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Neither the Atlanta Braves nor the Pittsburgh Pirates experienced much difficulty repeating as champion of their respective division in the National League in 1992.  The Braves won their second straight N.L. West title by finishing the year with a record of 98-64, eight games in front of the second-place Cincinnati Reds.  Meanwhile, the Pirates captured their third consecutive Eastern Division crown by concluding the campaign with a mark of 96-66 that left them nine games ahead of the runner-up Montreal Expos.

Easily the Eastern Division’s most well-balanced ball club, the Pirates led the National League with 693 runs scored and placed third in the senior circuit with a 3.35 team ERA.  Doug Drabek anchored Pittsburgh’s starting rotation, leading the staff with 15 victories, a 2.77 ERA, 177 strikeouts, 10 complete games, and 257 innings pitched.  Meanwhile, the dynamic outfield tandem of Andy Van Slyke and Barry Bonds paced the Pirates on offense.  Van Slyke batted .324, knocked in 89 runs, scored 103 others, and led the league with 199 hits and 45 doubles.  Bonds earned his second MVP trophy in three years by hitting 34 homers, driving in 103 runs, batting .311, stealing 39 bases, and topping the circuit with 109 runs scored, a .461 on-base percentage, and a .624 slugging average.

Also an extremely well-balanced team, the Braves finished third in the league with 682 runs scored, and they placed first in the rankings with a team ERA of 3.14.  Terry Pendleton again served as Atlanta’s primary offensive threat, earning a second-place finish in the MVP balloting by hitting 21 home runs, knocking in 105 runs, scoring 98 others, batting .311, and leading the league with 199 hits.  

The Braves’ greatest strength again proved to be their starting rotation, which featured four quality pitchers.  Tom Glavine led the staff with a record of 20-8 and an ERA of 2.76.  John Smoltz and Charlie Leibrandt each won 15 games.  Smoltz also compiled an outstanding 2.85 ERA, led the team with nine complete games and 247 innings pitched, and topped the circuit with 215 strikeouts.  Steve Avery chipped in with another 11 victories.

Although the San Diego Padres finished third in the N.L. West, 16 games behind the first-place Braves, their lineup featured the division’s top offensive performer.  Gary Sheffield had a huge year for the Padres, hitting 33 home runs, knocking in 100 runs, and leading the league with a .330 batting average and 323 total bases.

Outfielder Bip Roberts also performed extremely well for second-place Cincinnati, batting .323, scoring 92 runs, and stealing 44 bases.

Atlanta and Pittsburgh again required seven games to determine the National League champion.  With the Pirates leading Game Seven 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, backup catcher Francisco Cabrera lined a two-out, two-run pinch-hit single to left field off reliever Stan Belinda to give the Braves their second straight league championship.  Barry Bonds’ throw to home plate just missed nailing the slow-footed Sid Bream, who scored the winning run for Atlanta.

The Braves subsequently came up short in the World Series for the second consecutive time, losing the Fall Classic to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.  The Braves outscored their American League counterparts by a combined margin of 20-17 over the course of the Series, but the Blue Jays emerged victorious by posting all four of their wins by a one-run margin.  The World Series triumph by Toronto brought the world championship north of the border for the very first time.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• March 2 - Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg became the highest-paid player in major league history when he agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $28.4 million.

• October 27 - The expansion Colorado Rockies hired Don Baylor as the team's first manager.

• Dodger first baseman Eric Karros earned N.L. Rookie of the Year honors.

• Barry Bonds signed a huge multi-year free-agent contract with the San Francisco Giants worth more than $43 million at the end of the year.

• San Diego’s Fred McGriff batted .286, knocked in 104 runs, and led the National League with 35 home runs.

• After batting just .196 the previous year, Philadelphia catcher Darren Daulton hit .270, compiled a .385 on-base percentage, posted a .524 slugging average, hit 27 home runs, and led the league with 109 runs batted in.

• Chicago’s Greg Maddux earned N.L. Cy Young honors by going 20-11, with a 2.18 ERA, 199 strikeouts, and a league-leading 268 innings pitched.  At season’s end, Maddux signed a huge free-agent deal with Atlanta.

• Lee Smith of the Cardinals led the National League with 43 saves.  In the process, he moved into second place on the all-time list with 355 career saves.

• Billy Swift of San Francisco led the league with a 2.08 ERA.

• Philadelphia second baseman Mickey Morandini performed the first unassisted triple play in the National League since 1927.

• St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith won his 14th consecutive Gold Glove Award.

• Atlanta’s Deion Sanders became the first major leaguer to play in a World Series game and an NFL game in the same week.

• Montreal’s Marquis Grissom batted .276, scored 99 runs, and led the league with 78 stolen bases.  

• Expos teammate Larry Walker batted .301, hit 23 homers, and knocked in 93 runs.

• Cincinnati owner Marge Schott made several off-color remarks after the season ended that caused her to face a barrage of accusations branding her a racist.

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Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
ATL 2277 5480 682 1391 641 .198 223 48 138 126 60 2124 .311 .291 .668 82 50 93
CHN 2257 5590 593 1420 566 .186 221 41 104 77 51 2035 .294 .265 .609 121 40 78
CIN 2208 5460 660 1418 606 .217 281 44 99 125 65 2084 .317 .283 .632 123 52 66
HOU 2398 5480 608 1350 582 .177 255 38 96 139 54 1969 .291 .240 .588 97 40 88
LAN 2337 5368 548 1333 499 .242 201 34 72 142 78 1818 .345 .305 .660 111 40 102
MON 2233 5477 648 1381 601 .175 263 37 102 196 63 2024 .292 .238 .593 104 55 82
NYN 2343 5340 599 1254 564 .195 259 17 93 129 52 1826 .303 .259 .607 117 45 74
PHI 2121 5500 686 1392 638 .193 255 36 118 127 31 2073 .304 .263 .588 111 46 64
PIT 2255 5527 693 1409 656 .196 272 54 106 110 53 2107 .314 .269 .621 102 56 89
SDN 2186 5476 617 1396 576 .189 255 30 135 69 52 2116 .314 .255 .591 127 41 78
SFN 2298 5456 574 1330 532 .184 220 36 105 112 64 1937 .278 .243 .549 111 39 101
SLN 2298 5594 631 1464 599 .237 262 44 94 208 118 2096 .335 .326 .691 96 41 68

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ATL 500 98 64 1460 948 489 6072 1321 89 70.640 510 569 26 14 41 58 10
CHN 534 78 84 1469 901 575 6201 1337 107 81.460 554 624 16 5 37 68 11
CIN 519 90 72 1450 1060 470 6042 1362 109 60.420 558 609 9 4 55 54 6
HOU 584 81 81 1460 978 539 6213 1386 114 72.360 606 668 5 2 45 45 14
LAN 515 63 99 1440 981 553 6192 1401 82 46.180 545 636 18 11 29 64 10
MON 511 87 75 1466 1014 525 6139 1296 92 104.920 530 581 11 5 49 48 11
NYN 495 72 90 1447 1025 482 6118 1404 98 98.090 591 653 17 8 34 34 9
PHI 485 70 92 1426 851 549 6113 1387 113 125.300 655 717 27 7 34 43 9
PIT 516 96 66 1479 844 455 6162 1410 101 79.600 551 595 20 9 43 52 9
SDN 525 82 80 1461 971 439 6132 1444 111 64.400 581 636 9 6 46 25 15
SFN 548 72 90 1462 927 502 6134 1385 128 70.020 586 647 9 5 30 33 22
SLN 586 83 79 1479 842 400 6140 1405 118 52.230 556 604 10 1 47 41 3

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ATL 2646 7442 5578 1729 135 .960 17519 149 66 0 13
CHN 2700 7489 5392 1962 135 .971 17626 116 72 0 14
CIN 2685 7261 5444 1703 114 .965 17398 103 54 1.00 8
HOU 2803 7320 5535 1651 134 .971 17511 129 54 0 13
LAN 2733 7329 5280 1850 199 .944 17258 141 62 0 20
MON 2605 7431 5482 1808 141 .962 17617 199 68 0 9
NYN 2737 7290 5418 1742 130 .953 17362 148 67 0 10
PHI 2521 7239 5451 1636 152 .956 17135 111 53 0 13
PIT 2685 7648 5574 1955 119 .970 17756 124 73 0 11
SDN 2535 7452 5558 1760 134 .968 17533 141 69 0 2
SFN 2711 7429 5490 1810 129 .968 17535 75 64 3.00 17
SLN 2611 7542 5621 1809 112 .976 17755 124 39 0 8

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Atlanta Braves 98 64 3077400 1 948
Cincinnati Reds 90 72 2315946 2 1060
San Diego Padres 82 80 1721406 3 971
Houston Astros 81 81 1211412 4 978
San Francisco Giants 72 90 1560998 5 927
Los Angeles Dodgers 63 99 2473266 6 981

Central

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
Pittsburg Pirates 96 66 1829395 1 844
Montreal Expos 87 75 1669127 2 1014
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 2418483 3 842
Chicago Cubs 78 84 2126720 4 901
New York Mets 72 90 1779534 5 1025
Philadelphia Philies 70 92 1927448 6 851

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1992 NLCS, 1992 World Series, Andy Van Slyke, Atlanta Braves, Barry Bonds, Bill Swift, Bip Roberts, Charlie Leibrandt, Darren Daulton, David Justice, Deion Sanders, Don Baylor, Doug Drabek, Eric Karros, Francisco Cabrera, Fred McGriff, Gary Sheffield, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Larry Walker, Lee Smith, Marge Schott, Marquis Grissom, Mickey Morandini, Ozzie Smith, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ron Gant, Ryne Sandberg, Sid Bream, Stan Belinda, Steve Avery, Terry Pendleton, Tom Glavine

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