1985 Major League Baseball season

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1985 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 8, 1985 – October 27, 1985
Regular season
Season MVP NL: Willie McGee (STL)
AL: Don Mattingly (NYY)
League postseason
AL champions Kansas City Royals
  AL runners-up Toronto Blue Jays
NL champions St. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series
Champions Kansas City Royals
World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen (KC)
MLB seasons

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, 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.

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Toronto Blue Jays   99   62 .615    –
2nd New York Yankees   97   64 .602   2.0
3rd Detroit Tigers   84   77 .522 15.0
4th Baltimore Orioles   83   78 .516 16.0
5th Boston Red Sox   81   81 .500 18.5
6th Milwaukee Brewers   71   90 .441 28.0
7th Cleveland Indians   60 102 .370 39.5
West Division
1st Kansas City Royals   91   71 .562    –
2nd California Angels   90   72 .556   1.0
3rd Chicago White Sox   85   77 .525   6.0
4th Minnesota Twins   77   85 .475 14.0
4th Oakland Athletics   77   85 .475 14.0
6th Seattle Mariners   74   88 .457 17.0
7th Texas Rangers   62   99 .385 28.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 101   61 .623    –
2nd New York Mets   98   64 .605   3.0
3rd Montréal Expos   84   77 .522 16.5
4th Chicago Cubs   77   84 .478 23.5
5th Philadelphia Phillies   75   87 .463 26.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates   57 104 .354 43.5
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers   95   67 .586    –
2nd Cincinnati Reds   89   72 .553   5.5
3rd Houston Astros   83   79 .512 12.0
3rd San Diego Padres   83   79 .512 12.0
5th Atlanta Braves   66   96 .407 29.0
6th San Francisco Giants   62 100 . 383 33.0


American League[edit]

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[edit]

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 Blue Jays 3
West Kansas City Royals 4
AL Kansas City Royals 4
NL St. Louis Cardinals 3
East St. Louis Cardinals 4
West Los Angeles Dodgers 2

All-Star game[edit]


On September 11, Pete Rose hit his 4,192nd hit, surpassing Ty Cobb as the all-time Major League hit king.

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
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 KCR 37 Jeff Reardon MON 41
SB Rickey Henderson NYY 80 Vince Coleman STL 110