1996 New York Yankees season

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1996 New York Yankees
1996 AL East Champions
1996 AL Champions
1996 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Rick Cerone)
MSG
(Jim Kaat, Dave Cohen, Al Trautwig)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Michael Kay)
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The 1996 New York Yankees season was the 94th season for the Yankees. The 1996 New York Yankees were managed by Joe Torre, and played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

The team finished first in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 92–70, 4 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and won their first division title since 1981 (the 1994 team had the best record in the American League, but the strike took it away). The team defeated the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series, three games to one. The Yankees went on to defeat the Orioles in the American League Championship Series four games to one.

In the 1996 World Series the Yankees beat the National League champion Atlanta Braves four games to two, winning four consecutive games to overcome a two-games-to-none deficit. The Yankees earned their 23rd World Series title and their first since 1978.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Game log[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 92 70 .568    --
Baltimore Orioles * 88 74 .543   4.0
Boston Red Sox 85 77 .525   7.0
Toronto Blue Jays 74 88 .457 18.0
Detroit Tigers 53 109 .327 39.0


Roster[edit]

1996 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Girardi, JoeJoe Girardi 124 422 124 .294 2 45
1B Martinez, TinoTino Martinez 155 595 174 .292 25 117
2B Duncan, MarianoMariano Duncan 109 400 136 .340 8 56
3B Boggs, WadeWade Boggs 132 501 156 .311 2 41
SS Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter 157 582 183 .314 10 78
LF Raines, TimTim Raines 59 201 57 .284 9 33
CF Williams, BernieBernie Williams 143 551 168 .305 29 102
RF O'Neill, PaulPaul O'Neill 150 546 165 .302 19 91
DH Sierra, RubénRubén Sierra 96 360 93 .258 11 52

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Leyritz, JimJim Leyritz 88 265 70 .264 7 40
Strawberry, DarrylDarryl Strawberry 63 202 53 .262 11 36
Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder 53 200 52 .260 13 37
Fox, AndyAndy Fox 113 189 37 .196 3 13
Rivera, RubénRubén Rivera 46 88 25 .284 2 16
Aldrete, MikeMike Aldrete 32 68 17 .250 3 12
Hayes, CharlieCharlie Hayes 20 67 19 .284 2 13
Williams, GeraldGerald Williams 99 233 63 .270 5 30
Howard, MattMatt Howard 35 54 11 .204 1 9
Sojo, LuisLuis Sojo 18 40 11 .275 0 5
Kelly, PatPat Kelly 13 21 3 .143 0 2
Eenhoorn, RobertRobert Eenhoorn 12 14 1 .071 0 2
Posada, JorgeJorge Posada 8 14 1 .071 0 0
James, DionDion James 6 12 2 .167 0 0
McIntosh, TimTim McIntosh 3 3 0 .000 0 0
Luke, MattMatt Luke 1 0 0 --- 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pettitte, AndyAndy Pettitte 35 221 21 8 3.87 162
Key, JimmyJimmy Key 30 169.1 12 11 4.68 116
Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers 30 179 12 8 4.68 92
Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden 29 170.2 11 7 5.01 126
Cone, DavidDavid Cone 11 72 7 2 2.88 71
Mendoza, RamiroRamiro Mendoza 12 53 4 5 6.79 34
Whitehurst, WallyWally Whitehurst 2 8 1 1 6.75 1

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Boehringer, BrianBrian Boehringer 15 46.1 2 4 5.44 37
Hutton, MarkMark Hutton 12 30.1 0 2 5.04 25
Weathers, DavidDavid Weathers 11 17.1 0 2 9.35 13
Kamieniecki, ScottScott Kamieniecki 7 22.2 1 2 11.12 15
Bones, RickyRicky Bones 4 7 0 0 14.14 4

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Wetteland, JohnJohn Wetteland 62 2 3 43 2.83 69
Nelson, JeffJeff Nelson 73 4 4 2 4.36 91
Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera 61 8 3 5 2.09 130
Wickman, BobBob Wickman 58 4 1 0 4.67 61
Polley, DaleDale Polley 32 1 3 0 7.89 14
Mecir, JimJim Mecir 26 1 1 0 5.13 38
Pavlas, DaveDave Pavlas 16 0 0 1 2.35 18
Howe, SteveSteve Howe 25 0 1 1 6.35 5
Brewer, BillyBilly Brewer 4 1 0 0 9.53 8
Lloyd, GraemeGraeme Lloyd 13 0 2 0 17.47 6
Gibson, PaulPaul Gibson 4 0 0 0 6.23 3
Aldrete, MikeMike Aldrete 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

ALDS[edit]

Game 1, October 1[edit]

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 8 0
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
WP: John Burkett (1–0)   LP: David Cone (0–1)
Home runs:
Tex: Juan González (1), Dean Palmer (1)
NYY: None

Game 2, October 2[edit]

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Texas 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
New York 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
WP: Brian Boehringer (1–0)   LP: Mike Stanton (0–1)
Home runs:
Tex: Juan González (2, 3)
NYY: Cecil Fielder (1)

Game 3, October 4[edit]

The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1
Texas 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Jeff Nelson (1–0)   LP: Darren Oliver (0–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
Tex: Juan González (4)

Game 4, October 5[edit]

The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 6 12 1
Texas 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
WP: David Weathers (1–0)   LP: Roger Pavlik (0–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (2, 3)
Tex: Juan González (5)

Postseason[edit]

ALCS[edit]

Game Score Date
1 Baltimore 4, New York 5 October 9
2 Baltimore 5, New York 3 October 10
3 New York 5, Baltimore 2 October 11
4 New York 8, Baltimore 4 October 12
5 New York 6, Baltimore 4 October 13

Jeffrey Maier[edit]

On October 9, 1996, the Yankees trailed the Orioles 4–3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when shortstop Derek Jeter hit a deep fly ball to right field. Right fielder Tony Tarasco moved near the fence and appeared "to draw a bead on the ball"[20] when the then-12 year old Maier reached over the fence separating the stands and the field of play 9 feet below and deflected the ball into the stands. While baseball fans are permitted to catch (and keep) balls hit into the stands, if "a spectator reaches out of the stands, or goes on the playing field, and touches a live ball"[21] spectator interference is to be called.

1996 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1996 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 20, 1996 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 2 6 0 1 3 0 0 0 12 13 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
WP: John Smoltz (1–0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1)
Home runs:
ATL: Andruw Jones 2 (2), Fred McGriff (1)
NYY: None

Game 2[edit]

October 21, 1996 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 10 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
WP: Greg Maddux (1–0)   LP: Jimmy Key (0–1)

Game 3[edit]

October 22, 1996 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5 8 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1
WP: David Cone (1–0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
ATL: None

Game 4[edit]

October 23, 1996 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 2 8 12 0
Atlanta 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 2
WP: Graeme Lloyd (1–0)   LP: Steve Avery (0–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Jim Leyritz (1)
ATL: Fred McGriff (2)

Game 5[edit]

October 24, 1996 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–1)   LP: John Smoltz (1–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (3)

Game 6[edit]

October 26, 1996 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
New York 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 8 1
WP: Jimmy Key (1–1)   LP: Greg Maddux (1–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (4)

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Stump Merrill
AA Norwich Navigators Eastern League Jim Essian
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Trey Hillman
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Rick Patterson and Jimmy Johnson
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Gary Tuck
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Ken Dominguez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, GCL Yankees[22]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Boston Red Sox
1995
AL East Championship Season
1996
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1997
Preceded by
Cleveland Indians
1995
American League champion
1996
Succeeded by
Cleveland Indians
1997