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The New York Yankees' 1985 season was the 83rd season for the Yankees. The team finished in second place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 97-64, finishing 2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. New York was managed by Yogi Berra and Billy Martin. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadiummarker.

Offseason



Regular season

  • Rickey Henderson set a new club record by stealing 80 bases in one season. The previous mark had stood since 1914.
  • Rickey Henderson scored 146 runs. It was the most in the Major Leagues since Ted Williams scored 150 runs in 1949.
  • 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 143. 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

Notable transactions

  • June 3, 1985: Shane Turner was drafted by the Yankees in the 6th round of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft.
  • August 24, 1985: Jim Leyritz was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent.
  • September 13, 1985: Bernie Williams was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent.
  • September 15, 1985: Jim Deshaies and players to be named later were traded by the Yankees to the Houston Astros for Joe Niekro. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Neder Horta (minors) to the Astros on September 24 and Dody Rather (minors) to the Astros on January 11, 1986.


Roster

1985 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers CatchersInfielders OutfieldersOther batters ManagerCoaches


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

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Oneonta, GCL Yankees

References



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