1997 New York Yankees season

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1997 New York Yankees
1997 AL Wild Card, Defending World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record96–66 (.593)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Bob Watson
Manager(s)Joe Torre
Local televisionWPIX
(Bobby Murcer, Rick Cerone)
MSG
(Ken Singleton, Jim Kaat, Al Trautwig, Suzyn Waldman)
Local radioWABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Michael Kay)
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The New York Yankees' 1997 season was the 95th season for the Yankees. New York was managed by Joe Torre and played at Yankee Stadium. The team finished with a record of 96–66 finishing 2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. They entered the postseason as the American League Wild Card, but lost the Division Series in 5 games to the Cleveland Indians. The 1997 Yankees failed to repeat as World Series Champions and win their second consecutive title.

Offseason[edit]

  • October 2, 1996: Pat Listach was sent by the New York Yankees to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete an earlier deal made on August 23, 1996. The New York Yankees sent Bob Wickman and Gerald Williams to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later, Pat Listach, and Graeme Lloyd. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Ricky Bones (August 29, 1996) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade. Pat Listach returned to original teams on October 2, 1996.[1]
  • November 4, 1996: Clay Bellinger was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[2]
  • December 5, 1996: Jim Leyritz was traded by the New York Yankees to the Anaheim Angels for players to be named later. The Anaheim Angels sent Jeremy Blevins (minors) (December 9, 1996) and Ryan Kane (minors) (December 9, 1996) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.[3]
  • December 11, 1996: Mike Stanton was Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[4]
  • January 9, 1997: Mark Whiten was Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[5]
  • January 9, 1997: Luis Sojo was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[6]

Notable transaction chart[edit]

  • June 9, 1997: Dave Weathers was traded by the New York Yankees to the Cleveland Indians for Chad Curtis.[7]
  • July 29, 1997: Mariano Duncan was traded by the New York Yankees with cash to the Toronto Blue Jays for Angel Ramirez (minors).[8]
  • August 15, 1997: Mark Whiten was Released by the New York Yankees.[5]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 0.605 46–35 52–29
New York Yankees 96 66 0.593 2 47–33 49–33
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 19 42–39 37–44
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 20 39–42 39–42
Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 0.469 22 42–39 34–47

Season summary[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

On June 16 – The first interleague game between the New York Mets and New York Yankees took place at Yankee Stadium. The Mets won the game by a score of 6–0.[9]

July[edit]

August[edit]

On August 31: The New York Yankees retired Don Mattingly's number.

Mattingly's retired number in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium

September[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1997 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 4–7 6–5 6–5 7–4 5–6 6–5 7–4 4–7 4–7 11–1 6–6 8–4 6–5 4–12
Baltimore 7–4 5–7 5–6 6–5 6–6 7–4 5–6 10–1 8–4 8–3 7–4 10–1 6–6 8–7
Boston 5–6 7–5 3–8 6–5 5–7 3–8 8–3 8–3 4–8 7–4 7–4 3–8 6–6 6–9
Chicago 5–6 6–5 8–3 5–7 4–7 11–1 4–7 6–6 2–9 8–3 5–6 3–8 5–6 8–7
Cleveland 4–7 5–6 5–6 7–5 6–5 8–3 8–4 8–4 5–6 7–4 3–8 5–6 6–5 9–6
Detroit 6–5 6–6 7–5 7–4 5–6 6–5 4–7 4–7 2–10 7–4 4–7 7–4 6–6 8–7
Kansas City 5–6 4–7 8–3 1–11 3–8 5–6 6–6 7–5 3–8 3–8 5–6 6–5 5–6 6–9
Milwaukee 4–7 6–5 3–8 7–4 4–8 7–4 6–6 5–7 4–7 5–6 5–6 7–4 7–4 8–7
Minnesota 7–4 1–10 3–8 6–6 4–8 7–4 5–7 7–5 3–8 7–4 5–6 3–8 3–8 7–8
New York 7–4 4–8 8–4 9–2 6–5 10–2 8–3 7–4 8–3 6–5 4–7 7–4 7–5 5–10
Oakland 1–11 3–8 4–7 3–8 4–7 4–7 8–3 6–5 4–7 5–6 5–7 5–7 6–5 7–9
Seattle 6–6 4–7 4–7 6–5 8–3 7–4 6–5 6–5 6–5 7–4 7–5 8–4 8–3 7–9
Texas 4–8 1–10 8–3 8–3 6–5 4–7 5–6 4–7 8–3 4–7 7–5 4–8 4–7 10–6
Toronto 5–6 6–6 6–6 6–5 5–6 6–6 6–5 4–7 8–3 5–7 5–6 3–8 7–4 4–11


Detailed record[edit]

Team Home Away Total Win %
AL East
AL Central
AL West
Anaheim Angels 2–2 5–2 7–4 .636
2–2 5–2 7–4 .636
NL East
Month Games Won Lost Win %
April 27 14 13 .519
May 27 15 12 .556
June 25 17 8 .680
July 26 15 11 .577
August 29 18 11 .621
September 28 17 11 .607
Overall: 162 96 66 .593
Games Won Lost Win %
Home 80 47 33 .588
Away 82 49 33 .598

Roster[edit]

1997 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game Log[edit]

Legend
Yankees Win Yankees Loss Game Postponed
1997 Game Log (96–66) Home: 47–33 Away: 49–33

Postseason Game log[edit]

Legend
Yankees Win Yankees Loss Game Postponed

Player stats[edit]

Batting[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 Joe Girardi 112 398 105 .264 1 50
1B Tino Martinez 158 594 176 .296 44 141
2B Luis Sojo 77 215 66 .307 2 25
SS Derek Jeter 159 654 190 .291 10 70
3B Charlie Hayes 100 353 91 .258 11 53
LF Tim Raines 74 271 87 .321 4 38
CF Bernie Williams 129 509 167 .328 21 100
RF Paul O'Neill 149 553 179 .324 21 117
DH Cecil Fielder 98 361 94 .260 13 61

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Wade Boggs 103 353 103 .292 4 28
Chad Curtis 93 320 93 .291 12 50
Mark Whiten 69 215 57 .265 5 24
Jorge Posada 60 188 47 .250 6 25
Mariano Duncan 50 172 42 .244 1 13
Rey Sánchez 38 138 43 .312 1 15
Pat Kelly 67 120 29 .242 2 10
Mike Stanley 28 87 25 .287 3 12
Scott Pose 54 87 19 .218 0 5
Andy Fox 22 31 7 .226 0 1
Darryl Strawberry 11 29 3 .103 0 2
Iván Cruz 11 20 5 .250 0 3
Pete Incaviglia 5 16 4 .250 0 0
Homer Bush 10 11 4 .364 0 3
Mike Figga 2 4 0 .000 0 0

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Andy Pettitte 35 240.1 18 7 2.88 166
David Wells 32 218 16 10 4.21 156
David Cone 29 195 12 6 2.82 222
Dwight Gooden 20 106.1 9 5 4.91 66

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kenny Rogers 31 145 6 7 5.65 78
Ramiro Mendoza 39 133.2 8 6 4.24 82
Hideki Irabu 13 53.1 5 4 7.09 56
Willie Banks 5 14 3 0 1.93 8
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jeff Nelson 77 3 7 2 2.86 81
Mariano Rivera 66 6 4 43 1.88 68
Mike Stanton 64 6 1 3 2.57 70
Graeme Lloyd 46 1 1 1 3.31 26
Brian Boehringer 34 3 2 0 2.63 53
Jim Mecir 25 0 4 0 5.88 25
David Weathers 10 0 1 0 10.00 4
Danny Rios 2 0 0 0 19.29 1
Joe Borowski 1 0 1 0 9.00 2
Wade Boggs 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

ALDS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

September 30, Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 0
New York 0 1 0 1 1 5 0 0 X 8 11 0
W: Ramiro Mendoza (1–0)   L: Eric Plunk (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)
HR: CLESandy Alomar, Jr. (1)   NYYTino Martinez (1)   Tim Raines (1)   Derek Jeter (1)   Paul O'Neill (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 2, Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 7 11 1
New York 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 7 2
W: Jaret Wright (1–0)   L: Andy Pettitte (0–1)  SV: None
HR: CLEMatt Williams (1)  NYYDerek Jeter (2)

Game 3[edit]

October 4, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 1
Cleveland 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
W: David Wells (1–0)   L: Charles Nagy (0–1)  SV: None
HR: CLE – None   NYYPaul O'Neill (2)

Game 4[edit]

October 5, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
Cleveland 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 9 0
W: Mike Jackson (1–0)   L: Ramiro Mendoza (1–1)  SV: None
HR: CLEDavid Justice (1)   Sandy Alomar, Jr. (2)   NYY – None

Game 5[edit]

October 6, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 12 0
Cleveland 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 X 4 7 2
W: Jaret Wright (2–0)   L: Andy Pettitte (0–2)  SV: José Mesa (1)
HR: CLE – None   NYY – None

Awards and records[edit]

YankeesRetired23.svg
Don Mattingly's number 23 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1997.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Stump Merrill
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Trey Hillman
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Lee Mazzilli
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Tom Nieto
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Joe Arnold
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Ken Dominguez

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pat Listach Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bellicl01.shtml
  3. ^ Jim Leyritz Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Mike Stanton Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ a b Mark Whiten Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sojolu01.shtml
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/weathda01.shtml
  8. ^ Mariano Duncan Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199706160NYA
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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