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1985 Atlanta Braves season

1985 Atlanta Braves
Major league affiliations
1985 information
Owner(s) Ted Turner
General manager(s) John Mullen
Manager(s) Eddie Haas, Bobby Wine
Local television WTBS
Superstation WTBS
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, John Sterling)
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The 1985 Atlanta Braves season was the 115th season in franchise history. The Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the third consecutive season.


Regular season

The Braves had a new manager in Eddie Haas and a new relief ace in Bruce Sutter. They also had slugger Bob Horner in the lineup and Dale Murphy was back as well.

The Braves started the season 4-1 but lost three consecutive games to the Reds at home to fall to 4-4. A 9-5 win over the Astros on Friday April 19 gave the Braves a 5-4 record, good enough for second place, 1/2 game out. However, the Braves would not be above the .500 mark again. They lost three straight games to drop into fifth place with a 5-7 mark. Later, the Braves beat the Reds twice, 8-4 and 17-9 to even their record at 10-10, and to climb within a game of first place. This was on May 1, and the Braves led the National League in runs scored.

This changed quickly however. The Braves not only lost eight of their next ten games (May 3-May 14), they were also shut out four consecutive games May 8 through May 12. They were held to only one run in each of the two games that followed, one of which was a win. The 12-18 Braves were in last place, six games out. Atlanta improved to 16-19 and 4 1/2 games out of first following a 3-0 win over Chicago on May 19. The Braves then lost three straight to the Cardinals, the beginning of an 4-11 stretch that lowered their record to 20-30 on June 7. Atlanta was 10 1/2 games behind at that point and the Braves' situation was becoming precarious. They won their next three games by impressive margins, 7-3 and 10-3 over Los Angeles and 7-0 over San Francisco. By June 28 Atlanta was 33-38 and only 9 1/2 games of first place. They were mired in fifth place however.

The Braves lost nine of their next 11 games and were 35-47 on July 10, in fifth place and 12 games out. The swept the Philadelphia Phillies in four games just before the All-Star Break. Atlanta was 39-47 at the half, in fifth place and 9 1/2 out.

The Braves were 49-59 on August 11, in fifth place and 15 games out. It was basically over for the Braves, with no real chance at first place. Atlanta lost six in a row and were 16 games below the .500 mark, the first time since 1979. After a 6-3 win over San Diego halted the losing streak the Braves lost six straight again. At this point the Braves were 50-71 and 22 games out of first. Their manager Eddie Haas was replaced by Bobby Wine and the Braves won their first five games under the new manager. However, they fizzled out with an 11-25 finish that dropped them to 66-96 and 29 games out of first place. Thanks to the San Francisco Giants' sorry performance the Braves avoided last place and finished in fifth place, a position they had held for all but one day since May 15.

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 -- .586
Cincinnati Reds 89 72 5.5 .553
Houston Astros 83 79 12.0 .512
San Diego Padres 83 79 12.0 .512
Atlanta Braves 66 96 29.0 .407
San Francisco Giants 62 100 33.0 .383

Notable transactions


1985 Atlanta Braves
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

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 Cerone, RickRick Cerone 96 282 61 .216 3 25
1B Horner, BobBob Horner 130 483 129 .267 27 89
2B Hubbard, GlennGlenn Hubbard 142 439 102 .232 5 39
3B Oberkfell, KenKen Oberkfell 134 412 112 .272 3 35
SS Ramírez, RafaelRafael Ramírez 138 568 141 .248 5 58
LF Harper, TerryTerry Harper 138 492 130 .264 17 72
CF Murphy, DaleDale Murphy 162 616 185 .300 37 111
RF Washington, ClaudellClaudell Washington 122 398 110 .276 15 43

Other batters

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
Runge, PaulPaul Runge 50 87 19 .218 1 5
Owen, LarryLarry Owen 26 71 17 .239 2 12
Rabb, JohnJohn Rabb 3 2 0 .000 0 0


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sutter, BruceBruce Sutter 58 7 7 23 4.48 52

Awards and honors

  • Steve Bedrosian, Major League record, Most Starts in a Season without completing a game (37)[5]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Roy Majtyka
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Jim Beauchamp
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Harry Bright
A Sumter Braves South Atlantic League Buddy Bailey
Rookie Pulaski Braves Appalachian League Craig Robinson
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Pedro González


  • 1985 Atlanta Braves season at Baseball Reference
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