1994 New York Yankees season

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1994 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Buck Showalter
Local television WPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Paul Olden)
(Dewayne Staats, Tony Kubek, Al Trautwig)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(Michael Kay, John Sterling)
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The New York Yankees' 1994 season was the 92nd season for the Yankees. New York was managed by Buck Showalter and played at Yankee Stadium. The team finished with a record of 70-43 finishing 6 12 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles, having the best record in the American League and the second-best record in Major League Baseball.[1] The season was cut short by the infamous 1994 player's strike, which wiped out any postseason aspirations for their first postseason appearance since losing the 1981 World Series and that their star player and captain, Don Mattingly, had. On the day the strike began, the Yankees were on pace to win at least 100 games for the first time since 1980.[2] The Yankees' ace, 33 year-old veteran Jimmy Key, was leading the majors with 17 wins and was on pace to win 24 games.[1] Right fielder Paul O'Neill was also having a career year, as he was leading the league with a .359 batting average.[1]

The strike is remembered bitterly by Yankees fans as it shook sports fans in New York City and the Yankees to the core and made 1994 one of the worst years in New York City sports history,[3] and has been named among the 10 worst moments in New York City sports history,[4] primarily because Mattingly had not played in a postseason.[5][6] It was also seen as the frustrating peak of the Yankees' demise and downfall of the 1980s and early 1990s.[3]

When reacting to the strike, many fans said that the strike and the lost Yankees season was another to the blow to baseball backers in New York City, following the move of the Dodgers and the Giants to California for the 1958 season, the demise of the Yankees during the 1960s and early 1970s and 1980s and early 1990s, and the bad baseball at Shea Stadium during the late 1970s and early 1990s.[3] They also said it was the latest to the demise and downfall of the 1980s and early 1990s.[3] The strike ruined the chance for the Yankees to follow in the footsteps of the NHL Stanley Cup Champion Rangers and NBA Eastern Conference Champion Knicks by making the championship round of their respective sport.

Because the Yankees were last in a postseason in a season cut short by a strike, the news media constantly reminded the Yankees about the parallels between the two Yankee teams (1981 and 1994), which included both Yankee teams having division leads taken away by strike.[7][8] Also, throughout October, they continued to bombard the Yankees, making speculations about what might have been if there had not been a strike, making references to the days games in the post-season would have been played.[9]


Regular season[edit]

By Friday, August 12, the Yankees had compiled a 70-43 record through 113 games. They were leading the AL East Division and had scored 670 runs (5.93 per game) and allowed 534 runs (4.73 per game).[17]

The World Series, for which the Yankees appeared to be destined,[9] was never played and contributed to Buck Showalter being fired and Don Mattingly retiring after the 1995 season.[18] The 1994 New York Yankees team that could have been remains a hot discussion point in both baseball and in New York City because Mattingly had not played in a postseason.[19][20] When reacting to the strike's cancellation of the season, the first words many people on the Yankees, including Owner George Steinbrenner, General Manager Gene Michael, and Showalter all said was that they all felt bad for Mattingly, saying that he deserved a postseason.[21][22][23][24] Mattingly led active players in both games played and at bats without ever appearing in the postseason.[6]

Yankees hitters were walked 530 times in the strike-shortened season: the most in the Majors. They also led the Majors in on-base percentage, with .374. They did, however, tie the San Diego Padres for the most double plays grounded into, with 112.[25]

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Game Log[edit]

1994 Regular Season Game Log (70-43) (Home: 33-24; Road: 37-19)
Yankees win Yankees loss All-Star Game Game postponed

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 70 43 0.619 33–24 37–19
Baltimore Orioles 63 49 0.562 28–27 35–22
Toronto Blue Jays 55 60 0.478 16 33–26 22–34
Boston Red Sox 54 61 0.470 17 31–33 23–28
Detroit Tigers 53 62 0.461 18 34–24 19–38

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

Notable transactions[edit]

  • March 21, 1994: Paul Assenmacher was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Brian Boehringer.[26]
  • March 29, 1994: Kevin Maas was released by the Yankees.[27]
  • May 1, 1994: Kevin Elster was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[28]
  • May 5, 1994: Bob Ojeda was released by the New York Yankees.[14]
  • May 6, 1994: Jeff Reardon was released by the New York Yankees.[16]
  • June 23, 1994: Sam Horn was released by the New York Yankees.[13]
  • July 3, 1994: Greg A. Harris was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[29]
  • July 13, 1994: Greg A. Harris was released by the New York Yankees.[29]


1994 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader


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 R H Avg. HR RBI
C Mike Stanley 82 290 54 87 .300 17 57
1B Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly 97 372 62 113 .304 6 51
3B Boggs, WadeWade Boggs 97 366 61 125 .342 11 55
CF Bernie Williams 108 408 80 118 .289 12 57
RF O'Neill, PaulPaul O'Neill 103 368 68 132 .359 21 83


Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
Velarde, RandyRandy Velarde 77 280 47 78 .279 9 34


Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Wickman, BobBob Wickman 53 5 4 6 3.09 56

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Stump Merrill
AA Albany-Colonie Yankees Eastern League Bill Evers
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Jake Gibbs
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Trey Hillman
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Ken Dominguez
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Héctor López



  1. ^ a b c Curry, Jack (August 26, 2002). "Lost Games, Lost Dreams". The New York Times. p. D1. 
  2. ^ O'Connell, Jack (August 3, 1994). "In the End, a Big Finish for Yankees". The Hartford Courant. p. G1. They are on a pace for a 103-victory season over 162 games. The Yankees haven't won 100 games since winning 103 under Dick Howser in 1980. 
  3. ^ a b c d McShane, Larry (September 16, 1994). "Yankees Fans Left with Broken Hearts". Associated Press. 
  4. ^ Eckstein, Bob (September 16, 1997). "New York's top ten worst moments in sports". The Village Voice 42 (37): 142. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Richard A.; Stout, Glenn; Johnson, Dick (2002). Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 386. ISBN 0-618-08527-0. 
  6. ^ a b "Mattingly Blames Both Sides". The New York Times. September 16, 1994. p. B11. Mattingly...logged more career at-bats (6,545) without a playoff appearance than any other active player. 
  7. ^ Curry, Jack (August 7, 1994). "BASEBALL; Flashback to '81: Another Lead, Another Strike". The New York Times. p. A1. 
  8. ^ Kawakami, Tim (August 10, 1994). "'81, '94 Yankees Both Winners but Worlds Apart in Personality". The Los Angeles Times. p. C2. Those who followed the 1981 New York Yankees...can't help but notice potential similarities with this year's first-place Yankee club. 
  9. ^ a b O'Connell, Jack (April 25, 1995). "Finishing What They Started". The Hartford Courant. p. G2. In the lengthy and uncertain off-season, an unfair anointing was bestowed on the Yankees. To emphasize the sense of loss with no World Series, many columnists kept referring to the dates in October when the Yankees might have played a Series game. This kind of reference occurred so often, fans may have gotten the idea the Yankees were a lock for the Series. An unforeseen stumble on the way to the playoffs or in one of the newly expanded rounds of postseason play was out of the question. 
  10. ^ Andy Stankiewicz page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ "Spike Owen Statistics and History". Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Luis Polonia page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ a b Sam Horn page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ a b Bob Ojeda page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Terry Mulholland page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ a b Jeff Reardon page at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ "1994 American League Team Statistics and Standings". baseball-reference.com. Sports Publishing LLC. 
  18. ^ Costello, Brian (August 8, 2004). "'94 Yanks Cut Short". New York Post. p. 58. 
  19. ^ Amore, Dom (May 15, 2005). "Imagine: Buck's Yankees, but Not Jeter's". The Hartford Courant. p. E8. 
  20. ^ Harper, John (October 24, 2007). "It's a Job Well Don. Ex-Mate Gallego Hopes Mattingly Lands Yankees' Gig". New York Daily News. p. 63. (Mike) Gallego was saying at Fenway Park. 'I...feel bad for him. We had a shot at winning everything in '94, and then the strike hit when we were leading our division. That was Donnie's shot at getting a ring, and then it was gone. 
  21. ^ Jacobson, Steve (September 11, 1994). "Sympathy For Season Of Promise". Newsday. p. 17. 'Some guys deserve the reward," Michael said... 'More than anybody on this ballclub, Donnie does.' 
  22. ^ Bodley, Hal (September 13, 1994). "Steinbrenner doubts season can be saved". USA Today. p. 7C. 'I'm so sad for Don Mattingly (who has never been in the postseason),...I feel so badly for that kid.' 
  23. ^ Heyman, Jon (September 14, 1994). "End Is Near Boss stays solid behind Bud, owners". Newsday. p. A70. 'I feel so sorry for Don Mattingly. That really hurts me. Here's a guy who's given everything he had to get to the postseason. He and {Wade} Boggs and {Jimmy} Key were the leaders, who helped get them a 6 12-game lead.' However, Steinbrenner later said, in talking about Mattingly, 'They're grown men. They're part of the strike. They walked out. They were pretty cocksure of certain things. He knew what they were doing. They made the decision to walk. They struck. We didn't lock them out. 
  24. ^ Frey, Jennifer (October 8, 1995). "Finally, an October to Savor for 'Donnie Baseball'". The Washington Post. p. D9. Buck Showalter...sat at home in admitted misery...ached for Mattingly, the one player he believed deserved a postseason more than anyone else in the game. 
  25. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
  26. ^ Paul Assenmacher page on Baseball Reference
  27. ^ Kevin Maas page at Baseball Reference
  28. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/elsteke01.shtml
  29. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/harrigr01.shtml
  30. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1994.shtml
  31. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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