1985 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record81–81 (.500)
Divisional place5th (​18 12 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
General manager(s)Lou Gorman
Manager(s)John McNamara
Local televisionWSBK-TV, Ch. 38
NESN
(Ned Martin, Bob Montgomery)
Local radioWPLM-FM 99.1
WPLM-AM 1390
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1985 Boston Red Sox season was the 85th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses, ​18 12 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

Offseason

Regular season

Record by month[2]
Month Record Cumulative AL East Ref.
Won Lost Won Lost Position GB
April 9 11 9 11 4th 4 [3]
May 12 14 21 25 6th 9 12 [4]
June 17 10 38 35 5th 7 12 [5]
July 14 12 52 47 4th 10 12 [6]
August 8 21 60 68 5th 20 12 [7]
September 19 9 79 77 5th 19 12 [8]
October 2 4 81 81 5th 18 12 [9]

The Red Sox also had one game end in a tie; on July 31, a home game against the Chicago White Sox was ended in the 7th inning due to rain, with the score tied, 1–1.[10] It was the first tie game for the Red Sox since June 8, 1961.[11] The game was replayed the following day as part of a doubleheader.[11] MLB games that end in a tie are not included in league standings, although individual player statistics (e.g. hits, errors, innings pitched) are counted.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 99 62 0.615 54–26 45–36
New York Yankees 97 64 0.602 2 58–22 39–42
Detroit Tigers 84 77 0.522 15 44–37 40–40
Baltimore Orioles 83 78 0.516 16 45–36 38–42
Boston Red Sox 81 81 0.500 18½ 43–37 38–44
Milwaukee Brewers 71 90 0.441 28 40–40 31–50
Cleveland Indians 60 102 0.370 39½ 38–43 22–59

Record vs. opponents

1985 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 5–8 7–5 8–4 8–5 6–7 6–6 9–4 6–6 1–12 7–5 6–6 10–2 4–8
Boston 8–5 5–7 4–8–1 8–5 6–7 5–7 5–8 7–5 5–8 8–4 6–6 5–7 9–4
California 5–7 7–5 8–5 8–4 8–4 4–9 9–3 9–4 3–9 6–7 9–4 9–4 5–7
Chicago 4–8 8–4–1 5–8 10–2 6–6 5–8 5–7 6–7 6–6 8–5 9–4 10–3 3–9
Cleveland 5–8 5–8 4–8 2–10 5–8 2–10 7–6 4–8 6–7 3–9 6–6 7–5 4–9
Detroit 7–6 7–6 4–8 6–6 8–5 5–7 9–4 3–9 9–3 8–4 5–7 7–5 6–7
Kansas City 6–6 7–5 9–4 8–5 10–2 7–5 8–4 7–6 5–7 8–5 3–10 6–7 7–5
Milwaukee 4–9 8–5 3–9 7–5 6–7 4–9 4–8 9–3 7–6 3–9 4–8 8–3 4–9
Minnesota 6–6 5–7 4–9 7–6 8–4 9–3 6–7 3–9 3–9 8–5 6–7 8–5 4–8
New York 12–1 8–5 9–3 6–6 7–6 3–9 7–5 6–7 9–3 7–5 9–3 8–4 6–7
Oakland 5–7 4–8 7–6 5–8 9–3 4–8 5–8 9–3 5–8 5–7 8–5 6–7 5–7
Seattle 6–6 6–6 4–9 4–9 6–6 7–5 10–3 8–4 7–6 3–9 5–8 6–7 2–10
Texas 2–10 7–5 4–9 3–10 5–7 5–7 7–6 3–8 5–8 4–8 7–6 7–6 3–9
Toronto 8–4 4–9 7–5 9–3 9–4 7–6 5–7 9–4 8–4 7–6 7–5 10–2 9–3


Notable transactions

Opening Day lineup

26 Wade Boggs 3B
24 Dwight Evans RF
14 Jim Rice LF
  7 Mike Easler DH
20 Tony Armas CF
  6 Bill Buckner 1B
10 Rich Gedman C
17 Marty Barrett 2B
41 Jackie Gutiérrez     SS
23 Oil Can Boyd     P

Source:[14]

Roster

1985 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Statistical leaders

Wade Boggs
Category Player Statistic
Youngest player Mike Greenwell 21
Jeff Sellers
Oldest player Rick Miller 37
Wins Above Replacement Wade Boggs 9.1

Source:[15]

Batting

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
G Games played Bill Buckner 162
PA Plate appearances Wade Boggs 758
AB At bats Bill Buckner 673
R Runs scored Dwight Evans 110
H Hits Wade Boggs 240
2B Doubles Bill Buckner 46
3B Triples Tony Armas 5
Rich Gedman
HR Home runs Dwight Evans 29
RBI Runs batted in Bill Buckner 110
SB Stolen bases Bill Buckner 18
CS Caught stealing Steve Lyons 9
BB Base on balls Dwight Evans 114
SO Strikeouts Mike Easler 129
BA Batting average Wade Boggs .368
OBP On-base percentage Wade Boggs .450
SLG Slugging percentage Tony Armas .514
OPS On-base plus slugging Wade Boggs .928
OPS+ Adjusted OPS Wade Boggs 151
TB Total bases Wade Boggs 312
GIDP Grounded into double play Jim Rice 35
HBP Hit by pitch Dwight Evans 5
Glenn Hoffman
SH Sacrifice hits Marty Barrett 12
SF Sacrifice flies Bill Buckner 11
IBB Intentional base on balls Rich Gedman 11

Source:[15]

Pitching

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
W Wins Oil Can Boyd 15
L Losses Oil Can Boyd 12
Bruce Hurst
W-L % Winning percentage Bruce Kison .625 (5–3)
ERA Earned run average Bob Stanley 2.87
G Games pitched Bob Stanley 48
GS Games started Oil Can Boyd 35
GF Games finished Bob Stanley 41
CG Complete games Oil Can Boyd 13
SHO Shutouts Oil Can Boyd 3
SV Saves Steve Crawford 12
IP Innings pitched Oil Can Boyd 272 13
SO Strikeouts Bruce Hurst 189
WHIP Walks plus hits per inning pitched Bob Stanley 1.209

Source:[15]

Awards and honors

Awards
Accomplishments
Surpassed by Albert Pujols in 2009
All-Star Game

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

The Greensboro Hornets replaced the Winston-Salem Spirits as a Class A affiliate.

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Rac Slider
AA New Britain Red Sox Eastern League Ed Nottle
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Dave Holt
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Doug Camilli
A-Short Season Elmira Pioneers New York–Penn League Dick Berardino

Source:[18][19]

References

  1. ^ Bruce Kison Statistics and History - Baseball Reference.com
  2. ^ "The 1985 Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
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  4. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1985/05311985.htm
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  6. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1985/07311985.htm
  7. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1985/08311985.htm
  8. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1985/09301985.htm
  9. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1985/10061985.htm
  10. ^ "Boston Red Sox 1, Chicago White Sox 1". Retrosheet. July 31, 1985. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Price, Terry (August 1, 1985). "Red Sox Battle White Sox to Tie". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. p. C3. Retrieved October 11, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.84, Published by Time Inc.
  13. ^ "Dan Gabriele Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  14. ^ "Boston Red Sox 9, New York Yankees 2". Retrosheet. April 8, 1985. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  15. ^ a b c "1985 Boston Red Sox Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.47, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  17. ^ "Bill Buckner". oldbaseball.com. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  19. ^ Boston Red Sox Media Guide. 1985. p. 94. Retrieved March 14, 2021 – via Wayback Machine. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)