1997 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1997 Baltimore Orioles season saw the Orioles finishing 1st in the American League East Division with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. They met the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS, and beat them in 4 games. However, in the ALCS, they would play the Cleveland Indians, where they would fall in 6 games. It would be their last winning season until 15 years later.

1997 Baltimore Orioles
American League East champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record98–64 (.605)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Peter Angelos
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Davey Johnson
Local televisionWJZ-TV/WNUV/WBDC
Home Team Sports
(Jim Palmer, Mike Flanagan, Michael Reghi)
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter)
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Offseason

  • December 10, 1996: Jimmy Key was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[1]
  • December 13, 1996: Mike Bordick was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]
  • December 18, 1996: Jerome Walton was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[3]
  • December 19, 1996: Eric Davis was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[4]
  • March 22, 1997: Scott McClain was traded by the Baltimore Orioles with Manny Alexander to the New York Mets for Hector Ramirez.[5]

Roster

1997 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers
  • 34 Charlie Greene
  • 23 Chris Hoiles
  • 37 Tim Laker
  • 50 Mel Rosario
  • 42 Lenny Webster

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 9864 0.605 46–35 52–29
New York Yankees 9666 0.593 2 47–33 49–33
Detroit Tigers 7983 0.488 19 42–39 37–44
Boston Red Sox 7884 0.481 20 39–42 39–42
Toronto Blue Jays 7686 0.469 22 42–39 34–47

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 4–76–56–57–45–66–57–44–74–711–16–68–46–54–12
Baltimore 7–45–75–66–56–67–45–610–18–48–37–410–16–68–7
Boston 5–67–53–86–55–73–88–38–34–87–47–43–86–66–9
Chicago 5–66–58–35–74–711–14–76–62–98–35–63–85–68–7
Cleveland 4–75–65–67–56–58–38–48–45–67–43–85–66–59–6
Detroit 6–56–67–57–45–66–54–74–72–107–44–77–46–68–7
Kansas City 5–64–78–31–113–85–66–67–53–83–85–66–55–66–9
Milwaukee 4–76–53–87–44–87–46–65–74–75–65–67–47–48–7
Minnesota 7–41–103–86–64–87–45–77–53–87–45–63–83–87–8
New York 7–44–88–49–26–510–28–37–48–36–54–77–47–55–10
Oakland 1–113–84–73–84–74–78–36–54–75–65–75–76–57–9
Seattle 6–64–74–76–58–37–46–56–56–57–47–58–48–37–9
Texas 4–81–108–38–36–54–75–64–78–34–77–54–84–710–6
Toronto 5–66–66–66–55–66–66–54–78–35–75–63–87–44–11

Game log

1997 Game Log
April (167)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 2Royals7 4Key (1–0)Walker (0–1)Myers (1)46,58810
2April 3Royals6 4Rhodes (1–0)Montgomery (0–1)Myers (2)43,03120
3April 4@Rangers5 4Erickson (1–0)Patterson (0–1)Benítez (1)26,05830
4April 5@Rangers9 7Rhodes (2–0)Oliver (0–1)Myers (3)39,0734–0
5April 6@Rangers9 3Pavlik (1–0)Mussina (0–1)36,1564–1
6April 7@Royals6 5Walker (1–1)Benítez (0–1)40,0524–2
7April 9@Royals4 2 (11)Mills (1–0)Bevil (0–1)Myers (4)12,0365–2
8April 11Rangers9 3Mussina (1–1)Burkett (0–1)40,5756–2
9April 13Rangers9 0Key (2–0)Pavlik (1–1)44,1547–2
10April 14Twins4 2Erickson (2–0)Tewksbury (0–2)Myers (5)36,2888–2
11April 15Twins3 1Kamieniecki (1–0)Aldred (0–2)Myers (6)40,1969–2
12April 16@White Sox9 3Drabek (1–1)Boskie (0–1)14,0619–3
13April 17@White Sox1 0Mussina (2–1)Darwin (0–1)Myers (7)14,67410–3
14April 20@Red Sox11 1Key (3–0)Gordon (1–2)32,29011–3
15April 21@Red Sox4 2Sele (3–0)Erickson (2–1)Slocumb (3)33,60811–4
16April 22White Sox3 2Mussina (3–1)Darwin (0–2)Myers (8)38,39212–4
17April 23White Sox11 9 (11)Castillo (2–2)Benítez (0–2)Hernandez (3)42,90212–5
18April 24Red Sox2 1 (11)Trlicek (3–4)Mathews (0–1)Henry (4)40,00012–6
19April 25Red Sox2 0Erickson (3–1)Gordon (1–3)Myers (9)45,22713–6
20April 26Red Sox14 5Key (4–0)Sele (3–1)Johnson (1)47,72714–6
21April 27Red Sox13 7Henry (1–0)Rhodes (2–1)47,30714–7
22April 29Twins6 4Boskie (1–1)Swindell (1–1)Myers (10)11,36815–7
23April 30Twins12 3Kamieniecki (2–0)Tewksbury (1–4)Benítez (2)12,68616–7
May (208)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
24May 1Twins3–2Erickson (4–1)Aldred (1–3)Myers (11)11,67817–7
25May 2Athletics7–1Key (5–0)Karsay (0–3)46,18118–7
26May 3Athletics4–3Small (4–0)Myers (0–1)Taylor (6)45,78018–8
27May 4Athletics11–0Coppinger (1–0)Prieto (2–2)Johnson (2)47,00119–8
28May 5Angels7–2Dickson (5–1)Kamieniecki (2–1)James (3)41,29619–9
29May 6Angels8–4Erickson (5–1)Finley (0–2)Myers (12)37,15020–9
30May 7Angels3–0Key (6–0)Watson (0–2)Myers (13)43,85821–9
31May 8Mariners13–3Mussina (4–1)Johnson (4–1)45,02622–9
32May 9Mariners8–2Moyer (2–0)Coppinger (1–1)47,25722–10
33May 10Mariners3 – 2 (11)Charlton (2–1)Myers (0–2)47,34022–11
34May 11Mariners9–5Erickson (6–1)Martínez (1–3)47,45123–11
35May 12Athletics5–1Key (7–0)Karsay (0–4)Benítez (3)11,35224–11
36May 13Athletics7–3Mussina (5–1)Mohler (0–5)14,85425–11
37May 14Angels6–5Springer (1–1)Boskie (1–2)Holtz (1)15,78025–12
38May 15Angels3–2Dickson (6–1)Kamieniecki (2–2)James (5)15,96625–13
39May 16Mariners6–3Erickson (7–1)Martínez (1–4)39,45526–13
40May 17Mariners4–3Key (8–0)Sanders (0–5)Benítez (4)57,30427–13
41May 18Mariners8–7Orosco (1–0)Charlton (2–3)Benítez (5)57,43228–13
42May 20Tigers4–3Kamieniecki (3–2)Olivares (2–3)Myers (14)48,00329–13
43May 21Tigers2–0Erickson (8–1)Thompson (4–3)Myers (15)47,87730–13
44May 23Indians6–1Ogea (5–3)Key (8–1)41,15430–14
45May 24Indians8–3Mussina (6–1)Kline (3–1)41,04031–14
46May 25Indians7–6Nagy (6–2)Rhodes (2–2)Morman (2)42,94431–15
47May 26Yankees8–6Boskie (2–2)Pettittie (6–3)Myers (16)40,29632–15
48May 27Yankees10–6Kamieniecki (2–2)Rogers (6–3)Benítez (6)29,39233–15
49May 28Yankees8–1Key (9–1)Moehler (3–4)Boskie (1)10,69234–15
50May 30Indians3–0Mussina (7–1)Nagy (6–3)47,75835–15
51May 31Indians8–5Boskie (3–2)Mesa (0–3)Myers (17)47,73936–15
June (1512)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
52June 3Yankees7–5Myers (1–2)Mecir (0–3)47,57737–15
53June 4Yankees9–7Orosco (2–0)Nelson (2–5)Myers (18)47,74838–15
54June 6@ White Sox7–3Drabek (5–4)Erickson (8–2)R. Hernandez (12)21,30438–16
55June 7@ White Sox1 – 0 (11)R. Hernández (4–1)Myers (1–3)31,54838–17
56June 8@ White Sox2–1Key (10–1)Darwin (2–3)Myers (19)24,08939–17
57June 9@ White Sox10–2Mussina (8–1)Baldwin (3–8)23,46440–17
58June 10@ Red Sox7–2Erickson (9–2)Eshelman (0–1)41–17
59June 10@ Red Sox4–2Rhodes (3–2)Wakefield (2–5)Myers (20)30,99542–17
60June 11@ Red Sox10–1Gordon (4–6)Johnson (0–1)26,47942–18
61June 12@ Red Sox9–5Sele (7–5)Kamieniecki (4–3)24,97042–19
62June 13@ Braves4 3Key (11–1)Maddux (7–3)Myers (21)48,33443–19
63June 14@ Braves6 4 (12)Rhodes (4–2)Borowski (2–2)Myers (22)26,96444–19
64June 15@ Braves5 3 (10)Mathews (1–1)Wohlers (2–2)Myers (23)48,08845–19
65June 16Expos6 4Hermanson (3–4)Boskie (3–3)Urbina (12)47,55745–20
66June 17Expos5 4Kamieniecki (5–3)Bullinger (4–6)Myers (24)47,79346–20
67June 18Expos1 0C. Perez (8–4)Key (11–2)47,44846–21
68June 20@ Blue Jays3 0Hentgen (8–3)Mussina (8–2)30,26646–22
69June 21@ Blue Jays5 1Erickson (10–2)Plesac (0–3)40,13947–22
70June 22@ Blue Jays5 2Kamieniecki (6–3)Person (2–5)Myers (25)35,10648–22
71June 23@ Brewers5 0D'Amico (5–3)Key (11–3)16,30448–23
72June 24@ Brewers6 2Boskie (4–3)Karl (2–9)Rhodes (1)14,00749–23
73June 25@ Brewers9 1Mussina (9–2)Eldred (7–8)21,04250–23
74June 26Blue Jays3 0Clemens (12–2)Erickson (10–3)Timlin (7)47,61750–24
75June 27Blue Jays2 1Person (3–5)Kamieniecki (6–4)Spoljaric (2)47,90050–25
76June 28Blue Jays5 2W. Williams (3–7)Key (11–4)Timlin (8)47,68750–26
77June 29Blue Jays3 2Escobar (1–0)Benítez (0–3)Timlin (9)47,76350–27
78June 30Phillies8 1Mussina (10–2)Maduro (3–7)47,83751–27
July (16-11)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
79July 1Phillies4 1Erickson (11–3)Beech (0–4)Myers (26)47,61052–27
80July 2Phillies10 6Rhodes (5–2)Spradlin (1–4)47,78553–27
81July 3@ Tigers10 1Key (12–4)Lira (5–5)13,20954–27
82July 4@ Tigers4 3Rhodes (6–2)Keagle (0–1)Myers (27)30,10055–27
83July 4@ Tigers11 8Bautista (2–2)Mills (1–1)T. Jones (12)30,10055–28
84July 5@ Tigers6 5Miceli (2–1)Orosco (2–1)T. Jones (13)37,07455–29
85July 6@ Tigers14 9Blair (6–4)Erickson (11–4)18,19755–30
86July 11Brewers3 1McDonald (8–6)Key (12–5)D. Jones (21)47,91955–31
87July 12Brewers3 2Eldred (9–8)Erickson (11–5)D. Jones (22)47,60655–32
88July 13Brewers6 4D'Amico (7–4)Mussina (10–3)D. Jones (23)47,44855–33
89July 14Blue Jays9 5Mathews (2–1)Person (3–6)47,04256–33
90July 15Blue Jays8 4Boskie (5–3)Guzmán (3–6)47,06257–33
91July 16Red Sox4 1Avery (3–2)Key (12–6)Slocumb (12)47,71257–34
92July 17Red Sox12 9Mahay (1–0)Orosco (2–2)Slocumb (13)47,91257–35
93July 18White Sox3 0Baldwin (7–9)Mussina (10–4)R. Hernández (24)47,75957–36
94July 19White Sox8 3Rhodes (7–2)Simas (3–1)Benítez (7)47,85758–36
95July 20White Sox10 2Navarro (8–8)Boskie (5–4)47,80058–37
96July 21@ Rangers5 1Key (13–6)Oliver (6–10)35,84259–37
97July 22@ Rangers9 3Erickson (12–5)Burkett (7–9)43,42160–37
98July 23@ Rangers3 2Myers (2–3)Patterson (6–4)40,83461–37
99July 25@ Twins5 2Radke (14–5)Kamieniecki (6–5)21,52461–38
August (18-10)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
September (13-16)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord

Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
CChris Hoiles993204583.2591249
1BRafael Palmeiro15861495156.25438110
2BRoberto Alomar11241264137.3331460
3BCal Ripken Jr.16261579166.2701784
SSMike Bordick15350955120.236746
LFB. J. Surhoff14752880150.2841888
CFBrady Anderson15159097170.2881873
RFJeffrey Hammonds11839771105.2642155

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Lenny Webster9825966.255737
Jeff Reboulet9922854.237427
Tony Tarasco10016634.205726
Eric Davis4215848.304825
Pete Incaviglia4813834.246512
Harold Baines4413439.291415
Aaron Ledesma438831.352211
Jerome Walton266820.29439
David Dellucci17276.22213
Tim Laker7140.00001
Melvin Rosario430.00000
Danny Clyburn230.00000
Charlie Greene520.00001

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Mussina33224.21583.20218
Scott Erickson33221.21673.69131
Jimmy Key34212.116103.43141
Scott Kamieniecki30179.11064.01109
Rick Krivda1050.0426.3029

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Shawn Boskie2877.0666.4350
Mike Johnson1439.2017.9429
Nerio Rodríguez622.0214.9111
Rocky Coppinger520.0116.3022
Esteban Yan39.20115.834

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Randy Myers6159.223451.5156
Arthur Rhodes5395.110313.02102
Armando Benítez7173.14592.45106
Terry Mathews5763.14414.4139
Jesse Orosco7150.16302.3246
Alan Mills3938.22304.8932
Brian Williams1324.00003.0014

ALDS

Game 1

October 1, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 001 044 000 9130
Seattle 000 100 101 371
W: Mike Mussina (1-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL Gerónimo Berroa (1)   Chris Hoiles (1)   SEA Edgar Martínez (1)   Jay Buhner (1)   Alex Rodriguez (1)

Game 2

October 2, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 010 020 240 9140
Seattle 200 000 100 390
W: Scott Erickson (1-0)   L: Jamie Moyer (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL Harold Baines (1)   Brady Anderson (1)   SEA None

Game 3

October 4, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 001 010 002 4110
Baltimore 000 000 002 250
W: Jeff Fassero (1-0)   L: Jimmy Key (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL None   SEA Jay Buhner (2)   Paul Sorrento (1)

Game 4

October 5, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 010 000 000 120
Baltimore 200 010 00X 370
W: Mike Mussina (2-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-2)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HR: BAL Jeff Reboulet (1)   Gerónimo Berroa (2)   SEA Edgar Martínez (2)

ALCS

Game 1

October 8, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 000 000 000 041
Baltimore 102 000 00X 361
WP: Scott Erickson (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-1)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HRs: BAL Brady Anderson (1) Roberto Alomar (1)

Game 2

October 9, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 200 000 030 563
Baltimore 020 002 000 481
WP: Paul Assenmacher (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-1)  SV: José Mesa (1)
HRs: CLE Manny Ramírez (1) Marquis Grissom (1)   BAL Cal Ripken (1)

Game 3

October 11, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore 000 000 001 000 181
Cleveland 000 000 100 001 260
WP: Eric Plunk (1-0)  LP: Randy Myers (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game 4

October 12, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 014 000 101 7122
Cleveland 020 140 001 8130
WP: José Mesa (1-0)  LP: Alan Mills (0-1)  
HRs: CLE Sandy Alomar Jr. (1) Manny Ramírez (2)   BAL Brady Anderson (2) Harold Baines (1) Rafael Palmeiro (1)

Game 5

October 13, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 002 000 002 4100
Cleveland 000 000 002 281
WP: Scott Kamieniecki (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-2)  
HRs: BAL Eric Davis (1)

Game 6

October 15, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Cleveland 000 000 000 01 130
Baltimore 000 000 000 00 0100
WP: Brian Anderson (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-2)  S: José Mesa (1)
HRs: CLE: Tony Fernández (1)

Awards and honors

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

  • Roberto Alomar, starter
  • Cal Ripken Jr., starter

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Marv Foley
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Joe Ferguson
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Dave Hilton
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Tommy Shields and Tom Trebelhorn
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Bobby Dickerson
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Butch Davis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester, Delmarva, Bluefield[8]

References

  1. "Jimmy Key Stats".
  2. Mike Bordick Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. "Jerome Walton Stats".
  4. "Eric Davis Stats".
  5. "Scott McClain Stats".
  6. "Hutch Award | Baseball Almanac".
  7. 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Dan Connolly, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2015, ISBN 978-1-62937-041-5, p.133
  8. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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