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The 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers season saw the Dodgers remain atop the standings most of the season. However, longtime manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a heart attack in mid-season and had to step down. Bill Russell, Lasorda's bench coach and a former Dodger player, was chosen to manage the rest of the season.

1996 Los Angeles Dodgers
1996 NL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–72 (.556)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Peter O'Malley
General manager(s)Fred Claire
Manager(s)Tommy Lasorda, Bill Russell
Local televisionKTLA (5)
Local radioKABC
Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Rick Monday
KWKW
Jaime Jarrín, René Cárdenas
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The Dodgers went into the final weekend of the season with a two-game lead on the San Diego Padres, needing only to win one of the final three games with the Padres to clinch the National League Western Division crown. However, the Padres swept the Dodgers and they limped into the playoffs as a Wild Card team. The Dodgers were swept by the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.

The Dodgers used 15 different pitchers during the season, the fewest of any MLB team in 1996.[1]

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Diego Padres 91 71 0.562 45–36 46–35
Los Angeles Dodgers 90 72 0.556 1 47–34 43–38
Colorado Rockies 83 79 0.512 8 55–26 28–53
San Francisco Giants 68 94 0.420 23 38–44 30–50

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1996 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 7–5 7–5 5–7 6–7 6–6 5–7 10–3 7–6 9–4 9–3 9–4 7–5 9–4
Chicago 5–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–5 6–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 6–6 7–5 5–8
Cincinnati 5–7 8–5 7–6 3–9 7–6 4–8 3–9 6–6 10–2 5–8 9–3 9–4 5–8
Colorado 7–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 8–5 6–7 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–5 8–5 5–8 8–4
Florida 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 7–6 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–7 6–6
Houston 6–6 8–5 6–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 4–9 8–4 10–2 8–5 6–6 8–4 2–11
Los Angeles 7–5 5–8 8–4 7–6 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–6 6–6 5–8 7–6 8–4
Montreal 3–10 6–6 9–3 9–3 8–5 9–4 3–9 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4
New York 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 6–7 7–6 8–5 3–10 6–6 5–7
Philadelphia 4-9 6–7 2–10 6–6 7–6 2–10 6–7 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 6–6 4–8
Pittsburgh 3–9 9–4 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 5–7 5–8 5–7 4–9 8–4 3–10
San Diego 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 9–3 6–6 8–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 9–4 11–2 4–8
San Francisco 5–7 5–7 4–9 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–7 4–9 6–6 6–6 4–8 2–11 7–6
St. Louis 4–9 8–5 8–5 4–8 6–6 11-2 4–8 4–8 7–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 6–7

Game logEdit

1996 Game Log: 90–72 (Home: 47–34; Away: 43–38)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Dodgers team member

Detailed recordsEdit

Opening Day lineupEdit

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Delino DeShields Second baseman
Brett Butler Center fielder
Mike Piazza Catcher
Eric Karros First baseman
Raúl Mondesí Right fielder
Mike Blowers Third baseman
Todd Hollandsworth Left fielder
Greg Gagne Shortstop
Ramón Martínez Starting pitcher

Notable TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Starting Pitchers statsEdit

Name G GS IP W/L ERA BB SO CG
Hideo Nomo 33 33 228.3 16-11 3.19 85 234 3
Ismael Valdez 33 33 225.0 15-7 3.32 54 173 0
Pedro Astacio 35 32 211.7 9-8 3.44 67 130 0
Tom Candiotti 28 27 152.3 9-11 4.49 43 79 1
Ramón Martínez 28 27 168.7 15-6 3.42 86 133 2

Relief Pitchers statsEdit

Name G GS IP W/L ERA BB SO SV
Todd Worrell 72 0 65.3 4-6 3.03 15 66 44
Antonio Osuna 73 0 84.0 9-6 3.00 32 85 4
Mark Guthrie 66 0 73.0 2-3 2.22 22 56 1
Scott Radinsky 58 0 52.3 5-1 2.41 17 48 1
Chan Ho Park 48 10 108.7 5-5 3.64 71 119 0
Joey Eischen 28 0 43.3 0-1 4.78 20 36 0
Darren Dreifort 19 0 23.7 1-4 4.94 12 24 0
Jim Bruske 11 0 12.7 0-0 5.68 3 12 0
Darren Hall 9 0 12.0 0-2 6.00 5 12 0
John Cummings 4 0 5.3 0-1 6.75 2 5 0

Batting StatsEdit

Name Pos G AB Avg. R H HR RBI SB
Mike Piazza C 148 547 .336 87 184 36 105 0
Tom Prince C 40 64 .297 6 19 1 11 0
Carlos Hernández C 13 14 .286 1 4 0 0 0
Eric Karros 1B 154 608 .260 84 158 34 111 8
Delino DeShields 2B 154 581 .224 75 130 5 41 48
Greg Gagne SS 128 428 .255 48 109 10 55 4
Mike Blowers 3B/1B/SS 92 317 .265 31 84 6 38 0
Chad Fonville 2B/SS/LF/CF/3B 103 201 .204 34 41 0 13 7
Tim Wallach 3B 45 162 .228 14 37 4 22 0
|Juan Castro SS/3B/2B/LF 70 132 .197 16 26 0 5 1
Dave Hansen 3B/1B 80 104 .221 7 23 0 6 0
Mike Busch 3B/1B 38 83 .217 8 18 4 17 0
Oreste Marrero 1B 10 8 .375 2 3 0 1 0
Wilton Guerrero IF 5 2 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Raúl Mondesí RF 157 634 .297 98 188 24 88 14
Roger Cedeño CF/LF/RF 86 211 .246 26 52 2 18 5
Todd Hollandsworth LF/CF/RF 149 478 .291 64 139 12 59 21
Wayne Kirby CF/LF 65 188 .271 23 51 1 11 4
Brett Butler CF 34 131 .267 22 35 0 8 8
Billy Ashley LF 71 110 .200 18 22 9 25 0
Chad Curtis CF 43 104 .212 20 22 2 9 2
Milt Thompson LF 48 51 .118 2 6 0 1 1
Dave Clark LF 15 15 .200 0 3 0 1 0
Rick Parker CF/LF 16 14 .286 2 4 0 1 1
Karim García OF 1 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0

1996 PlayoffsEdit

1996 National League Division SeriesEdit

The 1996 National League Division Series was played between Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. Atlanta ended up winning the series 3-0.

Game 1, October 2Edit

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
W: John Smoltz (1-0)  L: Antonio Osuna (0-1)  SV: Mark Wohlers (1)  
HRs: ATLJavy López (1); LAD – none

Game 2, October 3Edit

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 5 2
Los Angeles 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
W: Greg Maddux (1-0)  L: Ismael Valdez (0-1)  SV: Mark Wohlers (2)  
HRs: ATLFred McGriff (1), Ryan Klesko (1), Jermaine Dye (1); LAD – none

Game 3, October 3Edit

Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 1
Atlanta 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 X 5 7 0
W: Tom Glavine (1-0)  L: Hideo Nomo (0-1)  SV: Mark Wohlers (3)  
HRs: LA – none; ATLChipper Jones (1)

1996 AwardsEdit

Farm systemEdit

Major League Baseball draftEdit

The Dodgers selected 79 players in this draft. Of those, seven of them would eventually play Major League baseball.

The top draft pick was third baseman Damian Rolls from Schlagel High School. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 1999 Rule 5 draft and then traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, where he played parts of five seasons with a .248 batting average, 9 homers and 73 RBI.

Shortstop Alex Cora was drafted in the third round out of the University of Miami. He would play 14 seasons in the Majors (7 of them with the Dodgers), primarily as a utility infielder/defensive replacement. He hit .243 in 1,273 games

The most successful player in this draft class was left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly from Fresno City College, who was drafted in the 23rd round. A two-time All-Star, he would play 15 seasons in the Majors (the last 4 with the Dodgers) and had a 130-113 record and 4.14 ERA in 356 games (331 starts).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1996 MLB Standard Pitching". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/h/halech01.shtml
  3. ^ 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft

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