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The 1994 World Series was cancelled on September 14 of that year due to an ongoing strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association, which had begun in August. It was only the second time in the event's history (and the first time since 1904) that the Fall Classic was not played.

Many baseball fans lamented that while two World Wars, the Great Depression, an earthquake, and other crises and disasters did not cause MLB to cancel a World Series, financial issues could and did. Many analysts blame the strike and the cancellation of the Series for baseball's sharp drop in popularity in the ensuing years. Some also blamed it for the decline and eventual relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington, D.C. in 2005 to become the Washington Nationals. The Expos, at 74-40, and the New York Yankees, at 70-43, held the best records in their respective leagues at season's end.

This was to have been the first year of a regularly-scheduled three-tier playoff system. (An unscheduled three-tier system was used in 1981 due to the season being shortened by a mid-season labor dispute.)

Television: ABC (Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver were presumed to announce)

Team Standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind, PCT= Winning Percentage

AL East
Team W L PCT GB Payroll
New York Yankees 70 43 .619 0 $47,512,342
Baltimore Orioles 63 49 .563 $38,711,487
Toronto Blue Jays 55 60 .478 16 $42,265,168
Boston Red Sox 54 61 .470 17 $36,337,937
Detroit Tigers 53 62 .461 18 $41,118,509
AL Central
Team W L PCT GB Payroll
Chicago White Sox 67 46 .593 0 $40,144,836
Cleveland Indians 66 47 .584 1 $31,705,667
Kansas City Royals 64 51 .557 4 $40,667,375
Minnesota Twins 53 60 .469 14 $25,053,237
Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 .461 15 $24,786,857
AL West
Team W L PCT GB Payroll
Texas Rangers 52 62 .456 0 $32,399,097
Oakland Athletics 51 63 .447 1 $34,574,000
Seattle Mariners 49 63 .438 2 $28,463,110
California Angels 47 68 .409 $24,528,385
NL East
Team W L PCT GB Payroll
Montréal Expos 74 40 .649 0 $18,771,000
Atlanta Braves 68 46 .596 6 $44,100,972
New York Mets 55 58 .487 18½ $30,903,583
Philadelphia Phillies 54 61 .470 20½ $31,143,000
Florida Marlins 51 64 .443 23½ $19,524,361
NL Central
Team W L PCT GB Payroll
Cincinnati Reds 66 48 .579 0 $41,458,042
Houston Astros 66 49 .574 ½ $33,092,500
St. Louis Cardinals 53 61 .465 13 $29,622,052
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 61 .465 13 $21,503,250
Chicago Cubs 49 64 .434 16½ $32,456,333
NL West
Team W L PCT GB Payroll
Los Angeles Dodgers 58 56 .509 0 $38,837,526
San Francisco Giants 55 60 .478 $42,260,538
Colorado Rockies 53 64 .453 $23,654,508
San Diego Padres 47 70 .402 12½ $13,774,268



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