1991 Major League Baseball season

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1991 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 8 – October 27, 1991
Draft
Top draft pick Brien Taylor
Picked by New York Yankees
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Cal Ripken, Jr. (BAL)
NL: Terry Pendleton (ATL)
League Postseason
AL champions Minnesota Twins
  AL runners-up Toronto Blue Jays
NL champions Atlanta Braves
  NL runners-up Pittsburgh Pirates
World Series
Champions Minnesota Twins
  Runners-up Atlanta Braves
Finals MVP Jack Morris (MIN)
MLB seasons
The Baltimore Orioles at play during a 1991 home game at Memorial Stadium.

The 1991 Major League Baseball season saw the Minnesota Twins defeat the Atlanta Braves for the World Series title, in a series where every game was won by the home team.

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Chuck Knoblauch (MIN)
Cy Young Award Tom Glavine (ATL) Roger Clemens (BOS)
Manager of the Year Bobby Cox (ATL) Tom Kelly (MIN)
Most Valuable Player Terry Pendleton (ATL) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC) Mark Langston (CAL)
Catcher Tom Pagnozzi (STL) Tony Peña (BOS)
First Baseman Will Clark (SF) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg (CHC) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Robin Ventura (CHW)
Shortstop Ozzie Smith (STL) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (PIT) Kirby Puckett (MIN)
Tony Gwynn (SD) Devon White (TOR)
Andy Van Slyke (PIT) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Tom Glavine (ATL) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Catcher Benito Santiago (SD) Mickey Tettleton (DET)
First Baseman Will Clark (SF) Cecil Fielder (DET)
Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg (CHC) Julio Franco (TEX)
Third Baseman Howard Johnson (NYM) Wade Boggs (BOS)
Shortstop Barry Larkin (CIN) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (PIT) Joe Carter (TOR)
Bobby Bonilla (PIT) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Ron Gant (ATL) Jose Canseco (OAK)


Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Julio Franco TEX .341 Terry Pendleton ATL .319
HR José Canseco OAK
Cecil Fielder DET
44 Howard Johnson NYM 38
RBI Cecil Fielder DET 133 Howard Johnson NYM 117
Wins Scott Erickson MIN
Bill Gullickson DET
20 Tom Glavine ATL
John Smiley PIT
20
ERA Roger Clemens BOS 2.62 Dennis Martínez MTL 2.39
SO Roger Clemens BOS 241 David Cone NYM 241
SV Bryan Harvey CAL 46 Lee Smith STL 47
SB Rickey Henderson OAK 58 Marquis Grissom MTL 76

Major league baseball final standings

There was quite a bit of parity in the American League, as 10 teams finished within 10 games of each other, and only 3 teams (Yankees, Orioles, and Indians) had losing records. The standings in the American League West were quite notable because all the teams in that division finished with at least a .500 record.

Postseason

  League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                 
East Toronto 1  
West Minnesota 4  
    AL Minnesota 4
  NL Atlanta 3
East Pittsburgh 3
West Atlanta 4  

Managers

American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Frank Robinson Replaced during the season by Johnny Oates
Boston Red Sox Joe Morgan
California Angels Doug Rader Replaced during the season by Buck Rodgers
Chicago White Sox Jeff Torborg
Cleveland Indians John McNamara Replaced during the season by Mike Hargrove
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals John Wathan Replaced during the season by Hal McRae
Milwaukee Brewers Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly Won the World Series
New York Yankees Stump Merrill
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Jim Lefebvre
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston Replaced temporarily by Gene Tenace while undergoing treatment for a herniated disc

National League

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won National League pennant
Chicago Cubs Don Zimmer Replaced during the season by Jim Essian
Cincinnati Reds Lou Piniella
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers Replaced during the season by Tom Runnels
New York Mets Bud Harrelson Replaced during the season by Mike Cubbage
Philadelphia Phillies Nick Leyva Replaced during the season by Jim Fregosi
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre
San Diego Padres Greg Riddoch
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig

Television coverage

Network Day of week Announcers
CBS Saturday afternoons Jack Buck, Tim McCarver, Dick Stockton, Jim Kaat
ESPN Sunday nights
Tuesday nights
Wednesday nights
Friday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan

Events

January–March

  • January 6 – Alan Wiggins, former leadoff hitter for the San Diego Padres and a key member of their 1984 pennant run, becomes the first baseball player known to die of AIDS. He was 32.
  • January 7 – Pete Rose is released from Marion Federal Prison after serving a five-month sentence for tax evasion.
  • January 8 – Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility.
  • February 4 – The 12 members of the board of directors of the Hall of Fame vote unanimously to bar Pete Rose from the ballot. He will become eligible again only if the commissioner reinstates him by December 2005.
  • February 26 – New York Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri and major league owner Bill Veeck are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

April–June

July–September

October–December

Movies

Deaths

External links

  • 1991 Major League Baseball season schedule at Baseball Reference

References

  1. ^ Giuliotti, Ed (April 14, 1991). "Van Slyke Creates Sticky Situation Over Helmet Decals". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
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