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Ex-Expos Mourned

In Expos Greats, Uncategorized on November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Ex-Montreal Expos and Error Card Legend Pascual Perez was killed during a home invasion on November 1st in the Dominican Republic. The one-time all-star accumulated a 67-68 career record during an 11-year career mostly spent in the National League. Perez played for the Expos from 1987-89, where he went 28-21 with 8 CG’s and two shutouts. Pérez threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the Phillies on September 24, 1988. It was the first no-hitter in Veterans Stadium history. Pérez allowed one walk, and another Phillies baserunner reached on an error. Umpire Harry Wendelstedt waved off the game after a 90-minute rain delay after the game was stopped by rain with one out in the top of the sixth. This game was later taken out of the record books as a no-hitter. Two of his brothers were also major leaguers, mayor of San Gregorio de Nigua Melido Perez & Carlos Perez. Pascual Perez gained notoriety within the baseball card circles with his 1982 TOPPS error card currently valued at $40.00 in the most recent issue of Beckett Baseball.

Batteries Running Low

In Expos Greats, Last Expo Standing, Youpii on October 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

 Former Expos battery mates Livan Hernandez and Brian Schneider hung around for one more season each. Schneider appeared in 98 games for the Philadelphia Phillies batting .225 with two home runs while serving as a back up for all-star Carlos Ruiz. Livan Hernandez started the season with the Atlanta Braves, but the former all-star and World Series MVP moved onto the Milwaukee Brewers and went 3-0. The three victories pushed his all-time mark to 178-177 over 17 seasons with nine teams.

Lee Smith, Montreal Expos, Future Hall of Famer

In Expos Greats, Expos Reminisce on March 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

When looking for someone to write about future Hall of Famer Lee Smith’s tenure with the ‘Spos, Last Expos Standing turned to Oren Phillips, Founder of the “Put Lee Smith in the Hall of Fame” Facebook Group. The group currently has 315 members and counting, here is what Oren has to say…

Though Lee Arthur Smith’s tenure in Montreal was short, his impact on the history of the Expos can’t be denied. The final stop of a historic career in 1997, Smith joined a Expos bullpen that featured current prisoner Ugueth Urbina along with an assortment of lesser known bullpen arms. His presence on the team brought an air of greatness with 473 saves already on his resume. In 25 games Smith racked up 5 saves with a less than stellar ERA of 5.82. With a team going nowhere, Lee knew it was time to hang up his spikes and did so as the all time saves leader. Now some might say he was hanging on for too long and brought nothing to the Expos, lets not forget other former greats who made Montreal a stop on their farewell tour such as Gary Carter, Graig Nettles, Pete Rose and one time prisoner Ron LeFlore. In a career that should be recognized in Cooperstown, Lee Smith made the most of his time in Canada and for that the Expos organization owe him a debt of gratitude.

Adieu to O.C.

In Expos Greats, Expos Reminisce, Exposed, Last Expo Standing on March 1, 2012 at 3:18 am

  Last month, Expos shortstop Orlando Cabrera (1997-2004) hung up his cleats. While the O-dog was never named to an all-star team he made a name for himself in his post-spos career as good luck charm for playoff bound teams. O.C. retires ranked tenth in Expos history with 877 hits, tenth in total bases (1333), and 8th in doubles (214). In 2001 he became the first Expos SS to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove. He followed that up by leading the N.L. in errors the following season with 29. In his final full season with Montreal, Cabrera led the team in doubles (47), RBI (80), and stolen bases (24). He was a two-time Expos player of the year (2001 & 2003), but in 2004 as Nomar Garciaparra watched Derek Jeter leap into the stands to make an overrated catch and the Red Sox came calling.  A colossal three team trade was completed which sent Nomar to the Cubbies, O.C. and Dougie Alphabets to the Sox, and Brendan Harris and one of the Alex Gonzalezes to the Expos.  Cabrera made all Bostonians forget about Nomah by batting .379 in the Bosox miraculous 2004 ALCS comeback. He parlayed this performance into a free agent deal with the Angels, for whom he played in the ’05 and ’07 playoffs. Cabrera had a 63-game on-base streak in 2006, which is among the top five streaks of all time. In 2007, he won his second gold glove, however in the off-season the Angels traded him to the White Sox for starter Jon Garland. During the next three seasons, Cabrera would appear in the playoffs for each team he played for: White Sox (2008), Twins (2009), & Reds (2010). In 2011 he joined the defending champs the San Francisco Giants, but alas the pairing would not result in a playoff appearance. In total O.C. appeared in 37 playoff games (none as an Expos) and he batted .228 with 18 RBI. According to baseball-reference his career totals compare to Tony Fernandez and Garry Templeton and that sounds about right.

Can-Am Connection

In Expos Greats, Last Expo Standing on March 1, 2011 at 3:49 am

The Hawk and Stieb Circa '83

Chad Cordero, Jon Rauch, and Juan Rivera look to join illustrious company in this upcoming baseball season. When they step on the field as members of the Toronto Blue Jays they will 56th, 57th, and 58th player to play with Canadian Major League Franchises. The Jays are well-armed for the 2011 season, but would be better served if they weren’t exiled to to the A.L. East. In most divisions 85 wins will get you close to first place, however in the ALE it usually gets you to 4th place. That leaves the Jays a far cry from their World Series glory days of the early 90s. While the  Montreal Expos (1969-2004) never reached the World Series they were recently represented in the Fall Classic by one of their greatest players…probable HOFer Vlad Guerrero. Guerrero helped slugged the Rangers into the World Series but his stop in Texas was shorter than Pee Wee’s visit to the Alamo.

The Kid

In Expos Greats on August 11, 2010 at 3:12 am

Gary Carter, Class of '03

In 2000, Tony Perez became the first player who wore an Expos uniform to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. However in 2003, while the Spos were on life support Gary Carter was inducted into the HOF. In 1974, Carter played in nine games (four in the OF) and wore #57. By 1975 he was an all-star and Rookie of the Year runner-up. Carter became synonymous with #8 which was eventually retired by Montreal but now resides in number limbo. Carter smashed 15 hits in ten Expos playoff games in strike shortened 1981. He played with the Expos until 1984 when he led the N.L. in RBI with 106. He was lauded as the missing link to the New York Metropolitans pennant hopes when he was traded for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Dwight Gooden’s childhood friend Floyd Youmans. After winning the World Series with the infamous ’86 Mets, The Kid returned for an Expos swan song in 1992. Carter bopped five homers finishing with 324 in his career.