2004 Baseball Season

More 2004 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 2004 baseball season, including Mariano Rivera saving 53 games and Pirates outfielder Jason Bay being named National League Rookie of the Year.

  • Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford emerges as one of the American League's most exciting players, leading in triples (19) and stolen bases (59).
  • Atlanta's Julio Franco, who is at least 45, raps .309 over 125 games.
  • Schilling leads the junior circuit with 21 wins.
  • Mariano Rivera of the Yanks saves 53 games, pacing the American League for the third time.
  • Boston trades superstar shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs on July 31.
  • Rangers reliever Frank Francisco, involved in an argument with a fan, causes injuries when he throws a chair into the stands at Oakland on September 13.
  • Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby (22 homers) is named 2004 American League ROTY.
  • Pirates outfielder Jason Bay (.282 with 26 homers) is the 2004 National League ROTY.
  • Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre wins his first home run crown (48).
  • Brewers outfielder Scott Podsednik hits .244 but leads the majors with 70 stolen bases.
  • The Diamondbacks finish 51-111, the worst record for a National League club since 1965.
  • The Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson, age 41, paces the majors with 290 strikeouts. His 2.60 ERA ranks second in the National League.
  • One of Johnson's 16 wins is a perfect game at Atlanta on May l8.
  • Rockies infielder Vinny Castilla tops the National League with 131 RBI.
  • Pittsburgh's Craig Wilson is hit by 30 pitches, the majors' highest total since 1998.
  • The Indians rout the Yankees 22-0 on August 31.
  • Jason Schmidt of the Giants fires two one-hitters en route to an 18-7 season.
  • Beltran, dealt to Houston, clubs 23 homers in 90 games for his new team. He also swipes 28 bases without being caught for the Astros.
  • Albert Pujols of St. Louis tops the majors with 389 total bases.
  • Pujols hits .331 with 51 doubles and 46 homers.
  • Colorado's Todd Helton bats .347 with 49 doubles and 32 homers.
  • Cubs righty Greg Maddux wins his 300th career game on August 7 at San Francisco.
  • Maddux wins his 14th Gold Glove.
  • Thanks to spacious new Petco Park, the Padres hit just 57 homers in 81 home contests. They club 82 big flys on the road.
  • Japanese relievers Shingo Takatsu of the White Sox and Akinori Otsuka of the Padres finish among the top three rookies in their respective leagues in ROTY voting.
  • Ken Griffey, Jr., swats his 500th home run on June 20.
  • The American League wins yet another All-Star Game, blowing out the National League 9-4 at Houston on July 13.
  • San Diego's Mark Loretta raps .335 (third in the National League) with 208 hits.
  • In position to win the National League wildcard, the Cubs collapse in the final week, losing five straight at home.
  • Philadelphia opens Citizens Bank Park after having played in Veterans Stadium since 1971.
  • The Phillies, expected by many to win the National League East, instead finish a disappointing second. Manager Larry Bowa is fired.
  • In anticipation of Hurricane Ivan, the Marlins are forced to play two "home games" vs. the Montreal Expos at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field on September 13-14.
  • A long-suppressed steroids scandal rears its head throughout the season and after the World Series. Several superstar players, including Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds, are implicated.
  • Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP, dies on October 10 of drug-related heart problems.
  • Former Reds owner Marge Schott dies on March 2.
  • The Montreal Expos, a National League franchise since 1969, play their final game on October 3. The franchise moves to Washington for 2005.

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