2004 New York Yankees season

2004 New York Yankees
2004 American League East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 101–61 (.623)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
General manager(s) Brian Cashman
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WCBS-TV
YES Network
(Michael Kay, Jim Kaat, Ken Singleton, Bobby Murcer, Paul O'Neill, Joe Girardi)
Local radio WCBS (AM)
(John Sterling, Charley Steiner)
(Armando Tallavara)
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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.


  • October 27, 2003: Luis Sojo was released by the New York Yankees.[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • December 23, 2003: Buddy Carlyle was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[3]
  • 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).[4]
  • February 16, 2004: The New York Yankees sent Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named 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.[5]
  • March 25, 2004: Mike Lamb was traded by the New York Yankees to the Houston Astros for Juan DeLeon (minors).[4]

Regular season

Season Summary


Derek Jeter dives into stands chasing and catching a pop up in the 12th inning of a 3 to 3 game against the Boston Red Sox, the play was later named the dive.


On August 31 the Yankees had their worst loss in history by run differential, losing 22–0 to the Cleveland Indians.


On September 30 the Yankees clinched their division.[6]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 10161 0.623 57–24 44–37
Boston Red Sox 9864 0.605 3 55–26 43–38
Baltimore Orioles 7884 0.481 23 38–43 40–41
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7091 0.435 30½ 41–39 29–52
Toronto Blue Jays 6794 0.416 33½ 40–41 27–53

Record vs. opponents

2004 American League Records

Anaheim 6–34–55–44–57–27–05–45–410–913–76–19–104–57–11
Baltimore 3–610–92–43–36–06–34–55–140–77–211–85–211–85–13
Boston 5–49–104–23–46–14–22–411–88–15–414–54–514–59–9
Chicago 4–54–22–410–98–1113–69–103–42–77–24–26–33–48–10
Cleveland 5–43–34–39–109–1011–87–122–46–35–43–31–85–210–8
Detroit 2–70–61–611–810–98–117–124–34–55–43–34–54–29–9
Kansas City 0–73–62–46–138–1111–87–121–52–72–53–64–53–36–12
Minnesota 4–55–44–210–912–712–712–72–42–55–44–55–24–211–7
New York 4–514–58–114–34–23–45–14–27–26–315–45–412–710–8
Oakland 9–107–01–87–23–65–47–25–22–711–87–211–96–310–8
Seattle 7–132–74–52–74–54–55–24–53–68–112–57–122–79–9
Tampa Bay 1–68–115–142–43–33–36–35–44–152–75–22–79–915–3
Texas 10–92–55–43–68–15–45–42–54–59–1112–77–27–210–8
Toronto 5–48–115–144–32–52–43–32–47–123–67–29–92–78–10

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.[7]
  • July 22, 2004: Donzell McDonald was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[8]
  • July 31, 2004: Esteban Loaiza was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees for José Contreras and cash.[9]
  • August 3, 2004: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[10]
  • August 17, 2004: Shane Spencer signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[11]


2004 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Game Log

Yankees Win Yankees Loss Game Postponed
Game Log[12]

Player stats


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
Jorge Pasada, C 137 449 122 .272 21 81
Tony Clark, 1B 106 253 56 .221 16 49
Miguel Cairo, 2B 122 360 105 .292 6 42
Derek Jeter, SS 154 643 188 .292 23 78
Alex Rodriguez, 3B 155 601 172 .286 36 106
Hideki Matsui, LF 162 584 174 .298 31 108
Bernie Williams, CF 148 561 147 .262 22 70
Gary Sheffield, RF 154 573 166 .290 36 121
Ruben Sierra, DH 107 307 75 .244 17 65

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO


New York wins the series, 3-1

1New York 0, Minnesota 2October 5
2New York 7, Minnesota 6October 6
3New York 8, Minnesota 4October 8
4New York 6, Minnesota 5October 9


Game 1

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WP: Mike Mussina (1-0)   LP: Curt Schilling (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
Bos: Jason Varitek (1)
NYY: Kenny Lofton (1)

Game 2

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WP: Jon Lieber (1-0)   LP: Pedro Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
Bos: None
NYY: John Olerud (1)

Game 3

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WP: Javier Vázquez (1-0)   LP: Ramiro Mendoza (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: Hideki Matsui 2 (2), Alex Rodriguez (1), Gary Sheffield (1)
Bos: Trot Nixon (1), Jason Varitek (2)

Game 4

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WP: Curtis Leskanic (1-0)   LP: Paul Quantrill (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: Alex Rodriguez (2)
Bos: David Ortiz (1)

Game 5

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WP: Tim Wakefield (1-0)   LP: Esteban Loaiza (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
Bos: David Ortiz (2)

Game 6

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WP: Curt Schilling (1-1)   LP: Jon Lieber (1-1)   Sv: Keith Foulke (1)
Home runs:
Bos: Mark Bellhorn (1)
NYY: Bernie Williams (2)

Game 7

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WP: Derek Lowe (1-0)   LP: Kevin Brown (0-1)
Home runs:
Bos: David Ortiz (3), Johnny Damon 2 (3), Mark Bellhorn (2)
NYY: None

Awards and records

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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Bucky Dent
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League Stump Merrill
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Bill Masse
A Battle Creek Yankees Midwest League Mitch Seoane and Bill Mosiello
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Tommy John
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Oscar Acosta



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  5. Alfonso Soriano Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  6. James B. (2004). The Bill James Handbook 2005.Chicago, Il: ACTA sports
  7. Philip Hughes Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  8. https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mcdondo01.shtml
  9. Esteban Loaiza Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  10. John Olerud Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  11. Shane Spencer Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  12. http://gd2.mlb.com/content/game/mlb/year_2004/
  13. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  14. Baseball America 2005 Annual Directory
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