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All-Time Team – Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals
First Base – Andres Galarraga
Although he had most of his finest seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Galarraga first gained a measure of notoriety while playing for the Expos. The Big Cat hit more than 20 homers three times and batted over .300 twice in his five full seasons in Montreal.
Second Base – Jose Vidro
Five straight seasons with a batting average in excess of .300, and three All-Star selections earned Vidro the starting job at second. He had his best year in 2000, when he hit 24 homers, knocked in 97 runs, scored 101 others, compiled 200 hits and 51 doubles, and batted .330.
Third Base – Tim Wallach
Longevity and a couple of exceptional years earned Wallach the nod at third. The three-time Gold Glover had seasons of 28 homers and 97 RBIs, and 21 homers and 98 RBIs, in addition to the career-year he posted in 1987. In his greatest season, Wallach hit 26 home runs, knocked in 123 runs, batted .298, and led the league with 42 doubles. In 13 years with the Expos, Wallach hit 204 homers, drove in 905 runs, and collected 1,694 hits.
Shortstop – Orlando Cabrera
Cabrera batted over .280 twice and won a Gold Glove for the Expos. He had his two best
years in 2001 and 2003. In the first of those campaigns, Cabrera hit 14 home runs, knocked in 96 runs, and batted .276. In 2003, he hit a career-high 17 homers, drove in 80 runs, scored 95 others, and batted .297.
Left Field – Tim Raines
Frequently referred to as a “poor man’s Rickey Henderson,” Tim Raines starred for the Expos from 1981 to 1990. During that time, he batted over .300 five times, scored more than 100 runs four times, and stole more than 70 bases six times. The speedster won a batting title, led the league in runs scored twice, topped the circuit in stolen bases four straight times, and earned seven All-Star nominations.
Center Field – Andre Dawson
Although he had his MVP season with the Chicago Cubs in 1987, Andre Dawson earlier established himself as one of the National League’s finest all-around players during his time in Montreal. Dawson hit more than 20 homers for the Expos seven times, batted over .300 three times, scored more than 100 runs twice, knocked in more than 100 runs once, and stole more than 20 bases on seven separate occasions.
Right Field –Vladimir Guerrero
Ellis Valentine had a couple of outstanding seasons for the Expos as well, as did Larry Walker, who later moved on to star for the Rockies. But, unlike Valentine, Vladimir Guerrero sustained his level of excellence his entire time in Montreal. In his six full seasons as the team’s starting right fielder, Guerrero surpassed 30 homers, 100 RBIs, and 100 runs scored five times each, while batting over .300 all six years. Guerrero earned four All-Star selections and two top-10 finishes in the league MVP balloting during his time in Montreal.
Catcher - Gary Carter
Carter later received more publicity during his time in New York. But he had most of his finest seasons in Montreal, starring for the team for 10 full seasons, from 1975 to 1984.
Carter topped 20 homers six times while with the Expos, knocked in more than 100 runs twice, made seven All-Star teams, and finished in the top 10 in the league MVP voting twice.
Starting Pitcher – Steve Rogers
Spending his entire 13-year career in Montreal, Steve Rogers won more games for the Expos than any other pitcher. En route to compiling 158 victories for the team, Rogers surpassed 16 wins on four separate occasions. He also compiled an ERA below 3.00 three times, leading the N.L. with a mark of 2.40 in 1982, when he won a career-high 19 games.
Starting Pitcher – Dennis Martinez
Right-hander Dennis Martinez posted an even 100 victories in his eight years with the Expos, surpassing 15 wins on four separate occasions. He also compiled an ERA below 3.00 four times, leading the N.L. with a mark of 2.39 in 1991. Martinez also topped the circuit with nine complete games and five shutouts that year.
Starting Pitcher – Bill Gullickson
Gullickson was a regular member of Montreal’s starting rotation from 1980 to 1985, during which time he won a total of 72 games. The right-hander had his best year in 1983, when he finished 17-12, with 10 complete games.
Starting Pitcher – Bryn Smith
Bryn Smith posted a winning record in just four of his six seasons as a regular member of Montreal’s starting staff during the 1980s. However, his 1985 performance was one of the very best turned in by any member of the team’s rotation the entire decade. In his finest season, Smith compiled a record of 18-5, along with a 2.91 ERA. He won as many as 12 games for the team two other times.
Starting Pitcher – Steve Renko
Pitching for the Expos during their infancy, Steve Renko somehow managed to compile a winning record in three of his five full seasons as a member of the team’s starting rotation. Although his career mark in Montreal stands as a relatively poor 68-82, Renko won 15 games for the Expos twice.
Closer – Jeff Reardon
After getting his start with the New York Mets, Jeff Reardon went on to star with both the Expos and the Minnesota Twins. In five full seasons in Montreal, Reardon compiled a total of 146 saves, leading the league in that category once and finishing second another time.
Manager – Felipe Alou
Although tight monetary restraints forced Felipe Alou to deal with constant changes in personnel during his time in Montreal, the former standout outfielder posted a very respectable record of 691-717 over the course of his 10 seasons as the team’s skipper. Alou saw stars such as Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Larry Walker, and even his own son, Moises, walk out the door during his tenure in Montreal, but he somehow managed to keep the ship afloat, putting a representative team out on the field every day. His efforts earned him the 1994 N.L. Manager of the Year Award.
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