2004 Minnesota Twins season

2004 Minnesota Twins season

2004 Minnesota Twins
AL Central Champions
Major League affiliations
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 1
  • Regular season 2
    • Offense 2.1
    • Pitching 2.2
    • Defense 2.3
    • Season standings 2.4
    • Notable Transactions 2.5
    • Roster 2.6
  • Post Season 3
  • Player stats 4
    • Batting 4.1
      • Starters by position 4.1.1
      • Other batters 4.1.2
    • Pitching 4.2
      • Starting pitchers 4.2.1
      • Other pitchers 4.2.2
      • Relief pitchers 4.2.3
  • Miscellaneous 5
  • Farm system 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Regular season


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


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


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

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 92 70 0.568 49–32 43–38
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 9 46–35 37–44
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 12 44–37 36–45
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 20 38–43 34–47
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 34 33–47 25–57

Notable Transactions


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


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


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


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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Phil Roof
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League Stan Cliburn
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Jose Marzan
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Kevin Boles
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Riccardo Ingram


  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

  • Player stats from www.baseball-reference.com
  • Team info from www.baseball-almanac.com
  • Twins history since 2000, from www.mlb.com
  • 2004 Standings