The 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1995 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:
The format of this series and the NLDS was the same as the League Championship Series prior to 1985, a five-game set wherein the first two games were played at one stadium and the last three at the other. This was much criticized as the team with home field advantage had its games back ended while a team with two games often preferred them in the middle as opposed to three straight in the opposing team's ballpark. The highly unpopular format was changed in 1998 for the present and more logical 2–2–1 format, which has been used in the LDS since except for 2012, when the 2-3 format was used due to the additional of the Wild Card games.
Because of realignment, this was the first time that both the Yankees and the Red Sox reached the playoffs in the same year.
The Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Indians became the American League champion, and lost to the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series.
|1995 American League Division Series|
|Dates||October 3 – 6|
|Television||NBC (Games 1–2)|
ABC (Game 3)
|TV announcers||Bob Costas and Bob Uecker (Games 1–2)|
Steve Zabriskie and Tommy Hutton (Game 3)
|Radio announcers||John Rooney and Jeff Torborg|
|Dates||October 3 – 8|
|Television||NBC (Games 1–2)|
ABC (Games 3–5)
|TV announcers||Gary Thorne and Tommy Hutton (Games 1–2)|
Brent Musburger and Jim Kaat (Games 3–5)
|Radio announcers||Ernie Harwell and Al Downing|
|Umpires||Tim Welke, John Hirschbeck, Joe Brinkman, Rocky Roe, Dan Morrison (Red Sox–Indians, Games 1–2; Mariners–Yankees, Games 3–5)|
Don Denkinger (Red Sox–Indians, Games 1–2), Jim Evans (Mariners–Yankees, Games 3–5),
Mike Reilly, Dale Scott, Jim McKean, Larry McCoy, Rich Garcia, Jim Joyce (Mariners–Yankees, Games 1–2; Red Sox–Indians, Game 3)
Cleveland won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 3||Boston Red Sox – 4, Cleveland Indians – 5 (13 innings)||Jacobs Field||5:01||44,218|
|2||October 4||Boston Red Sox – 0, Cleveland Indians – 4||Jacobs Field||2:33||44,264|
|3||October 6||Cleveland Indians – 8, Boston Red Sox – 2||Fenway Park||3:18||34,211|
Seattle won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 3||Seattle Mariners – 6, New York Yankees – 9||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:38||57,178|
|2||October 4||Seattle Mariners – 5, New York Yankees – 7 (15 innings)||Yankee Stadium (I)||5:12||57,126|
|3||October 6||New York Yankees – 4, Seattle Mariners – 7||Kingdome||3:04||57,944|
|4||October 7||New York Yankees – 8, Seattle Mariners – 11||Kingdome||4:08||57,180|
|5||October 8||New York Yankees – 5, Seattle Mariners – 6 (11 innings)||Kingdome||4:19||57,411|
|WP: Ken Hill (1–0) LP: Zane Smith (0–1)|
BOS: John Valentin (1), Luis Alicea (1), Tim Naehring (1)
CLE: Albert Belle (1), Tony Peña (1)
After a 39-minute rain delay, Game 1 got underway with two veterans, Roger Clemens and Dennis Martínez, starting the opener. Playing in its first playoff game since Game 4 of the 1954 World Series, Cleveland trailed early as the Red Sox jumped in front first in the third on John Valentin's two-run homer. The Indians, however, rallied against Clemens in the sixth with two two-out singles followed by a two-run double by Albert Belle that tied the game and a single by Eddie Murray that scored Belle. But Luis Alicea's eighth inning home run off of Julian Tavarez sent the game into extra innings. Tim Naehring would give the Red Sox the lead in the eleventh with a home run off of Jim Poole, but Belle's leadoff home run off of Rick Aguilera tied the game in the bottom half. The Indians would put the winning run in scoring position later in the inning but failed to come through. In the bottom of the thirteenth, fifteen-year veteran Tony Peña hit the game winning homer with two outs. It was the Indians' first postseason win since the clinching Game 6 in the 1948 World Series.
|WP: Orel Hershiser (1–0) LP: Erik Hanson (0–1)|
CLE: Eddie Murray (1)
Game 2 featured an unlikely matchup between Erik Hanson and Orel Hershiser. Both pitchers were on even turns until the Indians broke through in the fifth with Omar Vizquel's two-run double after two walks. It remained 2–0 until the eighth when the Indians put the game away on Eddie Murray's two-run home run after a walk. That gave the Indian bullpen a comfortable 4–0 lead in the ninth. Hanson pitched a complete game in a losing effort. Hershiser struck out seven and allowed only three hits in 7 1⁄3 innings.
|WP: Charles Nagy (1–0) LP: Tim Wakefield (0–1)|
CLE: Jim Thome (1)
Charles Nagy faced Tim Wakefield in the potential clincher. In the top of the second, with a man on first, Jim Thome gave the Tribe the lead with a two-run home run just inside the Pesky Pole. Thome later drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to make it 3–0. In the fourth, the Red Sox loaded the bases on three singles with one out, but scored only one run on Mike Macfarlane's sacrifice fly. The Indians blew the game open in the sixth. After a single and walk, Paul Sorrento's single and Sandy Alomar's double scored a run each and knocked Wakefield out of the game. Rheal Cormier in relief struck out Kenny Lofton, but Omar Vizquel's singled scored two and Carlos Baerga's double scored another. In the eighth, the Red Sox again loaded the bases on three one-out singles, but again only scored once on Willie McGee's fielder's choice off of Julian Tavarez.Paul Assenmacher would pitch a scoreless ninth to end the series.
|Boston Red Sox||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||6||21||4|
|Total attendance: 122,693 Average attendance: 40,898|
Both teams finished the strike-shortened 1995 season with 79 wins. The Seattle Mariners were making their postseason debut on the strength of an amazing divisional comeback. The New York Yankees made it to the postseason for the first time since losing in the 1981 World Series, and the only time with Don Mattingly on their roster, as the AL Wild Card. The series featured at least ten runs per game and two extra-inning games. Ken Griffey, Jr. was the star, hitting five home runs. The total number of home runs from both teams at the end of the series was 22, a record for a postseason series despite only having five games.
Griffey also was one of two key participants in perhaps the most iconic moment ever for Mariners fans, DH Edgar Martínez's two-run double in the bottom of the eleventh inning of Game 5, on which Griffey scored the winning run from first base. The result of the series, and what became known as "The Double", is considered a redemptive moment for long-suffering Mariners fans, and often credited with ensuring that Major League Baseball remained in Seattle.
Seattle's win marked the fourth time in history that an expansion team won its first postseason series, after the New York Mets in their first championship season, in 1969, Montreal in 1981, and San Diego in 1984. Florida and Tampa Bay have since accomplished the same feat.
Even though the Yankees made it to the post-season for the first time since 1981, they were still reeling from the strike, because they had the best record in the American League when it was taken away by it. Yankees Manager Buck Showalter sat in "admitted misery" throughout that fall, as he "ached for Mattingly, the one player he believed deserved a postseason more than anyone else in the game." Mattingly had led active players in both games played and at bats without ever appearing in the postseason then.
|WP: David Cone (1–0) LP: Jeff Nelson (0–1)|
SEA: Ken Griffey, Jr. 2 (2)
NYY: Wade Boggs (1), Rubén Sierra (1)
Don Mattingly finally made it to the postseason in what would be his final games. Chris Bosio faced David Cone in Game 1. In the third, Wade Boggs hit a home run with Randy Velarde on first to make it 2–0 Yankees, but Ken Griffey, Jr. led the top of the fourth off with a home run of his own to cut the lead in half. Then in the sixth, the Mariners managed to load the bases against Cone. Facing Dan Wilson with the count 1-2, Wilson appeared to commit to Cone's next offering. However, on appeal, first base umpire Dale Scott signaled "no swing", continuing the inning and drawing the ire of Yankee fans, in particular Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, who went on to say MLB should not allow rookies to umpire in the postseason, despite the fact that Scott had umpired in the postseason since 1986. Still alive, Wilson was walked, tying the game at two, but in the bottom of the inning, Bernie Williams hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Mattingly's RBI single to put the Yankees back in front 3–2. After a Dion James single, Jeff Nelson relieved Bosio and allowed an RBI single to Mike Stanley that made it 4–2 Yankees. After Joey Cora walked, Griffey's second home run of the game tied the score again in the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Nelson hit Randy Verlade with a pitch to lead off. Bobby Ayala in relief allowed a single to Wade Boggs and RBI double to Williams. After Paul O'Neill's sacrifice fly made it 6–4 Yankees, a two-run home run by Rubén Sierra extended the lead to 8–4. Next inning, the Yankees added another run off of Bob Wells when Boggs doubled with two outs and scored on Williams's single. In the top of the ninth, after a leadoff walk and one-out, back-to-back RBI singles by Edgar Martinez and Tino Martinez cut the Yankees' lead to 9–6 and put the tying run to the plate for the Mariners, but John Wetteland retired the next two batters to end the game.
|WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0) LP: Tim Belcher (0–1)|
SEA: Vince Coleman (1), Ken Griffey, Jr. (3)
NYY: Rubén Sierra (2), Don Mattingly (1), Paul O'Neill (1), Jim Leyritz (1)
In what was, at the time, the longest playoff game in terms of elapsed time, both teams battled back and forth. Andy Benes and Andy Pettitte started this classic playoff game. On the strength of a Vince Coleman home run, the Mariners jumped out in front in the third. With the game moving quickly, the Yankees responded with a Bernie Williams RBI double after Wade Boggs walked with two outs that tied the game in the fifth. Later, the Mariners would take their second lead of the night when Tino Martinez singled home Edgar Martínez, who doubled to lead off, in the top of the sixth. However, Benes allowed back-to-back homers to Rubén Sierra and Don Mattingly in the bottom half to end his night and put the Yankees up 3–2. However, the Mariners would reclaim the lead for the third time with a one-out double, subsequent single, RBI single by Luis Sojo, and sacrifice fly by Ken Griffey, Jr. in the seventh, but Paul O'Neill's home run off of Norm Charlton tied the game in the bottom half of the seventh. The game moved to extra innings and in the twelfth the Mariners recaptured the lead once more with a home run by Griffey off of John Wetteland, but, in the bottom of the inning, with two men on via two walks and two outs off of Tim Belcher, Rubén Sierra hit a double that just missed being a game-winning home run by a couple of feet, scoring Jorge Posada with the tying run, but Williams was thrown out at the plate, ending the inning and forcing a 13th inning. Finally, in the bottom of the fifteenth, Jim Leyritz ended the game with a two-run home run after a walk off of Belcher.
The game, which began at 8:10 P.M. Wednesday night, ended at 1:22 A.M. Thursday morning.
|WP: Randy Johnson (1–0) LP: Jack McDowell (0–1) Sv: Norm Charlton (1)|
NYY: Bernie Williams 2 (2), Mike Stanley (1)
SEA: Tino Martinez (1)
It was the first ever Major League Baseball postseason game in Seattle and both teams pitched their best for Game 3. Jack McDowell faced Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson. Johnson allowed a Bernie Williams home run to make it 1–0 Yankees in the fourth, but Tino Martinez's two-run home run after a walk made it 2–1 Mariners in the fifth. In the sixth, McDowell allowed a triple and two walks to load the bases for the Mariners with one out and they built a commanding five-run lead off a weakened Yankee bullpen. Martinez hit an RBI single off of Steve Howe, then Bob Wickman allowed RBI singles to Jay Buhner and Mike Blowers before Luis Sojo's sacrifice fly made it 6–1 Mariners. The Yankees got a run in the seventh on Pat Kelly's sacrifice fly with two on, but the Mariners got that run back in the bottom half on Martinez's bases-loaded sacrifice fly off of Sterling Hitchcock aided by Randy Velarde's error. Back-to-back home runs by Bernie Williams and Mike Stanley leading off the eighth off of Bill Risley cut the Mariners' lead to 7–4, but Norm Charlton shut the door on Game 3, allowing Seattle to win their first postseason game.
|WP: Norm Charlton (1–0) LP: John Wetteland (0–1) Sv: Bill Risley (1)|
NYY: Paul O'Neill (2)
SEA: Edgar Martínez 2 (2), Ken Griffey, Jr. (4), Jay Buhner (1)
Scott Kamieniecki faced Chris Bosio in Game 4. The Yankees came out swinging in the first, loading the bases with no outs on a double, single and walk before Ruben Sierra's sacrifice fly and a two-run single by Don Mattingly put them up 3–0. In the third, the Yanks got two more on Paul O'Neill's two-run home run after a walk. Bosio was finished, pitching only two-plus innings. The Yankees were poised to take the series, but the Mariners rallied again. In the bottom of the third, Edgar Martínez's three-run home run after back-to-back leadoff singles energized the crowd and cut the Yankees' lead to 5–3. Later in the inning, after a single, walk, and sacrifice bunt, Luis Sojo's sacrifice fly made it a one-run game. In the fifth, Mattingly's error on Dan Wilson's groundball with two on allowed the Mariners to tie the game and complete a five-run comeback. Then in the sixth, with Sterling Hitchcock pitching, Ken Griffey, Jr.'s home run gave the Mariners a 6–5 edge. In the eighth, Norm Charlton's wild pitch with runners on first and third allowed the Yankees to tie the game at six, the run charged to Tim Belcher. John Wetteland was called on to keep the game tied for the Yankees, but he loaded the bases with nobody out on a walk, single and hit-by-pitch for Edgar Martínez, who hit a grand slam, giving him seven RBIs in the game and the Mariners a 10–6 lead. Then Jay Buhner's home run off of Steve Howe put the Mariners on top 11–6. In the ninth, Mattingly singled to lead off the ninth off of Charlton, who was relieved by Bobby Ayala. Mattingly moved on a groundout and scored on Mike Stanley's single. After a single and walk loaded the bases, Wade Boggs's groundout off of Bill Risley made it 11–8 Mariners and brought up Bernie Williams as the tying run, but Williams would fly out to center to set up Game 5.
|WP: Randy Johnson (2–0) LP: Jack McDowell (0–2)|
NYY: Paul O'Neill (3)
SEA: Joey Cora (1), Ken Griffey, Jr. (5)
Often regarded as one of the most memorable games in postseason history, Andy Benes and David Cone were sent to the mound for the Mariners and Yankees respectively to determine the winner of the series. Joey Cora hit a home run to make it 1–0 Mariners in the bottom of the third. Paul O'Neill hit a two-run home run after a walk to make it 2–1 Yankees in the top of the fourth. Jay Buhner's RBI single after a Tino Martinez double and wild pitch tied the game in the bottom half. In the sixth, Benes walked three to load the bases with one out before Don Mattingly hit a two-run double that put the Yankees in front 4–2. In the bottom of the eighth, with five outs to go and Cone still pitching, Ken Griffey, Jr. homered to make it a one-run game. The Mariners loaded the bases later in the inning on two walks and single and Cone walked Doug Strange to tie the game at four. Both teams blew chances in the ninth with two men on to score the potential series winning run. Starters Jack McDowell and Randy Johnson came in the game in rare relief appearances in extra innings. In the top of the eleventh, Randy Velarde singled home pinch runner Pat Kelly to put the Yankees up by one and three outs away from advancing to the next round, but in the bottom half, Cora dragged a bunt down the first base line that stayed fair in the bottom half to lead things off. Griffey singled to put runners on first and third. Then, Edgar Martínez lined a double to left field, scoring both Cora and Griffey to send the Mariners to the 1995 American League Championship Series. Martinez's game-winning hit has become the Seattle Mariners' most famous moment.
Until 2011, this was the only LDS Game 5 to go into extra innings.
During Seattle's 1995 season, there were rumors the team might relocate. The Mariners' success in 1995 led to renewed local interest in the team and the building of their new stadium—T-Mobile Park.
|New York Yankees||3||0||4||3||1||6||6||4||2||0||1||1||0||0||2||33||50||3|
|Total attendance: 286,839 Average attendance: 57,368|
The song "My Oh My" by Seattle-based rapper Macklemore in conjunction with his partner Ryan Lewis, features a call of Game 5 by the late Dave Niehaus, simply known as The Double. It is written to honor the memory of Niehaus.
Buck Showalter...sat at home in admitted misery last fall, when the players' strike cut short the most glorious season the Yankees had seen since the days of Reggie Jackson and his monstrous October home runs. He...ached for Mattingly, the one player he believed deserved a postseason more than anyone else in the game.
Robert Leo Sheppard (October 20, 1910 – July 11, 2010) was the long-time public address announcer for numerous New York area college and professional sports teams, in particular the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (1951–2007), and the New York Giants (1956–2006) of the National Football League. Between 1958-1961, he also served as a substitute announcer on the TV game show Beat the Clock.
Sheppard announced more than 4,500 Yankees baseball games over a period of 56 years, including 22 pennant-winning seasons and 13 World Series championships; he called 121 consecutive postseason contests, 62 games in 22 World Series, and six no-hitters, including three perfect games. For more than a half-century he was the voice of Giants football games, encompassing nine conference championships, three NFL championships (1956, 1986, 1990), and the game often called "the greatest ever played", the classic 1958 championship loss to Baltimore.Sheppard's smooth, distinctive baritone and precise, consistent elocution became iconic aural symbols of both the old Yankee Stadium and Giants Stadium. Reggie Jackson famously nicknamed him "The Voice of God", and Carl Yastrzemski once said, "You're not in the big leagues until Bob Sheppard announces your name."Dave Niehaus
David Arnold Niehaus (February 19, 1935 – November 10, 2010) was an American sportscaster. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for the American League's Seattle Mariners from their inaugural season in 1977 until his death after the 2010 season. In 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame awarded Niehaus the Ford C. Frick Award, the highest honor for American baseball broadcasters. Among fans nationwide and his peers, Niehaus was considered to be one of the finest sportscasters in history.David Cone
David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, and current color commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network and WPIX. A third round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1981 MLB Draft, he made his MLB debut in 1986 and continued playing until 2003, pitching for five different teams. Cone batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Cone pitched the sixteenth perfect game in baseball history in 1999. On the final game of the 1991 regular season, he struck out 19 batters, tied for second-most ever in a game. The 1994 Cy Young Award winner, he was a five-time All-Star and led the major leagues in strikeouts each season from 1990–92. A two-time 20 game-winner, he set the MLB record for most years between 20-win seasons with 10.
He was a member of five World Series championship teams – 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 with the New York Yankees. His 8–3 career postseason record came over 21 games and 111 innings pitched, with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.80; in World Series play, his ERA was 2.12.Cone is the subject of the book, A Pitcher's Story: Innings With David Cone, by Roger Angell. Cone and Jack Curry co-wrote the autobiography Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher, which was released in May 2019 and made the New York Times Best Seller list shortly after its release.Edgar Martínez
Edgar Martínez (born January 2, 1963), nicknamed "Gar" and "Papi", is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a designated hitter and third baseman for the Seattle Mariners from 1987 through 2004. He served as the Mariners' hitting coach from 2015 through 2018.
Martínez grew up in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Not highly regarded as a prospect, he signed with the Mariners as a free agent in 1982, and was given a small signing bonus. He made his major league debut in 1987, but did not establish himself as a full-time player until 1990. In the 1995 American League Division Series, he hit "The Double", which won the series and increased public support for Mariners baseball as they attempted to fund a new stadium. He continued to play until 2004, when injuries forced him to retire.
Martínez was a seven-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger, and two-time batting champion. He is one of 18 MLB players to record a batting average of .300, an on-base percentage of .400, and a slugging percentage of .500 in 5,000 or more plate appearances. The Mariners retired his uniform number and inducted him into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Martínez was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.Jack McDowell
Jack Burns McDowell (born January 16, 1966) is a former Major League Baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, McDowell played for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Anaheim Angels. Nicknamed "Black Jack", he was a three time All-Star and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1993.
McDowell has also been a professional musician, most notably with the rock band, Stickfigure.Joe Brinkman
Joseph Norbert Brinkman (born April 9, 1944) is an American former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1972 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues from 2000 until his retirement during the 2006 season.Joey Cora
José Manuel Cora Amaro (born May 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball player with an 11-year career in MLB spanning the years 1987 and 1989–1998. He played for the San Diego Padres of the National League and the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians of the American League. He played second base, shortstop, third base and also served as a designated hitter.Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run
Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run is a baseball video game developed by Rare for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that is named after the baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. It is the follow-up to Nintendo's previous Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball but with a Japanese publisher, and a British developer. Two years later, Nintendo released another game featuring Griffey, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr., for the Nintendo 64.
The game's title is derived from the final play of the 1995 American League Division Series featuring the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. On a play that is sometimes credited with "saving baseball in Seattle," Griffey scored the game's winning run all the way from first base, on a close play in the bottom of the 11th inning.Due to the lack of a Major League Baseball Players' Association license, Griffey is the only player in the game to use his actual name.Luis Alicea
Luis René Alicea de Jesús (born July 29, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman.
Alicea played for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. He played college baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles with his brother Edwin under head coach Mike Martin.
Alicea played 13 seasons, during which he played in 1,341 games. He was a career .260 hitter, with 47 home runs and 422 runs batted in. He had a lifetime .346 on-base percentage, and a .369 slugging percentage. He ranked in the top 5 in triples three times in his career (1992, 1997, 2000).
In 12 career postseason games, Alicea batted .267, with a .371 on-base percentage.Luis Sojo
Luis Beltrán Sojo Sojo ( SOH-hoh; Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwiz βelˈtɾan ˈsoxo]; born January 3, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball infielder and right-handed batter.
In his career, Sojo filled a role as a utility infielder for the Blue Jays, Angels, Mariners, Pirates and, most notably, for the Yankees.Mariner Moose
The Mariner Moose is the team mascot of the Seattle Mariners, a Major League Baseball team. In 1990, a contest for children 14 and under was held to select a mascot for the team under then-owner Jeff Smulyan. Out of 2500 entries received, the club chose the "Mariner Moose," originally submitted by Ammon Spiller of Ferndale, Washington. The Moose made his debut on April 13, 1990, dancing on the field at the Kingdome to "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" by Timbuk 3.
During the 1995 American League Division Series between the M's and the New York Yankees, the Moose gained national attention when he broke his ankle crashing into the outfield wall at the Kingdome while being towed on inline skates behind an ATV in the outfield. Rollerblading behind an ATV would continue to be a fan favorite until 1999, when the team moved to Safeco Field (now T-Mobile Park) and a natural grass playing surface. Since then, the Moose has become quite adept at driving his own ATV around Safeco Field's warning track while performing various tricks, such as performing backflips off his ATV or having water coolers emptied on him by bullpen pitchers.
In 1996, Nike developed a television ad campaign entitled "Griffey in '96" wherein Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. was running for President, with the Mariner Moose as his running mate.
The Moose makes several hundred appearances in the community each year in addition to Mariners home games, at everything from hospitals to wedding receptions. Since his debut in 1990, he has developed into one of the most popular mascots throughout all of Major League Baseball.
The Mariner Moose was featured on the ballot for the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2007.
Mariners fans at Safeco Field have been known to express approval or disapproval by engaging in the "moose call." The caller places hands on either side of their head in imitation of moose antlers, hands outspread, thumbs to temples, and yells "moooooo" while wiggling their fingers.Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West Division. The team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome. Since July 1999, the Mariners' home ballpark has been T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.
The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M's, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992. They adopted their current team colors – navy blue, northwest green (teal), and silver – prior to the 1993 season, after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose.
The organization did not field a winning team until 1991, and any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, served as a powerful impetus to preserve baseball in Seattle, and has since become an iconic moment in team history.
The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season.
Through the end of the 2018 season, the franchise has finished with a losing record in 28 of 42 seasons. The Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, and one of two (along with the Washington Nationals) never to have played in a World Series. They hold the longest playoff drought in all of the four major North American professional sports, having not qualified for the playoffs since their 116-win season in 2001.Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame
The Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame is an American museum and hall of fame for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. It is located at T-Mobile Park in the SoDo district of downtown Seattle.T-Mobile Park
T-Mobile Park is a retractable roof baseball park located in Seattle, Washington. Owned and operated by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District, it is the home stadium of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) and has a seating capacity of 47,929 for baseball. It is located in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood, near the western terminus of Interstate 90. The first game was played on July 15, 1999.
During the 1990s, the suitability of the Mariners' original stadium—the Kingdome—as an MLB facility came under doubt, and the team's ownership group threatened to relocate the team. In September 1995, King County voters defeated a ballot measure to secure public funding for a new baseball stadium. Shortly thereafter, the Mariners' first appearance in the MLB postseason and their victory in the 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS) renewed a public desire to keep the team in Seattle. As a result, the Washington State Legislature approved an alternate means of funding for the stadium with public money. The site for the stadium, just south of the Kingdome, was selected in September 1996 and construction began in March 1997. The bonds issued to finance Safeco Field were retired on October 1, 2011, five years earlier than anticipated.Aside from professional baseball, T-Mobile Park is also used for amateur baseball events including the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association high school state championships and one Washington Huskies game per season. Major non-baseball events that have been held at T-Mobile Park include the 2001 Seattle Bowl, as well as WrestleMania XIX in 2003 which attracted the stadium's record attendance of 54,097.
The ballpark was originally named Safeco Field under a 20-year naming-rights deal with Seattle-based Safeco Insurance. Safeco declined to renew the agreement beyond the 2018 season, and the naming rights were acquired by T-Mobile on December 19, 2018. The name change took effect January 1, 2019.The Baseball Network
The Baseball Network was a short-lived television broadcasting joint venture between ABC, NBC and Major League Baseball. Under the arrangement, beginning in the 1994 season, the league produced its own in-house telecasts of games, which were then brokered to air on ABC and NBC. This was perhaps most evident by the copyright beds shown at the end of the telecasts, which stated "The proceeding program has been paid for by the office of The Commissioner of Baseball". The Baseball Network was the first television network in the United States to be owned by a professional sports league. In essence, The Baseball Network could be seen as a forerunner to the MLB Network, which would debut about 15 years later.
The package included coverage of games in primetime on selected nights throughout the regular season (under the branding Baseball Night in America), along with coverage of the postseason and the World Series. Unlike previous broadcasting arrangements with the league, there was no national "game of the week" during the regular season; these would be replaced by multiple weekly regional telecasts on certain nights of the week. Additionally, The Baseball Network had exclusive coverage windows; no other broadcaster could televise MLB games during the same night that The Baseball Network was televising games.
The arrangement did not last long; due to the effects of a players' strike on the remainder of the 1994 season, and poor reception from fans and critics over how the coverage was implemented, The Baseball Network would be disbanded after the 1995 season. While NBC would maintain rights to certain games, the growing Fox network (having established its own sports division two years earlier in 1994) became the league's new national broadcast partner beginning in 1996, with its then-parent company News Corporation eventually purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 (although the company has since sold the team).The Baseball Network announcers
The following is a list of announcers who called Major League Baseball telecasts for the joint venture (lasting for the 1994-1995 seasons) between Major League Baseball, ABC and NBC called The Baseball Network announcers who represented each of the teams playing in the respective games were typically paired with each other on regular season Baseball Night in America telecasts. ABC used Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver and Lesley Visser as the lead broadcasting team. Meanwhile, NBC used Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker and Jim Gray as their lead broadcasting team.The Double (Seattle Mariners)
The Double was a double hit by the Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martínez in Game 5 of Major League Baseball's 1995 American League Division Series on October 8, 1995. Trailing by one run in the bottom half of the 11th inning, with Joey Cora on third base and Ken Griffey, Jr. on first, Martinez's hit drove in Cora and Griffey, giving the Mariners a 6–5 victory over the New York Yankees to clinch the series, 3–2. The play is held to be the "biggest hit in franchise history."Amid rumors that the team would be sold and/or relocated, the Mariners—who had had only two winning seasons (1991 and 1993) since beginning play in 1977—mounted a late-season comeback in 1995 to clinch their first postseason appearance in franchise history. They then mounted a series of comebacks in the ALDS, first overcoming a 2-game series deficit to force a deciding Game 5, then tying Game 5 in the 8th inning to force extra innings, and finally a one-run 11th inning deficit that was overcome by the Double.
The hit is regarded as the defining moment of Martinez's 18-year Hall of Fame career. Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus' call of the play—which is equally memorable to Seattle fans as the play itself—is also regarded as the highlight of his career. The play is also credited with keeping a Major League Baseball team in the city of Seattle, as it helped garner support for a new taxpayer-funded stadium for the Mariners. That stadium, known today as T-Mobile Park (it was originally known as Safeco Field through the end of the 2018 season), opened in 1999, with the Double depicted in a mural as part of the stadium's art collection.Tim Belcher
Timothy Wayne Belcher (born October 19, 1961) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. He won The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award in 1988 for the National League. He was also the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians.Zane Smith
Zane William Smith (born December 28, 1960) is a former American Major League baseball player.
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