|1996 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||March 31 – October 26, 1996|
|Number of games||162|
|Number of teams||28|
|TV partner(s)||Fox, ESPN, NBC|
|Top draft pick||Kris Benson|
|Picked by||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Season MVP|| AL: Juan González (TEX)|
NL: Ken Caminiti (SD)
|AL champions||New York Yankees|
|AL runners-up||Baltimore Orioles|
|NL champions||Atlanta Braves|
|NL runners-up||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Champions||New York Yankees|
|World Series MVP||John Wetteland (NYY)|
The 1996 Major League Baseball season was the final season of league-only play before the beginning of interleague play the following season. The season ended with the New York Yankees defeating the defending champion Atlanta Braves in six games for the World Series title, the Yankees' first championship since 1978. The record for most home runs hit in an MLB regular season, set at 4,458 in 1987,was broken, as the AL and NL combined to hit 4,962 home runs. Only 196 shutouts were recorded in the 2,266 MLB regular-season games. This was the first season in the Divisional Series era to be played to the full 162 games, as the 1994–95 player's strike caused the first two seasons of the era to be abbreviated.
|League Championship Series|
|Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards|
|BBWAA Award||National League||American League|
|Rookie of the Year||Todd Hollandsworth (LAD)||Derek Jeter (NYY)|
|Cy Young Award||John Smoltz (ATL)||Pat Hentgen (TOR)|
|Manager of the Year||Bruce Bochy (SD)|| Johnny Oates (TEX)|
Joe Torre (NYY)
|Most Valuable Player||Ken Caminiti (SD)||Juan González (TEX)|
|Gold Glove Awards|
|Position||National League||American League|
|Pitcher||Greg Maddux (ATL)||Mike Mussina (BAL)|
|Catcher||Charles Johnson (FLA)||Iván Rodríguez (TEX)|
|First Baseman||Mark Grace (CHC)||J. T. Snow (CAL)|
|Second Baseman||Craig Biggio (HOU)||Roberto Alomar (BAL)|
|Third Baseman||Ken Caminiti (SD)||Robin Ventura (CHW)|
|Shortstop||Barry Larkin (CIN)||Omar Vizquel (CLE)|
|Outfielders||Barry Bonds (SF)||Kenny Lofton (CLE)|
|Marquis Grissom (ATL)||Jay Buhner (SEA)|
|Steve Finley (SD)||Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)|
|Silver Slugger Awards|
|Pitcher/Designated Hitter||Tom Glavine (ATL)||Paul Molitor (MIN)|
|Catcher||Mike Piazza (LA)||Iván Rodríguez (TEX)|
|First Baseman||Andrés Galarraga (COL)||Mark McGwire (OAK)|
|Second Baseman||Eric Young (COL)||Roberto Alomar (BAL)|
|Third Baseman||Ken Caminiti (SD)||Jim Thome (CLE)|
|Shortstop||Barry Larkin (CIN)||Alex Rodriguez (SEA)|
|Outfielders||Barry Bonds (SF)||Albert Belle (CLE)|
|Ellis Burks (COL)||Juan González (TEX)|
|Gary Sheffield (FLA)||Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)|
|Statistic||American League||National League|
|AVG||Alex Rodriguez SEA||.358||Tony Gwynn SD||.353|
|HR||Mark McGwire OAK||52||Andrés Galarraga COL||47|
|RBI||Albert Belle CLE||148||Andrés Galarraga COL||150|
|Wins||Andy Pettitte NYY||21||John Smoltz ATL||24|
|ERA||Juan Guzmán TOR||2.93||Kevin Brown FLA||1.89|
|SO||Roger Clemens BOS||257||John Smoltz ATL||276|
|SV||John Wetteland NYY||43|| Jeff Brantley CIN|
Todd Worrell LA
|SB||Kenny Lofton CLE||75||Eric Young COL||53|
|Baltimore Orioles||Davey Johnson|
|Boston Red Sox||Kevin Kennedy|
|California Angels||Marcel Lachemann, John McNamara, Joe Maddon|
|Chicago White Sox||Terry Bevington|
|Cleveland Indians||Mike Hargrove|
|Detroit Tigers||Buddy Bell|
|Kansas City Royals||Bob Boone|
|Milwaukee Brewers||Phil Garner|
|Minnesota Twins||Tom Kelly|
|New York Yankees||Joe Torre||Won World Series|
|Oakland Athletics||Art Howe|
|Seattle Mariners||Lou Piniella|
|Texas Rangers||Johnny Oates|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Cito Gaston|
|Atlanta Braves||Bobby Cox||Won National League Pennant|
|Chicago Cubs||Jim Riggleman|
|Cincinnati Reds||Ray Knight|
|Colorado Rockies||Don Baylor|
|Florida Marlins||Rene Lachemann, Cookie Rojas, John Boles|
|Houston Astros||Terry Collins|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Tommy Lasorda, Bill Russell|
|Montreal Expos||Felipe Alou|
|New York Mets||Dallas Green, Bobby Valentine|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Jim Fregosi|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Jim Leyland|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Tony La Russa|
|San Diego Padres||Bruce Bochy|
|San Francisco Giants||Dusty Baker|
|Team Name||Wins||%±||Home attendance||%±||Per Game||Est. Payroll||%±|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||90||15.4%||3,188,454||15.3%||39,364||$35,355,000||-10.0%|
|St. Louis Cardinals||88||41.9%||2,654,718||51.1%||32,774||$40,269,667||8.5%|
|Toronto Blue Jays||74||32.1%||2,559,573||-9.4%||31,600||$30,555,083||-39.6%|
|Boston Red Sox||85||-1.2%||2,315,231||7.0%||28,583||$42,393,500||30.6%|
|New York Yankees||92||16.5%||2,250,877||32.0%||28,136||$54,191,792||10.9%|
|San Diego Padres||91||30.0%||2,187,886||110.0%||27,011||$28,348,172||7.5%|
|Chicago White Sox||85||25.0%||1,676,403||4.1%||20,696||$45,289,500||-3.6%|
|New York Mets||71||2.9%||1,588,323||24.8%||19,609||$24,479,500||-11.5%|
|Kansas City Royals||75||7.1%||1,435,997||16.4%||17,950||$20,281,250||-31.3%|
|San Francisco Giants||68||1.5%||1,413,922||13.9%||17,243||$37,144,725||1.9%|
|Network||Day of week||Announcers|
|ESPN|| Sunday nights |
|Jon Miller, Joe Morgan|
|Fox||Saturday afternoons||Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Thom Brennaman, Bob Brenly|
|NBC||None||Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker|
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