Here's a look your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes history for the 1997 season, the first year the franchise was here. Shane Turner was skipper of a team that went 40-36 that had future Major Leaguers: Guillermo Rodriguez Carlos Valderrama Ryan Jensen Kevin Joseph Scott Linebrink and Joe Nathan.
Your Volcanoes played in a very competitive division that season, with South Division champions the Portland Rockies, 44-32; Southern Oregon Timberjacks, 41-35; the Volcanoes 40-36; with Eugene finishing 31-45.
The '97 Volcanoes was very much a pitching dominant club finishing second in the Northwest League with a 5.37 runs per game allowed (the good stat); the challenge was the '97 Volcanoes was fifth of eighth in runs scored per game (5.71).
Interesting from a stats perspective as a common baseball predictor for final record is runs2/runs2+runs allowed2, in the case predicting a finish of, yes, 40-36. Moneyball does have its valid points.
Team batting champion that season was Travis Young, .334; the Volcanoes first home run king was Zach Wells, 10; Volcanoes wins champ was Mike Riley with 9; and Jesse Travis was great with 16 saves.
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