1994 was the year of the strike. There was no postseason and no World Series. As a young fan this was devastating. I was only 13 years old at the time. I did not really understand what was going on and I kept hoping they would come back and finish the season. But they did not. Boston was fairly underwhelming that year, going 54-61 under Butch Hobson. It was Hobson's last season as manager.
FIVE FAVORITE PLAYERS:
Vaughn was on the verge of an even better year than his 1993 season. At the time of the strike he was hitting .310/.408/.576 with 26 home runs and 82 RBIs. He could have easily broken his career marks with a full season. He was becoming an offensive force for the Red Sox by this point. And the best was yet to come.
By this point, Valentin was one of the most underrated players in baseball. Valentin was hitting .316/.400/.505 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs. His biggest moment of the 1994 season was turning an unassisted triple play.
He did not have a great record, but for the most part Clemens was back to his usual form. He only finished 9-7 but Boston was not terribly good that year. He did finish second in the league with a 2.85 ERA and 168 strikeouts. So for the most part it was back to being a dominant pitcher for Clemens.
Cooper had his second straight All Star selection in 1994 and his numbers for the most part were better. He was hitting .282/.333/.453 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs. He also hit for the cycle against the Royals. I remember listening to that game on the radio, I lived close enough to Kansas City to hear the games on the radio.
Dawson was definitely on his last legs as a Major Leaguer by this point, but I still enjoyed watching him because I knew he would be in the Hall of Fame some day. His batting line was a less than impressive .240/.271/.466, but he did hit 16 home runs.
Following up his successful rookie season, Sele emerged as a decent number two starter for Boston. His record was only 8-7 but he did pitch to a 3.83 ERA and 105 strikeouts.
Bruno was re-acquired in a trade with the Brewers early in the season for Dave Valle after right-fielder Billy Hatcher was traded to the Phillies. Bruno helped to add some offense, something that was lacking for the team that season. He finished the season hitting .237/.319/.475 with ten home runs. He was done as a Major Leaguer after 1994.
Greenwell was hurt often in 1994, playing only 95 games. His numbers were down to .269/.348/.453 but he did hit 11 home runs.
I had been watching the Red Sox for only four years as of 1994, and the most stolen bases in one season I had seen was Scott Fletcher's 16 in 1993. So I was excited to see Otis Nixon acquired by the Red Sox. Finally they had someone who could steal a lot of bases. Nixon hit .274/.360/.317 in 1994. His OBP and average were actually better than his career numbers, so it was a successful season for him. He stole 42 bases and would have easily broken the team record if not for the strike.
Acquired in a trade prior to the season for catcher John Flaherty. Rowland had played in September in each of the prior four seasons and finally got a chance to play in 1994. He became the backup to Damon Berryhill but showed some impressive power, hitting nine home runs with a .483 slugging percentage in 46 games.
Valle was acquired as part of a complete catcher overall in 1994. Gone were Tony Pena, Bob Melvin, and John Flaherty. Valle, Berryhill, and Rowland were all new to the organization. Valle was expected to be the starter, but only hit .158/.256/.250 and was shipped to the Brewers for Brunansky.
One year after a great season out of the bullpen, Harris's ERA ballooned to 8.28. The amount of work the season prior must have taken a toll on the 38 year old.