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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.

Montreal Philly Phinale

In Expos Reminisce on August 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Ten Days Before the Axe Falls On The Expos

On September 19,2004 I took the first of what would become an annual trip to Citizen’s Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia. Little did I or the other  42,602 in attendance   know this would be the last day the Montreal Expos would ever visit the City of Brotherly Love.  The Phillies were enjoying a strong September (they would finish 19-8) while the woeful Expos were in town having a Bizarro September (they would finish 9-18). It was the final game of a three game series and the Expos had managed to win the first two.  The Phils had left the dreary confines of Veteran Stadium and were making a run at 90 wins and hoping to stay in the Wild Card mix.  Montreal Firstbaseman  Brad Wilkerson led the game off with a double off Kevin Millwood. Despite the cheers from the Millwood Militia, the starter would leave the game after just two innings. Phils catcher Mike Lieberthal tied the game at one apiece with a homer off current Blue Jay Scott Downs. Soon-to-be-replaced-by-Ryan-Howard-in-2005 Jim Thome gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead by singling in J-Roll. Top of the 4th, Endy Chavez knocks in current Dodger Jamey Carroll to tie it at two again. The Phils then broke out with five runs by the 6th inning. Placido Polanco contributes 3 hits and 2 RBI in the 7-2 victory. Gavin Floyd (who according to Baseball Digest would like to have dinner with MLK, President Obama, & Eddie Vedder) earned the win in relief for the Phillies. The fortunes of the two teams couldn’t be more drastic afterwards. Ten days later, MLB announced the Expos would be leaving Montreal. No fanfare or farewell tour, just packin’ up and becoming the Nats. The Phillies would miss the ‘o5 and ’06 playoffs by a combined total of four games. However, from 07-09 they have enjoyed three playoff appearances, two N.L. pennants, and one World Series championship. In total there were seven former Expos who played in this game currently still playing in MLB their stats for the game are in parentheses : Scott Downs (L,4IP,6 K’s, 5 Runs), Gary Majewski (2IP, 5 hits & 2 runs allowed), Ryan Church(one PH walk), Jamey Carroll (1-3, 1R), Maicer Izturis (0-4, 1K), Brian Schneider (0-2, 2 BB),&  Juan Rivera (2-4, 1BB).