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Colon Exposed

In Exposed, Last Expo Standing on April 3, 2011 at 2:41 am

You thought Minaya's tenure with the Mets was bad?!?

The number of former Montreal Expos increased back to 25 when Bartolo Colon made the Yankees bullpen. While many thought the 2005 Cy Young Award winner outpitched Freddy Garcia, most Yankee fans were upset it wasn’t Cliff Lee in the rotation instead. Of course, you have to look back at Omar Minaya’s tenure as Expos GM for the first linkage of Colon and Lee. Minaya was the GM in ’02 for the ‘Spos when they were owned by MLB. They finished in 2nd with an 83-79 as Colon went 10-4 in split season with Expos and Indians (where he also went 10-4). However, in order to land Colon from the Tribe Minaya delivered them…wait for it…Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Lee Stevens, and Brandon Phillips. Lee, Phillips, and Sizemore never played for the Expos and Phillips fizzled as a member of the Tribe. One wonders if Minaya regrets the trade, but you have to figure he doesn’t based on his quote in NY Times this week saying he’d do Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez Mets contracts again.

Opening Day 2011…Minus the Expos Again

In Expos Reminisce on April 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

Welcome to Jarry Park! Home of the Montreal Expos. Can I help you find your seats?

This week marks the 7th Opening Day that Montreal must suffer without the Expos. The Expos were so Amazin’ that they defeated the Mets in their first game ever and pitched a No-hitter in their 9th (the Mets have yet to throw a No-no). In honor of the 2nd most successful MLB team north of the border here is a list of Montreal Expos firsts courtesy of my copy of the 2001 Expos Media Guide.

First Game: Montreal Expos 11, N.Y. Mets 10 @ Shea Stadium  4/8/69

First Home Game: Montreal Expos 8, St. Louis Cardinals 7 4/14/69

First Hitter: Maury Wills struck out by Mudcat Grant

First Hit: Bob Bailey two-run double in the first

First Run: Gary Sutherland reached first on an error

First Home Run: Dan McGinn off of Tom Seaver in the 3rd

First Grand Slam: Mack Jones off Jack Fisher (Reds) 5/10/69

Winning Pitcher: Don Shaw in relief

Shutout & No-hitter: Bill Stoneman vs Phils 4/17/69

First winning season: 1979 (95-65)

First to go Yard in 'Spos History...the Immortal Bob Bailey

First .500 Month: July 1970 (15-15)

First Broadcaster: Dave Van Horne & Russ Taylor (CKGM)

First Topps Rookie All-Star: 3b Coco Laboy 1969

First N.L. Player of the Month: Gary Carter September 1980 (.360 Avg, 7 Hrs)

First N.L. Pitcher of the Month: Ross Grimsley (4-0, 1.54 ERA)

First (& Only) Playoff Appearance: 1981

First # Retired: Rusty Staub #10 5/15/93

First 20 game hitting streak: Delino Deshields (21 games, 6/28-7/21/93)

First Player Drafted: Balor Moore 1969