2004 Season News

Seattle Mariners sensation Ichiro Suzuki broke George Sisler's 1920 single season hitting record during an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. With fans still cheering, Suzuki ran to the first-base seats and shook hands with Sisler's 81-year-old daughter and other members of the Hall of Famer's family. After Suzuki's record breaking 258th hit, he scored his 100th run of the season when the Mariners batted around in the third, taking a 6-2 lead on six hits.

San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds continued his relentless assault on the major league record books in 2004. His season highlights included: (September 17th) Hit his 700th career homer, off San Diego's Jake Peavy. (September 11th) Broke his own record for walks in a season and became the first player to earn two-hundred free passes in one campaign. (August 29th) Recorded his sixty-eighth career multi-homer game, passing Mark McGwire for second all-time. (August 13th) Singled in his 1,813th run, passing Frank Robinson for fourteenth on the all-time RBI list. (July 10th) Broke his own record for intentional walks in a season with the first of three in the game. (July 8th) Passed Eddie Murray (5,397) for eighth place on the all-time total bases list. (July 4th) Received two walks from the Athletics to tie and break Rickey Henderson's all-time walks record. (June 13th) Hit his 500th homer as a Giant. (June 12th) Homered off the 400th different pitcher of his career, Baltimore's Rodrigo Lopez. (May 28th) Hit his tenth career walk-off homer, a two-run shot off Colorado's Tim Harikkala. (April 29th) Hit his 668th career homer, giving him and his late father Bobby a combined one-thousand home runs. (April 17th) Scored his 2,063rd run, putting him alone in seventh place all-time, with a solo homer off Los Angeles' Darren Dreifort. (April 13th) Hit his 661st career homer, off Milwaukee's Ben Ford, to assume sole possession of third place on the all-time list. (April 12th) Hit his 660th career homer, off Milwaukee's Matt Kinney, to tie godfather Willie Mays for third on the all-time list.

America's "National Pastime" returned to the capital for the first time in thirty-three years after Major League Baseball approved the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington DC. Ironically, the announcement came one day before the anniversary of the original Washington Senators' final game (before moving to Texas) in 1971. The relocation of the Expos was subject to certain contingencies, including a vote by team owners in November and passage of legislation by Washington's City Council to build a ballpark on the Anacostia River waterfront.

One day after the death of former baseball star Ken Caminiti (an admitted steroid user) U.S. lawmakers passed legislation allowing tighter government regulation of steroid precursors. In doing so, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act added androstenedione, norandrosterone and similar testosterone-production enhancing substances to a list of anabolic steroids regarded as controlled substances. Caminiti, who had played in the major leagues for fifteen years, died of an apparent heart attack at age forty-one. He had admitted to using steroids during his Most Valuable Player season in 1996, when he hit .326 with forty home runs and one-hundred thirty runs batted in for the San Diego Padres.
2004 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 101-61 -
Boston Red Sox 98-64 3.0
Baltimore Orioles 78-84 23.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 70-91 30.5
Toronto Blue Jays 67-94 33.5
2004 American League Central
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 92-70 -
Chicago White Sox 83-79 9.0
Cleveland Indians 80-82 12.0
Detroit Tigers 72-90 20.0
Kansas City Royals 58-104 34.0
2004 American League West
Team Record GB
Anaheim Angels 92-70 -
Oakland Athletics 91-71 1.0
Texas Rangers 89-73 3.0
Seattle Mariners 63-99 29.0
2004 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 96-66 -
Philadelphia Phillies 86-76 10.0
Florida Marlins 83-79 13.0
New York Mets 71-91 25.0
Montreal Expos 67-95 29.0
2004 National League Central
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 105-57 -
Houston Astros 92-70 13.0
Chicago Cubs 89-73 16.0
Cincinnati Reds 76-86 29.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 72-89 32.5
Milwaukee Brewers 67-94 37.5
2004 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 93-69 -
San Francisco Giants 91-71 2.0
San Diego Padres 87-75 6.0
Colorado Rockies 68-94 25.0
Arizona Diamondbacks 51-111 42.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 101 61 0.623 897 5.54 808 4.99 242 182 0.268 0.347 0.458 4.69 445 1058 0.984 148
Boston Red Sox 98 64 0.605 949 5.86 768 4.74 222 159 0.282 0.356 0.472 4.18 447 1132 0.981 129
Anaheim Angels 92 70 0.568 836 5.16 734 4.53 162 170 0.282 0.335 0.429 4.28 502 1164 0.985 126
Minnesota Twins 92 70 0.568 780 4.81 715 4.41 191 167 0.266 0.327 0.431 4.03 431 1123 0.984 158
Oakland Athletics 91 71 0.562 793 4.90 742 4.58 189 164 0.270 0.340 0.433 4.17 544 1034 0.986 172
Texas Rangers 89 73 0.549 860 5.31 794 4.90 227 182 0.266 0.326 0.457 4.53 547 979 0.981 152
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 865 5.34 831 5.13 242 224 0.268 0.328 0.457 4.91 527 1013 0.984 167
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 858 5.30 857 5.29 184 201 0.276 0.346 0.444 4.81 579 1115 0.983 152
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 0.481 842 5.20 830 5.12 169 159 0.281 0.342 0.432 4.70 687 1090 0.982 161
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 827 5.10 844 5.21 201 190 0.272 0.334 0.449 4.93 530 995 0.977 160
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 70 91 0.435 714 4.43 842 5.23 145 192 0.258 0.317 0.405 4.81 580 923 0.980 139
Toronto Blue Jays 67 94 0.416 719 4.47 823 5.11 145 181 0.260 0.323 0.403 4.91 608 956 0.985 150
Seattle Mariners 63 99 0.389 698 4.31 823 5.08 136 212 0.270 0.328 0.396 4.76 575 1036 0.983 140
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 720 4.44 905 5.59 150 208 0.259 0.316 0.397 5.15 518 887 0.978 169
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 0.648 855 5.28 659 4.07 214 169 0.278 0.343 0.460 3.75 440 1041 0.985 154
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 803 4.96 668 4.12 178 154 0.270 0.339 0.434 3.74 523 1025 0.981 171
Los Angeles Dodgers 93 69 0.574 761 4.70 684 4.22 203 178 0.262 0.327 0.423 4.01 521 1066 0.988 145
Houston Astros 92 70 0.568 803 4.96 698 4.31 187 174 0.267 0.338 0.436 4.05 525 1282 0.983 136
San Francisco Giants 91 71 0.562 850 5.25 770 4.75 183 161 0.270 0.353 0.438 4.29 548 1020 0.984 153
Chicago Cubs 89 73 0.549 789 4.87 665 4.10 235 169 0.268 0.326 0.458 3.81 545 1346 0.986 126
San Diego Padres 87 75 0.537 768 4.74 705 4.35 139 184 0.273 0.340 0.414 4.03 422 1079 0.982 146
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 840 5.19 781 4.82 215 214 0.267 0.342 0.443 4.45 502 1070 0.987 142
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 718 4.43 700 4.32 148 166 0.264 0.325 0.406 4.10 513 1116 0.986 153
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 750 4.63 907 5.60 194 236 0.250 0.324 0.418 5.19 572 992 0.981 123
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 0.447 680 4.22 744 4.62 142 149 0.260 0.312 0.401 4.29 576 1079 0.983 189
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 684 4.22 731 4.51 185 156 0.249 0.312 0.409 4.09 592 977 0.978 144
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 833 5.14 923 5.70 202 198 0.275 0.342 0.455 5.54 697 947 0.986 161
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 0.416 634 3.94 757 4.70 135 164 0.248 0.315 0.387 4.24 476 1098 0.981 132
Montreal Expos 67 95 0.414 635 3.92 769 4.75 151 191 0.249 0.311 0.392 4.33 582 1032 0.984 171
Arizona Diamondbacks 51 111 0.315 615 3.80 899 5.55 135 197 0.253 0.308 0.393 4.98 668 1153 0.977 144