1985 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1985 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 57–104 (.354)
Divisional place 6th
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
Warner Communications
General manager(s) Harding "Pete" Peterson
Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Chuck Tanner
Local television KDKA-TV
(Steve Blass, Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker, John Sanders)
Local radio KDKA-AM
(Lanny Frattare, Bob Prince (select games until death on June 10), Jim Rooker)
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The 1985 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 104th season of the franchise; the 99th in the National League. 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.

Offseason[edit]

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.[2]

Off season transactions included:

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 0.623 54–27 47–34
New York Mets 98 64 0.605 3 51–30 47–34
Montreal Expos 84 77 0.522 16½ 44–37 40–40
Chicago Cubs 77 84 0.478 23½ 41–39 36–45
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 0.463 26 41–40 34–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 104 0.354 43½ 35–45 22–59


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1985 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 7–11 8–10 5–13 3–9 2–10 10–2 6–6 7–11 10–8 3–9
Chicago 7–5 5–6 5–7 5–7 7–11 4–14 13–5 13–5 8–4 6–6 4–14
Cincinnati 11–7 6–5 11–7 7–11 8–4 4–8 7–5 9–3 9–9 12–6 5–7
Houston 10–8 7–5 7–11 6–12 6–6 4–8 4–8 6–6 12–6 15–3 6–6
Los Angeles 13–5 7–5 11–7 12–6 7–5 7–5 4–8 8–4 8–10 11–7 7–5
Montreal 9–3 11–7 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–9 8–10 9–8 5–7 7–5 11–7
New York 10–2 14–4 8–4 8–4 5–7 9–9 11–7 10–8 7–5 8–4 8–10
Philadelphia 2-10 5–13 5–7 8–4 8–4 10–8 7–11 11–7 5–7 6–6 8–10
Pittsburgh 6–6 5–13 3–9 6–6 4–8 8–9 8–10 7–11 4–8 3–9 3–15
San Diego 11–7 4–8 9–9 6–12 10–8 7–5 5–7 7–5 8–4 12–6 4–8
San Francisco 8–10 6–6 6–12 3–15 7–11 5–7 4–8 6–6 9–3 6–12 2–10
St. Louis 9–3 14–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 7–11 10–8 10–8 15–3 8–4 10–2


Game Log[edit]

1985 Game Log (57–104)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Roster[edit]

1985 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Marvell Wynne CF
Johnny Ray 2B
Bill Madlock 3B
Jason Thompson 1B
George Hendrick RF
Tony Peña C
Doug Frobel LF
Tim Foli SS
Rick Rhoden SP

Player stats[edit]

Batting
Pitching

Awards and honors[edit]

1985 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Transactions[edit]

  • October 15, 1984 – Dale Mohorcic granted Free Agency.
  • October 15, 1984 – Nelson Norman granted Free Agency.
  • October 15, 1984 – Kelly Paris granted Free Agency.
  • November 8, 1984 – Lee Lacy granted Free Agency.
  • November 8, 1984 – Milt May granted Free Agency.
  • December 3, 1984 – Drafted Junior Ortiz from the New York Mets in the 1984 rule 5 draft.
  • December 12, 1984 – Traded Brian Harper and John Tudor to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Steve Barnard (minors) and George Hendrick.
  • December 20, 1984 – Traded Dale Berra, Jay Buhner and Alfonso Pulido to the New York Yankees. Received Tim Foli, Steve Kemp and cash.
  • January 3, 1985 – Drafted Greg Vaughn in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1985 amateur draft (January Secondary), but did not sign the player.
  • January 3, 1985 – Drafted Derek Lee in the 9th round of the 1985 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.
  • January 15, 1985 – Signed Juan Eichelberger as a free agent.
  • January 22, 1985 – Signed Sixto Lezcano as a free agent.
  • February 22, 1985 – Signed Orlando Merced as an amateur free agent.
  • February 28, 1985 – Signed Rick Reuschel as a free agent.
  • March 1, 1985 – Signed Scott Loucks as a free agent.
  • April 7, 1985 – Released Juan Eichelberger.
  • April 8, 1985 – Signed Bill Almon as a free agent.
  • April 11, 1985 – Signed Jerry Dybzinski as a free agent.
  • April 11, 1985 – Signed John Henry Johnson as a free agent.
  • April 20, 1985 – Traded Kent Tekulve to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Frankie Griffin (minors) and Al Holland.
  • April 27, 1985 – Traded Steve Herz (minors) to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Mike Diaz.
  • May 30, 1985 – Traded a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians. Received Johnnie LeMaster. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Scott Bailes (July 3, 1985) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.
  • June 3, 1985 – Drafted Tommy Hinzo in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1985 amateur draft (June Secondary), but did not sign the player.
  • June 3, 1985 – Drafted Barry Bonds in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1985 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 1985.
  • June 3, 1985 – Drafted Brett Gideon in the 6th round of the 1985 amateur draft.
  • June 3, 1985 – Drafted Tommy Gregg in the 7th round of the 1985 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1985.
  • June 3, 1985 – Drafted Bill Sampen in the 12th round of the 1985 amateur draft.
  • June 3, 1985 – Drafted Tommy Shields in the 36th round of the 1985 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.
  • June 17, 1985 – Released Tim Foli.
  • July 26, 1985 – Released John Henry Johnson.
  • August 2, 1985 – Traded John Candelaria, George Hendrick and Al Holland to the California Angels. Received a player to be named later, Mike Brown and Pat Clements. The California Angels sent Bob Kipper (August 16, 1985) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.
  • August 12, 1985 – Sold Doug Frobel to the Montreal Expos.
  • August 31, 1985 – Traded Bill Madlock to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received players to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent R.J. Reynolds (September 3, 1985), Cecil Espy (September 9, 1985) and Sid Bream (September 9, 1985) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.
  • September 14, 1985 – Sold Rod Scurry to the New York Yankees.
  • October 4, 1985 – Released Jerry Dybzinski.
  • October 4, 1985 – Released Mitchell Page.
  • October 4, 1985 – Released Eddie Vargas.
  • October 15, 1985 – Dave Tomlin granted Free Agency.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League Tommy Sandt
AA Nashua Pirates Eastern League Johnny Lipon
A Prince William Pirates Carolina League Ed Ott
A Macon Pirates South Atlantic League Mike Quade
A-Short Season Watertown Pirates New York–Penn League Woody Hunt
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

References[edit]