1997 Seattle Mariners season

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1997 Seattle Mariners
AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Hiroshi Yamauchi, represented by John Ellis
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television KIRO-TV 7
Fox Sports Northwest
Local radio KIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Chip Caray, Dave Valle, Dave Henderson, Rick Rizzs, Ron Fairly)
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The Seattle Mariners 1997 season was their 21st since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 1st in the American League West, finishing with a record of 90-72. For the second straight regular season, they led the AL in runs scored (925) and shattered the all-time record for most home runs hit by a team in one season (set at 257 by the Baltimore Orioles just one season earlier) with 264. Five Mariners scored at least 100 runs and six hit at least 20 home runs. In addition, the Mariners pitching staff struck out 1,207 batters during the regular season: more than any other AL team.

Offseason[edit]

  • October 3, 1996: Ricky Jordan was released by the Seattle Mariners.[1]
  • November 12, 1996: Jalal Leach was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[2]
  • November 15, 1996: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Seattle Mariners from the Montreal Expos.[3]
  • December 21, 1996: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[4]
  • January 10, 1997: Brent Mayne was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[5]
  • January 24, 1997: Mike Blowers was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[6]
  • February 20, 1997: Dennis Martínez was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[7]
  • March 27, 1997: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Texas Rangers from the Seattle Mariners.[3]
  • March 28, 1997: Brent Mayne was released by the Seattle Mariners.[5]

Regular season[edit]

Ken Griffey, Jr., pictured in August 1997, won the Most Valuable Player award in 1997

In 1997, Randy Johnson set an American League record for left-handers by striking out nineteen batters in a 4-1 loss to the Oakland A's on June 24.[8] On August 8 he matched the feat by setting down nineteen Chicago White Sox.[8] Johnson posted a 20-4 record with 291 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.28. He finished second in the Cy Young balloting to Toronto's Roger Clemens.[8]

Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Jay Buhner
  • Joey Cora
  • Russ Davis
  • Jeff Fassero
  • Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Edgar Martínez
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Paul Sorrento
  • Lee Tinsley
  • Dan Wilson[9]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Seattle Mariners 90 72 .556 --
Anaheim Angels 84 78 .519 6
Texas Rangers 77 85 .475 13
Oakland Athletics 65 97 .401 25

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 8, 1997: Steve Decker was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[10]
  • May 24, 1997: Dennis Martínez was released by the Seattle Mariners.[7]
  • July 17, 1997: Josías Manzanillo was released by the Seattle Mariners.[4]
  • July 31, 1997: Heathcliff Slocumb was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Seattle Mariners for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek.
  • July 31, 1997: Paul Spoljaric was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Mike Timlin to the Seattle Mariners for Jose Cruz.[11]
  • August 20, 1997: Roberto Kelly was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Seattle Mariners for players to be named later. The Seattle Mariners sent Joe Mays (October 9, 1997) and Jeromy Palki (minors) (October 9, 1997) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.
  • September 2, 1997: Steve Decker was released by the Seattle Mariners.[10]

Roster[edit]

1997 Seattle Mariners
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

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

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

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
Sanders, ScottScott Sanders 33 65.1 3 6 6.47 62

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

ALDS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 1, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 9 13 0
Seattle 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 7 1
W: Mike Mussina (1-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BALGerónimo Berroa (1)   Chris Hoiles (1)   SEAEdgar Martínez (1)   Jay Buhner (1)   Alex Rodriguez (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 2, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 4 0 9 14 0
Seattle 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 9 0
W: Scott Erickson (1-0)   L: Jamie Moyer (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BALHarold Baines (1)   Brady Anderson (1)   SEA – None

Game 3[edit]

October 4, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 11 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0
W: Jeff Fassero (1-0)   L: Jimmy Key (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL – None   SEAJay Buhner (2)   Paul Sorrento (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 5, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Baltimore 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 7 0
W: Mike Mussina (2-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-2)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HR: BALJeff Reboulet (1)   Gerónimo Berroa (2)   SEAEdgar Martínez (2)

Awards and honors[edit]

  • The Mariners led the American League in home runs with 264[12]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Dave Myers
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Dave Brundage
A Lancaster Jethawks California League Rick Burleson
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Gary Varsho
Short-Season A Everett AquaSox Northwest League Orlando Gómez
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Darrin Garner

[13]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Texas Rangers
1996
AL West Championship Season
1997
Succeeded by
Texas Rangers
1998