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The 1985 Major League Baseball season ended with the Kansas City Royals defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh game of the I-70 World Series. Bret Saberhagen, the regular season Cy Young Award winner, was named MVP of the Series. The National League won the All-Star Game for the second straight year.

1985 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 8 – October 27, 1985
Top draft pickB. J. Surhoff
Picked byMilwaukee Brewers
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Willie McGee (STL)
AL: Don Mattingly (NYY)
League postseason
AL championsKansas City Royals
  AL runners-upToronto Blue Jays
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
World Series
ChampionsKansas City Royals
  Runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
Finals MVPBret Saberhagen (KC)
MLB seasons

The League Championship Series playoffs were expanded to a best-of-seven format beginning this year,[1] and both leagues ended up settling their pennant winners in more than five games, with the Royals beating the Toronto Blue Jays in seven games, and the Cardinals beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

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  1. ^ ABC replaced Howard Cosell with Tim McCarver in the booth alongside Al Michaels and Jim Palmer for the 1985 World Series due to the controversy surrounding Cosell's book, I Never Played the Game.
  1. ^ "League playoffs expand to seven games". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). staff and wire reports. April 4, 1985. p. C2.
  2. ^ "AL is kept at arm's length". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder. July 17, 1985. p. C1.
  3. ^ "Carew, Seaver have a Super Sunday". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 5, 1985. p. C1.
  4. ^ Richmond, Peter (September 12, 1985). "Rose finally breaks the Ty". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Cincinnati Herald). p. C1.
  5. ^ "Niekro blanks Jays for 300th". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 7, 1985. p. C1.

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