2006 Season News

Roberto Clemente. Thurman Munson. Davey Allison. Rocky Marciano. Knute Rockne. Payne Stewart. Fourteen members of the 1980 U.S. amateur boxing team. A handful of names among the forty plus athletes and teams that have been killed in plane crashes since 1925. And now Cory Lidle. In Manhattan's Upper East Side on Wednesday, October 11th, a Cirrus SR20, struck the 30th and 31st floor of a high-rise building taking the life of the pitcher and Tyler Stanger, his flight-instructor.

121 runs batted in (4th), 113 runs scored (5th), 35 home runs smashed (7th), a .392 on base percentage (9th), and the reigning American League Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez was booed by his home town fans nearly each time he made an out in 2006. Every strikeout, error, ground out took on an odd life of its own in Yankee Stadium this season and had Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle been alive, they would have welcomed him to one of the most unusual clubs in either league.

Two American League players, Jose Canseco (1988) & Alex Rodriguez (1998), get company as Alfonso Soriano joins Barry Bonds (1996) on the National League side of the 40/40 Club - players who have hit at least forty home runs and stolen at least forty bases during the same season. Just to keep it interesting, Soriano added a third 40 to the list as he finished with forty doubles creating a 40/40/40 Club of his own.

On September 24th, San Diego Padres closer extraordinaire Trevor Hoffman surpassed former St. Louis Cardinals great Lee Smith's record of four-hundred seventy-eight career saves then continued pushing the Major League record to four-hundred eighty-two regular-season saves (and counting). Hoffman's game jersey, the game ball, and his cleats were all donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and placed on display. Hoffman said, "It was overwhelming. It's become a very humbling experience. It's been fantastic up to this point. It's hard to put into words to explain what it feels like. It's more than one person deserves."

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's press release reflected the baseball's world's feelings when the legenday Buck O'Neill passed away on friday, October 6, 2006, "Major League Baseball is saddened by the passing of Buck O'Neil. Buck was a pioneer, a legend and will be missed for as long as the game is played. I had the good fortune of spending some time with him in Cooperstown a couple of months ago and I will miss his wisdom and counsel. I have asked all clubs to observe a moment of silence before today's games."
2006 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 97-65 -
Toronto Blue Jays 87-75 10.0
Boston Red Sox 86-76 11.0
Baltimore Orioles 70-92 27.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 61-101 26.0
2006 American League Central
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 96-66 -
Detroit Tigers 95-67 1.0
Chicago White Sox 90-72 6.0
Cleveland Indians 78-84 18.0
Kansas City Royals 62-100 34.0
2006 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 93-69 -
Los Angeles Angels 89-73 4.0
Texas Rangers 80-82 13.0
Seattle Mariners 78-84 15.0
2006 National League East
Team Record GB
New York Mets 97-65 -
Philadelphia Phillies 85-77 12.0
Atlanta Braves 79-83 18.0
Florida Marlins 78-84 19.0
Washington Nationals 71-91 26.0
2006 National League Central
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 83-78 -
Houston Astros 82-80 1.5
Cincinnati Reds 80-82 3.5
Milwaukee Brewers 75-87 8.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 67-95 16.5
Chicago Cubs 66-96 17.5
2006 National League West
Team Record GB
San Diego Padres 88-74 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 88-74 -
San Francisco Giants 76-85 11.5
Arizona Diamondbacks 76-86 12.0
Colorado Rockies 76-86 12.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 97 65 0.599 930 5.74 767 4.73 210 170 0.285 0.358 0.461 4.41 496 1019 0.983 145
Minnesota Twins 96 66 0.593 801 4.94 683 4.22 143 182 0.287 0.344 0.425 3.95 356 1164 0.986 135
Detroit Tigers 95 67 0.586 822 5.07 675 4.17 203 160 0.274 0.326 0.449 3.84 489 1003 0.983 162
Oakland Athletics 93 69 0.574 771 4.76 727 4.49 175 162 0.260 0.338 0.412 4.21 529 1003 0.986 173
Chicago White Sox 90 72 0.556 868 5.36 794 4.90 236 200 0.280 0.339 0.464 4.61 433 1012 0.985 145
Los Angeles Angels 89 73 0.549 766 4.73 732 4.52 159 158 0.274 0.332 0.425 4.04 471 1164 0.979 154
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 809 4.99 754 4.65 199 185 0.284 0.345 0.463 4.37 504 1076 0.984 157
Boston Red Sox 86 76 0.531 820 5.06 825 5.09 192 181 0.269 0.347 0.435 4.83 509 1070 0.989 174
Texas Rangers 80 82 0.494 835 5.15 784 4.84 183 162 0.278 0.337 0.446 4.60 496 972 0.984 174
Seattle Mariners 78 84 0.481 756 4.67 792 4.89 172 183 0.272 0.320 0.424 4.60 560 1067 0.985 150
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 870 5.37 782 4.83 196 166 0.280 0.345 0.457 4.41 429 948 0.981 165
Baltimore Orioles 70 92 0.432 768 4.74 899 5.55 164 216 0.277 0.334 0.424 5.35 613 1016 0.983 156
Kansas City Royals 62 100 0.383 757 4.67 971 5.99 124 213 0.271 0.328 0.411 5.65 637 904 0.984 189
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 61 101 0.377 689 4.25 856 5.28 190 180 0.255 0.310 0.420 4.96 606 979 0.981 156
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Mets 97 65 0.599 834 5.15 731 4.51 200 180 0.264 0.330 0.445 4.14 527 1161 0.983 131
San Diego Padres 88 74 0.543 731 4.51 679 4.19 161 176 0.263 0.330 0.416 3.87 468 1097 0.985 138
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 0.543 820 5.06 751 4.64 153 152 0.276 0.346 0.432 4.23 492 1068 0.982 174
Philadelphia Phillies 85 77 0.525 865 5.34 812 5.01 216 211 0.267 0.340 0.447 4.60 512 1138 0.983 153
St. Louis Cardinals 83 78 0.516 781 4.85 762 4.73 184 193 0.269 0.333 0.431 4.54 504 970 0.984 170
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 735 4.54 719 4.44 174 182 0.255 0.326 0.409 4.08 480 1160 0.987 164
Cincinnati Reds 80 82 0.494 749 4.62 801 4.94 217 213 0.257 0.332 0.432 4.51 464 1053 0.979 139
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 849 5.24 805 4.97 222 183 0.270 0.333 0.455 4.60 572 1049 0.984 146
Florida Marlins 78 84 0.481 758 4.68 772 4.77 182 166 0.264 0.325 0.435 4.37 622 1088 0.979 166
San Francisco Giants 76 85 0.472 746 4.63 790 4.91 163 153 0.259 0.320 0.422 4.63 584 992 0.985 132
Arizona Diamondbacks 76 86 0.469 773 4.77 788 4.86 160 168 0.267 0.327 0.424 4.48 536 1115 0.983 172
Colorado Rockies 76 86 0.469 813 5.02 812 5.01 157 155 0.270 0.337 0.433 4.66 553 952 0.985 190
Milwaukee Brewers 75 87 0.463 730 4.51 833 5.14 180 177 0.258 0.320 0.420 4.82 514 1145 0.980 126
Washington Nationals 71 91 0.438 746 4.60 872 5.38 164 193 0.262 0.334 0.418 5.03 584 960 0.978 123
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 0.414 691 4.27 797 4.92 141 156 0.263 0.319 0.397 4.52 620 1060 0.983 168
Chicago Cubs 66 96 0.407 716 4.42 834 5.15 166 210 0.268 0.316 0.422 4.74 687 1250 0.982 122