1995 Seattle Mariners
American League West champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–66 (.545)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Nintendo of America
(represented by John Ellis)
General manager(s)Woody Woodward
Manager(s)Lou Piniella
Local televisionKIRO-TV 7
Prime Sports NW
Local radioKIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs,
Chip Caray, Ron Fairly)
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The 1995 Seattle Mariners 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, after having been down by as many as 13 games in early August. 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.[1][2]

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 in New York, a series notable for Edgar Martínez' walk-off 11th-inning double in the fifth game. In the League Championship Series with the favored Cleveland Indians, Seattle won the opener at home and the third game on the road,[3] but fell in six games.[4]

Offseason

Regular season

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1995 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Pennant chase

On the morning of August 21, the Mariners (53–53 (.500)) were 12½ games behind the Angels (66–41 (.617)).[23] Two weeks later, the lead was down to 5½ games, as the Angels went 1–12 while the M's were 8–5. After another two weeks, the lead was down to three games, and the teams were even at 72–63 (.533) on the morning of September 21. Seattle led by as many as three games. On September 30 with 2 games left of season, the Mariners only needed one more win to clinch their first playoff spot in franchise history, but couldn't hold it, as they lost their final two games at Texas; the Angels won their final five games to tie the Mariners at 78–66 (.542), requiring a one-game playoff for the division title.[24] Also on a five-game winning streak, the Yankees secured the new wild card berth at 79–65 (.549).[25]

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Seattle Mariners 79 66 0.545 46–27 33–39
California Angels 78 67 0.538 1 39–33 39–34
Texas Rangers 74 70 0.514 41–31 33–39
Oakland Athletics 67 77 0.465 11½ 38–34 29–43

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. 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


Game log

Regular season

1995 game log: 79–66 (Home: 46–27; Away: 33–39)
April: 3–1 (Home: 3–1; Away: 0–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
1 April 27 Tigers 3–0 Johnson (1–0) Bergman (0–1) Ayala (1) 34,656 1–0 W1
2 April 28 Tigers 9–2 Bosio (1–0) Doherty (0–1) 19,336 2–0 W2
3 April 29 Tigers 11–1 Fleming (1–0) Wells (0–1) Converse (1) 27,264 3–0 W3
4 April 30 Tigers 1–10 Moore (2–0) Wells (0–1) 19,743 3–1 L1
May: 16–12 (Home: 9–3; Away: 7–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
5 May 1 @ Rangers 4–1 19,104 4–1 W1
6 May 2 @ Rangers 15–3 17,983 5–1 W2
7 May 3 @ Rangers 5–1 17,375 6–1 W3
8 May 5 @ Angels 0–10 30,230 6–2 L1
9 May 6 @ Angels 5–7 21,882 6–3 L2
10 May 7 @ Angels 3–2 24,868 7–3 W1
11 May 9 @ Athletics 5–7 8,125 7–4 L1
12 May 10 @ Athletics 4–7 8,495 7–5 L2
13 May 11 @ Athletics 1–3 9,444 7–6 L3
14 May 12 White Sox 6–4 18,166 8–6 W1
15 May 13 White Sox 6–5 40,653 9–6 W2
16 May 14 White Sox 2–10 19,475 9–7 L1
17 May 16 @ Royals 2–4 (5) 12,330 9–8 L2
18 May 17 @ Royals 4–0 12,020 10–8 W1
19 May 18 @ Royals 2–3 (14) 14,793 10–9 L1
23 May 22 @ Tigers 8–10 Boever (3–0) Carmona (0–1) Henneman (4) 9,167 12–11 L1
June: 11–17 (Home: 5–9; Away: 6–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
49 June 19 @ White Sox
50 June 20 @ White Sox
51 June 21 @ White Sox
52 June 22 @ White Sox
53 June 23 Angels
54 June 24 Angels
55 June 25 Angels
56 June 26 Angels
57 June 27 Athletics
58 June 28 Athletics
59 June 29 Athletics
60 June 30 Rangers
July: 13–14 (Home: 8–7; Away: 5–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
61 July 1 Rangers
62 July 2 Rangers
63 July 3 @ Tigers 2–4 Wells (7–3) Bosio (6–2) Henneman (15) 23,780 32–31 L1
64 July 4 @ Tigers 8–9 Christopher (1–0) Ayala (2–2) 20,188 32–32 L2
65 July 5 @ Tigers 6–8 Christopher (2–0) Carmona (1–3) Henneman (16) 17,224 32–33 L3
- July 11 66th All-Star Game in Arlington, TX
74 July 17 Tigers 10–6 (10) Ayala (3–2) Groom (1–3) 14,358 36–38 W1
75 July 18 Tigers 10–6 Belcher (5–5) Lima (0–1) 14,667 37–38 W2
August: 16–13 (Home: 8–5; Away: 8–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
88 August 1 @ Angels
89 August 2 @ Angels
90 August 3 @ Angels
91 August 4 @ Athletics
92 August 5 @ Athletics
93 August 6 @ Athletics
94 August 7 White Sox
95 August 8 White Sox
96 August 9 White Sox
September: 19–8 (Home: 12–2; Away: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
130 September 15 @ White Sox
131 September 16 @ White Sox
132 September 17 @ White Sox
133 September 18 Rangers
134 September 19 Rangers
135 September 20 Rangers
136 September 22 Athletics
137 September 23 Athletics
138 September 24 Athletics
139 September 26 Angels
140 September 27 Angels
141 September 28 @ Rangers
142 September 29 @ Rangers
143 September 30 @ Rangers
October: 1–1 (Home: 1–0; Away: 0–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
144 October 1 @ Rangers
145 October 2 Angels
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Mariners team member

Postseason

1995 Postseason Game Log (5–6) (Home: 4–2; Away: 1–4)
American League Division Series: 3–2 (Home: 3–0; Away 0–2)
# Date Opponent Stadium Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 3 @ Yankees Yankee Stadium 6–9 0–1
2 October 4 @ Yankees Yankee Stadium 5–7 (15) 0–2
3 October 6 Yankees Kingdome 7–4 1–2
4 October 7 Yankees Kingdome 11–8 2–2
5 October 8 Yankees Kingdome 6–5 (11) 3–2
American League Championship Series: 2–4 (Home: 1–2; Away 1–2)
# Date Opponent Stadium Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 10 Indians Kingdome 3–2 1–0
2 October 11 Indians Kingdome 5–2 1–1
3 October 13 @ Indians Jacobs Field 5–2 (11) 2–1
4 October 14 @ Indians Jacobs Field 7–0 2–2
5 October 15 @ Indians Jacobs Field 2–3 2–3
6 October 17 Indians Kingdome 4–0 2–4

Player stats

= 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 Dan Wilson 119 399 111 .278 9 51
1B Tino Martinez 141 519 152 .293 31 111
2B Joey Cora 120 427 127 .297 3 39
3B Mike Blowers 134 439 113 .257 23 96
SS Luis Sojo 102 339 98 .289 7 39
LF Vince Coleman 40 162 47 .290 1 9
CF Ken Griffey, Jr. 72 260 67 .258 17 42
RF Jay Buhner 126 470 123 .262 40 121
DH Edgar Martínez 145 511 182 .356 29 113

Other batters

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
OF Alex Diaz 103 270 67 .248 3 27
OF Rich Amaral 90 230 67 .282 2 19
SS Félix Fermín 73 200 39 .195 0 15
OF Darren Bragg 52 145 34 .234 3 12
3B/PH Doug Strange 74 155 42 .271 2 21
SS Alex Rodriguez 48 142 33 .232 5 19
LF Marc Newfield 24 85 16 .188 3 14
C Chad Kreuter 26 75 17 .227 1 8
LF Warren Newson 33 72 21 .292 2 6
UT Chris Widger 23 45 9 .200 1 2
OF Gary Thurman 13 25 8 .320 0 3
1B Greg Pirkl 10 17 4 .235 0 0
2B Arquimedez Pozo 1 1 0 .000 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
Randy Johnson 30 214.1 18 2 2.48 294
Tim Belcher 28 179.1 10 12 4.52 96
Chris Bosio 31 170.0 10 8 4.92 85
Salomón Torres 13 72.0 3 8 6.00 45
Andy Benes 12 63.0 7 2 4.52 45
Bob Wolcott 7 36.2 3 2 4.42 19
Tim Davis 5 24.0 2 1 6.38 19

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
Bob Wells 30 76.2 4 3 5.75 38
Dave Fleming 16 48.0 1 5 7.50 26
Rafael Carmona 15 47.2 2 4 5.66 28
Bill Krueger 6 20.0 2 1 5.85 10
Jim Converse 6 11.0 0 3 7.36 9

Relief pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO SV
Bobby Ayala 63 71.0 6 5 4.44 77 19
Jeff Nelson 62 78.2 7 3 2.17 96 2
Bill Risley 45 60.1 2 1 3.13 65 1
Norm Charlton 30 47.2 2 1 1.51 58 14
Lee Guetterman 23 17.0 0 0 6.88 11 1
Ron Villone 19 19.1 0 2 7.91 26 0
Steve Frey 13 11.1 0 3 4.76 7 0
John Cummings 4 5.1 0 0 11.81 4 0
Scott Davison 3 4.1 0 0 6.23 3 0
Jim Mecir 2 4.2 0 0 0.00 3 0
Kevin King 2 3.2 0 0 12.27 3 0
Tim Harikkala 1 3.1 0 0 16.20 1 0

ALDS

Main article: 1995 American League Division Series

Game Score Date
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

ALCS

Main article: 1995 American League Championship Series

Game Score Date
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 honors

In popular culture

The Mariners' ALDS run is the subject of the song, My Oh My, by Seattle-based rapper, Macklemore.[26]

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.[27]

See also

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Steve Smith
AA Port City Roosters Southern League Dave Myers
A Riverside Pilots California League Dave Brundage
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Mike Goff
A-Short Season Everett AquaSox Northwest League Orlando Gómez
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Tom LeVasseur
Source[28]

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  7. ^ Jay Buhner at Baseball-Reference
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