1991 saw Molitor settle into the designated hitter role and flourish. He was an All Star and led the league in at-bats (665), runs (133), hits (216) and triples (13). He hit .325/.399/.489 with 17 home runs, 75 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. He led the Brewers in slugging percentage and stolen bases.
Clark finished fourth in the N.L. MVP vote while being named to the All Star team and winning both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. He led the league in slugging percentage and total bases (303), hitting .301/.359/.536. He hit 29 home runs and led the Giants in RBIs (116), runs (84), hits (170), doubles (32) and triples (seven).
Carter was in his first season with the Blue Jays and finished fifth in the MVP vote while making the All Star team and winning the Silver Slugger. Carter hit .273/.330/.503 and led the Blue Jays in doubles (42), home runs (33) and RBIs (108). He also stole 20 bases to place third on the team.
Second-baseman Franco won the batting title in 1991, hitting .341/.408/.474. Franco was an All Star and won the Silver Slugger. He also contributed 201 hits, 108 runs scored, 27 doubles, 15 home runs and 78 RBIs. He led the Rangers in stolen bases with 36.
Despite the fact that the Orioles finished in last place in 1991, Ripken won the A.L. MVP, as well as the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. Ripken was still in the midst of his consecutive games streak and led the league in total bases (368). Ripken hit .323/.374/.566 with a team-leading 99 runs scored, 210 hits, 46 doubles, 34 home runs and 114 RBIs.
Justice followed up his Rookie of the Year campaign by hitting .275/.377/.503. He missed a big chunk of time, playing in 109 games, but hit 21 home runs and drove in 87 runs. He also had 67 runs scored, 109 hits and 25 doubles.
In Bell's first, and only, season with the Cubs, he hit .285/.323/.468 with 25 home runs and 86 RBIs. He also contributed 63 runs scored, 159 hits and 27 doubles. Bell was an All Star. He did not lead the team in any of the aforementioned stats, but did finish second or third in most of them.
The Big Hurt was in his first full season in the Majors in 1991 and was an All Star, finished third in the A.L. MVP vote and won the Silver Slugger. He led the league in walks (138), on-base percentage and OPS (1.006). Thomas hit .318/.453/.553 with 104 runs scored, 32 home runs and 109 RBIs.
Boggs was an All Star and won the Silver Slugger while finishing second in the league in batting average. The third-baseman hit .332/.421/.460 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs. He led the team in runs scored (93), hits (181), doubles (42, tied), total bases (251) and was second in walks (89). He led the league in intentional walks (25).
Sanderson was an All Star for the Yankees in 1991. He led the team in most major pitching categories, including wins (16, 10 losses), ERA (3.81), complete games (two), shutouts (two), innings pitched (208) and strikeouts (130). He walked just 29 batters.
Bagwell was the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 1991. The first-baseman hit .294/.387/.437 with 15 home runs and 82 RBIs. He led the Astros in all of the aforementioned stats except batting average, as well and also had 79 runs scored, 163 hits and 26 doubles.
Kruk was named to the All Star team for the first time in 1991. The Phillies first-baseman hit .294/.367/.483, leading all qualifying Phillies hitters in average, on-base percentage and slugging. He also led in runs scored (84), hits (158), home runs (21) and RBIs (92).
Jose was the primary player the Cardinals acquired when they traded Willie McGee to the Athletics late in 1990. He stepped in and made the All Star team and hit .305/.360/.438. He also knocked 40 doubles, six triples and eight home runs while scoring 69 runs and stealing 20 bases. He led the team in hits with 173.
In his first full season in Oakland, Baines was an All Star. He hit .295/.383/.473 with 20 home runs and 90 RBIs. He also contributed 144 hits, 76 runs scored and 25 doubles. Baines was second on the team in RBIs, third in hits, and fourth in runs scored and home runs.
Gooden finished the 1991 season 13-7 to lead Mets starters in winning percentage (.650). He was tied for second on the team in wins and complete games (three), and was second in shutouts (one), ERA (3.60) and strikeouts (150). He walked just 56 batters in 190 innings pitched.
McRae joined his father Hal as the first father-son Diamond Kings. McRae, in his first full season, hit .261/.288/.372 with eight home runs and 64 RBIs. He led Royals hitters in hits (164), runs scored (86), triples (nine) and stolen bases (20).
Bell, the Pirates' shortstop, only led the league in one category in 1991, sacrifice hits. He had 30, the second year in a row he led in that category. Bell hit .270/.330/.428 and had 96 runs scored, 164 hits, 32 doubles, 16 home runs, 67 RBIs and ten stolen bases. He led the team with eight triples.
Butler's first season with the Dodgers resulted in his only All Star appearance of his career. He finished seventh in the MVP race and led the league in runs scored (112) and walks (108). Butler hit .296/.401/.343 with 182 hits, 13 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 38 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.
Morris was in his second full season in the Majors in 1991 and was the team's leader in batting average and on-base percentage. He hit .318/.374/.479 with 72 runs scored, 152 hits, 33 doubles, 14 home runs, 59 RBIs and ten stolen bases.
Langston finished sixth in the Cy Young race in 1991 and was named to the All Star team. He also won a Gold Glove Award. Langston had a record of 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA. He led the Angels in several pitching categories, including wins, innings pitched (246.1), complete games (seven) and strikeouts (183). He did walk 96 batters.
Erickson was a 20-game winner for the World Champion Twins. In his first full season, he led the league in wins and finished second in the Cy Young race. He was 20-8 with a 3.18 ERA and struck out 108 batters versus 71 walks in 204 innings pitched. He threw five complete games and three shutouts.
The Big Unit was effectively wild in the first part of his career. For the second season in a row he led the league in walks (152), but he had a 13-10 record and a 3.98 ERA. He struck out 228 batters in just 201.1 innings pitched and had two complete games and a shutout.
Swindell was proof that win-loss records are not definitive proof of the quality of a pitcher. Swindell had a horrible 9-16 record, which is tempered by the fact that the Indians lost 105 games. He had a 3.48 ERA, seven complete games, and 169 strikeouts to 31 walks in 238 innings pitched, all of which led the staff.
Martinez made national headlines when he pitched a perfect game in 1991. But beyond that, he was an All Star and finished fifth in the Cy Young vote. Martinez led the league in ERA (2.39), complete games (nine) and shutouts (five). He had a record of 14-11 with 123 strikeouts to 62 walks in 222 innings pitched.
Phillips was a true utility player in 1991, appearing at every position except first base, catcher and pitcher. He had a good year in addition to his versatility, hitting .284/.371/.438 with 87 runs scored, 160 hits, 28 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs, 72 RBIs and ten stolen bases.
McGriff was the primary return the Padres received from sending Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar to the Blue Jays. McGriff did not disappoint in his first year in San Diego, hitting .278/.396/.494 with 31 home runs and 106 RBIs. He led the Padres in runs scored (84), home runs, RBIs, walks (105), on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He finished tenth in the MVP race.