1994 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1994 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Record 53–61 (.465)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) Pittsburgh Associates
General manager(s) Cam Bonifay
Manager(s) Jim Leyland
Local television KDKA-TV
Local radio KDKA-AM
(Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Lanny Frattare, Bob Walk)
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The 1994 Pittsburgh Pirates season was their 113th season; the 108th in the National League. This was their 25th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished the shortened season third in the National League Central with a record of 53–61. They hosted the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in the 125th Anniversary season of Major League Baseball.


  • January 5, 1994: Gary Varsho was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[2]
  • March 28, 1994: Gary Varsho was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[2]
  • March 29, 1994: Gary Varsho was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[2]

Regular season

The Pirates had scored 466 runs (4.09 per game) and allowed 580 runs (5.09 per game) with a 53-61 record by Friday, August 12, 1994, when the MLB Players' Strike began.[3] Pittsburgh struggled offensively during the season, finishing 28th in runs scored (466), runs batted in (435), home runs (80, tied with the Philadelphia Phillies), total bases (1,485) and slugging percentage (.384).[4] They were shut out 11 times in 114 games, the most in the Majors. One highlight of the season was their 4-0 shutout of the best team in baseball, the Montreal Expos, at Three Rivers Stadium on Thursday, August 11, just one day prior to the Strike.[3] Zane Smith picked up the win for the Pirates.[5]

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 6648 0.579 37–22 29–26
Houston Astros 6649 0.574 ½ 37–22 29–27
Pittsburgh Pirates 5361 0.465 13 32–29 21–32
St. Louis Cardinals 5361 0.465 13 23–33 30–28
Chicago Cubs 4964 0.434 16½ 20–39 29–25
Division leaders W L Pct.
Montreal Expos 7440 0.649
Cincinnati Reds 6648 0.579
Los Angeles Dodgers 5856 0.509
Wild card team W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves68460.597
Houston Astros66490.574212
New York Mets55580.4871212
San Francisco Giants55600.4781312
Philadelphia Phillies54610.4701412
St. Louis Cardinals53610.46515
Pittsburgh Pirates53610.46515
Colorado Rockies53640.4531612
Florida Marlins51640.4441712
Chicago Cubs49640.4341812
San Diego Padres47700.4022212

Game log

1994 Game Log: 53–61 (Home: 32–29; Away: 21–32)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Record vs. opponents

1994 National League Records

Atlanta 4–25–58–28–43–36–04–55–46–33–96–15–15–7
Chicago 2–45–76–64–54–83–32–41–41–65–56–35–45–5
Cincinnati 5–57–54–47–54–63–64–22–44–29–38–27–22–2–1
Colorado 2–86–64–43–95–54–64–25–12–42–35–53–78–4
Florida 4–85–45–79–32–43–32–76–44–61–65–12–43–7
Houston 3–38–46–45–54–21–82–43–35–18–45–58–28–4
Los Angeles 0–63–36–36–43–38–13–96–67–53–36–45–52–4
Montreal 5–44–22–42–47–24–29–34–35–48–212–05–77–3
New York 4–54–14–21–54–63–36–63–44–64–56–66–66–3
Philadelphia 3-66–12–44–26–41–55–74–56–45–44–84–84–3
Pittsburgh 9–35–53–93–26–14–83–32–85–44–53–31–55–5
San Diego 1–63–62–85–51–55–54–60–126–68–43–35–24–2
San Francisco 1–54–52–77–34–22–85–57–56–68–45–12–52–4
St. Louis 7–55–52–2–14–87–34–84–23–73–63–45–52–44–2

Detailed records


1994 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Carlos García2B
Jay BellSS
Andy Van SlykeCF
Jeff King3B
Orlando MercedRF
Brian Hunter1B
Al MartinLF
Don SlaughtC
Zane SmithSP

Player stats


All-Star game

The 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 65th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 1994, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 8-7 in 10 innings. It was the National League's first win since 1987.

Awards and honors

1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Notable transactions

  • August 31, 1994: Aramis Ramírez was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent.[8]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons American Association Doc Edwards
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Bobby Meacham
A Salem Buccaneers Carolina League Trent Jewett
A Augusta Greenjackets South Atlantic League Scott Little
A-Short Season Welland Pirates New York–Penn League Jeff Banister
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke


  • 1994 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1994 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6. 
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