2004 Baseball Season Highlights
The 2004 baseball season was a big one for the Boston Red Sox who finally lifted the "curse of the bambino." The Red Sox had been without a World Series victory since 1918, making victory so much sweeter when they overcame the Cardinals. Below, you will find the highlights from the 2004 baseball season:
- Houston, left for dead in August, wins 28 of its last 35 games under midseason managerial hire Phil Garner to capture the National League wildcard.
- The Braves, winners of the National League East, fall to Houston in a five-game NLDS.
- The National League Central champion Cardinals dispose of West champ Los Angeles in a four-game NLDS.
- St. Louis wins a thrilling NLCS in seven games.
- Houston outfielder Carlos Beltran clubs four homers in the NLDS and four more in the NLCS.
- Wildcard winner Boston sweeps a three-game ALDS from West champion Anaheim.
- New York defeats pesky Minnesota in four ALDS games.
- Boston falls behind three games to none in the ALCS before staging a shocking comeback, taking four straight from the Yankees.
- The Red Sox finish with eight straight wins, as they sweep St. Louis in four games to win the 2004 World Series.
- Boston's Manny Ramirez is named 2004 World Series MVP after hitting .412 with four RBI.
- Curt Schilling of Boston starts and wins game two of the 2004 World Series despite pitching with a torn tendon in his right ankle.
- Boston's David Ortiz drives in 19 runs in the postseason.
- Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero is named 2004 American League MVP.
- Guerrero bats .337 with 39 home runs and tops the American League in runs (124) and total bases (366).
- Twins lefty Johan Santana (20-6) is the American League Cy Young Award winner, garnering all 28 first-place votes.
- Santana's league-leading 2.61 ERA is more than two runs below the American League's average. He also leads the junior loop with 265 strikeouts.
- Barry Bonds of the Giants wins his seventh National League MVP Award.
- Bonds leads the National League in BA (.362), OBP (a record .609), and SA (.812).
- Bonds homers 45 times in only 373 at-bats.
- Bonds belts his 700th career home run on September 17.
- Bonds breaks his own single-season major-league record with an eye-popping 232 walks -- 120 of which are intentional.
- Bonds breaks the major league career walk record, previously held by Rickey Henderson, on July 4. He finishes the season with 2,302.
- Roger Clemens, coming out of retirement to sign with the Astros, wins his seventh Cy Young Award.
- Clemens, at age 42, finishes 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 218 strikeouts.
- Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle sets an all-time major league record with 262 hits, breaking George Sisler's mark of 257.
- Suzuki's .372 average is the best in the junior circuit since 1980.
- Miguel Tejada, in his first year as Baltimore's shortstop, knocks in 150 runs to pace the major leagues.
- Tejada wins the Home Run Derby with a record 27 total homers.
- Manny Ramirez tops the American League with 43 homers and a .613 SA.
- Catcher Ivan Rodriguez signs with Detroit and hits .334 with 86 RBI.
- Rodriguez wins his 11th Gold Glove, a record for catchers.
- St. Louis racks up 105 wins, the most in baseball and the highest National League total since 1998.
- The Yankees' 101 wins are the most in the American League.
- Baltimore's Melvin Mora hits .340 with 27 homers and paces the American League with a .419 OBP.
- Brian Roberts of the Orioles hits .273 with just four homers, but he leads the American League with 50 doubles.
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