2004 New York Yankees season
|2004 New York Yankees
2004 American League Runner-Up
|Major league affiliations|
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat)
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, Ken Singleton, Bobby Murcer, Paul O'Neill, Joe Girardi)
|Local radio||WCBS (AM)
(Charley Steiner, John Sterling)
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The New York Yankees' 2004 season was the 102nd season for the Yankees. The Yankees opened the season by playing two games against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Japan on March 30, 2004. The team finished with a record of 101-61, finishing 3 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The 2004 season was the Yankees third straight season of 100+ wins, the first such instance in franchise history. New York was managed by Joe Torre. In the playoffs, the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 1, in the ALDS, before losing to the wild card Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3, in the ALCS. The 2004 Yankees are notable as the only team in MLB history to lose a 7-game playoff series after taking a 3 games to none lead. It is considered one of the worst collapses in baseball history.
- October 27, 2003: Luis Sojo was released by the New York Yankees.
- December 16, 2003: Nick Johnson was traded by the New York Yankees with Randy Choate and Juan Rivera to the Montreal Expos for Javier Vázquez.
- December 23, 2003: Buddy Carlyle was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- January 6, 2004: Kenny Lofton signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- February 5, 2004: Mike Lamb was traded by the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees for Jose Garcia (minors).
- February 16, 2004: The New York Yankees sent Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named to later were sent to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Alex Rodriguez. The New York Yankees sent Joaquin Arias (April 23, 2004) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.
- March 25, 2004: Mike Lamb was traded by the New York Yankees to the Houston Astros for Juan DeLeon (minors).
Regular season 
Season standings 
|New York Yankees||101||61||--||.623|
|Boston Red Sox||98||64||3||.605|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||70||91||30½||.435|
|Toronto Blue Jays||67||94||33½||.416|
Notable transactions 
- June 7, 2004: Phil Hughes was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.
- July 22, 2004: Donzell McDonald was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- July 31, 2004: Esteban Loaiza was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees for José Contreras and cash.
- August 3, 2004: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
- August 17, 2004: Shane Spencer signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
|2004 New York Yankees|
Player stats 
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Other batters 
Starting pitchers 
Other pitchers 
Relief pitchers 
New York wins the series, 3-1
|1||New York 0, Minnesota 2||October 5|
|2||New York 7, Minnesota 6||October 6|
|3||New York 8, Minnesota 4||October 8|
|4||New York 6, Minnesota 5||October 9|
Game 1 
|WP: Mike Mussina (1-0) LP: Curt Schilling (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Bos: Jason Varitek (1)
NYY: Kenny Lofton (1)
Game 2 
|WP: Jon Lieber (1-0) LP: Pedro Martínez (0-1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
NYY: John Olerud (1)
Game 3 
|WP: Javier Vázquez (1-0) LP: Ramiro Mendoza (0-1)
NYY: Hideki Matsui 2 (2), Alex Rodriguez (1), Gary Sheffield (1)
Bos: Trot Nixon (1), Jason Varitek (2)
Game 4 
|WP: Curtis Leskanic (1-0) LP: Paul Quantrill (0-1)
NYY: Alex Rodriguez (2)
Bos: David Ortiz (1)
Game 5 
|WP: Tim Wakefield (1-0) LP: Esteban Loaiza (0-1)
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
Bos: David Ortiz (2)
Game 6 
|WP: Curt Schilling (1-1) LP: Jon Lieber (1-1) Sv: Keith Foulke (1)
Bos: Mark Bellhorn (1)
NYY: Bernie Williams (2)
Game 7 
|WP: Derek Lowe (1-0) LP: Kevin Brown (0-1)
Bos: David Ortiz (3), Johnny Damon 2 (3), Mark Bellhorn (2)
Awards and records 
- Derek Jeter, Shortstop, Gold Glove
- Mariano Rivera, Yankees Single Season Record, Most Saves in a Season (53)
2004 MLB All-Star Game
- Jason Giambi, First Baseman, Starter
- Alex Rodriguez, Third Baseman, Starter
- Derek Jeter, Shortstop, Starter
- Mariano Rivera, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
- Javier Vasquez, Pitcher, Reserve
- Hideki Matsui, Outfield, Reserve
- Gary Sheffield, Outfield, Reserve
Farm system 
- Alfonso Soriano Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Philip Hughes Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Esteban Loaiza Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- John Olerud Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Shane Spencer Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
- Baseball America 2005 Annual Directory
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