2004 Montreal Expos season
The 2004 Montreal Expos season was the Expos′ 36th and final season in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team finished in fifth and last place in the National League East at 67-95, 29 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. After the season, the team – which had played in Montreal since its foundation as an expansion franchise in 1969 – relocated to Washington, D.C., and became the Washington Nationals, as Major League Baseball returned to Washington for the 2005 season after a 33-season absence.
|2004 Montreal Expos|
|Final season in Montreal|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Major League Baseball|
|General manager(s)||Omar Minaya|
|Local television||Réseau des sports|
(Rodger Brulotte, Denis Casavant)
(Sam Cosentino, Darrin Fletcher, Brett Dolan, Rance Mulliniks, Joe Block)
|Local radio||CKGM (AM)|
(Mitch Melnick, Elliott Price, guest play-by-play broadcasters)
(Jacques Doucet, Marc Griffin)
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Opening Day lineupEdit
National League EastEdit
|New York Mets||71||91||0.438||25||38–43||33–48|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2004 National League Records
|Bold||Expos team member|
|2004 Game Log|
- June 11, 2004: The Expos released Luis Lopez.
- July 31, 2004: The Expos sent Orlando Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox as part of a four-team deal. The Chicago Cubs sent Brendan Harris, Alex Gonzalez, and Francis Beltrán to the Expos. The Red Sox sent Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to the Cubs. The Minnesota Twins sent Doug Mientkiewicz to the Red Sox. The Cubs sent minor-league player Justin Jones to the Twins.
- September 16, 2004: The Expos sent Alex Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres as part of a conditional deal.
|2004 Montreal Expos|
- September 29, 2004: Hours after the announcement of the impending move to Washington, D.C., the Expos played their final game in Montreal, a 9–1 loss to the Florida Marlins before 31,395 fans at Olympic Stadium. On that day the MLB officially recognized the 1994 Expos as "The Best Team in Baseball" with a banner for the center field wall, (ironically that banner only lasted one game as it was the last Expos game in Montreal). The game was almost forfeited in the 8th inning when Expos fans threw golf balls onto the field in hopes of making the game longer.
- October 2, 2004: The Expos earned their last win before becoming the Nationals, defeating the New York Mets 6–3. Brad Wilkerson hit the last home run in Expos history in the ninth inning, his 32nd of the year.
- October 3, 2004: The New York Mets defeated Montreal 8–1 at Shea Stadium, in the final game as the Montreal Expos. Jamey Carroll scored the last Expos run and Endy Chávez became the final Expo batter in history when he grounded out in the top of the ninth to end the game. Coincidentally, Shea Stadium was where the Expos had played their first-ever game, in 1969.
The final game in MontrealEdit
September 29, Olympic Stadium, Montréal, Québec
|W: Pavano (18-8) L: Kim (4-6) HRs: Cabrera (32)|
|Attendance: 31,395 Time:2:39|
|Florida Marlins||AB||R||H||RBI||Montreal Expos||AB||R||H||RBI|
|Juan Pierre, CF||5||0||2||2||Brad Wilkerson, 1B||2||0||1||0|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||4||0||0||0||Labandeira, 2B||2||0||0||0|
|Matt Treanor PH,C||1||0||0||0||Izturis SS||4||0||0||0|
|Miguel Cabrera IF||4||2||1||1||Tony Batista 3B||2||1||1||0|
|Mike Lowell 3B||4||1||3||0||Pascucci 1B||2||0||0||0|
|Mordecai 3B||1||0||0||0||Terrmel Sledge lF||4||0||0||0|
|Jeff Conine 1B||5||2||3||1||Rivera CF||3||0||3||1|
|Aguila RF||5||1||1||0||Ryan Church RF||3||0||1||0|
|Luis Castillo 2B||2||2||1||1||Einar Díaz C||3||0||1||0|
|Damion Easley PH,2B||2||0||1||0||Harris 2B,3B||3||0||0||0|
|Álex González SS||5||1||2||2||Kim P||0||0||0||0|
|Carl Pavano P||4||0||1||1||Gary Majewski P||1||0||0||0|
|David Weathers P||0||0||0||0||Tucker P||0||0||0||0|
|Seanez P||0||0||0||0||Jamey Carroll PH||1||0||0||0|
|Pavano, W (18-8)||7.0||7||1||1||0||3|
|Kim, L (4-6)||2.0||5||5||2||1||1|
The final game as the ExposEdit
October 3, Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York
|W: Tom Glavine (11-14) L: John Patterson (4-7) HRs: David Wright (14), Todd Zeile (9)|
|Attendance: 33,569 Time:3:10|
|Montreal Expos||AB||R||H||RBI||New York Mets||AB||R||H||RBI|
|Wilkerson, 1b||3||0||0||0||Reyes, ss||4||2||1||0|
|Chavez, cf||1||0||0||0||Matsui, 2b||4||0||1||1|
|Carroll, 2b||2||1||0||0||Bell, p||0||0||0||0|
|Pascucci rf,1b||4||0||3||0||Franco, p||0||0||0||0|
|Sledge, lf||3||0||2||1||Delgado, ph||1||0||1||1|
|Church cf,rf||4||0||0||0||Hietpas, c||0||0||0||0|
|Diaz, c||4||0||0||0||Wright, 3b||3||1||2||3|
|Harris, 3b||3||0||0||0||Piazza, 1b||2||0||1||0|
|Labandeira, ss||4||0||0||0||Brazell, 1b||2||0||0||0|
|Patterson, p||2||0||0||0||Cameron, cf||4||0||0||0|
|Vargas, p||0||0||0||0||Valent, lf||4||1||2||0|
|Batista, ph||1||0||0||0||Williams, lf||0||0||0||0|
|Rauch, p||0||0||0||0||Diaz, rf||4||1||1||0|
|Beltran, p||0||0||0||0||Zeile, c||3||1||1||3|
|Izturis, ph||1||0||0||0||Garcia, ph||1||1||1||0|
|Patterson, L (4-7)||4.1||4||4||4||3||3|
|New York Mets||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Glavine, W, (11-14)||6.0||3||1||1||4||5|
Including both games played in Montreal and "home" games played in San Juan, the Expos drew 749,550 fans during the 2004 season, and were 16th in attendance among the 16 National League teams. Their highest attendance for the season was for their final game in Montreal on September 29, which attracted 31,395 fans to see them play the Florida Marlins, while their lowest was for a game in Montreal on May 5 against the Colorado Rockies, which drew only 3,609 fans. For games played in San Juan, the largest crowd was 16,836 for a game against the San Francisco Giants on May 22, and the smallest was a crowd of 7,436 that came to a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 9.
The Expos lost one home date during the season, when the May 23 "home" game at San Juan against the Giants was rained out and rescheduled to be played as an away game in San Francisco as part of a single-admission doubleheader on August 18. The doubleheader drew 42,296.
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
Complete offensive statistics are available here.
|P||Tony Armas Jr.||15||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||T. J. Tucker||51||12||1||1||0||0||0||0||.083||0|
Note: Pos = Position; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
Complete pitching statistics are available here.
|SP||Tony Armas, Jr.||2||4||4.88||16||16||0||72.0||41||39||45||54|
|RP||T. J. Tucker||4||2||3.72||54||1||0||67.2||28||28||17||44|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Liván Hernández, National League Leader, Complete Games, 9
- Liván Hernández, National League Leader, Innings Pitched, 255.0
- Liván Hernández, National League Leader, 3,927 pitches thrown
- Liván Hernández, Pitcher, Reserve
Relocation to WashingtonEdit
After several years in a holding pattern, MLB began actively looking for a relocation site for the Expos. Some of the choices included Orlando, Florida; Dayton, Ohio; Oklahoma City; Washington, D.C.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Monterrey, Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Northern Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina. In the decision-making process, Commissioner Bud Selig added Las Vegas, Nevada to the list of potential Expos homes.
On September 29, 2004, MLB officially announced that the Expos would move to Washington, D.C. in 2005. The move was approved by the owners of the other teams in a 28–1 vote on December 3 (Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos cast the sole dissenting vote). In addition, on November 15, 2004, a lawsuit by the former team owners against MLB and former majority owner Jeffrey Loria was struck down by arbitrators, ending legal moves to keep the Expos in Montreal.
Retired numbers ceremonyEdit
As a tribute to the Expos, on October 18, 2005, the Montreal Canadiens honoured the departed team by raising an Expos commemorative banner, which lists the retired numbers, to the rafters of the Bell Centre. Gary Carter and Andre Dawson were at the ceremony with Youppi, who was now the Canadiens mascot. The Banner featured all of the Expos retired numbers:
Expos in the Washington Nationals Ring of HonorEdit
On August 10, 2010, the Washington Nationals formally presented a new "Ring of Honor" at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., to honor Major League Baseball Hall of Fame players with ties to the Washington Nationals, original Washington Senators, expansion Washington Senators, Homestead Grays, or Montreal Expos. Gary Carter and Andre Dawson were the former Expos honored in the Ring of Honor on that day. The Expos logo appears next to their names in the Ring of Honor. On May 9, 2015, the Nationals added former Expos (2002–2004) and Nationals (2005–2006) manager Frank Robinson to the Ring of Honor at Nationals Park.
- Games the Montreal Expos played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the 2004 season counted as Expos home games.
- The two games on June 10 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
- The two games on August 18 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
- Played at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, because of the threat posed to Miami by Hurricane Ivan. The games counted as Florida Marlins home games.
- A make-up game for a rain-out on August 1, this game originally was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on September 14 at Florida. The threat posed to the Miami, area by Hurricane Ivan prompted Major League Baseball to move the first two games (on September 13 and 14) of the five-game Florida Marlins series against the Expos to U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, and on September 14 Florida and Montreal played only the originally scheduled game for that date at U.S. Cellular Field. The second game of the September 14 doubleheader was rescheduled to September 15 as part of a doubleheader when the Marlins returned to Florida to host the Expos for the remaining three games of the series.
- The two games on September 15 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
- 2004 Montreal Expos team page at Baseball Reference
- 2004 Montreal Expos team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Nick Johnson page at Baseball Reference
- Tony Batista page at Baseball Reference
- Luis Lopez page at Baseball Reference
- Montreal Expos at Florida Marlins Box Score, April 6, 2004, at Baseball Reference
- 2004 Montreal Expos Schedule at Baseball Reference
- Orlando Cabrera page at Baseball Reference
- Alex Gonzalez page at Baseball Reference
- Press Release: "Washington Nationals pay tribute to Hall of Famers with Ring of Honor," August 10, 2010 3:22 PM EDT.
- Janes, Chelsea, "Frank Robinson inducted into Nationals Ring of Honor," washingtonpost.com, May 9, 2015.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007