1994 Cleveland Indians season

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1994 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Richard Jacobs
General manager(s) John Hart
Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
Local television WUAB · SportsChannel Ohio
Local radio WKNR (1220)
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Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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Larry Doby
CF, Coach
Retired 1994

Larry Doby was the first African American to play in the American League.

  • On July 15, 1994, Albert Belle's bat was confiscated by umpire Dave Phillips.[8] It was the result of White Sox manager Gene Lamont believing that the bat was corked. During the game, Indians pitcher Jason Grimsley removed a ceiling tile in his manager’s office and clambered on top of an 18-inch-wide (460 mm) cinder block.[9] He replaced the corked bat with a conventional bat but the bat had Paul Sorrento's name on it. Belle was suspended for seven games.[8]

By Friday August 12, 1994, the Indians had compiled a 66-47 record through 113 games, just one game back of the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central Division lead. They had scored 679 runs (6.01 per game) and allowed 562 runs (4.97 per game). They were leading the AL Wildcard Race over the Baltimore Orioles by 2.5 games. Cleveland was leading the Majors in nearly every offensive category, including hits (1,165), runs scored (679), home runs (167), runs batted in (647), batting average (.290), slugging percentage (.484) and total bases (1,946).[10]

Cleveland pitching was also strong, as Indians pitchers had combined for an MLB-high 17 complete games pitched before the Players' Strike prematurely ended the season.[11]

Season Standings[edit]

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 67 46 0.593 34–19 33–27
Cleveland Indians 66 47 0.584 1 35–16 31–31
Kansas City Royals 64 51 0.557 4 35–24 29–27
Minnesota Twins 53 60 0.469 14 32–27 21–33
Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 0.461 15 24–32 29–30


Division leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 70 43 0.619
Chicago White Sox 67 46 0.593
Texas Rangers 52 62 0.456


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 66 47 0.584 +2½
Baltimore Orioles 63 49 0.562
Kansas City Royals 64 51 0.557 ½
Toronto Blue Jays 55 60 0.478
Boston Red Sox 54 61 0.470 10½
Minnesota Twins 53 60 0.469 10½
Detroit Tigers 53 62 0.461 11½
Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 0.461 11½
Oakland Athletics 51 63 0.447 13
Seattle Mariners 49 63 0.438 14
California Angels 47 68 0.409 17½


Transactions[edit]

Jacobs Field[edit]

Main article: Progressive Field
President Bill Clinton threw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 4, 1994, before the first Major League game played at Jacobs Field.

In May 1990, Cuyahoga County voters approved a 15-year sin tax on alcohol and cigarette sales in order to finance the new sports complex. In June 1992, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown at the site of the new Jacobs Field before construction of the building began.

In 1994, the ballpark opened under the name Jacobs Field as the new home of the Cleveland Indians, which had previously shared Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the NFL's Cleveland Browns. On April 4, 1994, the Indians played their first game at the new stadium. President Bill Clinton threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in 11 innings.

Highlights[edit]

Statistic Person(s) Date
First Ceremonial First Pitch President Clinton to Sandy Alomar, Jr. April 4, 1994
First Hit Eric Anthony (Seattle Mariners), home run April 4, 1994
First Indians Hit Sandy Alomar, Jr., single to right field April 4, 1994
First Double Manny Ramírez April 4, 1994
First Triple Ken Griffey, Jr. (Seattle Mariners) April 7, 1994
First Home Run Eric Anthony (Seattle Mariners) April 4, 1994
First Indians Home Run Eddie Murray April 7, 1994
First Indians Run Candy Maldonado, scored on Manny Ramírez 2-run double in the 8th inning April 4, 1994
First Winning Pitcher Eric Plunk April 4, 1994
First Save Hipólito Pichardo (Kansas City Royals) April 15, 1994

Roster[edit]

1994 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Alomar, SandySandy Alomar 80 292 44 84 15 1 14 43 .288 8
Amaro, RubenRuben Amaro 26 23 5 5 1 0 2 5 .217 2
Baerga, CarlosCarlos Baerga 103 442 81 139 32 2 19 80 .314 8
Belle, AlbertAlbert Belle 106 412 90 147 35 2 36 101 .357 9
Espinoza, AlvaroAlvaro Espinoza 90 231 27 55 13 0 1 19 .238 1
Gonzales, ReneRene Gonzales 22 23 6 8 1 1 1 5 .348 2
Kirby, WayneWayne Kirby 78 191 33 56 6 0 5 23 .293 11
Levis, JesseJesse Levis 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 0
Lewis, MarkMark Lewis 20 73 6 15 5 0 1 8 .205 1
Lofton, KennyKenny Lofton 112 459 105 160 32 9 12 57 .349 60
Maldonado, CandyCandy Maldonado 42 92 14 18 5 1 5 12 .196 1
Merullo, MattMatt Merullo 4 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 .100 0
Murray, EddieEddie Murray 108 433 57 110 21 1 17 76 .254 8
Peña, TonyTony Peña 40 112 18 33 8 1 2 10 .295 0
Perry, HerbertHerbert Perry 4 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 .111 0
Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez 91 290 51 78 22 0 17 60 .269 4
Sorrento, PaulPaul Sorrento 95 322 43 90 14 0 14 62 .280 0
Thome, JimJim Thome 98 321 58 86 20 1 20 52 .268 3
Vizquel, OmarOmar Vizquel 69 286 39 78 10 1 1 33 .273 13
Totals 113 4022 679 1165 240 20 167 647 .290 131

Pitching[edit]

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Barnes, BrianBrian Barnes 0 1 5.40 6 0 0 13.1 10 8 15 5
Casian, LarryLarry Casian 0 2 8.64 7 0 0 8.1 9 8 4 2
Clark, MarkMark Clark 11 3 3.82 20 20 0 127.1 61 54 40 60
DiPoto, JerryJerry DiPoto 0 0 8.04 7 0 0 15.2 14 14 10 9
Farr, SteveSteve Farr 1 1 5.28 19 0 4 15.1 12 9 15 12
Grimsley, JasonJason Grimsley 5 2 4.57 14 13 0 82.2 47 42 34 59
Lilliquist, DerekDerek Lilliquist 1 3 4.91 36 0 1 29.1 17 16 8 15
Lopez, AlbieAlbie Lopez 1 2 4.24 4 4 0 17.0 11 8 6 18
Martinez, DennisDennis Martinez 11 6 3.52 24 24 0 176.2 75 69 44 92
Mesa, JoseJose Mesa 7 5 3.82 51 0 2 73.0 33 31 26 63
Morris, JackJack Morris 10 6 5.60 23 23 0 141.1 96 88 67 100
Nabholz, ChrisChris Nabholz 0 1 11.45 6 4 0 11.0 16 14 9 5
Nagy, CharlesCharles Nagy 10 8 3.45 23 23 0 169.1 76 65 48 108
Ogea, ChadChad Ogea 0 1 6.06 4 1 0 16.1 11 11 10 11
Plunk, EricEric Plunk 7 2 2.54 41 0 3 71.0 25 20 37 73
Russell, JeffJeff Russell 1 1 4.97 13 0 5 12.2 8 7 3 10
Shuey, PaulPaul Shuey 0 1 8.49 14 0 5 11.2 11 11 12 16
Swan, RussRuss Swan 0 1 11.25 12 0 0 8.0 11 10 7 2
Tavarez, JulianJulian Tavarez 0 1 21.60 1 1 0 1.2 8 4 1 0
Turner, MattMatt Turner 1 0 2.13 9 0 1 12.2 6 3 7 5
Wertz, BillBill Wertz 0 0 10.38 1 0 0 4.1 5 5 1 1
Totals 66 47 4.36 113 113 21 1018.2 562 494 404 666

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Minor league affiliates[edit]

Level Team League Season article
AAA Charlotte Knights International League 1994 Charlotte Knights season
AA Canton-Akron Indians Eastern League 1994 Canton-Akron Indians season
Advanced A Kinston Indians Carolina League
A Columbus RedStixx South Atlantic League
Short Season A Watertown Indians New York - Penn League
Rookie Burlington Indians Appalachian League

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heathcliff Slocumb page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Dennis Martínez page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Randy Milligan page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Félix Fermín page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ a b Jack Morris page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Pete Rose, Jr. page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/cheaters/ballplayers.html
  9. ^ http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/excerpts/spitters6.stm
  10. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
  11. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
  12. ^ Jeremy Hernandez page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Jaret Wright page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Russell Branyan page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/avenbr01.shtml
  16. ^ Marco Scutaro page at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference