The Dodgers led the National League West with a 58-56 record when the players strike ended the season on Aug. 12.
What does that mean?
It means the Dodgers led the division on Aug. 12, and nothing more.
Neither the Dodgers nor any other division leader will be recognized as a division champion, National League Vice President Katy Feeney said Wednesday.
The same is true in the American League.
And since there were no playoffs, Feeney said, there will be no league champions, which means the 1995 season will start, providing the labor dispute is resolved, with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, the 1993 pennant winners, as defending champions.
"Nobody took their place," Feeney said of the teams that finished fourth and third, respectively, this year.
The league constitutions authorize the respective league presidents to declare the champions, according to Feeney, who said the recommendation to go without champions at any level was reached in a recent meeting that she attended with American League Vice President Phyllis Merhige, baseball's executive director of operations, William A. Murray, and Seymour Siwoff, general manager of the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's official statistical house.