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Once players and team owners finally reached agreement on a new labor contract and major league baseball began its abbreviated 144-game schedule in late April of 1995, the Atlanta Braves quickly established themselves as the class of the N.L. East, running away with the division title by compiling a regular-season record of 90-54.  Atlanta finished 21 games ahead of the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, who tied for second in the division standings.

The Braves featured a rather mediocre offense, placing just ninth in the league rankings with 645 runs scored.  Chipper Jones, David Justice, and Fred McGriff served as their top three offensive threats.  Jones hit 23 homers, drove in 86 runs, and scored 87 others.  Justice went deep 24 times and knocked in 78 runs.  McGriff batted .280, scored 85 runs, and led the club with 27 home runs and 93 runs batted in.  

However, while eight other National League teams scored more runs than the Braves, no one came close to matching their league-leading 3.44 team ERA.  Atlanta’s starting rotation featured three of the senior circuit’s best pitchers in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz.  Maddux earned Cy Young honors for the fourth straight time by leading all N.L. hurlers with a record of 19-2, a 1.63 ERA, 10 complete games, 210 innings pitched, and three shutouts.  Glavine finished second on the club with 16 victories, while Smoltz contributed another 12 wins.

While Atlanta coasted to the Eastern Division title, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves involved in a season-long battle with the Colorado Rockies for supremacy in the West.  The Dodgers clinched first place on the final day of the year, edging out the Rockies by one game with a record of 78-66.  Colorado had to settle for a spot in the playoffs as the league’s wild-card entry.

Similar to Atlanta in that they possessed a limited number of offensive weapons, the Dodgers also depended heavily on their pitching staff to earn a postseason berth.  Featuring an outstanding trio of starters, Los Angeles finished second in the league with a 3.66 team ERA.  Ramon Martinez led the club with 17 victories.  Ismael Valdez and Hideo Nomo each won 13 games, and Nomo captured N.L. Rookie of the Year honors by also compiling a 2.54 ERA and a league-leading 236 strikeouts.  Meanwhile, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, and Mike Piazza paced the Dodgers on offense.  Mondesi hit 26 homers, drove in 88 runs, scored 91 others, stole 27 bases, and batted .285.  Karros hit 32 home runs, knocked in 105 runs, and batted .298.  Piazza homered 32 times, drove in 93 runs, and finished second in the league with a .346 batting average.

The Rockies likely would have finished ahead of the Dodgers had they received more in the way of pitching.  Playing in Colorado’s light air, which made their home ballpark, Coors Field, a noted ban-box, the Rockies allowed their opponents to cross the plate a National League high 783 times.  On the flip side, the Rockies led all N.L. teams with 785 runs scored, joining the 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers as just the second team to boast four players who surpassed the 30-homer mark.  Third baseman Vinny Castilla went deep 32 times, drove in 90 runs, and batted .309.  First baseman Andres Galarraga hit 31 home runs, knocked in 106 runs, and batted .280.  Right-fielder Larry Walker hit 36 homers, drove in 101 runs, scored 96 others, and batted .306.  Left-fielder Dante Bichette posted the most impressive offensive numbers of anyone in the league, finishing the campaign with a .340 batting average and 102 runs scored, and topping the circuit with 40 home runs, 128 runs batted in, 197 hits, and a .620 slugging average.  For his exceptional performance, Bichette earned a second-place finish in the N.L. MVP voting.     

Finishing just ahead of Bichette in the balloting was Barry Larkin, whose Cincinnati Reds concluded the campaign with a record of 85-59 that left them nine games ahead of the second-place Houston Astros in the N.L. Central.  Larkin compiled offensive numbers that paled by comparison to those posted by Bichette.  Although the Cincinnati shortstop finished second in the league with 51 stolen bases, he hit just 15 home runs, knocked in only 66 runs, scored 98 others, and batted .319.  Yet, Larkin’s outstanding all-around play helped lead the Reds to their second straight division title.

Cincinnati also received strong performances from Ron Gant, Reggie Sanders, and Pete Schourek.  Gant hit 29 homers, drove in 88 runs, and batted .276.  Sanders homered 28 times, knocked in 99 runs, scored 91 others, stole 36 bases, and batted .306.  Schourek finished second in the league with 18 victories.

The National League playoffs provided little in the way of drama.  Cincinnati swept Los Angeles in three straight games in their opening round playoff matchup, while Atlanta received a fight from wild-card Colorado before prevailing in four games.  The Braves subsequently failed to receive the home-field advantage in the NLCS even though they posted the league’s best record over the course of the regular season.  Nevertheless, they disposed of the Reds in short order, sweeping them in four straight games and outscoring them by a combined margin of 19-5.

Facing the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, the Braves turned to their exceptional pitching staff to stymie Cleveland’s powerful offense.  Atlanta pitching held Cleveland’s vaunted lineup to a meager .179 team batting average during the Fall Classic, enabling the Braves to prevail in six games.  The Braves appropriately clinched their first world championship since 1957 by defeating the Indians 1-0 in Game Six, on a combined one-hitter by Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers.  David Justice provided the game’s only run with a sixth-inning homer.  The Braves’ 1-0 triumph made them the first team to win a World Series representing three different cities – Boston (1914), Milwaukee (1957), and Atlanta.   

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• April 26 - The Colorado Rockies opened Coors Field with an 11-9 victory over the New York Mets in 14 innings.

• October 23 - The St. Louis Cardinals hired Tony La Russa as their manager.

• December 22 – Anheuser-Busch agreed to sell the St. Louis Cardinals for $150 million to an investment group that agreed to keep the team in St. Louis.

• July 14 - Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers pitched a no-hitter against Florida.

• San Diego’s Tony Gwynn won his sixth National League batting crown with a mark of .368.

• Mike Piazza’s .346 batting average and .606 slugging average gave him the highest combined mark (.952) of any National League catcher in history.

• Florida rookie Quilvio Veras led the league with 56 stolen bases.

• Houston’s Craig Biggio hit 22 home runs, batted .302, stole 33 bases, and led the league with 123 runs scored.

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Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
ATL 2017 4814 645 1202 618 .224 210 27 168 73 43 1970 .339 .329 .702 106 34 56
CHN 2035 4963 693 1315 648 .207 267 39 158 105 37 2134 .352 .309 .709 110 35 71
CIN 2047 4903 747 1326 694 .190 277 35 161 190 68 2156 .347 .274 .703 92 50 62
COL 2120 4994 785 1406 749 .222 259 43 200 125 59 2351 .383 .394 .822 118 31 82
FLO 2030 4886 673 1278 636 .196 214 29 144 131 53 1982 .349 .281 .688 105 48 69
HOU 2129 5097 747 1403 694 .213 260 22 109 176 60 2034 .354 .306 .705 114 47 78
LAN 2100 4942 634 1303 593 .191 191 31 140 127 45 1976 .326 .262 .656 99 35 68
MON 2045 4905 621 1268 572 .195 265 24 118 120 49 1935 .339 .274 .670 107 32 58
NYN 1960 4958 657 1323 617 .252 218 34 125 58 39 1984 .395 .329 .772 105 43 92
PHI 1950 4950 615 1296 576 .215 263 30 94 72 25 1901 .348 .343 .775 107 41 77
PIT 2046 4937 629 1281 587 .193 245 27 125 84 55 1955 .304 .273 .636 88 33 51
SDN 2061 4950 668 1345 618 .184 231 20 116 124 46 1964 .308 .275 .653 125 38 56
SFN 2044 4971 652 1256 610 .173 229 33 152 138 46 2007 .313 .263 .661 92 24 79
SLN 2008 4779 563 1182 533 .207 238 24 107 79 46 1789 .332 .276 .645 110 40 48

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ATL 483 90 54 1293 1087 436 5410 1184 107 99.650 494 540 18 6 34 38 4
CHN 558 73 71 1301 926 518 5664 1313 162 101.610 597 671 6 4 45 38 6
CIN 474 85 59 1288 903 424 5445 1270 131 137.640 578 623 8 2 38 58 10
COL 600 77 67 1290 891 512 5706 1443 160 124.740 711 783 1 0 43 62 13
FLO 543 67 76 1285 994 562 5628 1299 139 131.910 611 673 12 5 29 36 5
HOU 538 76 68 1319 1056 460 5703 1357 118 81.090 596 674 6 4 32 53 6
LAN 499 78 66 1294 1060 462 5481 1188 125 97.280 528 609 16 9 37 49 12
MON 540 66 78 1282 950 416 5491 1286 128 106.170 586 638 7 5 42 45 9
NYN 442 69 75 1294 901 401 5483 1296 133 91.350 556 618 9 1 36 39 12
PHI 485 69 75 1291 980 538 5575 1241 134 126.780 603 658 8 3 41 57 10
PIT 535 58 86 1275 871 477 5618 1407 130 175.990 667 736 11 3 29 65 4
SDN 481 70 74 1285 1047 512 5529 1242 142 101.200 592 672 6 5 35 60 5
SFN 525 67 77 1293 801 505 5672 1368 173 165.330 699 776 12 1 34 43 15
SLN 520 62 81 1267 842 445 5420 1290 135 81.250 576 658 4 2 38 51 6

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ATL 2374 6401 4693 1589 119 .968 15500 132 37 0 8
CHN 2409 6615 4888 1586 141 .945 15612 123 56 1.00 19
CIN 2488 6469 4834 1540 95 .981 15468 92 30 0 11
COL 2449 6498 4677 1699 122 .977 15461 100 43 1.00 10
FLO 2379 6362 4727 1492 143 .962 15430 82 53 0 8
HOU 2410 6643 4826 1668 149 .963 15844 120 49 2.00 14
LAN 2426 6416 4748 1516 152 .976 15542 108 45 1.00 19
MON 2374 6426 4715 1578 133 .949 15406 145 56 0 6
NYN 2307 6569 4799 1639 131 .964 15494 127 40 1.00 14
PHI 2243 6423 4771 1542 110 .967 15481 137 38 0 19
PIT 2436 6531 4764 1618 149 .967 15307 125 61 0 12
SDN 2384 6399 4708 1568 123 .965 15415 91 54 0 8
SFN 2318 6536 4829 1576 131 .953 15523 88 45 1.00 7
SLN 2262 6482 4710 1649 123 .943 15189 132 64 0 9

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Los Angeles Dodgers 78 66 2766251 1 1060
Colorado Rockies 77 67 3390037 2 891
San Diego Padres 70 74 1041805 3 1047
San Francisco Giants 67 77 1241500 4 801

Central

team W L Att Rk SOP
Cincinnati Reds 85 59 1837649 1 903
Houston Astros 76 68 1363801 2 1056
Chicago Cubs 73 71 1918265 3 926
St. Louis Cardinals 62 81 1756727 4 842
Pittsburg Pirates 58 86 905517 5 871

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
Atlanta Braves 90 54 2561831 1 1087
Philadelphia Philies 69 75 2043598 2 980
New York Mets 69 75 1273183 2 901
Florida Marlins 67 76 1700466 4 994
Montreal Expos 66 78 1309618 5 950

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1995 NLCS, 1995 NLDS1, 1995 NLDS2, 1995 World Series, Andres Galarraga, Atlanta Braves, Barry Bonds, Barry Larkin, Chipper Jones, Coors Field, Craig Biggio, Dante Bichette, David Justice, Eric Karros, Fred McGriff, Greg Maddux, Hideo Nomo, Ismael Valdez, John Smoltz, Larry Walker, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Wohlers, Matt Williams, Mike Piazza, Pete Schourek, Quilvio Veras, Ramon Martinez, Raul Mondesi, Reggie Sanders, Ron Gant, Tom Glavine, Tony Gwynn, Tony LaRussa, Vinny Castilla

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