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1985 New York Yankees season

1985 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York City, New York (since 1903)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
    Manager(s) Yogi Berra
    Billy Martin
    Local television WPIX
    (Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Spencer Ross)
    SportsChannel NY
    (Mel Allen, Mickey Mantle, others from WPIX)
    Local radio WABC (AM)
    (Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, John Gordon)
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    The New York Yankees' 1985 season was the 83rd season for the Yankees. The team only played 161 games, came in second place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 97-64, and finished 2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. New York was managed by Yogi Berra and Billy Martin. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    • Rickey Henderson set a new club record by stealing 80 bases in one season. The previous mark had stood since 1914.

    Henderson also scored 146 runs. It was the most in the Major Leagues since Ted Williams scored 150 runs in 1949.[8] In addition, Rickey Henderson became the first player since Lou Gehrig in 1936 to amass more runs in a season than games played.[8]

    • Don Mattingly became the first Yankee since Joe DiMaggio to have back to back 200 hit seasons.
    • Mattingly’s 48 doubles were the most since Lou Gehrig hit 52 in 1927.
    • Mattingly was the AL MVP and RBI leader with 145. Mattingly hit for a .324 average with 35 home runs.
    • Dave Winfield became the first Yankee since Yogi Berra to achieve four straight 100 RBI seasons. Berra did it from 1953 to 1956.
    • On September 22, while at a hotel bar in Baltimore, Maryland, pitcher Ed Whitson broke manager Billy Martin's arm after a heated argument that spread to other parts of the hotel. Whitson's Yankee tenure was also memorable for constantly being heckled and booed during home games.
    • On October 5, the Yankees entered the next-to-last game of the season against the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays trailing them by two games. However, the Jays, led by pitcher Doyle Alexander, triumphed 5-1, clinching their first division title in franchise history.

    Season standings

    AL East W L Pct. GB
    Toronto Blue Jays 99 62 .615 --
    New York Yankees 97 64 .602 2
    Detroit Tigers 84 77 .522 15
    Baltimore Orioles 83 78 .516 16
    Boston Red Sox 81 81 .500 18½
    Milwaukee Brewers 71 90 .441 28
    Cleveland Indians 60 102 .370 39½


    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1985 New York Yankees
    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
    C Butch Wynegar 102 309 69 .223 5 32
    1B Don Mattingly 159 652 211 .324 35 145
    2B Willie Randolph 143 597 137 .276 5 40
    3B Mike Pagliarulo 138 380 91 .239 19 62
    SS Bobby Meacham 156 481 105 .218 1 47
    LF Ken Griffey, Sr. 127 438 120 .274 10 69
    CF Rickey Henderson 143 547 172 .314 24 72
    RF Dave Winfield 155 633 174 .275 26 114
    DH Don Baylor 142 477 110 .231 23 91

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Ron Hassey 92 267 79 .296 13 42
    Billy Sample 59 139 40 .288 1 15
    Keith Smith 4 0 0 .--- 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Joe Cowley 30 159.2 12 6 3.95 97

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Bob Shirley 48 109 5 5 2.64 55
    Dennis Rasmussen 22 101.2 3 5 3.98 63

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Dave Righetti 74 12 7 29 2.78 92
    Brian Fisher 55 4 4 14 2.38 85

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Oneonta, GCL Yankees

    References

    1. ^ Matt Keough page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Ron Hassey page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Rick Cerone page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Rickey Henderson page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Jay Buhner page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Ed Whitson page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Billy Sample page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ a b Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p.45, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
    9. ^ Shane Turner page at Baseball Reference
    10. ^ Jim Leyritz page at Baseball Reference
    11. ^ Bernie Williams page at Baseball Reference
    12. ^ Jim Deshaies page at Baseball Reference
    • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

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