Somewhere out there... there's a card post that talks about Bartolo Colon getting released from the Atlanta Braves and within the reader comments, someone mentioned something about him being the last remaining former Montreal Expos player in the MLB.
That single comment planted a seed in the back of my mind that has slowly blossomed into this post.
As most of you know, I have been an avid Oakland A's fan since I was a wee little boy... and a San Diego Padres fan since the mid 80's. But deep down inside, I've always had a soft spot for the Montreal Expos and their rich team history, bright team colors, and iconic logo.
A few years ago, I started a small Montreal Expos collection and over the years with the help of fellow bloggers, COMC, and eBay... it's grown exponentially. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to organize my team binder, but in the meantime... I thought I'd show off my all-time Montreal Expos roster and some of my favorite cards of those players.
Catcher: Gary Carter
Expos Highlights: 7x MLB All-Star, 3x Gold Glove Awards, 3x Silver Slugger Awards, Expos All-Time WAR Leader, and one of three players wearing an Expos hat at Cooperstown.
First Base: Andres Gallaraga
Expos Highlights: 1x MLB All-Star, 2x Gold Glove Awards, and the owner of a Silver Slugger Award.
Second Base: Jose Vidro
Expos Highlights: 3x MLB All-Star, 1x Silver Slugger Awards, and 2nd highest career batting average in franchise history (tied with Tim Raines).
Shortstop: Orlando Cabrera
Expos Highlights: 2x Montreal Expos Player of the Year, 1x Gold Glove Awards, and most games played at shortstop in Expos franchise history.
Third Base: Tim Wallach
Expos Highlights: 5x MLB All-Star, 3x Gold Glove Awards, 2x Silver Slugger Awards, and the Expos franchise leader for games played, RBI's, total bases, and hits.
Left Field: Tim Raines
Expos Highlights: 7x MLB All-Star, 4x NL stolen base leader, 1x Silver Slugger Awards, 1x NL batting champion, Expos All-Time Offensive WAR Leader, and one of three players wearing an Expos hat at Cooperstown.
Center Field: Andre Dawson
Expos Highlights: 1977 NL Rookie of the Year, 3x MLB All-Star, 6x Gold Glove Awards, 3x Silver Slugger Awards, and one of three players wearing an Expos hat at Cooperstown.
Right Field: Vladimir Guerrero
Expos Highlights: 4x MLB All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger Awards, and the Expos franchise leader for batting average, home runs, and slugging percentage.
Starting Pitcher: Steve Rogers
Expos Highlights: 5x MLB All-Star, 1982 NL ERA leader, and the Expos franchise leader for wins, strikeouts, and shutouts.
Closer: Jeff Reardon
Expos Highlights: 2x MLB All-Star, 1985 NL saves leader, and the Expos franchise leader for saves.
In the Dugout:
In the Bullpen:
In the Dugout:
In the Bullpen:
I realize that there might be some players who I've left off my all-time roster. Unfortunately, I based this post on the cards I currently have sitting in my collection. Although I do enjoy collecting Montreal Expos, I have to admit that sometimes this collection gets lost in the shuffle which means that I don't add to it nearly as often as other team collections.
However there is one card I'm hoping to add sooner than later. Stay tuned.
In the meantime...
Who are some of your favorite Montreal Expos of all-time?
Happy Thursday and sayonara!