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1995 California Angels season

The California Angels' 1995 season featured the Angels finishing in second place in the American League West with a record of 78 wins and 67 losses.

The 1995 Angels went through statistically the worst late-season collapse in Major League Baseball history.[1] On August 16, they held a 10½-game lead over the Texas Rangers and an 11½-game lead over the Seattle Mariners, but suffered through a late season slump, including a nine-game losing streak from August 25 to September 3. They were still atop the division, leading Seattle by six games and Texas by 7½, when a second nine-game losing streak from September 13 to 23 dropped them out of first place. The Angels rebounded to win the last five scheduled games to tie Seattle for the division lead, forcing a one-game playoff to determine the division champion. Mariners ace Randy Johnson led his team to a 9–1 triumph over Angel hurler Mark Langston in the tiebreaker game, ending the Angels' season.[2][3] It was the closest the Angels would come to reaching the postseason between 1986 and 2002.


  • December 6, 1994: Rex Hudler was signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.[4]
  • December 14, 1994: Lee Smith was signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.[5]

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Seattle Mariners 79 66 .545 --
California Angels 78 67 .538 1
Texas Rangers 74 70 .514
Oakland Athletics 67 77 .465 11½

Notable transactions

  • April 13, 1995: Tony Phillips was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the California Angels for Chad Curtis.[6]
  • April 18, 1995: Scott Sanderson was signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.[7]
  • April 18, 1995: Mike Bielecki was signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.[8]
  • April 26, 1995: Ricky Jordan was signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.[9]
  • June 1, 1995: Darin Erstad was drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed July 26, 1995.[10]
  • July 9, 1995: Mark Sweeney was traded by the California Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals for John Habyan.[11]
  • July 27, 1995: Jim Abbott was traded by the Chicago White Sox with Tim Fortugno to the California Angels for McKay Christensen, John Snyder, Andrew Lorraine, and Bill Simas.[12]
  • August 24, 1995: Mike Aldrete was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the California Angels for Demond Smith (minors).[13]


1995 California Angels
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats

= Indicates team leader


Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos. Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Jorge Fábregas 73 227 56 .247 1 22
1B J. T. Snow 143 544 157 .289 24 102
2B Damion Easley 114 357 77 .216 4 35
3B Tony Phillips 139 525 137 .261 27 61
SS Gary DiSarcina 99 362 111 .307 5 41
LF Garret Anderson 106 374 120 .321 16 69
CF Jim Edmonds 141 558 162 .290 33 107
RF Tim Salmon 143 537 177 .330 34 105
DH Chili Davis 119 424 135 .318 20 86

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Chuck Finley 32 203 15 12 4.21 195
Mark Langston 31 200⅓ 15 7 4.63 142

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Award winners

1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

  • Gary DiSarcina, shortstop, rReserve
  • Jim Edmonds, Outfield, reserve
  • Chuck Finley, Pitcher, reserve[15]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League Don Long
AA Midland Angels Texas League Mario Mendoza
A Lake Elsinore Storm California League Mitch Seoane
A Cedar Rapids Kernels Midwest League Tom Lawless
Short-Season A Boise Hawks Northwest League Tom Kotchman
Rookie AZL Angels Arizona League Bruce Hines


External links

  • 1995 California Angels team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1995 California Angels team page at
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California Angels seasons
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