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1997 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1997 season was their 21st season, and the team won their second American League West title,[1] with a record of 90–72 (.556), six games ahead of the runner-up Anaheim Angels. For the second straight year, 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 the year before) with 264. Five Mariners scored at least 100 runs and six hit at least 20 home runs. In addition, the Seattle pitching staff led the league with 1,207 strike outs.

1997 Seattle Mariners
AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–72 (.556)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Hiroshi Yamauchi
(represented by John Ellis)
General manager(s)Woody Woodward
Manager(s)Lou Piniella
Local televisionKIRO-TV 7
Fox Sports Northwest
Local radioKIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Chip Caray,
Rick Rizzs, Ron Fairly,
Dave Valle, Dave Henderson)
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The Mariners drew over three million in home attendance for the first time in franchise history,[2] in the penultimate full season at the Kingdome. Ken Griffey Jr. hit a franchise record 56 home runs and won the Most Valuable Player award in the American League.

OffseasonEdit

  • October 3, 1996: Ricky Jordan was released by the Mariners.[3]
  • November 12, 1996: Jalal Leach was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[4]
  • November 15, 1996: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Mariners from the Montreal Expos.[5]
  • December 21, 1996: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[6]
  • January 10, 1997: Brent Mayne was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[7]
  • January 22, 1997: Rob Ducey was signed as a free agent with the Mariners. [8]
  • January 24, 1997: Mike Blowers was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[9]
  • February 20, 1997: Dennis Martínez was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[10]
  • March 27, 1997: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Texas Rangers from the Mariners.[5]
  • March 28, 1997: Brent Mayne was released by the Mariners.[7]

Regular seasonEdit

 
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.[11] On August 8 he matched the feat by setting down nineteen Chicago White Sox.[11] 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.[11]

Opening Day startersEdit

  • Jay Buhner
  • Joey Cora
  • Russ Davis
  • Jeff Fassero
  • Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Edgar Martínez
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Paul Sorrento
  • Lee Tinsley
  • Dan Wilson[12]

Season standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Seattle Mariners 90 72 0.556 45–36 45–36
Anaheim Angels 84 78 0.519 6 46–36 38–42
Texas Rangers 77 85 0.475 13 39–42 38–43
Oakland Athletics 65 97 0.401 25 35–46 30–51

Record vs. opponentsEdit

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


Notable transactionsEdit

  • April 8, 1997: Steve Decker was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[13]
  • May 24, 1997: Dennis Martínez was released by the Seattle Mariners.[10]
  • July 17, 1997: Josías Manzanillo was released by the Seattle Mariners.[6]
  • 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.[14]
  • 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.[13]

RosterEdit

1997 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 battersEdit

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

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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 pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Scott Sanders 33 65.1 3 6 6.47 62

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDSEdit

Game 1Edit

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 2Edit

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 3Edit

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 4Edit

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 honorsEdit

  • The Mariners led the American League in home runs with 264[15]

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cour, Jim (September 24, 1997). "Mariners wrap up AL West title with win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1C.
  2. ^ "Griffey fails to homer as Angeles thump M's". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 25, 1997. p. C4.
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jordari02.shtml
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leachja01.shtml
  5. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/s/silveda01.shtml
  6. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manzajo01.shtml
  7. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/maynebr01.shtml
  8. ^ "Rob Ducey: Career Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Mike Blowers Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/martide01.shtml
  11. ^ a b c "The Ballplayers – Randy Johnson | BaseballLibrary.com". Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  12. ^ 1997 Seattle Mariners Roster by Baseball Almanac
  13. ^ a b Steve Decker Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  14. ^ Paul Spoljaric Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.380, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  16. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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