2003 Montreal Expos season

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2003 Montreal Expos
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record83–79 (.512)
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Major League Baseball
General manager(s)Omar Minaya
Manager(s)Frank Robinson
Local televisionRéseau des sports
(Rodger Brulotte, Denis Casavant)
Local radioCKGM (AM)
(Mitch Melnick, Elliott Price, guest minor league play-by-play broadcasters)

CKAC (AM)
(Jacques Doucet, Marc Griffin)
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The 2003 Montreal Expos season was the 35th season for the Expos in Montreal and its penultimate season in Canada. 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, finishing 18 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 8 games back of the Florida Marlins in the Wild Card. The Expos' 2003 record of 83-79 was identical to the one they finished with the previous year.

Offseason[edit]

Spring training[edit]

After holding spring training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, from 1998 through 2002, the Expos moved to Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, for spring training in 2003. The move to Viera came about as the result of a deal in which Major League Baseball bought the Expos from Jeffrey Loria, who then purchased the Florida Marlins; as part of the deal, the Marlins traded spring training sites with the Expos, moving from Viera to Jupiter. The franchise, as the Expos in 2003 and 2004 and then from 2005 as the Washington Nationals, would hold spring training at Space Coast Stadium through 2016.

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. [2]
  • September 14, 2003 – Vladimir Guerrero hits for the cycle against the New York Mets.[3]

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.[4]

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[5] to 10,031 in 2002,[6] 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.[7] 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.[7] The Expos' season in Puerto Rico was chronicled in the MLB-produced DVD Boricua Beisbol – Passion of Puerto Rico.

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Source [8]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Endy Chávez Center fielder
José Vidro Second baseman
Ron Calloway Right fielder
Wil Cordero First baseman
Brad Wilkerson Left fielder
Orlando Cabrera Shortstop
Fernando Tatís Third baseman
Michael Barrett Catcher
Tony Armas Jr. Starting pitcher

Season standings[edit]

National League East[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


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2003 National League Records

Source: [2]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 2–5 2–4 7–2 10–9 2–5 5–1 10–9 3–3 4–2 4–2 4–2 3–3 9–10 5–14 3–3 11–4
Atlanta 5–2 4–2 3–3 6–0 9–10 5–1 4–2 4–2 12–7 11–8 9–10 7–2 6–1 2–4 4–2 10–5
Chicago 4–2 2–4 10–7 3–3 4–2 9–7 2–4 10–6 3–3 5–1 1–5 10–8 4–2 4–2 8–9 9–9
Cincinnati 2–7 3–3 7–10 4–2 2–4 5–12 2–4 8–10 2–4 2–4 5–4 5–11 3–3 3–3 9–7 7-5
Colorado 9–10 0–6 3–3 2–4 4–2 2–4 7–12 5–1 3–4 2–5 2–4 3–6 12–7 7–12 4–2 9–6
Florida 5–2 10–9 2–4 4–2 2–4 1–5 2–5 7–2 13–6 12–7 13–6 2–4 5–1 1–5 3–3 9–6
Houston 1–5 1–5 7–9 12–5 4–2 5-1 4–2 9–8 3–3 2–4 2–4 10–6 3–3 2–4 11–7 11–7
Los Angeles 9–10 2–4 4–2 4–2 12–7 5–2 2–4 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–5 5–1 8–11 6–13 4–2 11–7
Milwaukee 3–3 2–4 6–10 10–8 1–5 2–7 8–9 2–4 0–6 6–3 4–2 10–7 5–1 1–5 3–13 5–7
Montreal 2–4 7–12 3–3 4–2 4–3 6-13 3–3 2–4 6–0 14–5 8–11 3–3 4–2 7–0 1–5 9–9
New York 2–4 8–11 1–5 4–2 5–2 7–12 4–2 3–3 3–6 5–14 7–12 4–2 3–3 4–2 1–5 5–10
Philadelphia 2-4 10–9 5–1 4–5 4–2 6–13 4–2 5–2 2–4 11–8 12–7 2–4 4–3 3–3 4–2 8–7
Pittsburgh 3–3 2–7 8–10 11–5 6–3 4–2 6–10 1–5 7–10 3–3 2–4 4–2 4–2 2–4 7–10 5–7
San Diego 10–9 1–6 2–4 3–3 7–12 1–5 3–3 11–8 1–5 2–4 3–3 3–4 2–4 5–14 2–4 8–10
San Francisco 14–5 4–2 2–4 3–3 12–7 5–1 4–2 13–6 5–1 0–7 2–4 3–3 4–2 14–5 5–1 10–8
St. Louis 3–3 2–4 9–8 7–9 2–4 3-3 7–11 2–4 13–3 5–1 5–1 2–4 10–7 4–2 1–5 10–8


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

2003 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Legend
  Expos win
  Expos loss
  Postponement
Bold Expos team member
2003 Game Log

Attendance[edit]

Including both games played in Montreal and "home" games played in San Juan, the Expos drew 1,025,639 fans during the 2003 season, and were 16th in attendance among the 16 National League teams. Their highest attendance for the season was a game in Montreal on April 22, which attracted 36,879 fans to see them play the Arizona Diamondbacks, while their lowest was for a game in Montreal on May 7 against the San Diego Padres, which drew only 5,111 fans. For games played in San Juan, the largest crowd was 18,264 for a game against the New York Mets on April 12, and the smallest was a crowd of 10,034 that came to a game against the Anaheim Angels on June 3.

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Complete offensive statistics are available here.

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
C Brian Schneider 108 335 34 77 26 1 9 46 .230 0
1B Wil Cordero 130 436 57 121 27 0 16 71 .278 1
2B José Vidro 144 509 77 158 36 0 15 65 .310 3
SS Orlando Cabrera 162 626 95 186 47 2 17 80 .297 24
3B Jamey Carroll 105 227 31 59 10 1 1 10 .260 5
LF Brad Wilkerson 146 504 78 135 34 4 19 77 .268 13
CF Endy Chávez 141 483 66 121 25 5 5 47 .251 18
RF Vladimir Guerrero 112 394 71 130 20 3 25 79 .330 9
OF Ron Calloway 126 340 36 81 17 1 9 52 .238 9
UT José Macías 111 272 31 65 15 2 4 22 .239 4
C Michael Barrett 70 226 33 47 9 2 10 30 .208 0
3B Fernando Tatís 53 175 15 34 65 0 2 15 .194 2
2B Henry Mateo 100 154 29 37 3 1 0 7 .240 11
3B Edwards Guzmán 52 146 15 35 5 0 1 14 .240 0
3B Todd Zeile 34 136 11 29 2 2 5 19 .257 1
1B Jeff Liefer 35 88 6 17 3 0 3 18 .193 0
UT Joe Vitiello 38 76 12 26 6 0 3 13 .342 0
OF Matt Cepicky 5 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 .250 0
P Liván Hernández 31 74 2 14 1 0 0 6 .189 0
P Javier Vázquez 32 65 5 10 0 1 0 6 .154 0
P Tomo Ohka 33 55 2 10 0 0 0 3 .182 1
P Zach Day 23 47 2 2 0 0 0 2 .043 0
P Claudio Vargas 21 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P T. J. Tucker 44 19 1 5 1 0 0 0 .263 0
P Tony Armas Jr. 5 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 .200 0
P Eric Knott 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Joey Eischen 67 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250 0
P Sun-woo Kim 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Dan Smith 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Tim Drew 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Scott Stewart 48 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Chad Cordero 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Rocky Biddle 71 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Roy Corcoran 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Luis Ayala 62 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Britt Reames 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Scott Downs 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Héctor Almonte 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Vic Darensbourg 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Julio Mañón 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Bryan Hebson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P José Mercedes 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Anthony Ferrari 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 162 5437 711 1404 294 25 144 682 .258 100

Pitching[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Complete pitching statistics are available here.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
SP Liván Hernández 15 1 3.20 33 33 0 233.1 92 83 57 178
SP Javier Vázquez 13 12 3.24 34 34 0 230.3 93 83 57 241
SP Tomo Ohka 10 12 4.16 34 34 0 199.0 106 92 45 118
SP Zach Day 9 8 4.18 23 23 0 131.1 64 61 59 61
SP Claudio Vargas 6 8 4.34 23 20 0 114.0 59 55 41 62
CL Rocky Biddle 5 8 4.65 73 0 341 71.2 43 37 40 54
RP T. J. Tucker 2 3 4.73 45 7 0 80.0 49 42 20 47
RP Luis Ayala 10 3 2.92 65 0 5 71.0 27 23 13 46
RP Joey Eischen 2 2 3.06 70 0 1 53.0 27 18 13 40
RP Scott Stewart 3 1 3.98 51 0 0 43.0 22 19 13 29
Dan Smith 2 2 5.26 32 0 0 37.2 22 19 13 29
Tony Armas, Jr. 2 1 2.61 5 5 0 31.0 9 9 8 23
Héctor Almonte 1 1 6.83 28 0 0 29.0 22 22 17 26
Julio Mañón 1 2 4.13 23 0 1 28.1 13 13 17 15
Eric Knott 1 2 5.12 13 1 0 19.1 12 11 6 17
Sun-woo Kim 0 1 8.36 4 3 0 14.0 13 13 8 5
Chad Cordero 1 0 1.64 12 0 1 11.0 2 2 3 12
Tim Drew 0 2 12.46 6 1 0 8.2 12 12 8 3
José Mercedes 0 0 0.00 5 0 0 7.1 3 0 5 3
Roy Corcoran 0 0 1.23 5 0 0 7.1 2 1 3 2
Vic Darensbourg 0 0 10.80 6 0 0 6.2 8 8 1 4
Anthony Ferrari 0 0 6.75 4 0 0 4.0 3 3 5 1
Scott Downs 0 1 15.00 1 1 0 3.0 5 5 3 4
Bryan Hebson 0 0 13.50 2 0 0 2.0 3 3 1 1
Britt Reames 0 0 27.00 2 0 0 1.1 4 4 2 1
Totals 83 79 4.01 162 162 42 1437.2 716 640 463 1028

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
A-Short Season Vermont Expos New York–Penn League Robert Barnett
Rookie GCL Expos Gulf Coast League Bob Henley

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Games the Montreal Expos played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the 2003 season counted as Expos home games.
  2. ^ a b The two games on May 10 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
  3. ^ a b The two games on June 1 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
  4. ^ a b The two games on June 18 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats16d.shtml
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MON/MON200308260.shtml
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MON/MON200309140.shtml
  4. ^ "Deal in place, games go on" (Press release). MLB.com. August 30, 2002. Retrieved December 28, 2006.
  5. ^ Montreal Expos (2002). Expos Media Guide 2002.
  6. ^ Montreal Expos (2003). Expos Media Guide 2003.
  7. ^ a b Montreal Expos (2004). Expos Media Guide 2004.
  8. ^ Montreal Expos at Atlanta Braves Box Score, March 31, 2003 at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ [1] Todd Zell page at Baseball Reference]
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007