YEAR IN REVIEW : 1995 National League

Off the field...

A massive bomb inside a rental truck exploded outside the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, demolishing half of the nine-story structure and killing one-hundred sixty-eight people. Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. soldier turned domestic terrorist, was later convicted and sentenced to death for his crime in 1997.

Big business got even bigger in 1995 as several mega-media companies merged including ABC and Disney, Westinghouse and CBS and Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and television celebrity O. J. Simpson went on trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The media circus surrounding the event as well as one-hundred thirty-three days of televised courtroom testimony turned countless viewers into Simpson trial junkies.

In the American League...

The "Iron Man" finally roped the "Iron Horse" as Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. matched Yankee great Lou Gehrig by appearing in his 2,130th consecutive game. The amazing record spanned 16½ years and validated the shortstop as modern baseball's most durable, hard-working and determined player. Amidst a finale of fireworks, play is stopped for twenty-two minutes as Ripken takes a celebratory lap around Camden Yards.

On September 8th, the Cleveland Indians clinched the American League Central Division after their one-hundred twenty-third game of the season. The feat marked the fastest that any team had ever won a title and moved the Tribe ahead in the American League race by a staggering 23½ games over their closest competitor, the Kansas City Royals.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees, 8-0 as the Beantown Bombers scored all eight of their runs on grand slams in back-to-back innings (John Valentin and Mo Vaughn). According to a SABR statistician, it was the only game ever to finish with two grand slams accounting for all of the runs scored.

In the National League...

Hideo Nomo became the first Japanese player to appear in the Major Leagues since 1964 when he tossed five innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 13-inning, 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

On May 6th, seven National League games resulted in a combined one-hundred eighteen runs that tied the record for the highest-scoring day in National League history. Seven of the fourteen teams scored at least ten runs, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers who totaled seventeen in their win over the Colorado Rockies. Ten days later, the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, and Pittsburgh Pirates all tossed shutouts.

The St. Louis Cardinals were awarded the first forfeit victory in the Major Leagues since July 12, 1979 after fans bombard the field with more than two-hundred balls that they had received as souvenirs for August 10th's "Ball Day" at Dodger Stadium. The near riot was in reaction to the ejections of Raul Mondesi and manager Tommy Lasorda in the bottom of the ninth.

Around the League...

The '94 strike continued into the '95 season as the players' union chief Donald Fehr declared all eight-hundred thirty-five unsigned Major League players to be free agents in response to unilateral contract changes made by the owners. Five bills aimed at ending the baseball strike were introduced into Congress and both players and owners were ordered by President Clinton to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by February 6. After the deadline passed with no compromises, the use of replacement players for spring training and regular season games was approved by baseball's executive council. Finally on April 25th, the two-hundred thirty-four day strike ended although the opening games were played with replacement umpires. The regular officials continued to be locked out until May 3rd.

In September, a three-judge panel in New York voted unanimously to uphold the injunction that brought the end to the strike. Although the owners had appealed the decision, the panel determined that the Players Relations Committee had illegally attempted to eliminate free agency and salary arbitration.

The Commerce Comet, baseball legend Mickey Mantle died at age sixty-three in Dallas, Texas. The Mick had recently received a liver transplant at Baylor University Hospital and during the surgical procedure doctor's discovered that he had contracted an inoperable form of liver cancer.

In September Major League Baseball signed a $1.7 billion, five year deal with Fox, NBC, ESPN, and Liberty Media.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"A guy who strikes out as much as I do had better lead in something." - Mike Schmidt on his third home run title

1995 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

San Francisco
120
San Diego
.368
Chicago
51
Hits
Colorado
197
San Diego
Colorado
40
San Francisco
.434
Colorado
128
Houston
123
Colorado
.620
Florida
56
Colorado
359
New York
9
Los Angeles
Colorado

1995 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Atlanta
10
Atlanta
1.63
Colorado
76
Chicago
38
Los Angeles
3
Atlanta
Los Angeles
236
Atlanta
.905
Atlanta
19

1995 National League

Team Standings

Atlanta Braves 90 54 .625 0 $47,023,444
New York Mets 69 75 .479 21 $23,097,944
Philadelphia Phillies 69 75 .479 21 $30,333,350
Florida Marlins 67 76 .469 22½ $22,961,781
Montreal Expos 66 78 .458 24 $13,116,557
Cincinnati Reds 85 59 .590 0 $47,739,109
Houston Astros 76 68 .528 9 $33,614,668
Chicago Cubs 73 71 .507 12 $36,797,696
St. Louis Cardinals 62 81 .434 22½ $28,679,250
Pittsburgh Pirates 58 86 .403 27 $17,665,833
Los Angeles Dodgers 78 66 .542 0 $36,725,956
Colorado Rockies 77 67 .535 1 $38,039,871
San Diego Padres 70 74 .486 8 $25,008,834
San Francisco Giants 67 77 .465 11 $33,798,683
National League Team Standings

1995 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Houston
566
Colorado
.282
Cincinnati
277
Colorado
1,406
Colorado
200
Houston
.356
Colorado
785
Colorado
.471
Cincinnati
190
Colorado
43

1995 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Atlanta
18
Atlanta
3.44
Fewest Hits Allowed
Atlanta
1,184
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Atlanta
107
Fewest Walks Allowed
New York
401
Chicago
45
Chicago
12
Atlanta
1,087
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Average Salary: $1,071,029.00
Minimum Salary: $109,000.00
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baseball almanac fast facts

On August 18, 1995, Tom Henke pitched his three-hundredth career save in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

On September 19, 1995, Andres Galarraga hits his thirtieth home run making the Rockies only the second club in history with four thirty home run players.

On October 1, 1995, the Colorado Rockies made it to the postseason faster than any other expansion club in history.

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