1985 Major League Baseball season
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|1985 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 8 – October 27, 1985|
|Top draft pick||B. J. Surhoff|
|Picked by||Milwaukee Brewers|
|Season MVP||NL: Willie McGee (STL)|
AL: Don Mattingly (NYY)
|AL champions||Kansas City Royals|
|AL runners-up||Toronto Blue Jays|
|NL champions||St. Louis Cardinals|
|NL runners-up||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Champions||Kansas City Royals|
|Runners-up||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Finals MVP||Bret Saberhagen (KC)|
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
|League Championship Series
- American League Championship Series MVP: George Brett
- National League Championship Series MVP: Ozzie Smith
- On August 4, at Yankee Stadium, Tom Seaver won his 300th game as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
- On September 11, Pete Rose reached 4,192 hits, breaking Ty Cobb's all-time major league career hits record.
- On October 6, Phil Niekro won his 300th game and became the oldest pitcher (age 46) to record a shutout as a member of the New York Yankees.
|Network||Day of week||Announcers|
|Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Howard Cosell[n1 1], Tim McCarver, Don Drysdale|
|NBC||Saturday afternoons||Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola, Bob Costas, Tony Kubek|
Awards and honors
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- Most Valuable Player
- Cy Young Award
- Rookie of the Year
- Manager of the Year Award
- Gold Glove Award
|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|
- "League playoffs expand to seven games". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). staff and wire reports. April 4, 1985. p. C2.
- "AL is kept at arm's length". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder. July 17, 1985. p. C1.
- "Carew, Seaver have a Super Sunday". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 5, 1985. p. C1.
- Richmond, Peter (September 12, 1985). "Rose finally breaks the Ty". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Cincinnati Herald). p. C1.
- "Niekro blanks Jays for 300th". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 7, 1985. p. C1.