1994 Chicago White Sox season
|1994 Chicago White Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
(Ken Harrelson, Tom Paciorek)
|Local radio||WMAQ (AM)
(John Rooney, Ed Farmer)
(Hector Molina, Chico Carrasquel)
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The 1994 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 94th season in the major leagues, and their 95th season overall. They finished with a record 67-46, good enough for 1st place in the American League Central, 1 game ahead of the 2nd place Cleveland Indians.
After retiring from the National Basketball Association, Michael Jordan surprised the sports world by signing a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox. He reported to spring training and was assigned to the MLB team. He played 17 games with the White Sox before the organization sent him to the Birmingham Barons on March 31, 1994. Jordan has stated this decision was made to pursue the dream of his late father, who had always envisioned his son as a Major League Baseball player.
- October 13, 1993: George Bell was released by the Chicago White Sox.
- December 15, 1993: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
- December 22, 1993: Tim Raines signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
- December 28, 1993: Ron Coomer was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Isidro Marquez.
- February 8, 1994: Carlos Lee was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent.
- January 26, 1994: Dane Johnson was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
- March 1, 1994: Scott Sanderson was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
- March 21, 1994: Paul Assenmacher was traded by the New York Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Brian Boehringer.
- March 29, 1994: Mike Huff was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays for Domingo Martínez.
- July 15, 1994: During a game against the White Sox, Indians outfielder Albert Belle's bat was confiscated by umpire Dave Phillips. 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. 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.
By Friday, August 12, the White Sox had compiled a 67-46 record through 113 games. They were leading the AL Central Division and had scored 633 runs (5.60 per game) and allowed 498 runs (4.41 per game). Their hitters had also struck out just 568 times: the fewest in the Majors. While their pitchers combined for just 20 saves, they did have 9 shutouts, tying the Oakland Athletics for the most in the Majors, and hit only 17 batters: the fewest among all 28 teams.
|Chicago White Sox||67||46||0.593||—||34–19||33–27|
|Kansas City Royals||64||51||0.557||4||35–24||29–27|
|New York Yankees||70||43||0.619|
|Chicago White Sox||67||46||0.593|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Kansas City Royals||64||51||0.557||½|
|Toronto Blue Jays||55||60||0.478||9½|
|Boston Red Sox||54||61||0.470||10½|
Opening Day lineup
- Tim Raines, lf
- Joey Cora, 2b
- Frank Thomas, 1b
- Julio Franco, dh
- Robin Ventura, 3b
- Darrin Jackson, rf
- Lance Johnson, cf
- Ron Karkovice, c
- Ozzie Guillén, ss
- Jack McDowell, p
- April 4, 1994: Pete Rose, Jr. was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
- April 12, 1994: Atlee Hammaker was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
- April 21, 1994: Steve Sax was Released by the Chicago White Sox.
|1994 Chicago White Sox|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
|Joey Cora, 2B||90||312||55||86||13||4||2||30||38||32||.276||8|
|Julio Franco, DH,1B||112||433||72||138||19||2||20||98||62||75||.319||8|
|Craig Grebeck, 2B,SS,3B||35||97||17||30||5||0||0||5||12||5||.309||0|
|Ozzie Guillén, SS||100||365||46||105||9||5||1||39||14||35||.288||5|
|Joe Hall, OF||17||28||6||11||3||0||1||5||2||4||.393||0|
|Dann Howitt, OF,1B||10||14||4||5||3||0||0||0||1||7||.357||0|
|Darrin Jackson, RF,CF||104||369||43||115||17||3||10||51||27||56||.312||7|
|Lance Johnson, CF||106||412||56||114||11||14||3||54||26||23||.277||26|
|Ron Karkovice, C||77||207||33||44||9||1||11||29||36||68||.213||0|
|Mike LaValliere, C||59||139||6||39||4||0||1||24||20||15||.281||0|
|Norberto Martin, 2B,SS,3B||45||131||19||36||7||1||1||16||9||16||.275||4|
|Bob Melvin, C||11||19||3||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.158||0|
|Warren Newson, RF,LF||63||102||16||26||5||0||2||7||14||23||.255||1|
|Dan Pasqua, OF,1B||11||23||2||5||2||0||2||4||0||9||.217||0|
|Tim Raines, LF||101||384||80||102||15||5||10||52||61||43||.266||13|
|Olmedo Sáenz, 3B||5||14||2||2||0||1||0||0||0||5||.143||0|
|Frank Thomas, 1B,DH||113||399||106||141||34||1||38||101||109||61||.353||2|
|Ron Tingley, C||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000||0|
|Robin Ventura, 3B||109||401||57||113||15||1||18||78||61||69||.282||3|
|Bob Zupcic, OF,3B||32||88||10||18||4||1||1||8||4||16||.205||0|
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
Awards and records
- Lance Johnson, American League record, Led American League in triples for four consecutive seasons (1991–1994) 
- Frank Thomas, Silver Slugger Award
- Michael Jordan Chronology, sportsillustrated.cnn.com, January 12, 1999, accessed March 15, 2007.
- Julio Franco Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Tim Raines Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Carlos Lee Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Scott Sanderson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Mike Huff Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Pete Rose Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Steve Sax Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.95, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997