1985 Oakland Athletics season

1985 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 77–85 (.475)
Other information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
General manager(s) Sandy Alderson
Manager(s) Jackie Moore
Local television KPIX
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Monte Moore)
Local radio KSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ted Robinson)
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The Oakland Athletics' 1985 season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. While the Athletics' on-field performance continued to disappoint, the debut of slugger Jose Canseco gave fans a measure of hope.

Offseason

Regular season

  • September 2, 1985: José Canseco made his major league debut in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. Canseco had one at bat without a hit.[5]
  • September 9, 1985: Canseco hits his first career major league home run off the Texas Ranger's Jeff Russell in a 3-1 loss.
  • September 22, 1985: José Canseco became the 27th player to hit a Home Run over the roof of Comiskey Park.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 9171 0.562 50–32 41–39
California Angels 9072 0.556 1 49–30 41–42
Chicago White Sox 8577 0.525 6 45–36 40–41
Minnesota Twins 7785 0.475 14 49–35 28–50
Oakland Athletics 7785 0.475 14 43–36 34–49
Seattle Mariners 7488 0.457 17 42–41 32–47
Texas Rangers 6299 0.385 28½ 37–43 25–56

Record vs. opponents

1985 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 5–87–58–48–56–76–69–46–61–127–56–610–24–8
Boston 8–55–74–8–18–56–75–75–87–55–88–46–65–79–4
California 5–77–58–58–48–44–99–39–43–96–79–49–45–7
Chicago 4–88–4–15–810–26–65–85–76–76–68–59–410–33–9
Cleveland 5–85–84–82–105–82–107–64–86–73–96–67–54–9
Detroit 7–67–64–86–68–55–79–43–99–38–45–77–56–7
Kansas City 6–67–59–48–510–27–58–47–65–78–53–106–77–5
Milwaukee 4–98–53–97–56–74–94–89–37–63–94–88–34–9
Minnesota 6–65–74–97–68–49–36–73–93–98–56–78–54–8
New York 12–18–59–36–67–63–97–56–79–37–59–38–46–7
Oakland 5–74–87–65–89–34–85–89–35–85–78–56–75–7
Seattle 6–66–64–94–96–67–510–38–47–63–95–86–72–10
Texas 2–107–54–93–105–75–77–63–85–84–87–67–63–9
Toronto 8–44–97–59–39–47–65–79–48–47–67–510–29–3

Transactions

  • April 15, 1985: Bob Owchinko was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • April 26, 1985: Bill Mooneyham was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[7]
  • July 12, 1985: Tommy John was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[8]
  • July 17, 1985: Bob Owchinko was purchased by the Chicago White Sox from the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • September 10, 1985: Don Sutton was traded by the Athletics to the California Angels for players to be named later. The Angels completed the deal by sending Robert Sharpnack (minors) and Jerome Nelson (minors) to the Athletics on September 25.[3]

Draft Picks

Roster

1985 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
CMike Heath138436109.2501355
1BBruce Bochte137424125.2951460
2BDonnie Hill123393112.285348
SSAlfredo Griffin162614166.270264
3BCarney Lansford98401111.2771346
LFDave Collins11237995.251429
CFDwayne Murphy152523122.2332059
RFMike Davis154547157.2872482
DHDave Kingman158592141.2383091

Other batters

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
Dusty Baker11134392.2681452
José Canseco299629.302513
Steve Kiefer406613.197110

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
José Rijo1263.2643.5365

Other pitchers

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

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jay Howell6398292.8568
Keith Atherton564734.3077
Jeff Kaiser1500014.5810

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Keith Lieppman
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Brad Fischer
A Modesto A's California League George Mitterwald
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Jim Nettles
A-Short Season Medford A's Northwest League Grady Fuson
Rookie Pocatello Gems Pioneer League Dave Hudgens

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Huntsville

References

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