1992 Leaders & Numbers

Barry Bonds continued his dominance as, almost unarguably, the best player in baseball. Frank Thomas was certainly beginning to stake his claim as the best in the AL. Gary Sheffield, after years of off-field squabbling and poor on-field performance—he even confessed that he purposely made errors to get out of Milwaukee—found solace in San Diego and finally achieved the potential so many had instantly expected of him as a rookie Brewer in 1989. Brady Anderson, who in four previous seasons in Baltimore batted no higher than .231 in part-time duty, suddenly emerged as an all-around force. Ray Lankford’s complete offensive game thrilled Cardinal fans into thinking they had their second Lou Brock. Greg Maddux made the most of what many believed was a “salary drive” campaign, becoming a free agent with a sterling, Cy Young Award-winning performance; it was actually the beginning of an impressive reign. Reliever Doug Jones appeared often and effectively, but no one outside of Houston seemed to notice. Dennis Eckersley had numbers just as good—but got much more attention, since his efforts were valuable enough to push Oakland into the playoffs. Steady-handed Kevin Brown became a fixture on a Texas staff that to many baseball fans—even Ranger fans—seemed to consist only of Nolan Ryan. After dominating the NCAA at Stanford, Mike Mussina and Jack McDowell quickly evolved into two of the AL’s best young hurlers.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1992
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Barry Bonds Pittsburgh 140 .311 473 109 147 36 5 34 103 95 32 5 39 8 9
2. Andy Van Slyke Pittsburgh 154 .324 614 103 199 45 12 14 89 54 4 4 12 3 9
3. Gary Sheffield San Diego 146 .330 557 87 184 34 3 33 100 43 5 6 5 6 19
4. Fred McGriff San Diego 152 .286 531 79 152 30 4 35 104 73 23 1 8 6 14
5. Ryne Sandberg Chicago 158 .304 612 100 186 32 8 26 87 64 4 1 17 6 13
6. Darren Daulton Philadelphia 145 .270 485 80 131 32 5 27 109 77 11 6 11 2 3
7. Ray Lankford St. Louis 153 .293 598 87 175 40 6 20 86 66 6 5 42 24 5
8. Larry Walker Montreal 143 .301 528 85 159 31 4 23 93 31 10 6 18 6 9
9. Dave Hollins Philadelphia 156 .270 586 104 158 28 4 27 93 72 4 19 9 6 8
10. Terry Pendleton Atlanta 160 .311 640 98 199 39 1 21 105 29 8 0 5 2 16
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1992
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Frank Thomas Chicago 160 .323 573 108 185 46 2 24 115 116 6 5 6 3 19
2. Edgar Martinez Seattle 135 .343 528 100 181 46 3 18 73 52 2 4 14 4 15
3. Kirby Puckett Minnesota 160 .329 639 104 210 38 4 19 110 31 13 6 17 7 17
4. Roberto Alomar Toronto 152 .310 571 105 177 27 8 8 76 82 5 5 49 9 8
5. Mark McGwire Oakland 139 .268 467 87 125 22 0 42 104 78 12 5 0 1 10
6. Brady Anderson Baltimore 159 .271 623 100 169 28 10 21 80 84 14 9 53 16 2
7. Paul Molitor Milwaukee 158 .320 609 89 195 36 7 12 89 61 12 3 31 6 13
8. Rickey Henderson Oakland 117 .283 396 77 112 18 3 15 46 90 5 6 48 11 5
9. Danny Tartabull New York 123 .266 421 72 112 19 0 25 85 89 14 0 2 2 7
10. Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle 142 .308 565 83 174 39 4 27 103 29 15 5 10 5 15
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1992
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Greg Maddux Chicago 2.18 20 11 .645 0 0 35 35 268 268 65 63 7 5 14 0 26 13 19
2. Bob Tewksbury St. Louis 2.16 16 5 .762 0 0 33 32 233 309 56 20 0 2 3 0 7 4 25
3. Curt Schilling Philadelphia 2.35 14 11 .560 2 1 42 26 226.1 236 59 55 4 4 1 0 7 7 11
4. Dennis Martinez Montreal 2.47 16 11 .593 0 0 32 32 226.1 234 62 57 3 2 9 0 22 17 9
5. Tom Glavine Atlanta 2.76 20 8 .714 0 0 33 33 225 260 69 63 7 5 2 0 13 10 18
6. Bill Swift San Francisco 2.08 10 4 .714 1 0 30 22 164.2 189 38 40 3 0 3 1 5 4 26
7. Doug Jones Houston 1.85 11 8 .579 36 6 80 0 111.2 131 23 12 5 2 5 1 5 4 7
8. Mike Morgan Chicago 2.55 16 8 .667 0 0 34 34 240 290 68 69 10 11 3 0 6 9 29
9. Jose Rijo Cincinnati 2.56 15 10 .600 0 0 33 33 211 264 60 43 1 2 3 1 18 12 16
10. Doug Drabek Pittsburgh 2.77 15 11 .577 0 0 34 34 256.2 312 79 46 8 11 6 1 18 14 20
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1992
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Roger Clemens Boston 2.41 18 11 .621 0 0 32 32 246.2 279 66 57 5 3 9 0 24 12 28
2. Mike Mussina Baltimore 2.54 18 5 .783 0 0 32 32 241 309 68 46 2 6 2 0 9 9 18
3. Charles Nagy Cleveland 2.96 17 10 .630 0 0 33 33 252 327 83 56 1 7 2 0 12 15 34
4. Kevin Brown Texas 3.32 21 11 .656 0 0 35 35 265.2 337 98 74 2 8 10 2 7 12 29
5. Dennis Eckersley Oakland 1.91 7 1 .875 51 3 69 0 80 90 17 5 6 0 1 0 9 1 3
6. Kevin Apper Kansas City 2.46 15 8 .652 0 0 30 30 208.1 246 57 63 5 4 2 0 18 9 12
7. Jim Abbott California 2.77 7 15 .318 0 0 29 29 211 276 65 65 3 2 4 0 14 13 22
8. Jack McDowell Chicago 3.18 20 10 .667 0 0 34 34 260.2 373 92 66 9 6 7 0 29 16 12
9. Juan Guzman Toronto 2.64 16 5 .762 0 0 28 28 180.2 179 53 70 2 14 1 2 27 8 7
10. Jaime Navarro Milwaukee 3.33 17 11 .607 0 0 34 34 246 320 91 60 4 6 6 0 17 11 23

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1992 Awards


NL MVP
Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh

AL MVP
Dennis Eckersley, Oakland


NL Cy Young Award
Greg Maddux, Chicago

AL Cy Young Award
Dennis Eckersley, Oakland


NL Rookie of the Year
Eric Karros, Los Angeles

AL Rookie of the Year
Pat Listach, Milwaukee


NL Manager of the Year
Jim Leyland, Pittsburgh

AL Manager of the Year
Tony La Russa, Oakland


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Chicago
C Tom Pagnozzi, St. Louis
1B Mark Grace, Chicago
2B Jose Lind, Pittsburgh
3B Terry Pendleton, Atlanta
SS Ozzie Smith, St. Louis
OF Andy Van Slyke, Pittsburgh
OF Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh
OF Larry Walker, Montreal


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mark Langston, California
C Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
1B Don Mattingly, New York
2B Roberto Alomar, Toronto
3B Robin Ventura, Chicago
SS Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore
OF Kirby Puckett, Minnesota
OF Devon White, Toronto
OF Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle