2003 Major League Baseball season

The 2003 Major League Baseball season ended when the Florida Marlins defeated the New York Yankees in a six-game 2003 World Series. The Detroit Tigers set the American League record for losses in a season, with 119, and the Marlins became the first team to win the championship twice as a wild card.

2003 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationMarch 30 – October 25, 2003
Top draft pickDelmon Young
Picked byTampa Bay Devil Rays
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Alex Rodriguez (TEX)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upBoston Red Sox
NL championsFlorida Marlins
  NL runners-upChicago Cubs
World Series
ChampionsFlorida Marlins
  Runners-upNew York Yankees
World Series MVPJosh Beckett (FLA)


American League

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Mike Hargrove
Boston Red Sox Grady Little
Chicago White Sox± Jerry Manuel Hosted the All-Star Game
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Tony Peña
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre Won the AL pennant
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha
Seattle Mariners Bob Melvin
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter
Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Tosca

National League

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds Bob Boone Replaced during the season by Dave Miley
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jeff Torborg Replaced during the season by Jack McKeon, won World Series
Houston Astros Jimy Williams
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
Montreal Expos Frank Robinson
New York Mets Art Howe
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou

±hosted the MLB All Star Game

Major league baseball final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) New York Yankees 101 61 0.623 50–32 51–29
(4) Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 6 53–28 42–39
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 15 41–40 45–36
Baltimore Orioles 71 91 0.438 30 40–40 31–51
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 99 0.389 38 36–45 27–54
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) 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
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Oakland Athletics 96 66 0.593 57–24 39–42
Seattle Mariners 93 69 0.574 3 50–31 43–38
Anaheim Angels 77 85 0.475 19 45–37 32–48
Texas Rangers 71 91 0.438 25 43–38 28–53

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Atlanta Braves 101 61 0.623 55–26 46–35
(4) Florida Marlins 91 71 0.562 10 53–28 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 15 49–32 37–44
Montreal Expos 83 79 0.512 18 52–29 31–50
New York Mets 66 95 0.410 34½ 34–46 32–49
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Chicago Cubs 88 74 0.543 44–37 44–37
Houston Astros 87 75 0.537 1 48–33 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 85 77 0.525 3 48–33 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 0.463 13 39–42 36–45
Cincinnati Reds 69 93 0.426 19 35–46 34–47
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 20 31–50 37–44
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) San Francisco Giants 100 61 0.621 57–24 43–37
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 0.525 15½ 46–35 39–42
Arizona Diamondbacks 84 78 0.519 16½ 45–36 39–42
Colorado Rockies 74 88 0.457 26½ 49–32 25–56
San Diego Padres 64 98 0.395 36½ 35–46 29–52



  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 NY Yankees 3  
3 Minnesota 1  
  1 NY Yankees 4  
American League
  4 Boston 3  
2 Oakland 2
  4 Boston 3  
    AL1 NY Yankees 2
  NL4 Florida 4
  1 Atlanta 2  
3 Chicago Cubs 3  
  3 Chicago Cubs 3
National League
  4 Florida 4  
2 San Francisco 1
  4 Florida 3  

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Bill Mueller BOS .326 Albert Pujols STL .359
HR Alex Rodriguez TEX 47 Jim Thome PHI 47
RBI Carlos Delgado TOR 145 Preston Wilson COL 141
Wins Roy Halladay TOR 22 Russ Ortiz ATL 21
ERA Pedro Martínez BOS 2.22 Jason Schmidt SF 2.34
SO Esteban Loaiza CHW 207 Kerry Wood CHC 266
SV Keith Foulke OAK 43 Éric Gagné LA 55
SB Carl Crawford TB 55 Juan Pierre FLA 65


See also

External links


  1. ^ "Charlton's Baseball Chronology". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386.
2003 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels 2003 season involved the Angels finishing 3rd in the American League West Division with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses.

2003 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2003 Arizona Diamondbacks looked to improve on their 98-64 record from 2002. They looked to contend in what was once again a strong National League West Division. They finished the season with a record of 84-78, good enough for third place in the division.

2003 Atlanta Braves season

The 2003 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 38th season in Atlanta and 133rd overall. The Braves won their 12th consecutive division title, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Florida Marlins. The Braves lost the 2003 Divisional Series to the Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2. The Braves finished 2003 with their best offensive season in franchise history, hitting a franchise record 235 home runs. Atlanta also had one of the most noteworthy combined offensive outfield productions in league history.

The Braves' starting rotation had new faces in 2003, but aged pitchers. Opposite of what they were traditionally known for in years earlier. Greg Maddux was joined by trade acquisitions Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz, free agent Shane Reynolds and rookie Horacio Ramírez. Critics noted had Atlanta had a younger staff with this offense, they would've been more likely to win the World Series. Marcus Giles had an All-Star season as the Braves' second baseman and Gary Sheffield as the Braves' right fielder. Sheffield finished with a top 5 voting in NL MVP voting. 2003 also marked the last season for Maddux, ending his tenure in Atlanta after 11 seasons.

2003 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2003 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.

2003 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2003 season consisted of the Reds finishing in fifth place in the National League Central division, as they moved their home games from Cinergy Field to their brand new Great American Ball Park.

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 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2003 season was a turbulent period as News Corporation (Fox) was seeking to sell the team. Nevertheless, the Dodgers fell just short of a Wild Card berth, winning 85 games, finishing second in the Western Division of the National League. The Dodgers pitching staff led baseball in earned run average, Éric Gagné became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988 as he converted all 55 of his save opportunities. Shawn Green set a new L.A. Dodger single season record with 49 doubles and Paul Lo Duca had a 25-game hitting streak.

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 74th midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball, and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the inaugural All-Star Game played in Chicago, Illinois in 1933.

The game was held on July 15, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–6, thus awarding an AL team (which was eventually the New York Yankees) home-field advantage in the 2003 World Series. This game was the first All-Star Game to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, a rule that stemmed from a controversial 7–7 tie in the previous year's edition. In the days leading up to the game, Fox advertised it with the tagline: "This time it counts." Subsequent editions altered the slogan to "This one counts" to reflect the new method of determining the World Series' home-field advantage; that arrangement ended with the 2016 edition, where the AL team (which became the Cleveland Indians) also won home-field advantage; the AL would win the next six years, as well as the last four. The winning league had a 9-5 record in the corresponding year's World Series, with the AL winning in six years, and the NL in eight.

This All-Star Game marked the seventh All-Star appearance for the Naval Station Great Lakes color guard from Waukegan, Illinois, who this year was joined by police officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Department who presented the Canadian and American flags in the outfield. Both the five-man color guard and the sheriff's department officers accompanied Michael Bublé, who sang O Canada, and Vanessa Carlton, who sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Bublé's performance of "O Canada" was not televised until after the game in the Chicago area, while Carlton's performance was followed by fireworks that shot off the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard.

2003 Major League Baseball draft

The 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 3 and 4. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams.

Source: MLB.com 2003 Draft Tracker

2003 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2003 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the National League Central with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.

2003 Minnesota Twins season

After winning the American League Central Division in 2002, the 2003 Minnesota Twins were looking to repeat division titles for the first time since 1969 and 1970. A spark for the team was the July trade of Bobby Kielty for Shannon Stewart. Stewart provided a veteran presence at the top of the lineup that the team had previously lacked. The team met its goal of reaching the playoffs, but once again fell short in the postseason. The Twins lost in four games to the New York Yankees during the AL Division Series. 2003 would be the last year several key players played with the team.

2003 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 2003 season was the 101st season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 101-61 finishing 6 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the playoffs, they defeated the Red Sox in 7 games in the ALCS, winning the pennant on Aaron Boone's dramatic 11th-inning home run. The Yankees advanced to the World Series, losing in a dramatic 6 game series to the Florida Marlins. It would be their second World Series loss in three years and last appearance in a World Series until 2009.

2003 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2003 season ended with the A's finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 96 wins and 66 losses.

2003 San Francisco Giants season

The 2003 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 121st year in Major League Baseball, their 46th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their fourth at Pacific Bell Park. The Giants finished in first place in the National League West with a record of 100 wins and 61 losses. They lost the National League Division Series in four games to the Florida Marlins.

2003 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 2003 season was the team's 122nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 112th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 85-77 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League Central division, three games behind the Chicago Cubs, who won the NL Central at 88-74, and two behind the NL Central runners-up, the Houston Astros (87-75).

Catcher Mike Matheny, shortstop Édgar Rentería, third baseman Scott Rolen, and outfielder Jim Edmonds won Gold Gloves this year.

2003 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2003 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their sixth since the franchise was created. This season, they finished last in the AL East division with a record of 63-99. Their manager was Lou Piniella who entered his 1st season with the Devil Rays.

2003 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2003 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.

2003 World Series

The 2003 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2003 season. The 99th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Florida Marlins and the American League (AL) champion New York Yankees; the Marlins upset the heavily-favored Yankees, four games to two. The series was played from October 18 to 25, 2003. This is the most recent Series in which the losing team outscored the winning team; the Yankees lost, despite outscoring the Marlins 21–17 in the Series. This was the Marlins' second World Series championship win, having won their first in 1997.

Royals Sports Television Network

The Royals Sports Television Network (RSTN) was a regional sports network serving the Kansas City area, Kansas, western Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa owned by the Kansas City Royals. The network began operations before the 2003 Major League Baseball season in response to Fox Sports Midwest's decision to reduce the number of Royals games it broadcast. RSTN had trouble getting widespread carriage by cable systems in the area and had no satellite carriage. However, the Royals began the season with good form and RSTN was able to make a deal with Fox Sports Midwest in June to redistribute most of their broadcasts. RSTN ceased operations after the 2007 season, with the Royals moving to the new channel Fox Sports Kansas City in 2008.The Royals Insider weekly magazine show won a Regional Emmy Award in 2005 for Best Sports Program.

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