2005 Major League Baseball season

This article is about the 2005 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 2005 in baseball.
2005 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 3, 2005 – October 26, 2005
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
NL: Albert Pujols (STL)
League Postseason
AL champions Chicago White Sox
  AL runners-up Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
NL champions Houston Astros
  NL runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series
Champions Chicago White Sox
  Runners-up Houston Astros
Finals MVP Jermaine Dye (CHW)

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 ever than before for steroid use in Major League Baseball. Several players, including veteran Rafael Palmeiro, were suspended under the new policy. Also, every team in the NL East division had at least 81 wins (at least half of the 162 games played). It was also notable for being the first season featuring a baseball team in Washington, D.C. for more than 4 decades, with the Washington Nationals having moved from Montreal.

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.

Major league baseball final standings

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. (It is not, strictly speaking, the worst record by a division champion as the strike-shortened 1994 season ended with every team in the AL West at least 10 games under .500, nor is it the worst record by a team that made the postseason as due to the "split-season" format imposed in the wake of the 1981 Major League Baseball strike, the Kansas City Royals went to the playoffs as second-half AL West champions despite an overall record of 50–53.)

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 53–28 42–39
(4) 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
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Chicago White Sox 99 63 0.611 47–34 52–29
Cleveland Indians 93 69 0.574 6 43–38 50–31
Minnesota Twins 83 79 0.512 16 45–36 38–43
Detroit Tigers 71 91 0.438 28 39–42 32–49
Kansas City Royals 56 106 0.346 43 34–47 22–59
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 95 67 0.586 49–32 46–35
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 7 45–36 43–38
Texas Rangers 79 83 0.488 16 44–37 35–46
Seattle Mariners 69 93 0.426 26 39–42 30–51

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Atlanta Braves 90 72 0.556 53–28 37–44
Philadelphia Phillies 88 74 0.543 2 46–35 42–39
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 7 45–36 38–43
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 7 48–33 35–46
Washington Nationals 81 81 0.500 9 41–40 40–41
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617 50–31 50–31
(4) Houston Astros 89 73 0.549 11 53–28 36–45
Milwaukee Brewers 81 81 0.500 19 46–35 35–46
Chicago Cubs 79 83 0.488 21 38–43 41–40
Cincinnati Reds 73 89 0.451 27 42–39 31–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 0.414 33 34–47 33–48
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) San Diego Padres 82 80 0.506 46–35 36–45
Arizona Diamondbacks 77 85 0.475 5 36–45 41–40
San Francisco Giants 75 87 0.463 7 37–44 38–43
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 91 0.438 11 40–41 31–50
Colorado Rockies 67 95 0.414 15 40–41 27–54


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 White Sox 3  
4  Boston 0  
  1  Chicago White Sox 4  
American League
  2  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1  
2  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3
  3  New York Yankees 2  
    AL  Chicago White Sox 4
  NL  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  

Click on any series score to link to that series' page.
Higher seed had home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.
The American League champion had home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the 2005 All-Star Game.

Statistical leaders



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

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

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

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the YearRyan Howard (PHI)Huston Street (OAK)
Cy Young AwardChris Carpenter (STL)Bartolo Colón (LAA)
Manager of the YearBobby Cox (ATL)Ozzie Guillén (CHW)
Most Valuable PlayerAlbert Pujols (STL)Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
PitcherGreg Maddux (CHC)Kenny Rogers (MIN)
CatcherMike Matheny (SF)Jason Varitek (BOS)
1st BaseDerrek Lee (CHC)Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd BaseLuis Castillo (FLA)Orlando Hudson (TOR)
3rd BaseMike Lowell (FLA)Eric Chavez (OAK)
ShortstopOmar Vizquel (SF)Derek Jeter (NYY)
OutfieldBobby Abreu (PHI)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher/Designated HitterJason Marquis (STL) David Ortiz (BOS)
CatcherMichael Barrett (CHC)Jason Varitek (BOS)
1st BaseDerrek Lee (CHC)Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd BaseJeff Kent (LAD)Alfonso Soriano (TEX)
3rd BaseMorgan Ensberg (HOU)Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
ShortstopFelipe López (CIN)Miguel Tejada (BAL)
OutfieldMiguel Cabrera (FLA)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Carlos Lee (MIL)
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Gary Sheffield (NYY)

Other awards

Player of the Month

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

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

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



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