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The Florida Marlins' 2003 season was the 11th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. The Marlins were the National League Wild Card Winners, the National League Champions, and the World Series Champions. They defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series in six games to win their second World Series championship. The Marlins became just the second team in baseball history to win a World Series championship despite being 10 or more games below .500 (as low as 19-29) at some point in the season; the other team was the 1914 Boston Braves. As of 2018, this was the most recent year the Marlins have advanced to the MLB postseason.

2003 Florida Marlins
2003 World Series Champions
2003 National League Champions
2003 NL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record91–71 (.562)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Jeffrey Loria
General manager(s)Larry Beinfest
Manager(s)Jeff Torborg, Jack McKeon
Local televisionFSN Florida
WPXM
(Len Kasper, Tommy Hutton)
Local radioWQAM
(Dave Van Horne, Jon Sciambi)
WQBA (Spanish)
(Felo Ramírez, Luis Quintana)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

The Marlins pulled off some blockbuster deals during the 2003 off season, the most impressive being that of 10-time Gold Glove winning catcher Iván Rodríguez. They also traded catcher Charles Johnson and outfielder Preston Wilson to the Colorado Rockies for lead-off man Juan Pierre.

  • November 16, 2002: Charles Johnson was traded by the Florida Marlins with Vic Darensbourg, Pablo Ozuna, and Preston Wilson to the Colorado Rockies for Juan Pierre, Mike Hampton, and cash (shortly thereafter, Mike Hampton was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Tim Spooneybarger).[1]
  • November 12, 2002: Matt Treanor signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.[2]
  • January 8, 2003: Todd Hollandsworth signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.[3]
  • January 28, 2003: Iván Rodríguez signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.[4]
  • February 13, 2003: Al Martin signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.[5]
  • February 15, 2003: Kevin Millar was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Florida Marlins.[6]
  • March 28, 2003: Al Martin was released by the Florida Marlins.[5]

Regular seasonEdit

Opening Day startersEdit

Season standingsEdit

National League EastEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 101 61 0.623 55–26 46–35
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


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2003 National League Records

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


Game LogEdit

Legend
Marlins Win Marlins Loss Game Postponed
2003 Game Log (91–71)

Postseason Game LogEdit

Legend
Marlins Win Marlins Loss Game Postponed
2003 Postseason Game Log (11–6)

Sluggish startEdit

Jeff Torborg, the manager at the start of the season, led the team to a 16-22 start. Adding to that, their three top pitchers A. J. Burnett, Josh Beckett and Mark Redman, had each endured injuries that season, but Beckett and Redman were able to return to finish the rest of 2003. On May 11, Torborg was fired and replaced with Jack McKeon, a 72-year-old who began his major league managerial career in 1973 with the Kansas City Royals.

Midseason acquisitionsEdit

RosterEdit

2003 Florida Marlins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 Ivan Rodriguez 144 511 152 .297 16 85
1B Derrek Lee 155 539 146 .271 31 92
2B Luis Castillo 152 595 187 .314 6 39
3B Mike Lowell 130 492 136 .276 32 105
SS Álex González 150 528 135 .256 18 77
LF Todd Hollandsworth 93 228 58 .254 3 20
CF Juan Pierre 162 668 204 .305 1 41
RF Juan Encarnación 156 601 162 .270 19 94

[11]

Other battersEdit

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
Miguel Cabrera 87 314 84 .268 12 62
Andy Fox 70 108 21 .194 0 8

[11]

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G GS IP W L ERA SO
Carl Pavano 33 32 201.0 12 13 4.30 133
Brad Penny 32 32 196.1 14 10 4.13 138
Mark Redman 29 29 190.2 14 9 3.59 151
Dontrelle Willis 27 27 160.2 14 6 3.30 142
Josh Beckett 24 23 142.0 9 8 3.04 152

Other pitchersEdit

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 pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

PostseasonEdit

With a 4–3 win over the New York Mets on September 26, the Marlins clinched their second wildcard in team history, and finishing with an overall record of 91–71.

National League Division SeriesEdit

The Marlins won the Division Series over the heavily favored defending National League champion San Francisco Giants. The series ended with a play at the plate with catcher Iván Rodríguez prevailing over Giants first baseman J. T. Snow. Coupled with a perfect throw from Conine and an amazing catch from Rodríguez, Snow was attempting to score by using a football type bulldozing move, but Rodríguez held on and the Marlins won, marking the first time that a post-season series ended with the potential tying run being thrown out at home plate.

NLCSEdit

The 2003 National League Championship Series is arguably one of the most famous (or infamous) post-season series in MLB history. On one side, the Florida Marlins, the miracle who, just a few months before, were at the cellar of the NL. On the other side, the Chicago Cubs, the "lovable losers", who, for the first time in a long time, were so close to victory. The Cubs jumped to a quick 3 games to 1 lead including 2 out of the 3 games in Miami, and were the sure favorites to take the series when it shifted back to Chicago. In Game five, an absolutely stellar performance by Josh Beckett brought the series back to Chicago, back to Wrigley Field, where the home team has always had the advantage. With the Cubs needing to win only one game, and having studs Mark Prior and Kerry Wood on the hill those two games, most people thought the Marlins hope was over. In Game Six, the Cubs enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 lead with one out in the 8th Inning, when it all fell apart, and the Marlins went on to win the game, tying the series. This was the game of the Steve Bartman incident. In Game Seven, Brad Penny drove it home for the Fish, clinching their second pennant in 6 years.

2003 World SeriesEdit

In the World Series, the underdog Marlins prevailed over the Yankees, 4 games to 2. This World Series marked the 100th anniversary of the annual event, although because there had not been a World Series played in what would have been its second year (1904), and the cancellation of all post-season play as a result of the strike in 1994, it was only the 99th World Series played. Josh Beckett was named the World Series MVP.

QuoteEdit

Trying to win it all again. Posada, slow roller, right side. Beckett picks it up, tags Posada, and the Florida Marlins are World Champions. The Marlins have stunned the Yankees. Shocked New York. And this improbable team, improbable ride. They end up on top.

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "www.baseball-reference.com/j/johnsch04.shtml". Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Matt Treanor Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Todd Hollandsworth Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "www.baseball-reference.com/r/rodriiv01.shtml". Archived from the original on July 1, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "www.baseball-reference.com/m/martial03.shtml". Archived from the original on July 7, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  6. ^ "Kevin Millar Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ Inc., Baseball Almanac,. "2003 Florida Marlins Roster by Baseball Almanac". baseball-almanac.com.
  8. ^ "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Transactions: Florida Marlins Transactions". Retrieved December 6, 2006.
  9. ^ "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Transactions: Major League Baseball Transactions". Retrieved December 6, 2006.
  10. ^ "Aaron Small Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  11. ^ a b 2003 Florida Marlins Statistics and Roster Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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