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|1997 in baseball|
|1997 American League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
- An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
|Rank||Team||G||W||L||T||WPCT||GB||RS (RS/G)||RA (RA/G)||AVG||OBP||SLG||ERA||FPCT|
|1||Cleveland Indians||161||86||75||0||.534||-.-||868 (5.39)||815 (5.06)||0.286||0.357||0.467||4.73||0.983|
|2||Chicago White Sox||161||80||81||0||.497||6.0||779 (4.84)||833 (5.17)||0.273||0.341||0.417||4.74||0.978|
|3||Milwaukee Brewers||161||78||83||0||.484||8.0||681 (4.23)||742 (4.61)||0.260||0.321||0.398||4.22||0.980|
|4||Minnesota Twins||162||68||94||0||.420||18.5||772 (4.77)||861 (5.31)||0.270||0.329||0.409||5.02||0.983|
|5||Kansas City Royals||161||67||94||0||.416||19.0||747 (4.64)||820 (5.09)||0.264||0.331||0.407||4.71||0.985|
|1||Baltimore Orioles||162||98||64||0||.605||-.-||812 (5.01)||681 (4.20)||0.268||0.338||0.429||3.91||0.984|
|2||New York Yankees*||162||96||66||0||.593||2.0||891 (5.50)||688 (4.25)||0.287||0.362||0.436||3.84||0.983|
|3||Detroit Tigers||162||79||83||0||.488||19.0||784 (4.84)||790 (4.88)||0.258||0.329||0.415||4.56||0.985|
|4||Boston Red Sox||162||78||84||0||.481||20.0||851 (5.25)||857 (5.29)||0.291||0.349||0.463||4.87||0.978|
|5||Toronto Blue Jays||162||76||86||0||.469||22.0||654 (4.04)||694 (4.28)||0.244||0.305||0.389||3.92||0.983|
|1||Seattle Mariners||162||90||72||0||.556||-.-||925 (5.71)||833 (5.14)||0.280||0.353||0.485||4.79||0.980|
|2||Anaheim Angels||162||84||78||0||.519||6.0||829 (5.12)||794 (4.90)||0.272||0.344||0.416||4.52||0.980|
|3||Texas Rangers||162||77||85||0||.475||13.0||807 (4.98)||823 (5.08)||0.274||0.333||0.438||4.68||0.981|
|4||Oakland Athletics||162||65||97||0||.401||25.0||764 (4.72)||946 (5.84)||0.260||0.336||0.423||5.49||0.980|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The 1997 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.
|Division Series||Championship Series|
|WC||New York Yankees||2|
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Ken Griffey (griffke02), an outfielder with the Seattle Mariners. In the award's voting, he had 392 out of a possible 392 points and 28 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Nomar Garciaparra, a shortstop with the Boston Red Sox. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 140 points and 28 first place votes.
 Gold Gloves
The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Silver Sluggers
The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Monthly Awards
- Player of the Month Award
- Pitcher of the Month Award
 Hall of Fame Game
 Notable events