2004 Major League Baseball season

The 2004 Major League Baseball season ended when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game World Series sweep. This season was particularly notable since the Red Sox championship broke the 86-year-long popular myth known as the Curse of the Bambino. The Red Sox were also the first team in MLB history and the third team from a major North American professional sports league to ever come back from a 3–0 postseason series deficit, in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

The Montreal Expos would play their last season in Montreal, before re-locating to Washington DC, becoming the Washington Nationals in 2005.

2004 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 4 – October 27, 2004
Top draft pickMatt Bush
Picked bySan Diego Padres
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL championsBoston Red Sox
  AL runners-upNew York Yankees
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upHouston Astros
World Series
ChampionsBoston Red Sox
  Runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series MVPManny Ramirez (BOS)

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Ichiro Suzuki SEA .372 Barry Bonds SF .362
HR Manny Ramírez BOS 43 Adrián Beltré LA 48
RBI Miguel Tejada BAL 150 Vinny Castilla COL 131
Wins Curt Schilling BOS 21 Roy Oswalt HOU 20
ERA Johan Santana MIN 2.61 Jake Peavy SD 2.27
SO Johan Santana MIN 265 Randy Johnson ARI 290
SV Mariano Rivera NYY 53 Armando Benítez FLA
Jason Isringhausen STL
SB Carl Crawford TB 59 Scott Podsednik MIL 70

Major league baseball final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) New York Yankees 101 61 0.623 57–24 44–37
(4) Boston Red Sox 98 64 0.605 3 55–26 43–38
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 0.481 23 38–43 40–41
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 70 91 0.435 30½ 41–39 29–52
Toronto Blue Jays 67 94 0.416 33½ 40–41 27–53
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Minnesota Twins 92 70 0.568 49–32 43–38
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 9 46–35 37–44
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 12 44–37 36–45
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 20 38–43 34–47
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 34 33–47 25–57
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Anaheim Angels 92 70 0.568 45–36 47–34
Oakland Athletics 91 71 0.562 1 52–29 39–42
Texas Rangers 89 73 0.549 3 51–30 38–43
Seattle Mariners 63 99 0.389 29 38–44 25–55

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 49–32 47–34
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 10 42–39 44–37
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 13 42–38 41–41
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 25 38–43 33–48
Montreal Expos 67 95 0.414 29 35–45 32–50
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 0.648 53–28 52–29
(4) Houston Astros 92 70 0.568 13 48–33 44–37
Chicago Cubs 89 73 0.549 16 45–37 44–36
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 29 40–41 36–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 0.447 32½ 39–41 33–48
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 0.416 37½ 36–45 31–49
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Los Angeles Dodgers 93 69 0.574 49–32 44–37
San Francisco Giants 91 71 0.562 2 47–35 44–36
San Diego Padres 87 75 0.537 6 42–39 45–36
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 25 38–43 30–51
Arizona Diamondbacks 51 111 0.315 42 29–52 22–59


American League

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Lee Mazzilli
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona Won the World Series
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Tony Peña
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha
Seattle Mariners Bob Melvin
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly Replaced during the season by Al Pedrique
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds Dave Miley
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jack McKeon
Houston Astros± Jimy Williams Replaced during the season by Phil Garner
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
Montreal Expos Frank Robinson
New York Mets Art Howe
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Won the National League pennant
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou

±hosted the MLB All Star Game



  • World Series Champions – Boston Red Sox
  • Playoffs – October 4 to 27, 2004.
  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 NY Yankees 3  
3 Minnesota 1  
  1 NY Yankees 3  
American League
  4 Boston 4  
2 Anaheim 0
  4 Boston 3  
    AL4 Boston 4
  NL1 St. Louis 0
  1 St. Louis 3  
3 Los Angeles 1  
  1 St. Louis 4
National League
  4 Houston 3  
2 Atlanta 2
  4 Houston 3  


The following players reached major milestones in 2004:

Perfect game

Randy Johnson pitched the 17th perfect game in MLB history on May 18, 2004.

4000 strikeouts

Randy Johnson struck out Jeff Cirillo on June 29, 2004 for his 4000th strikeout.

500 Home Run Club

Ken Griffey, Jr – June 20

300 Wins Club

Greg Maddux – August 7, 2004

Single-Season Hits Record Broken

Ichiro Suzuki – 262 Hits (broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257)

Walk-off home runs

There were a total of 80 walk-off home runs, which was then the MLB single-season record until 2018.[1]


Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Jason Bay (PIT) Bobby Crosby (OAK)
Cy Young Award Roger Clemens (HOU) Johan Santana (MIN)
Manager of the Year Bobby Cox (ATL) Buck Showalter (TEX)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (SF) Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC) Kenny Rogers (TEX)
Catcher Mike Matheny (STL) Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Todd Helton (COL) Darin Erstad (ANA)
2nd Base Luis Castillo (FLA) Bret Boone (SEA)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (STL) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Cesar Izturis (LA) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Andruw Jones (ATL)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Steve Finley (ARI/LA)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Liván Hernández (MTL) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Johnny Estrada (ATL) Víctor Martínez (CLE)
Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Mark Loretta (SD) Alfonso Soriano (TEX)
3rd Base Adrián Beltré (LA) Melvin Mora (BAL)
Shortstop Jack Wilson (PIT) Miguel Tejada (BAL)
Outfield Bobby Abreu (PHI)
Barry Bonds (SF)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Gary Sheffield (NYY)

Other awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Carlos Beltrán Barry Bonds
May Melvin Mora Lance Berkman
June Iván Rodríguez Jim Thome
July Mark Teixeira Jim Edmonds
August Ichiro Suzuki Barry Bonds
September Vladimir Guerrero Adrián Beltré

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Kevin Brown Roger Clemens
May Mark Buehrle Jason Schmidt
June Mark Mulder Carl Pavano
July Johan Santana Russ Ortiz
August Johan Santana Jake Peavy
September Johan Santana Carlos Zambrano

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Gerald Laird Khalil Greene
May Kevin Youkilis Terrmel Sledge
June Bobby Crosby Jason Bay
July Robb Quinlan Jason Bay
August Frank Francisco Khalil Greene
September Ross Gload Jason Bay

See also

External links


  1. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-sets-single-season-walk-off-homer-record/c-292484692
2004 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels' 2004 season was the franchise's 44th since its inception. The regular season ended with a record of 92-70, resulting in the Angels winning their fourth American League West division title, their first since 1986. Their playoff run was short, as they were quickly swept by the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

The season was notable for being the last season the Angels played under the "Anaheim Angels" moniker; owner Arte Moreno changed the team name to the controversial "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" moniker the following season. It was also notable as the season in which newly signed outfielder Vladimir Guerrero won the AL Most Valuable Player award, the first time an Angels player had been so honored since Don Baylor in 1979.

2004 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks looked to improve on their 84–78 record from 2003. The Diamondsbacks hoped to contend for a postseason berth in what was a weaker National League West than in years past, but finished the season with a record of 51–111, in last place in the division and the worst record by any National League team since the 1965 Mets won one fewer game. The one highlight of a disastrous season was when Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game on May 18, 2004.

2004 Atlanta Braves season

The 2004 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 39th season in Atlanta and 134th overall. The Braves won their 13th consecutive division title under Manager of the Year Bobby Cox, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves lost the 2004 Divisional Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 2.

J. D. Drew replaced Gary Sheffield (lost to the Yankees in free agency) in the outfield, free agent John Thomson joined the rotation, and rookies Adam LaRoche and Charles Thomas saw significant playing time on a younger 2004 Braves team.

2004 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2004 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses. The team led Major League Baseball in at bats (5,736) and hits (1,614).

2004 Chicago Cubs season

The 2004 Chicago Cubs season was the 133rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 129th in the National League and the 89th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished 89-73, good for 3rd in the NL Central. Despite the strong record, the Cubs faltered down the stretch and missed the playoffs, and the season is largely viewed as a disappointment as a result.

2004 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2004 season included the Reds' fourth-place in the National League Central division.

2004 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2004 season was the 12th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their season from 2003, where they were the defending World Series champion, having won the World Series in six games against the New York Yankees. Their manager was Jack McKeon. They played most of their home games at Pro Player Stadium. They played two against the Montreal Expos at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field due to Hurricane Ivan. The team started off 8-1, but then collapsed and finished with a record of 83-79, 3rd in the NL East, and missed the playoffs. From 2004 to present the Marlins would fail to make the playoffs.

2004 Kansas City Royals season

The 2004 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 58 wins and 104 losses. It was one of the most disappointing seasons in Royals' history. The team had been picked by many sporting magazines to win the AL Central following their third-place finish in 2003. Injuries of veteran acquisitions did the Royals in. Catcher Benito Santiago and outfielder Juan González both played very few games for the boys in blue. Mike Sweeney was also injured during the campaign. As a result, the Royals set a new record for most losses in franchise history.

2004 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2004 season brought change to the Dodgers as the sale of the franchise to developer Frank McCourt was finalized during spring training. McCourt promptly dismissed General Manager Dan Evans and hired Paul DePodesta to take over the team. That led to a flurry of trade activity as the new group attempted to rebuild the Dodgers in their image.

Despite it all, the Dodgers managed to finish the season in first place in the Western Division of the National League and won their first post season game since 1988. However they lost the NL Division Series 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 75th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9–4, thus awarding an AL team (which would eventually be the Boston Red Sox) home-field advantage in the 2004 World Series.

2004 Major League Baseball draft

The 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the

first ten picks.

Source: MLB.com 2004 Draft Tracker

2004 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2004 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the National League Central with a record of 67 wins and 94 losses.

2004 Minnesota Twins season

The 2004 Minnesota Twins met their goal of three-peating as American League Central Division champions. The team was able to do this in spite of several new players and the absence of three former all-stars. Closer Eddie Guardado, set-up man LaTroy Hawkins, starter Eric Milton, and catcher A. J. Pierzynski had all been dealt prior to the beginning of the season, while first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was traded midway through the season. The season had both highs – such as Johan Santana winning the Cy Young Award – and lows, such as highly anticipated rookie catcher Joe Mauer injuring his knee and playing for only 35 games. For the second year in a row, the team was not able to carry its regular season success into the post-season. The New York Yankees eliminated the Twins for the second year in a row in four games in the 2004 American League Division Series.

2004 National League Championship Series

The 2004 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 13 to 21 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals and the wild-card qualifying Houston Astros. This marked the first time in either Major League that two teams from the Central Division met in a Championship Series.

In a series in which all seven games were won by the home team, the Cardinals won 4–3 to advance to the World Series against the American League champion Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox reached their first World Series since 1986, with the Cardinals playing in their first since 1987. While the NLCS was an exciting back-and-forth series, it was overshadowed in media attention by Boston's comeback in the ALCS.

The Cardinals would go on to lose in a sweep to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series in four games.

2004 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2004 season involved the A's finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses.

2004 San Diego Padres season

The 2004 San Diego Padres season was the 36th season in franchise history. It saw the club finish with a record of 87-75, the fifth most wins in franchise history. With the 87 wins, the Padres improved their win-loss record by 23 games over the 2003 season (64-98), the single largest improvement from one full season to the next in team history. The Padres also moved into their new home Petco Park, which drew a total of 3,016,752 fans to 81 home games, shattering all previous attendance marks.

2004 San Francisco Giants season

The 2004 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 122nd year in Major League Baseball, their 47th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their fifth at SBC Park. The team finished in second place in the National League West with a 91-71 record, 2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Barry Bonds became the oldest player in the history of the National League to win the MVP Award. It would be the last winning season San Francisco would have until 2009.

2004 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2004 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their seventh since the franchise was created. This season, they finished fourth in the AL East division, Toronto Blue Jays in last place. They managed to finish the season with a record of 70-91, finishing out of last for the first time in their 7-year history. Their manager was Lou Piniella who entered his 2nd season with the Devil Rays.

Randy Johnson's perfect game

On May 18, 2004, Randy Johnson, who was a pitcher for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Arizona Diamondbacks, pitched a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves. The game took place at Turner Field in Atlanta in front of a crowd of 23,381 people. Johnson, who was 40 at the time, was the oldest pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game, surpassing Cy Young who was 37 when he threw his perfect game in 1904. This perfect game was the 17th in baseball history, with the 16th perfect game being David Cone in 1999. Johnson's perfect game was also the seventh in National League history, the predecessor being Dennis Martínez in 1991.

2004 MLB season by team
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See also

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