2005 Atlanta Braves season

2005 Atlanta Braves
NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 90–72 (.556)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Time Warner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television TBS Superstation
Turner South
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson, Chip Caray)
FSN South
(Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
Local radio WGST
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson, Chip Caray)
(Luis Octavio Dozal, Jose Manuel Flores)
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The 2005 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 40th season in Atlanta and the 135th season overall. The Braves won their 14th consecutive division title under Manager of the Year Bobby Cox, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. This was Atlanta's final division title in their consecutive run. The Braves lost the 2005 Divisional Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 1.

Tim Hudson joined the Braves' rotation and rookies Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson and Brian McCann had their first seasons with Atlanta in 2005.


  • October 15, 2004: DeWayne Wise was selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Atlanta Braves.[1]
  • December 3, 2004: Julio Franco was resigned in Free Agency to the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • December 11, 2004: Danny Kolb was acquired by the Atlanta Braves from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later and Jose Capellan. The Atlanta Braves sent Alec Zumwalt (minors) (December 14, 2004) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.[3]
  • December 16, 2004: Ex-All-star Tim Hudson was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Atlanta Braves for Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer, and Charles Thomas.[4]
  • January 14, 2005: Raúl Mondesí Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[5]
  • March 31, 2005: Jorge Sosa was traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Atlanta Braves for Nick Green.[6]

Regular season

Opening Day starters[9]

Starting PitcherJohn Smoltz
CatcherJohnny Estrada
First BasemanAdam LaRoche
Second BasemanMarcus Giles
Third BasemanChipper Jones
ShortstopRafael Furcal
Left FielderBrian Jordan
Center FielderAndruw Jones
Right FielderRaúl Mondesí

Season standings

National League East

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 9072 0.556 53–28 37–44
Philadelphia Phillies 8874 0.543 2 46–35 42–39
Florida Marlins 8379 0.512 7 45–36 38–43
New York Mets 8379 0.512 7 48–33 35–46
Washington Nationals 8181 0.500 9 41–40 40–41

Record vs. opponents

2005 National League Records

Colorado 7–114–23–43–33–31–511–81–53–42–43–77–117–114–42–46–9
Los Angeles 5–133–32–44–38–112–52–45–13–33–35–211–79–102–52–45–13
New York6–16–134–23–34–310–85–53–33–311–73–34–23–32–511–85–10
San Diego9–105–13–42–411–74–23–47–114–32–40–64–312–64–35–17–11
San Francisco11–72–42–55–311–72–44–310–93–43–31–54–26–122–43–36–12
St. Louis5–23–36–1011–54–44-311–55–211–55–22–412–43–44–24–210–5

Notable transactions

  • April 15, 2005: John Foster signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[10]
  • June 1, 2005: Raúl Mondesí was released by the Atlanta Braves.[11]
  • July 31, 2005: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Atlanta Braves for Román Colón and Zach Miner.[12]
  • August 29, 2005: Todd Hollandsworth was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Atlanta Braves for Angelo Burrows (minors) and Todd Blackford (minors).[13]
  • Notable picks in the 2005 Draft include Joey Devine (26th pick overall), Yunel Escobar (2nd round), and Jordan Schafer (3rd round).


2005 Atlanta Braves
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

2005 National League Division Series

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros

Houston wins series, 3–1. Game 4 was a thrilling series clinching 18 inning victory for Houston, and has been cited by many critics as "The greatest first round game in MLB history".

1Houston 10, Atlanta 5October 5
2Atlanta 7, Houston 1October 6
3Houston 7, Atlanta 3October 8
4Houston 7, Atlanta 6 (18 innings)October 9

Awards and honors

2005 Major League Baseball season

  • Bobby Cox was voted the National League Manager of the Year for the second consecutive year and 3rd time in total.
  • John Smoltz was chosen to receive the Roberto Clemente Award. With this honor included, Smoltz became the only player in MLB history to win a Cy Young, and reliever of the year award.
  • Andruw Jones led the National League in home runs and runs batted in. He was the recipient of a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and the Hank Aaron Award. Jones also finished second in voting for National League Most Valuable Player.
  • Jeff Francoeur finished third in voting for National League Rookie of the Year.

2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Andruw Jones and John Smoltz represented the Atlanta Braves in the 2005 All Star Game. Jones hit a home run and Smoltz took the loss in the game.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Pat Kelly
AA Mississippi Braves Southern League Brian Snitker
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Rocket Wheeler
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Paul Runge
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Luis Ortiz



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