1994 Major League Baseball season

The 1994 Major League Baseball season ended on August 11, 1994, with the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. It was the first season played under the current three-division format in each league. It was also the first with an Opening Night game involving two National League teams, which did not become permanent until 1996.

1994 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 3 – August 11, 1994
Top draft pickPaul Wilson
Picked byNew York Mets
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Jeff Bagwell (HOU)
AL: Frank Thomas (CHW)


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 by the strike.

Over 260 players were scheduled to exceed $1 million in compensation in 1994.[1]

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Raúl Mondesí (LA) Bob Hamelin (KC)
Cy Young Award Greg Maddux (ATL) David Cone (KC)
Manager of the Year Felipe Alou (MTL) Buck Showalter (NYY)
Most Valuable Player Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mark Langston (CAL)
Catcher Tom Pagnozzi (STL) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Wade Boggs (NYY)
Shortstop Barry Larkin (CIN) Omar Vizquel (CLE)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Kenny Lofton (CLE)
Darren Lewis (SF) Devon White (TOR)
Marquis Grissom (MTL) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Mark Portugal (SF) Julio Franco (CHW)
Catcher Mike Piazza (LA) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Carlos Baerga (CLE)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Wade Boggs (NYY)
Shortstop Wil Cordero (MTL) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Albert Belle (CLE)
Moisés Alou (MTL) Kirby Puckett (MIN)
Tony Gwynn (SD) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGPaul O'Neill NYY.359Tony Gwynn SD.394
HRKen Griffey, Jr. SEA40Matt Williams SF43
RBIKirby Puckett MIN112Jeff Bagwell HOU116
WinsJimmy Key NYY17Ken Hill MTL
Greg Maddux ATL
ERASteve Ontiveros OAK2.65Greg Maddux ATL1.56
SORandy Johnson SEA204Andy Benes SD189
SVLee Smith BAL33John Franco NYM30
SBKenny Lofton CLE60Craig Biggio HOU39

Major league baseball final standings

  • On September 14, the remainder of the major league season was canceled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players' strike.

Television coverage

NetworkDay of weekAnnouncers
ABC Saturday nights
Monday nights
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver
NBC Friday nights[n1 1] Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker
ESPN Sunday nights
Wednesday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan



The following are baseball movies released in 1994:


  • 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


  1. Due to the strike, NBC wasn't able to broadcast their slate of games for The Baseball Network, which was supposed to begin on August 26.
  1. "Baseball's millionaires". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. August 14, 1994. p. B-5.
  2. "Baseball in B.C. Place: a thing of the past?". Vancouver Courier. August 18, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  3. Box Score of Kent Mercker No Hitter Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on May 18, 2015.
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