1985 Pittsburgh Pirates season
|1985 Pittsburgh Pirates|
|The Pirates draft Barry Bonds|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||John W. Galbreath
|General manager(s)||Harding "Pete" Peterson
Joe L. Brown
Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker, John Sanders, Steve Blass
Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker, Bob Prince (select games until death on June 10)
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The 1985 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 104th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 99th in Major League Baseball (MLB). The Pirates finished sixth and last in the National League East with a record of 57–104, 43½ games behind the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
The team was beset during the offseason with the triple threat of its longtime owner taking bids for the debt laden franchise, rumors of a possible relocation to cities such as Tampa, Denver and New Orleans and the expanding Pittsburgh drug trials.
Off season transactions included:
- December 12, 1984: Brian Harper and John Tudor were traded by the Pirates to the St. Louis Cardinals for George Hendrick and Steve Barnard (minors).
- December 20, 1984: Jay Buhner, Dale Berra and Alfonso Pulido were traded by the Pirates to the New York Yankees for Steve Kemp, Tim Foli, and cash.
- February 28, 1985: Rick Reuschel was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.
- March 1, 1985: Scott Loucks was signed as a free agent by the Pirates.
Opening Day Starters
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- April 11, 1985: Jerry Dybzinski was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- April 20, 1985: Kent Tekulve was traded by the Pirates to the Philadelphia Phillies for Al Holland and Frankie Griffin (minors).
- April 27, 1985: Steve Herz (minors) was traded by the Pirates to the Philadelphia Phillies for Mike Diaz.
- June 3, 1985: Barry Bonds was drafted by the Pirates in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft. Player signed on June 5.
- July 3, 1985: The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Scott Bailes to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal made on May 30, 1985 for Johnnie LeMaster.
- August 2, 1985: John Candelaria, George Hendrick and Al Holland were traded by the Pirates to the California Angels for Pat Clements, Mike Brown and a player to be named later. The Angels completed the deal by sending Bob Kipper to the Pirates on August 16.
- August 12, 1985: Doug Frobel was purchased by the Montreal Expos from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- August 31, 1985: Bill Madlock was traded by the Pirates to the Los Angeles Dodgers for players to be named later. The Dodgers completed the deal by sending R. J. Reynolds to the Pirates on September 3 and Cecil Espy, and Sid Bream to the Pirates on September 9.
|1985 Pittsburgh Pirates|
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Starters by position
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
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Awards and honors
- Tony Peña, C, Reserve
- Brian Harper page at Baseball Reference
- Jay Buhner page at Baseball Reference
- Rick Reuschel page at Baseball Reference
- Scott Loucks page at Baseball Reference
- Kent Tekulve page at Baseball Reference
- Mike Diaz page at Baseball Reference
- Barry Bonds page at Baseball Reference
- John Candelaria page at Baseball Reference
- Sid Bream page at Baseball Reference
- 1985 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at Baseball Reference
- 1985 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.