1993 Leaders & Numbers

Earning $43 million worth of respect he long sought, Barry Bonds repaid the Giants in kind with a prodigious effort that more than confirmed his world-class status. Of all the all-star names within the high-flying Toronto offense, no one flew higher than the previously unknown John Olerud. Albert Belle—that’s no longer Joey to you, creep—continued his growth as one of the most fearsome and surly of numerous young talents in Cleveland. The Kid copies the Man: Ken Griffey Jr., born on the same date and town as Stan Musial, began to emulate the latter’s awesome numbers. Stigmatized for his immaturity and horrendous defense, one-time can’t-miss prospect Gregg Jefferies finally played to his potential at St. Louis. There was more than just Dodger Blue in common within the blood of Mike Piazza and his manager, Tommy Lasorda, who was godfather to the rookie sensation’s brother. Greg Maddux likely converted any last holdouts who doubted he was head and shoulders above all other NL pitchers. Outside of the heartland—and very possibly within it—the Royals’ Jeff Montgomery was one of the game’s most effective and unheralded closers. Randy Johnson previously scared opponents with his blazing wildness; now his lack of it scared them even more. John Burkett, who once bowled a perfect 300, had a field year bowling for Giant wins on the mound.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1993
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Barry Bonds San Francisco 159 .336 539 129 181 38 4 46 123 83 43 2 29 12 11
2. Ron Gant Atlanta 157 .274 606 113 166 27 4 36 117 65 2 2 26 9 14
3. Lenny Dykstra Philadelphia 161 .305 637 143 194 44 6 19 66 120 9 2 37 12 8
4. Fred McGriff San Diego 151 .291 557 111 162 29 2 37 101 70 6 2 5 3 14
5. Andres Galarraga Colorado 120 .370 470 71 174 35 4 22 98 12 12 6 2 4 9
6. Gregg Jefferies St. Louis 142 .342 544 89 186 24 3 16 83 55 7 2 46 9 15
7. Darren Daulton Philadelphia 147 .257 510 90 131 35 4 24 105 105 12 2 5 0 2
8. John Kruk Philadelphia 150 .316 535 100 169 33 5 14 85 101 10 0 6 2 11
9. Mike Piazza Los Angeles 149 .318 547 81 174 24 2 35 112 40 6 3 3 4 10
10. Matt Williams San Francisco 145 .294 579 105 170 33 4 38 110 23 4 4 1 3 12
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1993
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. John Olerud Toronto 158 .363 551 109 200 54 2 24 107 81 33 7 0 2 12
2. Frank Thomas Chicago 153 .317 549 106 174 36 0 41 128 89 23 2 4 2 10
3. Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle 156 .309 582 113 180 38 3 45 109 71 25 6 17 9 14
4. Juan Gonzalez Texas 140 .310 536 105 166 33 1 46 118 30 7 13 4 1 12
5. Paul Molitor Toronto 160 .332 636 121 211 37 5 22 111 74 3 3 22 4 13
6. Rafael Palmeiro Texas 160 .295 597 124 176 40 2 37 105 51 22 5 22 3 8
7. Roberto Alomar Toronto 153 .326 589 109 192 35 6 17 93 75 5 5 55 15 13
8. Albert Belle Cleveland 159 .290 594 93 172 36 3 38 129 63 13 8 23 12 18
9. Rickey Henderson Oakland-Toronto 134 .289 481 114 139 22 2 21 59 113 7 4 53 8 9
10. Carlos Baerga Cleveland 154 .321 624 105 200 28 6 21 114 27 7 6 15 4 17
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1993
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Greg Maddux Atlanta 2.36 20 10 .667 0 0 36 36 267 312 70 45 7 5 6 1 27 6 26
2. Bill Swift San Francisco 2.82 21 8 .724 0 0 34 34 232.2 269 73 50 5 4 6 0 12 11 26
3. Jose Rijo Cincinnati 2.48 14 9 .609 0 0 36 36 257.1 324 71 60 2 0 2 1 22 10 17
4. John Burkett San Francisco 3.65 22 7 .759 0 0 34 34 231.2 322 94 36 4 1 11 2 14 14 21
5. Steve Avery Atlanta 2.94 18 6 .750 0 0 35 35 223.1 300 73 38 5 3 0 1 32 14 26
6. John Wetteland Montreal 1.37 9 3 .750 43 6 70 0 85.1 85 13 25 3 7 2 0 13 2 0
7. Mark Portugal Houston 2.77 18 4 .818 0 0 33 33 208 253 64 74 3 9 4 2 14 4 17
8. Rod Beck San Francisco 2.16 3 1 .750 48 4 76 0 79.1 95 19 9 4 4 3 0 1 0 4
9. Jeff Fassero Montreal 2.29 12 5 .706 1 2 56 15 149.2 160 38 54 0 5 0 0 12 4 10
10. Tom Glavine Atlanta 3.20 22 6 .786 0 0 36 36 239.1 342 85 83 7 4 2 0 9 5 25
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1993
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Kevin Appier Kansas City 2.56 18 8 .692 0 0 34 34 238.2 252 68 78 3 5 1 0 11 8 18
2. Jimmy Key New York 3.00 18 6 .750 0 0 34 34 236.2 340 79 42 1 3 1 0 15 6 25
3. Jack McDowell Chicago 3.37 22 10 .688 0 0 34 34 256.2 372 96 63 6 8 3 1 10 15 19
4. Mark Langston California 3.20 16 11 .593 0 0 35 35 256.1 326 91 83 2 10 1 2 10 12 23
5. Alex Fernandez Chicago 3.13 18 9 .667 0 0 34 34 247.1 351 86 62 5 8 6 0 5 11 24
6. Randy Johnson Seattle 3.24 19 8 .704 1 0 35 34 255.1 293 92 98 1 8 16 2 28 12 16
7. Jeff Montgomery Kansas City 2.27 7 5 .583 45 6 69 0 87.1 92 22 19 4 3 2 0 7 1 3
8. Wilson Alvarez Chicago 2.95 15 8 .652 0 0 31 31 207.2 240 68 114 8 2 7 1 21 17 23
9. Duane Ward Toronto 2.13 2 3 .400 45 6 71 0 71.2 67 17 23 2 7 1 0 3 0 7
10. Chris Bosio Seattle 3.45 9 9 .500 1 1 29 24 164.1 214 63 56 3 5 6 0 8 6 13

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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1993 Awards


NL MVP
Barry Bonds, San Francisco

AL MVP
Frank Thomas, Chicago


NL Cy Young Award
Greg Maddux, Atlanta

AL Cy Young Award
Jack McDowell, Chicago


NL Rookie of the Year
Mike Piazza, Los Angeles

AL Rookie of the Year
Tim Salmon, California


NL Manager of the Year
Dusty Baker, San Francisco

AL Manager of the Year
Gene Lamont, Chicago


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Atlanta
C Kirt Manwaring, San Francisco
1B Mark Grace, Chicago
2B Bobby Thompson, San Francisco
3B Matt Williams, San Francisco
SS Jay Bell, Pittsburgh
OF Marquis Grissom, Montreal
OF Barry Bonds, San Francisco
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 Omar Vizquel, Seattle
OF Kenny Lofton, Cleveland
OF Devon White, Toronto
OF Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle