2003 Baltimore Orioles season

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2003 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 71–91 (.423)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Peter Angelos
Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
Local television WJZ-TV
WNUV
Comcast SportsNet
(Jim Palmer, Michael Reghi, Buck Martinez)
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter)
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The 2003 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 2, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[1]
  • January 3, 2003: Omar Daal was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]
  • March 7, 2003: B.J. Surhoff was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[3]

Steve Bechler[edit]

On February 16, 2003, towards the beginning of Orioles' spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Steve Bechler collapsed while participating in conditioning drills. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, and died the next day.[4] His body temperature had reached 108 °F (42 °C).[5] An autopsy performed by Dr. Joshua Perper, a toxicologist, concluded that his death was caused by "'abnormal liver function and mild hypertension', his weight problem (he weighed 230 pounds and was exercising hard[6]), the fact that he was not used to south Florida's warm weather and the toxicity of ephedra.[7] He was using the supplement ephedra, against the advice of his trainer,[8] and probably had not eaten in two days[9] in an effort to lose weight.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 101 61 -- .601
Boston Red Sox 95 67 6 .572
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 15 .528
Baltimore Orioles 71 91 30 .423
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 99 38 .384

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

2003 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ottawa Lynx International League Gary Allenson
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Dave Trembley
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Tom Lawless
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Stan Hough
Short-Season A Aberdeen IronBirds New York-Penn League Joe Almaraz
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Don Buford
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Jesus Alfaro

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/daalom01.shtml
  3. ^ B.J. Surhoff Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ "Steve Bechler Death | Steve Bechler's Death Five Years Later – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. February 17, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1736985
  6. ^ "Why is America so Fat" p54 by Ben Kennedy http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=1MUr8VP1qQ4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)
  7. ^ Death at the ballpark: a comprehensive study of game-related fatalities of ... By Robert M. Gorman, David Weeks. McFarland Press. p. 64.
  8. ^ Drugs and society By Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, Annette E. Fleckenstein p. 314.
  9. ^ WEIGHT TO BEAR Obsession with shedding pounds led Bechler to ephedra BY T.J. QUINN DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER WITH CHRISTIAN RED AND ANTHONY MCCARRON. Sunday, February 23, 2003.
  10. ^ Nick Markakis Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spencse01.shtml
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  13. ^ Baseball America 2004 Directory. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2004