2003 Atlanta Braves season

2003 Atlanta Braves season

2003 Atlanta Braves
2003 NL East Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
2003 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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Offseason

  • November 20, 2002: Donzell McDonald was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[1]
  • December 18, 2002: Paul Byrd was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • December 19, 2002: Greg Maddux was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • January 8, 2003: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[4]

Regular season

  • In 2003, John Smoltz set a Major League record (since tied) by having 34 saves before the All-Star Break.[5]
  • 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.[6]

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

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 29, 2003: Jaret Wright was selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves from the San Diego Padres.[7]

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[8]
2 Chicago Cubs - 3, Atlanta Braves - 5 October 1 Turner Field 52,743[9]
3 Atlanta Braves - 1, Chicago Cubs - 3 October 3 Wrigley Field 39,982[10]
4 Atlanta Braves - 6, Chicago Cubs - 4 October 4 Wrigley Field 39,983[11]
5 Chicago Cubs - 5, Atlanta Braves - 1 October 5 Turner Field 54,357[12]

Award winners

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Pat Kelly
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Brian Snitker
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Rome Braves South Atlantic League Rocket Wheeler
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Kevin McMullan
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Ralph Henriquez
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rome, GCL Braves[13][14]

References

  • 2003 Atlanta Braves team page at Baseball Reference
Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
2002
NL East Championship Season
2003
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
2004