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2003 Baltimore Orioles season

2003 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Baltimore, Maryland (since 1954)
  • Results
    Record 71–91 (.423)
    Divisional place 4th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Peter Angelos
    Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
    Local television WJZ-TV
    WNUV
    Comcast SportsNet
    (Jim Palmer, Michael Reghi, Buck Martinez)
    Local radio WBAL (AM)
    (Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter)
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    The 2003 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.

    Offseason

    • December 2, 2002: Bill Pulsipher was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[1]
    • January 3, 2003: Omar Daal was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]
    • March 7, 2003: B.J. Surhoff was signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[3]

    Steve Bechler

    On February 16, 2003, towards the beginning of Orioles' spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Steve Bechler collapsed while participating in conditioning drills. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, and died the next day.[4] His body temperature had reached Script error: No such module "convert"..[5] An autopsy performed by Dr. Joshua Perper, a toxicologist, concluded that his death was caused by "'abnormal liver function and mild hypertension', his weight problem (he weighed 230 pounds and was exercising hard[6]), the fact that he was not used to south Florida's warm weather and the toxicity of ephedra.[7] He was using the supplement ephedra, against the advice of his trainer,[8] and probably had not eaten in two days[9] in an effort to lose weight.

    Regular season

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Transactions

    Roster

    2003 Baltimore Orioles
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders 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

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/daalom01.shtml
    3. ^ B.J. Surhoff Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    4. ^ "Steve Bechler Death | Steve Bechler's Death Five Years Later – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. February 17, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
    5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1736985
    6. ^ "Why is America so Fat" p54 by Ben Kennedy http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=1MUr8VP1qQ4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)
    7. ^ Death at the ballpark: a comprehensive study of game-related fatalities of ... By Robert M. Gorman, David Weeks. McFarland Press. p. 64.
    8. ^ Drugs and society By Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, Annette E. Fleckenstein p. 314.
    9. ^ WEIGHT TO BEAR Obsession with shedding pounds led Bechler to ephedra BY T.J. QUINN DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER WITH CHRISTIAN RED AND ANTHONY MCCARRON. Sunday, February 23, 2003.
    10. ^ Nick Markakis Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    11. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spencse01.shtml
    12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
    13. ^ Baseball America 2004 Directory. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2004