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Help me choose my all-time Expos team!

9 October 2008

Thanks to Mike Lynch and the folks at Seamheads.com, I’ve been invited to participate in an all-franchise fantasy league of sorts. The rules are simple: Each owner must choose a 40-man roster consisting of players from one major league franchise. I chose the Expos, natch.

One stipulation to note: The game does NOT use the stats of Expo players from when they were on other teams. That means choosing someone like Randy Johnson or Pete Rose is pointless, because their great successes happened outside la belle province. Also note that these stats represent career numbers for the ‘Spos. So being good for a long time matters a lot more than putting up one random flukishly great season in Montreal.

My rivals in this league include Curt Schilling, hockey guru John Buccigross of ESPN.com, friend of JonahKeri.com and St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Derrick Goold, the great Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star and SI, and Sam Mellinger, another KC Star writer who’s put out a similar call to arms to his bloggy nation to help him pick an all-time Royals team.

Not that it’ll matter…Carter, Raines, Dawson, Pedro, Vlad…Nos Amours going to crush the competition. The best part? We might actually see Pedro knock Babe Ruth on his ass, as he famously promised he would.

To help you along with the selection process, here are my slam dunks:

Tim Raines
Andre Dawson
Tim Wallach
Gary Carter
Steve Rogers
Pedro Martinez
Larry Walker
Moises Alou
Vladimir Guerrero
Jose Vidro
Dennis Martinez
Rusty Staub

…and here are some other ‘Spos I’m considering:

Ugueth Urbina
Jeff Reardon
John Wetteland
Ken Hill
Pascual Perez
Delino Deshields
Hubie Brooks
Larry Parrish
Bill Gullickson
Charlie Lea
Andres Galarraga
Woodie Fryman
Tim Burke
Mel Rojas
Darren Fletcher
Marquis Grissom
Elias Sosa
Stan Bahnsen
Ken Singleton
Mark Langston
Bartolo Colon
Brad Wilkerson
Michael Barrett
Wil Cordero
Sean Berry
Rondell White
Rex Hudler
Al Oliver
Cliff Floyd
Ellis Valentine
Warren Cromartie
Mark Grudzielanek
Mike Lansing
Ron Hunt
Ron Fairly
Bob Bailey
Mike Jorgensen
Nick Johnson
Henry Rodriguez
Orlando Cabrera
Dan Schatzeder
Jeff Fassero
Scott Sanderson
Bryn Smith
Carlos Perez
Mike Marshall

So which 40 should make up my roster? Any other Expos I missed that you’d like to see make the squad?

Let’s hear it!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. briere18 permalink
    9 October 2008 6:57 pm

    Hey I would guess you left someone out ….He pitched for both my beloved sox and ex-beloved expos ???? Bill Lee of course!!! The spaceman ! Ok maybe note stat wise but you got to agree Bill Lee was an important part of what where the expos in that time”What he said about Steve Rogers’s pitch that Rick Monday hit for a Hr in the 81 nlcs that was a great one:”My grandma would have thrown harder than that” Wow how supportive of im.Anyways got to throw in all those 94 guys Dennis Martinez, F.P Santangelo, Delino Deshield’ etc. Got to have just for the eck of it Rusty Staub all those early 70’s players. Of course Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, etc. Coco Laboy just for the name and also the fact that he was living on 9th avenue in my beloved rosemont. Bill Stoneham who threw 2 no-no. And there is plenty more out there im trying to find some more in “une vue du champs gauche” by the way a wonderful book for all those expos nostalgics.I think that your list is right on the money and you should definately consider Vlad in there almost got us to the playoff in 2003 I remember skipping school to go to the big O . Anyways thanks for bringing this up it ease the pain when I come out of my house and see the stadium’s tour in the skyline right over Maisonneuve park.Thanks

  2. Jonah permalink*
    9 October 2008 8:24 pm

    Here’s my list so far:

    C
    Gary Carter
    Darrin Fletcher

    1B
    Ron Fairly
    Al Oliver
    Mike Jorgensen
    Nick Johnson
    Andres Galarraga

    2B
    Jose Vidro
    Ron Hunt
    Mark Grudzielanek
    Delino Deshields

    3B
    Bob Bailey
    Tim Wallach
    Larry Parrish
    Sean Berry

    SS
    Wil Cordero
    Hubie Brooks
    Orlando Cabrera

    OF
    Tim Raines
    Rusty Staub
    Andre Dawson
    Larry Walker
    Moises Alou
    Vladimir Guerrero
    Marquis Grissom
    Ken Singleton
    Rondell White
    Ellis Valentine
    Brad Wilkerson
    Warren Cromartie

    SP
    Steve Rogers
    Pedro Martinez
    Dennis Martinez
    Ken Hill
    Pascual Perez
    Bill Gullickson
    Charlie Lea
    Jeff Fassero
    Scott Sanderson
    Bryn Smith
    Carlos Perez

    RP
    Andy McGaffigan
    Ugueth Urbina
    Jeff Reardon
    John Wetteland
    Woodie Fryman
    Tim Burke
    Mel Rojas
    Dan Schatzeder
    Mike Marshall

    That’s 50 players. Need to cut 10.

  3. djbelc01 permalink
    9 October 2008 8:56 pm

    Well, I’m going to be of no real help here, but I can give you this much: I believe you are familiar with the Straight Cash Homey blog, Jonah. Did you see this one from the other day? An Ugueth Urbina jersey triple-sighting! The caption and comments made me laugh out loud at work the other day. http://straightcashhomey.net/post/52913632/ugueth-urbina-philadelphia-phillies-the-phillies#disqus_thread

  4. Jonah permalink*
    9 October 2008 9:00 pm

    “Best cutter in the game” slayed me. Ummm…so to speak.

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