|1995 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 25 – October 28, 1995|
|Number of games||144|
|Number of teams||28|
|Top draft pick||Darin Erstad|
|Picked by||California Angels|
|Season MVP|| AL: Mo Vaughn (BOS)|
NL: Barry Larkin (CIN)
|AL champions||Cleveland Indians|
|AL runners-up||Seattle Mariners|
|NL champions||Atlanta Braves|
|NL runners-up||Cincinnati Reds|
|World Series MVP||Tom Glavine (ATL)|
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.
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.
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)).
|Statistic||American League||National League|
|AVG||Edgar Martínez SEA||.356||Tony Gwynn SD||.368|
|HR||Albert Belle CLE||50||Dante Bichette COL||40|
|RBI|| Albert Belle CLE|
Mo Vaughn BOS
|126||Dante Bichette COL||128|
|Wins||Mike Mussina BAL||19||Greg Maddux ATL||19|
|ERA||Randy Johnson SEA||2.48||Greg Maddux ATL||1.63|
|SO||Randy Johnson SEA||294||Hideo Nomo LA||236|
|SV||José Mesa CLE||46||Randy Myers CHC||38|
|SB||Kenny Lofton CLE||54||Quilvio Veras FLA||56|
|League Championship Series|
|Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards|
|BBWAA Award||National League||American 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|
|Position||National League||American 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)|
|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|
|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|
|Team Name||Wins||%±||Home attendance||%±||Per Game||Est. Payroll||%±|
|Toronto Blue Jays||56||1.8%||2,826,483||-2.8%||39,257||$50,590,000||16.5%|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||78||34.5%||2,766,251||21.4%||38,420||$39,273,201||3.4%|
|Boston Red Sox||86||59.3%||2,164,410||21.9%||30,061||$32,455,518||-14.3%|
|St. Louis Cardinals||62||17.0%||1,756,727||-5.9%||24,399||$37,101,000||26.7%|
|New York Yankees||79||12.9%||1,705,263||1.8%||23,360||$48,874,851||6.2%|
|Chicago White Sox||68||1.5%||1,609,773||-5.2%||22,358||$46,961,282||19.8%|
|New York Mets||69||25.5%||1,273,183||10.6%||17,683||$27,674,992||-10.6%|
|San Francisco Giants||67||21.8%||1,241,500||-27.2%||17,243||$36,462,777||-14.5%|
|Kansas City Royals||70||9.4%||1,233,530||-11.9%||17,132||$29,532,834||-27.2%|
|San Diego Padres||70||48.9%||1,041,805||9.2%||14,470||$26,382,334||76.9%|
|Network||Day of week||Announcers|
|Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Brent Musburger, Jim Kaat|
|NBC||Friday nights||Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker, Greg Gumbel|
|ESPN|| Sunday nights |
|Jon Miller, Joe Morgan|
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