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1994 Chicago Cubs season

1994 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Chicago, Illinois (since 1871)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tribune Company
    General manager(s) Larry Himes
    Manager(s) Tom Trebelhorn
    Local television WGN-TV/Superstation WGN
    (Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Thom Brennaman, Wayne Larrivee)
    Local radio WGN
    (Thom Brennaman, Ron Santo, Harry Caray)
    Stats ESPN.com
    BB-reference
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    The 1994 Chicago Cubs season was the 122nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 119th in the National League and the 79th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished the shortened season fifth and last in the National League Central with a record of 49–64.

    One of the highlights of the season was Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes hitting three home runs on Opening Day[1]—all off Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets. The Cubs still lost the game 12-8.[2] Rhodes would only hit five more homers that season and the Cubs would set a record by losing their first 12 home games.[3]

    Offseason

    • October 12, 1993: Steve Lake was released by the Chicago Cubs.[4]
    • November 24, 1993: Glenallen Hill signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[5]
    • December 14, 1993: Mike Maksudian was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[6]
    • January 24, 1994: Dave Otto was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[7]
    • March 30, 1994: Anthony Young was traded by the New York Mets with Ottis Smith (minors) to the Chicago Cubs for Jose Vizcaino.[8]

    Regular season

    The Cubs finished the strike-shortened season with a 49-64 record.[9] They scored 500 runs (4.42 per game) and allowed 549 runs (4.86 per game).[10]

    One of the most-memorable moments in Cubs history occurred April 29. 1994, after a heart-breaking 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.[11] The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth only to have Glenallen Hill swing at the first pitch he saw and ground into a game-ending double play. The loss was the ninth consecutive home defeat for the Cubs to start the season and dropped the club to 6-15.[12] Manager Tom Trebelhorn had vowed to meet fans outside the ballpark if the Cubs lost another home game and was true to his word, wading into a crowd of some 200 angry fans gathered at a fire station on Waveland Avenue just outside Wrigley's left-field wall. The confrontation started ugly, but within a half hour, Trebelhorn, who was known for his quick humor and good nature, won over most of his detractors.[13] The team went on to lose three more home games before snapping the record streak with a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on May 4, 1994, but by then Trebelhorn's "Firehouse Chat" was a memorable moment in Cubs' history. The season, which ended when Major League players went on 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike Aug 12, was Trebelhorn's only as manager of the Cubs. He was replaced in 1995 by Jim Riggleman.

    Game Log

    1994 Regular Season Game Log (49-64) (Home: 20-39; Road: 29-25)

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    Legend
    Cubs win Cubs loss All-Star Game Game postponed

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings Template:MLB standings

    Wild card team W L Pct. GB
    Atlanta Braves 68 46 0.597
    Houston Astros 66 49 0.574 212
    New York Mets 55 58 0.487 1212
    San Francisco Giants 55 60 0.478 1312
    Philadelphia Phillies 54 61 0.470 1412
    St. Louis Cardinals 53 61 0.465 15
    Pittsburgh Pirates 53 61 0.465 15
    Colorado Rockies 53 64 0.453 1612
    Florida Marlins 51 64 0.444 1712
    Chicago Cubs 49 64 0.434 1812
    San Diego Padres 47 70 0.402 2212

    Notable transactions

    • May 16, 1994: Willie Wilson was released by the Chicago Cubs.[14]
    • July 27, 1994: Mike Sharperson signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[15]

    Roster

    1994 Chicago Cubs
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ "SI.com". CNN. 
    2. ^ Baseball Almanac. "New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
    3. ^ Reaves, Joseph A. "Cubs Still At A Loss For A Win". Chicago Tribune. 
    4. ^ Steve Lake Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    5. ^ Glenallen Hill Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/maksumi01.shtml
    7. ^ Dave Otto Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/y/youngan01.shtml
    9. ^ Baseball Almanac. "Chicago Cubs 1994 Schedule". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
    10. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/1994.shtml
    11. ^ Baseball America. "Chicago Cubs 1994 Schedule". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
    12. ^ Baseball America. "Chicago Cubs 1994 Schedule". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
    13. ^ Reaves, Joseph A. (April 30, 1994). "Trebelhorn Manages To Win Fiery Fans". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
    14. ^ Willie Wilson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    15. ^ Mike Sharperson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    16. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

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