2003 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record83–79 (.512)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)David Glass
General manager(s)Allard Baird
Manager(s)Tony Peña
Local televisionKMCI
Royals Sports Television Network
(Paul Splittorff, Bob Davis)
Local radioKMBZ
(Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, Fred White)
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The 2003 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing third in the American League Central, with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses. It was the only winning season for the franchise between 1994 and 2013.

2003 was a hopeful and promising winning season ("We Believe" was the slogan) for the Royals, as they begin the season winning their first 9 games, and the team spent 93 days in first place in the AL Central. But the team faded down the stretch, falling out of first place for the last time on August 31, and were eliminated from playoff contention on September 23.

Offseason

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 90 72 0.556 48–33 42–39
Chicago White Sox 86 76 0.531 4 51–30 35–46
Kansas City Royals 83 79 0.512 7 40–40 43–39
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 22 38–43 30–51
Detroit Tigers 43 119 0.265 47 23–58 20–61


Record vs. opponents


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


Roster

2003 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

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 Brent Mayne 113 372 91 .245 6 36
1B Ken Harvey 135 485 129 .266 13 64
2B Desi Relaford 141 500 127 .254 8 59
SS Ángel Berroa 158 567 163 .287 17 73
3B Joe Randa 131 502 146 .291 16 72
LF Raúl Ibañez 157 608 179 .294 18 90
CF Carlos Beltrán 141 521 160 .307 26 100
RF Aaron Guiel 99 354 98 .277 15 52
DH Mike Sweeney 108 392 115 .293 16 83

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
Michael Tucker 104 389 102 .262 13 55
Carlos Febles 74 196 46 .235 0 11
Mike Difelice 62 189 48 .254 3 25
Dee Brown 50 132 30 .227 2 14
Mendy López 52 94 26 .277 3 11
Rondell White 22 75 26 .347 4 21
Julius Matos 28 57 15 .263 2 7
Brandon Berger 13 32 7 .219 0 3
Brent Abernathy 10 27 2 .074 0 0
Jarrod Patterson 13 22 4 .182 0 0
Morgan Burkhart 6 15 3 .200 0 1
Tom Prince 8 8 2 .250 0 1
David DeJesus 12 7 2 .286 0 0
Rontrez Johnson 8 3 1 .333 0 0
Travis Dawkins 3 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting 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
Darrell May 35 210.0 10 8 3.77 115
Chris George 18 93.2 9 6 7.11 39
Runelvys Hernández 16 91.2 7 5 4.61 48
Kyle Snyder 15 85.1 1 6 5.17 39
José Lima 14 73.1 8 3 4.91 32
Jimmy Gobble 9 52.2 4 5 4.61 31
Brian Anderson 7 49.2 5 1 3.99 15
Miguel Asencio 8 48.1 2 1 5.21 27
Paul Abbott 10 47.2 1 2 5.29 32
Jamey Wright 4 25.1 1 2 4.26 19
Kevin Appier 4 19.0 1 2 4.26 5

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
Jeremy Affeldt 36 126.0 7 6 3.93 98
Kris Wilson 29 72.2 6 3 5.33 42
Brad Voyles 11 31.1 0 2 7.18 24

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
Jason Grimsley 76 2 6 0 5.16 58
Mike MacDougal 68 3 5 27 4.08 57
D.J. Carrasco 50 6 5 2 4.82 57
Sean Lowe 28 1 1 0 6.25 28
Curt Leskanic 27 1 0 2 1.73 22
Nate Field 19 1 1 0 4.15 19
Al Levine 18 0 1 1 2.53 5
Graeme Lloyd 16 0 2 0 10.95 8
Albie Lopez 15 4 2 0 12.71 15
Jason Gilfillan 13 2 0 0 7.71 12
Ryan Bukvich 9 1 0 0 9.58 8
Les Walrond 7 0 2 0 10.13 6
Rick DeHart 4 0 2 0 13.50 1
Scott Mullen 2 0 0 0 16.62 3
Jeremy Hill 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals Pacific Coast League Mike Jirschele
AA Wichita Wranglers Texas League Keith Bodie
A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Billy Gardner Jr.
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Joe Szekely
Rookie AZL Royals Blue Arizona League Kevin Boles
Rookie AZL Royals Gold Arizona League Lloyd Simmons

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: AZL Royals Blue[4]

Notes

  1. ^ "AJ Hinch Stats".
  2. ^ "Buddy Carlyle Stats".
  3. ^ "2003 Kansas City Royals Statistics".
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

References