1997 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 1 – October 26, 1997
Number of games162
Number of teams28
TV partner(s)Fox/FSN/FX, ESPN, NBC
Draft
Top draft pickMatt Anderson
Picked byDetroit Tigers
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Ken Griffey, Jr. (SEA)
NL: Larry Walker (COL)
League Postseason
AL championsCleveland Indians
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsFlorida Marlins
  NL runners-upAtlanta Braves
World Series
ChampionsFlorida Marlins
  Runners-upCleveland Indians
World Series MVPLiván Hernández (FLA)
MLB seasons

The 1997 Major League Baseball season was the inaugural season for Interleague play, as well as the final season in the American League for the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to the NL the following season. The California Angels changed their name to the Anaheim Angels. The Florida Marlins ended the season (their fifth season in the majors) as the World Champions defeating the Cleveland Indians in a seven-game World Series, four games to three.

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

  Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                           
  Central Cleveland 3  
WC NY Yankees 2  
  Central Cleveland 4  
American League
  East Baltimore 2  
East Baltimore 3
  West Seattle 1  
    AL Cleveland 3
  NL Florida 4
  East Atlanta 3  
Central Houston 0  
  East Atlanta 2
National League
  WC Florida 4  
West San Francisco 0
  WC Florida 3  

Awards and honors

Further information: 1997 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Scott Rolen (PHI) Nomar Garciaparra (BOS)
Cy Young Award Pedro Martínez (MON) Roger Clemens (TOR)
Manager of the Year Dusty Baker (SF) Davey Johnson (BAL)
Most Valuable Player Larry Walker (COL) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mike Mussina (BAL)
Catcher Charles Johnson (FLA) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman J. T. Snow (SF) Rafael Palmeiro (BAL)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Chuck Knoblauch (MIN)
Third Baseman Ken Caminiti (SD) Matt Williams (CLE)
Shortstop Rey Ordóñez (NYM) Omar Vizquel (CLE)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Jim Edmonds (ANA)
Raúl Mondesí (LA) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Larry Walker (COL) Bernie Williams (NYY)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter John Smoltz (ATL) Edgar Martínez (SEA)
Catcher Mike Piazza (LA) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Jeff Bagwell (HOU) Tino Martinez (NYY)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Chuck Knoblauch (MIN)
Third Baseman Vinny Castilla (COL) Matt Williams (CLE)
Shortstop Jeff Blauser (ATL) Nomar Garciaparra (BOS)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Juan González (TEX)
Tony Gwynn (SD) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Larry Walker (COL) David Justice (CLE)

MLB statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Frank Thomas CHW .347 Tony Gwynn SD .372
HR Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA 56 Larry Walker COL 49
RBI Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA 147 Andrés Galarraga COL 140
Wins Roger Clemens1 TOR 21 Denny Neagle ATL 20
ERA Roger Clemens1 TOR 2.05 Pedro Martínez MTL 1.90
SO Roger Clemens1 TOR 292 Curt Schilling PHI 319
SV Randy Myers BAL 45 Jeff Shaw CIN 42
SB Brian Hunter DET 74 Tony Womack PIT 60

1 American League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Managers

American League

Team Manager Notes
Anaheim Angels Terry Collins
Baltimore Orioles Davey Johnson
Boston Red Sox Jimy Williams
Chicago White Sox Terry Bevington
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove Won American League Pennant
Detroit Tigers Buddy Bell
Kansas City Royals Bob Boone, Tony Muser
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Art Howe
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston, Mel Queen, Jr.

National League

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Jim Riggleman
Cincinnati Reds Ray Knight, Jack McKeon
Colorado Rockies Don Baylor
Florida Marlins Jim Leyland Won World Series
Houston Astros Larry Dierker
Los Angeles Dodgers Bill Russell
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou
New York Mets Bobby Valentine
Philadelphia Phillies Terry Francona
Pittsburgh Pirates Gene Lamont
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game Est. Payroll
Colorado Rockies[1] 83 0.0% 3,888,453 -0.1% 48,006 $43,559,667 8.0%
Baltimore Orioles[2] 98 11.4% 3,711,132 1.8% 45,816 $58,516,400 7.2%
Atlanta Braves[3] 101 5.2% 3,464,488 19.4% 42,771 $52,278,500 5.2%
Cleveland Indians[4] 86 -13.1% 3,404,750 2.6% 42,034 $56,802,460 17.8%
Los Angeles Dodgers[5] 88 -2.2% 3,319,504 4.1% 40,982 $45,380,304 28.4%
Seattle Mariners[6] 90 5.9% 3,192,237 17.2% 39,410 $41,540,661 0.5%
Texas Rangers[7] 77 -14.4% 2,945,228 1.9% 36,361 $53,448,838 36.9%
St. Louis Cardinals[8] 73 -17.0% 2,634,014 -0.8% 32,519 $45,456,667 12.9%
Toronto Blue Jays[9] 76 2.7% 2,589,297 1.2% 31,967 $47,079,833 54.1%
New York Yankees[10] 96 4.3% 2,580,325 14.6% 32,254 $62,241,545 14.9%
Florida Marlins[11] 92 15.0% 2,364,387 35.4% 29,190 $48,692,500 56.4%
Boston Red Sox[12] 78 -8.2% 2,226,136 -3.8% 27,483 $43,558,750 2.7%
Chicago Cubs[13] 68 -10.5% 2,190,308 -1.3% 27,041 $42,155,333 27.4%
San Diego Padres[14] 76 -16.5% 2,089,333 -4.5% 25,794 $37,363,672 31.8%
Houston Astros[15] 84 2.4% 2,046,781 3.6% 25,269 $34,777,500 22.1%
Chicago White Sox[16] 80 -5.9% 1,864,782 11.2% 23,022 $57,740,000 27.5%
Cincinnati Reds[17] 76 -6.2% 1,785,788 -4.1% 22,047 $49,768,000 17.0%
Anaheim Angels[18] 84 20.0% 1,767,330 -2.9% 21,553 $31,135,472 7.9%
New York Mets[19] 88 23.9% 1,766,174 11.2% 21,805 $39,800,400 62.6%
San Francisco Giants[20] 90 32.4% 1,690,869 19.6% 20,875 $35,592,378 -4.2%
Pittsburgh Pirates[21] 79 8.2% 1,657,022 24.4% 20,457 $10,771,667 -53.2%
Kansas City Royals[22] 67 -10.7% 1,517,638 5.7% 18,970 $34,810,000 71.6%
Montreal Expos[23] 78 -11.4% 1,497,609 -7.4% 18,489 $19,295,500 18.6%
Philadelphia Phillies[24] 68 1.5% 1,490,638 -17.3% 18,403 $36,656,500 6.8%
Milwaukee Brewers[25] 78 -2.5% 1,444,027 8.8% 18,050 $23,655,338 8.9%
Minnesota Twins[26] 68 -12.8% 1,411,064 -1.8% 17,421 $34,072,500 47.4%
Detroit Tigers[27] 79 49.1% 1,365,157 16.8% 16,854 $17,272,000 -26.3%
Oakland Athletics[28] 65 -16.7% 1,264,218 10.1% 15,608 $24,018,500 13.1%

Events

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Deaths

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