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.

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.

1985 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 8 – October 27, 1985
Top draft pickB. J. Surhoff
Picked byMilwaukee Brewers
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Willie McGee (STL)
AL: Don Mattingly (NYY)
League 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
Finals MVPBret Saberhagen (KC)

Major league baseball final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 99 62 0.615 54–26 45–36
New York Yankees 97 64 0.602 2 58–22 39–42
Detroit Tigers 84 77 0.522 15 44–37 40–40
Baltimore Orioles 83 78 0.516 16 45–36 38–42
Boston Red Sox 81 81 0.500 18½ 43–37 38–44
Milwaukee Brewers 71 90 0.441 28 40–40 31–50
Cleveland Indians 60 102 0.370 39½ 38–43 22–59
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 91 71 0.562 50–32 41–39
California Angels 90 72 0.556 1 49–30 41–42
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 6 45–36 40–41
Minnesota Twins 77 85 0.475 14 49–35 28–50
Oakland Athletics 77 85 0.475 14 43–36 34–49
Seattle Mariners 74 88 0.457 17 42–41 32–47
Texas Rangers 62 99 0.385 28½ 37–43 25–56

National League

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
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 0.586 48–33 47–34
Cincinnati Reds 89 72 0.553 47–34 42–38
Houston Astros 83 79 0.512 12 44–37 39–42
San Diego Padres 83 79 0.512 12 44–37 39–42
Atlanta Braves 66 96 0.407 29 32–49 34–47
San Francisco Giants 62 100 0.383 33 38–43 24–57


1985 Mother's Cookies - Oakland Coliseum
The Oakland Athletics hosting a game at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in 1985.

American League

Team Manager Notes
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

National League

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Eddie Haas, Bobby Wine
Chicago Cubs Jim Frey
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose
Houston Astros Bob Lillis
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
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


  League Championship Series
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  

All-Star game


Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .368 Willie McGee STL .353
HR Darrell Evans DET 40 Dale Murphy ATL 37
RBI Don Mattingly NYY 145 Dave Parker CIN 125
Wins Ron Guidry NYY 22 Dwight Gooden NYM 24
ERA Dave Stieb TOR 2.48 Dwight Gooden NYM 1.53
SO Bert Blyleven CLE/MIN 206 Dwight Gooden NYM 268
SV Dan Quisenberry KC 37 Jeff Reardon MTL 41
SB Rickey Henderson NYY 80 Vince Coleman STL 110


  1. ^ "League playoffs expand to seven games". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). staff and wire reports. April 4, 1985. p. C2.
  2. ^ "AL is kept at arm's length". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder. July 17, 1985. p. C1.
  3. ^ "Carew, Seaver have a Super Sunday". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 5, 1985. p. C1.
  4. ^ Richmond, Peter (September 12, 1985). "Rose finally breaks the Ty". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Cincinnati Herald). p. C1.
  5. ^ "Niekro blanks Jays for 300th". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 7, 1985. p. C1.

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1985 Atlanta Braves season

The 1985 Atlanta Braves season was the 20th in Atlanta and the 115th season in franchise history. The Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the third consecutive season.

1985 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1985 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 78 losses.

1985 California Angels season

The California Angels 1985 season involved the Angels taking 2nd place in the American League West with a 90-72 record, finishing one game behind the eventual World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals.

1985 Chicago White Sox season

The 1985 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 86th season. They finished with a record 85–77, good enough for 3rd place in the American League West, 6 games behind the 1st place Kansas City Royals.

1985 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1985 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West. The Reds finished in second place, 5½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. This year, the Reds adopted an alternate uniform. Reds pitcher Tom Browning became the last 20th Century pitcher to win 20 games in his rookie year.

1985 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1985 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1985 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1985 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 56th playing of the game, annually played between the All-Stars of the National League and the All-Stars of the American League. The game was played on July 16, 1985, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Twins.

1985 Major League Baseball strike

The 1985 Major League Baseball strike was the fifth work stoppage in Major League Baseball since the 1972 Major League Baseball strike. The strike ran only two days, August 6 and 7. 23 of the 25 games which were scheduled for those days were made up later in the season.

1985 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1985 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the American League East with a record of 71 wins and 90 losses.

1985 Minnesota Twins season

The 1985 Minnesota Twins finished with a record of 77-85, tied for fourth in the American League West, and 14 games behind the division winner and eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

1985 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1985 season was the 24th regular season for the Mets. They went 98-64 and finished 2nd in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played their home games at Shea Stadium.

1985 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1985 season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. While the Athletics' on-field performance continued to disappoint, the debut of slugger Jose Canseco gave fans a measure of hope.

1985 San Diego Padres season

The 1985 San Diego Padres season was the 17th season in franchise history. Led by manager Dick Williams, the Padres were unable to defend their National League championship.

1985 San Francisco Giants season

The 1985 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 103rd season in Major League Baseball, their 28th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 26th at Candlestick Park. It resulted in the team finishing in sixth place in the NL West Division with a record of 62 wins and franchise-record 100 losses. This was the first, and as of 2017, the only time in the history of the franchise that they reached the triple-digit mark in losses. It is also the highest number of games they have lost in a season, as well. The Giants were managed by Jim Davenport, who was dismissed on September 18, after compiling a dismal 56-88 record, and Roger Craig, who guided the team to a 6-12 mark during the final 2½ weeks of the season. They finished 33 games behind the division champion and main rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1985 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1985 season was their ninth since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 6th in the American League West with a record of 74–88 (.457).

1985 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1985 season involved the Rangers finishing 7th in the American League west with a record of 62 wins and 99 losses.

Pittsburgh drug trials

The Pittsburgh drug trials of 1985 were the catalyst for a Major League Baseball-related cocaine scandal. Several concurrent and former members of the Pittsburgh Pirates – Dale Berra, Lee Lacy, Lee Mazzilli, John Milner, Dave Parker, and Rod Scurry – and other notable major league players – Willie Aikens, Vida Blue, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Jeffrey Leonard, Tim Raines, and Lonnie Smith – were called before a Pittsburgh grand jury. Their testimony led to the drug trials, which made national headlines in September 1985.Eleven players were officially suspended, but all the suspensions were commuted in exchange for fines, drug testing, and community service. The Pittsburgh drug trials are considered one of baseball's biggest all-time scandals, albeit one that was "behind the scenes" and did not affect play on the field.

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