1995 Seattle Mariners season
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 (.545) to win their first American League West title. They had tied the California Angels for first place, and in the one-game tiebreaker, the Mariners defeated the Angels 9–1 to make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.
|1995 Seattle Mariners|
|American League West champions|
|Major League affiliations|
(represented by John Ellis)
|General manager(s)||Woody Woodward|
|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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In the postseason, the Mariners defeated the New York Yankees in the best-of-five American League Division Series after losing the first two games, a series notable for Edgar Martínez' 11th-inning double that clinched the series for the Mariners. In the American League Championship Series, Seattle won the opener at home but lost in six games to the Cleveland Indians.
- October 14, 1994: Alex Diaz was selected off waivers by the Mariners from the Milwaukee Brewers.
- November 29, 1994: Félix Fermín was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.
- December 21, 1994: Jay Buhner was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.
- December 21, 1994: Eric Anthony was released by the Mariners.
- 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.
- The Mariners honored the West Coast Negro Baseball League Seattle Steelheads when they wore 1946 Steelheads uniforms on September 9, 1995, at home against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals wore Kansas City Monarchs uniforms. The Mariners beat the Royals 6 to 2 in front of 39,157 fans at the Kingdome.
- 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. 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.
Opening Day LineupEdit
- Mike Blowers
- Darren Bragg
- Jay Buhner
- Joey Cora
- Ken Griffey Jr.
- Félix Fermín
- Randy Johnson
- Edgar Martínez
- Tino Martinez
- Dan Wilson
|1995 Seattle Mariners|
- May 15, 1995: Roger Salkeld was traded by the Mariners to the Cincinnati Reds for Tim Belcher.
- July 14, 1995: Norm Charlton was signed by the Mariners after being released by the Cincinnati Reds 
- July 31, 1995: Ron Villone and Marc Newfield were traded by the Mariners to the San Diego Padres for Andy Benes and a player to be named later. The Padres completed the trade by sending Greg Keagle to the Mariners on September 17.
- August 15, 1995: The Mariners traded a player to be named later to the Kansas City Royals for Vince Coleman. The Mariners completed the deal by sending Jim Converse to the Royals on August 18.
- 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.
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1995 American League Records
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|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|CF||Ken Griffey, Jr.||72||260||67||.258||17||42|
Note: GS = Games Started; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strike Outs
|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|
|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 honorsEdit
In popular cultureEdit
Chicago-based band Coping has a song titled "'95 Mariners".
In July 2019, the MLB Network released MLB Network Presents: The 1995 Mariners, Saving Baseball in Seattle
- "Mariners Postseason Results". MLB.com. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- Alex Diaz at Baseball-Reference
- Félix Fermín at Baseball-Reference
- Jay Buhner at Baseball-Reference
- Eric Anthony at Baseball-Reference
- "The Ballplayers – Ken Griffey, Jr | BaseballLibrary.com". Archived from the original on December 14, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Anderson, Lenny (April 14, 1995). "Negro League Seattle Steelheads Gone, But Not Forgotten". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
- "September 9, 1995 Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
- "The Ballplayers – Randy Johnson | BaseballLibrary.com". Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
- Tim Belcher at Baseball-Reference
- Norm Charlton at Baseball-Reference
- Marc Newfield at Baseball-Reference
- Vince Coleman at Baseball-Reference
- Shane Monahan at Baseball-Reference
- Juan Pierre at Baseball-Reference
- "Thinking about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' rap tribute to Dave Niehaus,". The Seattle Times. January 4, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- "MLB Network to air documentary about 1995 Mariners, the team that 'saved' baseball in Seattle". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007