2003 Florida Marlins season
|2003 Florida Marlins|
|2003 World Series Champions
2003 National League Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Manager(s)||Jeff Torborg and Jack McKeon|
|Local television||FSN Florida
(Len Kasper, Tommy Hutton)
(Dave Van Horne, Jon Sciambi)
(Felo Ramirez, Luis Quintana)
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- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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).
- November 12, 2002: Matt Treanor signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
- January 8, 2003: Todd Hollandsworth signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
- January 28, 2003: Iván Rodríguez signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
- February 13, 2003: Al Martin signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
- February 15, 2003: Kevin Millar was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Florida Marlins.
- March 28, 2003: Al Martin was released by the Florida Marlins.
Opening Day starters
- Josh Beckett – SP
- Luis Castillo – 2B
- Juan Encarnación – RF
- Álex González – SS
- Todd Hollandsworth – LF
- Derrek Lee – 1B
- Mike Lowell – 3B
- Juan Pierre – CF
- Iván Rodríguez – C 
National League East
|New York Mets||66||95||0.410||34½||34–46||32–49|
Record vs. opponents
2003 National League Records
Jeff Torborg, the manager at the start of the season, lead the team to a 16-22 start, one of the worst in the league. 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 fiery 72-year-old who began his managerial career in 1973 with the Kansas City Royals.
- Miguel Cabrera – 3B → called up from the AA Carolina Mudcats
- Jeff Conine – 1B → acquired from Baltimore in exchange for two minor league players.
- Dontrelle Willis – LHP → called up from the Mudcats.
- Ugueth Urbina – RHP → acquired from Texas in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez and two other minor league players.
- Aaron Small (RHP) signed as a free agent.
|2003 Florida Marlins|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Rodriguez, IvanIvan Rodriguez||144||511||152||.297||16||85|
|1B||Lee, DerrekDerrek Lee||155||539||146||.271||31||92|
|2B||Castillo, LuisLuis Castillo||152||595||187||.314||6||39|
|3B||Lowell, MikeMike Lowell||130||492||136||.276||32||105|
|SS||González, ÁlexÁlex González||150||528||135||.256||18||77|
|LF||Hollandsworth, ToddTodd Hollandsworth||93||228||58||.254||3||20|
|CF||Pierre, JuanJuan Pierre||162||668||204||.305||1||41|
|RF||Encarnacion, JuanJuan Encarnacion||156||601||162||.270||19||94|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera||87||314||84||.268||12||62|
|Fox, AndyAndy Fox||70||108||21||.194||0||8|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Pavano, CarlCarl Pavano||33||32||201.0||12||13||4.30||133|
|Penny, BradBrad Penny||32||32||196.1||14||10||4.13||138|
|Redman, MarkMark Redman||29||29||190.2||14||9||3.59||151|
|Willis, DontrelleDontrelle Willis||27||27||160.2||14||6||3.30||142|
|Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett||24||23||142.0||9||8||3.04||152|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
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 Series
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.
The 2003 National League Championship Series is arguably one of the most famous (or infamous, depending on whom you ask) 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 Series
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.
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.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Carolina
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