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2003 Montreal Expos season

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.

Offseason

Regular season

  • 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]

Puerto Rico

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. Expos players held clinics and made personal appearances on behalf of the team in 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

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

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

Notable transactions

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

Roster

2003 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Award winners

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

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
[8]

References

  • 2003 Montreal Expos team page at Baseball Reference
  • 2003 Montreal Expos team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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