1985 Major League Baseball season

1985 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 8 – October 27, 1985
Top draft pick B. J. Surhoff
Picked by Milwaukee Brewers
Regular season
Season MVP NL: Willie McGee (STL)
AL: Don Mattingly (NYY)
League postseason
AL champions Kansas City Royals
  AL runners-up Toronto Blue Jays
NL champions St. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series
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,[1] 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


American League

Baltimore Orioles Joe Altobelli, Cal Ripken, Sr., Earl Weaver
Boston Red Sox John McNamara
California Angels Gene Mauch
Chicago White Sox Tony La Russa
Cleveland Indians Pat Corrales
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Dick Howser Won World Series
Milwaukee Brewers George Bamberger
Minnesota Twins Billy Gardner, Ray Miller
New York Yankees Yogi Berra, Billy Martin
Oakland Athletics Jackie Moore
Seattle Mariners Chuck Cottier
Texas Rangers Doug Rader, Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Bobby Cox

National League

Atlanta Braves Eddie Haas, Bobby Wine
Chicago Cubs Jim Frey
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose
Houston Astros Bob Lillis
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies John Felske
Pittsburgh Pirates Chuck Tanner
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog Won National League Pennant
San Diego Padres Dick Williams
San Francisco Giants Jim Davenport, Roger Craig


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Toronto 3  
West Kansas City 4  
    AL Kansas City 4
  NL St. Louis 3
East St. Louis 4
West Los Angeles 2  

All-Star game


Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGWade Boggs BOS.368Willie McGee STL.353
HRDarrell Evans DET40Dale Murphy ATL37
RBIDon Mattingly NYY145Dave Parker CIN125
WinsRon Guidry NYY22Dwight Gooden NYM24
ERADave Stieb TOR2.48Dwight Gooden NYM1.53
SOBert Blyleven CLE/MIN206Dwight Gooden NYM268
SVDan Quisenberry KC37Jeff Reardon MTL41
SBRickey Henderson NYY80Vince Coleman STL110


  1. "League playoffs expand to seven games". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). staff and wire reports. April 4, 1985. p. C2.
  2. "AL is kept at arm's length". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder. July 17, 1985. p. C1.
  3. "Carew, Seaver have a Super Sunday". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 5, 1985. p. C1.
  4. Richmond, Peter (September 12, 1985). "Rose finally breaks the Ty". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Cincinnati Herald). p. C1.
  5. "Niekro blanks Jays for 300th". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 7, 1985. p. C1.
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