2004 Atlanta Braves season

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The 2004 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 39th season in Atlanta. 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 in the outfield, free agent John Thomson joined the rotation, and rookies Adam LaRoche and Charles Thomas saw significant playing time on the young 2004 Braves team.

2004 Atlanta Braves
2004 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 96–66 (.593)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) AOL Time Warner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television TBS Superstation
Turner South
(Don Sutton, Joe Simpson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray)
FSN South
(Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
Local radio WSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
WWWE
(Luis Octavio Dozal, Jose Manuel Flores)
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Offseason[edit]

  • October 25, 2003: DeWayne Wise was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[1]
  • November 14, 2003: Jorge Velandia was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • December 10, 2003: John Thomson signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • December 13, 2003: J.D. Drew was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with Eli Marrero to the Atlanta Braves for Jason Marquis, Ray King, and Adam Wainwright.[4]
  • December 23, 2003: Antonio Alfonseca signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[5]
  • January 12, 2004: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • February 5, 2004: Russell Branyan was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[7]
  • March 26, 2004: Chris Reitsma was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Atlanta Braves for Bubba Nelson (minors) and Jung Bong.[8]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[9][edit]

Position Name
Starting Pitcher Russ Ortiz
Catcher Johnny Estrada
First Baseman Julio Franco
Second Baseman Marcus Giles
Third Baseman Mark DeRosa
Shortstop Rafael Furcal
Left Fielder Chipper Jones
Center Fielder Andruw Jones
Right Fielder J.D. Drew

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 96 66 .593 --
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 .531 10
Florida Marlins 83 79 .512 13
New York Mets 71 91 .438 25
Montreal Expos 67 95 .414 29

Notable transactions[edit]

  • April 25, 2004: Russell Branyan was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Cleveland Indians for Scott Sturkie (minors).[7]
  • June 7, 2004: Clint Sammons was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 6th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed July 12, 2004.[10]

Roster[edit]

2004 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
LF Thomas, CharlesCharles Thomas 83 236 68 .288 7 31

Other batters[edit]

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

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

2004 National League Division Series[edit]

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Houston wins series, 3-2

Game Score Date
1 Houston 9, Atlanta 3 October 6
2 Atlanta 4, Houston 2 (11 innings) October 7
3 Houston 8, Atlanta 5 October 9
4 Atlanta 6, Houston 5 October 10
5 Houston 12, Atlanta 3 October 11

Award winners[edit]

2004 Major League Baseball season

  • Bobby Cox was voted National League Manager of the Year for the second of three times with the Atlanta Braves.[11]
  • Andruw Jones (outfield) was chosen to receive a Gold Glove award.
  • Johnny Estrada (catcher) was chosen to receive a Silver Slugger award.

2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Johnny Estrada represented the Atlanta Braves as a catcher for the National League All-Star team.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Pat Kelly
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Brian Snitker
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Rocket Wheeler
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Jim Saul
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Ralph Henriquez

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Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
2003
NL East Championship Season
2004
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
2005