1993 Major League Baseball season

The 1993 Major League Baseball season was the final season of two-division play in each league, before the Central Division was added the following season, giving both the NL and AL three divisions each.

1993 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 5 – October 23, 1993
Draft
Top draft pickAlex Rodriguez
Picked bySeattle Mariners
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Frank Thomas (CHW)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League postseason
AL championsToronto Blue Jays
  AL runners-upChicago White Sox
NL championsPhiladelphia Phillies
  NL runners-upAtlanta Braves
World Series
ChampionsToronto Blue Jays
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
Finals MVPPaul Molitor (TOR)

Sixteen years after the American League expanded from 12 to 14 teams, the National League finally followed suit, with the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) joining the NL. It was also the first season since 1976 that both leagues had the same number of teams. The Toronto Blue Jays capped off the season by winning their second consecutive World Series title, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The World Series was clinched when, in one of the most famous moments in baseball, Joe Carter hit a three-run walk off home run in the 9th to seal the victory at home.

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Mike Piazza (LA) Tim Salmon (CAL)
Cy Young Award Greg Maddux (ATL) Jack McDowell (CHW)
Manager of the Year Dusty Baker (SF) Gene Lamont (CHW)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (SF) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mark Langston (CAL)
Catcher Kirt Manwaring (SF) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Mark Grace (CHC) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman Robby Thompson (SF) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Robin Ventura (CHW)
Shortstop Jay Bell (PIT) Omar Vizquel (SEA)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Kenny Lofton (CLE)
Larry Walker (MON) Devon White (TOR)
Marquis Grissom (MON) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Orel Hershiser (LA) Paul Molitor (TOR)
Catcher Mike Piazza (LA) Mike Stanley (NYY)
First Baseman Fred McGriff (SD, ATL) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Second Baseman Robby Thompson (SF) Carlos Baerga (CLE)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Wade Boggs (NYY)
Shortstop Jay Bell (PIT) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Albert Belle (CLE)
Lenny Dykstra (PHI) Juan González (TEX)
David Justice (ATL) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGJohn Olerud TOR.363Andrés Galarraga COL.370
HRJuan González TEX46Barry Bonds SF46
RBIAlbert Belle CLE129Barry Bonds SF123
WinsJack McDowell CHW22John Burkett SF22
ERAKevin Appier KC2.56Greg Maddux ATL2.36
SORandy Johnson SEA308José Rijo CIN227
SVJeff Montgomery KC
Duane Ward TOR
45Randy Myers CHC53
SBKenny Lofton CLE70Chuck Carr FLA58

Major league baseball final standings

Postseason

  League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                 
East Toronto 4  
West Chicago Sox 2  
    AL Toronto 4
  NL Philadelphia 2
East Philadelphia 4
West Atlanta 2  

Managers

American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Johnny Oates
Boston Red Sox Butch Hobson
California Angels Buck Rodgers
Chicago White Sox Gene Lamont Won American League West
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 Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Kevin Kennedy
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston Won World Series

National League

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won National League West
Chicago Cubs Jim Lefebvre
Cincinnati Reds Tony Pérez Replaced during the season by Davey Johnson
Colorado Rockies Don Baylor Expansion team
Florida Marlins Rene Lachemann Expansion team
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou
New York Mets Jeff Torborg Replaced during the season by Dallas Green
Philadelphia Phillies Jim Fregosi Won the National League pennant
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre
San Diego Padres Jim Riggleman
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

Television coverage

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

Events

References

  1. Pellowski, Michael J (2007). The Little Giant Books of Baseball Facts. United States: Sterling Publishing Co. p. 352. ISBN 9781402742736.
  2. "George Brett - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
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