Looking back at a team that surprised many, the 2003 Chicago Cubs still lie in the memories of many fans. Does that team compare to many of the recent successful Cubs teams?
An amazing story that ended in heartbreak, the 2003 Chicago Cubs team is still one of the most talked about teams in franchise history. In the first year under veteran coach Dusty Baker, the squad went from losing 95 games in 2002 to winning the NL Central and going to the NLCS. We all know what happened against the Marlins…so we will not relive those specific moments in detail.
Even with the loss, the 2003 Cubs made it closer to the World Series than any other Cubs team since 1945 outside the 2016 squad. Even 1984, 2015 and 2017 teams did not get as close to a pennant than this group did.
The club went 88-74, finishing a game above the Houston Astros. Comparing to win-records of Cubs teams of the 21st century they are the seventh-highest since 2000 and have the second-fewest wins among Cubs postseason teams in the postseason era (85 wins in 2007). How good was this team overall? Here is a detailed look.