1996 Oakland Athletics season

1996 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1996 season involved the A's finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses.

Offseason

  • November 27, 1995: Buddy Groom was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[1]
  • December 5, 1995: Torey Lovullo was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[2]
  • January 22, 1996: Danny Tartabull was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago White Sox for Andrew Lorraine and Charles Poe (minors).[3]
  • January 22, 1996: Rafael Bournigal was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[4]
  • January 29, 1996: Aaron Small was selected off waivers by the Oakland Athletics from the Seattle Mariners.[5]
  • January 29, 1996: Pedro Munoz was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • February 13, 1996: Dennis Eckersley was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Montgomery.
  • March 10, 1996: Webster Garrison was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[7]

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Texas Rangers 90 72 .556 --
Seattle Mariners 85 76 .528
Oakland Athletics 78 84 .481 12
California Angels 70 91 .435 19½

Transactions

  • June 4, 1996: Eric Chavez was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 1996 amateur draft. Signed August 27, 1996.[8]
  • June 4, 1996: A.J. Hinch was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 3rd round of the 1996 amateur draft. Signed June 22, 1996.[9]

Roster

1996 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Terry Steinbach 145 514 140 .272 35 100
1B Mark McGwire 130 423 132 .312 52 113
2B Brent Gates 64 247 65 .263 2 30
3B Scott Brosius 114 428 130 .304 22 71
SS Mike Bordick 155 525 126 .240 5 54
LF Phil Plantier 73 231 49 .212 7 31
CF Ernie Young 141 462 112 .242 19 64
RF Jose Herrera 108 320 86 .269 6 30
DH Geronimo Berroa 153 586 170 .290 36 106
[10]

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jason Giambi 140 536 156 .291 20 79
Rafael Bournigal 88 252 61 .242 0 18
Tony Batista 74 238 71 .298 6 25
Matt Stairs 61 137 38 .277 10 23
George Williams 56 132 20 .152 3 10
Allen Battle 47 130 25 .192 1 5
Pedro Munoz 34 121 31 .256 6 18
Damon Mashore 50 105 28 .267 3 12
Brian Lesher 26 82 19 .232 5 16
Torey Lovullo 65 82 18 .220 3 9
Scott Spiezio 9 29 9 .310 2 8
Izzy Molina 14 25 5 .200 0 1
Kerwin Moore 22 16 1 .063 0 0
Webster Garrison 5 9 0 .000 0 0
[10]

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wojciechowski, SteveSteve Wojciechowski 16 79.2 5 5 5.65 30

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and records

  • Mark McGwire, Silver Slugger award
  • Mark McGwire, Major League record, 1st player to reach 50 Home Runs in one season before reaching 400 at-bats in a season[11]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Gary Jones
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Dick Scott
A Modesto A's California League Jim Colborn
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Mike Quade
Short-Season A Southern Oregon Timberjacks Northwest League Tony DeFrancesco
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Juan Navarette

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Edmonton, West Michigan

References

  • 1996 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1996 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com