2003 Atlanta Braves season

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2003 Atlanta Braves
2003 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 101–59 (.623)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) AOL Time Warner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television TBS Superstation
(Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
Turner South
(Pete Van Wieren)
FSN South
(Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
Local radio WSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray)
WWWE
(Luis Octavio Dozal, Jose Manuel Flores)
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The 2003 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 38th season in Atlanta. 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' starting rotation had a new look in 2003. Greg Maddux was joined by trade acquisitions Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz, free agent Shane Reynolds and rookie Horacio Ramirez. Marcus Giles had an All-Star season as the Braves' second baseman.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 18, 2002: Mike Hampton was traded by the Florida Marlins with cash to the Atlanta Braves for Ryan Baker (minors) and Tim Spooneybarger. (Hampton had been traded to the Marlins from the Colorado Rockies on November 16, 2002)[1]
  • November 20, 2002: Donzell McDonald was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • December 16, 2002: Ray King was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Atlanta Braves for John Foster and Wes Helms. [3]
  • December 17, 2002: Russ Ortiz was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Atlanta Braves for Damian Moss and Merkin Valdez.[4]
  • December 18, 2002: Paul Byrd was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves. (Byrd did not play for the Braves in 2003)[5]
  • December 19, 2002: Greg Maddux was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • December 20, 2002: Johnny Estrada was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Atlanta Braves for Kevin Millwood.[7]
  • January 6, 2003: Robert Fick signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[8]
  • January 8, 2003: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[9]
  • January 23, 2003: Roberto Hernandez signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[10]
  • April 10, 2003: Shane Reynolds signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[11]

Regular season[edit]

  • In 2003, John Smoltz set a Major League record (since tied) by having 34 saves before the All-Star Break.[12]
  • May 23, 2003 - During the Atlanta Braves 15-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, Braves players Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield hit consecutive home runs to start the game.[13]
  • On August 10, 2003, Rafael Furcal of the Braves had an unassisted triple play. He caught the liner, touched second base, and tagged the runner going back to first base.[14]


Opening Day starters[edit]

Position Name
Starting Pitcher Greg Maddux
Catcher Henry Blanco
First Baseman Robert Fick
Second Baseman Marcus Giles
Third Baseman Vinny Castilla
Shortstop Rafael Furcal
Left Fielder Chipper Jones
Center Fielder Andruw Jones
Right Fielder Gary Sheffield

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 101 59 .623 --
Florida Marlins 91 71 .562 10
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 .531 15
Montreal Expos 83 79 .512 18
New York Mets 66 95 .410 34½

Notable transactions[edit]

  • August 29, 2003: Jaret Wright was selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves from the San Diego Padres.[15]
  • Notable draft signings in 2003 include Jarrod Saltalamacchia (36th overall) and Jonny Venters (30th round).[16]


Roster[edit]

2003 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

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

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

2003 National League Division Series[edit]

Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs[edit]

Chicago wins the series, 3-2

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Chicago Cubs - 4, Atlanta Braves - 2 September 30 Turner Field 52,043[17]
2 Chicago Cubs - 3, Atlanta Braves - 5 October 1 Turner Field 52,743[18]
3 Atlanta Braves - 1, Chicago Cubs - 3 October 3 Wrigley Field 39,982[19]
4 Atlanta Braves - 6, Chicago Cubs - 4 October 4 Wrigley Field 39,983[20]
5 Chicago Cubs - 5, Atlanta Braves - 1 October 5 Turner Field 54,357[21]

Award winners[edit]

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Pat Kelly
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Brian Snitker
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Rocket Wheeler
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Kevin McMullan
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Ralph Henriquez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rome, GCL Braves[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hamptmi01.shtml#trans
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mcdondo01.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kingra01.shtml#trans
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ortizru01.shtml#trans
  5. ^ Paul Byrd Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/maddugr01.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/estrajo01.shtml#trans
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fickro01.shtml#trans
  9. ^ Julio Franco Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hernaro01.shtml#trans
  11. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reynosh01.shtml#trans
  12. ^ Sports Illustrated, Volume 109, No. 2, July 14–21, 2008, p.24, Published by Time Inc.
  13. ^ Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386. 
  14. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats8.shtml
  15. ^ Jaret Wright Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  16. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Major_League_Baseball_Draft
  17. ^ "2003 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  18. ^ "2003 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  19. ^ "2003 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  20. ^ "2003 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  21. ^ "2003 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 5". Retrosheet. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  22. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  23. ^ Baseball America 2004 Annual Directory