2004 Chicago Cubs season

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2004 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
General manager(s) Jim Hendry
Manager(s) Dusty Baker
Local television WCIU-TV
Superstation WGN
FSN Chicago
(Chip Caray, Steve Stone)
Local radio WGN
(Pat Hughes, Ron Santo)
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2004 Chicago Cubs season was the 132nd 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 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.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 25, 2003: Derrek Lee was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Chicago Cubs for Hee-seop Choi and Mike Nannini (minors).[1]
  • December 2, 2003: Scott McClain was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[2]
  • December 18, 2003: Todd Hollandsworth was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[3]
  • March 23, 2004: Greg Maddux was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[4]

Regular season[edit]

In 2004, despite the return of Greg Maddux and a midseason deal for Nomar Garciaparra, misfortune struck the Cubs again. They led the Wild Card by 1.5 games over San Francisco and Houston on September 25, and both of those teams lost that day, giving the Northsiders a chance at increasing the lead to a commanding 2.5 games with only eight games remaining in the season, but reliever LaTroy Hawkins blew a save to the Mets, allowing a three-run game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth. The Cubs lost the game in extra innings, a defeat that seemingly deflated the team, as they proceeded to drop 6 of their last 8 games as the Astros won the Wild Card. Despite the fact that the Cubs had won 89 games, this fallout was decidedly unlovable, as the Cubs traded superstar Sammy Sosa after he had left the season's final game early.

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 -- .644
Houston Astros 92 70 13 .564
Chicago Cubs 89 73 16 .536
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 29 .466
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 32½ .419
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 37½ .411

Transactions[edit]

  • April 1, 2004: Scott McClain was released by the Chicago Cubs.[2]
  • April 3, 2004: Trenidad Hubbard was released by the Chicago Cubs.[5]
  • April 12, 2004: Trenidad Hubbard was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[5]
  • June 7, 2004: Sam Fuld was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed July 9, 2004.[6]
  • July 30, 2004: Denny Hocking was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[7]
  • July 31, 2004: Alex Gonzalez was traded as part of a 4-team trade by the Chicago Cubs with Francis Beltrán and Brendan Harris to the Montreal Expos. The Boston Red Sox sent Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to the Chicago Cubs. The Minnesota Twins sent Doug Mientkiewicz to the Boston Red Sox. The Montreal Expos sent Orlando Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago Cubs sent Justin Jones (minors) to the Minnesota Twins.[8]

Roster[edit]

2004 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaching Staff

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

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
Gonzalez, AlexAlex Gonzalez 37 129 28 .217 3 8

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

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Mike Quade
AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Southern League Bobby Dickerson
A Daytona Cubs Florida State League Steve McFarland
A Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League Julio Garcia
Short-Season A Boise Hawks Northwest League Tom Beyers
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Trey Forkerway

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Boise; LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Daytona[9]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]