2004 Major League Baseball season

2004 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 4 – October 27, 2004
Top draft pick Matt Bush
Picked by San Diego Padres
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
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
Champions Boston Red Sox
  Runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series MVP Manny Ramirez (BOS)

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 first team in MLB history and the third team from a major North American professional sports league to ever come back from a 3–0 postseason series deficit, in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

The Montreal Expos would play their last season in Montreal, before re-locating to Washington DC, becoming the Washington Nationals in 2005.

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGIchiro Suzuki SEA.372Barry Bonds SF.362
HRManny Ramírez BOS43Adrián Beltré LA48
RBIMiguel Tejada BAL150Vinny Castilla COL131
WinsCurt Schilling BOS21Roy Oswalt HOU20
ERAJohan Santana MIN2.61Jake Peavy SD2.27
SOJohan Santana MIN265Randy Johnson ARI290
SVMariano Rivera NYY53Armando Benítez FLA
Jason Isringhausen STL
SBCarl Crawford TB59Scott Podsednik MIL70

Major league baseball final standings


American League

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 Peña
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

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

±hosted the MLB All Star Game



  • World Series Champions – Boston Red Sox
  • Playoffs – October 4 to 27, 2004.
  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 NY Yankees 3  
3 Minnesota 1  
  1 NY Yankees 3  
American League
  4 Boston 4  
2 Anaheim 0
  4 Boston 3  
    AL4 Boston 4
  NL1 St. Louis 0
  1 St. Louis 3  
3 Los Angeles 1  
  1 St. Louis 4
National League
  4 Houston 3  
2 Atlanta 2
  4 Houston 3  


The following players reached major milestones in 2004:

Perfect game

Randy Johnson pitched the 17th perfect game in MLB history on May 18, 2004.

4000 strikeouts

Randy Johnson struck out Jeff Cirillo on June 29, 2004 for his 4000th strikeout.

500 Home Run Club

Ken Griffey, Jr – June 20

300 Wins Club

Greg Maddux – August 7, 2004

Single-Season Hits Record Broken

Ichiro Suzuki – 262 Hits (broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257)

Walk-off home runs

There were a total of 80 walk-off home runs, which was then the MLB single-season record until 2018.[1]


Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the YearJason Bay (PIT)Bobby Crosby (OAK)
Cy Young AwardRoger Clemens (HOU)Johan Santana (MIN)
Manager of the YearBobby Cox (ATL)Buck Showalter (TEX)
Most Valuable PlayerBarry Bonds (SF)Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
PitcherGreg Maddux (CHC)Kenny Rogers (TEX)
CatcherMike Matheny (STL)Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st BaseTodd Helton (COL)Darin Erstad (ANA)
2nd BaseLuis Castillo (FLA)Bret Boone (SEA)
3rd BaseScott Rolen (STL)Eric Chavez (OAK)
ShortstopCesar Izturis (LA)Derek Jeter (NYY)
OutfieldAndruw Jones (ATL)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Steve Finley (ARI/LA)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher/Designated HitterLiván Hernández (MTL)David Ortiz (BOS)
CatcherJohnny Estrada (ATL)Víctor Martínez (CLE)
Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st BaseAlbert Pujols (STL)Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd BaseMark Loretta (SD)Alfonso Soriano (TEX)
3rd BaseAdrián Beltré (LA)Melvin Mora (BAL)
ShortstopJack Wilson (PIT)Miguel Tejada (BAL)
OutfieldBobby Abreu (PHI)
Barry Bonds (SF)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Gary Sheffield (NYY)

Other awards

Player of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Carlos BeltránBarry Bonds
May Melvin MoraLance Berkman
June Iván RodríguezJim Thome
July Mark TeixeiraJim Edmonds
August Ichiro SuzukiBarry Bonds
September Vladimir GuerreroAdrián Beltré

Pitcher of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Kevin BrownRoger Clemens
May Mark BuehrleJason Schmidt
June Mark MulderCarl Pavano
July Johan SantanaRuss Ortiz
August Johan SantanaJake Peavy
September Johan SantanaCarlos Zambrano

Rookie of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Gerald LairdKhalil Greene
May Kevin YoukilisTerrmel Sledge
June Bobby CrosbyJason Bay
July Robb QuinlanJason Bay
August Frank FranciscoKhalil Greene
September Ross GloadJason Bay

See also


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