1993 Oakland Athletics season
|1993 Oakland Athletics|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Walter A. Haas, Jr.|
|General manager(s)||Sandy Alderson|
|Manager(s)||Tony La Russa|
(Dick Stockton, Ray Fosse)
Sports Channel Pacific
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
|Local radio||KNEW (AM)
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1993 season was the team's 26th in Oakland, California. It was also the 93rd season in franchise history. The team finished seventh in the American League West with a record of 68-94.
The Athletics' disastrous 1993 campaign was mired by inconsistency, injuries, and free agent losses. The team lost key contributors Dave Stewart, Harold Baines, and Mike Moore to free agency; the players ended up (respectively) in Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. The A's also traded Walt Weiss to the expansion Florida Marlins for Scott Baker and Eric Hefland. The Athletics' roster was further weakened by the retirement of longtime third baseman Carney Lansford.
The team's depleted pitching staff was no match for its American League (AL) competition. The Athletics, following a resurgent 1992 campaign, finished 1993 with a team ERA of 4.90; this was the worst such figure in the AL. The futility of Oakland's new-look starting rotation was especially noteworthy; of the team's five primary starters (Bobby Witt, Ron Darling, Bob Welch, Todd Van Poppel, and Shawn Hillegas), only one (Witt) managed a sub-5.00 ERA. On offense, the Athletics also struggled; the loss of their two best players (Mark McGwire and Rickey Henderson) to injury and a trade, respectively, contributed to their scoring only 715 runs (10th of 14 AL teams).
The Athletics' 68-94 finish was their worst since 1982. Moreover, the 1993 Athletics (as of 2014) remain the only team in Oakland history to finish last in the AL West after finishing first one year earlier.
- October 27, 1992: Jamie Quirk was released by the Athletics.
- November 17, 1992: Walt Weiss was traded by the Athletics to the Florida Marlins for Eric Helfand and a player to be named later. The Marlins completed the deal by sending Scott Baker to the Athletics on November 20.
- December 7, 1992: Rich Gossage was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- December 17, 1992: Ron Darling was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- January 21, 1993: Joe Boever was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- January 21, 1993: Dale Sveum was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- March 27, 1993: Mike Aldrete was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
|Chicago White Sox||94||68||0.580||—||45–36||49–32|
|Kansas City Royals||84||78||0.519||10||43–38||41–40|
- June 3, 1993: 1993 Major League Baseball Draft
- June 17, 1993: Dale Sveum was released by the Athletics.
- July 17, 1993: Miguel Tejada was signed by the Athletics as an amateur free agent.
- July 31, 1993: Rickey Henderson was traded by the Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays for Steve Karsay and a player to be named later. The Blue Jays completed the deal by sending José Herrera to the Athletics on August 6.
- August 15, 1993: Joe Boever was released by the Athletics.
|1993 Oakland Athletics|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
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- Jamie Quirk page at Baseball Reference
- Walt Weiss page at Baseball Reference
- Rich Gossage page at Baseball Reference
- Ron Darling page at Baseball Reference
- Joe Boever page at Baseball Reference
- Dale Sveum page at Baseball Reference
- Mike Aldrete page at Baseball Reference
- Jeff D'Amico page at Baseball Reference
- Jason McDonald page at Baseball Reference
- Scott Spiezio page at Baseball Reference
- Miguel Tejada page at Baseball Reference
- Rickey Henderson page at Baseball Reference
- 1993 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
- 1993 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.