1996 Major League Baseball season

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1996 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
DurationMarch 31 – October 26, 1996
Number of games162
Number of teams28
TV partner(s) Fox, ESPN, NBC [n1 1]
Draft
Top draft pick Kris Benson
Picked by Pittsburgh Pirates
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Juan González (TEX)
NL: Ken Caminiti (SD)
League Postseason
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Baltimore Orioles
NL champions Atlanta Braves
  NL runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series
Champions New York Yankees
  Runners-up Atlanta Braves
World Series MVP John Wetteland (NYY)
MLB seasons

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, [1] was broken, as the AL and NL combined to hit 4,962 home runs. [2] Only 196 shutouts were recorded in the 2,266 MLB regular-season games. [3] 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.

Contents

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

 Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
              
 East NY Yankees 3 
West Texas 1 
 EastNY Yankees4 
American League
 WCBaltimore1 
WC Baltimore 3
 Central Cleveland 1 
  ALNY Yankees4
 NLAtlanta2
 East Atlanta 3 
WC Los Angeles 0 
 EastAtlanta4
National League
 CentralSt. Louis3 
West San Diego 0
 Central St. Louis 3 

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican 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
PositionNational LeagueAmerican 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)

MLB statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Alex Rodriguez SEA.358 Tony Gwynn SD.353
HR Mark McGwire OAK52 Andrés Galarraga COL47
RBI Albert Belle CLE148 Andrés Galarraga COL150
Wins Andy Pettitte NYY21 John Smoltz ATL24
ERA Juan Guzmán TOR2.93 Kevin Brown FLA1.89
SO Roger Clemens BOS257 John Smoltz ATL276
SV John Wetteland NYY43 Jeff Brantley CIN
Todd Worrell LA
44
SB Kenny Lofton CLE75 Eric Young COL53

Managers

American League

TeamManagerNotes
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

National League

TeamManagerNotes
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

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team NameWinsHome attendancePer GameEst. Payroll
Colorado Rockies [4] 837.8%3,891,01414.8%48,037$40,324,82318.1%
Baltimore Orioles [5] 8823.9%3,646,95017.7%44,475$54,599,31524.3%
Cleveland Indians [6] 99-1.0%3,318,17416.7%41,477$48,216,36026.7%
Los Angeles Dodgers [7] 9015.4%3,188,45415.3%39,364$35,355,000-10.0%
Atlanta Braves [8] 966.7%2,901,24213.2%35,818$49,698,5005.2%
Texas Rangers [9] 9021.6%2,889,02045.5%35,667$39,041,52812.9%
Seattle Mariners [10] 857.6%2,723,85065.8%33,628$41,328,50113.3%
St. Louis Cardinals [11] 8841.9%2,654,71851.1%32,774$40,269,6678.5%
Toronto Blue Jays [12] 7432.1%2,559,573-9.4%31,600$30,555,083-39.6%
Boston Red Sox [13] 85-1.2%2,315,2317.0%28,583$42,393,50030.6%
New York Yankees [14] 9216.5%2,250,87732.0%28,136$54,191,79210.9%
Chicago Cubs [15] 764.1%2,219,11015.7%27,396$33,081,00012.1%
San Diego Padres [16] 9130.0%2,187,886110.0%27,011$28,348,1727.5%
Houston Astros [17] 827.9%1,975,88844.9%24,394$28,487,000-16.6%
Cincinnati Reds [18] 81-4.7%1,861,4281.3%22,981$42,526,334-1.4%
California Angels [19] 70-10.3%1,820,5214.1%22,476$28,847,000-7.6%
Philadelphia Phillies [20] 67-2.9%1,801,677-11.8%22,243$34,314,50012.3%
Florida Marlins [21] 8019.4%1,746,7672.7%21,565$31,132,00027.0%
Chicago White Sox [22] 8525.0%1,676,4034.1%20,696$45,289,500-3.6%
Montreal Expos [23] 8833.3%1,616,70923.4%19,959$16,264,50030.4%
New York Mets [24] 712.9%1,588,32324.8%19,609$24,479,500-11.5%
Minnesota Twins [25] 7839.3%1,437,35235.9%17,529$23,117,000-9.0%
Kansas City Royals [26] 757.1%1,435,99716.4%17,950$20,281,250-31.3%
San Francisco Giants [27] 681.5%1,413,92213.9%17,243$37,144,7251.9%
Pittsburgh Pirates [28] 7325.9%1,332,15047.1%16,652$23,017,50025.4%
Milwaukee Brewers [29] 8023.1%1,327,15522.0%16,385$21,730,00022.1%
Detroit Tigers [30] 53-11.7%1,168,610-1.0%14,427$23,438,000-36.7%
Oakland Athletics [31] 7816.4%1,148,380-2.2%14,178$21,243,000-43.7%

Television coverage

NetworkDay of weekAnnouncers
ESPN Sunday nights
Wednesday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan
Fox Saturday afternoons Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Thom Brennaman, Bob Brenly
NBC None [n1 1] Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Bob Uecker

Events

January–June

July–December

Movies

Deaths

Notes

  1. 1 2 NBC did not broadcast any regular season games. They only broadcast the All-Star Game, three divisional playoff games in prime time, and the ALCS.

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