This article is strictly rating Montreal Expos, which means no Washington Nationals. The Expos had a star crossed-history which saw them in 1981 barely miss out on a World Series. Then maybe even worse was the strike of 1994, which ended a season when many people thought the Expos had possibly the best team in baseball.
Martinez was a 3-Time all-star in Montreal and led the Major Leagues in ERA in 1991; that same year, he threw a perfect game.
Wallach spent more than a decade in an Expos uniform and was named to the NL All-Star team 5-times, winning 3 Gold Glove awards and 2-Silver Slugger awards.
Martinez was an Expo for only four years. Martinez won his first of three Cy Young Awards in his final year with the team. During that season, Martinez was absolutely nasty. He posted a 17-8 record, but just a 1.90 ERA, with four shutouts and 13 complete games. He also led the league with a 0.932 WHIP, averaging more than eleven strikeouts per nine innings.
In the 1992 season, Walker batted .301/.353/.506 and rated ten runs above average while fielding, with 16 outfield assists, for a total value of 5.4 WAR. He won his first both of Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award and became the first and only Canadian to win the Expos Player of the Year award. Walker received consideration for the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) for the first time in 1992, finishing fifth in the National League.
In his first year with the Expos, Staub played in 158 games, having 166 hits, 89 runs, 29 home runs, 79 RBIs on a .302 batting average with a .426 OBP and a .952 OPS. He walked 110 times while striking out 61 times. He played 156 games (with 152 complete games, a career-high) in right field for 1,355.1 innings, having 265 putouts, 16 assists, ten errors, and two double plays turned for a .966 fielding percentage. He was named to the All-Star Game for the third straight year, although he did not play. He finished in the top ten for the National League in numerous categories, such as 10th in batting average, 4th in OBP, total bases (289, 10th), walks (3rd), but also right field categories, putouts (2nd), assists, and errors (1st).
The following year, he played 160 games with 156 hits, 98 runs, 30 home runs (career highs) while batting .274 with a .394 OBP and a .891 OPS. He had 112 walks and 93 strikeouts, both career highs. He played 160 games in right field, having 145 complete games in 156 games (a career-high) started for a total of 1,374.2 innings. He had 308 putouts, 14 assists, five errors, four double plays and a .985 fielding percentage. He was named to the All-Star Game for the fourth straight year, having a pinch-hit appearance in the third inning, going 0-for-1.
For 1971, he played in all 162 games. He had 186 hits, 94 runs, 19 home runs, 97 RBIs with a .311 batting average, a .392 OBP, and a .874 OPS. He had 74 walks and 42 strikeouts. He appeared in 160 games in the right field, starting 156 while having 145 complete games for a total of 1,374.2 innings. He had 308 putouts, 14 assists, five errors, and four double plays for a .985 fielding percentage. He was named to the All-Star Game for the fifth straight time, although he did not play.
Rogers was a five-time All-Star and an ERA champion, the greatest pitcher in Expos history. He is the team leader in multiple categories, including wins, pitched, strikeouts, and started games. I know he was not as good as Pedro, but his length of service in Montreal is much longer, and he impacted the franchise more.
Raines led the league in steals four times, had six consecutive seasons of at least 70 stolen bases (including 90 in 1983), and swiped at least 40 five other times during his entire career. He was a career .300 hitter who had more walks (1,330) than strikeouts (966), making him one of the best leadoff hitters in history.
Carter was one of the greatest catchers in all of baseball history. In his 12 seasons with Montreal, Carter hit 220 of his career 324 homers and walked 582 times while only striking out 691 times. As a catcher, he was a complete backstop. He had a .991 fielding percentage.
In eight years with Montreal, Guerrero hit .323 with 224 (of his career 449) homers and stole 123 of his 181 career bases. Guerrero played for Montreal, made four (out of nine) All-Star teams and received MVP votes six times.
Dawson could do it all, as he proved in his time in Montreal, wherein he averaged 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases every season. On the defensive side, he had a cannon for an arm. In eleven seasons with Montreal, Dawson made four All-Star teams, was Rookie of the Year in 1977 and was the runner-up MVP twice.
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