Year In Review : 2016 National League

Off the field...

The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, a politico-economic union of twenty-eight member states that are located primarily in Europe.

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was a major international multi-sport event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5th through August 21st, 2016.

News in the United States was virtually dominated by clashes between the two presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In the American League...

New York Yankees rookie sensation Gary Sanchez became; the fastest player in Major League history to reach 11 home runs, doing so in his 23rd career game on August 27, 2016, against the Baltimore Orioles, the first rookie in Major League history to win consecutive Player of the Week awards, and when he hit his 19th home run on September 21, 2016, against the Tampa Bay Rays, he became the quickest player in Major League history to hit 19 home runs, doing so in his 45th game.

On August 19, 2016, the Baltimore Orioles set a new Major League record by hitting four home runs before recording their first out, in the course of a five run first inning against the Houston Astros.

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 ALCS despite hitting just .168, setting a Major League record for the lowest batting average for a winning team in a postseason series. When they defeated the Chicago Cubs 1–0 in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series, it was their fifth shutout of the postseason, also a Major League record!

In the National League...

The 2016 San Diego Padres became the first team in Major League history to be shut out in three consecutive games to open a season. San Diego lost to Los Angeles by the scores of 15–0 (the largest shutout victory on Opening Day in Major League history.), 3–0 and 7–0, respectively.

Jake Arrieta (Chicago Cubs) threw his second career no-hitter, destroying the Cincinnati Reds 16–0 on April 21, 2016. Arrieta walked four and struck out six as he became the fourth reigning Cy Young winner (joining Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, and Clayton Kershaw), to throw a no-hitter the following season.

The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins played a special neutral-site game at Fort Bragg Stadium, on July 3, 2016, a newly constructed field in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in observance of the Independence Day long weekend. It was the first professional, regular-season sporting event held on an active military installation.

Around the League...

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 87th edition was played on July 12, 2016, at Petco Park in San Diego, California, home of the San Diego Padres. The American League, who won the All-Star Game 4–2, also won home-field advantage in the 2016 World Series.

New to the rule book in 2016, Rule 6.01(j), which created criteria for a legal slide while trying to break up a double play, which is defined as making contact with the ground before reaching the base, being able to and attempting to reach the base with a hand or foot, being able to and attempting to remain on the base at the completion of the slide (except at home plate) and not changing his path for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"It might as well be a matchup from a movie: the two teams with the longest title droughts in baseball paired in the same World Series. No wonder, then, that Joe Maddon has watched Field of Dreams since his Chicago Cubs clinched the National League pennant. 'I cry easily,' said Maddon, the Cubs’ manager. 'So the connection to the past is very important.' To loosely quote the script, the memories could be so thick at this World Series, the fans will have to swat them away from their faces. The Cubs have gone 108 years without a championship. The Cleveland Indians have gone 68. No other team in baseball has come close to so many consecutive unfulfilled seasons. 'The baseball gods are really happy right now,' the Indians' Mike Napoli said. 'I wanted the Cubs to win, just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it's going to be a special World Series. There's two droughts, and there’s going to be a winner.'" - New York Times Staff Writer Tyler Kepner (10/24/2016, World Series Preview: For Cubs or Indians, Decades of Waiting Are Nearly Over , Source )

2016 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Arizona
110
Batting Average
Colorado
.348
Doubles
Washington
47
Hits
Arizona
203
Home Runs
Colorado
41
Milwaukee
On Base Percentage
Cincinnati
.434
RBI
Colorado
133
Runs
Chicago
121
Slugging Average
Washington
.595
Stolen Bases
Milwaukee
62
Total Bases
Colorado
352
Triples
San Francisco
11
Philadelphia
Arizona

2016 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
San Francisco
5
ERA
Chicago
2.13
Games
San Diego
82
Saves
New York
51
Shutouts
Los Angeles
3
Strikeouts
Washington
284
Winning Percentage
Chicago
.792
Wins
Washington
20

2016 National League

Team Standings

Washington Nationals 95 67 0 .586 -- $
New York Mets 87 75 0 .537 8 $
Miami Marlins 79 82 0 .491 15.5 $
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 0 .438 24 $
Atlanta Braves 68 93 0 .422 26.5 $
Chicago Cubs 103 58 0 .640 -- $
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0 .531 17.5 $
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 0 .484 25 $
Milwaukee Brewers 73 89 0 .451 30.5 $
Cincinnati Reds 68 94 0 .420 35.5 $
Los Angeles Dodgers 91 71 0 .562 -- $
San Francisco Giants 87 75 0 .537 4 $
Colorado Rockies 75 87 0 .463 16 $
Arizona Diamondbacks 69 93 0 .426 22 $
San Diego Padres 68 94 0 .420 23 $
2016 National League Final Standings
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Home Run Derby | World Series
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