2004 Major League Baseball season

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2004 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 30, 2004 – October 27, 2004
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SFG)
League Postseason
AL champions Boston Red Sox
  AL runners-up New York Yankees
NL champions St. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-up Houston Astros
World Series
World Series champions Boston Red Sox
  Runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series MVP Manny Ramirez (BOS)
MLB seasons

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 third sports team to ever come back from a 3–0 postseason series deficit, in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ichiro Suzuki SEA .372 Barry Bonds SF .362
HR Manny Ramírez BOS 43 Adrián Beltré LAD 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
47
SB Carl Crawford TB 59 Scott Podsednik MIL 70

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 101   61 .623    –
2nd Boston Red Sox *   98   64 .605   3.0
3rd Baltimore Orioles   78   84 .481 23.0
4th Tampa Bay Devil Rays   70   91 .435 30.5
5th Toronto Blue Jays   67   94 .416 33.5
Central Division
1st Minnesota Twins   92   70 .568    –
2nd Chicago White Sox   83   79 .512   9.0
3rd Cleveland Indians   80   82 .494 12.0
4th Detroit Tigers   72   90 .444 20.0
5th Kansas City Royals   58 104 .358 34.0
West Division
1st Anaheim Angels   92   70 .568    –
2nd Oakland Athletics   91   71 .562   1.0
3rd Texas Rangers   89   73 .549   3.0
4th Seattle Mariners   63   99 .389 29.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves   96   66 .593    –
2nd Philadelphia Phillies   86   76 .531 10.0
3rd Florida Marlins   83   79 .512 13.0
4th New York Mets   71   91 .438 25.0
5th Montreal Expos   67   95 .414 29.0
Central Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 105   57 .648    –
2nd Houston Astros *   92   70 .568 13.0
3rd Chicago Cubs   89   73 .549 16.0
4th Cincinnati Reds   76   86 .469 29.0
5th Pittsburgh Pirates   72   89 .447 32.5
6th Milwaukee Brewers   67   94 .416 37.5
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers   93   69 .574    –
2nd San Francisco Giants   91   71 .562   2.0
3rd San Diego Padres   87   75 .537   6.0
4th Colorado Rockies   68   94 .420 25.0
5th Arizona Diamondbacks   51 111 .315 42.0
  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.

Managers[edit]

American League[edit]

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 Pena
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[edit]

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 LaRussa Won the National League pennant
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou

±hosted the MLB All Star Game

Postseason[edit]

  • World Series Champions – Boston Red Sox
  • Playoffs – October 4 to 27, 2004.
  Division Series
(ESPN/Fox)
League Championship Series
(Fox)
World Series
(Fox)
                           
  1  New York Yankees 3  
3  Minnesota Twins 1  
  1  New York Yankees 3  
American League
  4  Boston Red Sox 4  
2  Anaheim Angels 0
  4  Boston Red Sox 3  
    AL4  Boston Red Sox 4
  NL1  St. Louis Cardinals 0
  3  Los Angeles Dodgers 1  
1  St. Louis Cardinals 3  
  1  St. Louis Cardinals 4
National League
  4  Houston Astros 3  
2  Atlanta Braves 2
  4  Houston Astros 3  

Milestones[edit]

The following players reached major milestones in 2004:

500 Home Run Club[edit]

Ken Griffey, Jr – June 20

300 Wins Club[edit]

Greg Maddux – August 7, 2004

Awards[edit]

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 (DET)
Catcher Mike Matheny (SF) Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Derrek Lee (CHC) Darin Erstad (ANA)
2nd Base Luis Castillo (FLA) Bret Boone (SEA)
3rd Base Mike Lowell (FLA) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Omar Vizquel (SF) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Bobby Abreu (PHI)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
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 (LAD) 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[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

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