1996 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1996 Baltimore Orioles season in which the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses and qualifying for the post-season as the Wild Card team. The Orioles broke the all-time record for most home runs hit by a team (set at 240 by the 1961 New York Yankees) with 257. During the season, four Orioles scored at least 100 runs, four drove in at least 100 runs and seven hit at least 20 home runs. The Orioles pitching staff allowed 209 home runs, 1,604 hits and had an ERA of 5.15. The Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS and then lost in the ALCS to the New York Yankees.

1996 Baltimore Orioles
1996 American League Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record88–74 (.543)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Peter Angelos
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Davey Johnson
Local televisionWJZ-TV
Home Team Sports
(Mel Proctor, Josh Lewin, Mike Flanagan, Jim Palmer)
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Jon Miller, Fred Manfra)
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OffseasonEdit

 
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, September 1996

Regular seasonEdit

  • On September 27 in Toronto, Roberto Alomar spat at home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck after getting thrown out of a game for arguing a called third strike.[6]

Opening Day startersEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

  • December 21, 1995: Roberto Alomar was signed as a free agent.
  • December 26, 1995: Traded Curtis Goodwin and Trovin Valdez to Cincinnati Reds for David Wells.
  • April 19, 1996: Luis Polonia was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[8]
  • June 6, 1996: Todd Frohwirth was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[9]
  • August 12, 1996: Luis Polonia was released by the Baltimore Orioles.[8]
  • August 23, 1996: Gregg Zaun was sent by the Baltimore Orioles to the Florida Marlins to complete an earlier deal made on August 21, 1996. The Baltimore Orioles sent a player to be named later to the Florida Marlins for Terry Mathews. The Baltimore Orioles sent Gregg Zaun (August 23, 1996) to the Florida Marlins to complete the trade.[10]
  • August 29, 1996: Traded Calvin Maduro and Garrett Stephenson to Philadelphia Phillies for Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia.

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 92 70 0.568 49–31 43–39
Baltimore Orioles 88 74 0.543 4 43–38 45–36
Boston Red Sox 85 77 0.525 7 47–34 38–43
Toronto Blue Jays 74 88 0.457 18 35–46 39–42
Detroit Tigers 53 109 0.327 39 27–54 26–55

Record vs. opponentsEdit


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 7–6 6–6 4–8 5–7 11–2 9–3 9–3 7–5 3–10 9–4 7–5 3–10–1 8–5
Boston 6–7 8–4 6–6 1–11 12–1 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–6 8–5 7–6 6–6 8–5
California 6–6 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–6 4–8 7–5 4–8 7–6 6–7 5–8 4–9 7–5
Chicago 8–4 6–6 6–6 5–8 10–3 7–6 6–7 6–7 6–7 5–7 5–7 8–4 7–5
Cleveland 7–5 11–1 9–4 8–5 12–0 7–6 7–6 10–3 3–9 6–6 8–4 4–8 7–5
Detroit 2–11 1–12 6–6 3–10 0–12 6–6 4–8 6–6 5–8 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–7
Kansas City 3–9 9–3 8–4 6–7 6–7 6–6 4–9 6–7 4–8 5–7 7–5 6–6 5–8
Milwaukee 3–9 5–7 5–7 7–6 6–7 8–4 9–4 9–4 6–6 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Minnesota 5–7 6–6 8–4 7–6 3–10 6–6 7–6 4–9 5–7 6–7 6–6 7–5 8–5
New York 10–3 6–7 6–7 7–6 9–3 8–5 8–4 6–6 7–5 9–3 3–9 5–7 8–5
Oakland 4–9 5–8 7–6 7–5 6–6 8–4 7–5 5–7 7–6 3–9 8–5 7–6 4–8
Seattle 5–7 6–7 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–4 6–6 9–3 5–8 10–3 5–7
Texas 10–3–1 6–6 9–4 4–8 8–4 9–4 6–6 7–6 5–7 7–5 6–7 3–10 10–2
Toronto 5–8 5–8 5–7 5–7 5–7 7–6 8–5 7–5 5–8 5–8 8–4 7–5 2–10


Game logEdit

1996 Game Log: 88–74 (Home: 43–38; Away: 45–36)
April: 14–12 (Home: 10–6; Away: 4–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 2 Royals 4–2 Mussina (1–0) Appier Myers (1) 46,818 1–0
2 April 3 Royals 7–1 Wells (1–0) Gubicza 40,068 2–0
3 April 4 Royals 5–3 Rhodes (1–0) Pichardo Myers (2) 38,753 3–0
4 April 5 @ Twins 2–1 Mercker (1–0) Guardado Myers (3) 22,744 4–0
5 April 6 @ Twins 3–8 Radke Haynes (0–1) 22,334 4–1
6 April 7 @ Twins 4–2 Mussina (2–0) Robertson Myers (4) 14,580 5–1
7 April 10 Indians 3–2 (10) Orosco (1–0) Tavarez 45,097 6–1
8 April 11 Indians 14–4 Erickson (1–0) Hershiser Rhodes (1) 43,189 7–1
9 April 12 Twins 3–2 Mussina (3–0) Robertson 42,602 8–1
10 April 13 Twins 7–6 Benitez (1–0) Mahomes 42,644 9–1
11 April 14 Twins 1–4 Rodriguez Haynes (0–2) Stevens 42,660 9–2
12 April 16 Red Sox 6–1 Wells (2–0) Clemens 40,017 10–2
13 April 17 Red Sox 6–5 (12) Rhodes (2–0) Maddux 40,258 11–2
14 April 18 Red Sox 7–10 Moyer Mussina (3–1) Slocumb 47,283 11–3
15 April 19 @ Rangers 7–26 Cook Mercker (1–1) Vosberg 41,184 11–4
16 April 20 @ Rangers 3–8 Gross Haynes (0–3) 45,358 11–5
17 April 21 @ Rangers 6–9 Oliver Wells (2–1) 39,456 11–6
18 April 22 @ Indians 3–6 Nagy Erickson (1–1) Mesa 42,236 11–7
19 April 23 @ Indians 8–9 Ogea Mussina (3–2) Mesa 40,770 11–8
20 April 24 @ Royals 11–8 Mercker (2–1) Haney 13,962 12–8
21 April 25 @ Royals 3–2 Rhodes (3–0) Valera Myers (5) 16,090 13–8
22 April 26 Rangers 4–5 Brandenburg Wells (2–2) Henneman 44,022 13–9
23 April 27 Rangers 2–4 Witt Erickson (1–2) Vosberg 47,311 13–10
24 April 28 Rangers 4–5 (10) Heredia McDowell (0–1) Henneman 47,327 13–11
25 April 29 Rangers 8–7 Haynes (1–3) Helling Myers (6) 41,503 14–11
26 April 30 Yankees 10–13 Nelson Shepherd (0–1) Wetteland 43,117 14–12
May: 14–10 (Home: 8–5; Away: 6–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
27 May 1 Yankees 6–11 (15) Pettitte Mercker (2–2) 47,472 14–13
28 May 3 Brewers 8–2 Erickson (2–2) Bones 41,037 15–13
29 May 4 Brewers 10–5 Mussina (4–2) Sparks 44,175 16–13
30 May 5 Brewers 1–13 McDonald Haynes (1–4) 46,027 16–14
31 May 7 @ White Sox 2–3 Fernandez Wells (2–3) Hernandez 16,130 16–15
32 May 8 @ White Sox 2–11 Baldwin Erickson (2–3) 14,974 16–16
33 May 9 @ White Sox 6–4 Mussina (5–2) Alvarez Myers (7) 14,507 17–16
34 May 10 @ Brewers 10–7 (12) Orosco (2–0) Garcia McDowell (1) 9,520 18–16
35 May 11 @ Brewers 5–3 (10) Rhodes (4–0) Potts Myers (8) 21,081 19–16
36 May 12 @ Brewers 4–6 Miranda Erickson (2–4) Fetters 14,333 19–17
37 May 13 @ Athletics 4–3 Krivda (1–0) Johns Myers (9) 8,204 20–17
38 May 14 @ Athletics 9–1 Mussina (6–2) Reyes 8,466 21–17
39 May 17 Mariners 14–13 Mills (1–0) Charlton 47,259 22–17
40 May 18 Mariners 3–7 Milacki Mercker (2–3) 46,434 22–18
41 May 19 Mariners 8–7 Mussina (7–2) Hurtado Myers (10) 47,565 23–18
42 May 20 Angels 13–1 Wells (3–3) Grimsley 43,492 24–18
43 May 21 Angels 2–5 Boskie Krivda (1–1) Percival 39,974 24–19
44 May 22 Angels 10–5 Haynes (2–4) Abbott McDowell (2) 45,817 25–19
45 May 24 Athletics 5–4 (10) McDowell (1–1) Reyes 45,024 26–19
46 May 25 Athletics 3–6 Johns Wells (3–4) Groom 47,353 26–20
47 May 26 Athletics 6–1 Mercker (3–3) Chouinard McDowell (3) 47,401 27–20
48 May 28 @ Mariners 12–8 Rhodes (5–0) Guetterman Haynes (1) 23,235 28–20
49 May 29 @ Mariners 8–9 Charlton Myers (0–1) 20,253 28–21
50 May 31 @ Angels 3–10 Langston Wells (3–5) 21,603 28–22
June: 14–14 (Home: 6–6; Away: 8–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
51 June 1 @ Angels 3–8 Boskie Haynes (2–5) 35,350 28–23
52 June 2 @ Angels 14–1 Erickson (3–4) Abbott 33,704 29–23
53 June 4 Tigers 10–7 Mussina (8–2) Gohr Myers (11) 43,727 30–23
54 June 5 Tigers 6–4 Rhodes (6–0) Myers Myers (12) 43,087 31–23
55 June 6 Tigers 13–6 Krivda (2–1) Lira 46,269 32–23
56 June 7 White Sox 2–8 Fernandez Erickson (3–5) 47,209 32–24
57 June 8 White Sox 1–2 Baldwin Mercker (3–4) Hernandez 47,634 32–25
58 June 9 White Sox 9–12 Karchner Mussina (8–3) Hernandez 47,352 32–26
59 June 10 @ Tigers 3–8 Olivares Wells (3–6) 10,655 32–27
60 June 11 @ Tigers 12–9 Coppinger (1–0) Lira 10,874 33–27
61 June 12 @ Tigers 10–7 Rhodes (7–0) Lewis Myers (13) 12,043 34–27
62 June 13 @ Royals 2–10 Linton Mercker (3–5) 20,108 34–28
63 June 14 @ Royals 6–1 Mussina (9–3) Gubicza 28,502 35–28
64 June 15 @ Royals 6–7 (16) Magnante Krivda (2–2) 24,784 35–29
65 June 16 @ Royals 13–5 Coppinger (2–0) Jacome Mills (1) 19,437 36–29
66 June 17 Rangers 1–1 (6) 45,581 36–29
67 June 18 Rangers 0–7 Oliver Mercker (3–6) 47,318 36–30
68 June 19 Rangers 2–3 Witt Mussina (9–4) Russell 45,581 36–31
69 June 20 Rangers 3–2 Wells (4–6) Gross Myers (14) 21,748 37–31
70 June 21 Royals 9–3 Rhodes (8–0) Haney 47,644 38–31
71 June 22 Royals 5–3 Erickson (4–5) Montgomery 47,534 39–31
72 June 23 Royals 0–4 Appier Krivda (2–3) 47,608 39–32
73 June 24 @ Rangers 8–3 Mussina (10–4) Witt 39,701 40–32
74 June 25 @ Rangers 2–5 Gross Wells (4–7) Henneman 41,685 40–33
75 June 26 @ Rangers 5–6 Cook Orosco (2–1) Henneman 38,984 40–34
76 June 27 @ Yankees 2–3 Rogers Erickson (4–6) Wetteland 34,161 40–35
77 June 28 @ Yankees 7–4 Rhodes (9–0) Rivera Myers (15) 43,515 41–35
78 June 29 @ Yankees 3–4 Pettitte Mussina (10–5) Wetteland 45,295 41–36
79 June 30 @ Yankees 9–1 Wells (5–7) Mendoza 40,200 42–36
July: 11–16 (Home: 5–13; Away: 6–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
80 July 1 @ Blue Jays 7–4 Coppinger (3–0) Hentgen Myers (16) 43,377 43–36
81 July 2 @ Blue Jays 8–2 Erickson (5–6) Quantrill 32,150 44–36
82 July 3 @ Blue Jays 2–5 Guzman Krivda (2–4) Timlin 32,365 44–37
83 July 4 Red Sox 8–6 Mussina (11–5) Wakefield Myers (17) 47,075 45–37
84 July 5 Red Sox 3–7 Sele Wells (5–8) 47,237 45–38
85 July 6 Red Sox 4–3 Coppinger (4–0) Clemens Myers (18) 47,500 46–38
86 July 7 Red Sox 5–7 Hudson Myers (0–2) Slocumb 47,532 46–39
87 July 11 Yankees 2–4 Key Mussina (11–6) Wetteland 46,760 46–40
88 July 13 Yankees 2–3 Nelson Wells (5–9) Wetteland 46–41
89 July 13 Yankees 5–7 Gooden Rhodes (9–1) Wetteland 46,451 46–42
90 July 14 Yankees 1–4 Pettitte Erickson (5–7) Wetteland 47,658 46–43
91 July 15 Blue Jays 8–6 Haynes (3–5) Timlin 43,192 47–43
92 July 16 Blue Jays 0–6 Guzman Mussina (11–7) 45,851 47–44
93 July 17 Blue Jays 11–10 Coppinger (5–0) Timlin 45,955 48–44
94 July 18 @ Red Sox 6–3 Wells (6–9) Sele Myers (19) 33,014 49–44
95 July 19 @ Red Sox 2–13 Moyer Erickson (5–8) 32,262 49–45
96 July 20 @ Red Sox 0–2 Wakefield Coppinger (5–1) Slocumb 33,590 49–46
97 July 21 @ Red Sox 10–6 (10) Myers (1–2) Stanton 34,423 50–46
98 July 22 Twins 5–9 Robertson Haynes (3–6) Trombley 42,129 50–47
99 July 23 Twins 2–3 Aguilera Wells (6–10) Naulty 42,006 50–48
100 July 24 Twins 4–11 Rodriguez Erickson (5–9) 46,181 50–49
101 July 25 Indians 7–10 Nagy Coppinger (5–2) 47,025 50–50
102 July 26 Indians 9–14 Assenmacher Mussina (11–8) 46,751 50–51
103 July 27 Indians 14–2 Wells (7–10) Hershiser 47,360 51–51
104 July 28 Indians 3–6 (13) Mesa Stephenson (0–1) 46,273 51–52
105 July 30 @ Twins 16–4 Coppinger (6–2) Rodriguez 16,708 52–52
106 July 31 @ Twins 9–3 Mussina (12–8) Trombley 15,897 53–52
August: 19–11 (Home: 7–4; Away: 12–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
107 August 1 @ Twins 4–2 Wells (8–10) Robertson Myers (20) 20,379 54–52
108 August 2 @ Indians 1–11 Hershiser Erickson (5–10) 42,465 54–53
109 August 3 @ Indians 9–4 Orosco (3–1) Ogea 42,448 55–53
110 August 4 @ Indians 2–14 Anderson Coppinger (6–3) 42,349 55–54
111 August 5 @ Indians 13–10 Wells (9–10) Assenmacher 40,863 56–54
112 August 6 @ Brewers 13–3 Mussina (13–8) McDonald 17,075 57–54
113 August 7 @ Brewers 12–2 Erickson (6–10) Karl 20,287 58–54
114 August 8 @ Brewers 6–4 Coppinger (7–3) D'Amico Myers (21) 18,620 59–54
115 August 9 @ White Sox 3–4 (10) Simas Myers (1–3) 23,995 59–55
116 August 10 @ White Sox 13–4 Mussina (14–8) Alvarez McDowell (4) 26,772 60–55
117 August 11 @ White Sox 5–8 Tapani Mills (1–1) Hernandez 27,088 60–56
118 August 13 Brewers 4–3 Corbin (1–0) Lloyd Myers (22) 44,461 61–56
119 August 14 Brewers 8–5 Milchin (1–0) Bones Myers (23) 47,480 62–56
120 August 15 @ Athletics 18–5 Mussina (15–8) Adams 14,026 63–56
121 August 16 @ Athletics 14–3 Erickson (7–10) Wasdin 64–56
122 August 16 @ Athletics 5–4 (10) Myers (2–3) Mohler 15,645 65–56
123 August 17 @ Athletics 1–3 Prieto Coppinger (7–4) Acre 20,231 65–57
124 August 18 @ Athletics 6–9 Wengert Wells (9–11) 18,122 65–58
125 August 20 Mariners 4–1 Mussina (16–8) Wagner Myers (24) 47,679 66–58
126 August 21 Mariners 10–5 Erickson (8–10) Hitchcock 47,198 67–58
127 August 22 Mariners 3–10 Moyer Coppinger (7–5) 47,380 67–59
128 August 23 Angels 0–2 Boskie Wells (9–12) Percival 47,291 67–60
129 August 24 Angels 5–4 Mussina (17–8) Abbott Myers (25) 46,487 68–60
130 August 25 Angels 0–13 Springer Erickson (8–11) 47,239 68–61
131 August 26 Athletics 12–11 (10) Myers (3–3) Acre 43,361 69–61
132 August 27 Athletics 3–1 Wells (10–12) Prieto Myers (26) 43,641 70–61
133 August 28 Athletics 0–3 Wengert Mussina (17–9) 45,282 70–62
134 August 29 @ Mariners 6–9 Charlton Myers (3–4) 24,915 70–63
135 August 30 @ Mariners 5–2 Coppinger (8–5) Hitchcock Mills (2) 44,532 71–63
136 August 31 @ Mariners 7–6 Erickson (9–11) Bosio Benitez (1) 42,092 72–63
September: 16–11 (Home: 7–4; Away: 9–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
137 September 1 @ Mariners 1–5 Mulholland Wells (10–13) 50,015 72–64
138 September 2 @ Angels 12–8 Mussina (18–9) Boskie 20,287 73–64
139 September 3 @ Angels 2–10 Harris Coppinger (8–6) 15,924 73–65
140 September 4 @ Angels 4–2 Erickson (10–11) Springer Myers (27) 18,204 74–65
141 September 6 Tigers 4–5 (12) Cummings Mathews (0–1) 46,708 74–66
142 September 7 Tigers 6–0 Mussina (19–9) Thompson 47,131 75–66
143 September 8 Tigers 6–2 Mills (2–1) Eischen 47,082 76–66
144 September 9 Tigers 5–4 Erickson (11–11) Olivares Myers (28) 42,562 77–66
145 September 10 White Sox 5–1 Wells (11–13) Tapani 43,320 78–66
146 September 11 White Sox 7–6 (10) Mills (3–1) Hernandez 43,320 79–66
147 September 12 White Sox 3–11 Fernandez Mussina (19–10) 47,342 79–67
148 September 13 @ Tigers 7–4 Erickson (12–11) Miller Mills (3) 11,178 80–67
149 September 14 @ Tigers 7–6 Mathews (1–1) Cummings Myers (29) 15,386 81–67
150 September 15 @ Tigers 16–6 Corbin (2–0) Van Poppel 13,764 82–67
151 September 18 @ Yankees 2–3 (10) Rivera Mills (3–2) 40,775 82–68
152 September 19 @ Yankees 3–9 Rogers Mussina (19–11) 82–69
153 September 19 @ Yankees 10–9 Mathews (2–1) Rivera Myers (30) 54,888 83–69
154 September 20 Blue Jays 1–5 Hentgen Krivda (2–5) Spoljaric 47,026 83–70
155 September 21 Blue Jays 6–3 Coppinger (9–6) Williams Myers (31) 47,270 84–70
156 September 22 Blue Jays 5–4 Erickson (13–11) Flener Benitez (2) 46,035 85–70
157 September 23 Brewers 7–8 (10) Jones Mathews (2–2) Fetters 46,542 85–71
158 September 24 @ Red Sox 8–13 Gordon Wells (11–14) Mahomes 28,557 85–72
159 September 25 @ Red Sox 6–2 Krivda (3–5) Wakefield Benitez (3) 28,432 86–72
160 September 26 @ Blue Jays 4–1 Coppinger (10–6) Williams Benitez (4) 30,141 87–72
161 September 27 @ Blue Jays 2–3 Flener Erickson (13–12) Timlin 30,116 87–73
162 September 28 @ Blue Jays 3–2 (10) Myers (4–4) Spoljaric 36,316 88–73
163 September 29 @ Blue Jays 1–4 Hentgen Rodriguez (0–1) Timlin 38,267 88–74
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie
Bold = Orioles team member

Detailed recordsEdit

RosterEdit

1996 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

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

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
Chris Hoiles 127 407 105 25 73 .258
Rafael Palmiero 162 626 181 39 142 .289
Roberto Alomar 153 588 193 22 94 .328
B. J. Surhoff 143 537 157 21 82 .292
Cal Ripken, Jr. 163 640 178 26 102 .278
Jeffrey Hammonds 71 248 56 9 27 .226
Brady Anderson 149 579 172 50 110 .297
Bobby Bonilla 159 595 171 28 116 .287
Eddie Murray 64 230 59 10 34 .257

[11]

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
Mike Devereaux 127 323 74 8 34 .229
Luis Polonia 58 175 42 2 14 .240
Billy Ripken 57 135 31 2 12 .230
Todd Zeile 29 117 28 5 19 .239
Gregg Zaun 50 108 25 1 13 .231
Tony Tarasco 31 84 20 1 9 .238
Mark Smith 27 78 19 4 10 .244
Manny Alexander 54 68 7 0 4 .103
Brent Bowers 21 39 12 0 3 .308
Pete Incaviglia 12 33 10 2 8 .303
Mark Parent 18 33 6 2 6 .182
Jeff Huson 17 28 9 0 2 .321
César Devarez 10 18 2 0 0 .111
Gene Kingsale 3 0 0 0 0 .000

[11]

PitchingEdit

Position Name Games Pitched Games Started ERA Wins Losses Saves Innings Pitched Strikeouts
Starting Pitchers
Mike Mussina[12] 36 36 4.81 19 11 0 243.3 204
Scott Erickson[13] 34 34 5.02 13 12 0 222.3 100
David Wells[14] 34 34 5.14 11 14 0 224.3 130
Rocky Copinger [15] 23 22 5.18 10 6 0 135 104
Kent Mercker[16] 14 12 7.76 3 6 0 58 22
Relief Pitchers
Jesse Orosco[17] 66 0 3.40 3 1 0 55.7 52
Roger McDowell[18] 41 0 4.25 1 1 0 59.3 20
Arthur Rhodes[19] 28 0 4.08 9 1 0 53 62
Alan Mills[20] 49 0 4.28 3 2 0 54.7 52
Archie Corbin[21] 18 0 2.30 2 0 0 27.3 20
Keith Shepperd [22] 13 0 8.71 0 1 0 20.7 17
Terry Mathews [23] 14 0 3.38 2 2 0 18.7 13
Armando Benítez[24] 18 0 3.77 1 0 0 14.3 20
Jimmy Myers [25] 11 0 7.07 0 0 0 14 6
Esteban Yan[26] 4 0 5.79 0 0 0 9.3 7
Mike Milchin [27] 13 0 5.73 1 0 0 11 10
Garrett Stephenson[27] 3 0 12.79 0 1 0 6.3 3
Brian Sackinsky [28] 3 0 3.86 0 0 0 4.7 2
Jimmy Haynes[29] 26 11 8.29 3 6 0 89 65
Rick Krivda[30] 22 11 4.96 3 5 0 81.7 54
Nerio Rodríguez[31] 8 1 4.32 0 1 0 16.7 12
Closer
Randy Myers[2] 62 0 3.53 4 4 31 58.7 74

[11]

Return of Eddie MurrayEdit

On July 21, 1996, the Baltimore Orioles re-acquired longtime Oriole Eddie Murray from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for pitcher Kent Mercker.[32] Murray, a member of the 1983 World Series Champion Baltimore Orioles, would subsequently hit his 500th career home run later in the season. As a commemoration of this event, an orange seat was installed in the outfield stands where Murray's 500th home run landed. The Orioles had a record of 49 wins and 46 losses before the trade, and 39–28 after the trade, not including the playoffs. During the 1996 playoffs, Eddie Murray hit .333 and hit HR while producing 3 home runs.

The trade for Eddie Murray sparked the Orioles to have a better record after his arrival, than before. One can attribute that to his great leadership, which is well documented, as a Sporting News correspondent, Michael P. Geffner said, "To think of Murray as anything other than a great player these days is not to have a dissenting opinion anymore but to be dead wrong, blind not only to the inner game but to an understanding of what truly raises baseball to something classic and beautiful--when the game is executed purely and seamlessly. Which is Eddie Murray to a T.".[33] The Orioles success after the trade can also be attributed to the theory of "Power, worth, and recognition,[34] " which Thomas S. Parish who is an associate professor of psychology at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, describes as a type of motivation where athletes attempt to out do or "show off" to each other, which leads to better statistics, and more wins. In Eddie Murray's last at-bat with the Orioles he hit a home run off of New York Yankee pitcher, Andy Pettitte.

ALDSEdit

Game 1, October 1Edit

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 10 0
Baltimore 1 1 2 0 0 5 1 0 X 10 10 1
WP: David Wells (1-0)   LP: Charles Nagy (0-1)
Home runs:
Cle: Manny Ramírez (1)
Bal: Brady Anderson (1), B. J. Surhoff (1, 2), Bobby Bonilla (1)

Game 2, October 2Edit

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 8 2
Baltimore 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 X 7 9 0
WP: Armando Benítez (1-0)   LP: Eric Plunk (0-1)   Sv: Randy Myers (1)
Home runs:
Cle: Albert Belle (1)
Bal: Brady Anderson (2)

Game 3, October 4Edit

Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 2
Cleveland 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 1 X 9 10 0
WP: Paul Assenmacher (1-0)   LP: Jesse Orosco (0-1)
Home runs:
Bal: B. J. Surhoff (3)
Cle: Manny Ramírez (2), Albert Belle (2)

Game 4, October 5Edit

Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 14 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
WP: Armando Benítez (2-0)   LP: José Mesa (0-1)   Sv: Randy Myers (2)
Home runs:
Bal: Rafael Palmeiro (1), Bobby Bonilla (2), Roberto Alomar (1)
Cle: None

ALCSEdit

Game Score Date
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

Jeffrey Maier incidentEdit

During Game 1 of the ALCS, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit a deep fly ball to right field. Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco camped under the ball and prepared to make a catch. However, a 12-year-old boy seated in the first row of the bleachers named Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall and caught the ball just above Tarrasco, costing the Orioles an out. Although it was fan interference, the umpire ruled the ball to be a home run. While Maier became a hero to Yankees fans, he immediately became a "symbol of the Orioles futility."[35] The Orioles would go on to lose the series in five games.

Farm systemEdit

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Marv Foley
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Bob Miscik and Tim Blackwell
A High Desert Mavericks California League Joe Ferguson
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Tim Blackwell and Julio Garcia
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Bobby Dickerson
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Tommy Shields

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bluefield[36]

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  33. ^ Eddie Murray: Biography and Much More from Answers.com
  34. ^ International Journal of Reality Therapy 26 (2007): 39-40. EBSCO. 29 Feb. 2008
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