1992 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1992 Major League Baseball season was the 111th season in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates and their 106th in the National League. This was their 23rd season at Three Rivers Stadium. For the third consecutive season, the Pirates won the National League East Division Title with a record of 96–66. They were defeated four games to three by the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 National League Championship Series. The Pirates would not have another winning season or postseason berth again until 2013, and have not won a division title since.

1992 Pittsburgh Pirates
1992 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record96–66 (.593)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Pittsburgh Associates
General manager(s)Ted Simmons
Manager(s)Jim Leyland
Local televisionKDKA-TV
KBL
Local radioKDKA-AM
(Steve Blass, Kent Derdivanis, Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker)
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Offseason

  • November 11, 1991: Al Martin was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.[2]
  • January 3, 1992: Mike LaValliere was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.[3]
  • March 10, 1992: Neal Heaton was traded by the Pirates to the Kansas City Royals for Kirk Gibson.[4]
  • March 11, 1992: Dennis Lamp was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.[5]
  • March 17, 1992: John Smiley was traded by the Pirates to the Minnesota Twins for Denny Neagle and Midre Cummings.[6]

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9666 0.593 53–28 43–38
Montreal Expos 8775 0.537 9 43–38 44–37
St. Louis Cardinals 8379 0.512 13 45–36 38–43
Chicago Cubs 7884 0.481 18 43–38 35–46
New York Mets 7290 0.444 24 41–40 31–50
Philadelphia Phillies 7092 0.432 26 41–40 29–52

Game log

1992 Game Log (96–66)
April (15–5)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 6Expos2–0DrabekMartinezMason48,8001–0
2April 8Expos4–2SmithGardnerBelinda7,0752–0
3April 9Expos3–8NabholzWalk10,3422–1
4April 10@ Phillies3–2TomlinAbbottBelinda21,0193–1
5April 11@ Phillies4–7AshbyDrabek24,9673–2
6April 12@ Phillies6–1SmithMulholland32,6244–2
7April 14Cubs3–2WalkJacksonMason14,9635–2
8April 15Cubs7–2TomlinMorgan9,0226–2
9April 17Phillies7–4DrabekJonesBelinda16,4177–2
10April 18Phillies9–2SmithGreene23,4118–2
11April 19Phillies11–0PattersonCox11,8129–2
12April 20@ Expos11–1TomlinHill12,35110–2
13April 21@ Expos8–7PalaciosHaneyMason7,01311–2
14April 22@ Expos2–0DrabekMartinez8,42112–2
15April 23@ Expos3–6GardnerSmithWetteland5,80612–3
16April 24@ Cubs3–2MasonScanlanBelinda11,33113–3
17April 25@ Cubs1–0TomlinMadduxBelinda26,89214–3
18April 26@ Cubs4–5 (10)McElroyMason24,40314–4
19April 28@ Reds2–3BrowningDrabekCharlton24,20214–5
20April 29@ Reds4–0SmithBelcher20,30715–5
May (11–17)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
21May 1@ Astros4–10HarnischTomlin16,35515–6
22May 2@ Astros6–0NeagleBowen23,81216–6
23May 3@ Astros0–1OsunaMasonJones8,73916–7
24May 4Reds12–5LampHenry16,34317–7
25May 5Reds5–2MillerBelcherBelinda9,10318–7
26May 6Braves4–3 (16)PattersonRivera18,68619–7
27May 7Braves2–4GlavineNeagleStanton11,68919–8
28May 8Astros6–3BelindaOsuna22,35120–8
29May 9Astros3–0SmithKile18,98521–8
30May 10Astros4–6 (10)JonesMason21,15421–9
31May 12@ Braves2–4GlavineTomlinFreeman38,94921–10
32May 13@ Braves11–10BelindaPena24,87222–10
33May 14@ Braves4–3PalaciosSmoltzMason32,30323–10
34May 15Padres2–9LeffertsNeagle20,23223–11
35May 16Padres9–10RodriguezWalkMyers34,47423–12
36May 17Padres5–6BenesTomlinMyers16,58023–13
37May 19@ Giants2–7WilsonDrabekRighetti12,99523–14
38May 20@ Giants1–3BlackSmithBrantley15,55423–15
39May 21@ Giants0–1BurkettWalkJackson14,70823–16
40May 22@ Dodgers6–4TomlinCandiotti33,88824–16
41May 23@ Dodgers4–5WilsonBelinda39,91024–17
42May 24@ Dodgers2–4GrossDrabekMcDowell36,40724–18
43May 25@ Padres6–7LeffertsSmithMyers18,54624–19
44May 26@ Padres3–6 (10)ScottLamp11,70924–20
45May 27@ Padres7–8MyersBelinda16,33824–21
46May 29Giants13–3PalaciosWilsonPatterson23,42125–21
47May 30Giants3–2 (10)NeagleBrantley10,26626–21
48May 31Giants3–5BlackSmithBrantley29,45126–22
June (17–11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
49June 1Dodgers6–8GottNeagleCandelaria12,34626–23
50June 2Dodgers1–0TomlinCandiottiMason18,64427–23
51June 3Dodgers6–5GleatonMartinezBelinda11,73628–23
52June 4Mets7–2DrabekGoodenPatterson24,90729–23
53June 5Mets5–4 (10)BelindaInnis23,95730–23
54June 6Mets1–15FernandezNeagle32,13830–24
55June 7Mets3–0TomlinSchourek33,45131–24
56June 8@ Phillies0–7SchillingPalacios21,04031–25
57June 9@ Phillies5–3DrabekHartleyNeagle29,13832–25
58June 10@ Phillies2–1 (12)PattersonJonesMason25,11233–25
59June 12@ Mets3–2TomlinFernandezPatterson38,97634–25
60June 13@ Mets3–2RobinsonWhitehurstBelinda39,00935–25
61June 14@ Mets5–4NeagleInnisBelinda43,52736–25
62June 15Phillies1–4MulhollandSmith23,58136–26
63June 16Phillies6–5 (12)PattersonBrantley18,54837–26
64June 17Phillies8–2TomlinRobinson24,85438–26
65June 18Expos0–4NabholzPalaciosFassero20,51238–27
66June 19Expos1–2HillDrabekWetteland22,09138–28
67June 20Expos3–4GardnerSmithWetteland31,61438–29
68June 21Expos5–4RobinsonMartinezBelinda20,13839–29
69June 22Cardinals5–2TomlinOsborneWalk20,83140–29
70June 23Cardinals6–4MasonWorrellPatterson11,40841–29
71June 24Cardinals1–4TewksburyDrabek22,09641–30
72June 26@ Expos2–6MartinezSmithRojas23,01441–31
73June 27@ Expos12–4RobinsonGardnerBelinda20,14642–31
74June 28@ Expos0–9BarnesTomlin24,79342–32
75June 29@ Cardinals1–3TewksburyCole38,38142–33
76June 30@ Cardinals2–0DrabekCormier32,25243–33
July (12–15)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
77July 1@ Cardinals1–0SmithClark40,04244–33
78July 2Reds1–2RijoRobinsonCharlton19,44544–34
79July 3Reds3–7BelcherTomlin29,87044–35
80July 4Reds2–5SwindellCole21,50744–36
81July 5Reds1–2MenendezDrabekCharlton24,36944–37
82July 6Astros1–0SmithJonesBelinda15,35845–37
83July 7Astros5–3WalkBoever19,16446–37
84July 8Astros2–3JonesPatterson22,55146–38
85July 9@ Reds2–5BankheadMasonCharlton32,68146–39
86July 10@ Reds4–0DrabekHammond42,43847–39
87July 11@ Reds9–3SmithBrown44,36748–39
88July 12@ Reds7–6 (10)PattersonBelcherBelinda35,12049–39
89July 16Cubs2–1DrabekBoskieBelinda30,50450–39
90July 17Cubs1–2MadduxTomlinScanlan24,03750–40
91July 18Cubs4–0WalkMorganPatterson32,90851–40
92July 19Cubs2–4ScanlanNeagle32,30451–41
93July 20@ Astros8–11BlairMasonJones12,11251–42
94July 21@ Astros3–4 (12)JonesMason13,83651–43
95July 22@ Astros10–7 (13)BelindaBlairPatterson13,19452–43
96July 24@ Braves3–4GlavineWalkPena44,96552–44
97July 25@ Braves0–1LeibrandtJacksonMercker44,56752–45
98July 26@ Braves5–4BelindaWohlers43,71453–45
99July 27@ Cubs2–3MadduxDrabekRobinson34,99053–46
100July 28@ Cubs1–11MorganTomlin35,18753–47
101July 29@ Cubs4–6 (11)AssenmacherBelinda36,55453–48
102July 30Cardinals4–0JacksonClarkPatterson18,29554–48
103July 31Cardinals3–2WakefieldDeLeon20,29955–48
August (19–8)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
104August 1Cardinals4–1DrabekOlivares30,57756–48
105August 2Cardinals2–1WalkSmith28,30957–48
106August 4Mets3–2 (12)WalkFiler28,21158–48
107August 5Mets6–2WakefieldSchourek30,00959–48
108August 6@ Cardinals3–2 (13)MasonSmithNeagle32,00160–48
109August 7@ Cardinals5–1TomlinCormier37,51861–48
110August 8@ Cardinals2–1WalkTewksburyBelinda44,09462–48
111August 9@ Cardinals7–5MasonClarkWalk40,44463–48
112August 10@ Mets4–2 (16)CookeGuetterman25,38764–48
113August 11@ Mets0–2HillmanDrabekFranco20,48864–49
114August 12@ Mets7–6 (10)NeagleFrancoPatterson29,55965–49
115August 14Braves0–15GlavineSmith38,59565–50
116August 15Braves5–7AveryJacksonPena38,80865–51
117August 16Braves4–2WakefieldSmoltz35,19966–51
118August 17Braves4–5 (10)FreemanPattersonPena38,06266–52
119August 18Padres5–1TomlinBenes21,45367–52
120August 19Padres3–2WalkDeshaiesCox34,69668–52
121August 20Padres7–1JacksonLefferts30,38469–52
122August 21@ Giants5–6BurkettWakefieldBeck16,76769–53
123August 22@ Giants9–2DrabekOliveras30,56870–53
124August 23@ Giants2–5BlackTomlin32,12970–54
125August 24@ Dodgers4–5GottNeagleCandelaria21,99170–55
126August 25@ Dodgers10–3CoxMartinez24,17071–55
127August 26@ Dodgers2–0WakefieldCandiotti25,00672–55
128August 28@ Padres6–11MadduxDrabek15,91672–56
129August 29@ Padres3–2TomlinHarrisMason24,96573–56
130August 30@ Padres6–3WalkDeshaies18,61774–56
September (21–8)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
131September 1Giants5–3JacksonBurkettMason20,93075–56
132September 2Giants3–2WakefieldBlackPatterson13,09976–56
133September 3Giants9–3DrabekBrantley9,05777–56
134September 4Dodgers6–5PattersonGott30,34178–56
135September 5Dodgers6–1WalkHershiser41,42079–56
136September 6Dodgers5–7CandiottiCoxHowell20,36279–57
137September 7Cubs5–6 (11)AssenmacherBelindaScanlan21,66379–58
138September 8Cubs5–2DrabekBoskie7,72080–58
139September 9Cubs13–8CoxRobinson10,85381–58
140September 11@ Phillies2–5RiveraWalkWilliams20,16881–59
141September 12@ Phillies9–7BelindaWilliams22,85782–59
142September 13@ Phillies3–6MulhollandPatterson35,84282–60
143September 14@ Cardinals5–4 (10)DrabekSmithBelinda19,47083–60
144September 15@ Cardinals4–2WagnerClarkCox20,99284–60
145September 16Expos3–6NabholzWalkWetteland37,43684–61
146September 17Expos3–2 (13)CoxBottenfield20,80285–61
147September 18Phillies5–2 (6)WakefieldMulholland20,38786–61
148September 19Phillies3–0DrabekGreene25,49787–61
149September 20Phillies3–2 (13)MasonShepherd21,65288–61
150September 21Cardinals3–0CookeMagrane13,34589–61
151September 22Cardinals4–5CormierJacksonSmith8,22289–62
152September 23@ Expos1–5 (14)FasseroMason30,55289–63
153September 24@ Expos9–3DrabekKrueger33,49390–63
154September 25Mets3–2TomlinFernandezCox22,29191–63
155September 26Mets19–2WalkHillman25,88692–63
156September 27Mets4–2JacksonSchourekBelinda31,21793–63
157September 28@ Cubs10–3WakefieldBullinger9,60394–63
158September 29@ Cubs3–0WagnerCastilloBelinda18,75995–63
159September 30@ Cubs0–6MadduxTomlin11,54795–64
October (1–2)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
160October 2@ Mets3–6SchourekDrabekJones10,18395–65
161October 3@ Mets1–2GoodenJackson13,54995–66
162October 4@ Mets2–0WakefieldSaberhagenCooke14,27496–66
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 10–29–913–512–64–87–56–67–513–511–76–6
Chicago 2–105–78–46–67–119–99–98–105–78–411–7
Cincinnati 9–97–510–811–75–77–57–56–611–710–87–5
Houston 5–134–88–1013–58–45–78–46–67–1112–65–7
Los Angeles 6–126–67–115–134–85–75–75–79–97–114–8
Montreal 8–411–77–54–88–412–69–99–98–45–76–12
New York 5–79–95–77–57–56–126–124–144–810–29–9
Philadelphia 6-69–95–74–87–59–912–65–133–93–97–11
Pittsburgh 5–710–86–66–67–59–914–413–55–76–615–3
San Diego 5–137–57–1111–79–94–88–49–37–511–74–8
San Francisco 7–114–88–106–1211–77–52–109–36–67–115–7
St. Louis 6–67–115–77–58–412–69–911–73–158–47–5

Detailed records

Roster

1992 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers
  • 12 Mike LaValliere
  • 14 Tom Prince
  • 11 Don Slaught

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

  • 44 Terry Collins (bullpen)
  • 45 Rich Donnelly (third base)
  • 39 Milt May (hitting)
  • 31 Ray Miller (pitching)
  • 37 Tommy Sandt (first base)
  • 19 Bill Virdon (bench)

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
#NamePosition
25Kirk GibsonRF
3Jay BellSS
18Andy Van SlykeCF
24Barry BondsLF
6Orlando Merced1B
22Steve Buechele3B
12Mike LaValliereC
13José Lind2B
15Doug DrabekSP

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pitching

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 6: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 000 000 010 151
Atlanta 010 210 10X 580
W: John Smoltz (1-0) L: Doug Drabek (0-1) S: None
HR: PIT José Lind (1) ATL Jeff Blauser (1)
Pitchers: PIT Drabek (423), Patterson (113), Neagle (1), Cox (1) ATL Smoltz (8), Stanton (1)
Attendance: 51,971  Time: 3:20

Game 2

October 7: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 000 000 410 570
Atlanta 040 040 50X 13140
W: Steve Avery (1-0) L: Danny Jackson (0-1) S: None
HR: PIT none ATL Ron Gant (1)
Pitchers: PIT Jackson (123), Mason (1/3), Walk (223), Tomlin (113), Neagle (2/3), Patterson (1/3), Belinda (1) ATL Avery (613), Freeman (1/3), Stanton (1/3), Wohlers (1), Reardon (1)
Attendance: 51,975  Time: 3:20

Game 3

October 9: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 000 100 100 250
Pittsburgh 000 011 10X 381
W: Tim Wakefield (1-0) L: Tom Glavine (0-1) S: None
HR: ATL Sid Bream (1), Ron Gant (2) PIT Don Slaught (1)
Pitchers: ATL Glavine (613), Stanton (2/3), Wohlers (1) PIT Wakefield (9)
Attendance: 56,610  Time: 2:37

Game 4

October 10: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 020 022 000 6111
Pittsburgh 021 000 100 461
W: John Smoltz (2-0) L: Doug Drabek (0-2) S: Jeff Reardon (1)
HR: ATL none PIT none
Pitchers: ATL Smoltz (613), Stanton (123), Reardon (1) PIT Drabek (413), Tomlin (113), Cox (1/3), Mason (3)
Attendance: 57,164  Time: 3:10

Game 5

October 11: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 000 000 010 130
Pittsburgh 401 001 10X 7130
W: Bob Walk (1-0) L: Steve Avery (1-1) S: none
HR: ATL none PIT none
Pitchers: ATL Avery (1/3), P. Smith (323), Leibrandt (123), Freeman (113), Mercker (1) PIT Walk (9)
Attendance: 52,929  Time: 2:52

Game 6

October 13: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 080 041 000 13131
Atlanta 000 100 102 491
W: Tim Wakefield (2-0) L: Tom Glavine (0-2) S: none
HR: PIT Barry Bonds (1), Jay Bell (1), Lloyd McClendon (1) ATL David Justice (1,2)
Pitchers: PIT Wakefield (9) ATL Glavine (1+), Leibrandt (3), Freeman (2), Mercker (2) Wohlers (1)
Attendance: 51,975  Time: 2:50

Game 7

October 14: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 100 001 000 271
Atlanta 000 000 003 370
W: Jeff Reardon (1-0) L: Doug Drabek (0-3) S: none
HR: PIT none ATL none
Pitchers: PIT Drabek (8), Belinda (2/3) ATL Smoltz (6), Stanton (2/3), P. Smith (0), Avery (113), Reardon (1)
Attendance: 51,975  Time: 3:22

Awards and honors

1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Notable transactions

  • May 5, 1992: Kirk Gibson was released by the Pirates.[4]
  • June 10, 1992: Jeff Robinson was selected off waivers by the Pirates from the Texas Rangers.[11]
  • June 11, 1992: Dennis Lamp was released by the Pirates.[5]
  • June 19, 1992: Danny Cox was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.[12]
  • July 4, 1992: Tony Mitchell (minors) was traded by the Pirates to the Cleveland Indians for Alex Cole.[13]
  • July 25, 1992: Jeff Robinson was released by the Pirates.[11]
  • July 31, 1992: Pitcher Tim Wakefield called up from AAA Buffalo.

Draft picks

  • June 1, 1992: Jason Kendall was drafted by the Pirates in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft. Player signed June 16, 1992.[14]
  • June 1, 1992: Chance Sanford was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 27th round of the 1992 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1992.[15]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons American Association Marc Bombard
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Don Werner
A Salem Buccaneers Carolina League John Wockenfuss
A Augusta Pirates South Atlantic League Scott Little
A-Short Season Welland Pirates New York–Penn League Trent Jewett
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

References

  1. From 1882 to 1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Side in 1907.
  2. Al Martin page at Baseball Reference
  3. "Mike LaValliere Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2008.
  4. "Kirk Gibson Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on September 5, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2008.
  5. "Dennis Lamp Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2008.
  6. John Smiley page at Baseball Reference
  7. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  8. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  9. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  10. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.
  11. Jeff Robinson page at Baseball Reference
  12. "Danny Cox Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2008.
  13. Alex Cole page at Baseball Reference
  14. Jason Kendall page at Baseball Reference
  15. "Chance Sanford Stats".
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