2006 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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2006 Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Los Angeles (since 1958)
Other information
Owner(s) Frank McCourt
General manager(s) Ned Colletti
Manager(s) Grady Little
Local television Fox Sports Prime Ticket; KCAL-TV (9)
Vin Scully, Charley Steiner, Steve Lyons
Local radio

KFWB
Vin Scully, Rick Monday, Charley Steiner, Jerry Reuss

KWKW
Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez, Fernando Valenzuela
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In 2006, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to improve their record from 2005. The team switched General Managers from Paul DePodesta to Ned Colletti, and hired Grady Little as the new manager. The Dodgers were able to win 88 games. In the National League Western Division, the Dodgers won the wild card, but in the first round of the playoffs lost in three straight games against the Mets. This is also their first season to be broadcast on KCAL-TV (9).

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Diego Padres 88 74 .543
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 .543
San Francisco Giants 76 85 11½ .472
Arizona Diamondbacks 76 86 12 .469
Colorado Rockies 76 86 12 .469

Game Log[edit]

Legend
  Dodgers win
  Dodgers loss
  Postponement
Bold Dodgers team member
2006 Game Log

Season summary[edit]

After a season battling injuries to team leaders Jeff Kent and all-star Nomar Garciaparra, the Dodgers were able to produce with several young rookies such as Russell Martin, Andre Ethier, James Loney, Chad Billingsley, and Jonathan Broxton. Key reliever Yhency Brazobán was sidelined with Tommy John surgery, and closer Éric Gagné was sidelined with a back injury. However, rookie pitcher Takashi Saito took over the closing role and instantly became one of the game's best closers, ending the season with 24 saves in just half of the season.

Los Angeles had a very streaky season in 2006. After they started just 12–17, the Dodgers went on to win 15 of their next 18 games to improve to 27-20. They were 46-42 at the all-star break, two games back of the San Diego Padres in a tough division (all five teams in the N.L. West were .500 or better at the all-star break). Two Dodger players, Nomar Garciaparra, and Brad Penny, were selected to play in the All-Star Game.

After the all-star break, the Dodgers lost 13 of their first 14 games. As a result, their record dropped to 47–55, and they were in last place in the N.L. West, 7½ games out of first place. Los Angeles would bounce back from this losing streak to win 17 out of their next 18 games, the first time the Dodgers did so since 1899. At the end of this winning stretch, Los Angeles was in first place with a record of 64–56. During this stretch, the Dodgers acquired Wilson Betemit from the Atlanta Braves, Julio Lugo from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and pitcher Greg Maddux from the Chicago Cubs. Maddux proved to be the biggest transition for the Dodgers, as he provided the Dodgers' starting rotation with a veteran arm and pitching depth.

The highlight of the 2006 season for Los Angeles was on September 18, against the San Diego Padres. Coming into the four-game series, Los Angeles held a half game lead in the N.L. West over San Diego with two and a half weeks left in the season. Los Angeles won the first game of the series 3–1 after a strong pitching performance by Maddux, extending the Dodgers' lead to a 1½ games over San Diego. The second game of the series was an 11–2 rout in favor of San Diego, trimming the Dodgers lead back to a half game. The third game of the series was a pitchers' duel between San Diego's Chris Young and the Dodgers Derek Lowe. San Diego scored first after Russell Branyan hit a solo home run to make it 1-0. Russell Martin tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run of his own in the 7th. But San Diego won the game 2-1 when Khalil Greene scored on Terrmel Sledge's single. San Diego's victory gave them a half game lead over the Dodgers in the N.L. West.

The last game of the series on September 18 was a rocky start for the Dodgers. Brad Penny gave up four runs in the first inning, giving San Diego a 4-0 lead. Los Angeles slowly climbed back into the game, and tied the score 4-4 in the third inning. Neither team scored again until San Diego scored two in the top of the 8th to take a 6-4 lead. The Dodgers would cut San Diego's lead to one run after Wilson Betemit drove in Marlon Anderson with an RBI single. San Diego scored three runs in the top of the 9th and appeared to have broken the game wide open with a 9-5 lead. With a four-run lead, San Diego elected to bring in Jon Adkins to pitch the 9th instead of closer Trevor Hoffman, who at the time was just three saves shy of tying the all-time record. Jeff Kent and J. D. Drew hit back-to-back home runs off of Adkins to close the lead to 9–7 with nobody out. San Diego then elected to bring Hoffman in to finish the game. Hoffman however, gave up back-to-back home runs to Martin and Anderson on the first two pitches Hoffman threw, tying the score at 9–9. It was only the fourth time a team hit four consecutive home runs in an inning, and the first time since the Minnesota Twins did so in 1964. San Diego scored a run in the top of the 10th on Josh Bard's RBI single to take a 10-9 lead. But after Kenny Lofton walked, Nomar Garciaparra hit the game-winning two-run walk off home run. The Dodgers' 11–10 victory gave them a half game lead over San Diego with just two weeks left in the season.

San Diego and Los Angeles finished the season tied for first place in the N.L. West at 88–74. San Diego however, was awarded the division title because they had won 13 of 18 games from Los Angeles during the regular season, giving the Dodgers the wild card spot.

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Rafael Furcal Shortstop
José Cruz, Jr. Left fielder
J. D. Drew Right fielder
Jeff Kent Second baseman
Olmedo Sáenz First baseman
Bill Mueller Third baseman
Sandy Alomar, Jr. Catcher
Jason Repko Center fielder
Derek Lowe Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Round 1: Clayton Kershaw
Round 1–Compensation Pick: Bryan Morris
Round 14: Alex White (did not sign)
Round 49: Paul Goldschmidt (did not sign)[1]

Roster[edit]

2006 Los Angeles Dodgers

Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Starting Pitchers stats[edit]

Name G GS IP W/L ERA BB SO CG
Derek Lowe 35 34 218.0 16-8 3.63 55 123 1
Brad Penny 34 33 189.0 16-9 4.33 54 148 0
Chad Billingsley 18 16 90.0 7-4 3.80 58 59 0
Aaron Sele 28 15 103.3 8-6 4.53 30 57 0
Mark Hendrickson 18 12 75.0 2-7 4.68 28 48 0
Greg Maddux 12 12 73.7 6-3 3.30 14 36 0
Jae Weong Seo 19 10 67.0 2-4 5.78 25 49 0

Relief Pitchers stats[edit]

Name G GS IP W/L ERA BB SO SV
Takashi Saito 72 0 78.3 6-2 2.07 23 107 24
Jonathan Broxton 68 0 76.3 4-1 2.59 33 97 3
Joe Beimel 62 0 70.0 2-1 2.96 21 30 2
Danys Báez 46 0 49.7 5-5 4.35 11 29 9
Tim Hamulack 33 0 34.0 0-3 6.35 22 34 0
Brett Tomko 44 15 112.3 8-7 4.73 29 76 0
Hong-Chih Kuo 28 5 59.7 1-5 4.22 33 71 0
Odalis Pérez 20 8 59.3 4-4 6.83 13 33 0
Giovanni Carrara 25 0 27.7 0-1 4.55 7 25 1
Elmer Dessens 19 0 23.0 0-1 4.70 9 16 0
Eric Stults 6 2 17.7 1-0 5.60 7 5 0
Franquelis Osoria 12 0 17.7 0-2 7.13 9 13 0
Lance Carter 10 0 11.7 0-1 8.49 8 5 0
Yhency Brazobán 5 0 5.0 0-0 5.40 2 4 0
Éric Gagné 2 0 2.0 0-0 0.00 1 3 1

Batting Stats[edit]

Name Pos G AB Avg. R H HR RBI SB
Russell Martin C 121 415 .282 65 117 10 65 10
Dioner Navarro C 25 75 .280 5 21 2 8 1
Sandy Alomar, Jr. C 27 62 .323 3 20 0 9 0
Toby Hall C 21 57 .368 2 21 0 8 0
Einar Díaz C 3 3 .667 0 2 0 0 0
Nomar Garciaparra 1B 122 469 .303 82 142 20 93 3
Jeff Kent 2B/1B 115 407 .292 61 119 14 68 1
Rafael Furcal SS 159 654 .300 113 196 15 63 37
Wilson Betemit 3B 55 174 .241 19 42 9 24 1
Olmedo Sáenz 1B/3B 103 179 .296 30 53 11 48 0
Ramón Martínez 2B/3B/SS/1B/RF 82 176 .278 20 49 2 24 0
Julio Lugo 2B/3B/SS/RF/LF 49 146 .219 16 32 0 10 6
Willy Aybar 3B/2B 43 128 .250 15 32 3 22 1
César Izturis 3B/SS/2B 32 119 .252 10 30 1 12 1
Bill Mueller 3B 32 107 .252 12 27 3 15 1
James Loney 1B/RF 48 302 .284 20 29 4 18 1
Óscar Robles 2B/3B 29 33 .152 6 5 0 0 0
Joel Guzmán 3B/1B/LF 8 19 .211 2 4 0 3 0
Andre Ethier LF 126 396 .308 50 122 11 55 5
Kenny Lofton CF 129 469 .301 79 141 3 41 32
J. D. Drew RF 146 494 .283 84 140 20 100 2
José Cruz, Jr. LF/RF/CF 86 223 .233 34 52 5 5
Matt Kemp CF/LF/RF 52 154 .253 30 39 7 23 6
Jason Repko CF/RF/LF 69 130 .254 21 33 3 16 10
Marlon Anderson LF/RF/2B 25 64 .375 12 24 7 15 2
Ricky Ledée LF/RF 43 53 .245 4 13 1 8 1
Cody Ross RF/LF 8 14 .500 4 7 2 9 1
Delwyn Young RF/LF 8 5 .000 0 0 0 0 0

2006 National League Division Series[edit]

Upon entering the playoffs, they were swept at Shea Stadium. Reliever Joe Beimel cut his hand on glass at a bar while drinking. Beimel told his teammates, he did it in his hotel room but then later revealed the truth. Beimel was sidelined during all of the Division Series.

Game 1, October 4[edit]

Shea Stadium, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 5 11 1
New York 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 X 6 9 1
WP: Guillermo Mota (1-0)   LP: Brad Penny (0-1)   Sv: Billy Wagner (1)
Home runs:
LAD: None
NYM: Carlos Delgado (1), Cliff Floyd (1)

Game 2, October 5[edit]

Shea Stadium, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1
New York 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 X 4 7 0
WP: Tom Glavine (1-0)   LP: Hong-Chih Kuo (0-1)   Sv: Billy Wagner (2)
Home runs:
LAD: Wilson Betemit (1)
NYM: None

Game 3, October 7[edit]

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 9 14 2
Los Angeles 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 16 2
WP: Pedro Feliciano (1-0)   LP: Jonathan Broxton (0-1)
Home runs:
NYM: None
LAD: Jeff Kent (1)

2006 Awards[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Las Vegas 51s Pacific Coast League Jerry Royster
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League John Shoemaker
High A Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League Luis Salazar
A Columbus Catfish South Atlantic League Travis Barbary
Rookie Ogden Raptors Pioneer League Lance Parrish
Rookie Gulf Coast Dodgers Gulf Coast League Juan Bustabad
Rookie DSL Dodgers Dominican Summer League

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Houston Astros
2005
NL Wild Card
2006
Succeeded by
Colorado Rockies
2007