2005 Major League Baseball season

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  1. Major League Baseball [2005]

    Major League Baseball [2005]


    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, DC for more than 4 decades, with the Washington Nationals having moved from Montreal.

  2. Washington Nationals [2005]

    Washington Nationals [2005]


    The Washington Nationals' 2005 season was the first for the team formerly known as the Montreal Expos since moving to Washington, D. C. and 37th overall for the franchise. The team signed four key free agents during the off-season: Vinny Castilla, José Guillén, Cristian Guzmán and Esteban Loaiza.

  3. Toronto Blue Jays [2005]

    Toronto Blue Jays [2005]


    The 2005 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's twenty-ninth season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing third in the American League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses. This was the first 162-game season since 1993 that Blue Jays hitters would combine for less than 1,000 strikeouts.

  4. Texas Rangers [2005]

    Texas Rangers [2005]


    The Texas Rangers finished the 2005 season in 3rd place in the West division of the American League. The Rangers had four players in the 2005 All-Star Game. Michael Young, Kenny Rogers, Alfonso Soriano, and Mark Teixeira. Young was also the A.L. batting champion in 2005.

  5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays [2005]

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays [2005]


    The 2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was the team's 8th since the franchise was created. This season, they finished last in the AL East division, and managed to finish the season with the AL's third-worst record of 67-95. Their manager was Lou Piniella who entered his 3rd and last season with the Devil Rays.

  6. St. Louis Cardinals [2005]

    St. Louis Cardinals [2005]


    The St. Louis Cardinals 2005 season was the team's 124th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 114th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 100-62 during the season and won the National League Central division by 11 games over the NL Wild-Card Champion and eventual NL Champion Houston Astros. In the playoffs the Cardinals swept the San Diego Padres 3 games to 0 in the NLDS. However, the Cardinals lost to the Astros 4 games to 2 in the NLCS.

  7. Seattle Mariners [2005]

    Seattle Mariners [2005]


    The Seattle Mariners 2005 season was their 29th since the franchise creation, and their second consecutive season finishing at the bottom of the American League West, finishing with a record of 69-93 (.426). They only had one player in the 2005 All-Star Game, who was Ichiro Suzuki with his fifth selection for the All-Star Game.

  8. San Francisco Giants [2005]

    San Francisco Giants [2005]


    The 2005 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 123rd year in Major League Baseball, their 48th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their sixth at SBC Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with a 75-87 record, 7 games behind the San Diego Padres.

  9. San Diego Padres [2005]

    San Diego Padres [2005]


    The 2005 San Diego Padres season was the 36th season for the San Diego Padres. The 2005 team is noted as having the weakest record among division champions, finishing 82-80, the worst ever in a non-strike year. The NL West was weak in 2005, with all teams finishing below the .500 mark except the San Diego Padres, who only finished 2 games above the .500 mark. The closest team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, were 5 games back. Three teams in the Eastern Division finished with better records than San Diego but failed to qualify for the playoffs, such as the Phillies, who won 88 games and all swept the season series with the Padres. There had been some speculation that the Padres would be the first team in MLB history to win a division and finish below .500, but their victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 30 gave them their 81st victory, guaranteeing a split record. They would be swept by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2005 NLDS.

  10. Pittsburgh Pirates [2005]

    Pittsburgh Pirates [2005]


    The 2005 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 124th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 119th in the National League. The Pirates finished sixth and last in the National League Central with a record of 67–95.

  11. Philadelphia Phillies [2005]

    Philadelphia Phillies [2005]


    The 2005 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 123rd season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished in second place in the National League East with a record of 88-74, two games behind the Atlanta Braves, and one game behind the NL Champion Houston Astros, who won the NL Wild-Card race for the second consecutive season. The Phillies were managed by their new manager Charlie Manuel, as they played their home games at Citizens Bank Park. First-baseman Ryan Howard was named the National League's Rookie-of-the-Year for the 2005 season.

  12. Oakland Athletics [2005]

    Oakland Athletics [2005]


    The Oakland Athletics' 2005 season was their 37th in Oakland, California. It was also the 105th season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 88-74.

  13. New York Yankees [2005]

    New York Yankees [2005]


    The New York Yankees' 2005 season was the 103rd season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 95-67 finishing with the same record as the Boston Red Sox but winning the division due to a head-to-head advantage over Boston. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the playoffs, they lost in the ALDS in 5 games to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It was also their eleventh year going to the playoffs in a row.

  14. New York Mets [2005]

    New York Mets [2005]


    The New York Mets' 2005 season was the 44th regular season for the Mets. They went 83-79 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Willie Randolph. They played home games at Shea Stadium. The 2005 season is also noteworthy for being Mike Piazza's last season as a New York Met. In the last game of the season, he was given a long standing ovation from the fans at Shea stadium.

  15. Minnesota Twins [2005]

    Minnesota Twins [2005]


    Coming into the year, the 2005 Minnesota Twins were favored to go on and win their division. However, a weak offense and injuries (most notably to Torii Hunter) prevented this from coming to fruition. This led manager Ron Gardenhire to reshuffle his coaching staff following the season. The team finished sixteen games behind the World Champion Chicago White Sox. The Twins have never won four straight division titles in their 104-year franchise history.

  16. Milwaukee Brewers [2005]

    Milwaukee Brewers [2005]


    The Milwaukee Brewers' 2005 season involved the Brewers' finishing 3rd in the National League Central with a .500 record of 81 wins and 81 losses.

  17. Los Angeles Dodgers [2005]

    Los Angeles Dodgers [2005]


    In 2005, the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered from a rash of injuries to key players such as closer Éric Gagné, shortstop César Izturis and outfielder J. D. Drew and fell to their second worst record in Los Angeles history, finishing in fourth place in the Western Division of the National League. After the season, manager Jim Tracy and General Manager Paul DePodesta were both fired and the team was torn apart. This was also the last season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).

  18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [2005]

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [2005]


    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2005 season was the franchise's 45th since its inception. The regular season ended with a record of 95-67, resulting in the Angels winning the American League West division title for the second consecutive season, its fifth in franchise history.

  19. Kansas City Royals [2005]

    Kansas City Royals [2005]


    The 2005 Kansas City Royals season involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 56 wins and 106 losses. The Royals had a very disappointing losing streak of 19 games that started from July 28 to August 19.

  20. Houston Astros [2005]

    Houston Astros [2005]


    The Houston Astros' 2005 season was a season in which the Houston Astros qualified for the postseason for the second consecutive season. The Astros overcame a sluggish 15-30 start to claim the wild card playoff spot, and would go on to win the National League pennant to advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

  21. Florida Marlins [2005]

    Florida Marlins [2005]


    The Florida Marlins' 2005 season started off with the team trying to improve on their season from 2004. Their manager was Jack McKeon. They played home games at Dolphin Stadium. They finished with a record of 83-79, 3rd in the NL East.

  22. Detroit Tigers [2005]

    Detroit Tigers [2005]


    The 2005 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers finishing fourth in the AL Central with a 71-91 record, 28 games in back of the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox.

  23. Colorado Rockies [2005]

    Colorado Rockies [2005]


    The Colorado Rockies' 2005 season was the 13th for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Clint Hurdle was the manager. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 67-95, last in the NL West.

  24. Cleveland Indians [2005]

    Cleveland Indians [2005]


    The Cleveland Indians' 2005 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Indians attempting to win the American League Central division. They had a very good September (with 17 wins and 9 losses), and went into a season-closing series with the Chicago White Sox with a chance to tie the White Sox for the division lead, but lost three close games to finish 6 games behind the White Sox, who were the eventual World Series winners.

  25. Cincinnati Reds [2005]

    Cincinnati Reds [2005]


    The Cincinnati Reds' 2005 season consisted of the Reds finishing in fifth place in the National League Central Division. The Reds were managed by Dave Miley for most of the season, and after being fired, was followed by Jerry Narron.

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