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1996 New York Yankees season

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Manager  Joe Torre
Start date  1996
Local televisions  WPIX, MSG Plus
General manager  Bob Watson
Owner  George Steinbrenner
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Local radio  WABC (AM) (John Sterling, Michael Kay)
Similar  1999 New York Yankees, 1998 New York Yankees, 2009 New York Yankees, 1977 New York Yankees, 2001 New York Yankees

The 1996 New York Yankees season was the 94th season for the Yankees. The 1996 New York Yankees were managed by Joe Torre, and played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

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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.

Offseason

  • 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.
  • Notable transactions

  • June 4, 1996: 1996 Major League Baseball draft
  • Nick Johnson was drafted by the Yankees in the 3rd round. Player signed June 14, 1996.
  • Scott Seabol was drafted by the Yankees in the 88th round. Player signed June 25, 1996.
  • 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.
  • Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Game 1, October 1

    Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

    Game 2, October 2

    Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

    Game 3, October 4

    The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

    Game 4, October 5

    The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

    Jeffrey Maier

    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 then-12 year old fan Jeffrey 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.

    Game 1

    October 20, 1996, at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York

    Game 2

    October 21, 1996, at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York

    Game 3

    October 22, 1996, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

    Game 4

    October 23, 1996, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

    Game 5

    October 24, 1996, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

    Game 6

    October 26, 1996, at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York

    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
  • All-Stars

    All-Star Game

  • Wade Boggs, Third Base, Starter
  • Andy Pettitte, Pitcher, Reserve
  • John Wetteland, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
  • Farm system

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, GCL Yankees

    References

    1996 New York Yankees season Wikipedia


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