1995 Oakland Athletics season

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1995 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 67–77 (.465)
Other information
Owner(s) Stephen Schott
Kenneth Hofmann
General manager(s) Sandy Alderson
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television KRON-TV
(Dick Stockton, Joe Morgan)
Sports Channel Pacific
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
Local radio KNEW
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1995 season was the team's 28th in Oakland, California. It was also the 95th season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 67-77.

The Athletics, for a third consecutive year, found themselves mired in mediocrity. As had been the case in both 1993 and 1994, an average-to-poor offense (headlined by Mark McGwire, Rickey Henderson, and Ruben Sierra) was sabotaged by one of the league's worst pitching staffs. For a third consecutive season, no Athletics starter posted an earned run average (ERA) of less than 4.50; only one such starter, Todd Stottlemyre, managed to record double-digit wins in the strike-shortened campaign.

The Athletics, despite their weak pitching, managed to contend in the first half of the season. On July 1st, a win over the division-leading California Angels brought them within 1.5 games of first place; it also ran their record to a surprising 34-28. As had been the case in 1994, the A's followed their surprising start with a prolonged slump; between July 2nd and August 15th, the team went only 13-28. The collapse, along with an Angels surge (the Angels went 30-11 over the same span) left the A's 17.5 games out of first place. As had also been the case in 1994, Oakland mounted a dramatic comeback; an Angels collapse, combined with a surge of their own, allowed them to pull within five games of first place on September 20th. The September 20th victory would be their last, as Oakland lost each of the regular season's final nine games. They finished the campaign eleven games behind the AL West champion Seattle Mariners.

The Athletics' on-field mediocrity, however, contained a few bright spots. Mark McGwire clubbed 39 home runs in a mere 104 games; he would hit at least 50 in each of the four subsequent seasons. The 1995 season also saw the debut of future superstar Jason Giambi. Giambi, in his first major league season, batted .256 with six home runs in 54 games. Lastly, the season was Tony La Russa's last as Oakland's manager. He, along with most of the Athletics' assistant coaches, would join the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 8, 1994: José Ortiz was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[1]

Regular season[edit]

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Owner:
1981-95(OAK)

Honored 1995

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Seattle Mariners 79 66 .545 --
California Angels 78 67 .538 1
Texas Rangers 74 70 .514
Oakland Athletics 67 77 .465 11½

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1995 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

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
SS Bordick, MikeMike Bordick 126 428 113 .264 8 44
RF Sierra, RubénRubén Sierra 70 264 70 .265 12 42

Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gallego, MikeMike Gallego 43 120 28 .233 0 8
Williams, GeorgeGeorge Williams 29 79 23 .291 3 14

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Stottlemyre, ToddTodd Stottlemyre 31 209.2 14 7 4.55 205
Darling, RonRon Darling 21 104 4 7 6.23 69
Stewart, DaveDave Stewart 16 81 3 7 6.89 58

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wojciechowski, SteveSteve Wojciechowski 14 48.2 2 3 5.18 13

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Acre, MarkMark Acre 43 1 2 0 5.71 47

Awards and records[edit]

  • Mark McGwire, Major League Record, Most Home Runs in a season in under 350 At-Bats (39)[9]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Gary Jones
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Dick Scott
A Modesto A's California League Glenn Ezell
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Jim Colborn
Short-Season A Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Tony DeFrancesco
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Juan Navarrette

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: AZL Athletics

References[edit]

  1. ^ José Ortiz page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Dave Stewart page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Todd Stottlemyre page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mike Gallego page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Brian Harper page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Mark Bellhorn page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Danny Tartabull page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Ron Darling page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.371, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0