2006 Baseball Season Highlights
The 2006 baseball season seemed like it might be the year of the Detroit Tigers. They had consistent numbers all season and then took out the Oakland A's in a dramatic manor to put them in the 2006 World Series. But, when they got there, they found the Cardinals were too much for the Tigers to handle. Below, you will find the highlights from the 2006 baseball season:
- 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.
For more highlights of the 2006 baseball season, see the next page.To learn more about baseball, see:
- 2005 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth