1997 Seattle Mariners
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Managed by Lou Piniella
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1997 Seattle Mariners set a new American League records for strikeouts when they recorded 1207 whiffs, topping the old mark of 1189 set by the 1967 Cleveland Indians. the main contributors to the record were Randy Johnson with 289 and Jeff Fassero with 189. Relievers Bobby Ayala, Ken Cloude and Scott Sanders all struck out over 8 batters per 9 innings.
They also set the all-time record for most home runs hit by one team, with 264. It was not given a lot of coverage at the time, as it was the heart of a high-hitting era and the record had been set just the previous year, when the Baltimore Orioles had hit 257 long balls. The main contributors were Ken Griffey Jr., with 56, Jay Buhner (40), Paul Sorrento (31) and Edgar Martinez (28), with five more players ending in double figures. The 2005 Texas Rangers were the team closest to catching them, with 260 home runs, until the mark was bested by the 2018 New York Yankees.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Joey Cora, Ken Griffey, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez
- AL MVP: Ken Griffey
- Gold Glove: Ken Griffey (OF)
- Silver Slugger Award: Ken Griffey (OF) and Edgar Martinez (DH)