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This article is about the 1994 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1994 in baseball.

The 1994 Major League Baseball season ended with the infamous players strike ending the season on August 11, 1994.

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Strike

As a result of a players' strike, the MLB season ended prematurely on August 11, 1994. No postseason (including the World Series) was played. Minor League Baseball was not affected.

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Paul O'Neill NYY .359 Tony Gwynn SDP .394
HR Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA 40 Matt Williams SFG 43
RBI Kirby Puckett MIN 112 Jeff Bagwell HOU 116
Wins Jimmy Key NYY 17 Ken Hill MON
Greg Maddux ATL
16
ERA Steve Ontiveros OAK 2.65 Greg Maddux ATL 1.56
SO Randy Johnson SEA 204 Andy Benes SDP 189
SV Lee Smith BAL 33 John Franco NYM 30
SB Kenny Lofton CLE 60 Craig Biggio HOU 39

Potential Statistics

At the time of the strike's beginning on August 12, 1994, several players were on pace to post impressive statistics.

Potential statistics by individuals:

In addition, a few teams were projected to have impressive numbers.

Potential statistics by teams:

  • The Baltimore Orioles were on pace to have two 20-game winners: Ben McDonald and Mike Mussina.
  • The Cincinnati Reds were on pace to collect 1,623 hits.
  • The Cleveland Indians were on pace to score 973 runs, collect 1,670 hits, and hit 239 home runs: 1 home run short of the all-time single-season record set by the 1961 New York Yankees. Three other teams, namely the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and Seattle Mariners, were each projected to hit more than 200 home runs. If they had, it would have been the first time in Major League history that three or more teams each hit at least 200 home runs in a single season.
  • The Montreal Expos were on pace to set single-season club records in wins (105), runs scored (832), hits (1,579), doubles (350), home runs (153) and runs batted in (770).

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 70 43 .619     --
2nd Baltimore Orioles 63 49 .562   6.5
3rd Toronto Blue Jays 55 60 .478 16.0
4th Boston Red Sox 54 61 .470 17.0
5th Detroit Tigers 53 62 .461 18.0
Central Division
1st Chicago White Sox 67 46 .593     --
2nd Cleveland Indians 66 47 .584   1.0
3rd Kansas City Royals 64 51 .557   4.0
4th Minnesota Twins 53 60 .469 14.0
5th Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 .461 15.0
West Division
1st Texas Rangers 52 62 .456     --
2nd Oakland Athletics 51 63 .447   1.0
3rd Seattle Mariners 49 63 .438   2.0
4th California Angels 47 68 .409 5.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Montreal Expos 74 40 .649     --
2nd Atlanta Braves 68 46 .596   6.0
3rd New York Mets 55 58 .487 18.5
4th Philadelphia Phillies 54 61 .470 20.5
5th Florida Marlins 51 64 .443 23.5
Central Division
1st Cincinnati Reds 66 48 .579     --
2nd Houston Astros 66 49 .574   0.5
3rd Pittsburgh Pirates 53 61 .465 13.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 53 61 .465 13.0
5th Chicago Cubs 49 64 .434 16.5
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers 58 56 .509     --
2nd San Francisco Giants 55 60 .478   3.5
3rd Colorado Rockies 53 64 .453   6.5
4th San Diego Padres 47 70 .402 12.5
  • On September 14, the remainder of the major league season was canceled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players' strike.

Events

  • 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.
  • July 28 - Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers throws the fourteenth perfect game in Major League history.
  • August 11 - The final games of the Major League season are played on this date. The next day, the players' strike begins. Minor League Baseball games are not affected.
  • September 14 - The remainder of the major league season is canceled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players' strike. There will be no World Series for the first time since 1904.

Movies

Deaths

  • January 8 - Harvey Haddix, 68, All-Star pitcher best remembered for a 1959 game with the Pirates in which he threw 12 perfect innings before losing in the 13th; won 20 games for 1953 Cardinals and earned three Gold Gloves. Member of 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the World Series.
  • January 9 - Johnny Temple, 66, All-Star second baseman, primarily for the Cincinnati Reds, who batted .300 three times
  • January 10 - Chub Feeney, 72, National League president from 1970 to 1986
  • February 12 - Ray Dandridge, 80, Hall of Fame third baseman of the Negro Leagues who often batted over .350
  • March 16 - Eric Show, 37, pitcher who won 100 games for the San Diego Padres and surrendered Pete Rose's record 4,192nd hit
  • May 9 - Ralph Brickner, 69, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1950s
  • June 12 - Jim Brock, 57, coach at Arizona State since 1972 who led the school to two College World Series titles
  • June 23 - Marv Throneberry, 62, first baseman for the Yankees, Orioles, Mets and Kansas City A's
  • July 14 - César Tovar, 54, outfielder for the Minnesota Twins who in 1968 became the second major leaguer to play all nine positions in a game; had his team's only hit on five occasions
  • September 5 - Hank Aguirre, 63, All-Star pitcher who led AL in ERA in 1962 with the Detroit Tigers
  • December 26 - Allie Reynolds, 77, 6-time All-Star pitcher, mainly with the Yankees, who led AL in ERA in 1952 and in strikeouts and shutouts twice; in 1951 was first AL pitcher to throw two no-hitters in same year, and was MVP runnerup in 1952; career .630 winning percentage
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