2005 Major League Baseball season

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2005 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 3 – October 26, 2005
Top draft pickJustin Upton
Picked byArizona Diamondbacks
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
NL: Albert Pujols (STL)
League Postseason
AL championsChicago White Sox
  AL runners-upLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim
NL championsHouston Astros
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsChicago White Sox
  Runners-upHouston Astros
World Series MVPJermaine Dye (CHW)
MLB seasons

The 2005 Major League Baseball season was notable for the league's new steroid policy in the wake of the BALCO scandal, which enforced harsher penalties than ever before for steroid use in Major League Baseball. Several players, including veteran Rafael Palmeiro, were suspended under the new policy. Besides steroids it was also notable that every team in the NL East division finished the season with at least 81 wins (at least half of the 162 games played). Additionally it was the first season featuring a baseball team in Washington, D.C. after more than 4 decades, with the Washington Nationals having moved from Montreal.

The Anaheim Angels changed their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The season ended when the Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in a four-game sweep in the World Series, winning their first championship since 1917.

As of the 2019 season, this is the last season in which no no-hit games were pitched; 2005 was also only the 6th year since 1949 in which no such games were thrown.[a]

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

The standings in the National League East were quite notable because all the teams in that division finished with at least a .500 record. The San Diego Padres' record of 82–80 was also notable as it was the worst ever by a division champion in a full-length season.


The playoffs began on October 4, and ended on October 26. For more information, see the following articles:


  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 Chicago Sox 3  
4 Boston 0  
  1 Chicago Sox 4  
American League
  2 LA Angels 1  
2 LA Angels 3
  3 NY Yankees 2  
    AL1 Chicago Sox 4
  NL4 Houston 0
  1 St. Louis 3  
3 San Diego 0  
  1 St. Louis 2
National League
  4 Houston 4  
2 Atlanta 1
  4 Houston 3  

Statistical leaders[edit]



Statistic American League National League
Runs scored Boston Red Sox 910 Cincinnati Reds 820
Hits Boston Red Sox 1579 Chicago Cubs 1506
Home runs Texas Rangers 260 Cincinnati Reds 222
Batting average Boston Red Sox .272 San Francisco Giants .281
Stolen bases Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 161 New York Mets 153


Statistic American League National League
Batting average Michael Young (Texas) .331 Derrek Lee (Chicago) .335
Runs scored Alex Rodriguez (New York) 124 Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 129
Hits Michael Young (Texas) 221 Derrek Lee (Chicago) 199
Home runs Alex Rodriguez (New York) 48 Andruw Jones (Atlanta) 51
Runs batted in David Ortiz (Boston) 148 Andruw Jones (Atlanta) 128
Stolen bases Chone Figgins (Los Angeles) 62 José Reyes (New York) 60



Statistic American League National League
Runs allowed Cleveland Indians 642 Houston Astros 609
Earned run average Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
3.61 St. Louis Cardinals 3.49
Hits allowed Oakland Athletics 1315 Houston Astros 1336
Home runs allowed Oakland Athletics 154 New York Mets 135
Strikeouts Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1126 Chicago Cubs 1256


Statistic American League National League
Earned run average Kevin Millwood (Cleveland) 2.86 Roger Clemens (Houston) 1.87
Wins Bartolo Colón (Los Angeles) 21 Dontrelle Willis (Florida) 22
Saves Francisco Rodríguez (Los Angeles)
Bob Wickman (Cleveland)
45 Chad Cordero (Washington) 47
Strikeouts Johan Santana (Minnesota) 238 Jake Peavy (San Diego) 216


American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Sam Perlozzo
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén Won the World Series
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers± Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Tony Peña Replaced during the season by Bob Schaefer
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha
Seattle Mariners Mike Hargrove
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds Dave Miley Replaced during the season by Jerry Narron
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jack McKeon
Houston Astros Phil Garner Won the National League pennant
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
New York Mets Willie Randolph
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon Replaced during the season by Pete Mackanin
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou
Washington Nationals Frank Robinson

±hosted the MLB All Star Game

Awards and honors[edit]

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Ryan Howard (PHI) Huston Street (OAK)
Cy Young Award Chris Carpenter (STL) Bartolo Colón (LAA)
Manager of the Year Bobby Cox (ATL) Ozzie Guillén (CHW)
Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols (STL) Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC) Kenny Rogers (MIN)
Catcher Mike Matheny (SF) Jason Varitek (BOS)
1st Base Derrek Lee (CHC) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Luis Castillo (FLA) Orlando Hudson (TOR)
3rd Base Mike Lowell (FLA) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Omar Vizquel (SF) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Bobby Abreu (PHI)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Jason Marquis (STL) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Michael Barrett (CHC) Jason Varitek (BOS)
1st Base Derrek Lee (CHC) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Jeff Kent (LAD) Alfonso Soriano (TEX)
3rd Base Morgan Ensberg (HOU) Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
Shortstop Felipe López (CIN) Miguel Tejada (BAL)
Outfield Miguel Cabrera (FLA)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Carlos Lee (MIL)
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Gary Sheffield (NYY)

Other awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Brian Roberts Derrek Lee
May Alex Rodriguez Bobby Abreu
June Travis Hafner Andruw Jones
July Jason Giambi Adam Dunn
August Alex Rodriguez Andruw Jones
September David Ortiz Randy Winn

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Jon Garland Dontrelle Willis
May Kenny Rogers Trevor Hoffman
June Mark Buehrle Chad Cordero
July Barry Zito Andy Pettitte
August Bartolo Colón Noah Lowry
September José Contreras Andy Pettitte

Rookie of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Gustavo Chacín Clint Barmes
May Damon Hollins Ryan Church
June Joe Blanton Garrett Atkins
July Gustavo Chacín Zach Duke
August Joe Blanton Zach Duke
September Robinson Canó Ryan Howard



a Major League Baseball seasons since 1901 without a no-hitter pitched are 1909, 1913, 1921, 19271928, 19321933, 1936, 1939, 19421943, 1949, 1959, 1982, 1985, 1989, 2000 and 2005.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Pellowski, Michael J (2007). The Little Giant Books of Baseball Facts. United States: Sterling Publishing Co. pp. 352. ISBN 9781402742736.