1985 Chicago Cubs season

The 1985 Chicago Cubs season was the 114th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 110th in the National League and the 70th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 77–84. The season had opened with high hopes as the Cubs had won the NL East title the year before. However, injuries were a major factor as four of the Cubs' starting pitchers were on the disabled list at the same time.

1985 Chicago Cubs
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Owner(s)Tribune Company
General manager(s)Dallas Green
Manager(s)Jim Frey
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Offseason

Regular season

  • Ryne Sandberg became the first Cub since 1969–1970 to score 100 runs in two consecutive seasons.

In early June, the Cubs were still in first place, battling the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets for the division. However, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Trout, Scott Sanderson and Dennis Eckersley all were injured, and the Cubs went on a 13-game losing streak that effectively eliminated them from contention. Shawon Dunston made his Major League debut. He struggled early on, so the Cubs sent him back to Iowa in early May. However, once he returned, it spelled the end for Larry Bowa, who was released in August and picked up by the New York Mets.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 0.623 54–27 47–34
New York Mets 98 64 0.605 3 51–30 47–34
Montreal Expos 84 77 0.522 16½ 44–37 40–40
Chicago Cubs 77 84 0.478 23½ 41–39 36–45
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 0.463 26 41–40 34–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 104 0.354 43½ 35–45 22–59

Record vs. opponents

1985 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 7–11 8–10 5–13 3–9 2–10 10–2 6–6 7–11 10–8 3–9
Chicago 7–5 5–6 5–7 5–7 7–11 4–14 13–5 13–5 8–4 6–6 4–14
Cincinnati 11–7 6–5 11–7 7–11 8–4 4–8 7–5 9–3 9–9 12–6 5–7
Houston 10–8 7–5 7–11 6–12 6–6 4–8 4–8 6–6 12–6 15–3 6–6
Los Angeles 13–5 7–5 11–7 12–6 7–5 7–5 4–8 8–4 8–10 11–7 7–5
Montreal 9–3 11–7 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–9 8–10 9–8 5–7 7–5 11–7
New York 10–2 14–4 8–4 8–4 5–7 9–9 11–7 10–8 7–5 8–4 8–10
Philadelphia 2-10 5–13 5–7 8–4 8–4 10–8 7–11 11–7 5–7 6–6 8–10
Pittsburgh 6–6 5–13 3–9 6–6 4–8 8–9 8–10 7–11 4–8 3–9 3–15
San Diego 11–7 4–8 9–9 6–12 10–8 7–5 5–7 7–5 8–4 12–6 4–8
San Francisco 8–10 6–6 6–12 3–15 7–11 5–7 4–8 6–6 9–3 6–12 2–10
St. Louis 9–3 14–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 7–11 10–8 10–8 15–3 8–4 10–2

Notable transactions

  • April 9, 1985: Jacob Brumfield was released by the Cubs.[5]
  • May 12, 1985: Dave Hostetler was purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the Montreal Expos.[6]

Draft picks

  • The Cubs drafted pitcher Dave Masters with the twenty-fourth overall pick in the 1985 Draft.[7]
  • June 3, 1985: Doug Dascenzo was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round of the 1985 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 1985.[8]
  • June 3, 1985: Mark Grace was drafted by the Cubs in the 24th round of the 1985 amateur draft. Player signed August 29, 1985.[9]

Roster

1985 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log

1985 Chicago Cubs Game Log

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 Jody Davis 142 482 112 .232 17 58
1B Leon Durham 153 542 153 .282 21 75
2B Ryne Sandberg 153 609 186 .305 26 83
SS Shawon Dunston 74 250 65 .260 4 18
3B Ron Cey 145 500 116 .232 22 63
LF Gary Matthews 97 298 70 .235 13 40
CF Bob Dernier 121 469 119 .254 1 21
RF Keith Moreland 161 587 180 .307 14 106

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

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

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
George Frazier 51 7 8 2 6.39 46

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs American Association Larry Cox
AA Pittsfield Cubs Eastern League Tom Spencer
A Winston-Salem Spirits Carolina League Cal Emery
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Pete Mackanin
Short-Season A Geneva Cubs New York–Penn League Tony Franklin
Rookie Wytheville Cubs Appalachian League Ramón Conde

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Winston-Salem

References

  1. ^ Dennis Eckersley at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Ron Hassey at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Steve Trout at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Guy Hoffman at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jacob Brumfield at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hosteda01.shtml
  7. ^ Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.84, Published by Time Inc.
  8. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dascedo01.shtml
  9. ^ Mark Grace at Baseball Reference
  • 1985 Chicago Cubs
  • 1985 Chicago Cubs on Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
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