2006 Major League Baseball season

The 2006 Major League Baseball season ended with the National League's St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series with the lowest regular season victory total in a non-strike season in history. The American League continued its domination at the All-Star Game by winning its fourth straight game; the A.L. has won nine of the last ten contests (the 2002 game was a tie). This season, the Atlanta Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1990. Individual achievements included Barry Bonds who, despite questions surrounding his alleged steroid use and involvement in the BALCO scandal, surpassed Babe Ruth for second place on the career home runs list.

2006 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 2 – October 27, 2006
Top draft pickLuke Hochevar
Picked byKansas City Royals
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Justin Morneau (MIN)
NL: Ryan Howard (PHI)
League Postseason
AL championsDetroit Tigers
  AL runners-upOakland Athletics
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upNew York Mets
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upDetroit Tigers
World Series MVPDavid Eckstein (STL)

Final standings



  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 NY Yankees 1  
4 Detroit 3  
  4 Detroit 4  
American League
  3 Oakland 0  
2 Minnesota 0
  3 Oakland 3  
    AL4 Detroit 1
  NL3 St. Louis 4
  1 NY Mets 3  
4 LA Dodgers 0  
  1 NY Mets 3
National League
  3 St. Louis 4  
2 San Diego 1
  3 St. Louis 3  

All-Star game


Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the YearHanley Ramírez (FLA)Justin Verlander (DET)
Cy Young AwardBrandon Webb (ARI)Johan Santana (MIN)
Manager of the YearJoe Girardi (FLA)Jim Leyland (DET)
Most Valuable PlayerRyan Howard (PHI)Justin Morneau (MIN)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
PitcherGreg Maddux (CHC/LAD)Kenny Rogers (DET)
CatcherBrad Ausmus (HOU)Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st BaseAlbert Pujols (STL)Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd BaseOrlando Hudson (ARI)Mark Grudzielanek (KC)
3rd BaseScott Rolen (STL)Eric Chavez (OAK)
ShortstopOmar Vizquel (SF)Derek Jeter (NYY)
OutfieldCarlos Beltrán (NYM)
Mike Cameron (SD)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher/Designated HitterCarlos Zambrano (CHC)David Ortiz (BOS)
CatcherBrian McCann (ATL)Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st BaseRyan Howard (PHI)Justin Morneau (MIN)
2nd BaseChase Utley (PHI)Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd BaseMiguel Cabrera (FLA)Joe Crede (CHW)
ShortstopJosé Reyes (NYM)Derek Jeter (NYY)
OutfieldCarlos Beltrán (NYM)
Matt Holliday (COL)
Alfonso Soriano (WSH)
Jermaine Dye (CHW)
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)

Other awards

Player of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Jason GiambiAlbert Pujols
May Alex RodriguezJason Bay
June Joe MauerDavid Wright
July David OrtizChase Utley
August Travis HafnerRyan Howard
September Robinson CanóRyan Howard

Pitcher of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April José ContrerasGreg Maddux
May CC SabathiaJason Schmidt
June Johan SantanaChris Young
July John LackeyCarlos Zambrano
August Esteban LoaizaDerek Lowe
September Johan SantanaRoy Oswalt

Rookie of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Jonathan PapelbonPrince Fielder
May Justin VerlanderJosh Johnson
June Francisco LirianoJosh Johnson
Dan Uggla
July Francisco LirianoJosh Barfield
August Nick MarkakisChris Duncan
September Boof BonserAníbal Sánchez

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGJoe Mauer, MIN.347Freddy Sanchez, PIT.344
HRDavid Ortiz, BOS54Ryan Howard, PHI58
RBIDavid Ortiz, BOS137Ryan Howard, PHI149
WinsJohan Santana, MIN
Chien-Ming Wang, NYY
19Aaron Harang, CIN
Derek Lowe, LAD
Brad Penny, LAD
John Smoltz, ATL
Brandon Webb, ARI
Carlos Zambrano, CHC
ERAJohan Santana, MIN2.77Roy Oswalt, HOU2.98
SOJohan Santana, MIN245Aaron Harang, CIN216
SVFrancisco Rodríguez, LAA47Trevor Hoffman, SD46
SBCarl Crawford, TB58José Reyes, NYM64


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Sam Perlozzo
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland Won the ALCS, replacing Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Buddy Bell
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Mike Scioscia
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha (Macha was replaced by Bob Geren)
Seattle Mariners Mike Hargrove
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Joe Maddon
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter (Showalter was replaced with Ron Washington)
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker (Baker was replaced by Lou Piniella)
Cincinnati Reds Jerry Narron
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Joe Girardi (Girardi was replaced by Fredi González)
Houston Astros Phil Garner
Los Angeles Dodgers Grady Little
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
New York Mets Willie Randolph
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel
Pittsburgh Pirates± Jim Tracy
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Won the World Series
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy (Bochy was replaced by Bud Black)
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou (Alou was replaced by Bruce Bochy)
Washington Nationals Frank Robinson (Robinson was replaced by Manny Acta)

±hosted the MLB All Star Game


300–300 Club members

Home Runs

The following players reached major home run milestones in 2006:

Barry Bonds' countdown to 715

  • May 21 — reached 714 career homers, tying Babe Ruth for second all time
  • May 28 — reached 715 career homers, passing Ruth for second all time

400 career homers

300 career homers

200 career homers

Entry into the top 500



  • Alfonso Soriano of the Washington Nationals become only the fourth player to join the 40–40 Club, joining José Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez when he stole his 40th base of the season on September 16. Six days later he became the first person ever to reach 40 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 40 doubles in one season.

Other achievements

  • Matt Holliday hit the longest home run of the season in MLB against the San Francisco Giants on September 19 with an official distance of 443 feet (135 m); HitTracker estimated it at 496 feet (151 m).[1]


See also


  1. Beinhoff, Drew (September 20, 2006). "You gotta love Matt Holliday". Real Clear Sports. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  2. "Charlton's Baseball Chronology". www.baseballlibrary.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.

See also

2006 in baseball

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