2003 Kansas City Royals season

The 2003 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing third in the American League Central, with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses. It was the only winning season for the franchise between 1994 and 2013.

2003 was a hopeful and promising winning season ("We Believe" was the slogan) for the Royals, and the team spent 93 days in first place in the AL Central. But the team faded down the stretch, falling out of first place for the last time on August 31, and missed the playoffs.

2003 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)David Glass
General manager(s)Allard Baird
Manager(s)Tony Peña
Local televisionKMCI
Royals Sports Television Network
(Paul Splittorff, Bob Davis)
Local radioKMBZ
(Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, Fred White)
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Offseason

  • October 15, 2002: AJ Hinch was released by the Kansas City Royals.[1]
  • December 18, 2002: Buddy Carlyle was signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.[2]

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 90 72 0.556 48–33 42–39
Chicago White Sox 86 76 0.531 4 51–30 35–46
Kansas City Royals 83 79 0.512 7 40–40 43–39
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 22 38–43 30–51
Detroit Tigers 43 119 0.265 47 23–58 20–61

Record vs. opponents

2003 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 1–8 3–6 3–4 6–3 6–1 6–3 5–4 3–6 8–12 8–11 6–3 9–10 2–7 11–7
Baltimore 8–1 9–10 2–4 3–3 3–3 3–4 3–4 6–13–1 2–7 4–5 8–11 7–2 8–11 5–13
Boston 6–3 10–9 5–4 4–2 8–1 5–1 2–4 9–10 3–4 5–2 12–7 5–4 10–9 11–7
Chicago 4–3 4–2 4–5 11–8 11–8 11–8 9–10 4–2 4–5 2–7 3–3 3–4 6–3 10–8
Cleveland 3–6 3–3 2–4 8–11 12–7 6–13 9–10 2–5 3–6 3–6 5–2 4–5 2–4 6–12
Detroit 1–6 3–3 1–8 8–11 7–12 5–14 4–15 1–5 3–6 1–8 2–4 1–6 2–7 4–14
Kansas City 3–6 4–3 1–5 8–11 13–6 14–5 11–8 2–4 2–7 4–5 4–3 7–2 1–5 9–9
Minnesota 4–5 4–3 4–2 10–9 10–9 15–4 8–11 0–7 8–1 3–6 6–0 5–4 3–3 10–8
New York 6–3 13–6–1 10–9 2–4 5–2 5–1 4–2 7–0 3–6 5–4 14–5 4–5 10–9 13–5
Oakland 12–8 7–2 4–3 5–4 6–3 6–3 7–2 1–8 6–3 7–12 6–3 15–4 5–2 9–9
Seattle 11–8 5–4 2–5 7–2 6–3 8–1 5–4 6–3 4–5 12–7 4–5 10–10 3–4 10–8
Tampa Bay 3–6 11–8 7–12 3–3 2–5 4–2 3–4 0–6 5–14 3–6 5–4 3–6 11–8 3–15
Texas 10–9 2–7 4–5 4–3 5–4 6–1 2–7 4–5 5–4 4–15 10–10 6–3 5–4 4–14
Toronto 7–2 11–8 9–10 3–6 4–2 7–2 5–1 3–3 9–10 2–5 4–3 8–11 4–5 10–8

Roster

2003 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
C Brent Mayne 113 372 91 .245 6 36
1B Ken Harvey 135 485 129 .266 13 64
2B Desi Relaford 141 500 127 .254 8 59
SS Angel Berroa 158 567 163 .287 17 73
3B Joe Randa 131 502 146 .291 16 72
LF Raul Ibanez 157 608 179 .294 18 90
CF Carlos Beltran 141 521 160 .307 26 100
RF Aaron Guiel 99 354 98 .277 15 52
DH Mike Sweeney 108 392 115 .293 16 83

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

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals Pacific Coast League Mike Jirschele
AA Wichita Wranglers Texas League Keith Bodie
A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Billy Gardner Jr.
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Joe Szekely
Rookie AZL Royals Blue Arizona League Kevin Boles
Rookie AZL Royals Gold Arizona League Lloyd Simmons

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: AZL Royals Blue[4]

Notes

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hincha.01.shtml
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carlybu01.shtml
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/KCR/2003.shtml
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References

Jason Gilfillan

Jason Edward Gilfillan (born August 31, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for one season. He pitched in 13 games for the Kansas City Royals during the 2003 Kansas City Royals season.

Jeremy Hill (baseball)

Jeremy Dee Hill (born August 8, 1977) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched for the Kansas City Royals for ten games during the 2002 Kansas City Royals season and one game during the 2003 Kansas City Royals season.

Julius Matos

Julius Matos (born December 12, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman. He played in 76 games for the San Diego Padres during the 2002 San Diego Padres season and 28 games for the Kansas City Royals during the 2003 Kansas City Royals season.

Rontrez Johnson

Rontrez DeMon Johnson (born December 8, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for one season. He played in eight games for the Kansas City Royals during the 2003 Kansas City Royals season.

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