1985 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1985 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
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
Lanny Frattare, Jim Rooker, John Sanders, Steve Blass
Local radio KDKA
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 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]

Opening Day Starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 .623 --
New York Mets 98 64 .605 3
Montreal Expos 84 77 .522 16.5
Chicago Cubs 77 84 .478 23.5
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 .463 26
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 104 .354 43.5

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1985 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Tony Peña 147 546 136 .249 10 59
1B Jason Thompson 123 402 97 .241 12 61
2B Johnny Ray 154 594 163 .274 7 70
3B Bill Madlock 110 399 100 .251 10 41
SS Sammy Khalifa 95 320 76 .238 2 31
LF Steve Kemp 92 236 59 .250 2 21
CF Marvell Wynne 103 337 69 .205 2 18
RF George Hendrick 69 256 59 .230 2 25

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Joe Orsulak 121 397 119 .300 0 21
Bill Almon 88 244 66 .270 6 29
Jim Morrison 92 244 62 .254 4 22
Mike Brown 57 205 68 .332 5 33
R. J. Reynolds 31 130 40 .308 3 17
Denny González 35 124 28 .226 4 12
Lee Mazzilli 92 117 33 .282 1 9
Sixto Lezcano 72 116 24 .207 3 9
Doug Frobel 53 109 22 .202 0 7
Sid Bream 26 95 27 .284 3 15
Junior Ortiz 23 72 21 .292 1 5
Johnnie LeMaster 22 58 9 .155 1 6
Tim Foli 19 37 7 .189 0 2
Rafael Belliard 17 20 4 .200 0 1
Trench Davis 2 7 1 .143 0 0
Scott Loucks 4 7 2 .286 0 1
Jerry Dybzinski 5 4 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rick Rhoden 35 213.1 10 15 4.47 128
Rick Reuschel 26 194.0 14 8 2.27 138
José DeLeón 25 162.2 2 19 4.70 149
Lee Tunnell 23 132.1 4 10 4.01 74
Larry McWilliams 19 126.1 7 9 4.70 52
Bob Walk 9 58.2 2 3 3.68 40
Mike Bielecki 12 45.2 2 3 4.53 22

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Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Winn 30 75.2 3 6 5.23 22
Pat Clements 27 34.1 0 2 3.67 17
Bob Kipper 5 24.2 1 2 5.11 13
Ray Krawczyk 8 8.1 0 2 14.04 9
Kent Tekulve 3 3.1 0 0 16.20 4
Dave Tomlin 1 1.0 0 0 0.00 0

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
John Candelaria 37 2 4 9 3.64 47
Cecilio Guante 63 4 6 5 2.72 92
Al Holland 38 1 3 4 3.38 47
Don Robinson 44 5 11 3 3.87 42
Rod Scurry 30 0 1 2 3.21 28

Awards and honors[edit]

1985 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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
Short-Season A Watertown Pirates New York-Penn League Woody Hunt
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

References[edit]