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Bruce Chen, Again

In Last Expo Standing on June 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

chenAbout a year ago, while researching for How the Red Sox Explain New England I commented to former Expo Bill “Spaceman” Lee that lefties could pitch until they are 50. To which he replied, “Yeah, if you are lefty you can pitch until you are 50 unless you are Bill Lee.” At age 36, Bruce Chen is hoping that adage is true. This past weekend, Chen appeared in his 368th game. It should be noted 15 came as a member of the 2002 Montreal Expos. The Panamanian started 91 games for the Kansas City Royals from 2009 to 2012, but has appeared only out of the bullpen this season. Over fifteen seasons, Chen has a 74-72 record…that 3-0 record out of the pen so far this season vaulted him back over the .500 mark. The former Expos has two blown saves and two holds on the season, as the once again hapless Royals do their best to keep Ned Yost employed. Along with the Expos and Royals, Chen has also played for the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Astros, Red Sox, Orioles, and Rangers. Watch out Octavio Dotel!

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.

Ex-Expos Beat Mets

In Last Expo Standing on April 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

The Ex-Expos AKA the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 4-0 behind Stephen Strasburg and Ian Desmond. The author of I Love the Red Sox, I Hate the Yankees and his son took in the game during opening week. It’s safe to report that at least four other Montreal Expos hats were witnessed, ranging from ages 20 to 60. Both Canadian teams were represented, however only one remains in MLB.

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.

O’s in the Spos

In Expos Reminisce, Last Expo Standing on February 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

After parting ways with free agent and potential Hall of Famer Vlad Guerrero , the Orioles seemed to be done with the Expos. However, they have recently signed 1b Nick Johnson to a minor league deal. Johnson last appeared in the majors in 2010 while batting .167 in 98 PA’s for the Yankees. The former 2004 Expos won’t be new to the Baltimore/Maryland area as he enjoyed arguably his best seasons in the nation’s capital upon moving there with the franchise in 2005 and 2006. Johnson is a career .209 playoff hitter in 76 PA’s with the ’02 and ’03 Yanks. With a career .409 OBP he appeared heading for stardom, but Johnson has been riddled with injuries and has yet to make an all-star appearance. Meanwhile, Guerrero continues to be bypassed by all A.L. teams in need of a DH.

Milton Bradley, Game Over

In Last Expo Standing, Uncategorized on May 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

While former Expos Bartolo Colon (2-1) & Bruce Chen (4-1) get set to square off in the upcoming Royals-Yankees series the baseball world weeps as one more Montreal Expos is released. The oft-traveled Bradley was let go by the punchless Seattle Mariners after batting .209 in parts of two seasons in 393 PA. Milton started in Montreal, but played with seven more teams. The most time he logged with any one team was 2+ seasons spent with the Tribe.  While he started in the 2008 All-star game his career was marred by too many lows to warrant anyone taking a chance on him at this point. Among them were his fight with then-Indian & current Mariner manager Eric Wedge in 2004, a well documented meltdown with the Cubs, and an altercation with an ump that led to a torn ACL. The Dodgers acquired Andre Ethier for him when Bradley was  shipped to the A’s. It’s only fitting that a day after Ethier’s 30 game hit streak ends so does Milton Bradley’s career.

Milton has the Monopoly on Baseball Crazy

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.

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.

Last Expo Standing!

In Last Expo Standing on August 9, 2010 at 1:17 am

Youpii, the Mona Lisa of Mascots!

Soon after the turn of the century it became clear that the Montreal Expos were on the endangered species list. With time winding down a trip to Olympic Stadium seemed necessary. Finding an opportunity to visit while my team, the Brewers, were in town was fortunate. It was 2001, Vlad was still with the Spos so it seemed like a good way to kill a few days by driving straight up from our suburbs of NYC to Montreal in less than seven hours. The stadium was ours! My memory seems to recollect that the entire section behind home where we sat was empty which made running to see Youpii in leftfield that much easier. I’ve always had an affinity for the Montreal club, maybe it was their underdog status, near misses (’81), star players (The Kid, The Rock, The Hawk, Ellis Valentine!), or 19 bleepin 94. By 2005, D.C. came calling and the Expos were no longer. The roster moved south with the color scheme and as times passes the Nats are slowly erasing any shred of Expos history. However, on this site we will count down to the Last Expo Standing in Major League Baseball history. Right now there are close to two dozen spread across the league, but as the seasons wane on only one will survive!