In a strike-shortened season, the Red Sox and the rest of baseball missed out on postseason play. Boston never seriously contended during the truncated season and Fenway Park sat quiet after the players went on strike in early August.
Record: 54-61, 4th in American League East
Manager: Clell L. Hobson
The Red Sox hired 35-year-old Dan Duquette as the team's new general manager in January 1994. At the time if made him the youngest GM in Red Sox history.
Entering the 1994 season, the American League was divided into three divisions and a Wild Card team was added to the playoffs. Unfortunately, baseball never saw a 1994 postseason because of a strike that began on August 10.
In Boston's home opener, Roger Clemens gave up eight runs in 4? innings to visiting Detroit but Boston rallied and Otis Nixon scored the winning run on a passed ball.
From June 3 through June 19 the Red Sox went 1-15. Any hopes for the season were essentially ended, though the second half did have its interesting moments.
On July 8 at Fenway Park, shortstop John Valentin became the second Red Sox player to turn an unassisted triple play after snagging a line drive, stepping on second base and tagging the runner in the top of the sixth. In the bottom half of the frame Valentin hit a home run to lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Seattle.
Another Boston/Seattle series in late July that was originally scheduled to be played in Seattle had to be moved to Fenway Park because of repairs to the Mariners' Kingdome. The Red Sox put last-minute tickets on sale at old-fashioned prices and batted last in all four games, despite being "the away team."
Butch Hobson finished the year with his third consecutive losing record and was fired in September. Kevin Kennedy took Hobson's place in the managerial seat.
The Colorado Silver Bullets, a touring all-women's baseball team, visited Fenway Park in 1994 but fell to a Boston Park League All-Star team, 6-0. Earlier in the year, Northeastern University took home the 5th Annual Baseball Beanpot.
|1994 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|April 26||Northeastern 4, Harvard 1 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*|
|April 26||Boston University 9, Boston College 4 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*|
|April 27||Harvard 7, Boston College 7 (Tie) (Beanpot Consolation)*|
|April 27||Northeastern 10, Boston University 3 (Beanpot Championship)*|
|July 21||Boston Park League All-Stars 6, Colorado Silver Bullets 0|
*Starting in 1990, Fenway Park has hosted the annual Baseball Beanpot, baseball's version of the longstanding Boston hockey tradition. Originally, the competition featured the same schools that battle for Hockey Beanpot: Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University. However, when BU dropped their baseball program after the 1995 season, the University of Massachusetts took their place. The Baseball Beanpot has been held at Fenway Park every year since its inception except for in 2004 and 2010, when the tournament was played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA.