1995 New York Yankees
AL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–65 (.549)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Gene Michael
Manager(s)Buck Showalter
Local televisionWPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Paul Olden)
MSG
(Jim Kaat, Dave Cohen, Al Trautwig)
Local radioWABC (AM)
(Michael Kay, John Sterling)
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The New York Yankees' 1995 season was the 93rd season for the Yankees, their 71st playing home games at Yankee Stadium. Managed by Buck Showalter, the team finished with a record of 79–65, seven games behind the Boston Red Sox, and returned to postseason play for the first time since the 1981 season. They won the first American League Wild Card. In the Division Series, they would squander a 2–0 series lead, losing three straight games at The Kingdome and succumb to the Seattle Mariners in five games.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 86 58 0.597 42–30 44–28
New York Yankees 79 65 0.549 7 46–26 33–39
Baltimore Orioles 71 73 0.493 15 36–36 35–37
Detroit Tigers 60 84 0.417 26 35–37 25–47
Toronto Blue Jays 56 88 0.389 30 29–43 27–45

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 9–4 6–1 2–10 8–5 4–5 7–5 3–6 6–7 5–7 6–7 4–1 7–6
Boston 9–4 11–3 5–3 6–7 8–5 3–2 8–4 5–4 5–8 8–4 7–5 3–4 8–5
California 4–9 3–11 10–2 3–2 6–2 5–7 5–2 8–5 7–5 6–7 7–6 6–7 8–2
Chicago 1–6 3–5 2–10 5–8 8–4 8–5 6–7 10–3 3–2–1 7–5 4–9 5–7 6–5
Cleveland 10–2 7–6 2–3 8–5 10–3 11–1 9–4 9–4 6–6 7–0 5–4 6–3 10–3
Detroit 5–8 5–8 2–6 4–8 3–10 3–4 8–5 7–5 5–8 2–3 5–5 4–8 7–6
Kansas City 5–4 2–3 7–5 5–8 1–11 4–3 10–2 6–7 3–7 5–8 7–5 8–6 7–5
Milwaukee 5–7 4–8 2–5 7–6 4–9 5–8 2–10 9–4 5–6 7–2 3–2 5–7 7–5
Minnesota 6–3 4–5 5–8 3–10 4–9 5–7 7–6 4–9 3–4 5–7 4–8 5–8 1–4
New York 7–6 8–5 5–7 2–3–1 6–6 8–5 7–3 6–5 4–3 4–9 4–9 6–3 12–1
Oakland 7–5 4–8 7–6 5–7 0–7 3–2 8–5 2–7 7–5 9–4 7–6 5–8 3–7
Seattle 7–6 5–7 6–7 9–4 4–5 5–5 5–7 2–3 8–4 9–4 6–7 10–3 3–4
Texas 1–4 4–3 7–6 7–5 3–6 8–4 6–8 7–5 8–5 3–6 8–5 3–10 9–3
Toronto 6–7 5–8 2–8 5–6 3–10 6–7 5–7 5–7 4–1 1–12 7–3 4–3 3–9


Transactions

Draft picks

Roster

1995 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Death of Mickey Mantle

Shortly before his death, Mantle videotaped a message to be played on Old-Timers' Day, which he was too ill to attend. He said, "When I die, I wanted on my tombstone, 'A great teammate.' But I didn't think it would be this soon." The words were indeed carved on the plaque marking his resting place at the family mausoleum in Dallas.

Mantle received a liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, on June 8, 1995, after his liver had been damaged by years of chronic alcoholism, cirrhosis and hepatitis C. In July, he had recovered enough to deliver a press conference at Baylor, and noted that many fans had looked to him as a role model. "This is a role model: Don't be like me", he said. He also established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations. Soon, he was back in the hospital, where it was found that his liver cancer spread throughout his body.

Mickey Mantle died on August 13, 1995, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 63 years old. During the first Yankee home game after Mantle's passing, Eddie Layton played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the Hammond organ at Yankee Stadium because Mickey had once told him it was his favorite song. The Yankees played the rest of the season with black mourning bands topped by a small number 7 on their left sleeves.

Phil Rizzuto, angered over the refusal of television station WPIX to give him a day off to attend his former teammate's funeral, abruptly resigned from his play-by-play announcing job with the station on August 19. He would return to call a partial schedule for the station in 1996 before retiring for good.

Player stats

Note: Yellow background = Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

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 Mike Stanley 118 399 107 .268 18 83
1B Don Mattingly 128 458 132 .288 7 49
2B Pat Kelly 89 270 64 .237 4 29
3B Wade Boggs 126 460 149 .324 5 63
SS Tony Fernández 108 304 94 .245 5 39
LF Luis Polonia 67 238 62 .261 2 15
CF Bernie Williams 144 563 173 .307 18 82
RF Paul O'Neill 127 460 138 .300 22 96
DH Rubén Sierra 56 215 56 .260 7 44

Other batters

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
Randy Velarde 111 367 102 .278 7 46
Jim Leyritz 77 264 71 .269 7 37
Dion James 85 209 60 .287 2 26
Danny Tartabull 59 192 43 .224 6 28
Gerald Williams 100 182 45 .247 6 28
Russ Davis 40 98 27 .276 2 12
Darryl Strawberry 32 87 24 .276 3 13
Derek Jeter 15 48 12 .250 0 7
Dave Silvestri 17 21 2 .095 1 4
Kevin Elster 10 17 2 .118 0 0
Robert Eenhoorn 5 14 2 .143 0 2
Rubén Rivera 5 1 0 .000 0 0
Jorge Posada 1 0 0 --- 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player GS IP W L ERA SO
Jack McDowell 30 217.2 15 10 3.93 157
Andy Pettitte 26 175.0 12 9 4.17 114
Sterling Hitchcock 27 168.1 11 10 4.70 121
David Cone 13 99.0 9 2 3.82 89
Scott Kamieniecki 16 89.2 7 6 4.01 43
Mélido Pérez 12 69.1 5 5 5.58 44
Jimmy Key 5 30.1 1 2 5.64 14

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mariano Rivera 19 67 5 3 5.51 51
Brian Boehringer 7 17.2 0 3 13.75 10
Dave Eiland 4 10 1 1 6.30 6

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bob Wickman 63 2 4 1 4.05 51
John Wetteland 60 1 5 31 2.93 66
Steve Howe 56 6 3 2 4.96 28
Bob MacDonald 33 1 1 0 4.86 41
Joe Ausanio 28 2 0 1 5.73 36
Scott Bankhead 20 1 1 0 6.00 20
Josías Manzanillo 11 0 0 0 2.08 11
Dave Pavlas 4 0 0 0 3.18 3
Jeff Patterson 3 0 0 0 2.70 3
Rick Honeycutt 3 0 0 0 27.00 0

ALDS

Game Score Date
1 Seattle 6, New York 9 Oct 3, 1995
2 Seattle 5, New York 7 Oct 4, 1995
3 New York 4, Seattle 7 Oct 6, 1995
4 New York 8, Seattle 11 Oct 7, 1995
5 New York 5, Seattle 6 Oct 8, 1995

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Bill Evers
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Jimmy Johnson
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Jake Gibbs
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Trey Hillman
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Rob Thomson
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Héctor López

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References

  1. ^ Jack McDowell Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ "Tony Fernandez Stats".
  3. ^ "Derek Jeter Stats".
  4. ^ "Box Score of Game played on Monday, May 29, 1995 at Kingdome".
  5. ^ 3 Pitch Inning
  6. ^ "Randy Velarde Stats".
  7. ^ "Josias Manzanillo Stats".
  8. ^ "Kevin Elster Stats".
  9. ^ "Kevin Maas Stats".
  10. ^ "Dave Silvestri Stats".
  11. ^ David Cone Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ Danny Tartabull Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ Luis Polonia Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  14. ^ "Donzell McDonald Stats".
  15. ^ "26th Round of the 1995 MLB June Amateur Draft".
  16. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007