2005 Baseball Season Highlights
- The White Sox lose just one game in breezing past the Red Sox in the ALDS and the Angels in the ALCS.
- Houston and Atlanta's final NLDS matchup (game four) goes 18 innings. Houston prevails 7-6.
- St. Louis sweeps San Diego in the NLDS but loses to Houston in six NLCS games.
- White Sox win their first World Series title since 1917 with a sweep of the Astros.
- Two World Series games are decided by final-inning home runs, while game four is a 1-0 nail-biter.
Jose Reyes stole
60 bases in 2005.
- Speedster Jose Reyes of the Mets paces the National League in triples (17) and stolen bases (60).
- St. Louis leads all major league teams with 100 victories.
- Atlanta wins its division for the 14th consecutive season.
- San Diego captures the National League West title despite an 82-80 record.
- Houston battles back from a 15-30 record in late May with hot hitting and sharp pitching to land the National League wildcard spot.
- Nine games out of first place on May 7, the Yankees win 95 games and their eighth consecutive American League East title.
- Red Sox take the wildcard after tying their American League East rival, New York, with 95 wins.
- White Sox lead the American League Central wire to wire, finishing 99-63. They win 35 one-run games.
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, whose name has been changed from the Anaheim Angels, win 95 games and cruise in the American League West.
- Alex Rodriguez wins his first MVP Award as a Yankee and his second overall.
- Rodriguez's 48 four-baggers land him his fourth homer title in five years.
- A-Rod leads the American League in runs (124) and slugging (.610).
- Albert Pujols of the Cardinals is voted National League MVP.
- Pujols leads the National League in runs (129) and becomes the first big-leaguer to belt 30 home runs in each of his first five seasons.
- Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals wins the National League Cy Young Award after finishing second in the league in wins (21), winning pct. (.808), and strikeouts (213).
- American League Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon leads the American League with 21 victories. He is a dominant factor in the Angels' second consecutive American League West title.
- Derrek Lee of the Cubs wins his first batting title (.335).
- Lee leads the National League in slugging (.662), hits (199), doubles (50), and total bases (393).
- Lee's run for the Triple Crown evaporates when Atlanta's Andruw Jones passes him in homers (51) and RBI (128).
- Jones becomes the first player in either league to reach 50 homers in the past three years.
- Michael Young of the Rangers wins his first batting title (.331). He also leads the American League in hits (221).
- David Ortiz paces the American League in RBI (148). He is second to Rodriguez in homers (47) and slugging (.604).
- Phillies slugger Ryan Howard (22 homers) is named 2005 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Oakland's Huston Street logs 23 saves and captures the 2005 American League Rookie of the Year Award.
- Roger Clemens's one-year, $18 million deal with Houston makes him the highest paid pitcher in the game.
- Clemens, age 43, leads the National League with a 1.87 ERA.
- On Opening Day, the first hitter for the Washington Nationals (also the last batter for the Montreal Expos), Brad Wilkerson, singles to right.
- Wilkerson hits for the cycle on April 6, helping the Nationals win their first game.
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