A few days ago I looked through the Mariners’ media guide for 1996 and came up with some pieces of information about the ’95 season I thought people might be interested in. So, here they are:
The smallest home crowd was 9,769, vs. Oakland, on June 27.
The largest home crowd was 54,573, vs. Oakland, on September 23.
The Mariner with the most RBI in a game was Mike Blowers, with 8 vs. Boston on May 24.
The team made its most errors in a game, 5, vs. Toronto on July 13.
The Mariners most runs scored in a game was 15, four different times: Tuesday, May 2, Wednesday, May 24, Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.
The Mariners’ most steals in a game was 5, on May 29 vs. New York.
The longest hitting streak was 14 games, by Edgar Martinez, from August 13-26. Edgar also had a 37-game streak of getting on base.
Edgar’s OBP peaked at .504 on August 25, and at the end of August, he was hitting .369 with an OBP of .501 and slugging percentage of .661.
He played seven games at a position besides designated hitter (third base in four games, first base in three games; and he made an error at each position).
Felix Fermin was the worst Mariner hitter, by a sizable margin: he had 39 hits in 200 at-bats, for a .195 average, and his six doubles gave him a .225 slugging percentage. He also drew six walks, for a .232 OBP: his OPS+ was 20. Fermin started 60 games at shortstop and second base: ’95 was his last full year in the majors.
The longest losing streak for a pitcher was Dave Fleming’s 6, from May 5 through June 19.
The most consecutive scoreless innings for a starter was 18, by Randy Johnson from August 16 to September 8.
The most consecutive scoreless innings for a reliever was 15 2/3rd, by Jeff Nelson from July 3 to August 1.
The Mariners were 52-30 on turf and 27-36 on grass fields in 1995.
The Mariners threw eight shutouts, six of them when Randy Johnson started the game.
The team was 33-40 in one-run and two-run games.
The best record against another team was 10-3 vs. Texas; the worst record was 5-7 vs. Boston and the Royals.
Seattle was 9-4 vs. New York (6-1 at the Kingdome). For the entire season (counting the ALDS), the Mariners were 12-6 vs. the Yankees, with six of the 12 wins coming in the team’s last at-bat.
Attendance in August was 310,114, over 13 games at the Kingdome, for an average of 23,854.
Attendance in September was 449,736, over 14 games at the Kingdome, for an average of 32,124.
The last day of especially low attendance was 12,102 for a game on Tuesday, Sept. 12, vs. the Twins.
Kingdome attendance was still only 26,524 on Wednesday, Sept. 20 vs. the Rangers, but it doubled the next day to 51,500, with the Mariners tied for the division lead and playing the Angels at the Dome.
Attendance was higher for the three Oakland games in late September, which was a weekend series, than for the two-game Angels series in the middle of the week that followed the A’s series.
The Mariners had 43 comeback wins in the regular season, 12 of them in September, and made comebacks in 8 of the last 11 wins.
The 182 homers in ’95 set a new club record.
August 2 was the only time that the Mariners were 13 games back, but they were 12.5 games back on August 16, and 11.5 games back as late as August 24.
The Mariners were 17-5 in their last 22 games.
Raul Ibanez was the team’s minor league player of the year for ’95; Bob Wolcott was the minor league pitcher of the year.
The Mariners were 25-11 after August 23; the Angels were 12-23 over the same time.
The team made up six games on the Angels in 13 days, from August 24 to September 6, despite going just 7-5.
For the season, the Mariners had eight home games that drew under 12,000; another 14 drew under 15,000.
On the other hand, nine home games drew over 40,000, and four of the last six home games drew over 50,000.
The Mariners were 27-3 in the Big Unit’s starts, and 52-63 in all other games.
Johnson (18-2) set an A.L. record for best winning percentage in a season in ’95 (minimum 20 decisions), breaking Ron Guidry’s .893 mark (25-3) for the ‘78 Yankees.
He also set a then-major league mark for Ks per 9 innings with a ratio of 12.35, breaking Nolan Ryan’s 11.48 mark in 1987 with Houston.
Johnson equaled a career-high in pitches with his 160-pitch complete game at Cleveland on July 7.
He had 14 games in which he allowed one run or no runs.
Nineteen different times Johnson threw over 120 pitches in a game, including each of his last five starts.
Johnson was 7-0 with a 1.45 ERA for his final 10 starts.
Joey Cora was the lead-off hitter in 43 games.
Norm Charlton was the A.L. pitcher of the month for September.
Charlton became the closer in late August; he had a .89 ERA in his last 19 games.
Charlton had his first save in two years on August 3 of ’95.
The Mariners’ team ERA in June was 5.44; the team went 11-17 that month.
Blowers had three grand slams in 15 days in August; Buhner had two grand slams that month too.
Here are some more items, this time from the 1995 post-season media guide:
Buhner set a new MLB record for the highest single-season RBI to hits ratio, at 121 to 123: 40 of the 123 hits were homers.
Randy Johnson missed three starts in August and early September, and was second on the M’s in starts, with 30: Bosio made 31 starts.
Griffey was playing in late ’95 with seven screws and a metal plate in his wrist.
Edgar was 18 for 46 against the Yankees in the ’95 regular season, with 7 homers and 20 RBI in 13 games.
Jeff Nelson spent seven full years in the minors before joining the M’s in 1992.
The M’s hit 10 grand slams in ’95, and had 8 shutouts. Their home attendance, 1,640,992, was lower than their road attendance, 1,777,159. They only lost 1 game to the Yankees at the Kingdome all year.
Johnson’s 294 strikeouts were more than triple the second-best M’s pitcher, Bosio, who had 96 Ks.
The M’s had 43 come-from-behind wins in ’95, 12 of them in September, and 8 of their last 11 wins were comeback jobs. They had 16 wins in their last at-bat, two of them from Chad Kreuter singles.
The M’s David Arias (now known as David Ortiz, or Big Papi) led all Mariners rookie league players with a .332 average, 37 RBIs in 48 games, and an OBP of .403. He played mostly at first, and stole two bases.
Other notable M’s minor-leaguers in 1995 who didn’t play for the Seattle club included Derek Lowe, Jose Cruz, Jr., Shawn Buhner, Jay’s brother, Raul Ibanez, Craig Griffey, Ken’s brother, Jason Varitek, and Don Wakamatsu.
Finally, a list of some players you probably don’t remember being on the 1995 team: Chad Kreuter, Gary Thurman, Greg Pirkl, Arquimedez Pozo, Warren Newson, Marc Newfield, Bill Risley, Bob Wells, Darren Bragg, Rafael Carmona, Tim Harikkala, Jim Mecir, Jim Converse, Dave Fleming, Steve Frey, John Cummings, Tim Davis, Kevin King.