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2003 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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General manager(s)  Dan Evans
Manager(s)  Jim Tracy
2003 Los Angeles Dodgers season
Owner(s)  Fox Entertainment Group
Local television  Fox Sports Net West 2; KCOP (13)
Local radio  KFWB Vin Scully, Ross Porter, Rick Monday KWKW Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez, Fernando Valenzuela

The 2003 season was a turbulent period as News Corporation (Fox) was seeking to sell the team. Nevertheless, the Dodgers fell just short of a Wild Card berth, winning 85 games, finishing second in the Western Division of the National League. The Dodgers pitching staff led baseball in earned run average, Éric Gagné became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988 as he converted all 55 of his save opportunities. Shawn Green set a new L.A. Dodger single season record with 49 doubles and Paul Lo Duca had a 25-game hitting streak.

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Offseason

  • December 4, 2002: Acquired Todd Hundley and Chad Hermansen from the Chicago Cubs for Mark Grudzielanek and Eric Karros
  • December 16, 2002: Acquired Derek Thompson from the Chicago Cubs for cash
  • January 25, 2003: Acquired Daryle Ward from the Houston Astros for Ruddy Lugo
  • January 27, 2003: Acquired Jason Romano from the Colorado Rockies for Luke Allen
  • January 30, 2003: Ron Coomer was signed as a Free Agent.
  • Notable transactions

  • July 14, 2003: Acquired Jeromy Burnitz from the New York Mets for Jose S. Diaz, Victor Diaz and Kole Strayhorn
  • July 31, 2003: Acquired Robin Ventura from the New York Yankees for Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor
  • 2003 Awards

  • 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
  • Éric Gagné reserve
  • Paul Lo Duca reserve
  • Kevin Brown did not play due to injury
  • National League Cy Young Award
  • Éric Gagné
  • Rolaids Relief Man of the Year
  • Éric Gagné
  • TSN National League All-Star
  • Éric Gagné
  • TSN NL Pitcher of the Year
  • Éric Gagné
  • TSN NL Reliever of the Year Award
  • Éric Gagné
  • Players choice: NL Outstanding Pitcher
  • Éric Gagné
  • NL Pitcher of the Month
  • Kevin Brown (May 2003)
  • NL Player of the Week
  • Éric Gagné (Aug. 4–10)
  • Major League Baseball Draft

    The Dodgers selected 50 players in this draft. Of those, 12 of them would eventually play Major League baseball.

    The first round pick was right handed pitcher Chad Billingsley from Defiance High School in Defiance, Ohio. He was a 2009 All-Star and pitched eight seasons with the Dodgers with a 81-61 record and 3.65 ERA in 219 games (190 starts) before missing most of 2013 and all of 2014 with serious arm injuries.

    The sixth round pick, outfielder Matt Kemp from Midwest City High School would lead the National League in Home Runs and RBIs in 2011 as well as finishing second in the MVP vote that year.

    The draft class also included catcher A. J. Ellis (18th round), who would become the Dodgers starting catcher in 2012.

    References

    2003 Los Angeles Dodgers season Wikipedia


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