2005 Major League Baseball season

The 2005 Major League Baseball season was notable for the league's new steroid policy in the wake of the BALCO scandal, which enforced harsher penalties than ever before for steroid use in Major League Baseball. Several players, including veteran Rafael Palmeiro, were suspended under the new policy. Besides steroids it was also notable that every team in the NL East division finished the season with at least 81 wins (at least half of the 162 games played). Additionally it was the first season featuring a baseball team in Washington, D.C. after more than 4 decades, with the Washington Nationals having moved from Montreal.

The Anaheim Angels changed their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The season ended when the Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in a four-game sweep in the World Series, winning their first championship since 1917.

2005 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 3 – October 26, 2005
Top draft pickJustin Upton
Picked byArizona Diamondbacks
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
NL: Albert Pujols (STL)
League Postseason
AL championsChicago White Sox
  AL runners-upLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim
NL championsHouston Astros
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsChicago White Sox
  Runners-upHouston Astros
World Series MVPJermaine Dye (CHW)

Major league baseball final standings

The standings in the National League East were quite notable because all the teams in that division finished with at least a .500 record. The San Diego Padres' record of 82–80 was also notable as it was the worst ever by a division champion in a full-length season. (It is not, strictly speaking, the worst record by a division champion as the strike-shortened 1994 season ended with every team in the AL West at least 10 games under .500, nor is it the worst record by a team that made the postseason as due to the "split-season" format imposed in the wake of the 1981 Major League Baseball strike, the Kansas City Royals went to the playoffs as second-half AL West champions despite an overall record of 50–53.)

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 53–28 42–39
(4) Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 54–27 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 0.494 15 43–38 37–44
Baltimore Orioles 74 88 0.457 21 36–45 38–43
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67 95 0.414 28 40–41 27–54
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Chicago White Sox 99 63 0.611 47–34 52–29
Cleveland Indians 93 69 0.574 6 43–38 50–31
Minnesota Twins 83 79 0.512 16 45–36 38–43
Detroit Tigers 71 91 0.438 28 39–42 32–49
Kansas City Royals 56 106 0.346 43 34–47 22–59
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 95 67 0.586 49–32 46–35
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 7 45–36 43–38
Texas Rangers 79 83 0.488 16 44–37 35–46
Seattle Mariners 69 93 0.426 26 39–42 30–51

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Atlanta Braves 90 72 0.556 53–28 37–44
Philadelphia Phillies 88 74 0.543 2 46–35 42–39
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 7 45–36 38–43
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 7 48–33 35–46
Washington Nationals 81 81 0.500 9 41–40 40–41
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617 50–31 50–31
(4) Houston Astros 89 73 0.549 11 53–28 36–45
Milwaukee Brewers 81 81 0.500 19 46–35 35–46
Chicago Cubs 79 83 0.488 21 38–43 41–40
Cincinnati Reds 73 89 0.451 27 42–39 31–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 0.414 33 34–47 33–48
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) San Diego Padres 82 80 0.506 46–35 36–45
Arizona Diamondbacks 77 85 0.475 5 36–45 41–40
San Francisco Giants 75 87 0.463 7 37–44 38–43
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 91 0.438 11 40–41 31–50
Colorado Rockies 67 95 0.414 15 40–41 27–54


The playoffs began on October 4, and ended on October 26. For more information, see the following articles:


  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 Chicago Sox 3  
4 Boston 0  
  1 Chicago Sox 4  
American League
  2 LA Angels 1  
2 LA Angels 3
  3 NY Yankees 2  
    AL1 Chicago Sox 4
  NL4 Houston 0
  1 St. Louis 3  
3 San Diego 0  
  1 St. Louis 2
National League
  4 Houston 4  
2 Atlanta 1
  4 Houston 3  

Statistical leaders



Statistic American League National League
Runs scored Boston Red Sox 910 Cincinnati Reds 820
Hits Boston Red Sox 1579 Chicago Cubs 1506
Home runs Texas Rangers 260 Cincinnati Reds 222
Batting average Boston Red Sox .272 San Francisco Giants .281
Stolen bases Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 161 New York Mets 153


Statistic American League National League
Batting average Michael Young (Texas) .331 Derrek Lee (Chicago) .335
Runs scored Alex Rodriguez (New York) 124 Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 129
Hits Michael Young (Texas) 221 Derrek Lee (Chicago) 199
Home runs Alex Rodriguez (New York) 48 Andruw Jones (Atlanta) 51
Runs batted in David Ortiz (Boston) 148 Andruw Jones (Atlanta) 128
Stolen bases Chone Figgins (Los Angeles) 62 José Reyes (New York) 60



Statistic American League National League
Runs allowed Cleveland Indians 642 Houston Astros 609
Earned run average Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
3.61 St. Louis Cardinals 3.49
Hits allowed Oakland Athletics 1315 Houston Astros 1336
Home runs allowed Oakland Athletics 154 New York Mets 135
Strikeouts Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1126 Chicago Cubs 1256


Statistic American League National League
Earned run average Kevin Millwood (Cleveland) 2.86 Roger Clemens (Houston) 1.87
Wins Bartolo Colón (Los Angeles) 21 Dontrelle Willis (Florida) 22
Saves Francisco Rodríguez (Los Angeles)
Bob Wickman (Cleveland)
45 Chad Cordero (Washington) 47
Strikeouts Johan Santana (Minnesota) 238 Jake Peavy (San Diego) 216


American League

Team Manager Comments
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Sam Perlozzo
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén Won the World Series
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers± Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Tony Peña Replaced during the season by Bob Schaefer
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha
Seattle Mariners Mike Hargrove
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds Dave Miley Replaced during the season by Jerry Narron
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jack McKeon
Houston Astros Phil Garner Won the National League pennant
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
New York Mets Willie Randolph
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon Replaced during the season by Pete Mackanin
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou
Washington Nationals Frank Robinson

±hosted the MLB All Star Game

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Ryan Howard (PHI) Huston Street (OAK)
Cy Young Award Chris Carpenter (STL) Bartolo Colón (LAA)
Manager of the Year Bobby Cox (ATL) Ozzie Guillén (CHW)
Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols (STL) Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC) Kenny Rogers (MIN)
Catcher Mike Matheny (SF) Jason Varitek (BOS)
1st Base Derrek Lee (CHC) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Luis Castillo (FLA) Orlando Hudson (TOR)
3rd Base Mike Lowell (FLA) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Omar Vizquel (SF) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Bobby Abreu (PHI)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Jason Marquis (STL) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Michael Barrett (CHC) Jason Varitek (BOS)
1st Base Derrek Lee (CHC) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Jeff Kent (LAD) Alfonso Soriano (TEX)
3rd Base Morgan Ensberg (HOU) Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
Shortstop Felipe López (CIN) Miguel Tejada (BAL)
Outfield Miguel Cabrera (FLA)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Carlos Lee (MIL)
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Gary Sheffield (NYY)

Other awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Brian Roberts Derrek Lee
May Alex Rodriguez Bobby Abreu
June Travis Hafner Andruw Jones
July Jason Giambi Adam Dunn
August Alex Rodriguez Andruw Jones
September David Ortiz Randy Winn

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Jon Garland Dontrelle Willis
May Kenny Rogers Trevor Hoffman
June Mark Buehrle Chad Cordero
July Barry Zito Andy Pettitte
August Bartolo Colón Noah Lowry
September José Contreras Andy Pettitte

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Gustavo Chacín Clint Barmes
May Damon Hollins Ryan Church
June Joe Blanton Garrett Atkins
July Gustavo Chacín Zach Duke
August Joe Blanton Zach Duke
September Robinson Canó Ryan Howard


See also

External links


  1. ^ Pellowski, Michael J (2007). The Little Giant Books of Baseball Facts. United States: Sterling Publishing Co. p. 352. ISBN 9781402742736.
2005 American League Championship Series

The 2005 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2005 American League playoffs, which determined the 2005 American League champion, matched the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox against the West Division champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The White Sox, by virtue of having the best record in the AL during the 2005 season, had the home-field advantage. The White Sox won the series four games to one to become the American League champions, and faced the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series, in which the White Sox swept the Astros in four games to win their first World Series championship in 88 years; as a result of the 2005 All-Star Game played in Detroit, Michigan at Comerica Park on July 12, the White Sox had home-field advantage in the World Series. The series was notable both for a controversial call in Game 2 of the series, and the outstanding pitching and durability of Chicago's starting rotation, pitching four consecutive complete games; the ​ 2⁄3 of an inning Neal Cotts pitched in the first game was the only work the White Sox bullpen saw the entire series.

The White Sox and Angels were victorious in the AL Division Series (ALDS), with the White Sox defeating the defending World Champion and wild card qualifier Boston Red Sox three games to none, and the Angels defeating the Eastern Division champion New York Yankees three games to two. It was the first ALCS since 2002 not to feature the Red Sox and the Yankees.

2005 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2005 Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team looked to improve on their 51-111 record from 2004. They looked to contend in what was once again a weak National League West Division. They finished the season with a record of 77-85, good for second place in the division.

2005 Atlanta Braves season

The 2005 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 40th season in Atlanta and the 135th season overall. The Braves won their 14th consecutive division title under Manager of the Year Bobby Cox, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. This was Atlanta's final division title in their consecutive run. The Braves lost the 2005 Divisional Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 1.

Tim Hudson joined the Braves' rotation and rookies Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson and Brian McCann had their first seasons with Atlanta in 2005.

2005 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2005 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses. The team started off hot, compiling a record of 42 wins and 30 losses while spending 62 days in first place in AL East. After June 23, the team started slipping on the way to a losing record and manager Lee Mazzilli's dismissal in early August.

2005 Chicago Cubs season

The 2005 Chicago Cubs season was the 134th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 130th in the National League and the 90th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished 79–83, 4th place in the NL Central. This was the first season for the WGN-TV broadcast pairing of Bob Brenly and Len Kasper.

2005 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2005 season consisted of the Reds finishing in fifth place in the National League Central Division. The Reds were managed by Dave Miley for most of the season, and after being fired, was followed by Jerry Narron.

The Reds missed the playoffs for the tenth straight season, tying a record set between 1980-89.

2005 Detroit Tigers season

The 2005 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers finishing fourth in the AL Central with a 71-91 record, 28 games in back of the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox.

2005 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2005 season was the 13th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their season from 2004. Their manager was Jack McKeon. They played home games at Dolphin Stadium. They finished with a record of 83-79, 3rd in the NL East and failed to make the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season.

2005 Kansas City Royals season

The 2005 Kansas City Royals season began on April 4 and ended October 2. The Royals competed and finished 5th in the American League Central with a record of 56 wins and 106 losses, 43 games behind first place Chicago White Sox. With 106 losses, the Royals set a record for the most losses in a single season in franchise history, and their third 100-loss season in 4 years. The 2005 Kansas City Royals were plagued by abysmal pitching and an anemic offense, and to date have one of the worst Major League Baseball season records of all-time.

2005 Los Angeles Dodgers season

In 2005, the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered from a rash of injuries to key players such as closer Éric Gagné, shortstop César Izturis and outfielder J. D. Drew and fell to their second worst record in Los Angeles history, finishing in fourth place in the Western Division of the National League. After the season, manager Jim Tracy and General Manager Paul DePodesta were both fired and the team was torn apart. This was also the last season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).

2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 76th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–5, thus awarding an AL team (which eventually came to be the Chicago White Sox) home-field advantage in the 2005 World Series. The game was when Rawlings first previewed the Coolflo batting helmets.

2005 Major League Baseball draft

The 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. It is widely considered to be one of the best drafts in recent memory.Source: Major League Baseball 2005 Official Draft Site

2005 Minnesota Twins season

Coming into the year, the 2005 Minnesota Twins were favored to go on and win their division. However, a weak offense and injuries (most notably to Torii Hunter) prevented this from coming to fruition. This led manager Ron Gardenhire to reshuffle his coaching staff following the season. The team finished sixteen games behind the World Champion Chicago White Sox. The Twins have never won four straight division titles in their 104-year franchise history.

2005 National League Championship Series

The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS. The Cardinals, by virtue of having the best record in the NL during the 2005 season, had the home-field advantage. The Astros won the series four games to two, and became the National League champions; they faced the American League champion Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series, where the Astros lost to the White Sox in a sweep in four games.

The Cardinals and Astros were victorious in the NL Division Series (NLDS), with the Cardinals defeating the West Division champion San Diego Padres three games to none, and the Astros defeating the East Division champion Atlanta Braves three games to one. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who won AL pennants with the Oakland Athletics in 1988–89–90 and the NL flag in 2004, fell short in his bid to become the first manager in history to win multiple pennants in both major leagues, although he did so in 2006 and again in 2011. The NLCS also closed with the last game ever played at St. Louis' Busch Stadium (II), which the Cardinals departed after 40 seasons.

2005 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2005 season was the 44th regular season for the Mets. They went 83-79 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Willie Randolph. They played home games at Shea Stadium. The 2005 season is also noteworthy for being Mike Piazza's last season as a Met. In the last game of the season, he was given a long standing ovation from the fans at Shea Stadium.

2005 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2005 season was their 37th in Oakland, California. It was also the 105th season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 88-74.

The Athletics entered the 2005 season with low expectations. The team had won more than ninety games in each of the previous five seasons; despite this, there were concerns about the team's starting pitching. During the 2004–05 offseason, general manager Billy Beane traded two of the team's so-called "Big Three" starting pitchers. Beane traded two of the three, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, to the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals (respectively); in both instances, he received prospects in return. The A's retained All-Star starter Barry Zito; despite this, many worried about the quality of the team's remaining starters. Some even picked the Athletics to finish last in the American League West, despite their having finished second (one game behind the Anaheim Angels) just months prior.

The A's seemed to validate these concerns in the early days of the 2005 season. On May 29, they were 17-32 (the third-worst record in baseball at the time); moreover, the team trailed the division-leading Angels by 12.5 games. The Athletics would follow this poor start with a stunning turnaround. From May 30 to August 13, Oakland would go a league-best 50-17. The surge was brought about, in large part, by the strong pitching of young starters Dan Haren (received in the Mulder trade), Rich Harden, and Joe Blanton. The team stunningly erased their 12.5 game deficit over this span. Oakland would pace the Angels well into September; at their peak, on August 30, the A's actually led the Angels by two games. In the end, though, the team fell short; a collapse in the second half of the 2005 season, combined with a dramatic Angels surge, saw the Athletics finish seven games out of first place.

The 2005 season also saw Athletics closer Huston Street win the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Street earned the honor after posting a 1.72 earned run average in his first major-league season; he did so while recording 23 saves. The Rookie of the Year Award was Oakland's second in as many years (and sixth overall).

2005 San Francisco Giants season

The 2005 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 123rd year in Major League Baseball, their 48th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their sixth at SBC Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with a 75-87 record, 7 games behind the San Diego Padres.

2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was the team's eighth since the franchise was created. This season, they finished last in the AL East division, and managed to finish the season with the AL's third-worst record of 67-95. Their manager was Lou Piniella who entered his 3rd and last season with the Devil Rays.

Latino Legends Team

The Latino Legends Team was an all-time all-star baseball team selected in 2005 to honor the history of Latin American players in Major League Baseball. The players were chosen by fan voting. Ballots were available both online at MLB.com and at Chevrolet dealerships, and over 1.6 million total votes were cast. The team was announced at a ceremony hosted by actor Edward James Olmos prior to Game Four of the 2005 World Series.

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