1995 Major League Baseball season

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1995 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
DurationApril 25 – October 28, 1995
Number of games144
Number of teams28
Draft
Top draft pick Darin Erstad
Picked by California Angels
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Mo Vaughn (BOS)
NL: Barry Larkin (CIN)
League Postseason
AL champions Cleveland Indians
  AL runners-up Seattle Mariners
NL champions Atlanta Braves
  NL runners-up Cincinnati Reds
World Series
Champions Atlanta Braves
  Runners-up Cleveland Indians
World Series MVP Tom Glavine (ATL)
MLB seasons

The 1995 Major League Baseball season was the first season to be played under the expanded postseason format, as the League Division Series (LDS) was played in both the American and National leagues for the first time. However, due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike which carried into the 1995 season, a shortened 144-game schedule commenced on April 25, when the Florida Marlins played host to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Atlanta Braves became the first franchise to win World Series championships for three cities. Along with their 1995 title, the Braves won in 1914 as the Boston Braves, and in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves.

Regular season

After the 1994 season was ended due to the players' strike, there was still a deal that had to be worked out. However, it wasn't until major league owners parlayed plans to have replacement players play in 1995 that the players got into serious negotiations. Due to the strike, there was no official defending champion for the year. However, the negotiations pushed the start of the season back to late-April, already 18 games into a regular season.

Despite the strike, which alienated many fans, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. surpassed Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak when he played in his 2,131st straight game on September 6. Games during the playoffs were also broadcast simultaneously, meaning that games were broadcast only regionally. Despite the oddities, the 1995 season is now considered a financial success where the two best teams in baseball (in their leagues) met up in the World Series, the Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. For the first time since 1954, the Indians were the AL representatives in the World Series. This came on the heels of dominating the AL Central (beating second place Kansas City by 30 games).

They met the Boston Red Sox, who had AL MVP Mo Vaughn (39 home runs, 126 RBI) and got to start the series at home. Regardless, Cleveland swept the Red Sox. Meanwhile, in the other ALDS series between Seattle and Yankees, the Yankees stormed out to a quick 2–0 series lead at Yankee Stadium, winning game 2 on a 15th inning walk-off home run by Jim Leyritz. However, as the series shifted to The Kingdome in Seattle, the Mariners, who had made a 13-game comeback on the California Angels to force a one-game playoff (which Randy Johnson got the win), the Mariners won games 3 and 4 to cause a classic game 5, in which the Mariners came back three times to win on Edgar Martínez's famous double that scored Joey Cora and Ken Griffey, Jr.. In the ALCS, the Mariners surprised the Indians by taking game 1, however, on the power of pitchers Dennis Martínez and Orel Hershiser, the Indians managed to knock off Seattle in 6.

In the NLDS, it was the near-opposite to the New York/Seattle series. The Cincinnati Reds, who'd run away with the NL Central, swept the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves took both games vs. Colorado at Coors Field before the Rockies finally won a game in game 3. However, the Braves finished off the Rockies at home in game 4. Then, in the NLCS, after taking both games at Riverfront Stadium, the Braves finished the sweep of the Reds at home.

In the 1995 World Series, the Braves took the first two at home vs. Cleveland. Then, during the three games at Jacobs Field, the Indians won games 3 and 5 but those games sandwiched around the Braves 5–2 game 4 victory. In game 6, the Braves, on the power of an 8-inning, one-hitter thrown by Tom Glavine and David Justice hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning, won 1–0 and won the World Series. The victory made the Braves the first team to win World Series in three home cities (Boston (1914), Milwaukee (1957), and Atlanta (1995)).

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Edgar Martínez SEA.356 Tony Gwynn SD.368
HR Albert Belle CLE50 Dante Bichette COL40
RBI Albert Belle CLE
Mo Vaughn BOS
126 Dante Bichette COL128
Wins Mike Mussina BAL19 Greg Maddux ATL19
ERA Randy Johnson SEA2.48 Greg Maddux ATL1.63
SO Randy Johnson SEA294 Hideo Nomo LA236
SV José Mesa CLE46 Randy Myers CHC38
SB Kenny Lofton CLE54 Quilvio Veras FLA56

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

 Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
              
 West Seattle 3 
WC NY Yankees 2 
 WestSeattle2 
American League
 CentralCleveland4 
Central Cleveland 3
 East Boston 0 
  ALCleveland2
 NLAtlanta4
 East Atlanta 3 
WC Colorado 1 
 EastAtlanta4
National League
 CentralCincinnati0 
Central Cincinnati 3
 West Los Angeles 0 

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the Year Hideo Nomo (LA) Marty Cordova (MIN)
Cy Young Award Greg Maddux (ATL) Randy Johnson (SEA)
Manager of the Year Don Baylor (COL) Lou Piniella (SEA)
Most Valuable Player Barry Larkin (CIN) Mo Vaughn (BOS)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mark Langston (CAL)
Catcher Charles Johnson (FLA) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Mark Grace (CHC) J. T. Snow (CAL)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Ken Caminiti (SD) Robin Ventura (CHW)
Shortstop Barry Larkin (CIN) Omar Vizquel (CLE)
Outfielders Marquis Grissom (ATL) Kenny Lofton (CLE)
Raúl Mondesí (LA) Devon White (TOR)
Steve Finley (SD) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Tom Glavine (ATL) Edgar Martínez (SEA)
Catcher Mike Piazza (LA) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Eric Karros (LA) Mo Vaughn (BOS)
Second Baseman Craig Biggio (HOU) Chuck Knoblauch (MIN)
Third Baseman Vinny Castilla (COL) Gary Gaetti (KC)
Shortstop Barry Larkin (CIN) John Valentin (BOS)
Outfielders Sammy Sosa (CHC) Albert Belle (CLE)
Dante Bichette (COL) Tim Salmon (CAL)
Tony Gwynn (SD) Manny Ramirez (CLE)

Managers

American League

TeamManagerNotes
Baltimore Orioles Phil Regan
Boston Red Sox Kevin Kennedy
California Angels Marcel Lachemann
Chicago White Sox Gene Lamont, Terry Bevington
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove Won American League Pennant
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Bob Boone
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Buck Showalter
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella AL Manager of the Year
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston

National League

TeamManagerNotes
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won World Series
Chicago Cubs Jim Riggleman
Cincinnati Reds Davey Johnson
Colorado Rockies Don Baylor NL Manager of the Year
Florida Marlins Rene Lachemann
Houston Astros Terry Collins
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou
New York Mets Dallas Green
Philadelphia Phillies Jim Fregosi
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre, Mike Jorgensen
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team NameWinsHome attendancePer GameEst. Payroll
Colorado Rockies [1] 7745.3%3,390,0373.3%47,084$34,154,71743.0%
Baltimore Orioles [2] 7112.7%3,098,47522.2%43,034$43,942,52113.1%
Cleveland Indians [3] 10051.5%2,842,74542.5%39,483$38,057,83524.8%
Toronto Blue Jays [4] 561.8%2,826,483-2.8%39,257$50,590,00016.5%
Los Angeles Dodgers [5] 7834.5%2,766,25121.4%38,420$39,273,2013.4%
Atlanta Braves [6] 9032.4%2,561,8310.9%35,581$47,235,445-4.3%
Boston Red Sox [7] 8659.3%2,164,41021.9%30,061$32,455,518-14.3%
Philadelphia Phillies [8] 6927.8%2,043,598-10.8%28,383$30,555,945-3.3%
Texas Rangers [9] 7442.3%1,985,910-20.7%27,582$34,581,4514.9%
Chicago Cubs [10] 7349.0%1,918,2654.0%26,643$29,505,834-18.7%
Cincinnati Reds [11] 8528.8%1,837,649-3.2%25,523$43,144,6705.0%
St. Louis Cardinals [12] 6217.0%1,756,727-5.9%24,399$37,101,00026.7%
California Angels [13] 7866.0%1,748,68015.6%24,287$31,223,17124.1%
New York Yankees [14] 7912.9%1,705,2631.8%23,360$48,874,8516.2%
Florida Marlins [15] 6731.4%1,700,466-12.2%23,950$24,515,78113.3%
Seattle Mariners [16] 7961.2%1,643,20348.8%22,510$36,481,31124.8%
Chicago White Sox [17] 681.5%1,609,773-5.2%22,358$46,961,28219.8%
Houston Astros [18] 7615.2%1,363,801-12.6%18,942$34,169,8343.2%
Montreal Expos [19] 66-10.8%1,309,6182.6%18,189$12,473,000-34.7%
New York Mets [20] 6925.5%1,273,18310.6%17,683$27,674,992-10.6%
San Francisco Giants [21] 6721.8%1,241,500-27.2%17,243$36,462,777-14.5%
Kansas City Royals [22] 709.4%1,233,530-11.9%17,132$29,532,834-27.2%
Detroit Tigers [23] 6013.2%1,180,979-0.3%16,402$37,044,168-10.6%
Oakland Athletics [24] 6731.4%1,174,310-5.5%16,310$37,739,22510.4%
Milwaukee Brewers [25] 6522.6%1,087,560-14.3%15,105$17,798,825-26.9%
Minnesota Twins [26] 565.7%1,057,667-24.4%14,690$25,410,500-10.6%
San Diego Padres [27] 7048.9%1,041,8059.2%14,470$26,382,33476.9%
Pittsburgh Pirates [28] 589.4%905,517-25.9%12,577$18,355,345-24.2%

Television coverage

NetworkDay of weekAnnouncers
ABC Saturday nights
Monday nights
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Brent Musburger, Jim Kaat
NBC Friday nights Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker, Greg Gumbel
ESPN Sunday nights
Wednesday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan

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July–September

October–December

Undated events

Deaths

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