2003 Baltimore Orioles Season
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2003 Baltimore Orioles Season

2003 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record71-91 (.423)
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Peter Angelos
General manager(s)Jim Beattie/Mike Flanagan
Manager(s)Mike Hargrove
Local televisionWJZ-TV
WNUV
Comcast SportsNet
(Jim Palmer, Michael Reghi, Buck Martinez)
Local radioWBAL (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 108 °F (42 °C).[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

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 101 61 0.623 -- 50-32 51-29
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 6 53-28 42-39
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 15 41-40 45-36
Baltimore Orioles 71 91 0.438 30 40-40 31-51
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 99 0.389 38 36-45 27-54


Record vs. opponents

2003 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim -- 1-8 3-6 3-4 6-3 6-1 6-3 5-4 3-6 8-12 8-11 6-3 9-10 2-7 11-7
Baltimore 8-1 -- 9-10 2-4 3-3 3-3 3-4 3-4 6-13-1 2-7 4-5 8-11 7-2 8-11 5-13
Boston 6-3 10-9 -- 5-4 4-2 8-1 5-1 2-4 9-10 3-4 5-2 12-7 5-4 10-9 11-7
Chicago 4-3 4-2 4-5 -- 11-8 11-8 11-8 9-10 4-2 4-5 2-7 3-3 3-4 6-3 10-8
Cleveland 3-6 3-3 2-4 8-11 -- 12-7 6-13 9-10 2-5 3-6 3-6 5-2 4-5 2-4 6-12
Detroit 1-6 3-3 1-8 8-11 7-12 -- 5-14 4-15 1-5 3-6 1-8 2-4 1-6 2-7 4-14
Kansas City 3-6 4-3 1-5 8-11 13-6 14-5 -- 11-8 2-4 2-7 4-5 4-3 7-2 1-5 9-9
Minnesota 4-5 4-3 4-2 10-9 10-9 15-4 8-11 -- 0-7 8-1 3-6 6-0 5-4 3-3 10-8
New York 6-3 13-6-1 10-9 2-4 5-2 5-1 4-2 7-0 -- 3-6 5-4 14-5 4-5 10-9 13-5
Oakland 12-8 7-2 4-3 5-4 6-3 6-3 7-2 1-8 6-3 -- 7-12 6-3 15-4 5-2 9-9
Seattle 11-8 5-4 2-5 7-2 6-3 8-1 5-4 6-3 4-5 12-7 -- 4-5 10-10 3-4 10-8
Tampa Bay 3-6 11-8 7-12 3-3 2-5 4-2 3-4 0-6 5-14 3-6 5-4 -- 3-6 11-8 3-15
Texas 10-9 2-7 4-5 4-3 5-4 6-1 2-7 4-5 5-4 4-15 10-10 6-3 -- 5-4 4-14
Toronto 7-2 11-8 9-10 3-6 4-2 7-2 5-1 3-3 9-10 2-5 4-3 8-11 4-5 -- 10-8


Transactions

Roster

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

[12][13]

References

  1. ^ Bill Pulsipher Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ https://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. February 17, 2008. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1736985
  6. ^ Why is America so Fat p54 by Ben Kennedy )
  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[permanent dead link] 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. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spencse01.shtml
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  13. ^ Baseball America 2004 Directory. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2004

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