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2003 Minnesota Twins
AL Central Champions
Major league affiliations
2003 information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television KSTC-TV
FSN North
(Bert Blyleven, Dick Bremer)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal,John Gordon, Dan Gladden)

After winning the American League Central Division in 2002, the 2003 Minnesota Twins were looking to repeat division titles for the first time since 1969 and 1970. A spark for the team was the July trade of Bobby Kielty for Shannon Stewart. Stewart provided a veteran presence at the top of the lineup that the team had previously lacked. The team met its goal of reaching the playoffs, but once again fell short in the postseason. The Twins lost in four games to the New York Yankees during the AL Division Series. 2003 would be the last year several key players played with the team.



Regular season

Under second year manager Ron Gardenhire, The Twins did not look so good coming out of the gates going 12-14 in March and April. However, they picked it up by going 19-9 in May, improving their record to 31-23 (.574). After having another tough string of games during the middle of the season, the Twins were looking for a jump start. They got it when on July 16 they traded RF Bobby Kielty to Toronto for LF Shannon Stewart. Going into the final month of the season with a record of 71-65 it looked as though the Twins may not win the division, but they finished with a stellar September going 19-7; including an 11-game winning streak. They ended up with a 90-72 (.556) record which was good enough to win the mediocre AL Central.



Catcher A.J. Pierzynski enjoyed his highest career batting average (.312) in his final year with the Twins. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz rebounded from a poor 2002 season by hitting .300 -- although his power numbers (11 home runs) were low for his position. Luis Rivas cemented his reputation as a mediocre hitter, batting .259 with a .308 on base percentage. Corey Koskie saw his average go up to .292 after a dip in 2002. For the third time in four years, shortstop Cristian Guzman led the majors in triples, this year with 14. Jacque Jones and Torii Hunter were capable hitters in the outfield, with Jones batting .304 and Hunter driving in a career high 102 runs. Stewart hit .322 in 270 at bats for the team.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Torii Hunter 26
RBI Torii Hunter 102
BA A.J. Pierzynski .312
Runs Torii Hunter 83


Brad Radke, Kenny Rogers, and Kyle Lohse filled the first three spots in the starting rotation throughout the year. All three had winning records and ERAs in the mid-fours. Joe Mays and Rick Reed each made 21 mediocre starts. The leftover starts were mostly left to Johan Santana, who made 18, establishing a foundation that would enable him to win a Cy Young Award the following year. Eric Milton was injured most of the year, and appeared in only three games.

In the bullpen, Eddie Guardado was once again a reliable closer, with LaTroy Hawkins as his primary set-up man. Juan Rincón was also able to establish himself as a reliable set-up man, but the other bullpen spots were uncertain. J.C. Romero regressed in quality, with a 5.00 ERA. As one might expect, experiments with veterans such as James Baldwin, Carlos Pulido, and the ancient Jesse Orosco did not pan out.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Brad Radke 4.49
Wins Brad Radke and Kyle Lohse 14
Saves Eddie Guardado 41
Strikeouts Johan Santana 169


The infield of Pierzynski, Mientkiewicz, Rivas, Guzman, and Koskie was reliable. Jacque Jones was solid in left, although Shannon Stewart saw time there when he was acquired for Bobby Kielty. Torii Hunter had a Gold Glove year in center field. Right field was manned by the platoon of Dustan Mohr and Bobby Kielty (the duo was dubbed "Dusty Kielmohr") until the arrival of Stewart.

Season standings

AL Central W L GB Pct.
Minnesota Twins 90 72 -- .556
Chicago White Sox 86 76 4 .531
Kansas City Royals 83 79 7 .512
Cleveland Indians 68 94 22 .420
Detroit Tigers 43 119 47 .265

Notable transactions


2003 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager



The Twins unfortunately had to face the one team that always seems to beat them: the New York Yankees. The Yankees swept the 7-game regular season series, outscoring the Twins 49-13. Johan Santana and the Twins surprised the Yankees by taking Game One 3-1 at Yankee Stadium. But the Yankees would go on to win the series; winning the next three games 4-1, 3-1, and 8-1. The Yankees eventually lost to the Florida Marlins in the World Series.

See also 2003 American League Division Series.

Player stats


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

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


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games played; GS = Games Started; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Kyle Lohse 33 33 201.0 14 11 4.61 130
Brad Radke 33 33 212.1 14 10 4.49 120
Kenny Rogers 33 31 195.0 13 8 4.57 116
Rick Reed 27 21 135.0 6 12 5.07 71
Eric Milton 3 3 17.0 1 0 2.65 7

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Johan Santana 45 158.1 12 3 3.07 169
Joe Mays 31 130.0 8 8 6.30 50
Carlos Pulido 7 15.2 0 1 4.02 6

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Eddie Guardado 66 3 5 41 2.89 60
LaTroy Hawkins 74 9 3 2 1.86 75
J.C. Romero 73 2 0 0 5.00 50
Juan Rincón 58 5 6 0 3.68 63
Tony Fiore 21 1 1 0 5.50 23
Grant Balfour 17 1 0 0 4.15 30
Micheal Nakamura 12 0 0 1 7.82 14
James Baldwin 10 0 1 1 5.40 7
Jesse Orosco 8 1 1 0 5.79 3
Mike Fetters 5 0 0 0 0.00 1
Brad Thomas 3 0 1 0 7.71 2
Adam Johnson 2 0 1 0 47.26 0

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Phil Roof
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League Stan Cliburn
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Jose Marzan
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Jeff Carter
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Rudy Hernández

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elizabethton[10][11]


  1. ^ Casey Blake page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ José Rodríguez page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Matt Kinney page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Carlos Pulido page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ David Ortiz page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Kenny Rogers page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ a b James Baldwin page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Bobby Kielty page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Jesse Orosco page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  11. ^ Baseball America 2004 Annual Directory

External links

Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
AL Central Championship Season
Succeeded by
Minnesota Twins


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