1985 Oakland Athletics season

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1985 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 77–85 (.475)
Other information
Owner(s) Walter A. Haas, Jr.
General manager(s) Sandy Alderson
Manager(s) Jackie Moore
Local television KPIX
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Monte Moore)
Local radio KSFO
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ted Robinson)
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The A's hosting a game at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in 1985.

The Oakland Athletics' 1985 season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. While the Athletics' on-field performance continued to disappoint, the debut of slugger Jose Canseco gave fans a measure of hope.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • September 2, 1985: José Canseco made his major league debut in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. Canseco had one at bat without a hit.[5]
  • September 9, 1985: Canseco hits his first career major league home run off the Texas Ranger's Jeff Russell in a 3-1 loss.
  • September 22, 1985: José Canseco became the 27th player to hit a Home Run over the roof of Comiskey Park.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 91 71 0.562 50–32 41–39
California Angels 90 72 0.556 1 49–30 41–42
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 6 45–36 40–41
Minnesota Twins 77 85 0.475 14 49–35 28–50
Oakland Athletics 77 85 0.475 14 43–36 34–49
Seattle Mariners 74 88 0.457 17 42–41 32–47
Texas Rangers 62 99 0.385 28½ 37–43 25–56


Record vs. opponents[edit]

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


Transactions[edit]

  • April 15, 1985: Bob Owchinko was signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • April 26, 1985: Bill Mooneyham was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[7]
  • July 12, 1985: Tommy John was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[8]
  • July 17, 1985: Bob Owchinko was purchased by the Chicago White Sox from the Oakland Athletics.[6]
  • September 10, 1985: Don Sutton was traded by the Athletics to the California Angels for players to be named later. The Angels completed the deal by sending Robert Sharpnack (minors) and Jerome Nelson (minors) to the Athletics on September 25.[3]

Draft Picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1985 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Mike Heath 138 436 109 .250 13 55
1B Bruce Bochte 137 424 125 .295 14 60
2B Donnie Hill 123 393 112 .285 3 48
SS Alfredo Griffin 162 614 166 .270 2 64
3B Carney Lansford 98 401 111 .277 13 46
LF Dave Collins 112 379 95 .251 4 29
CF Dwayne Murphy 152 523 122 .233 20 59
RF Mike Davis 154 547 157 .287 24 82
DH Dave Kingman 158 592 141 .238 30 91

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Dusty Baker 111 343 92 .268 14 52
José Canseco 29 96 29 .302 5 13
Steve Kiefer 40 66 13 .197 1 10

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
José Rijo 12 63.2 6 4 3.53 65

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jay Howell 63 9 8 29 2.85 68
Keith Atherton 56 4 7 3 4.30 77
Jeff Kaiser 15 0 0 0 14.58 10

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Keith Lieppman
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Brad Fischer
A Modesto A's California League George Mitterwald
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Jim Nettles
A-Short Season Medford A's Northwest League Grady Fuson
Rookie Pocatello Gems Pioneer League Dave Hudgens

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Huntsville

References[edit]

External links[edit]