2003 Florida Marlins
World Series Champion
National League Champion
National League Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record91–71 (.562)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Jeffrey Loria
General manager(s)Larry Beinfest
Manager(s)Jeff Torborg, Jack McKeon
Local televisionFSN Florida
WPXM
(Len Kasper, Tommy Hutton)
Local radioWQAM
(Dave Van Horne, Jon Sciambi)
WQBA (Spanish)
(Felo Ramírez, Luis Quintana)
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The Florida Marlins' 2003 season was the 11th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. The Marlins were the National League Wild Card winners, the National League Champions, and the World Series Champions. They defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series within six games to win their second World Series championship. The Marlins became the second team in baseball history to win a World Series championship despite being 10 or more games below .500 (as low as 19-29) at some point in the season; the other team was the 1914 Boston Braves.

This was the last Marlins team to make the postseason until 2020.

Offseason

The Marlins pulled off 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 Wilson to the Colorado Rockies for lead-off man Juan Pierre.

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

National League East

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 101 61 0.623 55–26 46–35
Florida Marlins 91 71 0.562 10 53–28 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 15 49–32 37–44
Montreal Expos 83 79 0.512 18 52–29 31–50
New York Mets 66 95 0.410 34½ 34–46 32–49


Record vs. opponents


Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 2–5 2–4 7–2 10–9 2–5 5–1 10–9 3–3 4–2 4–2 4–2 3–3 9–10 5–14 3–3 11–4
Atlanta 5–2 4–2 3–3 6–0 9–10 5–1 4–2 4–2 12–7 11–8 9–10 7–2 6–1 2–4 4–2 10–5
Chicago 4–2 2–4 10–7 3–3 4–2 9–7 2–4 10–6 3–3 5–1 1–5 10–8 4–2 4–2 8–9 9–9
Cincinnati 2–7 3–3 7–10 4–2 2–4 5–12 2–4 8–10 2–4 2–4 5–4 5–11 3–3 3–3 9–7 7-5
Colorado 9–10 0–6 3–3 2–4 4–2 2–4 7–12 5–1 3–4 2–5 2–4 3–6 12–7 7–12 4–2 9–6
Florida 5–2 10–9 2–4 4–2 2–4 1–5 2–5 7–2 13–6 12–7 13–6 2–4 5–1 1–5 3–3 9–6
Houston 1–5 1–5 7–9 12–5 4–2 5-1 4–2 9–8 3–3 2–4 2–4 10–6 3–3 2–4 11–7 11–7
Los Angeles 9–10 2–4 4–2 4–2 12–7 5–2 2–4 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–5 5–1 8–11 6–13 4–2 11–7
Milwaukee 3–3 2–4 6–10 10–8 1–5 2–7 8–9 2–4 0–6 6–3 4–2 10–7 5–1 1–5 3–13 5–7
Montreal 2–4 7–12 3–3 4–2 4–3 6-13 3–3 2–4 6–0 14–5 8–11 3–3 4–2 7–0 1–5 9–9
New York 2–4 8–11 1–5 4–2 5–2 7–12 4–2 3–3 3–6 5–14 7–12 4–2 3–3 4–2 1–5 5–10
Philadelphia 2-4 10–9 5–1 4–5 4–2 6–13 4–2 5–2 2–4 11–8 12–7 2–4 4–3 3–3 4–2 8–7
Pittsburgh 3–3 2–7 8–10 11–5 6–3 4–2 6–10 1–5 7–10 3–3 2–4 4–2 4–2 2–4 7–10 5–7
San Diego 10–9 1–6 2–4 3–3 7–12 1–5 3–3 11–8 1–5 2–4 3–3 3–4 2–4 5–14 2–4 8–10
San Francisco 14–5 4–2 2–4 3–3 12–7 5–1 4–2 13–6 5–1 0–7 2–4 3–3 4–2 14–5 5–1 10–8
St. Louis 3–3 2–4 9–8 7–9 2–4 3-3 7–11 2–4 13–3 5–1 5–1 2–4 10–7 4–2 1–5 10–8


Game log

Legend
Marlins Win Marlins Loss Game Postponed
2003 Game Log (91–71)
March/April (14–15)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
1 March 31 Phillies 5–8 Millwood (1–0) Beckett (0–1) Mesa (1) 37,137 0–1 L1
2 April 2 Phillies 2–8 Wolf (1–0) Pavano (0–1) 10,534 0–2 L2
3 April 3 Phillies 8–3 Redman (1–0) Padilla (0–1) 14,585 1–2 W1
4 April 4 @ Braves 7–12 Hernandez (1–0) Nunez (0–1) Smoltz (1) 20,642 1–3 L1
5 April 5 @ Braves 17–1 Beckett (1–1) Maddux (0–2) 23,081 2–3 W1
6 April 6 @ Braves 4–13 Ramirez (1–1) Penny (0–1) 21,253 2–4 L1
7 April 7 @ Braves 0–3 Ortiz (1–1) Pavano (0–2) Smoltz (2) 19,326 2–5 L2
8 April 8 Mets 2–4 Leiter (2–0) Redman (1–1) Benitez (3) 10,103 2–6 L3
9 April 9 Mets 3–2 Looper (1–0) Stanton (0–1) 10,052 3–6 W1
10 April 10 Mets 4–3 Spooneybarger (1–0) Benitez (0–2) 10,267 4–6 W2
11 April 11 Braves 7–4 Penny (1–1) Ramirez (1–2) Looper (1) 12,045 5–6 W3
12 April 12 Braves 12–5 Pavano (1–2) Ortiz (1–2) 25,203 6–6 W4
13 April 13 Braves 1–7 Maddux (1–3) Redman (1–2) Smoltz (3) 21,834 6–7 L1
14 April 14 @ Phillies 2–5 Padilla (2–1) Burnett (0–1) Mesa (2) 13,611 6–8 L2
15 April 15 @ Phillies 3–4 Silva (2–0) Beckett (1–2) Mesa (3) 17,508 6–9 L3
16 April 16 @ Phillies 3–1 Penny (2–1) Myers (0–2) Looper (2) 15,167 7–9 W1
17 April 17 @ Phillies 7–3 Pavano (2–2) Millwood (2–1) 13,968 8–9 W2
18 April 18 @ Mets 3–6 Weathers (1–0) Nunez (0–2) Benitez (5) 18,525 8–10 L1
19 April 19 @ Mets 6–5 Looper (2–0) Benitez (0–3) 36,448 9–10 W1
20 April 20 @ Mets 4–7 Glavine (3–1) Nunez (0–3) 26,245 9–11 L1
21 April 22 Brewers 4–2 Almanza (1–0) de los Santos (0–1) Looper (3) 10,115 10–11 W1
22 April 23 Brewers 5–4 (12) Almanza (2–0) Nance (0–1) 9,182 11–11 W2
23 April 24 Brewers 4–2 Redman (2–2) Ritchie (1–2) 9,069 12–11 W3
24 April 25 Cardinals 2–9 Tomko (2–2) Burnett (0–2) 12,081 12–12 L1
25 April 26 Cardinals 5–3 Beckett (2–2) Kline (0–3) Looper (4) 12,286 13–12 W1
26 April 27 Cardinals 6–7 (20) Kline (1–3) Pavano (2–3) 10,075 13–13 L1
27 April 28 @ Diamondbacks 1–7 Dessens (3–2) Wayne (0–1) 25,468 13–14 L2
28 April 29 @ Diamondbacks 7–5 Redman (3–2) Kim (1–5) 29,380 14–14 W1
29 April 30 @ Diamondbacks 3–7 Batista (1–2) Pavano (2–4) Mantei (4) 24,306 14–15 L1
May (12–16)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
30 May 1 @ Diamondbacks 4–3 Almanza (3–0) Villarreal (1–2) Looper (5) 25,044 15–15 W1
31 May 2 @ Astros 3–4 Stone (2–0) Penny (2–2) Wagner (5) 22,659 15–16 L1
32 May 3 @ Astros 2–5 Redding (3–2) Wayne (0–2) Dotel (2) 28,188 15–17 L2
33 May 4 @ Astros 2–5 Lidge (3–0) Spooneybarger (1–1) Wagner (6) 31,764 15–18 L3
34 May 6 Giants 2–4 Nathan (3–0) Almanza (3–1) Worrell (9) 11,701 15–19 L4
35 May 7 Giants 2–3 Moss (5–0) Beckett (2–3) Worrell (10) 11,464 15–20 L5
36 May 8 Giants 2–3 Nathan (4–0) Looper (2–1) Worrell (11) 13,812 15–21 L6
37 May 9 Rockies 5–4 Looper (3–1) Speier (2–1) 10,272 16–21 W1
38 May 10 Rockies 4–5 Jennings (3–3) Tejera (0–1) Jimenez (8) 16,543 16–22 L1
39 May 11 Rockies 7–2 Pavano (3–4) Cook (1–3) 9,205 17–22 W1
40 May 12 @ Padres 6–1 Levrault (1–0) Condrey (1–2) 15,869 18–22 W2
41 May 13 @ Padres 5–6 (10) Herges (1–0) Looper (3–2) 13,203 18–23 L1
42 May 14 @ Padres 10–3 Willis (1–0) Bynum (0–2) 10,935 19–23 W1
43 May 16 @ Dodgers 1–2 Dreifort (3–3) Almanza (3–2) Gagne (13) 47,383 19–24 L1
44 May 17 @ Dodgers 1–4 Perez (3–2) Tejera (0–2) Gagne (14) 38,248 19–25 L2
45 May 18 @ Dodgers 1–2 Nomo (5–4) Penny (2–3) Gagne (15) 43,775 19–26 L3
46 May 20 @ Expos 4–6 Vazquez (4–2) Willis (1–1) Biddle (13) 5,435 19–27 L4
47 May 21 @ Expos 2–7 Vargas (2–1) Pavano (3–5) 5,282 19–28 L5
48 May 22 @ Expos 2–8 Hernandez (4–2) Tejera (0–3) 6,249 19–29 L6
49 May 23 @ Reds 8–4 Phelps (1–0) Austin (2–2) 30,596 20–29 W1
50 May 24 @ Reds 5–4 Penny (3–3) Wilson (2–4) Looper (6) 41,285 21–29 W2
51 May 25 @ Reds 6–2 Willis (2–1) Graves (3–3) Looper (7) 35,073 22–29 W3
52 May 26 Expos 5–1 Pavano (4–5) Vargas (2–2) 8,362 23–29 W4
May 27 Expos Postponed (rain, makeup May 28)
53 May 28 (1) Expos 4–3 Phelps (2–0) Hernandez (4–3) Looper (8) N/A 24–29 W5
54 May 28 (2) Expos 6–0 Tejera (1–3) Day (4–3) 9,169 25–29 W6
55 May 29 Expos 2–3 Ohka (4–5) Almanza (3–3) Biddle (15) 9,052 25–30 L1
56 May 30 Reds 3–4 (11) White (3–0) Almanza (3–4) Williamson (12) 17,385 25–31 L2
57 May 31 Reds 3–2 Willis (3–1) Graves (3–4) Looper (9) 16,190 26–31 W1
June (16–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
58 June 1 Reds 6–9 Sullivan (6–0) Pavano (4–6) Williamson (13) 12,236 26–32 L1
59 June 3 Athletics 13–2 Penny (4–3) Mulder (8–3) 10,195 27–32 W1
60 June 4 Athletics 5–6 Bradford (4–3) Spooneybarger (1–2) Foulke (15) 10,215 27–33 L1
61 June 5 Athletics 2–0 Willis (4–1) Lilly (3–4) Looper (10) 10,140 28–33 W1
62 June 6 Angels 4–1 Pavano (5–6) Appier (4–3) Looper (11) 13,188 29–33 W2
63 June 7 Angels 2–9 Sele (3–3) Phelps (2–1) 23,483 29–34 L1
64 June 8 Angels 5–8 Ortiz (6–5) Penny (4–4) Percival (8) 12,620 29–35 L2
65 June 10 @ Brewers 12–4 Redman (4–2) Sheets (6–5) 11,598 30–35 W1
66 June 11 @ Brewers 6–5 Willis (5–1) Franklin (3–5) Looper (12) 12,419 31–35 W2
67 June 12 @ Brewers 5–6 Kinney (5–4) Pavano (5–7) DeJean (15) 13,075 31–36 L1
68 June 13 @ Rangers 8–0 Penny (5–4) Mounce (0–1) 26,075 32–36 W1
69 June 14 @ Rangers 2–13 Valdez (6–2) Phelps (2–2) 37,443 32–37 L1
70 June 15 @ Rangers 10–4 Redman (5–2) Thomson (4–8) 26,021 33–37 W1
71 June 16 Mets 1–0 Willis (6–1) Glavine (5–7) 10,624 34–37 W2
72 June 17 Mets 0–5 Seo (5–2) Pavano (5–8) 10,359 34–38 L1
73 June 18 Mets 5–10 Leiter (8–3) Penny (5–5) Wheeler (1) 11,326 34–39 L2
74 June 19 Mets 5–1 Phelps (3–2) Bacsik (1–2) 10,400 35–39 W1
75 June 20 Devil Rays 3–1 (11) Almanza (4–4) Levine (2–5) 12,515 36–39 W2
76 June 21 Devil Rays 2–0 (5) Willis (7–1) Standridge (0–2) 15,397 37–39 W3
77 June 22 Devil Rays 3–2 Pavano (6–8) Gonzalez (3–3) Looper (13) 10,392 38–39 W4
78 June 24 @ Mets 8–4 Penny (6–5) Leiter (8–4) Tejera (1) 22,226 39–39 W5
79 June 25 @ Mets 3–6 Trachsel (6–5) Redman (5–3) Benitez (18) 22,563 39–40 L1
80 June 26 @ Mets 6–1 Willis (8–1) Heilman (0–1) 30,378 40–40 W1
81 June 27 @ Red Sox 8–25 Kim (3–6) Pavano (6–9) 34,764 40–41 L1
82 June 28 @ Red Sox 10–9 Bump (1–0) Lyon (3–4) Looper (14) 34,804 41–41 W1
83 June 29 @ Red Sox 7–11 Lowe (9–3) Penny (6–6) 34,476 41–42 L1
84 June 30 Braves 8–1 Redman (6–3) Maddux (6–8) 11,254 42–42 W1
July (17–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
85 July 1 Braves 20–1 Beckett (3–3) Hampton (3–5) 13,073 43–42 W2
86 July 2 Braves 1–2 (13) Gryboski (5–3) Almanza (4–5) Smoltz (30) 30,634 43–43 L1
87 July 4 @ Phillies 2–1 Looper (4–2) Mesa (3–5) 19,690 44–43 W1
88 July 5 @ Phillies 5–4 Penny (7–6) Padilla (7–8) Looper (15) 52,110 45–43 W2
89 July 6 @ Phillies 6–3 Redman (7–3) Wolf (9–4) 26,244 46–43 W3
90 July 7 @ Cubs 3–6 Clement (6–7) Beckett (3–4) Borowski (17) 38,662 46–44 L1
91 July 8 @ Cubs 4–3 Bump (2–0) Remlinger (5–3) Looper (16) 33,227 47–44 W1
92 July 9 @ Cubs 1–5 Wood (9–6) Pavano (6–10) 33,054 47–45 L1
93 July 11 @ Expos 5–4 Penny (8–6) Biddle (3–4) Looper (17) 7,251 48–45 W1
94 July 12 @ Expos 1–7 Hernandez (9–6) Redman (7–4) 28,170 48–46 L1
95 July 13 @ Expos 11–4 Willis (9–1) Vargas (6–5) 16,084 49–46 W1
July 15 74th All-Star Game in Chicago, IL
96 July 18 Cubs 6–0 Redman (8–4) Clement (7–8) 26,174 50–46 W2
97 July 19 Cubs 0–1 Wood (10–6) Penny (8–7) 30,432 50–47 L1
98 July 20 Cubs 2–16 Zambrano (7–8) Willis (9–2) 25,574 50–48 L2
99 July 21 Expos 4–1 Beckett (4–4) Knott (0–1) 10,769 51–48 W1
100 July 22 Expos 9–1 Pavano (7–10) Ohka (7–10) 10,512 52–48 W2
101 July 23 @ Braves 5–4 (12) Bump (3–0) Hodges (3–1) 27,137 53–48 W3
102 July 24 @ Braves 2–5 Ortiz (14–4) Penny (8–8) Smoltz (37) 33,711 53–49 L1
103 July 25 Phillies 11–5 Urbina (1–4) Williams (1–4) 18,106 54–49 W1
104 July 26 Phillies 10–5 Beckett (5–4) Duckworth (3–5) Looper (18) 20,545 55–49 W2
105 July 27 Phillies 7–6 Urbina (2–4) Williams (1–5) 12,467 56–49 W3
106 July 28 Diamondbacks 3–2 Redman (9–4) Batista (7–6) Looper (19) 10,472 57–49 W4
107 July 29 Diamondbacks 2–1 Penny (9–8) Webb (7–4) Looper (20) 11,469 58–49 W5
108 July 30 Diamondbacks 3–1 Willis (10–2) Johnson (1–4) Looper (21) 37,735 59–49 W6
August (14–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
109 August 1 Astros 1–2 Redding (8–9) Beckett (5–5) Wagner (32) 12,392 59–50 L1
110 August 2 Astros 5–2 Pavano (8–10) Robertson (10–5) Looper (22) 25,206 60–50 W1
111 August 3 Astros 1–3 Fernandez (1–0) Redman (9–5) Wagner (33) 12,262 60–51 L1
112 August 5 @ Cardinals 4–0 Penny (10–8) Williams (14–5) 35,468 61–51 W1
113 August 6 @ Cardinals 7–3 Willis (11–2) Haren (2–3) 31,606 62–51 W2
114 August 7 @ Cardinals 0–3 Tomko (8–7) Beckett (5–6) Isringhausen (9) 31,002 62–52 L1
115 August 8 @ Brewers 5–3 Pavano (9–10) Sheets (10–9) Looper (23) 25,022 63–52 W1
116 August 9 @ Brewers 7–1 Redman (10–5) Manning (0–2) 28,488 64–52 W2
117 August 10 @ Brewers 4–5 de los Santos (2–3) Penny (10–9) Kolb (6) 37,521 64–53 L1
118 August 11 Dodgers 3–9 Od. Perez (8–9) Willis (11–3) 20,288 64–54 L2
119 August 12 Dodgers 5–4 (13) Fox (2–2) Shuey (4–4) 12,025 65–54 W1
120 August 13 Dodgers 2–1 (11) Bump (4–0) Alvarez (0–1) 12,323 66–54 W2
121 August 14 Dodgers 4–6 Brown (12–6) Redman (10–6) Gagne (40) 12,561 66–55 L1
122 August 15 Padres 10–0 Penny (11–9) Ol. Perez (4–6) 18,349 67–55 W1
123 August 16 Padres 6–3 Fox (3–2) Witasick (3–3) Looper (24) 26,104 68–55 W2
124 August 17 Padres 11–7 Beckett (6–6) Eaton (7–9) Tejera (2) 12,052 69–55 W3
125 August 19 @ Rockies 2–10 Stark (2–1) Pavano (9–11) 25,889 69–56 L1
126 August 20 @ Rockies 3–9 Vance (1–0) Redman (10–7) 23,534 69–57 L2
127 August 21 @ Rockies 4–5 Speier (3–1) Looper (4–3) 23,846 69–58 L3
128 August 22 @ Giants 4–6 Ponson (15–9) Willis (11–4) Worrell (26) 42,244 69–59 L4
129 August 23 @ Giants 2–3 Brower (8–4) Beckett (6–7) Worrell (27) 42,189 69–60 L5
130 August 24 @ Giants 7–4 Pavano (10–11) Reuter (7–4) 41.886 70–60 W1
131 August 26 @ Pirates 3–4 Lincoln (2–4) Redman (10–8) Tavarez (3) 12,219 70–61 L1
132 August 27 @ Pirates 0–4 Wells (6–7) Penny (11–10) 18,264 70–62 L2
133 August 28 @ Pirates 0–5 Fogg (8–7) Willis (11–5) 12,679 70–63 L3
134 August 29 Expos 3–2 Looper (5–3) Biddle (4–8) 12,231 71–63 W1
135 August 30 Expos 4–3 Pavano (11–11) Hernandez (14–8) Looper (25) 20,724 72–63 W2
136 August 31 Expos 5–3 Redman (11–8) Day (7–6) Urbina (27) 11,105 73–63 W3
September (18–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
137 September 1 Expos 5–2 Penny (12–10) Ohka (8–11) Looper (26) 12,413 74–63 W4
138 September 2 Pirates 2–3 Wells (7–7) Willis (11–6) Tavarez (4) 10,327 74–64 L1
139 September 3 Pirates 3–0 Beckett (7–7) Fogg (8–8) Urbina (28) 11,135 75–64 W1
140 September 4 Pirates 5–1 Tejera (2–3) Torres (5–4) 10,213 76–64 W2
141 September 5 @ Expos[a] 2–6 Hernandez (15–8) Redman (11–9) 11,509 76–65 L1
142 September 6 @ Expos[a] 14–4 Penny (13–10) Ohka (8–12) 14,570 77–65 W1
143 September 7 @ Expos[a] 3–1 Willis (12–6) Vazquez (12–10) Looper (27) 12,647 78–65 W2
144 September 8 @ Mets 5–0 Beckett (8–7) Trachsel (14–9) 15,155 79–65 W3
145 September 9 @ Mets 3–1 Urbina (3–4) Weathers (1–6) Looper (28) 29,410 80–65 W4
146 September 10 @ Mets 7–3 Redman (12–9) Seo (8–11) 16,699 81–65 W5
147 September 12 Braves 5–4 Looper (6–3) King (3–3) 25,622 82–65 W6
148 September 13 Braves 8–3 Willis (13–6) Ortiz (19–7) 40,414 83–65 W7
149 September 14 Braves 4–8 Cunnane (2–1) Looper (6–4) 18,725 83–66 L1
150 September 16 @ Phillies 0–14 Padilla (14–10) Pavano (11–12) 36,479 83–67 L2
151 September 17 @ Phillies 11–4 Redman (13–9) Myers (14–8) 33,761 84–67 W1
152 September 18 @ Phillies 4–5 Cormier (7–0) Fox (3–3) 20,950 84–68 L1
153 September 19 @ Braves 0–1 Ortiz (20–7) Beckett (8–8) 35,942 84–69 L2
154 September 20 @ Braves 6–5 (11) Helling (8–8) Cunnane (2–2) 42,496 85–69 W1
155 September 21 @ Braves 0–8 Maddux (15–11) Pavano (11–13) 33,827 85–70 L1
156 September 22 @ Braves 6–3 Redman (14–9) Hampton (14–8) Urbina (29) 17,345 86–70 W1
157 September 23 Phillies 5–4 Tejera (3–3) Williams (1–7) Urbina (30) 25,311 87–70 W2
158 September 24 Phillies 6–5 Beckett (9–8) Myers (14–9) Urbina (31) 28,520 88–70 W3
159 September 25 Phillies 8–4 Penny (14–10) Wolf (16–10) 31,935 89–70 W4
160 September 26 Mets 4–3 Pavano (12–13) Heilman (2–7) Urbina (32) 33,215 90–70 W5
161 September 27 Mets 3–9 Seo (9–11) Tejera (3–4) 30,204 90–71 L1
162 September 28 Mets 4–0 Willis (14–6) Griffiths (1–4) 27,529 91–71 W1
  1. ^ a b c Games the Montreal Expos played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the 2003 season counted as Expos home games.

Postseason Game Log

Legend
Marlins Win Marlins Loss Game Postponed
2003 Postseason Game Log (11–6)
NLDS vs San Francisco (3–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 September 30 @ Giants 0–2 Schmidt (1–0) Beckett (0–1) 43,704 0–1
2 October 1 @ Giants 9–5 Pavano (1–0) Nathan (0–1) 43,766 1–1
3 October 3 Giants 4–3 (11) Looper (1–0) Worrell (0–1) 61,488 2–1
4 October 4 Giants 7–6 Pavano (2–0) Rodriguez (0–1) Urbina (1) 65,464 3–1
NLCS vs Chicago (4–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 7 @ Cubs 9–8 (11) Urbina (1–0) Guthrie (0–1) Looper (1) 39,567 1–0
2 October 8 @ Cubs 3–12 Prior (1–0) Penny (0–1) 39,562 1–1
3 October 10 Cubs 4–5 (11) Borowski (1–0) Tejera (0–1) Remlinger (1) 65,115 1–2
4 October 11 Cubs 3–8 Clement (1–0) Willis (0–1) 65,829 1–3
5 October 12 Cubs 4–0 Beckett (1–0) Zambrano (0–1) 65,279 2–3
6 October 14 @ Cubs 8–3 Fox (1–0) Prior (1–1) 39,577 3–3
7 October 15 @ Cubs 9–6 Penny (1–1) Wood (0–1) Urbina (1) 39,574 4–3
World Series vs New York (4–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 18 @ Yankees 3–2 Penny (1–0) Wells (0–1) Urbina (1) 55,769 1–0
2 October 19 @ Yankees 1–6 Pettitte (1–0) Redman (0–1) 55,750 1–1
3 October 21 Yankees 1–6 Mussina (1–0) Beckett (0–1) Rivera (1) 65,731 1–2
4 October 22 Yankees 4–3 (12) Looper (1–0) Weaver (0–1) 65,934 2–2
5 October 23 Yankees 6–4 Penny (2–0) Contreras (0–1) Urbina (2) 65,975 3–2
6 October 25 @ Yankees 2–0 Beckett (1–1) Pettitte (1–1) 55,773 4–2

Sluggish start

Jeff Torborg, the manager at the start of the season, led the team to a 16-22 start. Adding to that, their three top pitchers A. J. Burnett, Josh Beckett and Mark Redman, had each endured injuries that season, but Beckett and Redman were able to return to finish the rest of 2003. On May 11, Torborg was fired and replaced with Jack McKeon, a 72-year-old who began his major league managerial career in 1973 with the Kansas City Royals.

Midseason acquisitions

Roster

2003 Florida Marlins
Roster
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Infielders

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Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

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Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Iván Rodríguez 144 511 152 .297 16 85
1B Derrek Lee 155 539 146 .271 31 92
2B Luis Castillo 152 595 187 .314 6 39
3B Mike Lowell 130 492 136 .276 32 105
SS Álex González 150 528 135 .256 18 77
LF Todd Hollandsworth 93 228 58 .254 3 20
CF Juan Pierre 162 668 204 .305 1 41
RF Juan Encarnación 156 601 162 .270 19 94

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Other batters

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
Miguel Cabrera 87 314 84 .268 12 62
Brian Banks 92 149 35 .235 4 23
Mike Redmond 59 125 30 .240 0 11
Andy Fox 70 108 21 .194 0 8
Mike Mordecai 65 89 19 .213 2 8
Jeff Conine 25 84 20 .238 5 15
Ramón Castro 40 53 15 .283 5 8
Gerald Williams 27 31 4 .129 0 3
Chad Allen 12 24 5 .208 0 0
Lenny Harris 13 14 4 .286 0 1

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Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA SO
Carl Pavano 33 32 201.0 12 13 4.30 133
Brad Penny 32 32 196.1 14 10 4.13 138
Mark Redman 29 29 190.2 14 9 3.59 151
Dontrelle Willis 27 27 160.2 14 6 3.30 142
Josh Beckett 24 23 142.0 9 8 3.04 152
A. J. Burnett 4 4 23.0 0 2 4.70 21
Justin Wayne 2 2 5.1 0 2 11.81 1

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Michael Tejera 50 81.0 3 4 4.67 58
Tommy Phelps 27 63.0 3 2 4.00 43

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Braden Looper 74 6 4 28 3.68 56
Armando Almanza 51 4 5 0 6.08 49
Tim Spooneybarger 33 1 2 0 4.07 32
Ugueth Urbina 33 3 0 6 1.41 37
Nate Bump 32 4 0 0 4.71 17
Chad Fox 21 2 1 0 2.13 27
Allen Levrault 19 1 0 0 3.86 21
Blaine Neal 18 0 0 0 8.14 10
Vladimir Núñez 14 0 3 0 16.03 10
Rick Helling 11 1 0 0 0.55 12
Juan Alvarez 9 0 0 0 3.09 6
Kevin Olsen 7 0 0 0 12.75 12
Toby Borland 7 0 0 0 1.86 4

Postseason

With a 4–3 win over the New York Mets on September 26, the Marlins clinched their second wildcard in team history, and finishing with an overall record of 91–71.

National League Division Series

Main article: 2003 National League Division Series

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 Rodríguez 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.

NLCS

Main article: 2003 National League Championship Series

The 2003 National League Championship Series is arguably one of the most famous (or infamous) 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 Prior and Kerry Wood on 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. This was the game of the Steve Bartman incident. In Game Seven, Brad Penny drove it home for the Fish, clinching their second pennant in 6 years.

2003 World Series

Main article: 2003 World Series

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 because there had not been a World Series played in what would have been its second year (1904), and the cancellation of all post-season play as a result of the strike in 1994, it was only the 99th World Series played. Josh Beckett was named the World Series MVP.

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 stunned the Yankees, shocked New York, and this improbable team, improbable ride, they end up on top, winning in 6 games over the Yankees.

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast League Dean Treanor
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Tracy Woodson
A Jupiter Hammerheads Florida State League Luis Dorante
A Greensboro Bats South Atlantic League Steve Phillips
A-Short Season Jamestown Jammers New York–Penn League Benny Castillo
Rookie GCL Marlins Gulf Coast League Tim Cossins

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