1985 Major League Baseball season

The 1985 Major League Baseball season ended with the Kansas City Royals defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh game of the I-70 World Series. Bret Saberhagen, the regular season Cy Young Award winner, was named MVP of the Series. The National League won the All-Star Game for the second straight year.

1985 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 8 – October 27, 1985
Number of games162
Number of teams26
TV partner(s)ABC, NBC
Draft
Top draft pickB. J. Surhoff
Picked byMilwaukee Brewers
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Willie McGee (STL)
AL: Don Mattingly (NYY)
Postseason
AL championsKansas City Royals
  AL runners-upToronto Blue Jays
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
World Series
ChampionsKansas City Royals
  Runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series MVPBret Saberhagen (KC)

The League Championship Series playoffs were expanded to a best-of-seven format beginning this year,[1] and both leagues ended up settling their pennant winners in more than five games, with the Royals beating the Toronto Blue Jays in seven games, and the Cardinals beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
      
East Toronto 3
West Kansas City 4
AL Kansas City 4
NL St. Louis 3
East St. Louis 4
West Los Angeles 2

Managers

The Oakland Athletics hosting a game at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in 1985.

American League

TeamManagerNotes
Baltimore Orioles Joe Altobelli, Cal Ripken, Sr., Earl Weaver
Boston Red Sox John McNamara
California Angels Gene Mauch
Chicago White Sox Tony La Russa
Cleveland Indians Pat Corrales
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Dick Howser Won World Series
Milwaukee Brewers George Bamberger
Minnesota Twins Billy Gardner, Ray Miller
New York Yankees Yogi Berra, Billy Martin
Oakland Athletics Jackie Moore
Seattle Mariners Chuck Cottier
Texas Rangers Doug Rader, Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Bobby Cox Won AL East

National League

TeamManagerNotes
Atlanta Braves Eddie Haas, Bobby Wine
Chicago Cubs Jim Frey
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose
Houston Astros Bob Lillis
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda Won NL West
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies John Felske
Pittsburgh Pirates Chuck Tanner
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog Won National League Pennant
San Diego Padres Dick Williams
San Francisco Giants Jim Davenport, Roger Craig

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Vince Coleman (STL) Ozzie Guillen (CWS)
Cy Young Award Dwight Gooden (NYM) Bret Saberhagen (KC)
Manager of the Year Whitey Herzog (STL) Bobby Cox (TOR)
Most Valuable Player Willie McGee (STL) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Rick Reuschel (PIT) Ron Guidry (NYY)
Catcher Tony Peña (PIT) Lance Parrish (DET)
First Baseman Keith Hernandez (NYM) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg (CHC) Lou Whitaker (DET)
Third Baseman Tim Wallach (MON) George Brett (KC)
Shortstop Ozzie Smith (STL) Alfredo Griffin (OAK)
Outfielders Andre Dawson (MON) Dwight Evans (BOS)
Willie McGee (STL) Dwayne Murphy (OAK)
Dale Murphy (ATL) Gary Pettis (CAL)
Dave Winfield (NYY)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Rick Rhoden (PIT) Don Baylor (NYY)
Catcher Gary Carter (NYM) Carlton Fisk (CWS)
First Baseman Jack Clark (STL) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg (CHC) Lou Whitaker (DET)
Third Baseman Tim Wallach (MON) George Brett (KC)
Shortstop Hubie Brooks (MON) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Willie McGee (STL) George Bell (TOR)
Dale Murphy (ATL) Rickey Henderson (NYY)
Dave Parker (CIN) Dave Winfield (NYY)

Other awards

Player of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Mike DavisDale Murphy
May George BrettDave Parker
June Rickey HendersonPedro Guerrero
July George BrettKeith Hernandez
August Don MattinglyWillie McGee
September Don MattinglyGary Carter

Pitcher of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Charlie LeibrandtFernando Valenzuela
May Dave StiebAndy Hawkins
June Jay HowellJohn Tudor
July Bret SaberhagenFernando Valenzuela
August Dave RighettiShane Rawley
September Charlie LeibrandtDwight Gooden

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGWade Boggs BOS.368Willie McGee STL.353
HRDarrell Evans DET40Dale Murphy ATL37
RBIDon Mattingly NYY145Dave Parker CIN125
WinsRon Guidry NYY22Dwight Gooden NYM24
ERADave Stieb TOR2.48Dwight Gooden NYM1.53
SOBert Blyleven CLE/MIN206Dwight Gooden NYM268
SVDan Quisenberry KC37Jeff Reardon MTL41
SBRickey Henderson NYY80Vince Coleman STL110

All-Star game

Milestones

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game Est. Payroll
Los Angeles Dodgers[6] 95 20.3% 3,264,593 4.1% 40,304 $10,967,917
New York Mets[7] 98 8.9% 2,761,601 49.9% 34,094 $10,834,762
St. Louis Cardinals[8] 101 20.2% 2,637,563 29.5% 32,563 $11,817,083
California Angels[9] 90 11.1% 2,567,427 6.8% 32,499 $14,427,894
Toronto Blue Jays[10] 99 11.2% 2,468,925 17.0% 30,862 $9,329,217
Detroit Tigers[11] 84 -19.2% 2,286,609 -15.5% 28,230 $10,348,143
New York Yankees[12] 97 11.5% 2,214,587 21.6% 27,682 $14,238,204
San Diego Padres[13] 83 -9.8% 2,210,352 11.4% 27,288 $11,191,583
Kansas City Royals[14] 91 8.3% 2,162,717 19.5% 26,375 $10,565,346
Chicago Cubs[15] 77 -19.8% 2,161,534 2.6% 26,686 $12,702,917
Baltimore Orioles[16] 83 -2.4% 2,132,387 4.2% 26,326 $12,085,712
Cincinnati Reds[17] 89 27.1% 1,834,619 43.8% 22,650 $8,359,917
Philadelphia Phillies[18] 75 -7.4% 1,830,350 -11.3% 22,597 $10,644,966
Boston Red Sox[19] 81 -5.8% 1,786,633 7.5% 22,057 $10,897,560
Chicago White Sox[20] 85 14.9% 1,669,888 -21.9% 20,616 $9,846,178
Minnesota Twins[21] 77 -4.9% 1,651,814 3.3% 19,664 $5,764,821
Montreal Expos[22] 84 7.7% 1,502,494 -6.5% 18,549 $9,470,166
Milwaukee Brewers[23] 71 6.0% 1,360,265 -15.4% 17,003 $11,284,107
Atlanta Braves[24] 66 -17.5% 1,350,137 -21.7% 16,668 $14,807,000
Oakland Athletics[25] 77 0.0% 1,334,599 -1.4% 16,894 $9,058,606
Houston Astros[26] 83 3.8% 1,184,314 -3.7% 14,621 $9,993,051
Seattle Mariners[27] 74 0.0% 1,128,696 29.7% 13,599 $4,613,000
Texas Rangers[28] 62 -10.1% 1,112,497 0.9% 13,906 $7,676,500
San Francisco Giants[29] 62 -6.1% 818,697 -18.3% 10,107 $8,221,714
Pittsburgh Pirates[30] 57 -24.0% 735,900 -4.9% 9,199 $9,267,500
Cleveland Indians[31] 60 -20.0% 655,181 -10.7% 8,089 $6,551,666

Television coverage

NetworkDay of weekAnnouncers
ABC Monday nights
Sunday afternoons
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Howard Cosell,[n1 1] Tim McCarver, Don Drysdale
NBC Saturday afternoons Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola, Bob Costas, Tony Kubek

References

  1. ABC replaced Howard Cosell with Tim McCarver in the booth alongside Al Michaels and Jim Palmer for the 1985 World Series due to the controversy surrounding Cosell's book, I Never Played the Game.
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