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2003 Atlanta Braves season

2003 Atlanta Braves
2003 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Atlanta, Georgia (since 1966)
  • Results
    Record 101–59 (.623)
    Divisional place 1st
    Other information
    Owner(s) AOL Time Warner
    General manager(s) John Schuerholz
    Manager(s) Bobby Cox
    Local television TBS Superstation
    (Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
    Turner South
    (Pete Van Wieren)
    FSN South
    (Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
    Local radio WSB (AM)
    (Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray)
    WWWE
    (Luis Octavio Dozal, Jose Manuel Flores)
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    The 2003 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 38th season in Atlanta. The Braves won their 12th consecutive division title, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Florida Marlins. The Braves lost the 2003 Divisional Series to the Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2.

    The Braves' starting rotation had a new look in 2003. Greg Maddux was joined by trade acquisitions Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz, free agent Shane Reynolds and rookie Horacio Ramirez. Marcus Giles had an All-Star season as the Braves' second baseman.

    Offseason

    • November 18, 2002: Mike Hampton was traded by the Florida Marlins with cash to the Atlanta Braves for Ryan Baker (minors) and Tim Spooneybarger. (Hampton had been traded to the Marlins from the Colorado Rockies on November 16, 2002)[1]
    • November 20, 2002: Donzell McDonald was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[2]
    • December 16, 2002: Ray King was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Atlanta Braves for John Foster and Wes Helms.[3]
    • December 17, 2002: Russ Ortiz was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Atlanta Braves for Damian Moss and Merkin Valdez.[4]
    • December 18, 2002: Paul Byrd was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves. (Byrd did not play for the Braves in 2003)[5]
    • December 19, 2002: Greg Maddux was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
    • December 20, 2002: Johnny Estrada was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Atlanta Braves for Kevin Millwood.[7]
    • January 6, 2003: Robert Fick signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[8]
    • January 8, 2003: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[9]
    • January 23, 2003: Roberto Hernandez signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[10]
    • April 10, 2003: Shane Reynolds signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[11]

    Regular season

    • In 2003, John Smoltz set a Major League record (since tied) by having 34 saves before the All-Star Break.[12]
    • May 23, 2003 - During the Atlanta Braves 15-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, Braves players Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield hit consecutive home runs to start the game.[13]
    • On August 10, 2003, Rafael Furcal of the Braves had an unassisted triple play. He caught the liner, touched second base, and tagged the runner going back to first base.[14]

    Opening Day starters

    Position Name
    Starting Pitcher Greg Maddux
    Catcher Henry Blanco
    First Baseman Robert Fick
    Second Baseman Marcus Giles
    Third Baseman Vinny Castilla
    Shortstop Rafael Furcal
    Left Fielder Chipper Jones
    Center Fielder Andruw Jones
    Right Fielder Gary Sheffield

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Notable transactions

    • August 29, 2003: Jaret Wright was selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves from the San Diego Padres.[15]
    • Notable draft signings in 2003 include Jarrod Saltalamacchia (36th overall) and Jonny Venters (30th round).[16]

    Roster

    2003 Atlanta Braves
    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

    2003 National League Division Series

    Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs

    Chicago wins the series, 3-2

    Game Score Date Location Attendance
    1 Chicago Cubs - 4, Atlanta Braves - 2 September 30 Turner Field 52,043[17]
    2 Chicago Cubs - 3, Atlanta Braves - 5 October 1 Turner Field 52,743[18]
    3 Atlanta Braves - 1, Chicago Cubs - 3 October 3 Wrigley Field 39,982[19]
    4 Atlanta Braves - 6, Chicago Cubs - 4 October 4 Wrigley Field 39,983[20]
    5 Chicago Cubs - 5, Atlanta Braves - 1 October 5 Turner Field 54,357[21]

    Award winners

    2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager
    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rome, GCL Braves[22][23]

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    13. Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386. 
    14. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats8.shtml
    15. Jaret Wright Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    16. 2003 Major League Baseball Draft
    17. "2003 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
    18. "2003 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
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    23. Baseball America 2004 Annual Directory