1995 Seattle Mariners Season
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1995 Seattle Mariners Season

1995 Seattle Mariners
American League West champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79-66 (.545)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Nintendo of America
(represented by John Ellis)
General manager(s)Woody Woodward
Manager(s)Lou Piniella
Local televisionKIRO-TV 7
Prime Sports NW
Local radioKIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs,
Chip Caray, Ron Fairly)
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The Seattle Mariners' 1995 season was the 19th in the history of the franchise. The team finished with a regular season record of to win their first American League West title. They had tied the California Angels for first place, and in the one-game tiebreaker, the Mariners defeated the Angels 9-1 to make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.[1][2]

In the postseason, the Mariners defeated the New York Yankees in the best-of-five American League Division Series after losing the first two games in New York, a series notable for Edgar Martínez' walk-off 11th-inning double in the fifth game. In the League Championship Series with the favored Cleveland Indians, Seattle won the opener at home and the third game on the road,[3] but fell in six games.[4]

Offseason

Regular season

  • Ken Griffey, Jr. suffered a severe left wrist injury on May 26 while making a catch at the wall that sidelined him until mid-August.[9][10][11] The M's stayed afloat at around .500, and their historic late season comeback tied the California Angels.[12]
  • The Mariners honored the West Coast Negro Baseball League Seattle Steelheads when they wore 1946 Steelheads uniforms on September 9, 1995, at home against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals wore Kansas City Monarchs uniforms.[13] The Mariners beat the Royals 6 to 2 in front of 39,157 fans at the Kingdome.[14]
  • Randy Johnson won the Cy Young Award. The award came at the end of a banner year. Johnson (18-2, 2.48 ERA, 294 strikeouts) narrowly missed becoming the first AL Triple Crown pitcher (leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts) since Detroit's Hal Newhouser accomplished the feat in 1945.[15] His .900 winning percentage broke Ron Guidry's 1978 record, and his strikeouts per nine innings ratio of 12.35 broke the record held by Nolan Ryan.[15]

Opening Day Lineup

Roster

Notable transactions

Draft Picks

Pennant chase

On the morning of August 21, the Mariners (53-53 (.500)) were 12½ games behind the Angels (66-41 (.617)).[23] Two weeks later, the lead was down to 5½ games, as the Angels went 1-12 while the M's were 8-5. After another two weeks, the lead was down to three games, and the teams were even at 72-63 (.533) on the morning of September 21. Seattle led by as many as three games, but couldn't hold it, dropping their final two games at Texas; the Angels won their final five games to tie the Mariners at 78-66 (.542), requiring a one-game playoff for the division title.[24] Also on a five-game winning streak, the Yankees secured the new wild card berth at 79-65 (.549).[25]

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Seattle Mariners 79 66 0.545 -- 46-27 33-39
California Angels 78 67 0.538 1 39-33 39-34
Texas Rangers 74 70 0.514 41-31 33-39
Oakland Athletics 67 77 0.465 11½ 38-34 29-43

Note: Teams played 144 games instead of the normal 162 as a consequence of the 1994 strike.
Seattle and California each played 145 games due to the one-game tiebreaker.

Record vs. opponents

1995 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore -- 4-9 9-4 6-1 2-10 8-5 4-5 7-5 3-6 6-7 5-7 6-7 4-1 7-6
Boston 9-4 -- 11-3 5-3 6-7 8-5 3-2 8-4 5-4 5-8 8-4 7-5 3-4 8-5
California 4-9 3-11 -- 10-2 3-2 6-2 5-7 5-2 8-5 7-5 6-7 7-6 6-7 8-2
Chicago 1-6 3-5 2-10 -- 5-8 8-4 8-5 6-7 10-3 3-2-1 7-5 4-9 5-7 6-5
Cleveland 10-2 7-6 2-3 8-5 -- 10-3 11-1 9-4 9-4 6-6 7-0 5-4 6-3 10-3
Detroit 5-8 5-8 2-6 4-8 3-10 -- 3-4 8-5 7-5 5-8 2-3 5-5 4-8 7-6
Kansas City 5-4 2-3 7-5 5-8 1-11 4-3 -- 10-2 6-7 3-7 5-8 7-5 8-6 7-5
Milwaukee 5-7 4-8 2-5 7-6 4-9 5-8 2-10 -- 9-4 5-6 7-2 3-2 5-7 7-5
Minnesota 6-3 4-5 5-8 3-10 4-9 5-7 7-6 4-9 -- 3-4 5-7 4-8 5-8 1-4
New York 7-6 8-5 5-7 2-3-1 6-6 8-5 7-3 6-5 4-3 -- 4-9 4-9 6-3 12-1
Oakland 7-5 4-8 7-6 5-7 0-7 3-2 8-5 2-7 7-5 9-4 -- 7-6 5-8 3-7
Seattle 7-6 5-7 6-7 9-4 4-5 5-5 5-7 2-3 8-4 9-4 6-7 -- 10-3 3-4
Texas 1-4 4-3 7-6 7-5 3-6 8-4 6-8 7-5 8-5 3-6 8-5 3-10 -- 9-3
Toronto 6-7 5-8 2-8 5-6 3-10 6-7 5-7 5-7 4-1 1-12 7-3 4-3 3-9 --


Game log

Regular season

Postseason

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Dan Wilson 119 399 111 .278 9 51
1B Tino Martinez 141 519 152 .293 31 111
2B Joey Cora 120 427 127 .297 3 39
3B Mike Blowers 134 439 113 .257 23 96
SS Luis Sojo 102 339 98 .289 7 39
LF Vince Coleman 40 162 47 .290 1 9
CF Ken Griffey, Jr. 72 260 67 .258 17 42
RF Jay Buhner 126 470 123 .262 40 121
DH Edgar Martínez 145 511 182 .356 29 113

Other batters

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
OF Alex Diaz 103 270 67 .248 3 27
OF Rich Amaral 90 230 67 .282 2 19
SS Félix Fermín 73 200 39 .195 0 15
OF Darren Bragg 52 145 34 .234 3 12
3B/PH Doug Strange 74 155 42 .271 2 21
SS Alex Rodriguez 48 142 33 .232 5 19

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: GS = Games Started; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strike Outs

Player GS IP W L ERA SO
Randy Johnson 30 214.1 18 2 2.48 294
Tim Belcher 28 179.1 10 12 4.52 96
Chris Bosio 31 170.0 10 8 4.92 85
Salomón Torres 13 72.0 3 8 6.00 45
Andy Benes 12 63.0 7 2 4.52 45

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO S
Norm Charlton 30 47.2 2 1 1.51 58 14
Bill Risley 45 60.1 2 1 3.13 65 1
Bob Wells 30 76.2 4 3 5.75 38 0
Jeff Nelson 62 78.2 7 3 2.17 96 2
Bobby Ayala 63 71.0 6 5 4.44 77 19

ALDS

Game Score Date
1 Seattle 6, New York 9 October 3, 1995
2 Seattle 5, New York 7 October 4, 1995
3 New York 4, Seattle 7 October 6, 1995
4 New York 8, Seattle 11 October 7, 1995
5 New York 5, Seattle 6 October 8, 1995

ALCS

Game Score Date
1 Cleveland 2, Seattle 3 October 10, 1995
2 Cleveland 5, Seattle 2 October 11, 1995
3 Seattle 5, Cleveland 2 October 13, 1995
4 Seattle 0, Cleveland 7 October 14, 1995
5 Seattle 2, Cleveland 3 October 15, 1995
6 Cleveland 4, Seattle 0 October 17, 1995

Awards and honors

In popular culture

The Mariners' ALDS run is the subject of the song, My Oh My, by Seattle-based rapper, Macklemore.[26]

Chicago-based band Coping has a song titled "'95 Mariners."

In July 2019, the MLB Network released MLB Network Presents: The 1995 Mariners, Saving Baseball in Seattle[27]

See also

Farm system

Source[28]

References

  1. ^ LaRue, Larry (October 3, 1995). "My, oh my, Mariners win!". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). (Tacoma News Tribune). p. 1B.
  2. ^ "Mariners Postseason Results". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ LaRue, Larry (October 14, 1995). "Bad to the Bone". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). McClatchy News Service. p. 1B.
  4. ^ LaRue, Larry (October 18, 1995). "Shipwrecked: Mariners lose 4-0". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). McClatchy News Service. p. 1B.
  5. ^ Alex Diaz at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Félix Fermín at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Jay Buhner at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Eric Anthony at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ "M's win 8-3, but lose Griffey". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. May 27, 1995. p. 3B.
  10. ^ Street, Jim (August 15, 1995). "Griffey expected in lineup". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Seattle Post Intelligencer). p. C1.
  11. ^ "Junior to rejoin M's". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). wire services. August 15, 1995. p. 1B.
  12. ^ "The Ballplayers - Ken Griffey, Jr | BaseballLibrary.com". Archived from the original on December 14, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ Anderson, Lenny (April 14, 1995). "Negro League Seattle Steelheads Gone, But Not Forgotten". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  14. ^ "September 9, 1995 Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2009.
  15. ^ a b "The Ballplayers - Randy Johnson | BaseballLibrary.com". Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  16. ^ Tim Belcher at Baseball-Reference
  17. ^ Norm Charlton at Baseball-Reference
  18. ^ Marc Newfield at Baseball-Reference
  19. ^ "M's acquire Coleman, send Rodriguez back to Tacoma". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. August 16, 1995. p. 3B.
  20. ^ Vince Coleman at Baseball-Reference
  21. ^ Shane Monahan at Baseball-Reference
  22. ^ Juan Pierre at Baseball-Reference
  23. ^ "Standings". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). August 21, 1995. p. 3B.
  24. ^ "M's, Angels go for broke". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 2, 1995. p. 1B.
  25. ^ "Standings". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). October 2, 1995. p. 3B.
  26. ^ "Thinking about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' rap tribute to Dave Niehaus,". The Seattle Times. January 4, 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  27. ^ "MLB Network to air documentary about 1995 Mariners, the team that 'saved' baseball in Seattle". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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