|The Chicago White Sox took possession of first place in the AL West on June 21, 1993 and rolled to a 94-68 record, 8 full games ahead of the second place Texas Rangers. |
The Sox were led by starting pitchers Black Jack McDowell, Alex Fernandez, Wilson Alvarez, rookie Jason Bere and reliever Roberto Hernandez, along with the AL's Most Valuable Player, first baseman Frank Thomas, and the all-around play of third baseman Robin Ventura, shortstop Ozzie Guillen, catcher Ron Karkovice, second baseman Joey Cora and outfielders Ellis Burks, Lance Johnson and Tim Raines.
The 6-ft, 5-inch, 180-pound McDowell posted a 22-10 record, with a 3.37 ERA, spun 4 shutouts and completed 10-of-34 starts. Fernandez rang up a 18-9 record, 3.13 ERA, while Alvarez registered a 15-8 mark, 2.95 ERA. Bere called up on May 25 from Nashville of Class-AAA won his last seven starts en-route to a 12-5 record, 3.47 ERA.
Thomas hit .317, lined 41 homers and drove in 128 runs and was voted the league's MVP - outdistancing runner-up Paul Molitor of the Toronto Blue Jays - 392 points-to 209.
Raines batted .306, hit 16 homers, stole 21 bases and became just the 4th player in baseball's long history to collect 2,000 hits, have 500 stolen bases, hit 100 triples, 100 home runs, and score 1,000 runs - joining legends Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Lou Brock.
1993 American League Championship Series:
Toronto Blue Jays beats White Sox 4-games-to-2.
1993 World Series:
Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies 4-games-to-2