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This article is about the 2005 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 2005.

The 2005 MLB season was the 105th season of Major League Baseball. The 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).

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[]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 95   67 .586    --
2nd Boston Red Sox 95   67 .586    --
3rd Toronto Blue Jays 80   82 .494 15.0
4th Baltimore Orioles 74   88 .457 21.0
5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67   95 .414 28.0
Central Division
1st Chicago White Sox 99   63 .611    --
2nd Cleveland Indians 93   69 .574   6.0
3rd Minnesota Twins 83   79 .512 16.0
4th Detroit Tigers 71   91 .438 28.0
5th Kansas City Royals 56 106 .346 43.0
West Division
1st Los Angeles Angels 95   67 .586    --
2nd Oakland Athletics 88   74 .543   7.0
3rd Texas Rangers 79   83 .488 16.0
4th Seattle Mariners 69   93 .426 26.0

Denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.
Because the Yankees and Red Sox finished with the same win-loss record, the season series result awarded the division championship to the Yankees and the wild card to the Red Sox.

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves   90 72 .556    --
2nd Philadelphia Phillies   88 74 .543   2.0
3rd Florida Marlins   83 79 .512   7.0
3rd New York Mets   83 79 .512   7.0
5th Washington Nationals   81 81 .500   9.0
Central Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 .617    --
2nd Houston Astros   89 73 .549 11.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers   81 81 .500 19.0
4th Chicago Cubs   79 83 .488 21.0
5th Cincinnati Reds   73 89 .451 27.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates   67 95 .414 33.0
West Division
1st San Diego Padres   82 80 .506    --
2nd Arizona Diamondbacks   77 85 .475   5.0
3rd San Francisco Giants   75 87 .463   7.0
4th Los Angeles Dodgers   71 91 .438 11.0
5th Colorado Rockies   67 95 .414 15.0


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 Red Sox 0  
  1  Chicago White Sox 4  
American League
  2  Los Angeles Angels 1  
2  Los Angeles Angels 3
  3  New York Yankees 2  
    AL1  Chicago White Sox 4
  NL4  Houston Astros 0
  1  St. Louis Cardinals 3  
3  San Diego Padres 0  
  1  St. Louis Cardinals 2
National League
  4  Houston Astros 4  
2  Atlanta Braves 1
  4  Houston Astros 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 .281 Florida Marlins .272
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

Awards and honors[]

Award American League National League
Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez Albert Pujols
Cy Young Bartolo Colón Chris Carpenter
Rookie of the Year Huston Street Ryan Howard
Manager of the Year Ozzie Guillén Bobby Cox
Comeback Player of the Year Jason Giambi Ken Griffey, Jr.

Gold Glove Awards[]

Position American League National League
Pitcher Kenny Rogers Greg Maddux
Catcher Jason Varitek Mike Matheny
First baseman Mark Teixeira Derrek Lee
Second baseman Orlando Hudson Luis Castillo
Third baseman Eric Chavez Mike Lowell
Shortstop Derek Jeter Omar Vizquel
Outfielders Torii Hunter Bobby Abreu
Ichiro Suzuki Jim Edmonds
Vernon Wells Andruw Jones

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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