1997 Major League Baseball season

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1997 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
DurationApril 1 – October 26, 1997
Draft
Top draft pick Matt Anderson
Picked by Detroit Tigers
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Ken Griffey, Jr. (SEA)
NL: Larry Walker (COL)
League Postseason
AL champions Cleveland Indians
  AL runners-up Baltimore Orioles
NL champions Florida Marlins
  NL runners-up Atlanta Braves
World Series
Champions Florida Marlins
  Runners-up Cleveland Indians
World Series MVP Liván Hernández (FLA)
MLB seasons

The 1997 Major League Baseball season was the inaugural season for Interleague play, as well as the final season in the American League for the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to the NL the following season. The California Angels changed their name to the Anaheim Angels. The Florida Marlins ended the season (their fifth season in the majors) as the World Champions defeating the Cleveland Indians in a seven-game World Series, four games to three.

Contents

Major league baseball final standings

Postseason

 Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
              
 Central Cleveland 3 
WC NY Yankees 2 
 CentralCleveland4 
American League
 EastBaltimore2 
East Baltimore 3
 West Seattle 1 
  ALCleveland3
 NLFlorida4
 East Atlanta 3 
Central Houston 0 
 EastAtlanta2
National League
 WCFlorida4 
West San Francisco 0
 WC Florida 3 

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the Year
Cy Young Award
Manager of the Year
Most Valuable Player
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher
Catcher
First Baseman
Second Baseman
Third Baseman
Shortstop
Outfielders
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter
Catcher
First Baseman
Second Baseman
Third Baseman
Shortstop
Outfielders

MLB statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Frank Thomas CHW.347 Tony Gwynn SD.372
HR Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA56 Larry Walker COL49
RBI Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA147 Andrés Galarraga COL140
Wins Roger Clemens 1 TOR21 Denny Neagle ATL20
ERA Roger Clemens 1 TOR2.05 Pedro Martínez MTL1.90
SO Roger Clemens 1 TOR292 Curt Schilling PHI319
SV Randy Myers BAL45 Jeff Shaw CIN42
SB Brian Hunter DET74 Tony Womack PIT60

1 American League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Managers

American League

TeamManagerNotes
Anaheim Angels Terry Collins
Baltimore Orioles Davey Johnson
Boston Red Sox Jimy Williams
Chicago White Sox Terry Bevington
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove Won American League Pennant
Detroit Tigers Buddy Bell
Kansas City Royals Bob Boone, Tony Muser
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Art Howe
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston, Mel Queen, Jr.

National League

TeamManagerNotes
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Jim Riggleman
Cincinnati Reds Ray Knight, Jack McKeon
Colorado Rockies Don Baylor
Florida Marlins Jim Leyland Won World Series
Houston Astros Larry Dierker
Los Angeles Dodgers Bill Russell
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou
New York Mets Bobby Valentine
Philadelphia Phillies Terry Francona
Pittsburgh Pirates Gene Lamont
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team NameWinsHome attendancePer GameEst. Payroll
Colorado Rockies [1] 830.0%3,888,453-0.1%48,006$43,559,6678.0%
Baltimore Orioles [2] 9811.4%3,711,1321.8%45,816$58,516,4007.2%
Atlanta Braves [3] 1015.2%3,464,48819.4%42,771$52,278,5005.2%
Cleveland Indians [4] 86-13.1%3,404,7502.6%42,034$56,802,46017.8%
Los Angeles Dodgers [5] 88-2.2%3,319,5044.1%40,982$45,380,30428.4%
Seattle Mariners [6] 905.9%3,192,23717.2%39,410$41,540,6610.5%
Texas Rangers [7] 77-14.4%2,945,2281.9%36,361$53,448,83836.9%
St. Louis Cardinals [8] 73-17.0%2,634,014-0.8%32,519$45,456,66712.9%
Toronto Blue Jays [9] 762.7%2,589,2971.2%31,967$47,079,83354.1%
New York Yankees [10] 964.3%2,580,32514.6%32,254$62,241,54514.9%
Florida Marlins [11] 9215.0%2,364,38735.4%29,190$48,692,50056.4%
Boston Red Sox [12] 78-8.2%2,226,136-3.8%27,483$43,558,7502.7%
Chicago Cubs [13] 68-10.5%2,190,308-1.3%27,041$42,155,33327.4%
San Diego Padres [14] 76-16.5%2,089,333-4.5%25,794$37,363,67231.8%
Houston Astros [15] 842.4%2,046,7813.6%25,269$34,777,50022.1%
Chicago White Sox [16] 80-5.9%1,864,78211.2%23,022$57,740,00027.5%
Cincinnati Reds [17] 76-6.2%1,785,788-4.1%22,047$49,768,00017.0%
Anaheim Angels [18] 8420.0%1,767,330-2.9%21,553$31,135,4727.9%
New York Mets [19] 8823.9%1,766,17411.2%21,805$39,800,40062.6%
San Francisco Giants [20] 9032.4%1,690,86919.6%20,875$35,592,378-4.2%
Pittsburgh Pirates [21] 798.2%1,657,02224.4%20,457$10,771,667-53.2%
Kansas City Royals [22] 67-10.7%1,517,6385.7%18,970$34,810,00071.6%
Montreal Expos [23] 78-11.4%1,497,609-7.4%18,489$19,295,50018.6%
Philadelphia Phillies [24] 681.5%1,490,638-17.3%18,403$36,656,5006.8%
Milwaukee Brewers [25] 78-2.5%1,444,0278.8%18,050$23,655,3388.9%
Minnesota Twins [26] 68-12.8%1,411,064-1.8%17,421$34,072,50047.4%
Detroit Tigers [27] 7949.1%1,365,15716.8%16,854$17,272,000-26.3%
Oakland Athletics [28] 65-16.7%1,264,21810.1%15,608$24,018,50013.1%

Events

January–March

April–May

June–July

August–September

October–December

Deaths

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