1995 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1995 season was the 93rd season for the Yankees, their 71st playing home games at Yankee Stadium. Managed by Buck Showalter, the team finished with a record of 79-65, seven games behind the Boston Red Sox. They won the first American League Wild Card. In the playoffs, they would squander a 2-0 series lead losing three straight games at The Kingdome and succumb to the Seattle Mariners in five games.

1995 New York Yankees
1995 AL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–65 (.549)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Gene Michael
Manager(s)Buck Showalter
Local televisionWPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Paul Olden)
MSG
(Jim Kaat, Dave Cohen, Al Trautwig)
Local radioWABC (AM)
(Michael Kay, John Sterling)
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Offseason

Regular season

  • On May 29, 1995, Derek Jeter made his major league baseball debut.[3] It was in a game against the Seattle Mariners. Jeter had 5 At-Bats and had 0 Hits.[4]
  • On September 11, 1995, pitcher Jack McDowell threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs.[5] This was accomplished in the ninth inning.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 86 58 0.597 42–30 44–28
New York Yankees 79 65 0.549 7 46–26 33–39
Baltimore Orioles 71 73 0.493 15 36–36 35–37
Detroit Tigers 60 84 0.417 26 35–37 25–47
Toronto Blue Jays 56 88 0.389 30 29–43 27–45

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

Transactions

  • April 12, 1995: Randy Velarde was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[6]
  • June 5, 1995: Josías Manzanillo was selected off waivers by the New York Yankees from the New York Mets.[7]
  • June 8, 1995: Kevin Elster was released by the New York Yankees.[8]
  • June 19, 1995: Darryl Strawberry was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • July 1, 1995: Kevin Maas was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[9]
  • July 16, 1995: Dave Silvestri was traded by the New York Yankees to the Montreal Expos for Tyrone Horne (minors).[10]
  • July 28, 1995: David Cone was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis (minors), and Mike Gordon (minors).[11]
  • July 28, 1995: Danny Tartabull was traded by the New York Yankees to the Oakland Athletics for Rubén Sierra and Jason Beverlin.[12]
  • August 11, 1995: Luis Polonia was traded by the New York Yankees to the Atlanta Braves for Troy Hughes (minors).[13]

Draft picks

  • June 1, 1995: Donzell McDonald was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed July 22, 1995.[14]
  • June 1, 1995: Future NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round (730th pick) of the 1995 amateur draft. Culpepper was drafted out of Vanguard High School.[15]

Roster

1995 New York Yankees
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Death of Mickey Mantle

Shortly before his death, Mantle videotaped a message to be played on Old-Timers' Day, which he was too ill to attend. He said, "When I die, I wanted on my tombstone, 'A great teammate.' But I didn't think it would be this soon." The words were indeed carved on the plaque marking his resting place at the family mausoleum in Dallas.

Mantle received a liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, on June 8, 1995, after his liver had been damaged by years of chronic alcoholism, cirrhosis and hepatitis C. In July, he had recovered enough to deliver a press conference at Baylor, and noted that many fans had looked to him as a role model. "This is a role model: Don't be like me", he said. He also established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations. Soon, he was back in the hospital, where it was found that his liver cancer spread throughout his body.

Mickey Mantle died on August 13, 1995, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 63 years old. During the first Yankee home game after Mantle's passing, Eddie Layton played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the Hammond organ at Yankee Stadium because Mickey had once told him it was his favorite song. The Yankees played the rest of the season with black mourning bands topped by a small number 7 on their left sleeves.

Phil Rizzuto, angered over the refusal of television station WPIX to give him a day off to attend his former teammate's funeral, abruptly resigned from his play-by-play announcing job with the station on August 19. He would return to call a partial schedule for the station in 1996 before retiring for good.

Player stats

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 Mike Stanley 118 399 107 .268 18 83
1B Don Mattingly 128 458 132 .288 7 49
2B Pat Kelly 89 270 64 .237 4 29
3B Wade Boggs 126 460 149 .324 5 63
SS Tony Fernández 108 304 94 .245 5 39
LF Luis Polonia 67 238 62 .261 2 15
CF Bernie Williams 144 563 173 .307 18 82
RF Paul O'Neill 127 460 138 .300 22 96
DH Rubén Sierra 56 215 56 .260 7 44

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Derek Jeter 15 48 12 .250 0 7

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player GS IP W L ERA SO
Jack McDowell 30 217.2 15 10 3.93 157
Andy Pettitte 26 175.0 12 9 4.17 114
Sterling Hitchcock 27 168.1 11 10 4.70 121
David Cone 13 99.0 9 2 3.82 89
Scott Kamieniecki 16 89.2 7 6 4.01 43
Mélido Pérez 12 69.1 5 5 5.58 44

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDS

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Bill Evers
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Jimmy Johnson
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Jake Gibbs
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Trey Hillman
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Rob Thomson
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Héctor López

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References

  1. ^ Jack McDowell Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/f/fernato01.shtml
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/j/jeterde01.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199505290SEA
  5. ^ 3 Pitch Inning
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/v/velarra01.shtml
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manzajo01.shtml
  8. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/e/elsteke01.shtml
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/maaske01.shtml
  10. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/s/silveda01.shtml
  11. ^ David Cone Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ Danny Tartabull Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ Luis Polonia Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  14. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mcdondo01.shtml
  15. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?year_ID=1995&round=26&draft_type=junreg
  16. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

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.

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