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1996 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1996 Los Angeles Dodgers
1996 NL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Los Angeles (since 1958)
Other information
Owner(s) Peter O'Malley
General manager(s) Fred Claire
Manager(s) Tommy Lasorda/Bill Russell
Local television KTLA (5)
Local radio

KABC
Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Rick Monday

KWKW
Jaime Jarrín, René Cárdenas
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The 1996 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.

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.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Diego Padres 91 71 -- .562
Los Angeles Dodgers 90 72 1.0 .556
Colorado Rockies 83 79 8.0 .512
San Francisco Giants 68 94 23.0 .420

Opening Day lineup

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 Transactions

Roster

Starting Pitchers stats

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 stats

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 Stats

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 Garcia OF 1 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0

1996 Playoffs

1996 National League Division Series

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 2

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: ATLJavier López (1); LAD – none

Game 2, October 3

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 3

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 Awards

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Phil Regan
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League John Shelby
High A San Bernardino Stampede California League Del Crandall
High A Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League Jon Debus
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League John Shoemaker
Short-Season A Yakima Bears Northwest League Joe Vavra
Rookie Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League Mickey Hatcher
Rookie DSL Dodgers
DSL Dodgers 2
Dominican Summer League

Teams in BOLD won League Championships

Major League Baseball Draft

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).

References

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/halech01.shtml
  2. ^ 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft

External links

  • 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers uniform
  • Los Angeles Dodgers official web site
  • Baseball-Reference season page
  • Baseball Almanac season page
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