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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!

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.

Blue Jay Way

In Blue Jay Way on August 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Rob Ducey surrounded by Fred McGriff (L.) and Ernie Whitt (R.)

Despite playing near .600 ball since the All-star break all the Toronto Blue Jays have to show for it is 4th place in the A.L. East. Last week, USA Today Sports Weekly did a cover piece on the Blue Jays re-arming and getting ready to be even more competitive in the next few seasons. Toronto is the fourth largest North American market and the city has supported the team when a winner is fielded. They are building on a national fan base with the Expos out of the picture. According to the article 17 Canadians have played for the Jays. Brett Lawrie, who came back to Canada in the Milwaukee trade for Shaun Marcum, is the latest to play in his home country. For a complete list on all 235 Canadian-born MLB players on baseball-reference click here.

Denis Boucher, 1991
Rich Butler, 1997
Rob Butler, 1993-94,99
Rob Ducey, 1987-92, 2000
Shawn Hill, 2010
Paul Hodgson, 1980
Vince Horsman, 1991
Corey Koskie, 2005
Dave McKay, 1977-79
Simon Pond, 2004
Paul Quantrill, 1996-01
Scott Richmond, 2008-09,11
Steve Sinclair, 1998-99
Paul Spoljaric, 1994, 96-97, 99
Matt Stairs, 2007-08
Mark Teahen, 2011