1995 Leaders & Numbers

Dante Bichette became the first of the Coors Field poster boys, putting up mile-high numbers at home for the Rockies while remaining static on the road. Overcoming injury and a lousy reputation with his glove, a healthy Edgar Martinez was given full-time DH duties and saw his numbers explode. Even while handicapped with strike-shortened schedules, Frank Thomas still managed to hit over .300 and collect at least 20 homers, 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 100 walks for the fifth straight year—breaking a mark held by two guys named Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams. Barry Larkin got all the accolades (i.e., the NL MVP) in Cincinnati, but Reggie Sanders certainly deserved at least equal billing. Ron Gant had yet another comeback year, thanks to a Red team willing to pick him up after a broken leg in a motorcycle accident voided his rich contract with the Braves. While other players amassed more stats, nobody meant more to his team than AL MVP Mo Vaughn at Boston. The incomparable Greg Maddux became the first pitcher to register back-to-back ERAs under 2.00 since Sandy Koufax. An undistinguished starter two years earlier, Jose Mesa took on the closer role and had the year of his life. How automatic was Randy Johnson? The Mariners were 27-3 when he started. To say that the Reds’ Pete Schourek had a career year is putting it lightly; the 18-game winner won no more than eight in any of his ten other major league seasons. Tim Wakefield, 1992 Rookie of the Year and 1994 minor league dud, rebounded to prominence with his knuckler in Boston.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1995
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Barry Bonds San Francisco 144 .294 506 109 149 30 7 33 104 98 22 5 31 10 12
2. Dante Bichette Colorado 139 .340 579 102 197 38 2 40 128 17 5 4 13 9 16
3. Reggie Sanders Cincinnati 133 .306 484 91 148 36 6 28 99 65 4 8 36 12 9
4. Larry Walker Colorado 131 .306 496 96 151 31 5 36 101 36 13 14 16 3 13
5. Craig Biggio Houston 141 .302 553 123 167 30 2 22 77 79 1 22 33 8 6
6. Barry Larkin Cincinnati 131 .319 496 98 158 29 6 15 66 59 2 3 51 5 6
7. Mark Grace Chicago 143 .326 552 97 180 51 3 16 92 56 9 2 6 2 10
8. Mike PIazza Los Angeles 112 .346 434 82 150 17 0 32 93 29 10 1 1 0 10
9. Ron Gant Cincinnati 119 .276 410 79 113 19 4 29 88 69 5 3 23 8 11
10. Tony Gwynn San Diego 135 .368 535 82 197 33 1 9 90 25 10 1 17 5 20
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1995
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Edgar Martinez Seattle 145 .356 511 121 182 52 0 29 112 97 19 8 4 3 11
2. Albert Belle Cleveland 143 .317 546 121 173 52 1 50 126 68 5 6 5 2 24
3. Frank Thomas Chicago 145 .308 493 102 152 27 0 40 111 107 29 6 3 2 14
4. Tim Salmon California 143 .330 537 111 177 34 3 34 105 89 2 6 5 5 9
5. Mo Vaughn Boston 140 .300 550 98 165 28 3 39 126 51 17 14 11 4 17
6. John Valentin Boston 135 .298 520 108 155 37 2 27 102 79 2 10 20 5 7
7. Mark McGwire Oakland 104 .274 317 75 87 13 0 39 90 83 5 11 1 1 9
8. Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota 136 .333 538 107 179 34 8 11 63 75 3 10 46 18 15
9. Rafael Palmeiro Baltimore 143 .310 554 89 172 30 2 39 104 57 5 3 3 1 12
10. Jay Buhner Seattle 126 .262 470 86 123 23 0 40 120 53 7 1 0 1 15
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1995
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Greg Maddux Atlanta 1.63 19 2 .905 0 0 28 28 209.2 193 38 20 3 1 4 0 26 6 16
2. Tom Glavine Atlanta 3.08 16 7 .696 0 0 29 29 198.2 247 68 66 0 3 5 0 15 5 26
3. Pete Schourek Cincinnati 3.22 18 7 .720 0 0 29 29 190.1 248 68 42 3 1 8 1 7 12 14
4. Ismael Valdes Los Angeles 3.05 13 11 .542 1 0 33 27 197.2 253 67 46 5 1 1 3 10 4 11
5. Joey Hamilton San Diego 3.08 6 9 .400 0 0 31 30 204.1 272 70 51 5 2 11 0 8 8 22
6. Todd Worrell Los Angeles 2.02 4 1 .800 32 4 59 0 62.1 68 14 17 2 2 1 0 10 0 5
7. Ramon Martinez Los Angeles 3.66 17 7 .708 0 0 30 30 206.1 273 84 76 5 3 5 0 12 9 19
8. Hideo Nomo Los Angeles 2.54 13 6 .684 0 0 28 28 191.1 195 54 76 2 19 5 5 30 5 4
9. Mark Wohlers Atlanta 2.09 7 3 .700 25 4 65 0 64.2 65 15 21 3 4 1 0 5 0 3
10. John Smiley Cincinnati 3.46 12 5 .706 0 0 28 27 176.2 250 68 36 3 5 4 1 9 4 21
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1995
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Randy Johnson Seattle 2.48 18 2 .900 0 0 30 30 214.1 240 59 64 1 5 6 2 19 8 6
2. Mike Mussina Baltimore 3.29 19 9 .679 0 0 32 32 221.2 318 81 46 4 2 1 0 4 6 14
3. Jose Mesa Cleveland 1.13 3 0 1.000 46 2 62 0 64 62 8 15 2 5 0 0 3 1 8
4. Tim Wakefield Boston 2.95 16 8 .667 0 0 27 27 195.1 266 64 68 0 11 9 0 13 8 16
5. Kenny Rogers Texas 3.38 17 7 .708 0 0 31 31 208 302 78 75 1 8 2 1 5 5 18
6. Kevin Brown Baltimore 3.60 10 9 .526 0 0 26 26 172.1 219 69 47 1 3 9 0 7 3 22
7. Dennis Martinez Cleveland 3.08 12 5 .706 0 0 28 28 187 259 64 44 2 3 12 0 14 6 14
8. Kevin Appier Kansas City 3.89 15 10 .600 0 0 31 31 201.1 259 87 79 1 5 8 0 9 4 20
9. David Cone Toronto-New York 3.82 18 8 .692 0 0 30 30 229.1 317 91 86 2 11 6 1 28 9 11
10. Jim Abbott Chicago-California 3.70 11 8 .579 0 0 30 30 197 286 81 63 1 1 2 0 15 9 25

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1995 Awards


NL MVP
Barry Larkin, Cincinnati

AL MVP
Mo Vaughn, Boston


NL Cy Young Award
Greg Maddux, Atlanta

AL Cy Young Award
Randy Johnson, Seattle


NL Rookie of the Year
Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles

AL Rookie of the Year
Marty Cordova, Minnesota


NL Manager of the Year
Don Baylor, Colorado

AL Manager of the Year
Lou Piniella, Seattle


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Atlanta
C Charles Johnson, Florida
1B Mark Grace, Chicago
2B Craig Biggio, Houston
3B Ken Caminiti, San Diego
SS Barry Larkin, Cincinnati
OF Marquis Grissom, Atlanta
OF Steve Finley, San Diego
OF Raul Mondesi, Los Angeles


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mark Langston, California
C Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
1B J.T. Snow, California
2B Roberto Alomar, Toronto
3B Wade Boggs, New York
SS Omar Vizquel, Cleveland
OF Kenny Lofton, Cleveland
OF Devon White, Toronto
OF Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle