2004 Leaders & Numbers

Despite deepening evidence of his alleged steroid use, Barry Bonds was still less vilified on the road than opposing pitchers, who were often booed for running the count to 3-0. Vladimir Guerrero’s AL debut earned him the MVP for a ferocious last-week tear that hoisted the Angels into the postseason. With free agency looming, Adrian Beltre exploded after six years trying to crank his game into high gear, admitting that he was finally doing his homework on pitchers. Hot-again, not-again J.D. Drew, hampered by numerous injuries and uneven results, finally got in a full, pain-free season—and the numbers proved it. Roger Clemens, coaxed out of brief retirement by fellow Astro signee Andy Pettitte, showed the NL what the AL had all too well known for two decades. Johan Santana made an impressive bid to inherit Clemens’ AL throne; he was 13-0 with a 1.21 after the all-star break, striking out every third batter he faced. Joe Nathan, a sore-armed washout with the Giants, became the ultimate reclamation project and Santana’s bullpen equal in Minnesota. Eric Gagne lost his catcher/soul mate in Paul Lo Duca—and then his immortal edge—but remained baseball’s most intimidating closer. One reason the Yankees set an all-time mark in come-from-behind wins was that Mariano Rivera saved just about all of them. Curt Schilling was 12-0 against teams with winning records. After losing his closer role and bouncing around the majors, Armando Benitez stuck with the Marlins and sizzled like never before.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2004
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Barry Bonds San Francisco 147 .362 373 129 135 27 3 45 101 112 120 9 6 1 5
2. Albert Pujols St. Louis 154 .331 592 133 196 51 2 46 123 72 12 7 5 5 21
3. Todd Helton Colorado 154 .347 547 115 190 49 2 32 96 108 19 3 3 0 12
4. Bobby Abreu Philadelphia 159 .301 574 118 173 47 1 30 105 117 10 5 40 5 5
5. Jim Edmonds St. Louis 153 .301 498 102 150 38 3 42 111 89 12 5 8 3 4
6. Scott Rolen St. Louis 142 .314 500 109 157 32 4 34 124 67 5 13 4 3 8
7. Adrian Beltre Los Angeles 156 .334 598 104 200 32 0 48 121 44 9 2 7 2 15
8. J.D. Drew Atlanta 145 .305 518 118 158 28 8 31 93 116 2 5 12 3 7
9. Lance Berkman Houston 160 .316 544 104 172 40 3 30 106 113 14 10 9 7 10
10. Jim Thome Philadelphia 143 .274 508 97 139 28 1 42 105 78 26 2 0 2 10
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2004
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Vladimir Guerrero Anaheim 156 .337 612 124 206 39 2 39 126 38 14 8 15 3 19
2. Manny Ramirez Boston 152 .308 568 108 175 44 0 43 130 67 15 6 2 4 17
3. David Ortiz Boston 150 .301 582 94 175 47 3 41 139 67 8 4 0 0 12
4. Melvin Mora Baltimore 140 .340 550 111 187 41 0 27 104 66 0 11 11 6 10
5. Travis Hafner Cleveland 140 .311 482 96 150 41 3 28 109 61 7 17 3 2 11
6. Miguel Tejada Baltimore 162 .311 653 107 203 40 2 34 150 42 6 10 4 1 24
7. Gary Sheffield New York 154 .290 573 117 166 30 1 36 121 85 7 11 5 6 16
8. Ichiro Suzuki Seattle 161 .372 704 101 262 24 5 8 60 30 19 4 36 11 6
9. Mark Teixeira Texas 145 .281 545 101 153 34 2 38 112 56 12 10 4 1 6
10. Carlos Guillen Detroit 136 .318 522 97 166 37 10 20 97 49 3 2 12 5 12
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2004
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Randy Johnson Arizona 2.60 16 14 .533 0 0 35 35 245.2 283 71 43 1 3 10 1 17 11 4
2. Roger Clemens Houston 2.98 18 4 .818 0 0 33 33 214.1 256 71 74 5 5 6 0 23 12 11
3. Eric Gagne Los Angeles 2.19 7 3 .700 45 2 70 0 82.1 77 20 19 3 2 5 0 0 0 2
4. Armando Benitez Florida 1.29 2 2 .500 47 4 64 0 69.2 61 10 17 4 0 0 0 9 0 3
5. Jaret Wright Atlanta 3.28 15 8 .652 0 0 32 32 186.1 234 68 65 5 3 3 0 13 2 19
6. Carlos Zambrano Chicago 2.75 16 8 .667 0 0 31 31 209.2 261 64 77 4 6 20 2 7 5 17
7. Jason Isringhausen St. Louis 2.87 4 2 .667 47 7 74 0 75.1 88 24 19 4 1 2 0 1 0 1
8. Jake Peavy San Diego 2.27 15 6 .714 0 0 27 27 166.1 222 42 49 4 1 11 1 16 1 15
9. Carl Pavano Florida 3.00 18 8 .692 0 0 31 31 222.1 316 74 36 13 2 11 3 16 5 18
10. Jose Mesa Pittsburgh 3.25 5 2 .714 43 5 70 0 69.1 113 25 17 3 1 1 0 1 2 10
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2004
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Johan Santana Minnesota 2.61 20 6 .769 0 0 34 34 228 256 66 54 0 7 9 0 6 10 15
2. Curt Schilling Boston 3.26 21 6 .778 0 0 32 32 226.2 333 82 35 0 3 5 0 6 2 12
3. Mariano Rivera New York 1.94 4 2 .667 53 4 74 0 78.2 81 17 17 3 0 5 0 5 1 11
4. Jake Westbrook Cleveland 3.38 14 9 .609 0 0 33 30 215.2 315 81 58 3 4 5 1 8 7 29
5. Tim Hudson Oakland 3.53 12 6 .667 0 0 27 27 188.2 266 74 41 3 4 12 1 8 5 23
6. Mark Buehrle Chicago 3.89 16 10 .615 0 0 35 35 245.1 404 106 49 2 0 8 0 5 17 33
7. Francisco Cordero Texas 2.13 3 4 .429 49 5 67 0 71.2 75 17 30 2 3 1 2 5 4 4
8. Brad Radke Minnesota 3.48 11 8 .579 0 0 34 34 219.2 338 85 25 1 2 6 0 10 9 16
9. Joe Nathan Minnesota 1.62 1 2 .333 44 3 73 0 72.1 66 13 20 3 5 2 0 4 3 3
10. Keith Foulke Boston 2.17 5 3 .625 32 7 72 0 83 102 20 10 5 3 6 0 3 2 0

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2004 Awards


NL MVP
Barry Bonds, San Francisco

AL MVP
Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim


NL Cy Young Award
Roger Clemens, Houston

AL Cy Young Award
Johan Santana, Minnesota


NL Rookie of the Year
Jason Bay, Pittsburgh

AL Rookie of the Year
Bobby Crosby, Oakland


NL Manager of the Year
Bobby Cox, Atlanta

AL Manager of the Year
Buck Showalter, Texas


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, Chicago
C Mike Matheny, St. Louis
1B Derrek Lee, Florida
2B Luis Castillo, Florida
3B Scott Rolen, St. Louis
SS Cesar Izturis, Los Angeles
OF Jim Edmonds, St. Louis
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Steve Finley, Arizona-Los Angeles

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Kenny Rogers, Texas
C Ivan Rodriguez, Texas
1B Darin Erstad, Anaheim
2B Bret Boone, Seattle
3B Eric Chavez, Oakland
SS Derek Jeter, New York
OF Vernon Wells, Toronto
OF Torii Hunter, Minnesota
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle