2004 Montreal Expos season

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2004 Montreal Expos
Final Season in Montreal
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Major League Baseball
Manager(s) Frank Robinson
Local television Réseau des sports
(Rodger Brulotte, Denis Casavant)
SCORE TV
(Sam Cosentino, Darrin Fletcher, Brett Dolan, Rance Mulliniks, Joe Block)
Local radio CKGM (AM)
(Mitch Melnick, Elliott Price, guest play-by-play broadcasters)

CKAC (AM)
(Jacques Doucet, Marc Griffin)
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In 2004, the Montreal Expos played their 36th and final season in Montreal. The team finished in fifth and last place in the National League East at 67-95, 29 games behind the Atlanta Braves. After the season, the team relocated to Washington, D.C., and became the Washington Nationals, as Major League Baseball returned to Washington, after a 33-year absence.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Banner raised during Montreal's final game in Olympic Stadium

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]

Roster[edit]

2004 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Final days[edit]

  • September 29, 2004: Hours after the announcement of the impending move to Washington DC, the Expos played their final game in Montreal, a 9–1 loss to the Florida Marlins before 31,395 fans at Olympic Stadium. On that day the MLB officially recognized the 1994 Expos as "The Best Team in Baseball" with a banner for the center field wall, (ironically that banner only lasted one game as it was the last Expos game in Montreal). The game was almost forfeited in the 8th inning when Expos fans threw golf balls onto the field in hopes of making the game longer.
  • October 2, 2004: The Expos earned their last win before becoming the Nationals, defeating the New York Mets 6–3. Brad Wilkerson hit the last home run in Expos history in the ninth inning, his 32nd of the year.
  • October 3, 2004: The New York Mets defeated Montreal 8–1 at Shea Stadium, in the final game as the Montreal Expos. Jamey Carroll scored the last Expos run and Endy Chávez became the final Expo batter in history when he grounded out in the top of the ninth to end the game. Coincidentally, Shea Stadium was where the Expos had played their first-ever game, in 1969.

The Final Game in Montreal[edit]

Scorecard[edit]

September 29, Olympic Stadium, Montréal, Québec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 0 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 9 15 1
Montreal 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2
W: Pavano (18-8)  L: Kim (4-6)   HRs: Cabrera (32)
Attendance: 31,395 Time:2:39

Batting[edit]

Florida Marlins AB R H RBI Montreal Expos AB R H RBI
Juan Pierre, CF 5 0 2 2 Brad Wilkerson, 1B 2 0 1 0
Paul LoDuca, C 4 0 0 0 Labandeira, 2B 2 0 0 0
Matt Treanor PH,C 1 0 0 0 Izturis SS 4 0 0 0
Miguel Cabrera IF 4 2 1 1 Tony Batista 3B 2 1 1 0
Mike Lowell 3B 4 1 3 0 Pascucci 1B 2 0 0 0
Mordecai 3B 1 0 0 0 Terrmel Sledge lF 4 0 0 0
Jeff Conine 1B 5 2 3 1 Rivera CF 3 0 3 1
Aguila RF 5 1 1 0 Ryan Church RF 3 0 1 0
Luis Castillo 2B 2 2 1 1 Matt Diaz C 3 0 1 0
Damion Easley PH,2B 2 0 1 0 Harris 2B,3B 3 0 0 0
Álex González SS 5 1 2 2 Kim P 0 0 0 0
Carl Pavano P 4 0 1 1 Gary Majewski P 1 0 0 0
David Weathers P 0 0 0 0 Tucker P 0 0 0 0
Seanez P 0 0 0 0 Jamey Carroll PH 1 0 0 0
Horgan p 0 0 0 0
Beltran, p 0 0 0 0
Chavez, ph 1 0 0 0
Cordero, p 0 0 0 0
Totals 42 9 15 8 Totals 31 1 7 1

Pitching[edit]

Florida Marlins IP H R ER BB SO
Pavano, W (18-8) 7.0 7 1 1 0 3
Weathers 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Seanez 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 9.0 7 1 1 0 4
Montreal Expos IP H R ER BB SO
Kim, L (4-6) 2.0 5 5 2 1 1
Majewski 2.1 2 2 2 1 1
Tucker 0.2 4 2 2 0 1
Horgan 2.0 2 0 0 0 2
Beltran 1.0 1 0 0 0 1
Cordero 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
Totals 9.0 15 9 6 2 8

The Final Game as the Expos[edit]

Scorecard[edit]

October 3, Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
New York 1 0 2 0 1 3 0 1 x 8 11 1
W: Tom Glavine (11-14)  L: John Patterson (4-7)   HRs: David Wright (14), Todd Zeile (9)
Attendance: 33,569 Time:3:10

Batting[edit]

Montreal Expos AB R H RBI New York Mets AB R H RBI
Wilkerson, 1b 3 0 0 0 Reyes, ss 4 2 1 0
Chavez, cf 1 0 0 0 Matsui, 2b 4 0 1 1
Carroll, 2b 2 1 0 0 Bell, p 0 0 0 0
Pascucci rf,1b 4 0 3 0 Franco, p 0 0 0 0
Sledge, lf 3 0 2 1 Delgado, ph 1 0 1 1
Church cf,rf 4 0 0 0 Hietpas, c 0 0 0 0
Diaz, c 4 0 0 0 Wright, 3b 3 1 2 3
Harris, 3b 3 0 0 0 Piazza, 1b 2 0 1 0
Labandeira, ss 4 0 0 0 Brazell, 1b 2 0 0 0
Patterson, p 2 0 0 0 Cameron, cf 4 0 0 0
Vargas, p 0 0 0 0 Valent, lf 4 1 2 0
Batista, ph 1 0 0 0 Williams, lf 0 0 0 0
Rauch, p 0 0 0 0 Diaz, rf 4 1 1 0
Beltran, p 0 0 0 0 Zeile, c 3 1 1 3
Izturis, ph 1 0 0 0 Garcia, ph 1 1 1 0
Fortunato, p 0 0 0 0
Glavine, p 0 1 0 0
Keppinger ph,2b 1 0 0 0
Totals 32 1 5 1 Totals 33 8 11 8

Pitching[edit]

Montreal Expos IP H R ER BB SO
Patterson, L (4-7) 4.1 4 4 4 3 3
Vargas 1.2 3 3 3 0 1
Rauch 1.0 2 0 0 0 1
Beltran 1.0 2 1 1 1 1
TOTALS 8.0 11 8 8 4 6
New York Mets IP H R ER BB SO
Glavine, W, (11-14) 6.0 3 1 1 4 5
Bell 1.2 1 0 0 0 2
Franco 0.1 1 0 0 0 0
Fortunato 1.0 0 0 0 1 2
TOTALS 9.0 5 1 1 5 9

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
Johnson, NickNick Johnson 73 251 63 .251 7 33
Gonzalez, AlexAlex Gonzalez 35 133 32 .241 4 16

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
Armas, Jr., TonyTony Armas, Jr. 16 72 2 4 4.88 54

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

Awards and honors[edit]

League leaders[edit]

  • Liván Hernández, National League Leader, Complete Games, 9
  • Liván Hernández, National League Leader, Innings Pitched, 255.0
  • Liván Hernández, National League Leader, 3,927 pitches thrown

All-Stars[edit]

2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Relocation to Washington[edit]

After several years in a holding pattern, MLB began actively looking for a relocation site for the Expos. Some of the choices included Orlando, Florida; Dayton, Ohio; Oklahoma City; Washington D.C.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Monterrey, Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Northern Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina. In the decision-making process, Commissioner Bud Selig added Las Vegas, Nevada to the list of potential Expos homes.

On September 29, 2004, MLB officially announced that the Expos would move to Washington, D.C. in 2005. The move was approved by the owners of the other teams in a 28–1 vote on December 3 (Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos cast the sole dissenting vote). In addition, on November 15, 2004, a lawsuit by the former team owners against MLB and former majority owner Jeffrey Loria was struck down by arbitrators, ending legal moves to keep the Expos in Montreal.

Retired numbers ceremony[edit]

As a tribute to the Expos, on October 18, 2005, the Montreal Canadiens honoured the departed team by raising an Expos commemorative banner, which lists the retired numbers, to the rafters of the Bell Centre. Gary Carter and Andre Dawson were at the ceremony with Youppi, who was now the Canadiens mascot. The Banner featured all of the Expos retired numbers:

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Dave Huppert
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Dave Machemer
A Brevard County Manatees Florida State League Tim Raines
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Bob Henley
Short-Season A Vermont Expos New York-Penn League Jose Alguacil
Rookie GCL Expos Gulf Coast League Arturo DeFreites

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Johnson page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/batisto01.shtml
  3. ^ a b Luis Lopez page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Orlando Cabrera page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Alex Gonzalez page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Montreal

Washington