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The 1996 season of the American League was the ninety-sixth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 Cleveland Indians 161 99 62 0 .615 -.- 952 (5.91) 769 (4.78) 0.293 0.368 0.475 4.35 0.980
2 Chicago White Sox 162 85 77 0 .525 14.5 898 (5.54) 794 (4.90) 0.281 0.360 0.447 4.53 0.982
3 Milwaukee Brewers 162 80 82 0 .494 19.5 894 (5.52) 899 (5.55) 0.279 0.350 0.441 5.17 0.978
4 Minnesota Twins 162 78 84 0 .481 21.5 877 (5.41) 900 (5.56) 0.288 0.353 0.425 5.30 0.984
5 Kansas City Royals 161 75 86 0 .466 24.0 746 (4.63) 786 (4.88) 0.267 0.330 0.398 4.55 0.982
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 162 92 70 0 .568 -.- 871 (5.38) 787 (4.86) 0.288 0.360 0.436 4.65 0.985
2 Baltimore Orioles* 163 88 74 1 .540 4.0 949 (5.82) 903 (5.54) 0.274 0.348 0.472 5.15 0.984
3 Boston Red Sox 162 85 77 0 .525 7.0 928 (5.73) 921 (5.69) 0.283 0.355 0.457 5.00 0.978
4 Toronto Blue Jays 162 74 88 0 .457 18.0 766 (4.73) 809 (4.99) 0.259 0.323 0.420 4.58 0.982
5 Detroit Tigers 162 53 109 0 .327 39.0 783 (4.83) 1103 (6.81) 0.256 0.322 0.420 6.38 0.978
Western Division
1 Texas Rangers 163 90 72 1 .552 -.- 928 (5.69) 799 (4.90) 0.284 0.359 0.469 4.66 0.986
2 Seattle Mariners 161 85 76 0 .528 4.5 993 (6.17) 895 (5.56) 0.287 0.362 0.484 5.21 0.981
3 Oakland Athletics 162 78 84 0 .481 12.0 861 (5.31) 900 (5.56) 0.265 0.340 0.452 5.20 0.984
4 California Angels 161 70 91 0 .435 19.5 762 (4.73) 943 (5.86) 0.276 0.338 0.431 5.31 0.979

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Cal Ripken Baltimore Orioles 163
At Bats Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians 662
Runs Scored Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners 141
Hits Paul Molitor Minnesota Twins 225
Doubles Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners 54
Triples Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota Twins 14
Home Runs Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 52
Total Bases Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners 379
Runs Batted In Albert Belle Cleveland Indians 148
Stolen Bases Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians 75
Caught Stealing Tom Goodwin Kansas City Royals 22
Walks Tony Phillips Chicago White Sox 125
Intentional Base-on-Balls Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox 26
Hit by Pitch Brady Anderson Baltimore Orioles 22
Strikeouts Jay Buhner Seattle Mariners 159
Sacrifice Hits Tom Goodwin Kansas City Royals 21
Sacrifice Flies Bobby Bonilla Baltimore Orioles 17
Grounded into Double Plays Cal Ripken Baltimore Orioles 28
Batting Average Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners 0.358
On-Base Percentage Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 0.467
Slugging Percentage Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 0.730
On-Base plus Slugging Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 1.197
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 203

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Andy Pettitte New York Yankees 21
Losses Jim Abbott California Angels 18
Win-Loss Percentage Jamie Moyer Boston Red Sox/Seattle Mariners 0.812
Appearances Eddie Guardado
Mike Myers
Minnesota Twins
Detroit Tigers
83
Games Started Mike Mussina Baltimore Orioles 36
Complete Games Pat Hentgen Toronto Blue Jays 10
Shutouts Pat Hentgen
Ken Hill
Rich Robertson
Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers
Minnesota Twins
3
Games Finished Roberto Hernández Chicago White Sox 61
Saves John Wetteland New York Yankees 43
Innings Pitched Pat Hentgen Toronto Blue Jays 265.2
Batters Faced Pat Hentgen Toronto Blue Jays 1100
Hits Allowed Chris Haney Kansas City Royals 267
Home Runs Allowed Shawn Boskie
Brad Radke
California Angels
Minnesota Twins
40
Base-on-Balls Allowed Rich Robertson Minnesota Twins 116
Intentional Base-on-Balls Rafael Carmona
Richie Lewis
Seattle Mariners
Detroit Tigers
9
Hit Batsmen Shawn Boskie
Jason Grimsley
California Angels
California Angels
13
Strikeouts Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox 257
Wild Pitches Chuck Finley California Angels 17
Balks Ken Hill Texas Rangers 4
Runs Allowed Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox 151
Earned Runs Allowed Tom Gordon Boston Red Sox 134
Earned Run Average Juan Guzman Toronto Blue Jays 2.93
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Juan Guzman Toronto Blue Jays 1.124

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the sixty-seventh midsummer classic at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 9, 1996 by a score of 6 to 0. The league's manager was Mike Hargrove.

[edit] Postseason

The 1996 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
Cent.  Cleveland Indians 1  
WC  Baltimore Orioles 3  
    WC  Baltimore Orioles 1
  East.  New York Yankees 4
East.  New York Yankees 3
West.  Texas Rangers 1  

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees defeated the National League's Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Juan Gonzalez, an outfielder with the Texas Rangers. In the award's voting, he had 290 out of a possible 392 points and 11 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays. In the award's voting, he had 110 out of a possible 140 points and 16 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Derek Jeter, a shortstop with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 140 points and 28 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Mike Mussina Baltimore Orioles
C Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
1B J.T. Snow California Angels
2B Roberto Alomar Baltimore Orioles
3B Robin Ventura Chicago White Sox
SS Omar Vizquel Cleveland Indians
OF Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians
Jay Buhner Seattle Mariners

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
1B Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics
2B Roberto Alomar Baltimore Orioles
3B Jim Thome Cleveland Indians
SS Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners
OF Albert Belle Cleveland Indians
Juan Gonzalez Texas Rangers
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners
DH Paul Molitor Minnesota Twins

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fiftieth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 5 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game ended in a 6 - 6 tie between the California Angels of the American League and Montreal Expos of the National League. The game was ended in tie after nine innings.

[edit] Notable events

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