|2005 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||John W. Henry (New England Sports Ventures)|
|General manager(s)||Theo Epstein|
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy)
(Jerry Trupiano, Joe Castiglione)
(Bill Kulik, Uri Berenguer, Juan Báez)
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The 2005 Boston Red Sox season was the 105th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, the same record as the New York Yankees. The Yankees were deemed the division winner, due to their 10–9 head-to-head record against the Red Sox during the regular season. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, but were swept by the American League Central champion Chicago White Sox in the ALDS.
On offense, the Red Sox led Major League Baseball in runs scored (910), hits (1,579), doubles (339), RBI (863), walks (653), batting average (.281), OBP (.357), OPS (.811) and sacrifice flies (63). Red Sox pitchers hit opposing batters with 89 pitches, the most by any major league pitching staff in 2005.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 ALDS
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm system
- 7 References
The Red Sox made a few notable offseason moves coming off their 2004 World Series championship. The team brought back Jason Varitek by re-signing the veteran catcher to a 4-year $40 million deal. Outfielder Dave Roberts – who played a key role as a base stealer during the 2004 postseason – was traded to the Padres in exchange for shortstop Ramon Vazquez and left fielder Jay Payton.
Management sought to fill the void left by Orlando Cabrera and Pokey Reese at shortstop by signing free agent Édgar Rentería to a 4-year $40 million year with a 5th year option. The move sat well with fans because Rentería was coming off a very successful 2004 campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Rentería hit .287 with 10 homeruns and 72 RBI in 2004.
The Red Sox front office looked to bolster their starting pitching by signing two veteran pitchers. The need for starting pitching was a point of emphasize due to the departure of Pedro Martínez to the New York Mets after 7 years in a Red Sox uniform. The first pitcher signed was former Padres starter David Wells. Wells was coming off a surprising 2004 season with the Padres in which he posted a 3.73 ERA over 195 innings pitched at the age of 41. The second pitcher signed was former Cubs starter Matt Clement. Clement was coming off a season in which he posted a respectable 3.68 ERA over 181 innings pitched.
|New York Yankees||95||67||0.586||—||53–28||42–39|
|Boston Red Sox||95||67||0.586||—||54–27||41–40|
|Toronto Blue Jays||80||82||0.494||15||43–38||37–44|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||67||95||0.414||28||40–41||27–54|
Record vs. opponents
2005 American League Records
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- December 19, 2004: Édgar Rentería was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
- January 10, 2005: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
- May 2, 2005: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
- June 7, 2005: Jacoby Ellsbury was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed July 1, 2005.
- June 7, 2005: Clay Buchholz was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (42nd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed June 23, 2005.
- July 19, 2005: Alan Embree was released by the Boston Red Sox.
- August 9, 2005: Ricky Bottalico was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
- August 19, 2005: Mark Bellhorn was released by the Boston Red Sox.
- August 25, 2005: Ricky Bottalico was released by the Boston Red Sox.
Opening Day Lineup
|2005 Boston Red Sox|
|2005 game log|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ER = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|1||Boston 2, Chicago 14||October 4|
|2||Boston 4, Chicago 5||October 5|
|3||Chicago 5, Boston 3||October 7|
The Chicago White Sox swept the Red Sox in the American League Division Series. The White Sox went on to win the World Series that year against the Houston Astros. The Red Sox were forced to play in the 2005 Postseason as a wild card team even though they had the same regular season record as their interdivision rival the New York Yankees. That is due to the fact that the Yankees had won the regular season head to head matchups versus the Red Sox 10-9.
A crucial moment of the series came in game 2 when Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino made a crucial error that led to the White Sox scoring 3 unearned runs in the fifth inning. A slow groundball hit to the right side of the infield was able to get past Graffanino and a key double play was not turned. Later in the inning, White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi hit a 3-run homerun to give the White Sox a 1 run lead. Red Sox pitcher David Wells was pitching well in the game until the error. The error is viewed by many fans as having the Red Sox lose Game 2 and eventually the American League Division Series.
Red Sox ace Curt Schilling did not start a game in the American League Division Series after pitching in the last game of the season against the Yankees.
Awards and honors
- David Ortiz – Silver Slugger Award (DH), AL Player of the Month (September)
- Manny Ramirez – Silver Slugger Award (OF)
- Jason Varitek – Silver Slugger Award (C), Gold Glove Award (C)
- Matt Clement, reserve P (roster replacement)
- Johnny Damon, starting CF
- David Ortiz, starting DH
- Manny Ramirez, starting LF
- Jason Varitek, starting C
- Season standings: American League East Standings on ESPN.com
- Game logs:
- Batting Statistics: Boston Red Sox Batting Stats on ESPN.com
- Pitching Statistics: Boston Red Sox Pitching Stats on ESPN.com
- 2005 Boston Red Sox season at Baseball-Almanac.com
- 2005 Boston Red Sox season at Baseball-Reference.com
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- "Édgar Rentería Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- "Pedro Martínez Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- "David Wells Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- "Matt Clement Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- Edgar Renteria Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Josias Manzanillo Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- John Olerud Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Jacoby Ellsbury Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Clay Buchholz Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Alan Embree Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Ricky Bottalico Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Mark Bellhorn Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Jenkins, Lee (2005-10-06). "Red Sox Create Another Moment of Infamy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- Baseball America 2006 Annual Directory