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1993 Philadelphia Phillies
1993 NL East Champions
1993 NL Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1993 information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Lee Thomas
Manager(s) Jim Fregosi
Local television WPHL-TV
(Andy Musser, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn)
PRISM
(Garry Maddox,Chris Wheeler, Jay Johnstone)
SportsChannel Philadelphia
(Andy Musser, Kent Tekulve)
Local radio WOGL
(Garry Maddox, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)

The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies season saw the Phillies capture the National League East championship. The Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves in the 1993 National League Championship Series in six games, before losing the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Offseason

Regular season

After finishing in last place the year before, the Phillies took the lead in the NL East on opening day, and never relinquished the lead, as they clinched the division title on September 28 in Pittsburgh.

The 1993 Phillies were led by stars such as Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra, and Curt Schilling. The team was often described as "shaggy," "unkempt," and "dirty." The previous year, noting the presence of the clean-cut Dale Murphy, Kruk himself described the team as "24 morons and one Mormon." Their character endeared them to fans, and attendance reached a record high the following season. As a play on the legendary 1927 New York Yankees' Murderers' Row, the team's dirty, mullet-wearing look was dubbed "Macho Row." To the surprise of their city and the nation, the Phillies powered their way to a 97-65 record and an NL East division title.

During the season there were a multitude of memorable moments. In late April, the team rallied from 8-0 down to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8 in 10 innings, spurred when Giants reliever Bryan Hickerson slammed the ball off the turf to celebrate an out. In San Diego, a few days later, left-fielder Milt Thompson saved a game by making a leaping catch on a potential grand slam by Padres' catcher Bob Geren.

Terry Mulholland hurled the first shutout in Mile High Stadium as the Phils swept the expansion Colorado Rockies in late May. On July 2, the Phils and Padres hooked up for a doubleheader which lasted almost 12 hours with rain delays. Mitch Williams won the second game on an RBI single at 4:41 AM. Five days after that, Lenny Dykstra ended a 7-6, 20-inning affair against the Dodgers at the Vet with a ground-rule double.

A three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals to end July effectively pushed the Redbirds out of the pennant chase, and Danny Jackson's 12-0 rout of Cincinnati on August 29 left the Cards 10 out and Expos 10 1/2 out with one month to go.

However, a September slip caused some columnists in the city to compare the club to the infamous 1964 team. They dropped five of seven at home to the Cubs and Astros, then lost two of three at Olympic Stadium which brought Montreal within four with 13 games remaining.

All that was put to rest on September 28, as the Phils wrapped up the NL East with a 10-7 win over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. Mariano Duncan hit a grand slam to lead a comeback effort, and little-used Donn Pall closed out the game, touching off a wild celebration for their first division crown since 1983.

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Opening Day starters

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Phillies 97 65 .599 --
Montreal Expos 94 68 .580 3
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 .537 10
Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 13
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 .463 22
Florida Marlins 64 98 .395 33
New York Mets 59 103 .364 38

Notable transactions

Roster

1993 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Daulton, DarrenDarren Daulton 145 485 131 .270 27 109
1B Kruk, JohnJohn Kruk 144 507 164 .323 10 70
LF Thompson, MiltMilt Thompson 129 340 89 .262 4 44
CF Dykstra, LenLen Dykstra 161 637 194 .305 19 66

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bell, JuanJuan Bell 24 65 13 .200 0 7

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 34 235.1 16 7 4.02 186
Jackson, DannyDanny Jackson 32 210.1 12 11 3.77 120

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mauser, TimTim Mauser 8 0 0 0 4.96 14

National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 6: Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 0
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 9 1
W: Mitch Williams (1-0)   L: Greg McMichael (0-1)   S: None
HR: ATL – None  PHIPete Incaviglia
Pitchers: ATL – Avery (6), Mercker (2), McMichael (1 1/3)  PHI – Schilling (8), Williams (2)
Attendance: 62,012  Time: 3:33

Game 2

October 7: Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 2 0 6 0 1 0 0 4 1 14 16 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 2
W: Greg Maddux (1-0)   L: Tommy Greene (0-1)   S: None
HR: ATLFred McGriff, Jeff Blauser, Damon Berryhill, Terry Pendleton  PHIDave Hollins, Lenny Dykstra
Pitchers: ATL – Maddux (7), Stanton (1), Wohlers (1)  PHI – Greene (2 1/3), Thigpen (2/3), Rivera (2), Mason (2), West (1), Andersen (1)
Attendance: 62,346  Time: 3:14

Game 3

October 9: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 10 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 X 9 12 0
W: Tom Glavine (1-0)  L: Terry Mulholland (0-1)   S: None
HR: PHIJohn Kruk  ATL – None
Pitchers: PHI – Mulholland (5), Mason (1), Andersen (1/3), West (2/3), Thigpen (1)  ATL – Glavine (7), Mercker (1), McMichael (1)
Attendance: 52,032  Time: 2:44

Game 4

October 10: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 1
W: Danny Jackson (1-0)  L: John Smoltz (0-1)   S: Mitch Williams (1)
HR: PHI – None  ATL – None
Pitchers: PHI – Jackson (7 2/3)), Williams (1 1/3)  ATL – Smoltz (6 1/3), Mercker (2/3), Wohlers (2)
Attendance: 52,032  Time: 3:33

Game 5

October 11: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 6 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 7 1
W: Mitch Williams (2-0)   L: Mark Wohlers (0-1)   S: Larry Andersen (1)
HR: PHIDarren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra  ATL – None
Pitchers: PHI – Schilling (8), Williams (1), Andersen (1)  ATL – Avery (7), Mercker (1), McMichael (1), Wohlers (1)
Attendance: 52,032  Time: 3:21

Game 6

October 13: Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 5 3
Philadelphia 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 6 7 1
W: Tommy Greene (1-1)   L: Greg Maddux (1-1)

  S: Mitch Williams (2)

HR: ATLJeff Blauser  PHIDave Hollins
Pitchers: ATL – Maddux (5 2/3), Mercker (1/3), McMichael (2/3), Wohlers (1 1/3)  PHI – Greene (7), West (1), Williams (1)
Attendance: 62,502  Time: 3:04

World series

Game 1

October 16, 1993 at the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada

The series' first game sent two staff aces -- Curt Schilling for Philadelphia and Juan Guzmán for Toronto—against one another. The result was less than a pitcher's duel, however, as both teams scored early and often.

The deciding plays came in the middle innings. With Toronto behind 4-3 in the 5th inning, Devon White hit a solo home run to tie the game. The next inning, John Olerud hit a solo home run of his own to put Toronto on top. Toronto added three insurance runs in the bottom of the 7th and held on to win 8-5. Al Leiter pitched 2 2/3 innings—in relief of a sporadic Juan Guzman, who walked four in just five innings—for his first World Series win. John Kruk had three hits for Philadelphia.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 11 1
Toronto 0 2 1 0 1 1 3 0 X 8 10 3
W: Al Leiter (1-0)   L: Curt Schilling (0-1)  S: Duane Ward (1)
HRTOR: Devon White (1), John Olerud (1)

Game 2

October 17, 1993 at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada

In the second game of the series, Dave Stewart was on the mound for Toronto and Terry Mulholland started for Philadelphia. Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead: in the third inning, Jim Eisenreich followed John Kruk and Dave Hollins RBI singles with a three-run home run to deep right-centre. Toronto got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning courtesy of a Joe Carter two-run home run to left (his second most important home run of the series by a wide margin), but the Jays were unable to mount a significant offensive push later in the game. Philadelphia held on to win 6-4. Terry Mulholland pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs, for the win.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 0
Toronto 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 8 0
W: Terry Mulholland (1-0)   L: Dave Stewart (0-1)  S: Mitch Williams (1)
HR: PHIJim Eisenreich (1), Lenny Dykstra (1)  TORJoe Carter (1)

Game 3

October 19, 1993 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For Toronto, Pat Hentgen faced off against Philadelphia starter Danny Jackson in Game 3. Hentgen pitched a strong 6 innings, allowing just 1 run, and the Toronto offense took care of the rest. Toronto won 10-3.

Toronto manager Cito Gaston was faced with an unusual and difficult decision prior to game time. As the series switched the National League ballpark, Gaston was forced to sit one player from his regular line-up as the designated hitter (DH) would not be allowed to play. As regular DH Paul Molitor had been a hot hand in the line-up, Gaston elected to sit firstbaseman John Olerud and place Molitor at first base. The decision was potentially controversial as Olerud led the American League in batting during the year with a .363 average and Molitor was the less sure-handed fielder. Molitor, however, put these concerns to rest, going 3 for 4, hitting a home run in the 3rd inning, and driving in 3 runs.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 10 13 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 9 1
W: Pat Hentgen (1-0)   L: Danny Jackson (0-1)  
HR: TORPaul Molitor (1)  PHIMilt Thompson (1)

Game 4

October 20, 1993 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In the fourth game of the series, Todd Stottlemyre started for Toronto while Tommy Greene started for Philadelphia. The starters are notable because neither lasted three innings.

In one of the more unusual plays in World Series history, Todd Stottlemyre, trying to go first to third on a Roberto Alomar single in the 2nd inning, did a bellyflop diving into third base, where he was called out. Todd's awkward dive resulted in an abrasion on his chin and appeared to shake him up in the next inning, during which he surrendered a Lenny Dykstra two-run home run. Stottlemyre was pulled after the second inning, having already given up six runs. (Tommy Greene fared little better, being pulled after giving up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings.)

Philadelphia took a commanding 12-7 lead in the 5th inning, courtesy of two-run home runs from Darren Daulton and Dykstra, and a run-scoring double from Milt Thompson.

Toronto fought back from a 14-9 deficit in the 8th inning, scoring six runs on run scoring hits from Paul Molitor, Tony Fernández, Rickey Henderson, and Devon White. Duane Ward pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, preserving the 15-14 victory. Three new World Series records included the longest game at four hours fourteen minutes (4:14), most runs by both clubs with twenty-nine (29), and runs scored by a losing team with fourteen (14).

Also, Charlie Williams became the first African American to serve as the home plate umpire for a World Series game.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 3 0 4 0 0 2 0 6 0 15 18 0
Philadelphia 4 2 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 14 14 0
W: Tony Castillo (1-0)   L: Mitch Williams (0-1)  S: Duane Ward (2)
HR: PHILenny Dykstra 2 (3), Darren Daulton (1)

Game 5

October 21, 1993 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The offenses were due for an off-day, and it came in Game 5 courtesy of a Curt Schilling (Philadelphia) and Juan Guzmán (Toronto) pitching duel. Schilling shut down the previously unstoppable Toronto offense, limiting the team to just five hits and no runs. Guzman pitched well in a losing effort, allowing only two runs and five hits in seven innings of work.

The two runs scored as a result of scrappy play from the Philadelphia offense. In the first inning, Lenny Dykstra walked, stole second, moved to third on a Pat Borders throwing error, and scored on a John Kruk ground out. In the second inning, Darren Daulton opened with a double, took third on a ground out, and scored on a Kevin Stocker single.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Philadelphia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 1
W: Curt Schilling (1-1)   L: Juan Guzmán (1-1)  

Game 6

October 23, 1993 at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada

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The sixth game in the series was a rematch between Game 2 starters Terry Mulholland and Dave Stewart, who would have similar results. Toronto opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with a run-scoring Paul Molitor triple, Joe Carter sacrifice fly, and Roberto Alomar RBI single. Molitor added a solo home run in the 5th inning, bringing the score to 5-1 for Toronto.

In the 7th inning, Philadelphia fought back with five runs to take a 6-5 lead. Lenny Dykstra hit a three-run home run, Dave Hollins had an RBI single and Pete Incaviglia hit a sacrifice fly. The inning brought an end to Dave Stewart's night, leaving the game with 6 innings pitched and 4 runs given up.

Philadelphia closer Mitch Williams came on to the pitch the bottom of the 9th with Philadelphia clinging to a 6-5 lead. After beginning the inning by walking Rickey Henderson, Williams tried to counter Henderson's speed by pitching out of a slide-step style of pitching delivery. Prior to Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, Williams never used the slide-step delivery in his career. This may have cut back on the velocity of the hard throwing Williams. The walk to Henderson was followedy by a Devon White fly out and a single by Paul Molitor. Joe Carter came up next and, on a two strike pitch, he hit an inside pitch just over the left field fence, giving the Blue Jays a come-from-behind 8-6 victory, and the World Series crown.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 6 7 0
Toronto 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 8 9 0
W: Duane Ward (1-0)   L: Mitch Williams (0-2)  
HR: PHILenny Dykstra (4)  TORPaul Molitor (2), Joe Carter (2)

Awards and honors

1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Team leaders

  • Games – Len Dykstra (161)
  • At-Bats – Len Dykstra (637)
  • Runs – Len Dykstra (143)
  • Hits – Len Dykstra (194)
  • Doubles – Len Dykstra (44)
  • Triples – Mickey Morandini (9)
  • Home Runs – Pete Incaviglia and Darren Daulton (24)
  • Runs Batted In - Darren Daulton (105)
  • Walks - Len Dykstra (129)
  • Batting Average – Kevin Stocker (.324)
  • On Base Percentage – John Kruk (.430)
  • Slugging Average – Pete Incaviglia (.530)
  • Stolen Bases – Lenny Dykstra (37)
  • Wins- Curt Schilling and Tommy Greene (16)
  • Innings Pitched- Curt Schilling (236)
  • Earned Run Average - (Starters) Terry Mulholland(3.25), (Relievers) Larry Andersen(2.92)
  • Strikeouts - Curt Schilling (186)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons International League Lee Elia
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Don McCormack
A Clearwater Phillies Florida State League Bill Dancy
A Spartanburg Phillies South Atlantic League Roy Majtyka
Short-Season A Batavia Clippers New York-Penn League Al LeBoeuf
Rookie Martinsville Phillies Appalachian League Ramon Henderson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Clearwater[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Mark Davis page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Juan Bell page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Wayne Gomes page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Scott Rolen page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Tim Mauser page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Bobby Thigpen page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

Preceded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1992
NL East Championship Season
1993
Succeeded by
Montreal Expos
1994
Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
1992
National League Championship Season
1993
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
1995

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