1992 National League
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 Season summary
The 1992 National League was a mini dead-ball era of its own. The R/G (Runs per Game) ratio was 3.88 that year, one of only a few times it has dropped below 4.0 other than in the 1960's and in the original dead-ball era of the 1900-1919 era.
The league as a whole hit .252, with the top team, the 1992 Cardinals, managing a .262 average while the worst team, the 1992 Mets, hit .235. No team slugged higher than Atlanta's .388, and no team had an OBP higher than Cincinnati's .328.
In terms of individual performances, only one batter, Gary Sheffield, hit .330, while a .475 SLG would have put you in the top ten in the league (the #10 slugger, Terry Pendleton, slugged .473). Fred McGriff led the league with 35 home runs, while hitting 21 would get you into the top 10 in the league.
The pitchers had stats that also had a dead-ball feel to them. The league had a 3.50 ERA, while the best team, Atlanta, had a 3.14 ERA overall. For an individual pitcher, a 2.75 ERA wouldn't even get you into the top 10 (Sid Fernandez, #10, had a 2.73 ERA that year). It wasn't because the pitchers were overpowering, though - 152 strikeouts would put you at #10 on the list (Tom Candiotti had 152 strikeouts for the 1992 Dodgers in 203.2 innings).
The 1992 Pirates won their division, starting out in first place and staying in first place during 154 games of the season. Even during a six-game losing streak that they had in May, they didn't fall out of first place during the time.
The 1992 Braves, who won 98 games (most in the league), had a somewhat tougher time. They were in last place for nearly a week in the last half of April, and dropped again to last place on May 26. On June 12 they were in fourth place, but the next day moved into second place and then finally took over first place permanently on August 2. The team's best month was a 19-6 June.
Barry Bonds was 27 years old that year, while Gary Sheffield was 23. Tony Gwynn and Ryne Sandberg were 32, Barry Larkin and Will Clark were 28, and 26-year-old Craig Biggio had just shifted to second base after playing mostly catcher during 1988-91. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, also 26, were 20-game winners and tied for the league lead in wins. Jeff Bagwell was 24, while 37-year-old Ozzie Smith was still playing regularly and hit .295 (stealing 43 bases). Lee Smith, who led the league in saves, was 34. A-Rod, who was 16 that year, played in the 1992 Junior World Championship.
It was the last year before expansion, and things would change significantly in following years.
- Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
|Rank||Team||G||W||L||T||WPCT||GB||RS (RS/G)||RA (RA/G)||AVG||OBP||SLG||ERA||FPCT|
|1||Pittsburgh Pirates||162||96||66||0||.593||-.-||693 (4.28)||595 (3.67)||0.255||0.324||0.381||3.35||0.984|
|2||Montreal Expos||162||87||75||0||.537||9.0||648 (4.00)||581 (3.59)||0.252||0.310||0.370||3.25||0.980|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals||162||83||79||0||.512||13.0||631 (3.90)||604 (3.73)||0.262||0.322||0.375||3.38||0.985|
|4||Chicago Cubs||162||78||84||0||.481||18.0||593 (3.66)||624 (3.85)||0.254||0.306||0.364||3.39||0.982|
|5||New York Mets||162||72||90||0||.444||24.0||599 (3.70)||653 (4.03)||0.235||0.309||0.342||3.66||0.981|
|6||Philadelphia Phillies||162||70||92||0||.432||26.0||686 (4.23)||717 (4.43)||0.253||0.316||0.377||4.11||0.978|
|1||Atlanta Braves||162||98||64||0||.605||-.-||682 (4.21)||569 (3.51)||0.254||0.315||0.388||3.14||0.982|
|2||Cincinnati Reds||162||90||72||0||.556||8.0||660 (4.07)||609 (3.76)||0.260||0.329||0.382||3.46||0.984|
|3||San Diego Padres||162||82||80||0||.506||16.0||617 (3.81)||636 (3.93)||0.255||0.312||0.386||3.56||0.982|
|4||Houston Astros||162||81||81||0||.500||17.0||608 (3.75)||668 (4.12)||0.246||0.310||0.359||3.72||0.982|
|5||San Francisco Giants||162||72||90||0||.444||26.0||574 (3.54)||647 (3.99)||0.244||0.300||0.355||3.61||0.982|
|6||Los Angeles Dodgers||162||63||99||0||.389||35.0||548 (3.38)||636 (3.93)||0.248||0.313||0.339||3.41||0.973|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Barry Bonds, an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the award's voting, he had 304 out of a possible 336 points and 18 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Eric Karros, a first baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 116 out of a possible 120 points and 22 first place votes.
 Gold Gloves
The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Silver Sluggers
The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Monthly Awards
- Player of the Month Award
- Pitcher of the Month Award
 Hall of Fame Game
The forty-seventh annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 3 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the National League's New York Mets defeated the Chicago White Sox of the American League by a score of 3 to 0.
 Notable events
- Ron Barnes
- Mark Barron
- Wally Bell
- Greg Bonin
- Jerry Crawford
- Phil Cuzzi
- Kerwin Danley
- Gary Darling
- Bob Davidson
- Gerry Davis
- Dana DeMuth
- Bruce Froemming
- Brian Gorman
- Eric Gregg