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1994 Baltimore Orioles season

1994 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 63–49 (.562)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Peter Angelos
Manager(s) Johnny Oates
Local television WJZ-TV/WNUV<Home Team Sports
(Mel Proctor, John Lowenstein, Jim Palmer)
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Jon Miller, Fred Manfra, Chuck Thompson)
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The 1994 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 63 wins and 49 losses. The season was cut short by the infamous 1994 player's strike.

Offseason

  • January 14, 1994: Chris Sabo was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.[1]
  • January 20, 1994: Lee Smith was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.[2]
  • February 3, 1994: Henry Cotto was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.[3]

Regular season

By Friday August 12, 1994, when the MLB Players' Strike began, the Orioles had scored 589 runs (5.26 per game) and allowed 497 runs (4.44 per game) with a 63-49 record through 112 games. They were 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians (66-47) in the 1994 AL Wildcard Race.[4]

Because they had only played in 112 games by the time the Strike began, the Orioles had the fewest at-bats in the Majors, with just 3,856. The Orioles pitching staff had good control, as the Orioles had the fewest wild pitches (18) in the Majors. They also tied the Seattle Mariners for the fewest balks, with just 1.[5] Orioles baserunners successfully stole 69 bases in the strike-shortened season and were caught stealing only 13 times: the fewest in the Majors. Their pitchers also had good control, with just 18 wild pitches thrown: the fewest in the Majors.[6]

  • August 2, 1994: Jeff Tackett hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.[7]

Notable transactions

Roster

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 70 43 0.619 33–24 37–19
Baltimore Orioles 63 49 0.563 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 0.563
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


Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Sabo, ChrisChris Sabo 68 258 66 .256 11 42
Voigt, JackJack Voigt 59 141 34 .241 3 20

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

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

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Smith, LeeLee Smith 41 1 4 33 3.29 42
Benítez, ArmandoArmando Benítez 3 0 0 0 0.90 14

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Bob Miscik
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Pete Mackanin
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Mike O'Berry
A Albany Polecats South Atlantic League Butch Wynegar
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Andy Etchebarren
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Oneri Fleita
[8]

Notes

  1. ^ Chris Sabo page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Lee Smith page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Henry Cotto page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BAL/1994-schedule-scores.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats18.shtml
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

References

  • 1994 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1994 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
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