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2003 Baseball Season

More 2003 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 2003 baseball season, including Roger Clemens of the Yankees winning his 300th game and Juan Pierre leading the National League in steals.

  • Yankee Jason Giambi gives fielders a breather by clubbing 41 homers and topping the American League in walks (129), HBPs (21), and strikeouts (140).
  • Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis wins 2003 National League Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Royals infielder Angel Berroa is named 2003 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Yankees hurler Roger Clemens wins his 300th game and records his 4,000th strikeout in the same game, on June 13 versus St. Louis.
  • Clemens ends the season with 4,099 career strikeouts, an American League record.
  • Detroit loses 119 games to set an American League record.
  • Mike Maroth of the Tigers becomes the first major league pitcher to lose 20 games (9-21) since Oakland's Brian Kingman in 1980.
  • In May, The Walt Disney Company sells the Anaheim Angels to West Coast businessman Arturo Moreno for approximately $182 million.
  • Boston scores ten runs in the first inning on June 27 before Florida can record an out. The Sox win 25-8.
  • Sammy Sosa of the Cubs clubs his 500th homer on April 4.
  • Sosa is suspended for seven games after being caught using a corked bat on June 3.
  • Rafael Palmeiro of Texas slugs his 500th homer on May 11.
  • Greg Maddux of the Braves sets a major league record by winning 15 or more games for the 16th consecutive season.
  • Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal turns an unassisted triple play on August 10.
  • On September 25, Toronto's Carlos Delgado homers in four consecutive at-bats in one game, victimizing the Devil Rays.
  • Major League Baseball forces the Montreal Expos to play 22 "home" games in 2003 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Jesse Orosco, age 46, pitches in 65 games but just 34 innings.
  • Orosco extends his major league record for games pitched to 1,252.
  • Seattle uses just five starting pitchers all year.
  • On July 25, Colorado's Chin-Hui Tsao becomes the first Taiwanese pitcher in major league history.
  • Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford paces the American League in stolen bases (55), but his on-base percentage is just .309.
  • The Marlins' Juan Pierre leads the National League in steals (65), and his club's 150 swipes are the most in the game.
  • Cubs pitchers set a major league record with 1,404 strikeouts.
  • The Braves lead the National League with 907 runs scored.
  • Boston paces the American League with 961 runs.
  • Four Mariners win Gold Gloves: John Olerud, Bret Boone, Mike Cameron, and Ichiro Suzuki.
  • The Cardinals also field four Gold Glovers: Edgar Renteria, Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen, and Mike Matheny.
  • Todd Zeile of the Expos becomes, on September 5, the first player ever to homer for 11 different major league clubs.
  • Brad Wilkerson of the Expos hits for the cycle -- in order -- on June 24.
  • Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium and San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium close down after the conclusion of the regular season.
  • Baltimore pitcher Steve Bechler dies after a spring training workout on February 17. His death is linked to the performance-enhancing Supplement ephedra.
  • Cincinnati first baseman Dernell Stenson is murdered in Phoenix on November 5.
  • The U.S. national baseball team fails to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
  • The BBWAA votes Gary Carter and Eddie Murray into the Hall of Fame.
  • A newly configured Hall of Fame Veterans Committee fails to elect a single player.
  • Florida's Jack McKeon and Kansas City's Tony Pena are named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues.
  • Boston fires manager Grady Little two days after the conclusion of the World Series.

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