Record: 95-67, Finished 1st in AL Eastern Division (2005 AL)
Managed by Joe Torre
Coaches: Neil Allen, Joe Girardi, Don Mattingly, Luis Sojo, Mel Stottlemyre and Roy White
Ballpark: Yankee Stadium
The 2005 New York Yankees got off to the team's worst start since the days of the late 1980s, and it seemed like the Bronx Bombers would miss the postseason for the first time since the strike-shortened 1994 season (a year when the Yanks were in first place when the season was interrupted by the 1994 player's strike).
Despite the failure to advance past the Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Yankees were able to overcome their slow start to win an eighth consecutive division title. Big left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson (the team's big-time winter acquisition) won 17 games in his debut season in pinstripes. 3B Alex Rodriguez won his second MVP award and 1B/DH Jason Giambi was named American League Comeback Player of the Year. In addition, the Yanks brought up two rookies who became big contributors in the team's postseason push: 2B Robinson Cano and RHP Chien-Ming Wang. A-Rod's post-season performance was the only blemish on what would otherwise be considered a great season, as the Yankee third baseman set a team record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter with 48, breaking the previous mark of 37, set by Yankee great Joe DiMaggio.
Awards and Honors