1995 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners' 1995 season was the 19th in the history of the franchise. The team finished with a regular season record of 79–66 (.545) 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]

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, a series notable for Edgar Martínez' 11th-inning double that clinched the series for the Mariners. In the American League Championship Series, Seattle won the opener at home but lost in six games to the Cleveland Indians.

1995 Seattle Mariners
American League West champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–66 (.545)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Hiroshi Yamauchi
(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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Offseason

Regular season

  • Ken Griffey, Jr. suffered a severe wrist injury on May 26 while making a catch at the wall that would sideline him until mid August. The team would stay afloat at .500 however, and after Junior returned they managed their historic late season comeback against the California Angels.[6]
  • 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.[7] The Mariners beat the Royals 6 to 2 in front of 39,157 fans at the Kingdome.[8]
  • 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.[9] 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.[9]

Opening Day Lineup

Roster

1995 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Notable transactions

Draft Picks

Season standings

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.
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

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

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.[16]

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

See also

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Steve Smith
AA Port City Roosters Southern League Dave Myers
A Riverside Pilots California League Dave Brundage
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Mike Goff
A-Short Season Everett AquaSox Northwest League Orlando Gómez
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Tom LeVasseur

[17]

References

  1. ^ "Mariners Postseason Results". MLB.com. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Alex Diaz at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Félix Fermín at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Jay Buhner at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Eric Anthony at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ "The Ballplayers – Ken Griffey, Jr | BaseballLibrary.com". Archived from the original on December 14, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  7. ^ 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 May 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "September 9, 1995 Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  9. ^ a b "The Ballplayers – Randy Johnson | BaseballLibrary.com". Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  10. ^ Tim Belcher at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Norm Charlton at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ Marc Newfield at Baseball-Reference
  13. ^ Vince Coleman at Baseball-Reference
  14. ^ Shane Monahan at Baseball-Reference
  15. ^ Juan Pierre at Baseball-Reference
  16. ^ "Thinking about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' rap tribute to Dave Niehaus,". The Seattle Times. January 4, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  17. ^ 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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