2004 Seattle Mariners season

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2004 Seattle Mariners
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Hiroshi Yamauchi, represented by Howard Lincoln
Manager(s) Bob Melvin
Local television KSTW 11
FSN Northwest
Local radio KOMO (AM) 710 AM(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs, Ron Fairly, Dave Valle, Dave Henderson)
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The Seattle Mariners 2004 season was their 28th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing at the bottom of the American League West, finishing with a record of 63-99. Ichiro Suzuki set the major league record for hits in a season on October 1, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of early singles as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3.[1]

Offseason[edit]

  • December 15, 2003: Quinton McCracken was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Seattle Mariners for Greg Colbrunn and cash.[2]
  • December 19, 2003: Scott Spiezio was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Ichiro Suzuki set the major league record for hits in a season on October 1, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of early singles as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3.[4] It was his 258th hit of the season. Later in the game, Suzuki got another hit, giving him 259 this season and a major league-leading .373 average. Fireworks exploded after Suzuki's big hit reached the outfield, creating a haze over Safeco Field, and his teammates mobbed him at first base. The crowd of 45,573 was the ninth sellout this season.[4] After the record breaking hit, Suzuki ran to the first-base seats, bowed respectfully and then shook hands with Sisler's 81-year-old daughter, Frances Sisler Drochelman, and other members of the Hall of Famer's family.[4] Fans in downtown Tokyo watched Suzuki in sports bars and on big-screen monitors. Seattle's hitting coach that season was Paul Molitor. Sisler set the hits record in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns over a 154-game schedule. Suzuki broke it in the Mariners' 160th game.[4] Suzuki's hit came off Ryan Drese, boosting Suzuki to 10-for-20 lifetime against him. Suzuki's sixth-inning infield single came off John Wasdin. After Suzuki's 258th hit, he scored his 100th run of the season when the Mariners batted around in the third, taking a 6-2 lead on six hits.[4] Suzuki's first-inning single was his 919th hit in the majors, breaking the record for most hits over a four-year span. Bill Terry of the New York Giants set the previous record of 918 hits from 1929-32.[4] Suzuki has 921 hits in four seasons.

Opening Day box score[edit]

Mariners' lineup[edit]

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA
Ichiro Suzuki (RF) 4 1 1 0 1 1 .250
Randy Winn (CF) 5 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Bret Boone (2B) 5 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Raúl Ibañez (LF) 3 1 1 0 1 1 .333
Edgar Martínez (DH) 3 0 1 1 1 2 .000
John Olerud (1B) 4 1 1 0 0 0 .000
Rich Aurilia (SS) 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250
Dan Wilson (C) 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250
Willie Bloomquist (3B) 2 0 1 1 0 1 .500

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Draft[edit]

In the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, the Mariners selected Matt Tuiasosopo in the third round for their first pick overall.[6] Out of the 48 players selected by the Mariners in 2004, 5 have played in Major League Baseball including Tuiasosopo, Rob Johnson, Mark Lowe, Michael Saunders, and James Russell.[6]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Anaheim Angels 92 70 0.568 45–36 47–34
Oakland Athletics 91 71 0.562 1 52–29 39–42
Texas Rangers 89 73 0.549 3 51–30 38–43
Seattle Mariners 63 99 0.389 29 38–44 25–55


Transactions[edit]

  • June 9, 2004: Quinton McCracken was released by the Seattle Mariners.[2]
  • July 27, 2004: John Olerud was released by the Seattle Mariners.[7]
  • August 6, 2004: Bill Pulsipher was purchased by the Seattle Mariners from the Long Island Ducks (Atlantic).[8]
  • September 13, 2004: Bill Pulsipher was released by the Seattle Mariners.[8]

Roster[edit]

2004 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[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

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Dan Rohn
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Dave Brundage
A Inland Empire 66ers California League Steve Roadcap
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Daren Brown
Short-Season A Everett AquaSox Northwest League Pedro Grifol
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Scott Steinmann

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References[edit]

  • Game Logs:
1st Half: Seattle Mariners Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Seattle Mariners Game Log on ESPN.com
  1. ^ Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.56, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  2. ^ a b Quinton McCracken Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Scott Spiezio Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b c d e f "SI.com - MLB - Ichiro breaks single-season hits record - Saturday October 2, 2004 2:15AM". CNN. October 1, 2004. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  5. ^ 2004 Seattle Mariners Roster by Baseball Almanac
  6. ^ a b "2004 Seattle Mariners Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ John Olerud Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ a b Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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