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2004 New York Yankees season

 

2004 New York Yankees season

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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. It is considered one of the worst collapses in baseball history.

Offseason

  • 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 to 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 standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 101 61 -- .623
Boston Red Sox 98 64 3 .605
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 23 .481
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 70 91 30½ .435
Toronto Blue Jays 67 94 33½ .416

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.[6]
  • July 22, 2004: Donzell McDonald was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[7]
  • July 31, 2004: Esteban Loaiza was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees for José Contreras and cash.[8]
  • August 3, 2004: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[9]
  • August 17, 2004: Shane Spencer signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.[10]

Roster

2004 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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

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

ALDS

New York wins the series, 3-1

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

ALCS

Game 1

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 7 10 0
New York 2 0 4 0 0 2 0 2 X 10 14 0
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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
New York 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Jon Lieber (1-0)   LP: Pedro Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
Bos: None
NYY: John Olerud (1)

Game 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 3 5 2 0 4 0 2 19 22 1
Boston 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 15 0
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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
New York 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 1
Boston 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 8 0
WP: Curtis Leskanic (1-0)   LP: Paul Quantrill (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: Alex Rodriguez (2)
Bos: David Ortiz (1)

Game 5

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
New York 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 1
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 13 1
WP: Tim Wakefield (1-0)   LP: Esteban Loaiza (0-1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
Bos: David Ortiz (2)

Game 6

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 0
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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 10 13 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 5 1
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

  • Derek Jeter, Shortstop, Gold Glove
  • Mariano Rivera, Yankees Single Season Record, Most Saves in a Season (53)

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
Short-Season A Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Tommy John
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Oscar Acosta
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Yankees; LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Tampa[11][12]

References

External links

  • 2004 New York Yankees
  • 2004 New York Yankees team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
New York Yankees
2003
AL East Championship Season
2004
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
2005
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