1995 Oakland Athletics season

1995 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Record 67–77 (.465)
Other information
Owner(s) Stephen Schott
Kenneth Hofmann
General manager(s) Sandy Alderson
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television KRON-TV/KBHK-TV
(Dick Stockton, Joe Morgan)
Sports Channel Pacific
(Ray Fosse, Greg Papa)
Local radio KNEW
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1995 season was the team's 28th in Oakland, California. It was also the 95th season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 67-77.

The Athletics, for a third consecutive year, found themselves mired in mediocrity. As had been the case in both 1993 and 1994, an average-to-poor offense (headlined by Mark McGwire, Rickey Henderson, and Rubén Sierra) was sabotaged by one of the league's worst pitching staffs. For a third consecutive season, no Athletics starter posted an earned run average (ERA) of less than 4.50; only one such starter, Todd Stottlemyre, managed to record double-digit wins in the strike-shortened campaign.

The Athletics, despite their weak pitching, managed to contend in the first half of the season. On July 1, a win over the division-leading California Angels brought them within 1.5 games of first place; it also ran their record to a surprising 34-28. As had been the case in 1994, the A's followed their surprising start with a prolonged slump; between July 2 and August 15, the team went only 13-28. The collapse, along with an Angels surge (the Angels went 30-11 over the same span) left the A's 17.5 games out of first place. As had also been the case in 1994, Oakland mounted a dramatic comeback; an Angels collapse, combined with a surge of their own, allowed them to pull within five games of first place on September 20. The September 20th victory would be their last, as Oakland lost each of the regular season's final nine games. They finished the campaign eleven games behind the AL West champion Seattle Mariners.

The Athletics' on-field mediocrity, however, contained a few bright spots. Mark McGwire clubbed 39 home runs in a mere 104 games; he would hit at least 50 in each of the four subsequent seasons. The 1995 season also saw the debut of future superstar Jason Giambi. Giambi, in his first major league season, batted .256 with six home runs in 54 games. Lastly, the season was Tony La Russa's last as Oakland's manager. He, along with most of the Athletics' assistant coaches, would join the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996.


  • November 8, 1994: José Ortiz was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[1]

Regular season

Walter A.


Honored 1995

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Seattle Mariners 7966 0.545 46–27 33–39
California Angels 7867 0.538 1 39–33 39–34
Texas Rangers 7470 0.514 41–31 33–39
Oakland Athletics 6777 0.465 11½ 38–34 29–43

Record vs. opponents

1995 American League Records

Baltimore 4–99–46–12–108–54–57–53–66–75–76–74–17–6
Boston 9–411–35–36–78–53–28–45–45–88–47–53–48–5
California 4–93–1110–23–26–25–75–28–57–56–77–66–78–2
Chicago 1–63–52–105–88–48–56–710–33–2–17–54–95–76–5
Cleveland 10–27–62–38–510–311–19–49–46–67–05–46–310–3
Detroit 5–85–82–64–83–103–48–57–55–82–35–54–87–6
Kansas City 5–42–37–55–81–114–310–26–73–75–87–58–67–5
Milwaukee 5–74–82–57–64–95–82–109–45–67–23–25–77–5
Minnesota 6–34–55–83–104–95–77–64–93–45–74–85–81–4
New York 7–68–55–72–3–16–68–57–36–54–34–94–96–312–1
Oakland 7–54–87–65–70–73–28–52–77–59–47–65–83–7
Seattle 7–65–76–79–44–55–55–72–38–49–46–710–33–4
Texas 1–44–37–67–53–68–46–87–58–53–68–53–109–3
Toronto 6–75–82–85–63–106–75–75–74–11–127–34–33–9

Notable transactions


1995 Oakland Athletics
Pitchers Catchers





Player stats


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
SSMike Bordick126428113.264844
RFRubén Sierra7026470.2651242

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
Mike Gallego4312028.23308
George Williams297923.291314


Starting 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
Todd Stottlemyre31209.21474.55205
Ron Darling21104476.2369
Dave Stewart1681376.8958

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
Steve Wojciechowski1448.2235.1813

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
Mark Acre431205.7147

Awards and records

  • Mark McGwire, Major League Record, Most Home Runs in a season in under 350 At-Bats (39)[9]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Gary Jones
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Dick Scott
A Modesto A's California League Glenn Ezell
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Jim Colborn
A-Short Season Southern Oregon A's Northwest League Tony DeFrancesco
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Juan Navarrette



  1. José Ortiz at Baseball Reference
  2. Dave Stewart at Baseball Reference
  3. Todd Stottlemyre at Baseball Reference
  4. Mike Gallego at Baseball Reference
  5. Brian Harper at Baseball Reference
  6. Mark Bellhorn at Baseball Reference
  7. Danny Tartabull at Baseball Reference
  8. Ron Darling at Baseball Reference
  9. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.371, David Nemec and Scott latow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  • 1995 Oakland Athletics at Baseball Reference
  • 1995 Oakland Athletics at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
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