2006 Major League Baseball season

The 2006 Major League Baseball season ended with the National League's St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series with the lowest regular season victory total in a non-strike season in history. The American League continued its domination at the All-Star Game by winning its fourth straight game; the A.L. has won nine of the last ten contests (the 2002 game was a tie). This season, the Atlanta Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1990. Individual achievements included Barry Bonds who, despite questions surrounding his alleged steroid use and involvement in the BALCO scandal, surpassed Babe Ruth for second place on the career home runs list.

2006 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 2 – October 27, 2006
Top draft pickLuke Hochevar
Picked byKansas City Royals
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Justin Morneau (MIN)
NL: Ryan Howard (PHI)
League Postseason
AL championsDetroit Tigers
  AL runners-upOakland Athletics
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upNew York Mets
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upDetroit Tigers
World Series MVPDavid Eckstein (STL)

Final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) New York Yankees 97 65 0.599 50–31 47–34
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 10 50–31 37–44
Boston Red Sox 86 76 0.531 11 48–33 38–43
Baltimore Orioles 70 92 0.432 27 40–41 30–51
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 61 101 0.377 36 41–40 20–61
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Minnesota Twins 96 66 0.593 54–27 42–39
(4) Detroit Tigers 95 67 0.586 1 46–35 49–32
Chicago White Sox 90 72 0.556 6 49–32 41–40
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 18 44–37 34–47
Kansas City Royals 62 100 0.383 34 34–47 28–53
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Oakland Athletics 93 69 0.574 49–32 44–37
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 89 73 0.549 4 45–36 44–37
Texas Rangers 80 82 0.494 13 39–42 41–40
Seattle Mariners 78 84 0.481 15 44–37 34–47

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) New York Mets 97 65 0.599 50–31 47–34
Philadelphia Phillies 85 77 0.525 12 41–40 44–37
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 18 40–41 39–42
Florida Marlins 78 84 0.481 19 42–39 36–45
Washington Nationals 71 91 0.438 26 41–40 30–51
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) St. Louis Cardinals 83 78 0.516 49–31 34–47
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 44–37 38–43
Cincinnati Reds 80 82 0.494 42–39 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 75 87 0.463 48–33 27–54
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 0.414 16½ 43–38 24–57
Chicago Cubs 66 96 0.407 17½ 36–45 30–51
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) San Diego Padres 88 74 0.543 43–38 45–36
(4) Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 0.543 49–32 39–42
San Francisco Giants 76 85 0.472 11½ 43–38 33–47
Arizona Diamondbacks 76 86 0.469 12 39–42 37–44
Colorado Rockies 76 86 0.469 12 44–37 32–49



  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 NY Yankees 1  
4 Detroit 3  
  4 Detroit 4  
American League
  3 Oakland 0  
2 Minnesota 0
  3 Oakland 3  
    AL4 Detroit 1
  NL3 St. Louis 4
  1 NY Mets 3  
4 LA Dodgers 0  
  1 NY Mets 3
National League
  3 St. Louis 4  
2 San Diego 1
  3 St. Louis 3  

All-Star game


Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Hanley Ramírez (FLA) Justin Verlander (DET)
Cy Young Award Brandon Webb (ARI) Johan Santana (MIN)
Manager of the Year Joe Girardi (FLA) Jim Leyland (DET)
Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard (PHI) Justin Morneau (MIN)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC/LAD) Kenny Rogers (DET)
Catcher Brad Ausmus (HOU) Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Orlando Hudson (ARI) Mark Grudzielanek (KC)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (STL) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Omar Vizquel (SF) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Carlos Beltrán (NYM)
Mike Cameron (SD)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Carlos Zambrano (CHC) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Brian McCann (ATL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Ryan Howard (PHI) Justin Morneau (MIN)
2nd Base Chase Utley (PHI) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Miguel Cabrera (FLA) Joe Crede (CHW)
Shortstop José Reyes (NYM) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Carlos Beltrán (NYM)
Matt Holliday (COL)
Alfonso Soriano (WSH)
Jermaine Dye (CHW)
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)

Other awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Jason Giambi Albert Pujols
May Alex Rodriguez Jason Bay
June Joe Mauer David Wright
July David Ortiz Chase Utley
August Travis Hafner Ryan Howard
September Robinson Canó Ryan Howard

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April José Contreras Greg Maddux
May CC Sabathia Jason Schmidt
June Johan Santana Chris Young
July John Lackey Carlos Zambrano
August Esteban Loaiza Derek Lowe
September Johan Santana Roy Oswalt

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Jonathan Papelbon Prince Fielder
May Justin Verlander Josh Johnson
June Francisco Liriano Josh Johnson
Dan Uggla
July Francisco Liriano Josh Barfield
August Nick Markakis Chris Duncan
September Boof Bonser Aníbal Sánchez

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Joe Mauer, MIN .347 Freddy Sanchez, PIT .344
HR David Ortiz, BOS 54 Ryan Howard, PHI 58
RBI David Ortiz, BOS 137 Ryan Howard, PHI 149
Wins Johan Santana, MIN
Chien-Ming Wang, NYY
19 Aaron Harang, CIN
Derek Lowe, LAD
Brad Penny, LAD
John Smoltz, ATL
Brandon Webb, ARI
Carlos Zambrano, CHC
ERA Johan Santana, MIN 2.77 Roy Oswalt, HOU 2.98
SO Johan Santana, MIN 245 Aaron Harang, CIN 216
SV Francisco Rodríguez, LAA 47 Trevor Hoffman, SD 46
SB Carl Crawford, TB 58 José Reyes, NYM 64


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Sam Perlozzo
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland Won the ALCS,Replacing Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Buddy Bell
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Mike Scioscia
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha (Macha Was Replaced By Bob Geren)
Seattle Mariners Mike Hargrove
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Joe Maddon
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter (Showalter Was Replaced With Ron Washington)
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker (Baker Was Replaced By Lou Piniella)
Cincinnati Reds Jerry Narron
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Joe Girardi (Girardi Was Replaced By Fredi González)
Houston Astros Phil Garner
Los Angeles Dodgers Grady Little
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
New York Mets Willie Randolph
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel
Pittsburgh Pirates± Jim Tracy
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Won the World Series
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy (Bochy Was Replaced By Bud Black)
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou (Alou Was Replaced By Bruce Bochy)
Washington Nationals Frank Robinson (Robinson Was Replaced By Manny Acta)

±hosted the MLB All Star Game


300–300 Club members

Home Runs

The following players reached major home run milestones in 2006:

Barry Bonds' countdown to 715

  • May 21 — reached 714 career homers, tying Babe Ruth for second all time
  • May 28 — reached 715 career homers, passing Ruth for second all time

400 career homers

300 career homers

200 career homers

Entry into the top 500



  • Alfonso Soriano of the Washington Nationals become only the fourth player to join the 40–40 Club, joining José Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez when he stole his 40th base of the season on September 16. Six days later he became the first person ever to reach 40 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 40 doubles in one season.

Other achievements

  • Matt Holliday hit the longest home run of the season in MLB against the San Francisco Giants on September 19 with an official distance of 443 feet (135 m); HitTracker estimated it at 496 feet (151 m).[1]


See also

External links


  1. ^ Beinhoff, Drew (September 20, 2006). "You gotta love Matt Holliday". Real Clear Sports. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Charlton's Baseball Chronology". www.baseballlibrary.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.

See also

2006 in baseball

2006 American League Championship Series

The 2006 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2006 American League playoffs, began on October 10 and ended on October 14. The wild card Detroit Tigers swept the Western Division champion Oakland Athletics 4 games to none to advance to the 2006 World Series, and became the fourth AL team to win 10 pennants, joining the New York Yankees (39), the Athletics (15), and the Boston Red Sox (11). Magglio Ordóñez's game-winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 4 sealed the pennant for the Tigers. This ALCS marked the 5th different AL pennant winner in as many years (following 2005 with the White Sox, 2004 with the Red Sox, 2003 with the Yankees, and 2002 with the Angels).

The Athletics defeated the Minnesota Twins 3 games to none in the AL Division Series, and the Tigers defeated the Yankees 3 games to 1. The Tigers faced the National League champions St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, but lost in five games. The Athletics had home-field advantage (despite the Tigers having a better regular season record) as the wild card team defers home field advantage in the LCS regardless of regular season record.

The Athletics were seeking their first AL pennant since 1990, while the Tigers captured the league title for the first time since their win in the 1984 World Series. The series was a rematch of the 1972 American League Championship Series (then a best-of-five series), in which Oakland defeated Detroit in 5 games. Detroit manager Jim Leyland, who led the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series title, became the seventh manager in history to win pennants in both leagues. It was the second consecutive ALCS without the Yankees and Red Sox.

2006 American League Division Series

The 2006 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2006 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Saturday, October 7, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Detroit Tigers (Wild Card, 95–67); Tigers win series, 3–1.

(2) Minnesota Twins (Central Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Oakland Athletics (Western Division champions, 93–69); Athletics win series, 3–0.The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was determined by playing record.

The Athletics and Tigers met in the AL Championship Series, where a Detroit sweep made the Tigers the American League champions. The Tigers then faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 World Series, and lost, four games to one.

2006 Atlanta Braves season

The 2006 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 136th for the franchise and 41st in Atlanta. During the season, the Braves attempted to win the NL East.

Finishing with a 79–83 record, not only did the Braves miss the playoffs for the first time since 1990 (not counting the strike-affected 1994 season), but also their first losing season and worst record since that year. In failing to reach the postseason, Atlanta ended their streak of consecutive NL East titles.

2006 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2006 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses.

2006 Chicago Cubs season

The 2006 Chicago Cubs season was the 135th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 131st in the National League and the 91st at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished with a record of 66–96 in last place of the National League Central Division. Chicago was managed by Dusty Baker.

2006 Florida Marlins season

The 2006 Florida Marlins season was the 14th in Marlins franchise history; an American Major League Baseball team based in Miami Gardens, Florida. They finished the season in fourth place in the National League East Division. They are notable for exceeding expectations and remaining close in the Wild Card race until September, despite having the lowest payroll in the Major Leagues and using primarily rookies and low priced veterans. They failed to make the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive season.

2006 Houston Astros season

The 2006 Houston Astros season was the 45th season for the Houston Astros. The 2006 Astros finished in second place in the National League Central with a record of 82–80, 1½ games behind the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, after losing 3–1 to the Braves at Atlanta on the final day of the season. As a result, they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

2006 Kansas City Royals season

The 2006 Kansas City Royals season was the 38th season for the franchise, and their 36th at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 62 wins and 100 losses and missed the playoffs for the 21st consecutive season.

2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 77th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 11, 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The contest was the fifth hosted by the city of Pittsburgh – tying the Cleveland Indians for the record of most times hosted by a single franchise. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3–2, thus awarding the AL champion (which was eventually the Detroit Tigers) home-field advantage in the 2006 World Series.

2006 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

The 2006 Century 21 Home Run Derby was a 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game event held at PNC Park, the home field of the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 10, 2006. The competition had eight competitors as usual and seven were eliminated in over three rounds. Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies defeated David Wright of the New York Mets to be crowned derby champion. A total of 87 home runs were hit in the derby.

2006 Major League Baseball draft

The 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 6 and 7. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams.

2006 National League Division Series

The 2006 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2006 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) New York Mets (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers (Wild Card, 88–74); Mets win series, 3–0.

(2) San Diego Padres (Western Division champions, 88–74) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 83–78); Cardinals win series, 3–1.The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was determined by playing record. The Padres were awarded the Western Division title over the Dodgers due to their winning the season series against Los Angeles 13–5.

The Mets and the Cardinals met in the NL Championship Series, with the Cardinals becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series.

2006 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2006 season was the 45th regular season for the Mets. They went 97-65 and won the NL East, a feat the team would not repeat until 2015. They were managed by Willie Randolph. They played home games at Shea Stadium. They used the marketing slogan of "The Team. The Time. The Mets." throughout the season.

2006 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees 2006 season was the Yankees 104th season in New York, and their 106th overall going back to their origins in Baltimore. The season finished with the Yankees winning the AL East Division. They were defeated in the ALDS by the Detroit Tigers in a 3-1 series.

2006 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 2006 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 125th season of the franchise; the 120th in the National League. This was their sixth season at PNC Park. The Pirates finished fifth in the National League Central with a record of 67–95.

2006 San Francisco Giants season

The 2006 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 124th year in Major League Baseball, their 49th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their sixth at AT&T Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with a 76-85 record, 11½ games behind the San Diego Padres.

2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their ninth since the franchise was created. They finished last in the AL East division, posting a league-worst record of 61–101. Their manager was Joe Maddon, who entered his first season with the Devil Rays. The Devil Rays' offense had the fewest runs (689), hits (1,395) and RBI (650) in Major League Baseball, as well as the joint-lowest batting average (.255) and lowest on-base percentage (.314).


The Coolflo is a batting helmet designed by Rawlings and first put into regular use during the 2006 Major League Baseball season. The helmet is designed to allow air to flow through for a more comfortable feel for the hitter. It was previewed during the 2005 All-Star Game before being put into regular use. The new helmet was worn by eight teams (Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, and Baltimore Orioles) in 2006 and is now available to all 30 MLB Clubs since 2007. Individual players have the option to wear the new design, but are not required to do so. As of 2008 there are only four teams who do not have at least one player wearing the helmet: Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals.

The Chicago Cubs abandoned the Coolflo helmets in 2009 because too many of them were breaking.

My Hood

"My Hood" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Young Jeezy, released December 11, 2005 as the fourth single from his debut studio album Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (2005). The song, produced by Grand Hustle in-house producer Cordale "Lil' C" Quinn, contains an interpolation of "Rubberband Man" as performed by T.I..

The music video, directed by Hype Williams, is in black and white, with a few pockets of color. "My Hood" was Derek Jeter's walk-out music for his at bats during the 2006 Major League baseball season.

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