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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
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Major League Baseball
General manager(s)Omar Minaya
Manager(s)Frank Robinson
Local televisionRéseau des sports
(Rodger Brulotte, Denis Casavant)
SCORE TV
(Sam Cosentino, Darrin Fletcher, Brett Dolan, Rance Mulliniks, Joe Block)
Local radioCKGM (AM)
(Mitch Melnick, Elliott Price, guest play-by-play broadcasters)

CKAC (AM)
(Jacques Doucet, Marc Griffin)
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OffseasonEdit

Spring trainingEdit

The Expos held spring training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, in 2004. It was their second year of spring training at the facility.

Regular seasonEdit

Opening Day lineupEdit

Source [4]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Peter Bergeron Center fielder
José Vidro Second baseman
Carl Everett Right fielder
Orlando Cabrera Shortstop
Brad Wilkerson First baseman
Tony Batista Third baseman
Termel Sledge Left fielder
Brian Schneider Catcher
Liván Hernández Starting pitcher

Season standingsEdit

National League EastEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 49–32 47–34
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 10 42–39 44–37
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 13 42–38 41–41
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 25 38–43 33–48
Montreal Expos 67 95 0.414 29 35–45 32–50


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2004 National League Records

Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MTL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 2–4 4–2 3–3 6–13 3–4 2–4 3–16 3–3 0–6 3–4 1–5 2–4 7–12 5–14 1–5 6–12
Atlanta 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–2 14–5 3–3 4–3 4–2 15–4 12–7 10–9 4–2 3–3 4–3 2–4 8–10
Chicago 2–4 3–3 9–8 5–1 3–3 10–9 2–4 10–7 3–3 4–2 3–3 13–5 4–2 2–4 8–11 8–4
Cincinnati 3–3 4–2 8–9 3–3 4–2 6–11 4–2 10–8 4–2 3–3 3–3 9–10 2–4 3–3 5–14 5-7
Colorado 13–6 2–4 1–5 3–3 1–5 1–5 8–11 2–4 2–4 1–5 5–3 2–4 10–9 8–11 1–5 8–10
Florida 4–3 5–14 3–3 2–4 5–1 3–3 3–3 4–2 11–8 15–4 12–7 1–5 4–2 2–5 2–4 7–11
Houston 4–2 3–3 9–10 11–6 5–1 3-3 1–5 13–6 2–4 2–4 6–0 12–5 2–4 2–4 10–8 7–5
Los Angeles 16–3 3–4 4–2 2–4 11–8 3–3 5–1 3–3 4–3 3–3 1–5 6–0 10–9 10–9 2–4 10–8
Milwaukee 3–3 2–4 7–10 8–10 4–2 2–4 6–13 3–3 5–1 2–4 0–6 6–12 2–4 1–5 8–9 8–4
Montreal 6–0 4–15 3–3 2–4 4–2 8-11 4–2 3–4 1–5 9–10 7–12 4–2 1–6 1–5 3–3 7–11
New York 4–3 7–12 2–4 3–3 5–1 4–15 4–2 3–3 4–2 10–9 8–11 1–5 1–6 4–2 1–5 10–8
Philadelphia 5-1 9–10 3–3 3–3 3–5 7–12 0–6 5–1 6–0 12–7 11–8 3–3 5–1 2–4 3–3 9–9
Pittsburgh 4–2 2–4 5–13 10–9 4–2 5–1 5–12 0–6 12–6 2–4 5–1 3–3 3–3 5–1 5–12 2–10
San Diego 12–7 3–3 2–4 4–2 9–10 2–4 4–2 9–10 4–2 6–1 6–1 1–5 3–3 12–7 2–4 8–10
San Francisco 14–5 3–4 4–2 3–3 11–8 5–2 4–2 9–10 5–1 5–1 2–4 4–2 1–5 7–12 3–3 11–7
St. Louis 5–1 4–2 11–8 14–5 5–1 4-2 8–10 4–2 9–8 3–3 5–1 3–3 12–5 4–2 3–3 11–1


Game logEdit

Source [5]

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Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

2004 Montreal Expos
Roster
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Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Final daysEdit

  • 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

 
Banner raised during Montreal's final game in Olympic Stadium on September 29, 2004.

ScorecardEdit

September 29, Olympic Stadium, Montréal, Québec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 0 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 9 15 1
Montreal 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2
W: Pavano (18-8)  L: Kim (4-6)   HRs: Cabrera (32)
Attendance: 31,395 Time:2:39

BattingEdit

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
Horgan p 0 0 0 0
Beltran, p 0 0 0 0
Chavez, ph 1 0 0 0
Cordero, p 0 0 0 0
Totals 42 9 15 8 Totals 31 1 7 1

PitchingEdit

Florida Marlins IP H R ER BB SO
Pavano, W (18-8) 7.0 7 1 1 0 3
Weathers 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Seanez 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 9.0 7 1 1 0 4
Montreal Expos IP H R ER BB SO
Kim, L (4-6) 2.0 5 5 2 1 1
Majewski 2.1 2 2 2 1 1
Tucker 0.2 4 2 2 0 1
Horgan 2.0 2 0 0 0 2
Beltran 1.0 1 0 0 0 1
Cordero 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
Totals 9.0 15 9 6 2 8

The final game as the ExposEdit

ScorecardEdit

October 3, Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
New York 1 0 2 0 1 3 0 1 x 8 11 1
W: Tom Glavine (11-14)  L: John Patterson (4-7)   HRs: David Wright (14), Todd Zeile (9)
Attendance: 33,569 Time:3:10

BattingEdit

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
Fortunato, p 0 0 0 0
Glavine, p 0 1 0 0
Keppinger ph,2b 1 0 0 0
Totals 32 1 5 1 Totals 33 8 11 8

PitchingEdit

Montreal Expos IP H R ER BB SO
Patterson, L (4-7) 4.1 4 4 4 3 3
Vargas 1.2 3 3 3 0 1
Rauch 1.0 2 0 0 0 1
Beltran 1.0 2 1 1 1 1
TOTALS 8.0 11 8 8 4 6
New York Mets IP H R ER BB SO
Glavine, W, (11-14) 6.0 3 1 1 4 5
Bell 1.2 1 0 0 0 2
Franco 0.1 1 0 0 0 0
Fortunato 1.0 0 0 0 1 2
TOTALS 9.0 5 1 1 5 9

AttendanceEdit

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.

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

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.

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
C Brian Schneider 135 436 40 112 20 3 12 49 .257 0
1B Brad Wilkerson 160 572 112 146 39 2 32 67 .255 13
2B José Vidro 110 412 51 121 24 0 14 60 .294 3
SS Orlando Cabrera 103 390 41 96 19 2 4 31 .246 12
3B Tony Batista 157 606 76 146 30 2 32 110 .241 14
LF Termel Sledge 133 398 45 107 20 6 15 62 .269 3
CF Endy Chávez 132 502 65 139 20 6 5 34 .277 32
RF Juan Rivera 134 391 48 120 24 1 12 49 .307 6
1B Nick Johnson 73 251 35 63 16 0 7 33 .251 6
2B Jamey Carroll 102 218 36 63 14 2 0 16 .289 5
C Einar Díaz 55 139 9 31 6 1 1 11 .223 2
SS Alex Gonzalez 35 133 19 32 7 0 4 16 .241 1
OF Carl Everett 39 127 8 32 10 0 2 14 .252 0
SS Maicer Izturis 32 107 10 22 5 2 1 4 .206 4
OF Ron Calloway 46 84 4 14 2 0 1 10 .167 2
UT Valentino Pascucci 32 62 6 11 1 0 2 6 .177 1
OF Ryan Church 30 63 6 11 1 0 1 6 .175 0
UT Matt Cepicky 32 60 4 13 4 0 1 3 .217 1
IF Brendan Harris 20 50 4 8 2 0 1 2 .160 0
UT Henry Mateo 40 44 3 12 2 0 0 0 .273 2
CF Peter Bergeron 11 42 2 9 0 0 0 1 .214 0
IF Andy Fox 34 43 2 4 0 0 1 1 .093 0
1B Luis Lopez 11 26 0 4 0 0 0 3 .154 0
MI Josh Labandeira 7 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Liván Hernández 34 81 2 20 7 0 1 10 .247 0
P John Patterson 19 33 0 4 0 0 0 1 .121 0
P Zach Day 17 29 1 1 0 0 1 1 .034 0
P Sun-woo Kim 41 28 1 6 2 0 0 5 .214 0
P Claudio Vargas 42 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 .045 0
P Tomo Ohka 14 25 0 2 0 0 0 0 .080 1
P Scott Downs 11 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 .067 0
P Tony Armas Jr. 15 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Rocky Biddle 44 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P T. J. Tucker 51 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 .083 0
P Luis Ayala 79 9 0 3 1 0 0 0 .333 0
P Jon Rauch 9 6 1 1 0 0 1 2 .167 0
P Joe Horgan 45 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .250 0
P Joey Eischen 22 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 .667 0
P Chad Cordero 67 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Shawn Hill 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Chad Bentz 35 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 0
P Francis Beltrán 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 0
P Gary Majewski 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Roy Corcoran 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Rigo Beltrán 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Jeremy Fikac 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 162 5474 635 1361 276 27 151 605 .249 109

PitchingEdit

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.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
SP Liván Hernández 11 15 3.60 35 35 0 255.0 105 102 83 186
SP Zach Day 5 10 3.93 19 19 0 116.2 53 51 45 61
SP John Patterson 4 7 5.03 19 19 0 98.1 58 55 46 99
SP Tomo Ohka 3 7 3.40 15 15 0 84.2 40 32 20 38
SP Tony Armas, Jr. 2 4 4.88 16 16 0 72.0 41 39 45 54
SP Scott Downs 3 6 5.14 12 12 0 63.0 47 36 23 38
CL Chad Cordero 7 3 2.94 69 0 14 82.2 28 27 43 84
RP Luis Ayala 6 12 2.69 81 0 2 90.1 30 27 15 63
RP Rocky Biddle 4 8 6.92 47 9 11 78.0 69 60 31 51
RP T. J. Tucker 4 2 3.72 54 1 0 67.2 28 28 17 44
RP Joe Horgan 4 1 3.15 47 0 2 40.0 18 14 22 30
Sun-woo Kim 4 6 4.58 43 17 0 135.2 80 69 55 87
Claudio Vargas 5 5 5.25 45 14 0 118.1 75 69 64 89
Chad Bentz 0 3 5.86 36 0 0 27.2 19 18 23 18
Jeremy Fikac 1 2 5.40 19 0 0 25.0 16 15 13 22
Jon Rauch 3 0 1.54 9 2 0 23.1 4 4 7 18
Gary Majewski 0 1 3.86 16 0 1 21.0 15 9 5 12
Joey Eischen 0 1 3.93 21 0 0 18.1 10 8 8 17
Francis Beltrán 0 0 7.53 11 0 1 14.1 12 12 5 8
Shawn Hill 1 2 16.00 3 3 0 9.0 16 16 7 10
Roy Corcoran 0 0 6.75 5 0 0 5.1 4 4 5 4
Rigo Beltrán 0 0 13.50 2 0 0 0.2 1 1 0 0
Totals 67 95 4.33 162 162 31 1447.0 769 696 582 1032

Awards and honorsEdit

League leadersEdit

  • 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

All-StarsEdit

2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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.[8] 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.[9]

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Games the Montreal Expos played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the 2004 season counted as Expos home games.
  2. ^ a b The two games on June 10 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
  3. ^ a b The two games on August 18 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b The two games on September 15 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.

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