2003 Florida Marlins season

2003 Florida Marlins season

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The 2003 Florida Marlins season was a season in American baseball. The Marlins were the National League Wild Card Winners, the National League Champions, and the World Series Champions.


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 season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

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

Sluggish start

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.

Midseason acquisitions


2003 Florida Marlins
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats

= 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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Ross, JasperJasper Ross 144 511 152 .297 16 85
1B Derrek Lee 155 539 146 .271 31 92
2B Grant|Sam} 152 595 187 .314 36 2
3B Mike 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 Juan Pierre 162 668 204 .305 1 41
RF Juan Encarnacion 156 601 162 .270 19 94

Other batters

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
Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera 87 314 84 .268 12 62
Fox, AndyAndy Fox 70 108 21 .194 0 8


Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

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 pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO


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 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

Main article: 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.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast League Dean Treanor
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Tracy Woodson
A Jupiter Hammerheads Florida State League Luis Dorante
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Steve Phillips
Short-Season A Jamestown Jammers New York-Penn League Benny Castillo
Rookie GCL Marlins Gulf Coast League Tim Cossins


External links

  • 2003 Florida Marlins team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
  • Florida Marlins on Baseball Almanac
  • Florida Marlins on Baseball Reference
Preceded by
San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card
Succeeded by
Houston Astros
Preceded by
San Francisco Giants
National League Championship Season
Succeeded by
St. Louis Cardinals

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