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Encyclopedia > 2004 Minnesota Twins season
2004 Minnesota Twins
AL Central Champions
Major league affiliations
2004 Uniform
Location
2004 Information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television FSN North/Victory Sports Network
Local radio 830 WCCO AM

The 2004 Minnesota Twins met their goal of three-peating as American League Central Division champions. The team was able to do this in spite of several new players and the absence of three former all-stars. Closer Eddie Guardado, set-up man LaTroy Hawkins, starter Eric Milton, and catcher A.J. Pierzynski had all been dealt prior to the beginning of the season, while first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was traded midway through the season. The season had both highs – such as Johan Santana winning the Cy Young Award – and lows, such as highly anticipated rookie catcher Joe Mauer injuring his knee and playing for only 35 games. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, the team was not able to carry its regular season success into the postseason. The New York Yankees eliminated the Twins for the second year in a row in four games in the 2004 American League Division Series. The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The American League Central Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Image File history File links MIN_1190. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1901 throughout the world. ... The American League Central Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Image File history File links Al_2005_minnesota_01. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... Carl Pohlad (b. ... Ronald Clyde Gardenhire (born October 24, 1957 in Butzbach, West Germany) is a manager in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins in the American League. ... FSN North is a regional sports network serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa and the eastern parts of North Dakota and South Dakota. ... The Minnesota Twins baseball team launched the Victory Sports Network as a cable and satellite television regional sports network in October 2003. ... WCCO is a radio station with a storied history spanning more than 80 years that serves the Minneapolis-St. ... The AL Central Divison consists of the following teams: Minnesota Twins Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers Cleveland Indians Kansas City Royals ... Edward Adrian “Eddie” Guardado (born October 2, 1970 in Stockton, California) is a closer in Major League Baseball who plays for the Cincinnati Reds. ... LaTroy Hawkins (born December 21, 1972 in Gary, Indiana) is a current Major League relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. ... Eric Milton (born August 4, 1975 in State College, Pennsylvania) is an American left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Cincinnati Reds. ... Anthony John A.J. Pierzynski [peer-ZIN-skee] (born December 30, 1976 in Bridgehampton, New York) is a Major League Baseball catcher who has played for the Chicago White Sox since 2005. ... Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz [mint-KAY-vich] (born June 19, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio) is a first baseman, known for his sparkling defensive play on the field more-so than his abilities with the bat. ... Johan Alexander Santana (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... Joseph Patrick Mauer (born April 19, 1983) is a major league catcher in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... In the 2004 American League Division Series, the Boston Red Sox swept the Anaheim Angels in 3 games, and the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 3 games to 1. ...

Contents

Offense

For a playoff team, the offense was not strong. This was partly due to injuries and starters absent from the lineup. Lew Ford surprised many by batting .299 in his first full year in the major leagues. Free agent acquisition Jose Offerman saw a majority of time in the designated hitter spot, but hit only .256 with two home runs. Shannon Stewart did hit .304, but injuries limited him to 378 at bats. In 107 at bats, Mauer was able to hit .307. In his absence, catcher Henry Blanco hit only .206. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz’s hitting continued to decline, as hit .246 with five home runs before being dealt to the Boston Red Sox. Lew Ford (born Jon Lewis Ford on August 12, 1976 in Beaumont, Texas, USA) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. ... David Ortiz standing in the batters box as a designated hitter in a 2006 game. ... Shannon Harold Stewart (born February 25, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and one of the most free-swinging lead-off hitters in the game. ... Henry Ramón Blanco (born August 29, 1971 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball catcher and right-handed batter who plays in the National League for the Chicago Cubs. ... Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz [mint-KAY-vich] (born June 19, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio) is a first baseman, known for his sparkling defensive play on the field more-so than his abilities with the bat. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004...

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Corey Koskie 25
RBI Torii Hunter 81
BA Lew Ford .299
Runs Lew Ford 89

Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps more than any other sport. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... Cordel Leonard Corey Koskie (born June 28, 1973 in Anola, Manitoba, Canada) is a Major League Baseball player currently with the Milwaukee Brewers. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Torii Kedar Hunter (born July 18, 1975 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who currently plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Lew Ford (born Jon Lewis Ford on August 12, 1976 in Beaumont, Texas, USA) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... Lew Ford (born Jon Lewis Ford on August 12, 1976 in Beaumont, Texas, USA) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. ...

Pitching

Brad Radke was the opening day starter, but he was soon overshadowed by Johan Santana’s Cy Young year. Radke, Santana, and Carlos Silva anchored the starting rotation. Unfortunately, Kyle Lohse had a bad year that saw his ERA balloon to 5.34, while the fifth spot in the rotation was nebulous. (41-year-old Terry Mulholland made 15 starts, while Seth Greisinger made nine.) Brad Radke (born October 27, 1972), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. ... Johan Alexander Santana (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... Carlos Silva (born April 23, 1979 in Bolívar State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins (2004-present). ... Kyle Lohse (born December 4, 1978 in Chico, California) is a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. ... Terry Mulholland (born Terence John Mulholland on March 9, 1963 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania) is a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. ...


In the bullpen, Joe Nathan blew everyone away during his first year as a closer at any level, earning 44 saves with a 1.62 ERA. Juan Rincon and J.C. Romero continued playing as excellent set-up men, while the rest of the bullpen was weaker. Joseph Michael Nathan (born November 22, 1974 in Houston, Texas) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Minnesota Twins (since 2004). ... Juan Rincón (born January 23, 1979 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Minnesota Twins (2001-present). ... Juan Carlos Romero (born June 6, 1976 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball left-handed specialist with the Boston Red Sox. ...

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Johan Santana 2.61
Wins Johan Santana 20
Saves Joe Nathan 44
Strikeouts Johan Santana 265

Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps more than any other sport. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Johan Alexander Santana (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... Johan Alexander Santana (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... Joseph Michael Nathan (born November 22, 1974 in Houston, Texas) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Minnesota Twins (since 2004). ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... Johan Alexander Santana (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. ...

Defense

Blanco and Mauer (when he played) were solid catchers, both with .991 fielding percentages. Mientkiewicz was a one-time Gold Glove winner, but his successor Justin Morneau surprised people with his .995 average. Luis Rivas was dependable at second base, while Cristian Guzman could turn exceptional plays at shortstop. (It was the routine ones that fooled him.) Corey Koskie was defensively average, while the outfield quartet of Hunter, Jacque Jones, Shannon Stewart and Ford were solid – especially Hunter, who won a Gold Glove. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Justin Ernest George Morneau (born on May 15, 1981 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a Major League Baseball player. ... Luis Wilfredo Rivas [REE-vas] (born August 30, 1979 in La Guaira, Vargas State, Venezuela) is a second baseman in Major League Baseball who plays with the Minnesota Twins (2000-present). ... Cristian Guzman is a MLB shortsop who has played for the Minnesota Twins (1998-2004), and the Washington Nationals (2005). ... Cordel Leonard Corey Koskie (born June 28, 1973 in Anola, Manitoba, Canada) is a Major League Baseball player currently with the Milwaukee Brewers. ... Jacque Dewayne Jones (born April 25, 1975 in San Diego, California) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Chicago Cubs. ... Shannon Harold Stewart (born February 25, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and one of the most free-swinging lead-off hitters in the game. ...


Regular Season

The 2004 Minnesota Twins.
The 2004 Minnesota Twins.
AL Central Final Standings
Team W L Pct. GB Home Away
Minnesota Twins3 92 70 .568 -- 49-32 43-38
Chicago White Sox 83 79 .512 9 46-35 37-44
Cleveland Indians 80 82 .494 12 44-37 36-45
Detroit Tigers 72 90 .444 20 38-43 34-47
Kansas City Royals 58 104 .358 34 33-47 25-57
Number indicates playoff seeding

Image File history File linksMetadata 2004_Twins. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 2004_Twins. ... The AL Central Divison consists of the following teams: Minnesota Twins Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers Cleveland Indians Kansas City Royals ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2,3,4,9,11,16,19,72,42 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) White Stockings (1900-1903) St. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ...

Post Season

The Twins entered and exited the postseason almost exactly the same as the previous season, losing to the Yankees, 3 games to 1. The Yankees would go on to be upset by the Boston Red Sox on their way to breaking the curse. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004... Babe Ruth -- The Bambino The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition cited, often jokingly, as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series after they sold Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees. ...


See 2004 American League Division Series. In the 2004 American League Division Series, the Boston Red Sox swept the Anaheim Angels in 3 games, and the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 3 games to 1. ...


Notable Transactions

Richard Aaron Fultz (born 4 September 1973) is a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Ballpark Rogers Centre (f. ... Joseph Ronald Beimel (born April 19, 1977) is a relief pitcher for the Major League Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Terry Mulholland (born Terence John Mulholland on March 9, 1963 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania) is a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz [mint-KAY-vich] (born June 19, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio) is a first baseman, known for his sparkling defensive play on the field more-so than his abilities with the bat. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004... Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California) is an American baseball player of Mexican and Egyptian descent who currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Matthew Henry Murton (born October 3, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an outfielder who currently plays Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 to 2004. ... Orlando Luis Cabrera (born November 2, 1974 in Cartagena, Colombia) is a Major League Baseball shortstop who plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Brendan Harris (born August 26, 1980 in Albany, New York) is a second baseman currently in the Washington Nationals farm system. ... Alexander Gonz lez (born February 15, 1977 in Cagua, Aragua State) is a Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... Francis Beltrán is a Major League relief pitcher currently in the Washington Nationals farm system. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 to 2004. ... October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cristian Guzman is a MLB shortsop who has played for the Minnesota Twins (1998-2004), and the Washington Nationals (2005). ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cordel Leonard Corey Koskie (born June 28, 1973 in Anola, Manitoba, Canada) is a Major League Baseball player currently with the Milwaukee Brewers. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Juan Castro (born Juan Gabriel Castro in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on June 20, 1972) is a Major League Baseball infielder. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mike Redmond (born Michael Patrick Redmond on May 5, 1971 in Seattle, Washington) is a Major League Baseball catcher. ...

Miscellaneous

2004 AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.
2004 AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.
  • The lone representative of the Twins in the All-Star Game was Closer Joe Nathan.
  • Earl Battey was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1572x1920, 1580 KB) Johan Santana about to pitch to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tropicana Field, May 6, 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1572x1920, 1580 KB) Johan Santana about to pitch to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tropicana Field, May 6, 2005. ... Johan Alexander Santana (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... There are different people named Jim Perry: Jim Perry (1935- ), a former Major League Baseball pitcher, brother of Gaylord Perry Jim Perry (1934- ), a game show host in the 1970s and 1980s This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Frank John Viola, Jr. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Michael Nathan (born November 22, 1974 in Houston, Texas) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Minnesota Twins (since 2004). ... Brad Radke (born October 27, 1972), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. ... Torii Kedar Hunter (born July 18, 1975 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who currently plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... External link Earl Battey - Career Statistics Categories: Stub | 1962 American League All-Stars | 1963 American League All-Stars | 1965 American League All-Stars | 1966 American League All-Stars | Chicago White Sox players | Minnesota Twins players | Washington Senators players | Major league catchers | Baseball players | 1935 births | 2003 deaths ...

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