2005 Leaders & Numbers

A year after settling into Yankee pinstripes, Alex Rodriguez reclaimed his status as the AL’s prime offensive force. Derrek Lee was a legitimate threat to win the NL triple crown before a late-summer cooldown. No one prior to Albert Pujols had homered 30 times and knocked in 100 runs in each of his first five years. David Ortiz established a season record for home runs by a DH, while Mark Teixeira knocked in more runs than any switch-hitter before him. Jason Bay, three years earlier a relative nobody traded with two others to Pittsburgh for Brian Giles, emerged as a younger equal to the ex-Pirate star. Dontrelle Willis became a flashy (and all too brief) sensation for Florida before he gradually began to lose control of the strike zone. Another argument for Tommy John surgery: Chris Carpenter, a NL Cy Young recipient two years after missing an entire season from the procedure. Mariano Rivera began the year with back-to-back blown saves against the hated Red Sox, and then performed as if he forgot all about it. Bartolo Colon became the first Angel since Nolan Ryan to win 20 games—and the first since Dean Chance to win the AL Cy Young. By winning 20 for the second straight year, Roy Oswalt got what teammate Roger Clemens searched in vain for all year: Run support. Jon Garland’s emergence mirrored that of the White Sox—ordinary .500 results followed by sudden success. Derrick Turnbow, booted from the Olympics for steroid use, stayed clean by MLB standards and wowed the Brewers.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2005
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Derrek Lee Chicago 158 .335 594 120 199 50 3 46 107 62 23 5 15 3 12
2. Albert Pujols St. Louis 161 .330 591 129 195 38 2 41 117 70 27 9 16 2 19
3. Jason Bay Pittsburgh 162 .306 599 110 183 44 6 32 101 86 9 6 21 1 12
4. Adam Dunn Cincinnati 160 .247 543 107 134 35 2 40 101 100 14 12 4 2 6
5. Carlos Delgado Florida 144 .301 521 81 157 41 3 33 115 52 20 17 0 0 16
6. Miguel Cabrera Florida 158 .323 613 106 198 43 2 33 116 52 12 2 1 0 20
7. Bobby Abreu Philadelphia 162 .286 588 104 168 37 1 24 102 102 15 6 31 9 7
8. Chase Utley Philadelphia 147 .291 543 93 158 39 6 27 105 64 5 9 16 3 10
9. Todd Helton Colorado 144 .320 509 92 163 45 2 20 79 84 22 9 3 0 14
10. Jim Edmonds St. Louis 142 .263 467 88 123 37 1 29 89 81 10 4 5 5 6
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2005
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Alex Rodriguez New York 162 .321 605 124 194 29 1 48 130 83 8 16 21 6 8
2. David Ortiz Boston 159 .300 601 119 180 40 1 47 148 93 9 1 1 0 13
3. Manny Ramirez Boston 152 .292 554 112 162 30 1 45 144 71 9 10 1 0 20
4. Mark Teixeira Texas 162 .301 644 112 194 41 3 43 144 67 5 11 4 0 18
5. Travis Hafner Cleveland 137 .305 486 94 148 42 0 33 108 72 7 9 0 0 9
6. Vladimir Guerrero L.A. Anaheim 141 .317 520 95 165 29 2 32 108 35 26 8 13 1 16
7. Gary Sheffield New York 154 .291 584 104 170 27 0 34 123 71 7 8 10 2 11
8. Michael Young Texas 159 .331 668 114 221 40 5 24 91 58 0 3 5 2 20
9. Hideki Matsui New York 162 .305 629 108 192 45 3 23 116 56 7 3 2 2 16
10. Jason Giambi New York 139 .271 417 74 113 14 0 32 87 103 5 19 0 0 7
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2005
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Dontrelle Willis Florida 2.63 22 10 .688 0 0 34 34 236.1 309 69 52 3 2 8 1 1 6 23
2. Chris Carpenter St. Louis 2.83 21 5 .808 0 0 34 34 241.2 310 76 51 0 5 3 0 1 7 22
3. Andy Pettitte Houston 2.39 17 9 .654 0 0 33 33 222.1 284 59 41 0 2 3 0 5 8 19
4. Roger Clemens Houston 1.87 13 8 .619 0 0 32 32 211.1 216 44 57 5 3 3 1 8 6 16
5. Roy Oswalt Houston 2.94 20 12 .625 0 0 35 35 241.2 361 79 45 3 5 8 1 3 5 22
6. Derrick Turnbow Milwaukee 1.74 7 1 .875 39 4 69 0 67.1 76 13 22 2 9 1 0 0 0 8
7. Pedro Martinez New York 2.82 15 8 .652 0 0 31 31 217 261 68 44 3 4 4 0 14 4 12
8. Billy Wagner Philadelphia 1.51 4 3 .571 38 3 75 0 77.2 72 13 18 2 3 3 1 9 2 5
9. John Smoltz Atlanta 3.06 14 7 .667 0 0 33 33 229.2 314 78 46 7 2 1 1 10 6 17
10. Carlos Zambrano Chicago 3.24 14 6 .700 0 0 33 33 223.1 271 81 83 3 8 8 0 1 12 18
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2005
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Johan Santana Minnesota 2.87 16 7 .696 0 0 33 33 231.2 296 74 44 1 8 1 0 4 6 10
2. Mark Buehrle Chicago 3.12 16 8 .667 0 0 33 33 236.2 348 82 36 4 2 4 2 8 8 29
3. Jon Garland Chicago 3.50 18 10 .643 0 0 32 32 221 331 86 44 3 2 7 0 3 6 24
4. Bartolo Colon L.A. Anaheim 3.48 21 8 .724 0 0 33 33 222.2 345 86 43 0 2 3 1 2 4 21
5. Mariano Rivera New York 1.38 7 4 .636 43 4 71 0 78.1 65 12 18 0 0 4 0 6 3 3
6. Joe Nathan Minnesota 2.70 7 4 .636 43 5 69 0 70 72 21 21 1 2 0 0 2 1 2
7. Roy Halladay Toronto 2.41 12 4 .750 0 0 19 19 141.2 171 38 16 2 2 7 1 16 2 13
8. Carlos Silva Minnesota 3.44 9 8 .529 0 0 27 27 188.1 322 72 7 2 0 3 0 7 4 35
9. Kenny Rogers Texas 3.46 14 8 .636 0 0 30 30 195.1 302 75 52 1 0 8 0 3 0 25
10. Danys Baez Tampa Bay 2.86 5 4 .556 41 8 67 0 72.1 96 23 30 0 0 2 0 4 0 9

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
How does This Great Game determine the best hitters and pitchers? Find out here.


Forward to 2006 Leaders & Numbers


Back to 2004 Leaders & Numbers


share this page with a friendShare this page with a friend.

Have a comment, question or request? Contact us at This Great Game.

© 2016 This Great Game.

2005 Awards


NL MVP
Albert Pujols, St. Louis

AL MVP
Alex Rodriguez, New York


NL Cy Young Award
Chris Carpenter, St. Louis

AL Cy Young Award
Bartolo Colon, Los Angeles of Anaheim


NL Rookie of the Year
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia

AL Rookie of the Year
Huston Street, Oakland


NL Manager of the Year
Bobby Cox, Atlanta

AL Manager of the Year
Ozzie Guillen, Chicago


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Chicago
C Mike Matheny, San Francisco
1B Derrek Lee, Chicago
2B Luis Castillo, Florida
3B Mike Lowell, Florida
SS Omar Vizquel, San Francisco
OF Jim Edmonds, St. Louis
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Bobby Abreu, Philadelphia

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Kenny Rogers, Texas
C Jason Varitek, Boston
1B Mark Teixeira, Texas
2B Orlando Hudson, Toronto
3B Eric Chavez, Oakland
SS Derek Jeter, New York
OF Vernon Wells, Toronto
OF Torii Hunter, Minnesota
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle