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The 1996 season of the National League was the one hundred twenty-first 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 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
Eastern Division
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
Western Division
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

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Houston Astros
Houston Astros
162
At Bats Lance Johnson New York Mets 682
Runs Scored Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies 142
Hits Lance Johnson New York Mets 227
Doubles Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros 48
Triples Lance Johnson New York Mets 21
Home Runs Andres Galarraga Colorado Rockies 47
Total Bases Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies 392
Runs Batted In Andres Galarraga Colorado Rockies 150
Stolen Bases Eric Young Colorado Rockies 53
Caught Stealing Eric Young Colorado Rockies 19
Walks Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 151
Intentional Base-on-Balls Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 30
Hit by Pitch Craig Biggio Houston Astros 27
Strikeouts Henry Rodriguez Montreal Expos 160
Sacrifice Hits Pedro Martinez
Denny Neagle
Montreal Expos
Pittsburgh Pirates/Atlanta Braves
16
Sacrifice Flies Dante Bichette
Ken Caminiti
Rick Wilkins
Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres
Houston Astros/San Francisco Giants
10
Grounded into Double Plays Eric Karros Los Angeles Dodgers 27
Batting Average Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres 0.353 *
On-Base Percentage Gary Sheffield Florida Marlins 0.465
Slugging Percentage Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies 0.639
On-Base plus Slugging Gary Sheffield Florida Marlins 1.089
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Gary Sheffield Florida Marlins 190

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins John Smoltz Atlanta Braves 24
Losses Frank Castillo
Pat Rapp
Chicago Cubs
Florida Marlins
16
Win-Loss Percentage John Smoltz Atlanta Braves 0.750
Appearances Brad Clontz Atlanta Braves 81
Games Started Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves 36
Complete Games Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies 8
Shutouts Kevin Brown Florida Marlins 3
Games Finished Todd Worrell Los Angeles Dodgers 67
Saves Jeff Brantley
Todd Worrell
Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers
44
Innings Pitched John Smoltz Atlanta Braves 253.2
Batters Faced Jaime Navarro Chicago Cubs 1007
Hits Allowed Jaime Navarro Chicago Cubs 244
Home Runs Allowed Mark Leiter San Francisco Giants/Montreal Expos 37
Base-on-Balls Allowed Al Leiter Florida Marlins 119
Intentional Base-on-Balls Antonio Osuna Los Angeles Dodgers 12
Hit Batsmen Kevin Brown
Darryl Kile
Mark Leiter
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
San Francisco Giants/Montreal Expos
16
Strikeouts John Smoltz Atlanta Braves 276
Wild Pitches Mike Williams Philadelphia Phillies 16
Balks Ismael Valdez Los Angeles Dodgers 5
Runs Allowed Kevin Ritz Colorado Rockies 135
Earned Runs Allowed Kevin Ritz Colorado Rockies 125
Earned Run Average Kevin Brown Florida Marlins 1.89
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Kevin Brown Florida Marlins 0.944

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won 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 Bobby Cox.

[edit] Postseason

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
                 
East.  Atlanta Braves 3  
WC  Los Angeles Dodgers 0  
    East.  Atlanta Braves 4
  Cent.  St. Louis Cardinals 3
Cent.  St. Louis Cardinals 3
West.  San Diego Padres 0  

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

[edit] 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 Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves. In the award's voting, he had 136 out of a possible 140 points and 26 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.

[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 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
C Charles Johnson Florida Marlins
1B Mark Grace Chicago Cubs
2B Craig Biggio Houston Astros
3B Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds
SS Ken Caminiti San Diego Padres
OF Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
Marquis Grissom Atlanta Braves
Steve Finley San Diego Padres

[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 Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers
1B Andres Galarraga Colorado Rockies
2B Eric Young Colorado Rockies
3B Ken Caminiti San Diego Padres
SS Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds
OF Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies
Gary Sheffield Florida Marlins
P Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves

[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 Montreal Expos of the National League and California Angels of the American League. The game was ended in tie after nine innings.

[edit] Notable events

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