Here are some random thoughts that came up when watching “My Oh My!”…
- In his third season with the Mariners and after a bad ’94 campaign (49-63 record), Lou Piniella maybe made the most valuable contribution to the team. He won American League Manager of the year.
- Besides that memorable double, Edgar Martinez had a career year. Martinez won a silver slugger and made the all-star team. He also finished 3rd in AL MVP voting that year behind Mo Vaughn and Albert Belle. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was leading the league with an Ichiro-esque .356 batting average.
- Along with Edgar, Tino Martinez helped form a formidble offense even without Ken Griffey Jr. Try imagining a lineup that went Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and then Alex Rodriguez…that’s what Tino, Edgar, and Griffey were. Tino had a breakout year in 1995 finishing the season with 31 home runs and 111 RBIs.
- Jay Buhner- This guy had a monster year in ’95. Season totals: .262, 40HRs, and 121 RBIs.
- “The Sheriff”, Norm Charlton. Charlton was released by the Phillies on July 10th, 1995 mid-season and then signed as a free agent with the M’s four days later on July 14th. Charlton became the team’s closer and finished the season with 14 saves and a 1.51 era
- Some under-appreciated players include the likes of Dan Wilson, Doug Strange, Luis Sojo, Chris Bosio, Jeff Nelson, Mike Blowers, Rich Amaral, Bobby Ayala, Alex Diaz, and Felix Fermine.
- It’d be a crime not to mention the second most memorable image of the ’95 season: Joey Cora crying and being comforted by A-Rod on the bench after the season-ending loss to the Cleveland Indians.