1996 Season News

The Texas Rangers showed no mercy in running up the largest score in the American League in forty-one years while massacring the league-leading Baltimore Orioles, 26-7. Sixteen of the runs came in the fifty-six minute eighth resulting in the largest eighth inning tally in baseball history.

The Oakland Athletics' Pedro Munoz hit the longest home run in the five-year history of Camden Yards on the way to a 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The 463-foot blast to dead center field came in the sixth inning (with two on) breaking through a 2-2 tie.

New York Mets closer John Franco recorded his 300th save in a 3-2 win over the division-leading Montreal Expos. The left-handed reliever became the first to reach the 300-save mark exactly twelve years to the day (April 29th) after his first one, for the Cincinnati Reds, in 1984.

Los Angeles Dodger, Chan Ho Park became the first South Korean pitcher to win in the majors. The right-handed sensation from Kongju tossed four scoreless innings in relief of injured starter Ramon Martinez for the 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Prior to the start of the season, major league baseball's Rules Committee announced that the strike zone would be enlarged, dropping it from the top of the knees to just below them. The change came in response to a series of recommendations to help speed up play and increase the television viewing audience that was rapidly depleting.

Popular umpire John McSherry died of a massive heart attack after calling time from behind home plate seven pitches into a Reds-Expos game at Riverfront Stadium. The twenty-one year veteran had been suffering from a series of medical problems that was aggravated by his obesity.

Roberto Alomar set off a national debate after spitting in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck following an argument and ejection over a called strike in the first inning of Baltimore's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. U.S. District Judge Edmund W. Ludwig later prevented other umpires from sitting out the playoffs in protest of the incident, citing a no-strike clause in their contract.
1996 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 92-70 -
Baltimore Orioles 88-74 4.0
Boston Red Sox 85-77 7.0
Toronto Blue Jays 74-88 18.0
Detroit Tigers 53-109 39.0
1996 American League Central
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 99-62 -
Chicago White Sox 85-77 14.5
Milwaukee Brewers 80-82 19.5
Minnesota Twins 78-84 21.5
Kansas City Royals 75-86 24.0
1996 American League West
Team Record GB
Texas Rangers 90-72 -
Seattle Mariners 85-76 4.5
Oakland Athletics 78-84 12.0
California Angels 70-91 19.5
1996 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 96-66 -
Montreal Expos 88-74 8.0
Florida Marlins 80-82 16.0
New York Mets 71-91 25.0
Philadelphia Phillies 67-95 29.0
1996 National League Central
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 88-74 -
Houston Astros 82-80 6.0
Cincinnati Reds 81-81 7.0
Chicago Cubs 76-86 12.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 73-89 15.0
1996 National League West
Team Record GB
San Diego Padres 91-71 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 90-72 1.0
Colorado Rockies 83-79 8.0
San Francisco Giants 68-94 23.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cleveland Indians 99 62 0.615 952 5.91 769 4.78 218 173 0.293 0.368 0.475 4.35 484 1033 0.980 156
New York Yankees 92 70 0.568 871 5.38 787 4.86 162 143 0.288 0.360 0.436 4.65 610 1139 0.985 146
Texas Rangers 90 72 0.556 928 5.73 799 4.93 221 168 0.284 0.359 0.469 4.66 582 976 0.986 150
Baltimore Orioles 88 74 0.543 949 5.86 903 5.57 257 209 0.274 0.348 0.472 5.15 597 1047 0.984 173
Seattle Mariners 85 76 0.528 993 6.17 895 5.56 245 216 0.287 0.362 0.484 5.21 605 1000 0.981 155
Boston Red Sox 85 77 0.525 928 5.73 921 5.69 209 185 0.283 0.355 0.457 5.00 722 1165 0.978 152
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 898 5.54 794 4.90 195 174 0.281 0.360 0.447 4.53 616 1039 0.982 145
Milwaukee Brewers 80 82 0.494 894 5.52 899 5.55 178 213 0.279 0.350 0.441 5.17 635 846 0.978 180
Minnesota Twins 78 84 0.481 877 5.41 900 5.56 118 233 0.288 0.353 0.425 5.30 581 959 0.984 142
Oakland Athletics 78 84 0.481 861 5.31 900 5.56 243 205 0.265 0.340 0.452 5.20 644 884 0.984 195
Kansas City Royals 75 86 0.466 746 4.63 786 4.88 123 176 0.267 0.330 0.398 4.55 460 926 0.982 184
Toronto Blue Jays 74 88 0.457 766 4.73 809 4.99 177 187 0.259 0.323 0.420 4.58 610 1033 0.982 187
California Angels 70 91 0.435 762 4.73 943 5.86 192 219 0.276 0.338 0.431 5.31 662 1052 0.979 156
Detroit Tigers 53 109 0.327 783 4.83 1103 6.81 204 241 0.256 0.322 0.420 6.38 784 957 0.978 157
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 773 4.77 648 4.00 197 120 0.270 0.333 0.462 3.54 451 1245 0.980 143
San Diego Padres 91 71 0.562 771 4.76 682 4.21 147 138 0.265 0.336 0.402 3.73 506 1194 0.981 136
Los Angeles Dodgers 90 72 0.556 703 4.34 652 4.02 150 125 0.252 0.316 0.384 3.48 534 1212 0.980 143
Montreal Expos 88 74 0.543 741 4.57 668 4.12 148 152 0.262 0.322 0.406 3.78 482 1206 0.980 121
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 759 4.69 706 4.36 142 173 0.267 0.327 0.407 3.98 539 1050 0.980 139
Colorado Rockies 83 79 0.512 961 5.93 964 5.95 221 198 0.287 0.349 0.472 5.60 624 932 0.976 167
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 753 4.65 792 4.89 129 154 0.262 0.330 0.397 4.38 539 1163 0.978 130
Cincinnati Reds 81 81 0.500 778 4.80 773 4.77 191 167 0.256 0.330 0.422 4.33 591 1089 0.980 145
Florida Marlins 80 82 0.494 688 4.25 703 4.34 150 113 0.257 0.325 0.393 3.95 598 1050 0.982 187
Chicago Cubs 76 86 0.469 772 4.77 771 4.76 175 184 0.251 0.316 0.401 4.36 546 1027 0.983 147
Pittsburgh Pirates 73 89 0.451 776 4.79 833 5.14 138 183 0.266 0.327 0.407 4.64 479 1044 0.980 144
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 746 4.60 779 4.81 147 159 0.270 0.323 0.412 4.22 532 999 0.975 163
San Francisco Giants 68 94 0.420 752 4.64 862 5.32 153 194 0.253 .0328 0.388 4.72 570 997 0.978 165
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 650 4.01 790 4.88 132 160 0.256 0.322 0.387 4.49 510 1044 0.981 145