October 8, 1985

American League awards [1985]



George Steinbrenner fired Yogi Berra and hired Billy Martin for the fourth time. He fired Martin after the season. Tom Seaver and Phil Niekro won their 300th games. Rod Carew singled for his 3,000th hit. Darrell Evans, 38, became the oldest home run leader of all time.

Babe Ruth Award | Rickey Henderson, Yankees. 24 home runs, 72 RBIs, .314 batting average, .419 on-base percentage, .516 slugging percentage, 146 runs, 99 walks, 80 stolen bases. Rickey scored more runs than any player since Ted Williams.

2. George Brett, Royals
3. Wade Boggs, Red Sox
4. Don Mattingly, Yankees

Walter Johnson Award | Bret Saberhagen, Royals. 20-6, 2.87 ERA, 158 strikeouts and 38 walks in 235.1 innings, 10 complete games, 11 HBPs.

2. Dave Stieb, Blue Jays
3. Charlie Leibrandt, Royals

Jackie Robinson Award | Teddy Higuera, Brewers. 15-8, 3.90 ERA, 127 strikeouts and 63 walks in 212.1 innings. 2. Ozzie Guillen, White Sox.

Pee Wee Reese Award | George Brett, Royals. 30 home runs, 112 RBIs, .335 batting average, .436 on-base percentage, .585 slugging percentage, 108 runs, 38 doubles, 103 walks.

Connie Mack Award | Billy Martin, Yankees. 91-54 [.628]

2. Bobby Cox, Blue Jays
3. Dick Howser, Royals



Catcher | Rich Gedman, Red Sox. 18 home runs, 80 RBIs, .295 batting average, .362 on-base percentage, .484 slugging percentage. 2. Carlton Fisk, White Sox. Best fielder | Bob Boone, Angels.

First base | Don Mattingly, Yankees. 35 home runs, 145 RBIs, .324 batting average, .371 on-base percentage, .567 slugging percentage, 107 runs, 211 hits, 48 doubles. 2. Eddie Murray, Orioles. Best fielder | Pete O’Brien, Rangers.

Second base | Lou Whitaker, Tigers. 21 home runs, 73 RBIs, .279 batting average, .362 on-base percentage, .456 slugging percentage, 102 runs. Best fielder | Willie Randolph, Yankees.

Third base | George Brett, Royals. 30 home runs, 112 RBIs, .335 batting average, .436 on-base percentage, .585 slugging percentage, 108 runs, 38 doubles, 103 walks. 2. Wade Boggs, Red Sox. Best fielder | Gary Gaetti, Twins.

Shortstop | Cal Ripken, Orioles. 26 home runs, 110 RBIs, .282 batting average, .347 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage, 116 runs. Best fielder | Tony Fernandez, Blue Jays.

Left field | Phil Bradley, Mariners. 26 home runs, 88 RBIs, .300 batting average, .365 on-base percentage, .498 slugging percentage, 100 runs, 12 HBPs.

Center field | Rickey Henderson, Yankees. 24 home runs, 72 RBIs, .314 batting average, .419 on-base percentage, .516 slugging percentage, 146 runs, 99 walks, 80 stolen bases. 2. Brett Butler, Cleveland. Best fielder | Kirby Puckett, Twins.

Right field | Jesse Barfield, Blue Jays. 27 home runs, 84 RBIs, .289 batting average, .369 on-base percentage, .536 slugging percentage. 2. Kirk Gibson, Tigers. Best fielder | Barfield

Designated hitter | Gorman Thomas, Mariners. 32 home runs, 87 RBIs, .215 batting average, .330 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Bret Saberhagen, Royals.
20-6, 2.87 ERA, 158 strikeouts and 38 walks in 235.1 innings, 10 complete games, 11 HBPs.

2. Dave Stieb, Blue Jays. 14-13, 2.48 ERA, 167 strikeouts and 96 walks in 265 innings.

3. Charlie Leibrandt, Royals. 17-9, 2.69 ERA, 108 strikeouts and 68 walks in 237.2 innings, 12 complete games.

4. Bert Blyleven, Cleveland-Twins. 17-16, 3.15 ERA, 206 strikeouts and 75 walks in 293.2 innings, 24 complete games, five shutouts.

5. Charlie Hough, Rangers. 14-16, 3.31 ERA, 141 strikeouts and 83 walks in 250.1 innings, 14 complete games, 11 wild pitches. 6. Mike Moore, Mariners.

Reliever | Dan Quisenberry, Royals. 8-9, 2.37 ERA, 37 saves, 54 strikeouts and 16 walks in 129 innings. 2. Bob James, White Sox.
— Kevin Brewer

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