1992 Major League Baseball season

The 1992 Major League Baseball season saw the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, becoming the first team outside the United States to win the World Series.

1992 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 6 – October 24, 1992
Top draft pickPhil Nevin
Picked byHouston Astros
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Dennis Eckersley (OAK)
NL: Barry Bonds (PIT)
League postseason
AL championsToronto Blue Jays
  AL runners-upOakland Athletics
NL championsAtlanta Braves
  NL runners-upPittsburgh Pirates
World Series
ChampionsToronto Blue Jays
  Runners-upAtlanta Braves
Finals MVPPat Borders (TOR)

A resurgence in pitching dominance occurred during this season. On average, one out of every seven games pitched that season was a shutout; in 2,106 MLB regular-season games, 298 shutouts were pitched (up from 272 in 2,104 regular-season games in 1991).[1][2] Two teams pitched at least 20 shutouts each; the Atlanta Braves led the Majors with 24 and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished second with 20. In the National League, no team hit more than 138 home runs and no team scored 700 runs. The San Francisco Giants were shut out 18 times, the most in the Majors.[3][4] The effect was similar in the American League. In 1991, two AL teams had scored at least 800 runs and three had collected 1,500 hits.[5] In 1992, no team scored 800 runs and only one reached 1,500 hits.[6] The California Angels were shut out 15 times, the most in the AL.[7]

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Eric Karros (LAD) Pat Listach (MIL)
Cy Young Award Greg Maddux (CHC) Dennis Eckersley (OAK)
Manager of the Year Jim Leyland (PIT) Tony La Russa (OAK)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (PIT) Dennis Eckersley (OAK)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC) Mark Langston (CAL)
Catcher Tom Pagnozzi (STL) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Mark Grace (CHC) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman José Lind (PIT) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Terry Pendleton (ATL) Robin Ventura (CHW)
Shortstop Ozzie Smith (STL) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (PIT) Kirby Puckett (MIN)
Larry Walker (MON) Devon White (TOR)
Andy Van Slyke (PIT) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Dwight Gooden (NYM) Dave Winfield (TOR)
Catcher Darren Daulton (PHI) Mickey Tettleton (DET)
First Baseman Fred McGriff (SD) Mark McGwire (OAK)
Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg (CHC) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Gary Sheffield (SD) Edgar Martínez (SEA)
Shortstop Barry Larkin (CIN) Travis Fryman (DET)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (PIT) Joe Carter (TOR)
Andy Van Slyke (PIT) Juan González (TEX)
Larry Walker (MON) Kirby Puckett (MIN)

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGEdgar Martínez SEA.343Gary Sheffield SD.330
HRJuan González TEX43Fred McGriff SD35
RBICecil Fielder DET124Darren Daulton PHI109
WinsKevin Brown TEX
Jack Morris TOR
21Tom Glavine ATL
Greg Maddux CHC
ERARoger Clemens BOS2.41Bill Swift SF2.08
SORandy Johnson SEA241John Smoltz ATL215
SVDennis Eckersley OAK51Lee Smith STL43
SBKenny Lofton CLE66Marquis Grissom MTL78

Major league baseball final standings


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Toronto 4  
West Oakland 2  
    AL Toronto 4
  NL Atlanta 2
East Pittsburgh 3
West Atlanta 4  


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles± Johnny Oates
Boston Red Sox Butch Hobson
California Angels Buck Rodgers after a May bus accident John Wathan was acting manager for the remainder of the season
Chicago White Sox Gene Lamont
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Hal McRae
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Buck Showalter
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Bill Plummer
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine was replaced during the season by Toby Harrah
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston Won the World Series

National League

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won the National League pennant
Chicago Cubs Jim Lefebvre
Cincinnati Reds Lou Piniella
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Tom Runnells was replaced during the season by Felipe Alou
New York Mets Jeff Torborg
Philadelphia Phillies Jim Fregosi
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre
San Diego Padres± Jim Riggleman
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig

Television coverage

NetworkDay of weekAnnouncers
CBS Saturday afternoons Sean McDonough, Tim McCarver, Dick Stockton, Jim Kaat
ESPN Sunday nights
Tuesday nights
Wednesday nights
Friday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan






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  8. "Today In All Teams History – September 26". nationalpastime.com. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
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