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|1996 in baseball|
|1996 National League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
- 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|
|1||St. Louis Cardinals||162||88||74||0||.543||-.-||759 (4.69)||706 (4.36)||0.267||0.327||0.407||3.98||0.980|
|2||Houston Astros||162||82||80||0||.506||6.0||753 (4.65)||792 (4.89)||0.262||0.330||0.397||4.38||0.978|
|3||Cincinnati Reds||162||81||81||0||.500||7.0||778 (4.80)||773 (4.77)||0.256||0.330||0.422||4.33||0.980|
|4||Chicago Cubs||162||76||86||0||.469||12.0||772 (4.77)||771 (4.76)||0.251||0.316||0.401||4.36||0.983|
|5||Pittsburgh Pirates||162||73||89||0||.451||15.0||776 (4.79)||833 (5.14)||0.266||0.327||0.407||4.64||0.980|
|1||Atlanta Braves||162||96||66||0||.593||-.-||773 (4.77)||648 (4.00)||0.270||0.333||0.432||3.54||0.980|
|2||Montreal Expos||162||88||74||0||.543||8.0||741 (4.57)||668 (4.12)||0.262||0.322||0.406||3.78||0.980|
|3||Florida Marlins||162||80||82||0||.494||16.0||688 (4.25)||703 (4.34)||0.257||0.325||0.393||3.95||0.982|
|4||New York Mets||162||71||91||0||.438||25.0||746 (4.60)||779 (4.81)||0.270||0.323||0.412||4.22||0.975|
|5||Philadelphia Phillies||162||67||95||0||.414||29.0||650 (4.01)||790 (4.88)||0.256||0.322||0.387||4.49||0.981|
|1||San Diego Padres||162||91||71||0||.562||-.-||771 (4.76)||682 (4.21)||0.265||0.336||0.402||3.73||0.981|
|2||Los Angeles Dodgers*||162||90||72||0||.556||1.0||703 (4.34)||652 (4.02)||0.252||0.316||0.384||3.48||0.980|
|3||Colorado Rockies||162||83||79||0||.512||8.0||961 (5.93)||964 (5.95)||0.287||0.349||0.472||5.60||0.976|
|4||San Francisco Giants||162||68||94||0||.420||23.0||752 (4.64)||862 (5.32)||0.253||0.328||0.388||4.72||0.978|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The 1996 National 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|
|WC||Los Angeles Dodgers||0|
|Cent.||St. Louis Cardinals||3|
|Cent.||St. Louis Cardinals||3|
|West.||San Diego Padres||0|
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Ken Caminiti, a third baseman with the San Diego Padres. In the award's voting, he had 392 out of a possible 392 points and 28 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Todd Hollandsworth, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 105 out of a possible 140 points and 15 first place votes.
 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.
 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.
 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 Montreal Expos of the National League and California Angels of the American League. The game was ended in tie after nine innings.
 Notable events