Helped the Cardinals to the N.L. pennant in his 6th and final season in St.
Louis, batting .287 with 37 doubles, 10 homers, 72 RBI, 17 steals and 84 runs in 149
games...for the 2nd straight season, was voted by fans to start at shortstop in the All-
Star Game, his 4th overall All-Star appearance (was a reserve in 1998 and 2000)...posted
his 3rd straight season with at least 36 doubles...played in at least 149 games for the
6th time in his last 8 campaigns...made his 6th straight Opening Day start, the longest
streak by a Cardinal since Ozzie Smith's run of 14 season-opening starts in a row from
1982-95...after starting the season with a .257 average (56-for-218), 4 homers and 26
RBI in his first 56 games through June 10, batted .304 (112-for-368) with 6 homers and
46 RBI in 93 games the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: His .366 (48-for-131) average vs. lefthanders ranked 3rd in the
N.L. behind teammates Albert Pujols (.379) and Scott Rolen (.371)...hit .264 (120-for-
455) vs. righties...hit .378 (17-for-45) in 11 games in interleague play vs. the American
League...batted out of the No. 2 spot in the order 53 times, the No. 4 spot once, the No.
5 spot 24 times, the No. 6 spot 67 times and the No. 7 hole three times...hit better than
.300 in 3 straight months with a .333 (33-for-99) average in June, a .302 (29-for-96)
mark in July and a .315 (35-for-111) average in August...tied for 3rd in the league with
10 sacrifice flies...also tied for 3rd in the league with 11 caught stealings.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Went 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and 2 runs April 10 at
Arizona...notched his 500th RBI April 24 at Milwaukee via a sac fly...hit safely in 9
straight games May 31-June 9 and in 14 of 15 through June 17, batting .305 (18-for-59)
in the 15-game stretch...slugged a grand slam off Chicago's Mark Prior June 9 at Wrigley
Field, the 3rd grand slam of his career...posted a season-best 10-game hitting streak
June 22-July 3, batting .476 (20-for-42)...had a game-winning RBI single to score
Albert Pujols from 3rd in the 10th inning June 26 at Kansas City, an eventual 3-1
win...went 1-for-2 and recorded season highs with both 4 runs scored and 3 walks July 2
vs. Seattle...matched his career high for the 2nd time with 5 hits August 8 vs. New York,
his first 5-hit effort since June 12, 2003 at Fenway Park...twice recorded 4 hits in a
game: April 10 at Arizona and July 15 at Cincinnati...recorded a season-high 5 RBI
August 22 at Pittsburgh...snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a 9th-inning single September
15 vs. Houston...hit safely in 6 straight games from September 20-27, batting .571 (12-
for-21) with 4 multi-hit efforts.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Hit .280 (14-for-50) with 5 doubles and 7 RBI for St. Louis in the
postseason, getting the starting nod at shortstop in all 15 games...hit .455 (5-for-11)
vs. Los Angeles in the NLDS, .182 (4-for-28) vs. Houston in the NLCS and .333 (5-for-
15) vs. the Red Sox in the World Series, just one of 3 Cardinals position players to bat
better than .250 vs. Boston in the 4-game Red Sox sweep.
Ranked second among NL batters with 143 singles... led the Major Leagues with 19 sacrifice hits... led NL shortstops with 242 putouts... rapped a team-leading 171 hits, the third-highest total in Marlins history... set a Club record with 617 at-bats... was caught stealing 15 times, second-most in the National League... had a team-high 13-game hitting streak 5/13 to 29, batting .383 (23-for-60) over the span... led the Marlins with six game-ending hits, including two in the postseason... hit a game-tying, ninth-inning inside-the-park home run vs. the Reds on 4/4, then won the game with an RBI single in the 11th... stroked a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth 4/27 vs. LA... drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth 8/15 vs. PIT... homered twice and was 3-for-5 overall 7/18 vs. SD... had three consecutive three-hit games 7/16-18.
Delivered the World Series-winning hit off Cleveland's Charles Nagy, driving home Craig Counsell in the 11th inning of Game 7 as Florida won, 3-2, claiming its first Series title in just its fifth season of play, faster than any other expansion team... stroked a game-winning single off Roberto Hernandez in Game 1 of the Division Series against SF, driving home Charles Johnson with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning.