to score in the 10th to win the game.
|April 15||The Angels rally to score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning against Toronto to tie the game at 13-13. The Blue Jays had scored 5 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 10-3 lead. California pushes across the winning run in the 10th to come out on top with a 14-13 victory.|
Beloit Brewers P Kelly Wunsch strikes out 5 batters in the 3rd inning of Beloit’s Class A Midwest League game against the Springfield Sultans. Two of the 5 reach base after striking out on pitches that get away from the catcher. Wunsch loses‚ but his mitt ends up in Cooperstown.
|April 18||In a 7-1 win over the visiting Cardinals‚ Braves hitters Ryan Klesko‚ Fred McGriff‚ and David Justice hit back-to-back-to-back homers‚ all off Rick Sutcliffe.|
Tim Raines rocks three homers and scores 5 runs to lead the White Sox to a 12-1 win over the Red Sox. Frank Thomas also homers for the Pale Hose.
|April 19||The Red Sox defeat the Athletics‚ 13-5‚ as Mo Vaughn and Tim Naehring twice hit back-to-back HRs. The pair connect off Bob Welch in the 2nd inning and off Carlos Reyes in the 6th.|
Expo OF Larry Walker throws out Giants P John Burkett at 1B on a ground ball into RF. Montreal goes on to defeat San Francisco‚ 4-3.
|April 21||Cleveland 1B Eddie Murray smacks HRs from both sides of the plate in the Indians’ 10-6 win over the Twins. It is the 11th time that he has performed the feat‚ breaking the record previously held by Mickey Mantle.|
|April 23||Padres’ OF Tony Gwynn gets 5 hits‚ including a double and HR‚ in San Diego’s 8-2 win over Philadelphia.|
|April 24||Julio Franco and Robin Ventura twice hit back-to-back HRs in Chicago’s 7-6 loss to Detroit. It is the 17th time it has happened in major league history‚ and the 2nd time this week.|
|April 25||Padres’ P Scott Sanders and OF Derek Bell are arrested in New York on charges of soliciting undercover policewomen posing as prostitutes‚ prior to San Diego’s game against the Mets. The Padres go on to win the game‚ 6-3‚ as Sanders picks up his first career save. Charges against Sanders and Bell will be dismissed in October for lack of evidence.|
|April 26||Baltimore OF Brady Anderson gets 4 extra-base hits in his first 4 trips to the plate in the Orioles’ 10-4 win over Oakland. Anderson’s 2 doubles and 2 HRs all come while leading off an inning. Palmeiro and Hoiles both homer to back Arthur Rhoades.|
|April 27||Minnesota P Scott Erickson no-hits the Brewers‚ 6-0. It is the first no-hitter in the history of the Metrodome. Erickson strikes out 5 while walking 4 in his gem‚ the first Minnesota no-hitter in 27 years.|
Toronto OF Joe Carter sets an new major league record by driving home his 30th run of April with a 1st-inning single in the Blue Jays’ 11-3 loss to Texas. Carter will finish the month with 31.
|April 29||Montreal P Kirk Reuter defeats SD by a score of 3-1. In doing so‚ he becomes the first major league pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to begin his career by winning his first 10 decisions. The all-time record is 12‚ held by former Giants hurler‚ Hooks Wiltse‚ who did so in 1904‚ and tied by Butch Metzger (1974-76).|
Colorado 1B Andres Galarraga sets a new NL record by driving in his 30th run of the month in the Rockies’ 6-5 victory over Chicago. The previous league mark of 29 was held by Dale Murphy and Ron Cey.
|April 30||The Orioles and Mike Mussina top Seattle and Randy Johnson‚ 6-4. The O’s lose rookie Jeffrey Hammonds when he suffers a concussion running into catcher Bill Hasleman while trying to score on a sac fly. Jack Voight takes over for Hammonds and is 3-for-5 with a homer.|
|May 2||For the first time ever‚ the Cubs do not don their traditional white uniforms for their game with Cincinnati at Wrigley Field. The change doesn’t help‚ however‚ as Chicago records its 11th straight home loss‚ losing 9-0 to John Smiley while wearing blue jerseys. Smiley allows 2 hits.|
|May 3||Phillies P Andy Carter makes his major league debut in Philadelphia’s 8-3 loss to San Diego. Carter faces only 3 batters in relief of Shawn Boskie‚ hits 2 of them‚ and is ejected from the game by home plate umpire Jim Quick.|
At Denver‚ Ray Lankford leads off for St. Louis with his 2nd leadoff homer in two games‚ but that is the Cards scoring. Colorado then plates 10 runs to win‚ 10-1.
Florida OF Chuck Carr record the first 5-hit game in Marlins history‚ doing so in the team’s 6-3 win over the Braves. Carr’s 5 singles helps Florida move 2 games over .500 for the first time in their 2-year history.
|May 4||Detroit 2B Lou Whitaker drives in 7 runs in the Tigers’ 14-7 win over the Rangers. He strokes a 3-run HR in the 3rd inning‚ and a grand slam in the 8th.|
The Cubs end their record home-losing streak of 12 games by beating the Reds‚ 5-2. Steve Trachsel is the winner‚ with help from HRs by Sosa and Eddie Zambrano and a “good luck” goat in attendance.
|May 5||Tampa Yankees DH Edwin Salcedo hits an apparent 430-foot HR in a game against the Brevard County Manatees‚ but does not even receive credit for a single. Salcedo misses first base while rounding the bases‚ and is called out on appeal. The Manatees defeat the Yankees‚ 5-3.|
|May 6||Anthony Young snaps his two-year win drought as a starter as the Cubs pummel the Pirates with 9 extra base hits to win‚ 10-1. Young‚ who set a ML record with 27 straight losses‚ will win his next 2 starts.|
|May 8||Jose Tartabull‚ Mike Stanley‚ and Gerald Williams hit back-to-back-to-back HRs for the Yankees in the 6th inning of NY’s 8-4 win over Boston.|
Pittsburgh OF Andy Van Slyke goes 8-for-9 in the Pirates’ 9-2 and 9-3 doubleheader sweep of the Cubs. Van Slyke homers and doubles in the first game‚ while driving in 4 runs.
In their first official game against an all-men’s team‚ the Colorado Silver Bullets are defeated by the Northern League All-Stars‚ 19-0. The Bullets are outhit‚ 21-2‚ and commit 6 errors in the field.
|May 9||Central Valley (California League) SS Neifi Perez pulls an unassisted triple play on a line drive.|
|May 10||The Braves score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to come back from an 8-1 deficit to tie the Phillies. Atlanta goes on to win the game‚ 9-8 in 15 innings.|
|May 12||The Pirates lose to the Phillies‚ 6-4. In the process‚ they strand 17 runners on base‚ just 1 shy of the NL record for a 9-inning game.|
|May 13||OF Tim Salmon leads the Angels to an 11-1 win over the Mariners with 5 hits‚ including 2 HRs. Salmon drive home 5 runs while scoring 4 himself. The 5 safeties give him 13 hits in his last 15 at bats‚ tying the AL mark for most hits in 3 games set by Joe Cronin in 1933 and tied by Walt Dropo in 1952.|
|May 14||In only his 2nd major league appearance‚ Cleveland P Paul Shuey fans 4 batters in the 9th inning of the Tribe’s 9-3 win over Detroit. He becomes only the 10th pitcher in AL history‚ and the first rookie‚ to fan 4 in an inning.|
|May 15||Six Florida Marlins pitchers combine to shut out the Cubs‚ 3-0. Starter Chris Hammond gets credit for the victory.|
|May 17||Six St. Louis Cardinals pitchers combine to shut out the Pirates on 2 hits‚ 2-0. It is only the 3rd time in NL history‚ and the 2nd time in 3 days‚ that 6 hurlers have combined to blank another team. Tom Urbani gets the win‚ allowing one hit in 7 1/3 innings.|
Pitcher Frank Viola undergoes surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow and will be out for the year.
Marcel Lachemann is named manager of the Angels‚ replacing Buck Rodgers.
|May 18||The Cincinnati Enquirer quotes Marge Schott as saying she doesn’t want her Reds players to wear earrings‚ because “only fruits wear earrings.” She will later clarify her statement saying she was “not prejudice against any group‚ regardless of lifestyle preferences.” Dodger P Roger McDowell buys earrings for the whole team and they will wear them in the clubhouse in Cincinnati: LaSorda doesn’t allow them to wear them on the field.|
The Dodgers beat the Rockies‚ 8-2‚ behind Orel Hirshiser’s 8 srong innings. Batting for Hirshiser‚ Garey Ingram hits a pinch homer on his first ML at bat. He’ll have just 3 career HRs.
Japanese P Hiromi Makihara of the Yomiuri Giants pitches a perfect game‚ 6-0 win over the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. It is the 15th perfect game in Japanese baseball history.
|May 20||Minnesota OF Kirby Puckett‘s 7 RBIs leads the Twins to a 21-2 victory over the Red Sox. Minnesota scores 11 times in the 5th inning to put the game away. Rookie OF Andy Tomberlin hurls the last 2 innings for the Sox‚ and allows just 1 hit and no runs.|
The Mariners fall just short of matching the Twins by defeating the Rangers by a score of 19-2. Five Mariners hit HRs as Seattle knocks out 21 hits in setting a team record for runs scored.
|May 22||Kansas City P David Cone hurls a 1-hit‚ 4-0 shutout over the Angels. Chili Davis‘ opposite-field single in the 5th inning is California’s only safety.|
|May 24||At home‚ the Cardinals set a new ML record for futility by stranding 16 base runners in a shutout‚ a 4-0 loss to the Phils. The Cards collect 9 hits and 8 walks to strand runners in every inning but the first. At the end of the 8 innings the game is scoreless‚ but new Cards reliever Mike Perez gives up 2 hits and a walk‚ then a 3-run homer to Pete Incaviglia. The old record of 15 baserunners in a shutout had been done 4 times‚ the last on May 12‚ 1975. The Mariners in 1998 will match the Cards futility and set the AL record.|
|May 25||Royals’ P Kevin Appier strikes out 13 Rangers in only 5 2/3 innings in KC’s 8-3 victory over Texas. According to records traced back to 1986‚ no other pitcher in that time had pitched less than 6 innings in a game and had that many strikeouts. Appier is removed from the contest since he had thrown 108 pitches‚ and had had to sit through a 49-minute rain delay.|
The Dodgers release OF Darryl Strawberry.
|May 27||The Silver Bullets defeat the Richfield Rockets‚ 7-2‚ before a crowd of 3‚954‚ in what is believed to be the first victory by a women’s pro team over a men’s squad. Lee Anne Ketcham fans 14 for the Silver Bullets.|
|May 29||The Braves trade OF Deion Sanders to the Reds in exchange for OF Roberto Kelly and minor league P Roger Etheridge.|
|May 31||KC OF Brian McRae strokes 5 hits in the Royals’ 9-7 win over Boston.|
The Padres score 13 runs in the 2nd inning of their 15-5 victory over the Pirates.
The Red Sox trade OF Billy Hatcher and P Paul Quantrill to the Phillies in exchange for OF Wes Chamberlain and minor league P Mike Sullivan.
|June 1||Detroit 3B Travis Fryman strokes 5 hits in the Tigers’ 11-3 win over the Orioles.|
|June 2||The NY Mets select Florida State P Paul Wilson with the first pick in the amateur draft. OF Ben Grieve is selected 2nd by the Oakland Athletics. The Brewers Sal Bando‚ a former ASU third baseman‚ picks another ASU 3rd sacker‚ Antone Williamson‚ with Milwaukee’s the 4th pick overall. The Brewers do find a good 5th round pick in Steve Woodard. The Marlins use the 5th overall on Josh Booty‚ rated the top high school QB in the nation. Booty will sign with the Fish for $1.6 million‚ hit .198 in 4 years in the minors‚ have a cup of coffee with the Marlins‚ and return to college football. The Dodgers pick Paul Konerko with the 13th overall pick‚ while Carlton Loewer is taken by the Phils with the 23rd pick. The Royals take Jose Rosado on the 12th round. Boston ends up with the best draft‚ taking Nomar Garciaparra (1st round‚ 12th pick)‚ Brian Rose (3rd round)‚ Brian Barkley (5th)‚ Damien Sapp (10th)‚ Donie Sadler (11th)‚ and Carl Pavano (18th). The Twins pick Corey Koskie on the 26th round. On a draft-and-follow‚ the Cubs take Kyle Farnsworth on the 47th round.|
|June 4||Minnesota OF Pedro Munoz drives in 7 runs to lead the Twins to a 21-7 win over Detroit. Minnesota becomes the 1st team since the 1950 Red Sox to score more than 20 runs in a game 2 times in the same season. They had previously beaten Boston‚ 21-2‚ on May 20.|
|June 5||OF Alex Ochoa and 1B Brent Miller‚ of the Class AA Bowie Baysox‚ each homer twice in the 4th inning of Bowie’s 28-10 win over the Harrisburg Senators. It is only the 3rd time in minor league history that 2 players from the same team have homered in the same inning. A total of 11 HRs are hit in the game‚ including 7 by the Baysox.|
The International Baseball Association votes down a proposal to allow open competition in IBA events such as the world championships and the Olympics.
|June 7||Toronto defeats Chicago‚ 9-5‚ stopping Wilson Alvarez‘s winning streak at 15 games. Bo Jackson drives home all 5 of the White Sox runs. Alvarez falls 2 short of the AL record held jointly by Johnny Allen and Dave McNally.|
|June 8||AL owners elect Gene Budig as league president‚ replacing Bobby Brown.|
|June 11||Detroit defeats California by a score of 11-5 as OF Kirk Gibson drives home 7 of the runs on a pair of homers.|
|June 13||Texas trounces Seattle‚ 17-9‚ as DH Jose Canseco drives home 8 runs with 5 hits. Canseco counts 3 HRs among his safeties.|
Colorado beats Atlanta‚ 7-2‚ marking the Rockies first victory ever over the Braves after 16 consecutive defeats. Former Atlanta pitcher Marvin Freeman gets the win.
Montreal P Jeff Fassero loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning as Pittsburgh 2B Carlos Garcia singles. SS Jay Bell follows with a HR‚ but the Expos hold on for a 10-2 victory.
Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg announces his retirement‚ effective immediately.
|June 14||Baseball owners make a salary cap proposal‚ asking players to split revenue 50-50. Salary arbitration would be eliminated‚ and free agency for players reached after 4 years in the majors instead of 6. The players will reject the proposal on June 18th.|
|June 16||Trailing 6-4 going into the bottom of the 9th‚ the Indians rally to tie the game‚ then win it 7-6 when Albert Belle smacks an RBI-double to left center. The Sox elected to pitch to Belle with first base open. The win is Cleveland’s 15th consecutive home victory.|
The Pirates defeat the Cardinals‚ 7-5 in 10 innings‚ in a game which sees St. Louis turn an NL-record-tying 7 double plays.
The Red Sox trade C Dave Valle to the Brewers in exchange for OF Tom Brunansky.
|June 17||Seattle defeats KC‚ 5-1‚ as Ken Griffey Jr. socks his 30th HR of the season. In doing so‚ he joins Babe Ruth as the only players to have hit 30 homers before June 30. Ruth did so in both 1928 and 1930.|
Atlanta defeats Cincinnati‚ 6-5‚ to give Braves’ manager Bobby Cox his 1‚000th career victory.
|June 19||The Reds score 7 runs in the first inning and go on to defeat Atlanta‚ 12-4‚ using a 20-hit attack for the second day in a row. Hal Morris‚ Kevin Mitchell‚ Jeff Branson‚ and Eddie Taubensee all homer off Braves’ starter John Smoltz in the frame‚ as the Atlanta hurler becomes the 14th pitcher in major league history to surrender 4 round-trippers in a single inning. He also allows 20 total bases‚ a 20th century NL record. Atlanta adds a homer to match the 2-team homerun mark for one inning.|
Detroit beats Toronto by a score of 3-1. Mickey Tettleton homers for the Tigers‚ marking the 25th consecutive game in which a Detroit player had hit a round-tripper. That ties the major league record held by the 1941 Yankees. Cleveland’s Charles Nagy and Eric Plunk will stop the streak tomorrow.
The Giants sign OF Darryl Strawberry‚ recently released from a drug rehabilitation program in California‚ and then released by the Dodgers.
|June 20||Umpires Dana DeMuth‚ Tom Hallion‚ Paul Runge‚ and Angel Hernandez work the Atlanta-NY game wearing shorts and Braves T-shirts and caps. The umps regular equipment was lost in transit. The Braves win the game‚ 7-3.|
|June 21||The Red Sox score 10 times in the top of the first inning as they go on to defeat the Blue Jays‚ 13-1.|
|June 22||OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-3 win over the Angels by stroking his 31st HR of the season. In doing so‚ Griffey breaks Babe Ruth‘s record for most HRs before the end of June‚ set by the Babe in 1926 and 1930.|
The Mets Pete Smith gives up homers to the first two Atlanta batters‚ Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser‚ then settles dwon as the Mets win‚ 5-2‚ beating Greg Maddux. John Franco picks up his 253rd save‚ the most by a left hander.
After two straight losses‚ White Sox pitcher Wilson Alvarez beats Texas‚ 4-0. Alvarez had set a club record with 15 straight wins earlier.
|June 23||Oakland P Bobby Witt narrowly misses hurling a perfect game‚ defeating KC on a 4-0‚ 1-hitter. Umpire Gary Cederstrom calls Greg Gagne safe on a close play at 1st in the 6th inning‚ for the Royals only hit‚ but TV replays show that Gagne was out. The play went 1B Troy Neel to Witt covering. Witt fans 14 and does not walk a batter in his masterpiece.|
The Reds defeat the Giants‚ 7-5‚ in a contest that sees SF P Pat Gomez throw 3 consecutive wild pitches in the 8th inning. Gomez’s next pitch‚ like the 3 previous ones‚ bounces in the dirt‚ but C Kirt Manwaring is able to block it‚ preventing Gomez from becoming just the 3rd pitcher ever to throw 4 wild pitches in an inning.
The Senate Judiciary Committee fails to approve antitrust legislation by a vote of 10-7. According to Donald Fehr‚ executive director of the Major League Players Association‚ the action leaves the players with little choice but to strike.
A brawl during a Class A Florida State League game between the Port Charlotte Rangers and the West Palm Beach Expos results in a record $4‚425 in fines‚ and 44 suspensions. With both benches and bullpens emptying‚ the only players who escaped without fines or suspensions are either in the clubhouse or not at the game.
|June 24||Aided by a 9-run 6th inning‚ Houston goes on to defeat the Dodgers‚ 16-4. 1B Jeff Bagwell drives home 6 of the Astros’ runs as he slugs 3 homers‚ including 2 in the 6th inning. He is the 28th player in major league history to homer twice in the same inning. He leads the NL in RBI with 74.|
At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees and Cleveland battle to a 9-5 score at the end of 7 innings when a curfew calls the game at 1:18 a‚m. There are a total of 3:10 in raind delays counting the delay to start the game. The game will be completed tomorrow with the Yankees winning 11-6 in a game that takes 4:03 in total to play‚ a Cleveland team record. Not tobe outdone‚ the two teams play to a 12-11 Yankee win on the following day in a game that takes exactly 4:03 to play. The two teams total 11 runs scored in the 8th.
|June 27||The Cubs defeat the Pirates‚ 2-1‚ as P Randy Myers records his 200th career save. He is only the 3rd left-hander to reach the mark.|
|June 28||Oakland P Bobby Witt follows up his 1-hit shutout over the Royals with a 2-hit whitewashing of the Angels‚ winning by a score of 3-0.|
Before a crowd of 55‚021‚ the Rockies split a pair with the visiting Padres. The Rocks outslug the Pads to win the opener‚ 10-9‚ as the 2 teams combine for 6 homers. No balls leave the park in game 2‚ an 11-3 Padre win. San Diego scores a NL record 9 runs in the 11th‚ and the 10 runs in the inning by 2 teams is one short of the NL mark.
The Phils injury plagued C Darren Daulton suffers another season-ending injury when he uses his left collarbone to catcher a foul tip off the bat of Jeff Conine. Daulton will be out the rest of the season. Florida beats the Phils‚ 2-1‚ as Jeff Mutis wins his 1st and only game in the NL.
Mets P Dwight Gooden receives a 60-day suspension for violating terms of his drug aftercare program.
|June 29||The Dodgers defeat the Giants‚ 6-2‚ as SF 3B Matt Williams homers off Ramon Martinez in the 4th inning. It is Williams’ 29th HR of the season‚ breaking Willie Stargell‘s NL mark for homers before July.|
The A’s Scott Brosius hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off the Angels Chuck Finley to give Oakland a 1-0 win.
|June 30||In Montreal’s 7-3 victory over the Giants‚ SF OF Darren Lewis commits an error‚ allowing Cliff Floyd’s basehit to skip under his glove. It is Lewis’ 1st error in 392 major league games (938 chances)‚ and his 1st since May 10‚ 1991‚ at Triple-A Phoenix.|
|July 1||The Orioles and Angels combine to hit a major league record-tying 11 HRs in a contest won by Baltimore‚ 14-7. The Orioles smash 6 of the round-trippers and the Angels hit 5. It is the 8th 11-HR game in history. Surprisingly‚ none of the homers go as far as 400 feet.|
|July 2||Seattle OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-6 win over the Yankees by getting 5 singles.|
|July 3||Athletics P Bobby Witt hurls his 3rd consecutive shutout‚ defeating the Red Sox‚ 10-0 on a 6-hitter.|
The Indians retire Larry Doby‘s uniform number 47 years after he broke the AL color line.
The Mets’ Rico Brogna breaks up Andy Benes’ no-hit bid with a double in the 8th inning. The Padres win‚ 7-0‚ as Benes fans 13 and walks only 1 in his 1-hitter. He also drives home 3 runs with a double of his own.
|July 4||At Wrigley Field‚ Dante Bichette hits a 2-run double in the 15th‚ off Randy Myers‚ to give the Rockies a 4-2 win over the Cubs. Bichette has another RBI in the 11th while the first score comes on Eric Young’s leadoff HR. Bruce Walton wins his 1st and last NL decision and finishes his career 2-0.|
|July 5||Toronto 3B Darnell Coles leads the Blue Jays to a 14-3 win over Minnesota by stroking 3 homers and driving home 4 runs.|
California C Chris Turner leads the Angels to a 10-3 win over Boston. Entering the game batting only .138‚ Turner strokes 5 hits‚ including a pair of doubles‚ and gets 2 RBIs. He also becomes the 1st Angel C ever to steal home with a 2nd-inning theft.
|July 7||Pittsburgh C Don Slaught gets 5 hits‚ but it’s not enough to keep the Pirates from losing to the Reds‚ 8-7. His 5 safeties include a pair of doubles.|
|July 8||In Seattle’s 7-4 win over Boston‚ Red Sox SS John Valentin turns the 10th unassisted triple play in major league history. In the 2nd inning‚ he catches a line drive off the bat of Marc Newfield‚ steps on 2nd base to retire Mike Blowers‚ then tags runner Keith Mitchell who is heading for 2nd. Valentin then homers in the bottom of the 2nd. Blue chipper Alex Rodriguez‚ 18‚ is 0-for-3 in his ML debut‚ but makes a long throw to start a DP.|
|July 9||Alex Rodriguez‚ the first draft pick in 1993‚ has his first 2 ML hits in Seattle’s 7-4 win over Boston. Rodriguez is the youngest player to start in the majors since C Brian Milner for Toronto‚ June 23‚ 1978.|
|July 11||The Pirates unveil a statue of Roberto Clemente outside Three Rivers Stadium.|
|July 12||Moises Alou’s double in the 10th inning gives the NL an 8-7 victory over the AL in the All-Star Game. The NL is now a perfect 9-0 in extra-inning contests. Houston P John Hudek becomes the 1st P in history to appear in an All-Star Game before recording a major league victory. Fred McGriff‚ whose 2-run homer in the 9th inning tied the score‚ takes MVP honors.|
|July 14||Chicago’s Alex Fernandez strikes out 12 innings to win his 8th straight game‚ defeating Cleveland‚ 6-3. The White Sox move ahead of the Tribe by 1/2 game in the AL Central.|
The Twins lose to the Brewers‚ 6-4‚ in the Metrodome. During the course of the game‚ 2 balls hit off the ceiling of the stadium-a Kent Hrbek fly ball which drops for a double‚ and a Pedro Munoz popup‚ caught by Milwaukee 1B Kevin Seitzer.
St. Louis SS Ozzie Smith records 4 assists in the Cardinals’ 8-1 loss to Colorado‚ moving him past Luis Aparicio and into 1st place on the all-time list.
Whoops. Blue Jay outfielder Joe Carter appears with his uniform spelling “Torotno”. The uniform maker Wilson is to blame.
|July 15||In game 2 against the Padres‚ the Mets Bret Saberhagen goes 10 innings‚ striking out 11‚ giving up 5 hits and allowing no runs. Consistent with his record-setting season‚ he walks none. He’ll end up with more wins than walks‚ 14 to 13.|
In the first inning at Comiskey Park‚ Sox manager Gene Lamont accuses Indian slugger Albert Belle of using a corked bat‚ and umpire Dave Phillips confiscates the bat and stores it in the ump’s dressing room. In a Mission Impossible caper revealed in 1999‚ the Indians Jason Grimsley crawls 100 feet along a ceiling‚ drops down into the dressing room‚ and exchanges Belle’s bat for one of Paul Sorrento’s. After the 3-2 Indian’s win‚ the switch is discovered to the consternation of the umps and the White Sox. The Indians subsequently turn over one of Belle’s bats and Belle is given a 10-day suspension‚ later reduced to 7 games.
|July 16||At Comiskey Park‚ the Indians win their 2nd straight game‚ 2-0‚ behind Dennis Martinez. Tomorrow‚ Chicago will hammer Jack Morris‚ 5-2‚ to move back into first place by two percentage points.|
Detroit defeats KC‚ 13-7‚ despite 5 hits‚ all singles‚ by Royals’ 1B Wally Joyner. Travis Fryman‘s grand slam powers the Tigers.
|July 17||Colorado draws 61‚972 fans to its 10-6 win over St. Louis‚ establishing a major league record for attendance for a 4-game set with 259‚113.|
The Richmond Braves defeat the Norfolk Tides‚ 3-2 in 12 innings‚ in a Class AAA International League game. The contest is marked by a brawl in the 8th inning in which both dugouts empty and 1 player is ejected. A new anti-fighting policy in the minors mandates fines and suspensions for any player who leaves his position‚ the dugout‚ or the bullpen during a fight. IL president suspends and fines 35 players for their actions.
|July 18||The Houston Astros spot the visiting St. Louis Cardinals an 11-run lead after 3 innings‚ but rally to win 15-12. The Astros score 11 runs in the 6th on the way to matching the largest comeback in NL history.|
Cleveland OF Albert Belle is suspended for 10 days for using a corked bat in a July 14 game against the White Sox. The suspension will be reduced to 7 days plus a $7‚000 fine when Belle agrees to drop his appeal.
The Major League Baseball Players Association rejects the owners’ salary cap proposal as baseball moves a step closer to a strike.
|July 19||Cardinals’ P Vicente Palacios hurls a 1-hit shutout against Houston‚ defeating the Astros‚ 10-0. Palacios allows only a 3rd-inning single to Andujar Cedeno and a walk‚ while striking out 8 batters.|
Two hours before the Mariners are scheduled to play the Orioles in the Kingdome‚ four 15-pound wood-fiber tiles fall from the ceiling of the stadium‚ landing in the empty seats. The game is postponed indefinitely as an inspection finds that many water-damaged tiles will have to be replaced before baseball can be played there again this season. The M’s would’ve played the final two monthws on the road if the strike had not occurred.
|July 20||Mark Grace collects 4 hits‚ including 3 doubles‚ as the Cubs beat the Rockies‚ 9-8. His 3rd double‚ in the 8th‚ drives home the game winner.|
|July 21||The Phillies trade P Shawn Boskie to the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named.|
|July 22||Cleveland defeats Chicago‚ 9-8‚ as Indians’ 3B Jim Thome clouts 3 solo HRs. The victory moves the Tribe to within 2 games of the division-leading Chisox.|
Mets P Dwight Gooden is admitted to the Betty Ford Center in California for treatment of substance abuse.
|July 24||The Expos defeat the Dodgers‚ 7-4‚ as OF Rondell White drives home all 7 runs for Montreal. White strokes 2 singles‚ a double‚ and a HR in 5 ABs‚ as the Expos maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.|
|July 27||Florida P Charlie Hough is placed on the disabled list due to a degenerative hip condition‚ ending his 22-year major league career.|
|July 28||Texas P Kenny Rogers hurls a perfect game‚ defeating the Angels‚ 4-0. Rogers fans 8 in the 11th regular season perfect game in major league history. He becomes the 1st left-hander in AL history to toss a perfecto and the 14th pitcher in history.|
The Players Association executive board approves of August 12 as the date for a strike.
|July 30||Detroit defeats Oakland‚ 14-2‚ as Tiger C Chad Kreuter ties a major league record with 3 sacrifice flies. He is the 9th player in history to perform the feat.|
The Giants defeat the Rockies by a score of 6-4‚ as Giants pitcher Rod Beck sets a major league record by converting his 25th save in 25 opportunities. Beck held the previous record of 24 which he set last season.
|July 31||The Giants beat the Rockies‚ 9-4‚ as 3B Matt Williams hits his 39th and 40th HRs of the year. This gives him a new NL mark for homers through July. The previous standard was 36. The all-time record of 41 was set by Babe Ruth in 1928‚ and tied by Jimmie Foxx 4 years later.|
Jeff Bagwell‘s 36th homer is the only Astro score in their 7-1 loss‚ but he ties a club record with 29 RBIs for the month. His 105 ribbies through July is the 4th best in NL history.
Steve Carlton‚ Leo Durocher‚ and Phil Rizzuto are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
The Phillies trade OF Milt Thompson to the Astros in exchange for P Tom Edens.
|August 1||Baltimore’s Cal Ripken becomes the 2nd player in history to appear in 2‚000 consecutive games‚ as the Orioles shut out the Twins‚ 1-0‚ behind Arthur Rhodes‚ who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester just yesterday. Ripken goes hitless in 4 at bats. Cal’s streak will go on hold at 2009 when the strike commences.|
Hostilities between the owners and players heat up. The owners withhold $7.8 million they are obligated to pay the players’ pension and benefit plans.
|August 2||The Giants lose to the Reds‚ 9-7‚ despite 3 HRs from OF Barry Bonds. Bonds picks up 4 ribbies as the Giants fall 2 games behind the Dodgers in the Western Division race.|
|August 3||The Reds defeat the Giants‚ 17-4‚ on 24 hits as former Giant Kevin Mitchell gets 5 hits and 5 RBIs against his former teammates. Mitchell strokes 2 singles‚ 2 doubles‚ and a HR as the Reds collect 24 hits. Brett Boone scores 5 runs. The Reds set the tone in the first inning when the first two batters‚ Jacob Brumfield and Boone‚ homer and‚ after a walk‚ Mitchell homers.|
Wearing 1924 Monarch uniforms‚ the Royals beat the A’s‚ 9-5 to run their win streak to 12 games. Bob Hamelin hits his 23rd homer to break Bo Jackson’s club mark for rookies.
|August 4||Seattle defeats California‚ 4-2‚ as Rich Gossage notches the win in relief. It is Gossage’s 1‚000th major league appearance on the mound‚ making him the 3rd pitcher to ever reach that milestone. Only Hoyt Wilhelm (1‚070) and Kent Tekulve (1‚050) have gotten into more games as pitchers.|
|August 5||Baltimore P Ben McDonald 1-hits Milwaukee‚ winning by a score of 4-0. McDonald fans 9 and walks 4 in his masterpiece‚ allowing only a 4th-inning single to Dave Nilsson.|
Atlanta 1B Fred McGriff hits a HR in the Braves’ 16-6 win over Cincinnati‚ making him only the 9th major leaguer in history to hit 30 or more homers in 7 consecutive seasons.
In the Astros 12-4 win over the Giants‚ Jeff Bagwell is 3-for-4 to set several club records. His 38th homer is a new mark‚ his 2 extra base hits give him 71‚ and his 5 RBIs give him 112 to pass Bob Watson. Bagwell will hit his 39th tomorrow.
|August 6||The Mariners defeat the Royals‚ 11-2‚ to end KC’s 14-game winning streak‚ the 2nd longest in club history. KC started the streak in 3rd place‚ the same spot they’re in today.|
Detroit defeats Toronto‚ 3-2‚ as Blue Jay OF Joe Carter steals second base in the 4th inning. In doing so‚ he becomes just the 10th player in history to amass 300 HRs and 200 SBs.
Cards lefty Danny Jackson severely sprain his right ankle while running the bases‚ and will be out the rest of the year. The ligament will not respond to treatment and Jackson will miss the opening of the 1995 season. Jackson underwent thyroid-cancer surgery after the 1993 season and did not react well to the medication. He started the season by losing 9 straight and is at 2-12 now.
|August 7||Pittsburgh SS Jay Bell strokes 5 base hits‚ including a pair of doubles‚ leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. His single in the bottom of the 9th brings home the winning run.|
|August 10||Minnesota OF Kirby Puckett drives in 7 runs as the Twins defeat the Red Sox by a score of 17-7.|
|August 11||Seattle defeats Oakland‚ 8-1‚ in the final game that will be played this season. Randy Johnson goes the distance for his 13th-and last-win of the year.|
|August 12||Major league players go out on strike in the 3rd work stoppage in the last 23 years. The dispute with owners centers on a salary cap‚ salary arbitration‚ free agency‚ and minimum salaries.|
|August 17||Two workers involved in repairing the roof of the Kingdome are killed when their basket on a construction crane falls 250 feet to the floor of the stadium.|
Former major league 1B Willie Mays Aikens is convicted by a federal jury on four counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of using a gun in a drug transaction. He could face at least 15 years in prison.
|August 23||The Butte Copper Kings ended Billings’ 15-game winning streak in a Pioneer League game by a score of 22-21. The game sees a total of 43 runs‚ 53 hits‚ and 7 errors recorded.|
|August 25||Las Vegas Stars C Kevin Higgins and OF Keith Lockhart both play all 9 positions in the Stars’ 10-7 victory over Tacoma in a Class AAA game.|
|August 31||Minnesota OF-DH Dave Winfield is sold to the Indians.|
Three-and-a-half hours of negotiations with federal mediators produces no progress in the strike‚ and no further talks are scheduled as the strike goes into its 4th week.
|September 2||According to acting commissioner Bud Selig‚ September 9 is the tentative deadline for canceling the rest of the season is no agreement is reached between the owners and players.|
|September 12||At Harrisburg‚ Bill Pulsipher of Binghamton (Eastern League) fires a 2-0 playoff no-hitter against Harrisburg. Binghamton evens the series at a game apiece and will win the series‚ 3 to 1.|
|September 14||The remainder of the baseball season is canceled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players’ strike. There will be no World Series for the 1st time since 1904.|
|September 15||The Mets are informed that P Dwight Gooden is in violation of his aftercare program for substance abuse.|
|September 26||The Baltimore Orioles fire manager Johnny Oates.|
|October 7||The Kansas City Royals name Bob Boone manager.|
|October 12||The Texas Rangers fire manager Kevin Kennedy.|
|October 14||Bud Selig and Donald Fehr meet with President Clinton at the White House in an effort to reach an agreement concerning the strike.|
|October 18||The Boston Red Sox name Kevin Kennedy‚ fired last week by Texas as their new manager.|
|October 19||For the third year in a row‚ a Dodger is named Rookie of the Year. Raul Mondesi‚ like last year’s pick‚ Mike Piazza‚ is a unanimous choice. The fleet Dominican OF hit .306 with 16 homers and 16 assists.|
|October 21||The Chicago Cubs name Jim Riggleman as manager and the San Diego Padres name Bruce Bochy as manager.|
|October 22||Bob Hamelin‚ KC outfielder‚ easily outpaces Manny Ramirez to win the AL Rookie of the Year award. Hamelin hit .282 with 24 homers in 101 games‚ the most he’ll play in his ML career.|
|November 1||Plans are announced for the new United League‚ which plans to compete with the existing major leagues.|
|November 4||Dwight Gooden receives a year-long suspension for violating his aftercare program. He reportedly has continued to test positive for cocaine.|
|November 18||The Indians trade Ps Dave Mlicki‚ Jerry Dipoto‚ Paul Byrd‚ and a player to be named to the Mets in exchange for OF Jeromy Burnitz and P Joe Roa.|
|November 28||The Astros trade P Pete Harnisch to the Mets in exchange for a player to be named.|
|November 29||The Marlins trade OF Carl Everett to the Mets in exchange for 2B Quilvio Veras.|
|November 30||The Brewers trade P Doug Henry to the Mets in exchange for Javier Gonzales and INF Fernando Vina. Vina will play 140 games at 2B and hit .283 while Henry will be 2-8 with the Mets.|
|December 5||It is announced that Richard Ravitch will step down as negotiator for the owners on December 31. He resigns tomorrow.|
The Rangers sign free agent C Dave Valle to a 2-year contract.
|December 7||The Cardinals trade 2B Luis Alicea to the Red Sox in exchange for P Nate Minchey and minor league OF Jeff McNeely.|
|December 8||Darryl Strawberry and his agent‚ Eric Goldschmidt‚ are indicted for allegedly failing to report a half million dollars of income from the sale of autographs at baseball card shows.|
|December 9||The Red Sox obtain OF Jose Canseco from the Rangers in exchange for OF Otis Nixon and 3B Luis Ortiz|
The Orioles sign free agent C Matt Nokes.
|December 12||The Cardinals sign free agent pitchers Danny Jackson and Tom Henke.|
|December 13||The Angels sign free agent P Lee Smith to a 2-year contract.|
The Red Sox acquire 2B Terry Shumpert from the Royals in exchange for a player to be named.
The Rangers sign free agent P Kevin Gross and 2B Mark McLemore.
|December 14||The Yankees obtain P Jack McDowell from the White Sox in exchange for minor league P Keith Heberling and a player to be named.|
The Phillies sign free agent IF Gregg Jefferies to a 4-year contract.
The Indians obtain IF/OF Tim Costo from the Reds in exchange for SS Mark Lewis.
Labor talks headed by federal mediator Bill Usery break down.
|December 15||The Yankees sign free agent SS Tony Fernandez.|
The owners approve a salary cap plan by a vote of 25-3‚ but agree to delay implementing it so that another round of talks with the players can be held.
|December 22||The Giants trade P John Burkett to the Rangers in exchange for minor league 1B/OF Desi Wilson and SS Rich Aurilia.|
The Reds sign free agent P Jack Morris.
|December 23||With negotiations at a standstill‚ the owners unilaterally implement a salary cap.|
|December 28||The Astros obtain OF Derek Bell‚ IF Ricky Gutierrez‚ P Pedro martinez‚ OF Phil Plantier‚ and IF Craig Shipley from the Padres in exchange for 3B Ken Caminiti‚ SS Andujar Cedeno‚ OF Steve Finley‚ 1B Roberto Petagine‚ P Brian Williams‚ and a player to be named. P Sean Fesh will go to the Padres next May to complete the 12-player deal‚ the biggest in the major leagues since 1957.|