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The 2003 season of the American League was the one hundred third season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 Minnesota Twins 162 90 72 0 .556 -.- 801 (4.94) 758 (4.68) 0.277 0.341 0.431 4.41 0.985
2 Chicago White Sox 162 86 76 0 .531 4.0 791 (4.88) 715 (4.41) 0.263 0.331 0.446 4.17 0.984
3 Kansas City Royals 162 83 79 0 .512 7.0 836 (5.16) 867 (5.35) 0.274 0.336 0.427 5.06 0.982
4 Cleveland Indians 162 68 94 0 .420 22.0 699 (4.31) 778 (4.80) 0.254 0.316 0.401 4.21 0.980
5 Detroit Tigers 162 43 119 0 .265 47.0 591 (3.65) 928 (5.73) 0.240 0.300 0.375 5.30 0.978
Eastern Division
1 New York Yankees 163 101 61 1 .620 -.- 877 (5.38) 716 (4.39) 0.271 0.356 0.453 4.02 0.981
2 Boston Red Sox* 162 95 67 0 .586 6.0 961 (5.93) 809 (4.99) 0.289 0.360 0.491 4.48 0.982
3 Toronto Blue Jays 162 86 76 0 .531 15.0 894 (5.52) 826 (5.10) 0.279 0.349 0.455 4.69 0.981
4 Baltimore Orioles 163 71 91 1 .436 30.0 743 (4.56) 820 (5.03) 0.268 0.323 0.405 4.76 0.983
5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 162 63 99 0 .389 38.0 715 (4.41) 852 (5.26) 0.265 0.320 0.404 4.93 0.983
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 96 66 0 .593 -.- 768 (4.74) 643 (3.97) 0.254 0.327 0.417 3.63 0.983
2 Seattle Mariners 162 93 69 0 .574 3.0 795 (4.91) 637 (3.93) 0.271 0.344 0.410 3.76 0.989
3 Anaheim Angels 162 77 85 0 .475 19.0 736 (4.54) 743 (4.59) 0.268 0.330 0.413 4.28 0.982
4 Texas Rangers 162 71 91 0 .438 25.0 826 (5.10) 969 (5.98) 0.266 0.330 0.454 5.67 0.985

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Hideki Matsui New York Yankees 163
At Bats Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees 682
Runs Scored Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 124
Hits Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays 215
Doubles Garret Anderson
Vernon Wells
Anaheim Angels
Toronto Blue Jays
49
Triples Cristian Guzman Minnesota Twins 14
Home Runs Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 47
Total Bases Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays 373
Runs Batted In Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays 145
Stolen Bases Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55
Caught Stealing Alex Sanchez Milwaukee Brewers/Detroit Tigers 18
Walks Jason Giambi New York Yankees 129
Intentional Base-on-Balls Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox 28
Hit by Pitch Jason Giambi New York Yankees 21
Strikeouts Jason Giambi New York Yankees 140
Sacrifice Hits Ramon Santiago Detroit Tigers 18
Sacrifice Flies Jeff Conine Baltimore Orioles/Florida Marlins 12
Grounded into Double Plays Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox 28
Batting Average Bill Mueller Boston Red Sox 0.326
On-Base Percentage Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox 0.427
Slugging Percentage Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 0.600
On-Base plus Slugging Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays 1.019
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays 160

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 22
Losses Mike Maroth Detroit Tigers 21
Win-Loss Percentage Johan Santana Minnesota Twins 0.800
Appearances Trever Miller Toronto Blue Jays 79
Games Started Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 36
Complete Games Bartolo Colon
Roy Halladay
Mark Mulder
Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Oakland Athletics
9
Shutouts Roy Halladay
Tim Hudson
John Lackey
Mark Mulder
Joel Pineiro
Toronto Blue Jays
Oakland Athletics
Anaheim Angels
Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners
2
Games Finished Keith Foulke Oakland Athletics 67
Saves Keith Foulke Oakland Athletics 43
Innings Pitched Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 266.0
Batters Faced Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 1071
Hits Allowed Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 253
Home Runs Allowed Ryan Franklin
Mike Maroth
Jarrod Washburn
Seattle Mariners
Detroit Tigers
Anaheim Angels
34
Base-on-Balls Allowed Victor Zambrano Tampa Bay Devil Rays 106
Intentional Base-on-Balls Chad Bradford
Tim Hudson
Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
9
Hit Batsmen Victor Zambrano Tampa Bay Devil Rays 20
Strikeouts Esteban Loaiza Chicago White Sox 207
Wild Pitches Victor Zambrano Tampa Bay Devil Rays 15
Balks Ted Lilly
Kenny Rogers
Oakland Athletics
Minnesota Twins
4
Runs Allowed Cory Lidle Toronto Blue Jays 133
Earned Runs Allowed Cory Lidle
Mike Maroth
Toronto Blue Jays
Detroit Tigers
123
Earned Run Average Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 2.22
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox 1.039

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League won the seventy-fourth midsummer classic at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 by a score of 7 to 6. The league's manager was Mike Scioscia.

[edit] Postseason

The 2003 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
East.  New York Yankees 3  
Cent.  Minnesota Twins 1  
    East.  New York Yankees 4
  WC  Boston Red Sox 3
West.  Oakland Athletics 2
WC  Boston Red Sox 3  

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees were defeated by the National League's Florida Marlins, 4 games to 2.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Alex Rodriguez, a shortstop with the Texas Rangers. In the award's voting, he had 242 out of a possible 392 points and 6 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays. In the award's voting, he had 136 out of a possible 140 points and 26 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Angel Berroa, a shortstop with the Kansas City Royals. In the award's voting, he had 88 out of a possible 140 points and 12 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Mike Mussina New York Yankees
C Bengie Molina Anaheim Angels
1B John Olerud Seattle Mariners
2B Bret Boone Seattle Mariners
3B Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics
SS Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers
OF Mike Cameron Seattle Mariners
Torii Hunter Minnesota Twins
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Jorge Posada New York Yankees
1B Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays
2B Bret Boone Seattle Mariners
3B Bill Mueller Boston Red Sox
SS Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers
OF Garret Anderson Anaheim Angels
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays
DH Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifty-seventh annual Hall of Fame Game was played on June 16 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Tampa Bay Devil Rays lost to the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League by a score of 7 to 5.

[edit] Notable events

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