2003 Montreal Expos season

2003 Montreal Expos
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Major League Baseball
General manager(s) Omar Minaya
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)

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.

Spring training

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

  • 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

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 starters

  • Orlando Cabrera
  • Endy Chávez
  • Wil Cordero
  • Vladimir Guerrero
  • José Macías
  • Tomo Ohka
  • Brian Schneider
  • Jose Vidro
  • Brad Wilkerson[8]

Season standings

National League East

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 10161 0.623 55–26 46–35
Florida Marlins 9171 0.562 10 53–28 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 8676 0.531 15 49–32 37–44
Montreal Expos 8379 0.512 18 52–29 31–50
New York Mets 6695 0.410 34½ 34–46 32–49

Record vs. opponents

2003 National League Records

Source:
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona2–52–47–210–92–55–110–93–34–24–24–23–39–105–143–311–4
Atlanta5–24–23–36–09–105–14–24–212–711–89–107–26–12–44–210–5
Chicago4–22–410–73–34–29–72–410–63–35–11–510–84–24–28–99–9
Cincinnati2–73–37–104–22–45–122–48–102–42–45–45–113–33–39–77-5
Colorado 9–100–63–32–44–22–47–125–13–42–52–43–612–77–124–29–6
Florida5–210–92–44–22–41–52–57–213–612–713–62–45–11–53–39–6
Houston1–51–57–912–54–25-14–29–83–32–42–410–63–32–411–711–7
Los Angeles 9–102–44–24–212–75–22–44–24–23–32–55–18–116–134–211–7
Milwaukee3–32–46–1010–81–52–78–92–40–66–34–210–75–11–53–135–7
Montreal2–47–123–34–24–36-133–32–46–014–58–113–34–27–01–59–9
New York2–48–111–54–25–27–124–23–33–65–147–124–23–34–21–55–10
Philadelphia2-410–95–14–54–26–134–25–22–411–812–72–44–33–34–28–7
Pittsburgh3–32–78–1011–56–34–26–101–57–103–32–44–24–22–47–105–7
San Diego10–91–62–43–37–121–53–311–81–52–43–33–42–45–142–48–10
San Francisco14–54–22–43–312–75–14–213–65–10–72–43–34–214–55–110–8
St. Louis3–32–49–87–92–43-37–112–413–35–15–12–410–74–21–510–8

Notable transactions

  • August 20, 2003: Todd Zeile was signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.[9]

Roster

2003 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

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

Player stats

Batting

Starting Players

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
Brian Schneider 108 335 77 .230 9 46
Wil Cordero 130 436 121 .278 16 71
Jose Vidro 144 509 158 .310 15 65
Orlando Cabrera 162 626 186 .297 17 80
Jamey Carroll 105 227 59 .260 1 10
Brad Wilkerson 146 504 135 .268 19 77
Endy Chavez 141 483 121 .251 5 47
Vladimir Guerrero 112 394 130 .330 25 79

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Livan Hernandez 33 233.1 15 10 3.20 178
Javier Vazquez 34 230.2 13 12 3.24 241
Tomo Ohka 34 199.0 10 12 4.16 118
Zach Day 23 133.1 9 8 4.18 61
Claudio Vargas 23 114.0 6 8 4.34 62

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

[10]

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Games the Montreal Expos played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the 2003 season counted as Expos home games.
  2. 1 2 The two games on May 10 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
  3. 1 2 The two games on June 1 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
  4. 1 2 The two games on June 18 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.

References

  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. 1 2 Montreal Expos (2004). Expos Media Guide 2004.
  8. http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=2003&t=MON
  9. https://www.baseball-reference.com/z/zeileto01.shtml
  10. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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