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2004 Minnesota Twins season

2004 Minnesota Twins
AL Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Minneapolis (since 1982)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
    Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
    Local television KSTC-TV/KSTP-TV
    FSN North
    (Bert Blyleven, Dick Bremer)
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Dan Gladden, Jack Morris)
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    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. For the second year in a row, the team was not able to carry its regular season success into the post-season. The New York Yankees eliminated the Twins for the second year in a row in four games in the 2004 American League Division Series.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    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 José 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.

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

    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.)

    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 Rincón and J.C. Romero continued playing as excellent set-up men, while the rest of the bullpen was weaker.

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

    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 Guzmán 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.

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Notable Transactions

    Roster

    2004 Minnesota Twins
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    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.

    See 2004 American League Division Series.

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    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

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Miscellaneous

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    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.

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ A.J. Pierzynski Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mientdo01.shtml
    3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
    4. ^ Baseball America 2005 Annual Directory

    External links