2006 Baseball Season Highlights
- In the ALDS, Oakland sweeps Minnesota while the Tigers upset the Yankees in four.
- Detroit sweeps the A's in the ALCS, which concludes with Magglio Ordonez's walk-off home run.
- In NLDS action, the Mets sweep the Dodgers while the Cardinals top the Padres in four games.
- Yadier Molina's ninth-inning homer helps St. Louis beat the Mets in game seven of the NLCS.
- Thanks to hot pitching and eight Tigers errors, St. Louis defeats Detroit in five 2006 World Series games.
- David Eckstein's clutch hitting earns him the 2006 World Series MVP Award.
- Detroit's Kenny Rogers tosses 23 straight scoreless innings in the postseason.
- St. Louis wins the National League Central with an 83-78 record, fending off a ferocious late-season charge by Houston.
Curt Schilling pitched
over 3,000 career
strikeouts in 2006.
- Boston's Curt Schilling tops 3,000 strikeouts for his career.
- The National League East-champion Mets (97-65) are the only National League team with 90 victories.
- In the National League West, the Padres and Dodgers each go 88-74 and make the playoffs, with L.A. the wildcard.
- The Yankees win their ninth straight American League East crown. Boston's streak of seven straight second-place finishes comes to an end.
- In the American League Central, Minnesota wins the title on the last day of the season.
- Oakland takes the American League West crown by four games over the Angels.
- The Phillies' Ryan Howard wins the 2006 National League MVP Award.
- Howard tops the National League with 58 homers (a Phillies record) and 149 RBI.
- Young Twins slugger Justin Morneau (.321-34-130) cops the 2006 American League MVP Award, barely beating out Derek Jeter (.343, 118 runs).
- Minnesota's Johan Santana is the unanimous choice for the 2006 American League Cy Young.
- Santana leads the American League in wins (19), ERA (2.77), and strikeouts (245).
- The 2006 National League Cy Young goes to Arizona's Brandon Webb (16-8).
- Albert Pujols of St. Louis smashes .331-49-137 and leads the National League in slugging (.671).
- Joe Mauer of the Twins becomes the first catcher ever to win the American League batting championship (.347).
- Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez leads the senior circuit in batting (.344) and doubles (53).
- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz tops the American League in home runs (54), RBI (137), total bases (355), and walks (119).
- Trevor Hoffman's league-high 46 saves for San Diego give him 482 for his career -- a new Major League record.
- Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett dies on March 6 at age 45.
- In March, the inaugural World Baseball Classic features players from the U.S. major leagues wearing the uniforms of their home countries. Japan wins the 16-team tournament, besting Cuba for the title.
- Two Team USA players make the WBC All-Star Team: Jeter and Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr.
- Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies goes hitless on April 6, ending his two-season hitting streak at 38 games, ninth longest ever.
- On April 9, Colorado's Cory Sullivan triples twice in one inning against San Diego.
- In late April, Kevin Mench of the Rangers becomes the first righthanded batter to homer in seven consecutive games.
- On May 28, Barry Bonds clubs his 715th career home run, moving him past Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time list. Bonds finishes the season with 734, just 21 behind Hank Aaron.
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