2004 Kansas City Royals season

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2004 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) David Glass
Manager(s) Tony Pena
Local television KMCI
Royals Sports Television Network
(Ryan Lefebvre, Paul Splittorff, Denny Matthews, Bob Davis)
Local radio WHB
(Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, Fred White, Paul Splittorff, Bob Davis)
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The 2004 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 58 wins and 104 losses. It was one of the most disappointing seasons in Royals' history. The team had been picked by many sporting magazines to win the AL Central following their third place finish in 2003. Tony Pena, then the Royals manager, guaranteed a Central division crown during an early season slump. He did not even finish the season with the club. He resigned and Buddy Bell was soon named manager.

Injuries of veteran acquisitions did the Royals in. Catcher Benito Santiago and outfielder Juan González both played very few games for the boys in blue. Mike Sweeney was also injured during the campaign.


  • January 6, 2004: Juan Gonzalez signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.[1]
  • January 16, 2004: Doug Linton was signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 92 70 0.568 49–32 43–38
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 9 46–35 37–44
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 12 44–37 36–45
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 20 38–43 34–47
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 34 33–47 25–57


  • July 30, 2004: Justin Huber was traded by the New York Mets to the Kansas City Royals for Jose Bautista.[3]


2004 Kansas City Royals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats[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


Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals Pacific Coast League Mike Jirschele
AA Wichita Wranglers Texas League Frank White
A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Billy Gardner, Jr.
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Jim Gabella
Rookie AZL Royals Arizona League Lloyd Simmons
Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars Pioneer League Brian Rupp



  1. ^ Juan Gonzalez Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lintodo01.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/huberju01.shtml
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  5. ^ Baseball America 2005 Annual Directory