2005 Season News

Baltimore Oriole and Dominican superstar Miguel Tejada was awarded the "Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award" for his efforts in leading the American League to a 7-5 victory over the National League in the 76th All-Star Game in Detroit. In doing so, Tejada became the fifth Latin-American born player among the last eight MVP winners. The victory increased the American League's unbeaten streak to nine and netted its third straight home-field advantage in the World Series.

Following in the footsteps of the "Cinderella-story" 2004 Boston Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox shocked the baseball world after winning the American League pennant en route to their first World Series since 1959. The forty-six year gap between appearances was the longest in American League history and offered a rare opportunity for some long-overdue redemption for "Shoeless Joe" Jackson and his infamous "Black Sox" - who were found guilty of throwing the Fall Classic in 1919. The Windy City's south-siders had advanced to the postseason on three other occasions, in 1983 when they lost three of four games to the Baltimore Orioles, in 1993 when the Toronto Blue Jays beat them in six, and in 2000 when the Seattle Mariners dumped them in three. Their last World Championship title had come eighty-eight years earlier when they defeated the New York Giants in 1917.

After falling short of the postseason in their first forty-two years of existence, the Houston Astros finally weathered the storm, beating the perennial National League East division winners, the Atlanta Braves as well as the National League defending champion St. Louis Cardinals en route to the 2005 World Series. Along the way, Houston and Atlanta set a Major League postseason record with a five hour and fifty minute marathon (sixty seconds longer than a Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees playoff game from the previous season). It ended at 7-6, with a game-winning (and Series ending) home run in the eighteenth-inning, courtesy of Houston's Chris Burke. Aces from both teams combined to throw a whopping five-hundred fifty-three pitches, (Astros: three-hundred, Braves: two-hundred fifty-three) as a forty-three year-old Roger Clemens came unexpectedly "out of the bullpen" for his first relief appearance since 1984. Usually a starter, "The Rocket" was forced into a closer's role and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings to earn the win.

Fed up with the lack of initiative by Major League Baseball with regard to the latest steroid scandals, the House Government's Reform Committee took its first step toward intervention, by holding a congressional hearing focusing on the problems of doping in baseball. Following the ongoing investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative known as BALCO, the committee called several past and present players to testify regarding their own knowledge and/or experience with performance-enhancing drugs. (BALCO is a California nutritional supplements company accused of distributing human growth hormones and steroids, as well as Jose Conseco's controversial biography entitled "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big.") Former All-Time, single-season homerun champion Mark McGwire, Baltimore Orioles stars Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling appeared in front of a panel made up of state representatives. Schilling and the Chicago White Sox' Frank Thomas, who gave a statement via videoconference, were invited because of their outspoken views against steroid use. Ultimately hurting the cause more than helping it, Sosa crafted an opening statement in which he said he had never used illegal performance-enhancing drugs. McGwire refused to answer any questions directly, assuming a Fifth Amendment-like stance that ultimately tarnished his legacy in the eyes of many fans. And Palmeiro vehemently denied having used steroids. Unfortunately, "Raffy" later went on to become one of the first players to test positive and receive a multiple game suspension. In retrospect, it appeared that the most unpopular member of the panel, Canseco, was apparently the most (if not the only) honest witness.
2005 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 95-67 -
Boston Red Sox 95-67 -
Toronto Blue Jays 80-82 15.0
Baltimore Orioles 74-88 21.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67-95 28.0
2005 American League Central
Team Record GB
Chicago White Sox 99-63 -
Cleveland Indians 93-69 6.0
Minnesota Twins 83-79 16.0
Detroit Tigers 71-91 28.0
Kansas City Royals 56-106 43.0
2005 American League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Angels 95-67 -
Oakland Athletics 88-74 7.0
Texas Rangers 79-83 16.0
Seattle Mariners 69-93 26.0
2005 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 90-72 -
Philadelphia Phillies 88-74 2.0
New York Mets 83-79 7.0
Florida Marlins 83-79 7.0
Washington Nationals 81-81 9.0
2005 National League Central
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 100-62 -
Houston Astros 89-73 11.0
Milwaukee Brewers 81-81 19.0
Chicago Cubs 79-83 21.0
Cincinnati Reds 73-89 27.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 67-95 33.0
2005 National League West
Team Record GB
San Diego Padres 82-80 -
Arizona Diamondbacks 77-85 5.0
San Francisco Giants 75-87 7.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 71-91 11.0
Colorado Rockies 67-95 15.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago White Sox 99 63 0.611 741 4.57 645 3.98 200 167 0.262 0.316 0.425 3.61 459 1040 0.985 166
Los Angeles Angels 95 67 0.586 761 4.70 643 3.97 147 158 0.270 0.324 0.409 3.68 443 1126 0.985 139
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 886 5.47 789 4.87 229 164 0.276 0.350 0.450 4.52 463 985 0.984 151
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 910 5.62 805 4.97 199 164 0.281 0.355 0.454 4.74 440 959 0.982 135
Cleveland Indians 93 69 0.574 790 4.88 642 3.96 207 157 0.271 0.331 0.453 3.61 413 1050 0.983 156
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 772 4.77 658 4.06 155 154 0.262 0.327 0.407 3.69 504 1075 0.986 166
Minnesota Twins 83 79 0.512 688 4.25 662 4.09 134 169 0.259 0.318 0.391 3.71 348 965 0.984 171
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 0.494 775 4.78 705 4.35 136 185 0.265 0.324 0.407 4.06 444 958 0.985 154
Texas Rangers 79 83 0.488 865 5.34 858 5.30 260 159 0.267 0.326 0.468 4.96 522 932 0.982 149
Baltimore Orioles 74 88 0.457 729 4.50 800 4.94 189 180 0.269 0.323 0.434 4.57 580 1052 0.982 154
Detroit Tigers 71 91 0.438 723 4.46 787 4.86 168 193 0.272 0.318 0.428 4.51 461 907 0.982 171
Seattle Mariners 69 93 0.426 699 4.31 751 4.64 130 179 0.256 0.314 0.391 4.49 496 892 0.986 144
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67 95 0.414 750 4.63 936 5.78 157 194 0.274 0.324 0.425 5.39 615 949 0.979 139
Kansas City Royals 56 106 0.346 701 4.33 935 5.77 126 178 0.263 0.315 0.396 5.49 580 924 0.979 163
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617 805 4.97 634 3.91 170 153 0.270 0.334 0.423 3.49 443 974 0.984 196
Atlanta Braves 90 72 0.556 769 4.75 674 4.16 184 145 0.265 0.330 0.435 3.98 520 929 0.986 170
Houston Astros 89 73 0.549 693 4.28 609 3.76 161 155 0.256 0.317 0.408 3.51 440 1164 0.985 146
Philadelphia Phillies 88 74 0.543 807 4.98 726 4.48 167 189 0.270 0.345 0.423 4.21 487 1159 0.985 132
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 722 4.46 648 4.00 175 135 0.258 0.318 0.416 3.76 491 1012 0.983 146
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 717 4.43 732 4.52 128 116 0.272 0.334 0.409 4.16 563 1125 0.983 177
San Diego Padres 82 80 0.506 684 4.22 726 4.48 130 146 0.257 0.330 0.391 4.13 503 1133 0.982 136
Washington Nationals 81 81 0.500 639 3.94 673 4.15 117 140 0.252 0.314 0.386 3.87 539 997 0.985 156
Milwaukee Brewers 81 81 0.500 726 4.48 697 4.30 175 169 0.259 0.325 0.423 3.97 569 1173 0.980 139
Chicago Cubs 79 83 0.488 703 4.34 714 4.41 194 186 0.270 0.321 0.440 4.19 576 1256 0.983 136
Arizona Diamondbacks 77 85 0.475 696 4.30 856 5.28 191 193 0.256 0.329 0.421 4.84 537 1038 0.985 159
San Francisco Giants 75 87 0.463 649 4.01 745 4.60 128 151 0.261 0.315 0.396 4.33 592 972 0.985 146
Cincinnati Reds 73 89 0.451 820 5.06 889 5.49 222 219 0.261 0.334 0.446 5.15 492 955 0.983 133
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 91 0.438 685 4.23 755 4.66 149 182 0.253 0.321 0.395 4.38 471 1004 0.983 141
Colorado Rockies 67 95 0.414 740 4.57 862 5.32 150 175 0.267 0.328 0.411 5.13 604 981 0.981 158
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 0.414 680 4.20 769 4.75 139 162 0.259 0.317 0.400 4.42 612 958 0.981 193