1992 Major League Baseball season

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This article is about the 1992 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1992 in baseball.
1992 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 6, 1992 – October 24, 1992
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Dennis Eckersley (OAK)
NL: Barry Bonds (PIT)
League Postseason
AL champions Toronto Blue Jays
  AL runners-up Oakland Athletics
NL champions Atlanta Braves
  NL runners-up Pittsburgh Pirates
World Series
Champions Toronto Blue Jays
  Runners-up Atlanta Braves
World Series MVP Pat Borders (TOR)
MLB seasons
The Texas Rangers playing host to the Detroit Tigers at Arlington Stadium during a 1992 regular season game.

The 1992 Major League Baseball season saw a resurgence in pitching dominance. On average, one out of every seven games pitched that season was a shutout; in 2,106 MLB regular-season games, 298 shutouts were pitched (up from 272 in 2,104 regular-season games in 1991).[1][2] Two teams pitched at least 20 shutouts each; the Atlanta Braves led the Majors with 24 and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished second with 20. In the National League, no team hit more than 138 home runs and no team scored 700 runs. The San Francisco Giants were shut out 18 times, the most in the Majors.[3][4] The effect was similar in the American League. In 1991, two AL teams had scored at least 800 runs and three had collected 1,500 hits.[5] In 1992, no team scored 800 runs and only one reached 1,500 hits.[6] The California Angels were shut out 15 times, the most in the AL.[7] The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series, beating the Braves and winning the first World Series title outside of the United States, also setting a record for the fastest expansion team to win.

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Edgar Martínez SEA .343 Gary Sheffield SDP .330
HR Juan González TEX 43 Fred McGriff SDP 35
RBI Cecil Fielder DET 124 Darren Daulton PHI 109
Wins Kevin Brown TEX
Jack Morris TOR
21 Tom Glavine ATL
Greg Maddux CHC
ERA Roger Clemens BOS 2.41 Bill Swift SFG 2.08
SO Randy Johnson SEA 241 John Smoltz ATL 215
SV Dennis Eckersley OAK 51 Lee Smith STL 43
SB Kenny Lofton CLE 66 Marquis Grissom MON 78

Major league baseball final standings[edit]


  League Championship Series
World Series
East  Toronto 4  
West  Oakland 2  
    AL  Toronto 4
  NL  Atlanta 2
East  Pittsburgh 3
West  Atlanta 4  


American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles± Johnny Oates
Boston Red Sox Butch Hobson
California Angels Buck Rodgers after a May bus accident John Wathan was acting manager for the remainder of the season
Chicago White Sox Gene Lamont
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Hal McRae
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Buck Showalter
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Bill Plummer
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine was replaced during the season by Toby Harrah
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston Won the World Series

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won the National League pennant
Chicago Cubs Jim Lefebvre
Cincinnati Reds Lou Piniella
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Tom Runnells was replaced during the season by Felipe Alou
New York Mets Jeff Torborg
Philadelphia Phillies Jim Fregosi
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre
San Diego Padres± Jim Riggleman
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig



  • March 2 – Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg becomes the highest-paid player in major league history when he agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $28.4 million.
  • March 17 – Pitcher Hal Newhouser and umpire Bill McGowan are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.


  • July 7 – Andy Van Slyke of the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes the first outfielder in nearly 18 years to record an unassisted double play, in the Pirates' 5–3 win over the Houston Astros. Van Slyke races in from center field to catch a fly ball, then continues in to double up Ken Caminiti, who was running from second base on the play.
  • August 28 – The Milwaukee Brewers lash 31 hits in a 22–2 drubbing of the Toronto Blue Jays, setting a record for the most hits by a team in a single nine-inning game. Darryl Hamilton leads the way for the Brewers, going 4-for-7 with 5 RBI.
  • September 7 – After receiving an 18–9 no-confidence vote from the owners, Commissioner Fay Vincent is forced to resign. Vincent is soon replaced by Milwaukee Brewers president Bud Selig on what is meant to be an interim basis.
  • October 24 – The Toronto Blue Jays clinch their first World Series championship with a 4–3 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 6. Dave Winfield's 2–out, 2–run double in the top of the 11th gives Toronto a 4–2 lead. The Braves score one run in the bottom half of the inning and have the tying run on 3rd when the final out is made. Jimmy Key wins the game in relief, and Candy Maldonado homers for Toronto. Blue Jays catcher Pat Borders, with a .450 batting average, is named the Series MVP. The Toronto Blue Jays finish the season without being swept in any series. It is the first team from outside the United States to win the World Series.
  • November 16 – The Rockies sign free agent first baseman Andrés Galarraga, who rejoins Don Baylor, his hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals. Galarraga is coming off his second injury-plagued year, having missed 44 days of the season after being hit on the wrist by a Wally Whitehurst pitch in the 3rd game of the season.



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  2. ^ "1991 Major League Baseball Standard Pitching". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1992 National League Standard Pitching". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "1992 San Francisco Giants". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "1991 American League Standard Batting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "1992 American League Standard Batting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "1992 California Angels". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
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