1996 New York Yankees season
|1996 New York Yankees|
|1996 AL East Champions
1996 AL Champions
1996 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Rick Cerone)
(Jim Kaat, Dave Cohen, Al Trautwig)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)
(John Sterling, Michael Kay)
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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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 ALDS
- 5 Postseason
- 6 Awards and honors
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- December 4, 1995: Jalal Leach was drafted by the Montreal Expos from the New York Yankees in the 1995 minor league draft.
- December 7, 1995: Russ Davis and Sterling Hitchcock were traded by the Yankees to the Seattle Mariners for Tino Martinez, Jeff Nelson and Jim Mecir.
- December 11, 1995: Mariano Duncan was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.
- December 21, 1995: David Cone was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.
- December 28, 1995: The Yankees traded a player to be named later to the Chicago White Sox for Tim Raines. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Blaise Kozeniewski to the White Sox on February 6, 1996.
- February 20, 1996: Dwight Gooden was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.
- February 24, 1996: Tim McIntosh was signed as a free agent by the Yankees.
- March 31, 1995: Rafael Quirico was released by the Yankees.
- June 4, 1996: 1996 Major League Baseball Draft
- June 12, 1996: Rich Monteleone was traded by the Yankees to the California Angels for Mike Aldrete.
- June 12, 1996: Wally Whitehurst was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Montreal Expos.
- July 4, 1996: Darryl Strawberry was purchased by the Yankees from the St. Paul Saints.
- July 31, 1996: Rubén Sierra and Matt Drews (minors) were traded by the Yankees to the Detroit Tigers for Cecil Fielder.
- July 31, 1996: Dave Weathers was traded by the Florida Marlins to the New York Yankees for Mark Hutton.
- August 22, 1996: Luis Sojo was selected off waivers by the Yankees from the Seattle Mariners.
- August 23, 1996: Bob Wickman and Gerald Williams were traded by the Yankees to the Milwaukee Brewers for Pat Listach, Graeme Lloyd and a player to be named later. The Brewers completed the trade by sending Ricky Bones to the Yankees on August 29.
- August 30, 1996: The Yankees traded a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Charlie Hayes. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Chris Corn to the Pirates on August 31.
- September 6, 1996: Robert Eenhoorn was selected off waivers from the Yankees by the California Angels.
- September 12, 1996: Wally Whitehurst was released by the Yankees.
|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|
|1996 New York Yankees|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|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|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|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|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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|
|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|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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|
Game 1, October 1
|WP: John Burkett (1–0) LP: David Cone (0–1)
Tex: Juan González (1), Dean Palmer (1)
Game 2, October 2
|WP: Brian Boehringer (1–0) LP: Mike Stanton (0–1)
Tex: Juan González (2, 3)
NYY: Cecil Fielder (1)
Game 3, October 4
|WP: Jeff Nelson (1–0) LP: Darren Oliver (0–1) Sv: John Wetteland (1)
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
Tex: Juan González (4)
Game 4, October 5
|WP: David Weathers (1–0) LP: Roger Pavlik (0–1) Sv: John Wetteland (2)
NYY: Bernie Williams (2, 3)
Tex: Juan González (5)
|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|
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" 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" spectator interference is to be called.
1996 World Series
|WP: John Smoltz (1–0) LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1)
ATL: Andruw Jones 2 (2), Fred McGriff (1)
|WP: Greg Maddux (1–0) LP: Jimmy Key (0–1)|
|WP: David Cone (1–0) LP: Tom Glavine (0–1) Sv: John Wetteland (1)
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
|WP: Graeme Lloyd (1–0) LP: Steve Avery (0–1) Sv: John Wetteland (2)
NYY: Jim Leyritz (1)
ATL: Fred McGriff (2)
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–1) LP: John Smoltz (1–1) Sv: John Wetteland (3)|
|WP: Jimmy Key (1–1) LP: Greg Maddux (1–1) Sv: John Wetteland (4)|
Awards and honors
- Cecil Fielder, Babe Ruth Award
- Derek Jeter, SS, American League Rookie of the Year
- Bernie Williams, ALCS Most Valuable Player
- John Wetteland, World Series Most Valuable Player
- Wade Boggs, Third Base, Starter
- Andy Pettitte, Pitcher, Reserve
- John Wetteland, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
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- "Jalal Leach Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- "Tino Martinez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- Mariano Duncan page at Baseball Reference
- David Cone page at Baseball Reference
- Tim Raines page at Baseball Reference
- Dwight Gooden page at Baseball Reference
- Tim McIntosh page at Baseball Reference
- Rafael Quirico page at Baseball Reference
- Nick Johnson page at Baseball Reference
- Scott Seabol page at Baseball Reference
- Mike Aldrete page at Baseball Reference
- Wally Whitehurst page at Baseball Reference
- Darryl Strawberry page at Baseball Reference
- Cecil Fielder page at Baseball Reference
- "1989 San Francisco Giants Statistics and Team Info". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Luis Sojo page at Baseball Reference
- Pat Listach page at Baseball Reference
- Charlie Hayes page at Baseball Reference
- Robert Eenhoorn page at Baseball Reference
- The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Official info: Official Rules
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007