June 5, 1994

Mo Vaughn was never shy about taking responsibility when the Red Sox struggled.

That almost balanced the scales, since Vaughn wasn’t shy about snatching his share of the credit when the ballclub did well.

Vaughn had plenty to gloat about on May 4. The Red Sox were 20-7 and in first place in the American League East.

By June 5, the Red Sox were coming off a 10-4 loss against the Mariners, despite Vaughn’s two home runs. It took no great analysis to evaluate the problem:

One day earlier, the Mariners pounded the Red Sox, 13-2.

When a club gives up 23 runs in two days, the pitching is a bit suspect.

As indicated by the two home runs, Vaughn was escaping the clutches of an 18-game slump during which he hit .206.

The Red Sox did not follow their leader, who finished with a .310 average, 26 homers and 82 RBIs. As for Vaughn’s ballclub, it bottomed out with an 8-19 June swoon, followed by a 12-15 July.

Ultimately nothing that happened in 1994 mattered much. Upon losing eight of 12 in August, the labor dispute between players and owners slammed the break on the season.

The Red Sox were 54-61 when baseball shut its doors.