Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
MLB in the 1990s
|Why was Reds owner Marge Schott suspended and fined?||MLB in 1993
Making racial remarks. Marge Schott was fined for making racially insensitive remarks toward ballplayers.
Chris Bosio. Chris Bosio, a Seattle Mariner, pitched a No-Hitter against the Red Sox, the first and only one of his career.
|Roger Clemens did not have a very good season in 1993. What was his final ERA total?||MLB in 1993
4.46. Roger Clemens did not have a career year in 93. He finished 11-14 for the year with a 4.46 ERA.
Two pitchers were killed. The Indians were struck with tragedy, when pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident. Bob Ojeda, another pitcher was seriously injured.
Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays won the Series in six games over the Phillies. This World Series was their second in a row.
|What member of the Atlanta Braves won the Cy Young award in '93?||MLB in 1993
Greg Maddux . Maddux won the Cy Young award in '93, having a 2.36 ERA, .18 lower than his ERA in the 90's.
Don Drysdale. Don Drysdale died in Montreal at the age of 56. He was on the road with the Dodgers as a member of their broadcast team at the time. Drysdale retired on August 11, 1969. Drysdale was elected into the Hall of Fame 1984, with 316 votes. When Don Drysdale retired, he held the National League record for most seasons with 200+ strikeouts, with 6. Drysdale played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, and became one of the ultimate pitching duos teaming with legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax. Drysdale hit a total of 154 batters, which was a National League record at the time he retired.
Tim Salmon. Tim Salmon was the AL rookie of the Year for the California Angels, the first Angel to do that. Salmon batted .283 with 31 home runs, with 95 RBIs in his first year in the big leagues.
|What team did the winner of the AL overall batting average play for?||MLB in 1993
Toronto Blue Jays. The winner of the award was John Olerud, with an average of .363.
Barry Bonds. Barry Bonds won the MVP in 1993 for the NL, with the San Francisco Giants, along with Frank Thomas for the Chicago White Sox in the AL.
Tony Gwynn. The others did not play in the decade. Gwynn of the Padres, won his fifth of eight batting titles in 1994. He hit an amazing .394 in the season. The next closest player was Jeff Bagwell of the Astros, who hit .367 in the season. Paul O'Neill hit .359 for the Yankees, to win the crown for the American League. Gwynn played for 20 seasons, all with the Padres, and retired in 2001.
Greg Maddux. The others listed never pitched. The Cy Young Award is given to the most outstanding pitcher in each league. The Award began in 1956. Maddux won his first with the Chicago Cubs in 1992, then repeated the award for the next three seasons with the Atlanta Braves. Braves' teammate John Smoltz broke Greg's streak in 1996. Maddux was a runner-up 'Cy' to Pedro Martinez of the Expos in 1997.
Reggie Jackson. The others listed were inducted in the 1970s. Jackson was the only inductee in 1993 with 94% of the vote. His career spanned 21 seasons, beginning with the Kansas City Athletics in 1967, before the franchise moved to Oakland the following season. After nine seasons with the A's, he went to the Orioles in 1976, and began the season without a contract. The Yankees picked him up the following season, and he played for five season in the pinstripes. From there in 1982, he found himself playing for the California Angels. In 1997, he came back home with the Athletics and then retired. Jackson smacked 563 home runs, which ranked him sixth all-time at the time of his retirement. In 2004, he had since been passed by Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, dropping him to eighth. Also in 2004, the Cubs' Sammy Sosa had approached Reggie's home run mark.
Mark McGwire. Maris of the Yankees set his mark in 1961 by hitting 61 home runs. McGwire blasted out 70 big ones in 1998 for his St. Louis Cardinals. He would go on to hit more than 50, four consecutive seasons. Barry Bonds broke McGwire's mark in 2001 by hitting 73 for the Giants of San Francisco.
|The Colorado Rockies began their franchise in 1993. Which Atlanta Braves 17-season great, played on this Rockies team in '93, then retired after the season?||America's Game in the 1990s
Dale Murphy. The others were long retired before the decade of the '90s. Murphy spent 15 seasons with the Braves before changing venues to Philadelphia. Dale won two consecutive National League MVP Awards in 1982 and 1983, and was a seven time all-star. He retired with 398 home runs.
Curt Schilling. The others listed were all American Leaguers in 1997. Schilling fanned 319 batters for his Philadelphia Phillies. He ranked fourth in the Cy Young voting in 1997, behind Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, and Denny Neagle. He would follow up his league leading performance in 1998, by fanning another 300. In 2000, Schilling went to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
|The San Diego Padres made it to the World Series only one time in the decade. In which year did the team get to the promised land?||America's Game in the 1990s
1998. After defeating Houston and Atlanta in the Division and League Championship Series, they faced the heavily favored New York Yankees. The Yankees had won 114 games in the regular season. The Yankees didn't let the oddsmakers down, as they skunked the Padres four games to none. The Yankees' Scott Brosius didn't let his team down either, as he hit .478 with two home runs, earning him the MVP Award. It was the Padres' first trip in 14 seasons, and were helmed by Bruce Bochy.
|Which pitcher almost set a new modern day baseball record when he threw 26 wild pitches in a season during the 1990s?||Decade in a Box: 1990s
Juan Guzman. In 1993, Guzman of the Blue Jays had a slight control problem when he threw 26. His catcher, Pat Borders, was charged with only six passed balls in the season. Tony Cloninger's record was still in tact by one, which he set in 1966 with the Braves. However, with Cloninger, his record of hitting two grand slams in one game during the 1966 season helped to overshadow his wild pitch record.
|Baseball saw many new ballparks open in the 1990s, setting a new record for the Major Leagues. How many were introduced in the decade?||Decade in a Box: 1990s
11. The ballparks were; New Comiskey in Chicago, Camden Yards in Baltimore, Joe Robbie Stadium in Florida, Jacobs Field in Cleveland, The Ballpark in Arlington, Coors Field in Colorado, Edison Internation in Anaheim, Turner Field in Atlanta, Bank One Ballpark in Arizona, Tropicana Field for Tampa Bay, and Safeco Field in Seattle.
Colorado Rockies. 1993 was the Rockies first season in Major League baseball. Their attendance was 4,483,350 in that season. It also saw them finish in 6th place in their division, 37 games behind the division winning Braves. None of the others listed reached the 4,000,000 attendance mark in the decade, and the Yankees reached the three million mark only once.
Randy Johnson. Although the 'Ryan Express' retired in 1993, Randy Johnson threw 364 strikeouts in 1999 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Although a new career high for Randy, he would surpass that in 2001 with 372. When he threw his 372, Johnson would fall 11 strikeouts short of a season record of 383 set by Nolan Ryan in 1973.
Tony Pena. The others retired before the 1990s. Except for nine games with the Astros, Tony played in the American League in the 1990s. He spent most of his career with the Pirates and Cardinals in the 1980s, then mostly the Red Sox and Indians for the latter part of his career.
|During the 1990s, there were three World Series skunks, where the victor took the series four games to none. The New York Yankees provided two of those. Which other team in the decade was victorious by blanking their opponent?||Decade in a Box: 1990s
Cincinnati Reds. The Padres and Braves were victimized by the Yankees in 1998 and 1999, respectively. The Reds started the decade off right by defeating the Athletics four games to none in 1990. Cincinnati outscored Oakland 22-8 in the series. This was right after the Athletics blanked the Red Sox four games to none in the ALCS.
Mark McGwire. Not only did McGwire lead the decade by hitting 70 in 1998, he hit more home runs in the 1990s than any other player with his 405. McGwire of the Cardinals was the first player to reach the 70 plateau, then Barry Bonds broke his record in 2001 with 73 of his own.
|In 1999, the Yankees won their second of three consecutive World Series under the helm of Joe Torre. Baseball saw a player hit two grand slams in the same inning in the name Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals. However, it was also a sad season as baseball lost a most beloved Yankee in the season. This Yankee was a three-time AL MVP, went to 10 World Series, and was an easy Hall of Fame inductee in 1955. Who was it?||Decades on the Diamond: 1990s
Joe DiMaggio. The others listed would not pass away for at least another 10 years. Brother of Dom and Vince who were both Major League players also, Joe died on March 8th at the age of 84. He won the AL MVP in 1939, 1941, and 1947.
|For their highest number of wins in a season with 114, this team went all the way and won the World Series against the Padres. Which team was this?||Decades on the Diamond: 1990s
Yankees. The others were all National League teams along with the San Diego Padres. The Yankees went 114-48, shades of the 1927 Yankee dominant team. Scott Brosius was the series MVP with his .471 average, two home runs, and six RBIs in the four games to none skunking of the Padres.
|1997 saw a strange occurrance. Ken Griffey Jr. led both leagues in home runs with his 56 for the Mariners, although another player hit 58. His 56 helped Junior win the AL MVP award for the season. Larrry Walker of the Rockies led the NL with 49 of his own. Who hit 58 in the season but did not win a home run title?||Decades on the Diamond: 1990s
Mark McGwire. After playing for many seasons with the Athletics, Mark was traded to the Cardinals for three players during mid-season 1997. He hit 34 for Oakland in 105 games, then another 24 in 51 games for the Cardinals. In 1998, McGwire set a new season record by hitting 70 home runs.
|1996 saw 16 players in the Major Leagues hit 40+ home runs in a season for the first time in history. Which milestone also occurred in 1996 for the first time in 54 seasons?||Decades on the Diamond: 1990s
A shortstop won the batting title. Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners won the American League batting title after Luke Appling, a shortstop for the Chicago White Sox who won it in 1943, and previously in 1936. Rodriguez batted .358 to win it over Frank Thomas of the White Sox with his .349.
|1995 saw the MVPs go to Mo Vaughn in the AL and Barry Larkin in the NL. Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves became the first pitcher in history to win four consecutive Cy Young awards. Which player in the season broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2131 consecutive games played?||Decades on the Diamond: 1990s
Cal Ripken Jr.. Ripken of the Orioles played in 2632 consecutive games from 1982 to 1998. Cal retired after 21 seasons, all with the Baltimore Orioles in 2001 at the age of 40.
Barry Bonds. After playing for seven seasons as a Pittsburgh Pirate, Bonds signed as a free agent in December 1992 with the Giants. Bonds hit over 700 home runs in his career.
|1992 saw the Athletics' Dennis Eckersley win both the AL Cy Young and MVP awards. Also in Oakland, Rickey Henderson became the first player in history to steal 1000 career bases. It also saw a team win the first World Series for their country of Canada. Which team was this?||Decades on the Diamond: 1990s
Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays, with the help of John Olerud, Pat Borders, Joe Carter, Dave Winfield, and pitcher Jack Morris, brought the Blue Jays their first of two consecutive World Series titles in 1992.