1995 Cleveland Indians season

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1995 Cleveland Indians
AL Champs
AL Central Champs
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Owner(s) Richard Jacobs
General manager(s) John Hart
Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
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The 1995 Cleveland Indians season was the Major League Baseball season that led to the Indians returning to the World Series for the first time since 1954. In a season that started late by 18 games - giving it just a 144 games - the Indians finished in first place in the American League Central Division with a record of 100 wins and 44 losses. This was the first team in the history of the American League ever to win 100 games in a season that had fewer than 154 games.[1]

The most outstanding pitcher for the Indians was their relief pitcher, José Mesa, who finished second in the voting for the American League's Cy Young Award. Mesa pitched in 62 games; he led the league by being the finishing pitcher in 57 games, and he saved a league-leading 46 games, even though he pitched just exactly 64 innings. Mesa was the winning pitcher in three games, and he lost none. Mesa's earned run average was a microscopic 1.13. Mesa only gave up eight earned runs, one unearned run, and three home runs in the entire regular season.

The most outstanding batter and everyday player for the Indians was their left fielder, Albert Belle, who finished second in the voting for the American League's Most Valuable Player Award. Belle played in 143 of the 144 games, and he has the quite unusual double in this season with 50+ doubles and 50+ home runs. Belle led the league in runs scored (121), runs batted in (126), doubles (52), home runs (50), total bases (377), and slugging percentage (0.690). Belle had 173 hits and a batting average of 0.317.

The second most outstanding batter and everyday player for the Indians was their right fielder, Manny Ramirez. Ramirez played in 137 games, scored 85 runs, batted in 107 runs, hit 26 doubles and 31 home runs, had 149 hits, and batted 0.308.

On a team that was led by its outfielders in batting, the Indian's center fielder Kenny Lofton, playing in just 118 games, also had 149 hits, scored 93 runs, batted 0.310, and led the American League with 13 triples and 54 stolen bases. This was Lofton's fourth of five consecutive years leading the American League in stolen bases. Lofton also won a Gold Glove in the outfield. However, Lofton only hit seven home runs and batted in 53 runs.

The Indians won the Central Division by an overwhelming 30 games over the second-place Kansas City Royals, and they went into the playoffs going strong. In their American League Division Series, the Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox in a three games to none sweep. Next, in the American League Championship Series, the Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners four games to two. The Indians' starting pitcher, Orel Hershiser, was voted the American League Championship Series' Most Valuable Player.

In the World Series, the Indians faced the Atlanta Braves, who had finished the regular season with a 90 - 54 record, had defeated the Colorado Rockies three games to one in the National League Division Series, had swept the Cincinnati Reds four games to none in the National League Championship Series. The Braves had the National League's Cy Young Award winner in Greg Maddux, who finished the season with a 19 - 2 won-loss record and a 1.63 earned run average as a starting pitcher. Maddux also finished in third place in the voting for Most Valuable Player.

In the World Series, the Indians lost the World Series to the Braves by four games to two, with the Braves winning all three games in Atlanta, and the Indians winning two out of three games in Cleveland. The World Series Most Valuable Player was the starting pitcher Tom Glavine of the Braves, who won two games in the Series.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Indians led the Majors in nearly every offensive category, including runs scored (840), hits (1,461), home runs (207), runs batted in (803), batting average (.291) and slugging percentage (.479). They also struck out the fewest times (766) of all 28 MLB teams.[6][7] They also had one of the most formidable pitching staffs in the AL, allowing the second-fewest hits (1,261), finishing with the best ERA (3.83), the fewest runs allowed (607), fewest earned runs allowed (554), the most saves (50) and the fewest intentional walks (16).[7]

Season standings[edit]

Team W L Pct % GB
Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694 --
Kansas City Royals 70 74 .486 30.0
Chicago White Sox 68 76 .472 32.0
Milwaukee Brewers 65 79 .451 35.0
Minnesota Twins 56 88 .389 44.0


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1995 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Peña, TonyTony Peña 91, 78 started 263 69 .262 5 28
1B Paul Sorrento 104 323 76 .235 25 79
2B Carlos Baerga 135 557 175 .314 15 90
3B Jim Thome 137 452 142 .314 25 73
SS Omar Vizquel 136 542 144 .266 6 56
LF Albert Belle 143 546 173 .317 50 126
CF Kenny Lofton 118 481 149 .310 7 53
RF Manny Ramirez 137 484 149 .308 31 107
DH Eddie Murray 113 436 141 .323 21 82

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Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Sandy Alomar, Jr. 66, 54 started 203 61 .300 10 35
Wayne Kirby 101 188 39 .207 1 14
Herb Perry 52 162 51 .315 3 23
Álvaro Espinoza 66 143 36 .252 2 17
Dave Winfield 46 115 22 .191 2 4
Ruben Amaro 28 60 12 .200 1 7
Eddie Tucker 17 20 0 .000 0 0
Jesse Levis 12 18 6 .333 0 3
Billy Ripken 8 17 7 .412 2 3
Brian Giles 6 9 5 .556 1 3
Jeromy Burnitz 9 7 4 .571 0 0
Bell, DavidDavid Bell 2 2 0 .000 0 0

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Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nagy, CharlesCharles Nagy 29 178 16 6 4.55 139
Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser 26 167.3 16 6 3.87 111
Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez 28 167.3 12 5 3.08 99

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mesa, JoséJosé Mesa 62 3 0 46 1.13 58
Tavárez, JuliánJulián Tavárez 57 10 2 0 2.44 68

American League Divisional Playoffs[edit]

Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox[edit]

Cleveland wins the series, 3-0

Game Score Date
1 Boston 4, Cleveland 5 October 3, 1995
2 Boston 0, Cleveland 4 October 4, 1995
3 Cleveland 8, Boston 2 October 6, 1995

Game 1, October 3[edit]

Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Boston 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 2
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 10 2
WP: Ken Hill (1-0)   LP: Zane Smith (0-1)
Home runs:
BOS: John Valentin (1), Luis Alicea (1), Tim Naehring
CLE: Albert Belle (1), Tony Peña (1)

Game 2, October 4[edit]

Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 4 2
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-0)   LP: Erik Hanson (0-1)
Home runs:
BOS: None
CLE: Eddie Murray (1)

Game 3, October 6[edit]

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 11 2
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1
WP: Charles Nagy (1-0)   LP: Tim Wakefield (0-1)
Home runs:
CLE: Jim Thome (1)
BOS: None

American League Championship Series[edit]

Matchups[edit]

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

Game 1[edit]

October 10: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 10 1
Seattle 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Bob Wolcott (1-0)   LP: Dennis Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Norm Charlton (1)
Home runs:
CLE: Albert Belle (1)
SEA: Mike Blowers (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 11: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 5 12 0
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 6 1
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-0)   LP: Tim Belcher (0-1)
Home runs:
CLE: Manny Ramírez (2)
SEA: Ken Griffey, Jr. (1), Jay Buhner (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 13: Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Seattle 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 9 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 2
WP: Norm Charlton (1-0)   LP: Julián Tavárez (0-1)
Home runs:
SEA: Jay Buhner (2)
CLE: None

Game 4[edit]

October 14: Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Cleveland 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 X 7 9 0
WP: Ken Hill (1-0)   LP: Andy Benes (0-1)
Home runs:
SEA: None
CLE: Eddie Murray (1), Jim Thome (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 15: Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
Cleveland 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 10 4
WP: Orel Hershiser (2-0)   LP: Chris Bosio (0-1)   Sv: José Mesa (1)
Home runs:
SEA: None
CLE: Jim Thome (1)

Game 6[edit]

October 17: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 8 0
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
WP: Dennis Martínez (1-1)   LP: Randy Johnson (0-1)
Home runs:
CLE: Carlos Baerga (1)
Home: None

World series[edit]

Main article: 1995 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 21, 1995 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 3 3 2
WP: Greg Maddux (1-0)   LP: Orel Hershiser (0-1)
Home runs:
Away: None
ATL: Fred McGriff (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 22, 1995 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 2
Atlanta 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 X 4 8 2
WP: Tom Glavine (1-0)   LP: Dennis Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (1)
Home runs:
CLE: Eddie Murray (1)
ATL: Javy López (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 24, 1995 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 12 1
Cleveland 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 7 12 2
WP: José Mesa (1-0)   LP: Alejandro Peña (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Fred McGriff (2), Ryan Klesko (1)
Home: None

Game 4[edit]

October 25, 1995 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 5 11 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 6 0
WP: Steve Avery (1-0)   LP: Ken Hill (0-1)   Sv: Pedro Borbón, Jr. (1)
Home runs:
ATL: Ryan Klesko (2)
CLE: Albert Belle (1), Manny Ramírez (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 26, 1995 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 0
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X 5 8 1
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-1)   LP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   Sv: José Mesa (1)
Home runs:
ATL: Luis Polonia (1), Ryan Klesko (3)
CLE: Albert Belle (2), Jim Thome (1)

Game 6[edit]

October 28, 1995 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 6 0
WP: Tom Glavine (2-0)   LP: Jim Poole (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (2)
Home runs:
Away: None
ATL: David Justice (1)

Award winners[edit]

Hershiser became the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners, and he is the only player to win the League Championship series Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues.

All-Star Game

Minor league affiliates[edit]

Classification level Team League Season article
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League 1995 Buffalo Bisons season
AA Canton-Akron Indians Eastern League 1995 Canton-Akron Indians season
Advanced A Kinston Indians Carolina League
A Columbus RedStixx South Atlantic League
Short Season A Watertown Indians New York–Penn League
Rookie Burlington Indians Appalachian League

References[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.371, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Derek Lilliquist page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Paul Byrd page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Torey Lovullo page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Billy Ripken page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1995.shtml
  7. ^ a b 1995 Major League Baseball Season Summary - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Paul Assenmacher page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ a b Bud Black page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Casey Candaele page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Matt Williams page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Todd Frohwirth page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Ken Hill page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ a b 1995 Cleveland Indians Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com
Preceded by
Chicago White Sox
1994
AL Central Championship Season
1995
Succeeded by
Cleveland Indians
1996
Preceded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1993
American League Championship
1995
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
1996