2006 Major League Baseball season

2006 Major League Baseball season
2006 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 2, 2006 – October 27, 2006
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Justin Morneau (MIN)
NL: Ryan Howard (PHI)
League Postseason
AL champions Detroit Tigers
  AL runners-up Oakland Athletics
NL champions St. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-up New York Mets
World Series
World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-up Detroit Tigers
World Series MVP David Eckstein (STL)
MLB seasons
← 2005

2007 →

In 2006, the 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 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.


Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 97   65 .599    –
2nd Toronto Blue Jays 87   75 .537 10.0
3rd Boston Red Sox 86   76 .531 11.0
4th Baltimore Orioles 70   92 .432 27.0
5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays 61 101 .377 36.0
Central Division
1st Minnesota Twins 96   66 .593    –
2nd Detroit Tigers 95   67 .586   1.0
3rd Chicago White Sox 90   72 .556   6.0
4th Cleveland Indians 78   84 .481 18.0
5th Kansas City Royals 62 100 .383 34.0
West Division
1st Oakland Athletics 93   69 .574    –
2nd Los Angeles Angels 89   73 .549   4.0
3rd Texas Rangers 80   82 .494 13.0
4th Seattle Mariners 78   84 .481 15.0

Won the wild card for its respective league.
Awarded division championship based on 13–5 season series edge over the Dodgers.

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Mets   97 65 .599    –
2nd Philadelphia Phillies   85 77 .525 12.0
3rd Atlanta Braves   79 83 .488 18.0
4th Florida Marlins   78 84 .481 19.0
5th Washington Nationals   71 91 .438 26.0
Central Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals   83 78 .516    –
2nd Houston Astros   82 80 .506   1.5
3rd Cincinnati Reds   80 82 .494   3.5
4th Milwaukee Brewers   75 87 .463   8.5
5th Pittsburgh Pirates   67 95 .414 16.5
6th Chicago Cubs   66 96 .407 17.5
West Division
1st San Diego Padres   88 74 .543    –
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers   88 74 .543    –
3rd San Francisco Giants   76 85 .472 11.5
4th Arizona Diamondbacks   76 86 .469 12.0
4th Colorado Rockies   76 86 .469 12.0


  • Postseason - October 3 to October 27
  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1  New York Yankees 1  
4  Detroit Tigers 3  
  4  Detroit Tigers 4  
American League
  3  Oakland Athletics 0  
2  Minnesota Twins 0
  3  Oakland Athletics 3  
    AL4  Detroit Tigers 1
  NL3  St. Louis Cardinals 4
  1  New York Mets 3  
4  Los Angeles Dodgers 0  
  1  New York Mets 3
National League
  3  St. Louis Cardinals 4  
2  San Diego Padres 1
  3  St. Louis Cardinals 3  

Click on any series score to link to that series' page.
Higher seed had home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.
The American League champion had home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the 2006 All-Star Game.

All-Star game


Award National League American League
Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard, PHI Justin Morneau, MIN
Cy Young Brandon Webb, ARI Johan Santana, MIN
Manager of the Year Joe Girardi, FLA Jim Leyland, DET
Rookie of the Year Hanley Ramirez, FLA Justin Verlander, DET
Relief Man of the Year Trevor Hoffman, SD Francisco Rodríguez, LAA
Comeback Player of the Year Nomar Garciaparra, LAD Jim Thome, CWS
Hank Aaron Award Ryan Howard, PHI Derek Jeter, NYY Sammy Sosa, CHC
Roberto Clemente Award
Carlos Delgado, NYM

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
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


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

  • Trot Nixon on April 5 with his 126th career homer
  • Jason Varitek on June 13 with his 126th career homer
  • Vernon Wells on June 14 with his 126th career homer
  • Aubrey Huff on July 1 with his 126th career homer
  • Raúl Ibáñez on July 15 with his 126th career homer
  • Mark Teixeira on August 19 with his 127th career homer



  • 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.

See also

2006 in baseball

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