1992 Baltimore Orioles season

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1992 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 89–73 (.549)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) Eli Jacobs
Manager(s) Johnny Oates
Local television WMAR-TV
(Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Scott Garceau)
Home Team Sports
(Mel Proctor, John Lowenstein, Rex Barney, Tom Davis)
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Jon Miller, Joe Angel)
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The 1992 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing third in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses.

Having played almost 40 years at Memorial Stadium, the 1992 campaign was the inaugural season for the Orioles' new ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where they play to this day.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 13, 1991: Jeff Robinson was released by the Orioles.[1]
  • January 7, 1992: Amalio Carreno was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

Regular season[edit]

The Orioles spent most of the first three months of the season battling with the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the division. The lead switched back and forth between the two teams before the Jays took it for good on June 20. Baltimore remained in second place for the next two months, with the margin between themselves and Toronto fluctuating from between one and five games. However, the Birds faded during the September stretch and relinquished second place to the Milwaukee Brewers on September 19. Still, they were not mathematically eliminated from contention until September 27, finishing at a respectable 89-73.

In 1992, Mike Mussina played his first full season with the Orioles. Mussina finished with an 18-5 record and a 2.54 ERA in 241 innings. His .783 win-loss percentage was the best in the American League, and his 1.79 BB/9 was second best behind Chris Bosio.

Mussina pitched 4 shutouts and was tied for 2nd in the league. Mussina trailed only Boston's Roger Clemens for the league lead in shutouts. Mussina finished 4th in the American League Cy Young Award voting, and participated in the 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, pitching one perfect inning.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards[edit]

In 1992, with grand ceremony, the Orioles began their season in a brand new ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and thus retiring Memorial Stadium in the major league baseball world. The ballpark was an instant success; however, the name of the new park had controversy. Many felt that since the Orioles' new home was so close to Babe Ruth's birthplace that the new park should have been named after Ruth instead of being indirectly named after the Earl of Camden, Charles Pratt, who was a Briton who never set foot on American soil. There was also the superficial connection to the fact that Ruth played for the Orioles early in his career, but the Orioles team that Ruth played for was in no way related to the Orioles team that moved to Baltimore from St. Louis. Camden Yards was built at the location of the old Camden Railway. It was the first of the "retro" major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s, and remains one of the most highly praised.[3]

Right field and the former B&O warehouse

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 .593 --
Milwaukee Brewers 92 70 .568 4
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 .549 7
Cleveland Indians 76 86 .469 20
New York Yankees 76 86 .469 20
Detroit Tigers 75 87 .463 21
Boston Red Sox 73 89 .451 23

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1992 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Chris Hoiles 96 310 85 .274 20 40
1B Randy Milligan 137 462 111 .240 11 53
2B Billy Ripken 111 330 76 .230 4 36
3B Leo Gómez 137 468 124 .265 17 64
SS Cal Ripken, Jr. 162 637 160 .251 14 72
LF Brady Anderson 159 623 169 .271 21 80
CF Mike Devereaux 156 653 180 .276 24 107
RF Joe Orsulak 117 391 113 .289 4 39
DH Glenn Davis 106 398 110 .276 13 48

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Chito Martínez 83 198 53 .268 5 25
Luis Mercedes 23 50 7 .140 0 4
Steve Scarsone 11 17 3 .176 0 0
Jack Voigt 1 0 0 .--- 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rick Sutcliffe 36 237⅓ 16 15 4.47 109
Ben McDonald 35 227 13 13 4.24 158
Mike Mussina 32 241 18 5 2.54 130
Bob Milacki 23 115⅔ 6 8 5.84 51
Arthur Rhodes 15 94⅓ 7 5 3.63 77
José Mesa 13 67⅔ 3 8 5.19 22
Craig Lefferts 5 33 1 3 4.09 23
Richie Lewis 2 6⅔ 0 2 10.80 4

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Gregg Olson 60 1 5 36 2.05 58
Pat Clements 23 2 0 0 3.28 9
Mark Williamson 12 0 0 1 0.96 14

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Jerry Narron
AA Hagerstown Suns Eastern League Don Buford
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Bob Miscik
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Joel Youngblood
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Mike O'Berry
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Phillip Wellman

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bluefield[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Robinson page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Amalio Carreno". Baseball Reference. 
  3. ^ http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6609590
  4. ^ Juan Bell page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007