2005 Atlanta Braves season

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2005 Atlanta Braves
2005 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 90–72 (.556)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Time Warner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television TBS Superstation
Turner South
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson, Chip Caray)
FSN South
(Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
Local radio WGST
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson, Chip Caray)
(Luis Octavio Dozal, Jose Manuel Flores)
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The 2005 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 40th season in Atlanta. The Braves won their 15th consecutive division title under Manager of the Year Bobby Cox, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves lost the 2003 Divisional Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 2.

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


  • October 15, 2004: DeWayne Wise was selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • December 3, 2004: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • December 11, 2004: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later and Jose Capellan. The Atlanta Braves sent Alec Zumwalt (minors) (December 14, 2004) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.[4]
  • December 16, 2004: Tim Hudson was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Atlanta Braves for Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer, and Charles Thomas.[5]
  • January 14, 2005: Raúl Mondesí Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • March 31, 2005: Jorge Sosa was traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Atlanta Braves for Nick Green.[7]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[10][edit]

Position Name
Starting Pitcher John Smoltz
Catcher Johnny Estrada
First Baseman Adam LaRoche
Second Baseman Marcus Giles
Third Baseman Chipper Jones
Shortstop Rafael Furcal
Left Fielder Brian Jordan
Center Fielder Andruw Jones
Right Fielder Raúl Mondesí

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
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

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 15, 2005: John Foster signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[11]
  • June 1, 2005: Raúl Mondesí was released by the Atlanta Braves.[12]
  • July 31, 2005: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Atlanta Braves for Roman Colon and Zach Miner.[13]
  • August 29, 2005: Todd Hollandsworth was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Atlanta Braves for Angelo Burrows (minors) and Todd Blackford (minors).[14]
  • Notable picks in the 2005 Draft include Joey Devine (26th pick overall), Yunel Escobar (2nd round), and Jordan Schaefer (3rd round).


2005 Atlanta Braves
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats[edit]


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

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

2005 National League Division Series[edit]

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Houston wins series, 3–1.

Game Score Date
1 Houston 10, Atlanta 5 October 5
2 Atlanta 7, Houston 1 October 6
3 Houston 7, Atlanta 3 October 8
4 Houston 7, Atlanta 6 (18 innings) October 9

Awards and honors[edit]

2005 Major League Baseball season

  • Bobby Cox was voted the National League Manager of the Year for the second consecutive year.
  • John Smoltz was chosen to receive the Roberto Clemente Award
  • Andruw Jones led the National League in home runs and runs batted in. He was the recipient of a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and the Hank Aaron Award. Jones also finished second in voting for National League Most Valuable Player.
  • Jeff Francoeur finished third in voting for National League Rookie of the Year.

2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Andruw Jones and John Smoltz represented the Atlanta Braves in the 2005 All Star Game. Jones hit a home run and Smoltz took the loss in the game.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Pat Kelly
AA Mississippi Braves Southern League Brian Snitker
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Rocket Wheeler
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Paul Runge
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Luis Ortiz