2005 Boston Red Sox season

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2005 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 95–67 (.586)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Henry (New England Sports Ventures)
General manager(s) Theo Epstein
Manager(s) Terry Francona
Local television WSBK-TV
NESN
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy)
Local radio WEEI
(Jerry Trupiano, Joe Castiglione)
WROL
(Bill Kulik, Uri Berenguer, Juan Báez)
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The Boston Red Sox' 2005 season included the Boston Red Sox attempting to win the American League East in the American League. The Red Sox finished 95-67, with the same record as the New York Yankees. Because the Yankees won the head-to-head season series, they won the tie-breaker for the American League East division title, and the Red Sox, with the best record of a non-division winner, were designated as winners of the American League Wild Card.

Offseason[edit]

The Red Sox made a few notable offseason moves coming off their 2004 World Series championship. The team brought back Jason Varitek by re-signing the veteran catcher to a 4-year $40 million deal.[1]

Management sought to fill the void left by Orlando Cabrera and Pokey Reese at shortstop by signing free agent Edgar Rentería to a 4-year $40 million year with a 5th year option.[1] The move sat well with fans because Rentería was coming off a very successful 2004 campaign with St. Louis Cardinals. Rentería hit .287 with 10 homeruns and 72 RBI in 2004.[2]

The Red Sox front office looked to bolster their starting pitching by signing two veteran pitchers. The need for starting pitching was a point of emphasize due to the departure of Pedro Martínez to the New York Mets after 7 years in a Red Sox uniform.[3] The first pitcher signed was former Padres starter David Wells. Wells was coming off a surprising 2004 season with the Padres in which he posted a 3.73 ERA over 195 innings pitched at the age of 41.[4] The second pitcher signed was former Cubs starter Matt Clement. Clement was coming off a season in which he posted a respectable 3.68 ERA over 181 innings pitched.[5]

An unfavorable offseason transaction also occurred before the 2005 season. Management traded away fan favorite outfielder Dave Roberts to the Padres in exchange for shortstop Ramon Vazquez and left fielder Jay Payton. Roberts played a huge role as a base stealer during the 2004 World Series run for the Red Sox.[6]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 53–28 42–39
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 54–27 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 0.494 15 43–38 37–44
Baltimore Orioles 74 88 0.457 21 36–45 38–43
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67 95 0.414 28 40–41 27–54


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2005 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Baltimore 8–10 2–6 1–6 3–5 4–2 2–4 3–3 7–11 4–6 7–3 12–6 4–6 9–10 8–10
Boston 10–8 4–3 4–2 6–4 4–2 6–4 4–2 9–10 6–4 3–3 13–6 7–2 7–11 12–6
Chicago 6–2 3–4 14–5 14–5 13–5 4–6 11–7 3–3 2–7 6–3 4–2 3–6 4–2 12–6
Cleveland 6–1 2–4 5–14 12–6 13–6 3–5 10–9 3–4 6–3 7–3 4–6 3–3 4–2 15–3
Detroit 5–3 4–6 5–14 6–12 10–9 4–6 8–11 1–5 1–5 5–4 5–2 4–2 4–3 9–9
Kansas City 2–4 2–4 5–13 6–13 9–10 2–7 6–13 3–3 2–4 2–7 3–5 2–8 3–6 9–9
Los Angeles of Anaheim 4–2 4–6 6–4 5–3 6–4 7–2 6–4 6–4 10–9 9–9 4–5 15–4 1–5 12–6
Minnesota 3–3 2–4 7–11 9–10 11–8 13–6 4–6 3–3 4–6 6–4 6–0 3–6 4–2 8–10
New York 11–7 10–9 3–3 4–3 5–1 3–3 4–6 3–3 7–2 7–3 8–11 7–3 12–6 11–7
Oakland 6–4 4–6 7–2 3–6 5–1 4–2 9–10 6–4 2–7 12–6 4–5 11–8 5–5 10–8
Seattle 3–7 3–3 3–6 3–7 4–5 7–2 9–9 4–6 3–7 6–12 4–2 6–13 4–6 10–8
Tampa Bay 6–12 6–13 2–4 6–4 2–5 5–3 5–4 0–6 11–8 5–4 2–4 6–2 8–11 3–15
Texas 6–4 2–7 6–3 3–3 2–4 8–2 4–15 6–3 3–7 8–11 13–6 2–6 7–3 9–9
Toronto 10–9 11–7 2–4 2–4 3–4 6–3 5–1 2–4 6–12 5–5 6–4 11–8 3–7 8–10


Notable transactions[edit]

  • December 19, 2004: Edgar Rentería was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[7]
  • January 10, 2005: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[8]
  • May 2, 2005: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[9]
  • June 7, 2005: Jacoby Ellsbury was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed July 1, 2005.[10]
  • June 7, 2005: Clay Buchholz was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (42nd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed June 23, 2005.[11]
  • July 19, 2005: Alan Embree was released by the Boston Red Sox.[12]
  • August 9, 2005: Ricky Bottalico was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[13]
  • August 19, 2005: Mark Bellhorn was released by the Boston Red Sox.[14]
  • August 25, 2005: Ricky Bottalico was released by the Boston Red Sox.[13]

Opening Day Lineup[edit]

18 Johnny Damon CF
16 Edgar Rentería SS
24 Manny Ramirez LF
34 David Ortiz DH
15 Kevin Millar 1B
33 Jason Varitek C
44 Jay Payton RF
11 Bill Mueller 3B
12 Mark Bellhorn 2B
  3 David Wells P

Roster[edit]

2005 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitter

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

2005 Game Log


Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; 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

Other batters[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

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDS[edit]

Game Score Date
1 Boston 2, Chicago 14 October 4
2 Boston 4, Chicago 5 October 5
3 Chicago 5, Boston 3 October 7

The Chicago White Sox swept the Red Sox in the American League Division Series. The White Sox went on to win the World Series that year against the Houston Astros. The Red Sox were forced to play in the 2005 Postseason as a wild card team even though they had the same regular season record as their interdivision rival the New York Yankees. That is due to the fact that the Yankees had won the regular season head to head matchups versus the Red Sox 10-9.

A crucial moment of the series came in game 2 when Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino made a crucial error that led to the White Sox scoring 3 unearned runs in the fifth inning. A slow groundball hit to the right side of the infield was able to get past Graffanino and a key double play was not turned. Later in the inning, White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi hit a 3-run homerun to give the White Sox a 1 run lead.[15] Red Sox pitcher David Wells was pitching well in the game until the error. The error is viewed by many fans as having le the Red Sox Game 2 and eventually the American League Division Series.

Red Sox ace Curt Schilling did not start a game in the American League Division Series after pitching in the last game of the season against the Yankees.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ron Johnson
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Todd Claus
A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Dann Bilardello
A Greenville Bombers South Atlantic League Chad Epperson
A-Short Season Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Luis Alicea
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Ralph Treuel

[16][17]

References[edit]

1st Half: Boston Red Sox Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Boston Red Sox Game Log on ESPN.com
  1. ^ a b "2005 Boston Red Sox Transactions: Free Agency, Trades & more". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Edgar Rentería Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Pedro Martínez Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  4. ^ "David Wells Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Matt Clement Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  6. ^ "2004 Boston Red Sox Transactions: Free Agency, Trades & more". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  7. ^ Edgar Renteria Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Josias Manzanillo Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ John Olerud Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ Jacoby Ellsbury Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ Clay Buchholz Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ Alan Embree Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ a b Ricky Bottalico Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  14. ^ Mark Bellhorn Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ Jenkins, Lee (2005-10-06). "Red Sox Create Another Moment of Infamy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  16. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  17. ^ Baseball America 2006 Annual Directory