1997 Seattle Mariners season

1997 Seattle Mariners
AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 90–72 (.556)
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
Fox Sports Northwest
Local radio KIRO 710 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Chip Caray,
Rick Rizzs, Ron Fairly,
Dave Valle, Dave Henderson)
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The Seattle Mariners 1997 season was their 21st season, and the team won their second American League West title,[1] with a record of 90–72 (.556), six games ahead of the runner-up Anaheim Angels. For the second straight year, they led the AL in runs scored (925) and shattered the all-time record for most home runs hit by a team in one season (set at 257 by the Baltimore Orioles the year before) with 264. Five Mariners scored at least 100 runs and six hit at least 20 home runs. In addition, the Seattle pitching staff led the league with 1,207 strike outs.

The Mariners drew over three million in home attendance for the first time in franchise history,[2] in the penultimate full season at the Kingdome. Ken Griffey Jr. hit a franchise record 56 home runs and won the Most Valuable Player award in the American League.

Offseason

  • October 3, 1996: Ricky Jordan was released by the Mariners.[3]
  • November 12, 1996: Jalal Leach was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[4]
  • November 15, 1996: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Mariners from the Montreal Expos.[5]
  • December 21, 1996: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[6]
  • January 10, 1997: Brent Mayne was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[7]
  • January 22, 1997: Rob Ducey was signed as a free agent with the Mariners. [8]
  • January 24, 1997: Mike Blowers was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[9]
  • February 20, 1997: Dennis Martínez was signed as a free agent with the Mariners.[10]
  • March 27, 1997: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Texas Rangers from the Mariners.[5]
  • March 28, 1997: Brent Mayne was released by the Mariners.[7]

Regular season

In 1997, Randy Johnson set an American League record for left-handers by striking out nineteen batters in a 4-1 loss to the Oakland A's on June 24.[11] On August 8 he matched the feat by setting down nineteen Chicago White Sox.[11] Johnson posted a 20-4 record with 291 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.28. He finished second in the Cy Young balloting to Toronto's Roger Clemens.[11]

Opening Day starters

  • Jay Buhner
  • Joey Cora
  • Russ Davis
  • Jeff Fassero
  • Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Edgar Martínez
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Paul Sorrento
  • Lee Tinsley
  • Dan Wilson[12]

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Seattle Mariners 9072 0.556 45–36 45–36
Anaheim Angels 8478 0.519 6 46–36 38–42
Texas Rangers 7785 0.475 13 39–42 38–43
Oakland Athletics 6597 0.401 25 35–46 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1997 American League Records

Sources:
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 4–76–56–57–45–66–57–44–74–711–16–68–46–54–12
Baltimore 7–45–75–66–56–67–45–610–18–48–37–410–16–68–7
Boston 5–67–53–86–55–73–88–38–34–87–47–43–86–66–9
Chicago 5–66–58–35–74–711–14–76–62–98–35–63–85–68–7
Cleveland 4–75–65–67–56–58–38–48–45–67–43–85–66–59–6
Detroit 6–56–67–57–45–66–54–74–72–107–44–77–46–68–7
Kansas City 5–64–78–31–113–85–66–67–53–83–85–66–55–66–9
Milwaukee 4–76–53–87–44–87–46–65–74–75–65–67–47–48–7
Minnesota 7–41–103–86–64–87–45–77–53–87–45–63–83–87–8
New York 7–44–88–49–26–510–28–37–48–36–54–77–47–55–10
Oakland 1–113–84–73–84–74–78–36–54–75–65–75–76–57–9
Seattle 6–64–74–76–58–37–46–56–56–57–47–58–48–37–9
Texas 4–81–108–38–36–54–75–64–78–34–77–54–84–710–6
Toronto 5–66–66–66–55–66–66–54–78–35–75–63–87–44–11

Notable transactions

  • April 8, 1997: Steve Decker was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[13]
  • May 24, 1997: Dennis Martínez was released by the Seattle Mariners.[10]
  • July 17, 1997: Josías Manzanillo was released by the Seattle Mariners.[6]
  • July 31, 1997: Heathcliff Slocumb was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Seattle Mariners for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek.
  • July 31, 1997: Paul Spoljaric was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Mike Timlin to the Seattle Mariners for Jose Cruz.[14]
  • August 20, 1997: Roberto Kelly was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Seattle Mariners for players to be named later. The Seattle Mariners sent Joe Mays (October 9, 1997) and Jeromy Palki (minors) (October 9, 1997) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.
  • September 2, 1997: Steve Decker was released by the Seattle Mariners.[13]

Roster

1997 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

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

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

Pitching

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

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
Scott Sanders3365.1366.4762

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

ALDS

Game 1

October 1, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 001 044 000 9130
Seattle 000 100 101 371
W: Mike Mussina (1-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL Gerónimo Berroa (1)   Chris Hoiles (1)   SEA Edgar Martínez (1)   Jay Buhner (1)   Alex Rodriguez (1)

Game 2

October 2, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 010 020 240 9140
Seattle 200 000 100 390
W: Scott Erickson (1-0)   L: Jamie Moyer (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL Harold Baines (1)   Brady Anderson (1)   SEA None

Game 3

October 4, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 001 010 002 4110
Baltimore 000 000 002 250
W: Jeff Fassero (1-0)   L: Jimmy Key (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL None   SEA Jay Buhner (2)   Paul Sorrento (1)

Game 4

October 5, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 010 000 000 120
Baltimore 200 010 00X 370
W: Mike Mussina (2-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-2)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HR: BAL Jeff Reboulet (1)   Gerónimo Berroa (2)   SEA Edgar Martínez (2)

Awards and honors

  • The Mariners led the American League in home runs with 264[15]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Dave Myers
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Dave Brundage
A Lancaster Jethawks California League Rick Burleson
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Gary Varsho
A-Short Season Everett AquaSox Northwest League Orlando Gómez
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Darrin Garner

[16]

References

  1. Cour, Jim (September 24, 1997). "Mariners wrap up AL West title with win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1C.
  2. "Griffey fails to homer as Angeles thump M's". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 25, 1997. p. C4.
  3. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jordari02.shtml
  4. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leachja01.shtml
  5. 1 2 https://www.baseball-reference.com/s/silveda01.shtml
  6. 1 2 https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manzajo01.shtml
  7. 1 2 https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/maynebr01.shtml
  8. "Rob Ducey: Career Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  9. Mike Blowers Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  10. 1 2 https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/martide01.shtml
  11. 1 2 3 The Ballplayers – Randy Johnson | BaseballLibrary.com
  12. 1997 Seattle Mariners Roster by Baseball Almanac
  13. 1 2 Steve Decker Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  14. Paul Spoljaric Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  15. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.380, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  16. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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