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|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 3 – August 11, 1994|
|Top draft pick||Paul Wilson|
|Picked by||New York Mets|
|Season MVP||NL: 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.
Awards and honors
|Statistic||American League||National League|
|AVG||Paul O'Neill NYY||.359||Tony Gwynn SD||.394|
|HR||Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA||40||Matt Williams SF||43|
|RBI||Kirby Puckett MIN||112||Jeff Bagwell HOU||116|
|Wins||Jimmy Key NYY||17||Ken Hill MTL|
Greg Maddux ATL
|ERA||Steve Ontiveros OAK||2.65||Greg Maddux ATL||1.56|
|SO||Randy Johnson SEA||204||Andy Benes SD||189|
|SV||Lee Smith BAL||33||John Franco NYM||30|
|SB||Kenny Lofton CLE||60||Craig Biggio HOU||39|
Major league baseball final standings
|Network||Day of week||Announcers|
|Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver|
|NBC||Friday nights||Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker|
|Jon Miller, Joe Morgan|
- January 12 – Steve Carlton is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, receiving almost 96% of the vote. Orlando Cepeda falls seven votes short of the 75% required for election.
- 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.
- February 25 – The Veterans Committee elects Phil Rizzuto and Leo Durocher to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- April 1–3 – BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, hosted an exhibition tournament with the Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Montreal Expos participating.
- April 4 – At Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs outfielder Tuffy Rhodes blasts three home runs on Opening Day, defeating New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden. Rhodes becomes the first player in major league history to hit home runs in his first three at-bats of the season. In spite of Rhodes' unexpected home run barrage, the Cubs lose the game, 12–8.
- April 8 – Kent Mercker of the Atlanta Braves pitches a 6–0 no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, striking out 10 in the process. For Mercker, it is his first complete game in the Major Leagues. In the first half of the ninth inning, Chan Ho Park comes on to pitch for the Dodgers, becoming the first Korean player to appear in a Major League game.
- July 12 – Moisés Alou's walk-off double in the 10th inning gives the National League an 8–7 victory over the American League in the All-Star Game. The NL is now a perfect 9–0 in extra-inning contests. John Hudek of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in major league history to appear in an All-Star Game before recording a major league victory. Fred McGriff, whose two-run home run in the 9th inning tied the score, takes MVP honors.
- 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 (along with the postseason) 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.
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