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1994 Major League Baseball season

This article is about the 1994 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1994 in baseball.
1994 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 3, 1994 – August 11, 1994
Regular season
Season MVP NL: Jeff Bagwell (HOU)
AL: Frank Thomas (CWS)
MLB seasons

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 3 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.


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. Over 260 players were scheduled to exceed $1 million in compensation in 1994.[1]

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Paul O'Neill NYY .359 Tony Gwynn SDP .394
HR Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA 40 Matt Williams SFG 43
RBI Kirby Puckett MIN 112 Jeff Bagwell HOU 116
Wins Jimmy Key NYY 17 Ken Hill MON
Greg Maddux ATL
ERA Steve Ontiveros OAK 2.65 Greg Maddux ATL 1.56
SO Randy Johnson SEA 204 Andy Benes SDP 189
SV Lee Smith BAL 33 John Franco NYM 30
SB Kenny Lofton CLE 60 Craig Biggio HOU 39

Major league baseball final standings

  • On September 14, the remainder of the major league season was canceled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players' strike.


  • 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.
  • 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.[3]
  • 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


  1. ^ "Baseball's millionaires". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. August 14, 1994. p. B-5. 
  2. ^ "Baseball in B.C. Place: a thing of the past?". Vancouver Courier. August 18, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Box Score of Kent Mercker No Hitter Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on May 18, 2015.