- 2003 Florida Marlins season
MLB yearly infobox
name = Florida Marlins
season = 2003
misc = 2003 World Series Champions
2003 National League Champions
current league = National League
y1 = 1993
division = Eastern Division
y2 = 1993
ballpark = Pro Player Stadium
y4 = 1993
Miami Gardens, Florida
y5 = 1993
Jeff Torborgand Jack McKeon
FSN Florida WPXM
Len Kasper, Tommy Hutton)
radio = WQAM
Dave Van Horne, Jon Sciambi) WQBA(Spanish)
Felo Ramirez, Luis Quintana)|
Florida Marlinswere the National LeagueWild Card Winners, the National League Champions, and the World SeriesChampions.
The Marlins pulled of 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 Wilsonto the 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). [cite web|url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/johnsch04.shtml|title=www.baseball-reference.com/j/johnsch04.shtml ]
*November 12, 2002:
Matt Treanorwas signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/treanma01.shtml]
* January 8, 2003: Todd Hollandsworth was signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hollato01.shtml]
* January 28, 2003: Iván Rodríguez signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins. [cite web|url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/rodriiv01.shtml|title=www.baseball-reference.com/r/rodriiv01.shtml ]
*February 13, 2003: Al Martin was signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.cite web|url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/martial03.shtml|title=www.baseball-reference.com/m/martial03.shtml ]
*February 15, 2003: Kevin Millar was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Florida Marlins. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/millake01.shtml]
*March 28, 2003: Al Martin was released by the Florida Marlins.
Opening Day starters
*Ivan Rodriguez [ [http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=2003&t=FLO 2003 Florida Marlins Roster by Baseball Almanac ] ]
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. They had lost their three top pitchers, A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckettand Mark Redman. On May 11, Torborg was fired and replaced with Jack McKeon, a fiery, 72 year old who began his managerial career way back 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. [cite web|url=http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/transactions/index.jsp?c_id=fla&year=2003&month=9|title=The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Transactions: Florida Marlins Transactions ]
Dontrelle Willis- LHP → called up from Mudcats.
Ugueth Urbina- RHP → acquired from Texas in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez and two other minor league players. [cite web|url=http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/transactions/index.jsp?c_id=mlb&year=2003&month=7|title=The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Transactions: Major League Baseball Transactions ]
[http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/FLA/2003.shtml 2003 Florida Marlins Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com ] ]
With a 4-3 win over the
New York Metson September 26, the Marlins clinched their second wildcard in team history, and finishing with an overall record of 91-71.
Miraculously, 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 Ivan 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 who 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 Priorand Kerry Woodon 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. In Game Seven, Brad Pennydrove it home for the fish, clinching their second pennant in 6 years.
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 due to the strike year of 1994, it was the 99th series played. Josh Beckett was named the World Series
World Series Quote
"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 shocked the Yankees. Stunned New York. And this improbable team, improbable ride. They end up on top."--
Joe Buck, FOX Sports.
* [http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=2003&t=FLO 2003 Florida Marlins team page at www.baseball-almanac.com]
* [http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=2003&t=FLO Florida Marlins on Baseball Almanac]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/FLA/2003.shtml Florida Marlins on Baseball Reference]
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