1995 Seattle Mariners season

1995 Seattle Mariners
American League West champions
Major League affiliations
Record 79–66 (.545)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Hiroshi Yamauchi
(represented by John Ellis)
General manager(s) Woody Woodward
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television KIRO-TV 7
Prime Sports NW
Local radio KIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs,
Chip Caray, Ron Fairly,)
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The Seattle Mariners' 1995 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. 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]

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, a series notable for Edgar Martínez' 11th-inning double that clinched the series for the Mariners. In the American League Championship Series, Seattle won the opener at home but lost in six games to the Cleveland Indians.


Regular season

  • Ken Griffey, Jr. suffered a severe wrist injury on May 26 while making a catch at the wall that would sideline him until mid August. The team would stay afloat at .500 however, and after Junior returned they managed their historic late season comeback against the California Angels.[6]
  • The Mariners honored the West Coast Negro Baseball League Seattle Steelheads when they wore 1946 Steelheads uniforms on September 9, 1995, at home against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals wore Kansas City Monarchs uniforms.[7] The Mariners beat the Royals 6 to 2 in front of 39,157 fans at the Kingdome.[8]
  • Randy Johnson won the Cy Young Award. The award came at the end of a banner year. Johnson (18-2, 2.48 ERA, 294 strikeouts) narrowly missed becoming the first AL Triple Crown pitcher (leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts) since Detroit's Hal Newhouser accomplished the feat in 1945.[9] His .900 winning percentage broke Ron Guidry's 1978 record, and his strikeouts per nine innings ratio of 12.35 broke the record held by Nolan Ryan.[9]

Opening Day Lineup


1995 Seattle Mariners
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Notable transactions

Draft Picks

Season standings

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.
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

Player stats

= Indicates team leader


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
CDan Wilson119399111.278951
1BTino Martinez141519152.29331111
2BJoey Cora120427127.297339
3BMike Blowers134439113.2572396
SSLuis Sojo10233998.289739
LFVince Coleman4016247.29019
CFKen Griffey, Jr.7226067.2581742
RFJay Buhner126470123.26240121
DHEdgar Martínez145511182.35629113

Other batters

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
OFAlex Diaz10327067.248327
OFRich Amaral9023067.282219
SSFélix Fermín7320039.195015
OFDarren Bragg5214534.234312
3B/PHDoug Strange7415542.271221
SSAlex Rodriguez4814233.232519


Starting pitchers

Note: GS = Games Started; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strike Outs

Randy Johnson30214.11822.48294
Tim Belcher28179.110124.5296
Chris Bosio31170.01084.9285
Salomón Torres1372.0386.0045
Andy Benes1263.0724.5245

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO S
Norm Charlton3047.2211.515814
Bill Risley4560.1213.13651
Bob Wells3076.2435.75380
Jeff Nelson6278.2732.17962
Bobby Ayala6371.0654.447719


1Seattle 6, New York 9October 3, 1995
2Seattle 5, New York 7October 4, 1995
3New York 4, Seattle 7October 6, 1995
4New York 8, Seattle 11October 7, 1995
5New York 5, Seattle 6October 8, 1995


1Cleveland 2, Seattle 3October 10, 1995
2Cleveland 5, Seattle 2October 11, 1995
3Seattle 5, Cleveland 2October 13, 1995
4Seattle 0, Cleveland 7October 14, 1995
5Seattle 2, Cleveland 3October 15, 1995
6Cleveland 4, Seattle 0October 17, 1995

Awards and honors

The Mariners' ALDS run is the subject of the song, My Oh My, by Seattle-based rapper, Macklemore.[16]

Chicago-based band Coping has a song titled "'95 Mariners".

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



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  2. Alex Diaz at Baseball-Reference
  3. Félix Fermín at Baseball-Reference
  4. Jay Buhner at Baseball-Reference
  5. Eric Anthony at Baseball-Reference
  6. The Ballplayers – Ken Griffey, Jr | BaseballLibrary.com
  7. Anderson, Lenny (April 14, 1995). "Negro League Seattle Steelheads Gone, But Not Forgotten". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  8. "September 9, 1995 Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  9. 1 2 The Ballplayers – Randy Johnson | BaseballLibrary.com
  10. Tim Belcher at Baseball-Reference
  11. Norm Charlton at Baseball-Reference
  12. Marc Newfield at Baseball-Reference
  13. Vince Coleman at Baseball-Reference
  14. Shane Monahan at Baseball-Reference
  15. Juan Pierre at Baseball-Reference
  16. "Thinking about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' rap tribute to Dave Niehaus,". The Seattle Times. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  17. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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