1995 Seattle Mariners season

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1995 Seattle Mariners
American League West champions
American League Runner-Up
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Hiroshi Yamauchi, represented by John Ellis
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television KIRO-TV 7
Prime Sports NW
Local radio KIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs, Chip Caray, Ron Fairly,)
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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, tying the California Angels for first in the American League West. In a 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 being down 2 games to 0, a series notable for Edgar Martínez' 11th-inning double that clinched the series for the Mariners. They were subsequently defeated in the American League Championship Series by the Cleveland Indians, 4–2.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • 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]
  • 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.[6] 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.[6]

Opening Day Lineup[edit]

Roster[edit]

1995 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Notable transactions[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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
Seattle Mariners 79 66 .545 --
California Angels 78 67 .538 1
Texas Rangers 74 70 .514
Oakland Athletics 67 77 .465 11½

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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 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[edit]

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[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[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

Awards and honors[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The Mariners' ALDS run is the subject of the song, My Oh My, by Seattle-based rapper, Macklemore.[15]

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

See also[edit]

Farm system[edit]

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
Short-Season A Everett AquaSox Northwest League Orlando Gómez
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Tom LeVasseur

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References[edit]

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