1994 Leaders & Numbers

Breaking in a go-go era of slugging dominance, Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas and Albert Belle resoundingly combined average with power to become the first players to record a .700+ slugging percentage in nearly 40 years. Former Cardinal Andres Galarraga had Colorado manager (and former St. Louis hitting coach) Don Baylor as much to thank as the thin, mile-high Denver air for bringing his career back from the dead. Paul O’Neill’s very uptight attitude did anything but wilt under the pressure-packed New York spotlight, his game soaring with an AL batting title after years of attempted breakouts in Cincinnati. Whether parental guidance was suggested or not, Moises Alou made father (and Expo manager) Felipe proud in Montreal. Like civil disobedience, Greg Maddux thoroughly defied the offensive bull market and produced the third lowest ERA since the deadball era. After a wild (114 walks) and luckless (last in run support) first year at Kansas City in 1993, David Cone got more disciplined with his location—and the Royals more disciplined in scoring runs for him. ‘Even’ better: Bret Saberhagen, who always thrived in odd-numbered years, finally pitched against type and scored a standout even-year performance. A supporting star back in Toronto, Jimmy Key became the ace of the times in NY, running his two-year mark to 35-10. The spigot was briefly turned on hot for Danny Jackson in a continuing hot-and-cold career. Dennis Martinez brought his amazing career third act—that of the ageless ex-alcoholic—to the AL.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1994
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Jeff Bagwell Houston 110 .368 400 104 147 32 3 39 116 51 14 4 15 4 12
2. Barry Bonds San Francisco 112 .312 391 89 122 18 1 37 81 56 18 6 29 9 3
3. Fred McGriff Atlanta 113 .318 424 81 135 25 1 34 94 42 8 1 7 3 8
4. Larry Walker Montreal 103 .322 395 76 127 44 2 19 86 42 5 4 15 5 8
5. Moises Alou Montreal 107 .339 422 81 143 31 5 22 78 32 10 2 7 6 7
6. Tony Gwynn San Diego 110 .394 419 79 165 35 1 12 64 32 16 2 5 0 20
7. Kevin Mitchell Cincinnati 95 .326 310 57 101 18 1 30 77 45 15 3 2 0 12
8. Craig Biggio Houston 114 .318 437 88 139 44 5 6 56 61 1 8 39 4 5
9. Andres Galarraga Colorado 103 .319 417 77 133 21 0 31 85 11 8 8 8 3 10
10. Gary Sheffield Florida 87 .276 322 61 89 16 1 27 78 40 11 6 12 6 10
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1994
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Frank Thomas Chicago 113 .353 399 106 141 34 1 38 101 97 12 2 2 3 15
2. Albert Belle Cleveland 106 .357 412 90 147 35 2 36 101 49 9 5 9 6 5
3. Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle 111 .323 433 94 140 24 4 40 90 37 19 2 11 3 9
4. Kenny Lofton Cleveland 112 .349 459 105 160 32 9 12 57 47 5 2 60 12 5
5. Paul O'Neill New York 103 .359 368 68 132 25 1 21 83 59 13 0 5 4 16
6. Kirby Puckett Minnesota 108 .317 439 79 139 32 3 20 112 21 7 7 6 3 11
7. Paul Molitor Toronto 115 .341 454 86 155 30 4 14 75 51 4 1 20 0 13
8. Bob Hamelin Kansas City 101 .282 312 64 88 25 1 24 65 53 3 1 4 3 4
9. Julio Franco Chicago 112 .319 433 72 138 19 2 20 98 58 4 5 8 1 14
10. Kirk Gibson Detroit 98 .317 330 71 91 17 2 23 72 39 3 3 4 5 2
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1994
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 1.56 16 6 .727 0 0 25 25 202 188 35 28 3 3 6 1 22 6 21
2. Bret Saberhagen New York 2.74 14 4 .778 0 0 24 24 177.1 259 54 13 0 0 4 0 8 4 17
3. Doug Drabek Houston 2.84 12 6 .667 0 0 23 23 164.2 194 52 43 2 2 2 0 13 5 13
4. Bobby Jones New York 3.15 12 7 .632 0 0 24 24 160 214 56 47 9 1 4 3 10 3 13
5. Danny Jackson Philadelphia 3.26 14 6 .700 0 0 25 25 179.1 262 65 45 1 2 2 0 14 2 20
6. Shane Reynolds Houston 3.05 8 5 .615 0 0 33 14 124 179 42 18 3 3 6 2 7 3 12
7. Ken Hill Montreal 3.32 16 5 .762 0 0 23 23 154.2 220 57 37 7 3 6 0 19 5 12
8. Butch Henry Montreal 2.43 8 3 .727 1 0 24 15 107.1 147 29 19 1 1 2 0 8 5 9
9. Pedro Martinez Montreal 3.42 11 5 .688 1 0 24 23 144.2 185 55 42 3 6 11 0 11 3 12
10. Jeff Fassero Montreal 2.99 8 6 .571 0 0 21 21 138.2 181 46 36 4 6 1 0 11 4 7
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1994
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. David Cone Kansas City 2.94 16 5 .762 0 0 23 23 171.2 207 56 54 0 5 7 1 9 4 11
2. Mike Mussina Baltimore 3.06 16 5 .762 0 0 24 24 176.1 255 60 41 1 0 1 0 7 6 15
3. Randy Johnson Seattle 3.19 13 6 .694 0 0 23 23 172 207 61 70 2 5 6 0 22 15 18
4. Jimmy Key New York 3.27 17 4 .810 0 0 25 25 168 244 61 52 0 8 3 1 9 3 22
5. Roger Clemens Boston 2.85 9 7 .563 0 0 24 24 170.2 198 54 70 1 4 4 0 14 13 12
6. Steve Ontiveros Oakland 2.65 6 4 .600 0 0 27 13 115.1 114 34 25 1 5 6 0 5 2 9
7. Wilson Alvarez Chicago 3.45 12 8 .600 0 0 24 24 161.2 216 62 61 1 3 0 0 3 4 13
8. Pat Hentgen Toronto 3.40 13 8 .619 0 0 24 24 174.2 249 66 58 1 5 3 1 11 10 12
9. Dennis Martinez Cleveland 3.52 11 6 .647 0 0 24 24 176.2 245 69 42 2 4 7 3 8 3 17
10. Charles Nagy Cleveland 3.45 10 8 .556 0 0 23 23 169.1 244 65 47 1 5 5 1 9 3 19

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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1994 Awards


NL MVP
Jeff Bagwell, Houston

AL MVP
Frank Thomas, Chicago


NL Cy Young Award
Greg Maddux, Atlanta

AL Cy Young Award
David Cone, Kansas City


NL Rookie of the Year
Raul Mondesi, Los Angeles

AL Rookie of the Year
Bob Hamelin, Kansas City


NL Manager of the Year
Felipe Alou, Montreal

AL Manager of the Year
Buck Showalter, New York


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Atlanta
C Tom Pagnozzi, St. Louis
1B Jeff Bagwell, Houston
2B Craig Biggio, Houston
3B Matt Williams, San Francisco
SS Barry Larkin, Cincinnati
OF Marquis Grissom, Montreal
OF Barry Bonds, San Francisco
OF Darren Lewis, San Francisco


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mark Langston, California
C Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
1B Don Mattingly, New York
2B Roberto Alomar, Toronto
3B Wade Boggs, New York
SS Omar Vizquel, Cleveland
OF Kenny Lofton, Cleveland
OF Devon White, Toronto
OF Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle