2003 Leaders & Numbers

Albert Pujols earned $900,000, the highest salary earned to date by a third-year player; it wasn’t enough. Carlos Delgado quietly continued his slugging rampage while all but unheard-of Vernon Wells—who seldom spoke a dirty word—complemented Delgado in the Blue Jay lineup with a gosh darn good year. Carlos Beltran was also flying under the radar screen in the relative obscurity of low-budget Kansas City. After spending a moody existence with the Dodgers, Gary Sheffield found “peace of mind” and revitalized numbers in his second—and last—year with the Braves. Aubrey Huff became the Devil Rays’ first genuine slugger brought up through their organization. Eric Gagne produced year-round ninth-inning perfection; his only blown save of the year—at the All-Star Game—bruised only his ego, not his team. Keith Foulke shined as the A’s latest closer de jour, part of a parade of effective relievers who delivered and then quickly left via trade or free agency. Roy Halladay, with a near no-hitter in his first-ever start in 1998, a 10.64 ERA in 2000 and a Class A assignment in 2001, rebounded and emerged as the rock of the Toronto staff. Russ Ortiz, who knocked out the Braves with two NLDS wins in 2002, made up by leading the NL in wins for Atlanta. Jamie Moyer found good company in Cy Young, Pete Alexander, Warren Spahn and Phil Niekro as the only pitchers to win 20 games after age 40.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2003
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Albert Pujols St. Louis 157 .359 591 137 212 51 1 43 124 67 12 10 5 1 13
2. Barry Bonds San Francisco 130 .341 390 111 133 22 1 45 90 87 61 10 7 0 7
3. Todd Helton Colorado 160 .358 583 135 209 49 5 33 117 90 21 2 0 4 19
4. Gary Sheffield Atlanta 155 .330 576 126 190 37 2 39 132 80 6 8 18 4 16
5. Jim Thome Philadelphia 159 .266 578 111 154 30 3 47 131 100 11 4 0 3 5
6. Javy Lopez Atlanta 129 .328 457 89 150 29 3 43 109 28 5 4 0 1 10
7. Richie Sexson Milwaukee 162 .272 606 97 165 28 2 45 124 91 7 9 2 3 18
8. Jim Edmonds St. Louis 137 .275 447 89 123 32 2 39 89 71 7 4 1 3 11
9. Edgar Renteria St. Louis 157 .330 587 96 194 47 1 13 100 53 12 1 34 7 21
10. Luis Gonzalez Arizona 156 .304 579 92 176 46 4 26 104 77 17 3 5 3 19
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2003
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Carlos Delgado Toronto 161 .302 570 117 172 38 1 42 145 86 23 19 0 0 9
2. Alex Rodriguez Texas 161 .298 607 124 181 30 6 47 118 77 10 15 17 3 16
3. Manny Ramirez Boston 154 .325 569 117 185 36 1 37 104 69 28 8 3 1 22
4. Carlos Beltran Kansas City 141 .307 521 102 160 14 10 26 100 68 4 2 41 4 8
5. Bret Boone Seattle 159 .294 622 111 183 35 5 35 117 65 3 7 16 3 17
6. Vernon Wells Toronto 161 .317 678 118 215 49 5 33 117 65 3 17 16 3 17
7. Nomar Garciaparra Boston 156 .301 658 120 198 37 13 28 105 38 1 11 19 5 10
8. David Ortiz Boston 128 .288 448 79 129 39 2 31 101 50 8 1 0 0 9
9. Trot Nixon Boston 134 .306 441 81 135 24 6 28 87 61 4 3 4 2 3
10. Jason Giambi New York 156 .250 535 97 134 25 0 41 107 120 9 21 2 1 9
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2003
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jason Schmidt San Francisco 2.34 17 5 .773 0 0 29 29 207.2 240 54 45 1 7 5 1 17 0 10
2. Kevin Brown Los Angeles 2.39 14 9 .609 0 0 32 32 211 248 56 54 2 5 5 1 14 12 23
3. Mark Prior Chicago 2.43 18 6 .750 0 0 30 30 211.1 279 57 46 4 9 9 0 7 9 14
4. Eric Gagne Los Angeles 1.20 2 3 .400 55 0 77 0 82.1 49 11 18 2 2 3 0 2 1 0
5. Billy Wagner Houston 1.78 1 4 .200 44 3 78 0 86 82 17 18 5 4 3 0 4 3 5
6. Livan Hernandez Montreal 2.20 15 10 .600 0 0 33 33 233.1 346 83 54 3 6 10 1 7 7 21
7. Curt Schilling Arizona 2.43 18 6 .750 0 0 30 30 211.1 279 57 46 4 9 9 0 7 9 14
8. Carlos Zambrano Chicago 3.11 13 11 .542 0 0 32 32 214 260 74 82 12 6 10 1 3 6 24
9. Russ Ortiz Atlanta 3.81 21 7 .750 0 0 34 34 212.1 275 90 95 7 5 4 0 22 7 9
10. Brandon Webb Arizona 2.84 10 9 .526 0 0 29 28 180.2 202 57 64 4 9 13 1 11 3 12
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2003
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Tim Hudson Oakland 2.70 16 7 .696 0 0 34 34 240 272 72 52 9 6 10 0 7 9 23
2. Esteban Loaiza Chicago 2.90 21 9 .700 0 0 34 34 226.1 295 73 54 2 3 10 1 6 10 13
3. Pedro Martinez Boston 2.22 14 4 .778 0 0 29 29 186.2 215 46 47 0 5 9 0 5 3 9
4. Roy Halladay Toronto 3.25 22 7 .759 0 0 36 36 266 399 96 31 1 6 9 1 23 4 23
5. Jamie Moyer Seattle 3.27 21 7 .750 0 0 33 33 215 297 78 63 3 0 8 0 11 10 19
6. Keith Foulke Oakland 2.08 9 1 .900 43 5 72 0 86.2 102 20 18 2 0 7 1 9 4 4
7. Mike Mussina New York 3.40 17 8 .680 0 0 31 31 214.2 300 81 36 4 4 3 0 9 10 11
8. Barry ZIto Oakland 3.30 14 12 .538 0 0 35 35 231.2 275 85 85 3 4 6 0 13 10 18
9. Mariano Rivera New York 1.66 5 2 .714 40 6 64 0 70.2 78 13 9 1 0 4 0 3 3 8
10. Mark Mulder Oakland 3.13 15 9 .625 0 0 26 26 186.2 269 65 38 2 7 2 0 10 17 20

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2003 Awards


NL MVP
Barry Bonds, San Francisco

AL MVP
Alex Rodriguez, Texas


NL Cy Young Award
Eric Gagne, Los Angeles

AL Cy Young Award
Roy Halladay, Toronto


NL Rookie of the Year
Dontrelle Willis, Florida

AL Rookie of the Year
Angel Berroa, Kansas City


NL Manager of the Year
Jack McKeon, Florida

AL Manager of the Year
Tony Pena, Kansas City


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Mike Hampton, Atlanta
C Mike Matheny, St. Louis
1B Derrek Lee, Florida
2B Luis Castillo, Florida
3B Scott Rolen, St. Louis
SS Edgar Renteria, St. Louis
OF Jim Edmonds, St. Louis
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Jose Cruz Jr., San Francisco

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mike Mussina, New York
C Bengie Molina, Anaheim
1B John Olerud, Seattle
2B Bret Boone, Seattle
3B Eric Chavez, Oakland
SS Alex Rodriguez, Texas
OF Mike Cameron, Seattle
OF Torii Hunter, Minnesota
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle