2003 Montreal Expos season

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2003 Montreal Expos
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Major League Baseball
Manager(s) Frank Robinson
Local television Réseau des sports
(Rodger Brulotte, Denis Casavant)
Local radio CKGM (AM)
(Mitch Melnick, Elliott Price, guest minor league play-by-play broadcasters)

(Jacques Doucet, Marc Griffin)
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The 2003 Montreal Expos season was a season in baseball, and the 34th season for the Expos in Montreal. It involved the Expos attempting to win the NL East. On August 28, 2003, the Expos led the NL Wild Card, tied for first place with the Marlins, Astros, Phillies, and Cardinals, but faded away in the stretch and failed to make the postseason.


Regular season[edit]

  • June 24, 2003 - Brad Wilkerson hit for the cycle in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[1]
  • August 26, 2003 - The Expos rallied from being down 8-0 and 10-3 to claim a 14-10 win against the Philadelphia Phillies and be within two games of the National League Wild Card. It was the second biggest comeback in Expos history.

On August 30, 2002, MLB signed a collective bargaining agreement with the players association, which prohibited contraction through the end of the agreement in 2006.[2]

Ultimately, the Expos finished 8 games behind the Wild Card (and World Series Champion) Florida Marlins.

Puerto Rico[edit]

Although their attendance increased from 7,935 per game in 2001[3] to 10,031 in 2002,[4] MLB decided that the Expos would play 22 of their home games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003. Despite being a considerably smaller facility (it seats approximately 19,000) than Montreal's Olympic Stadium, attendance in San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium averaged 14,222, compared with 12,081 in Montreal.[5] The Puerto Rican baseball fans embraced "Los Expos" (particularly Puerto Rican players José Vidro, Javier Vázquez and Wil Cordero, and other Latin players like Vladimir Guerrero and Liván Hernández) as their home team (as well as the Latin players from other teams), all the while hoping the team would make a permanent move to Puerto Rico. Thanks in part to the San Juan games, the Expos were able to draw over a million fans at home in 2003 for the first time since 1997.[5] The Expos' season in Puerto Rico was chronicled in the MLB-produced DVD Boricua Beisbol - Passion of Puerto Rico.

Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Orlando Cabrera
  • Endy Chavez
  • Wil Cordero
  • Vladimir Guerrero
  • Jose Macias
  • Tomo Ohka
  • Brian Schneider
  • Jose Vidro
  • Brad Wilkerson[6]

Season standings[edit]

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

Notable transactions[edit]

  • August 20, 2003: Todd Zeile was signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.[7]


2003 Montreal Expos
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats[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

Award winners[edit]

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Dave Huppert
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Dave Machemer
A Brevard County Manatees Florida State League Doug Sisson
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Joey Cora
Short-Season A Vermont Expos New York-Penn League Robert Barnett
Rookie GCL Expos Gulf Coast League Bob Henley



  1. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats16d.shtml
  2. ^ "Deal in place, games go on" (Press release). MLB.com. August 30, 2002. Retrieved December 28, 2006. 
  3. ^ Montreal Expos (2002). Expos Media Guide 2002. 
  4. ^ Montreal Expos (2003). Expos Media Guide 2003. 
  5. ^ a b Montreal Expos (2004). Expos Media Guide 2004. 
  6. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=2003&t=MON
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/z/zeileto01.shtml
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007