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The 2006 season of the National League was the one hundred thirty-first season of the league.
- An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
|Rank||Team||G||W||L||T||WPCT||GB||RS (RS/G)||RA (RA/G)||AVG||OBP||SLG||ERA||FPCT|
|1||St. Louis Cardinals||161||83||78||0||.516||-.-||781 (4.85)||762 (4.73)||0.269||0.337||0.431||4.54||0.984|
|2||Houston Astros||162||82||80||0||.506||1.5||735 (4.54)||719 (4.44)||0.255||0.332||0.409||4.08||0.987|
|3||Cincinnati Reds||162||80||82||0||.494||3.5||749 (4.62)||801 (4.94)||0.257||0.336||0.432||4.51||0.979|
|4||Milwaukee Brewers||162||75||87||0||.463||8.5||730 (4.51)||833 (5.14)||0.258||0.327||0.420||4.82||0.980|
|5||Pittsburgh Pirates||162||67||95||0||.414||16.5||691 (4.27)||797 (4.92)||0.263||0.327||0.397||4.52||0.983|
|6||Chicago Cubs||162||66||96||0||.407||17.5||716 (4.42)||834 (5.15)||0.268||0.319||0.422||4.74||0.982|
|1||New York Mets||162||97||65||0||.599||-.-||834 (5.15)||731 (4.51)||0.264||0.334||0.445||4.14||0.983|
|2||Philadelphia Phillies||162||85||77||0||.525||12.0||865 (5.34)||812 (5.01)||0.267||0.347||0.447||4.60||0.983|
|3||Atlanta Braves||162||79||83||0||.488||18.0||849 (5.24)||805 (4.97)||0.270||0.337||0.455||4.60||0.984|
|4||Florida Marlins||162||78||84||0||.481||19.0||758 (4.68)||772 (4.77)||0.264||0.331||0.435||4.37||0.979|
|5||Washington Nationals||162||71||91||0||.438||26.0||746 (4.60)||872 (5.38)||0.262||0.338||0.418||5.03||0.978|
|1||San Diego Padres||162||88||74||0||.543||-.-||731 (4.51)||679 (4.19)||0.263||0.332||0.416||3.87||0.985|
|2||Los Angeles Dodgers*||162||88||74||0||.543||-.-||820 (5.06)||751 (4.64)||0.276||0.348||0.432||4.23||0.982|
|3||San Francisco Giants||161||76||85||0||.472||11.5||746 (4.63)||790 (4.91)||0.259||0.324||0.422||4.63||0.985|
|4||Arizona Diamondbacks||162||76||86||0||.469||12.0||773 (4.77)||788 (4.86)||0.267||0.331||0.424||4.48||0.983|
|5||Colorado Rockies||162||76||86||0||.469||12.0||813 (5.02)||812 (5.01)||0.270||0.341||0.433||4.66||0.985|
NOTE: San Diego and Los Angeles finished the season tied, and San Diego was awarded the division title due to winning their season series.
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
The National League lost the seventy-seventh midsummer classic at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 by a score of 3 to 2. The league's manager was Phil Garner.
The 2006 National League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.
|Division Series||Championship Series|
|East.||New York Mets||3|
|WC||Los Angeles Dodgers||0|
|East.||New York Mets||3|
|West.||St. Louis Cardinals||4|
|Cent.||St. Louis Cardinals||3|
|West.||San Diego Padres||1|
In the World Series, the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals defeated the American League's Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 1.
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Ryan Howard, a first baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies. In the award's voting, he had 388 out of a possible 448 points and 20 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the award's voting, he had 103 out of a possible 140 points and 15 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Hanley Ramirez, a shortstop with the Florida Marlins. In the award's voting, he had 105 out of a possible 160 points and 14 first place votes.
The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best hitters as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
- Player of the Month Award
- April: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
- May: Jason Bay, Pittsburgh Pirates
- June: David Wright, New York Mets
- July: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
- August: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
- September: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
- Pitcher of the Month Award
- April: Greg Maddux, Chicago Cubs
- May: Jason Schmidt, San Francisco Giants
- June: Chris Young, San Diego Padres
- July: Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs
- August: Derek Lowe, Los Angeles Dodgers
- September: Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros
- Rookie of the Month Award
- April: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
- May: Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins
- June: Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins and Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins
- July: Josh Barfield, San Diego Padres
- August: Chris Duncan, St. Louis Cardinals
- September: Anibal Sanchez, Florida Marlins
Hall of Fame Game
The sixtieth annual Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on May 15 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds was cancelled after 2 ½ innings due to rain.
See 2006 Major League Baseball
- Will Leitch: "'06: An unlikely champ, pink bats and 1st WBC", mlb.com, May 2, 2020. 
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