YEAR IN REVIEW : 2006 American League

Off the field...

Pluto is a planet. Pluto is not a planet. Pluto is a "dwarf planet"? In August 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to strip Pluto of its planetary status and relegate it to a new "dwarf planet" classification. The IAU decided that, to be called a planet, an object must have three traits: It must orbit the sun, be massive enough that its own gravity pulls it into a nearly round shape, and be dominant enough to clear away objects in its neighborhood. To be admitted to the dwarf planet category, an object must have only two of those traits - it must orbit the sun and have a nearly round shape (moons do not count). In addition to Pluto, Ceres and 2003 UB313, joined the list of dwarf planets.

The population of the United States officially passed the 300 million mark on Tuesday, October 17, 2006. While it took almost two centuries for the U.S. population to reach 200 million, it took just 40 years to add the last 100 million. The number of people living in America almost tripled in the 20th century, with most of that growth coming just since the 1960s. The United States is now the third most populous nation in the world, behind China and India.

Two of the richest men in the world also made major headlines in 2006. Microsoft revealed that cofounder, Chairman, and former CEO Bill Gates will be giving up his day-to-day duties at Microsoft. Gates is relinquishing his title of Chief Software Architect now, but will continue to be involved in the company's operations on a daily basis until July 2008. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the world, announced his plans to gradually give 85 percent of his wealth to five foundations. The vast majority will go to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, run by Microsoft chairman - and the world's richest man - Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. The foundation, which has about $30 billion in assets, focuses on world health as well as improving U.S. libraries and schools. Buffett's contribution would double the foundation's current assets.

In the American League...

Roberto Clemente. Thurman Munson. Davey Allison. Rocky Marciano. Knute Rockne. Payne Stewart. Fourteen members of the 1980 U.S. amateur boxing team. A handful of names among the forty plus athletes and teams that have been killed in plane crashes since 1925. And now Cory Lidle. In Manhattan's Upper East Side on Wednesday, October 11th, a Cirrus SR20, struck the 30th and 31st floor of a high-rise building taking the life of the pitcher and Tyler Stanger, his flight-instructor.

121 runs batted in (4th), 113 runs scored (5th), 35 home runs smashed (7th), a .392 on base percentage (9th), and the reigning American League Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez was booed by his home town fans nearly each time he made an out in 2006. Every strikeout, error, ground out took on an odd life of its own in Yankee Stadium this season and had Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle been alive, they would have welcomed him to one of the most unusual clubs in either league.

The New York Yankees (East), Minnesota Twins (Central), Oakland Athletics (West) and Detroit Tigers (Wildcard) rose to the top in the junior circuit during the 2006 regular season. No American League team won more than a hundred games, but the Tampa Bay Devil Rays & Kansas City Royals did lose a hundred.

In the National League...

Two American League players, Jose Canseco (1988) & Alex Rodriguez (1998), get company as Alfonso Soriano joins Barry Bonds (1996) on the National League side of the 40/40 Club - players who have hit at least forty home runs and stolen at least forty bases during the same season. Just to keep it interesting, Soriano added a third 40 to the list as he finished with forty doubles creating a 40/40/40 Club of his own.

On September 24th, San Diego Padres closer extraordinaire Trevor Hoffman surpassed former St. Louis Cardinals great Lee Smith's record of four-hundred seventy-eight career saves then continued pushing the Major League record to four-hundred eighty-two regular-season saves (and counting). Hoffman's game jersey, the game ball, and his cleats were all donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and placed on display. Hoffman said, "It was overwhelming. It's become a very humbling experience. It's been fantastic up to this point. It's hard to put into words to explain what it feels like. It's more than one person deserves."

The New York Mets (East), St. Louis Cardinals (Central), San Diego Padres (West) and Los Angeles Dodgers (Wildcard) rose to the top in the senior circuit during the 2006 regular season. No National League team won or loss more than a hundred games during the season and a tight wild card race between as many as ten teams at some points kept the race unpredictibly hot throughout most of September.

Around the League...

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's press release reflected the baseball's world's feelings when the legenday Buck O'Neill passed away on friday, October 6,2006, "Major League Baseball is saddened by the passing of Buck O'Neil. Buck was a pioneer, a legend and will be missed for as long as the game is played. I had the good fortune of spending some time with him in Cooperstown a couple of months ago and I will miss his wisdom and counsel. I have asked all clubs to observe a moment of silence before today's games."

Take four pools of baseball teams, mix in sixteen different countries, have each play a series of games against one another and the inaugural World Baseball Classic is actually, a classic. 737,112 fans around the world walked into five parks and watched as the Japanese put the crowning touch on the 17-day / 39-game tournament that was played in Tokyo, Arizona, Florida, Puerto Rico and Southern California with the climax coming on Monday, March 20, 2006 at PETCO Park. Final score: Japan 10, Cuba 6.

More baseball fans passed through Major League Baseball ballpark turnstiles in 2006 than ever before. The single-season attendance record was broken for the third consecutive season on Saturday, September 30th, as fans walked into the Metrodome to watch the American League Central game between the hometown Minnesota Twins and the visiting Chicago White Sox. Someone at the game became the record setting 74,926,175th fan to attend a big league game in 2006, breaking the record set in 2005. A total of 76,043,902 fans attended Major League games in 2006 - a 1.5 percent increase over the previous record.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"It's disappointing. I'd rather be right now setting up my starting rotation for the playoffs than sitting at home watching Ozney (Guillen's youngest son) play. My job is to try to get in the playoffs, and unfortunately I didn't do it. I don't feel disappointed about the players. I feel disappointed about the season." - Ozzie Guillen on MLB.com (Scott Merkin, 10/01/2006)

2006 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
119
Minnesota
.347
Cleveland
53
Seattle
224
Boston
54
Boston
.439
Boston
137
Cleveland
134
Cleveland
.659
TampaBay
58
Boston
355
TampaBay
16

2006 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
6
Minnesota
2.77
New York
83
LosAngeles
47
LosAngeles
2
Cleveland
Cleveland
Cleveland
Minnesota
245
Toronto
.762
Minnesota
19
New York

2006 American League

Team Standings

97
65
0
.599
--
$194,663,079
87
75
0
.537
10
$71,915,000
86
76
0
.531
11
$120,099,824
70
92
0
.432
27
$72,585,582
61
101
0
.377
36
$35,417,967
96
66
0
.593
--
$63,396,006
95
67
0
.586
1
$82,612,866
90
72
0
.556
6
$102,750,667
78
84
0
.481
18
$56,031,500
62
100
0
.383
34
$47,294,000
93
69
0
.574
--
$62,243,079
89
73
0
.549
4
$103,472,000
80
82
0
.494
13
$68,228,662
78
84
0
.481
15
$87,959,833
2006 American League Final Standings
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Home Run Derby
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Average Salary: $2,866,544
Minimum Salary: $327,000.00
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Joe Mauer , on the final day of the regular season, doubled & singled finishing with a .347 batting average. Derek Jeter went one for five finishing with a .343 batting average and Mauer became the first catcher in American League history to win the batting title and the first from either league since Ernie Lombardi hit .330 for the 1942 Boston Braves .

Did you know that the 2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays (61-101) are the first team in Major League history to lose one-hundred games in a season despite having a winning record (41-40) at their home field?

Notable feats in 2006 included: Grady Sizemore leading the league in runs scored (the first player from the Cleveland Indians to do so), David Ortiz going deep fifty-four times to lead the league and hit the most ever in a season by a Boston Red Sox player, and Johan Santana winning the Triple Crown of Pitching .

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