ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—Vince Coleman, Cardinals. He stole 110 bases, the third highest total ever, as the catalyst for the Cardinal offense. Too bad for Reds lefty Tom Browning (20-9), who was the first rookie in 31 years to win 20.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR—Pete Rose, Reds. The power of the man's positive personality carried Cincinnati until the last week of the season. We would be singing his praises even if the Reds won half their games—and they won 89. Whitey Herzog did a great job with the Cardinals, but Rose worked wonders.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR—Bob Horner, Braves. There were doubts that he would ever play again because of his broken right wrist, but he hit 27 home runs, drove in 89 runs and had a .499 slugging percentage.
Their sale to local interests last week means that the Pirates, the worst team in baseball, will stay put. But it's expected that Chuck Tanner, one of the best managers in baseball, will be working elsewhere next year. The guess here is that Tanner will manage either the Yankees or the Padres.
Tanner, who has two years left on his contract, says, "I'll sit down with the new owners and see in what direction they're going. If they want me, then I must decide if I want them. I think I can get out of it. I even heard that a couple of clubs asked for permission to talk to me."
The '85 season produced some remarkable achievements. Vince Coleman's 110 steals; Willie McGee's .353 average, the highest ever for a switch hitter in the NL; Don Mattingly's 145 RBIs, the most in the AL since 1953; and just about everything Dwight Gooden did. Here are some other notable stats:
Wade Boggs won his second batting title (.368), broke Willie Wilson's AL record with 187 singles, tied Chuck Klein's major-league record by getting at least one hit in 135 games, led the majors with both 240 hits and a .450 on-base percentage and raised his lifetime average to .351. He hit .396 after May 25 and never went more than two games or 10 at bats without a hit.
Cal Ripken played every inning of every game for the third straight year and ran his Ironman act to 5,436 innings, dating back to June 5, 1982. As far as anyone can determine, this is the longest such streak ever.
John Tudor's 10 shutouts are the most in the major leagues since Jim Palmer of the Orioles had 10 in 1975. You have to go back to 1968, when Bob Gibson had 13 for the Cardinals, to find anyone with more.
Jose Deleon's 2-19 record has the biggest differential between win and lose since the Mets' Roger Craig went 5-22 in 1963. The patron saint of losers is Jack Nabors, who went 1-20 for the 1916 A's, a club that had a record of 36-117.