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    Sent to me by the SABR Montreal chapter, interesting stuff about Le Grand Orange who was inducted a couple of weeks ago to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
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    Completely Useless Trivia (24)

    Baseball is here again even if we are starting season no 8 without “Nos Amours”. Here are some more not too relevant numbers and facts, plus a link going to an old post of mine about Opening Day in Expos’ history (I didn’t update it this year, though).

    * The earliest Opening Day for the Expos was March 31, 2003, in Atlanta, where the team won 10-2. In that victory, Orlando Cabrera became the only Expo who ever hit a home run during the third month of the calendar year.

    * Game 6 of the last World Series let us see a struggling bullpen for the Texas Rangers, as three of their relief pitchers had blown saves. It’s something that happened only twice to the Expos in 5,702 games during the team’s history: in a 9-8 loss at Houston on June 6, 1991, and in a 5-4 defeat at Atlanta on September 24, 1995.

    * Tim Foli (April 21-22, 1976 in Chicago) and Brad Wilkerson (June 24, 2003 vs Pittsburgh) both hit for the natural cycle in a game, which means a single, a double, a triple and a home run in chronological order. Foli did it in five at-bats over a two day period during a suspended game and Wilkerson, in four straight at-bats.

    * Among the players with a minimum 500 PAs in a single season, Ron Fairly is the only Montreal batter who had at least twice as many walks as strike outs, with 86 BBs and 33 Ks in 505 PAs during the 1973 season.

    * A 7-1 loss in Los Angeles on April 24, 1994, was the only game ever in which Expos batters did not get a walk AND did not strike out.

    Source: Baseball-Reference.com Play Index.
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    Grand slams hit by a left-handed hitter off a left-handed pitcher

    I'll break the silence after all these weeks of inactivity... Minutes ago, I watched the Rays’ Matt Joyce, a left-handed batter, hit a grand slam off the Red Sox’s Jon Lester, a left-handed pitcher. So, it made me think: how many times an Expos left-handed batter hit a grand slam against a left-handed pitcher? I would have expected quite a bit more than this.
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    Rock and the HoF

    No one was admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame, earlier this week, but former Expo Tim Raines improved his voting share, garnering 52.2%, up from 48.7% last year. This was good for 5th place behind Craig Biggio (68.2%), Jack Morris (67.7%), Jeff Bagwell (59.6%), and Mike Piazza (57.8%). It was Raines’ sixth appearance on the ballot. As this graph shows, it is interesting to note that Rock’s total has doubled in the last four years. With still nine years of eligibility left, he seems to have a good shot at reaching 75% of the vote and making it to Cooperstown one day. (Thanks to the SABR Montreal chapter for sending me the link to the graph.)
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    Other former Expos and the HoF

    If Raines seems to be doing fine, Larry Walker's candidacy does not seem to get any steam at all. At least for the moment. At his third year on the ballot, Walker got 21,62% of the vote compared to 22,86% and 20,31% two years ago and last year, respectively. On his third year, Raines had gained 8 points. Finally, Rondell White did not get a single vote in his first entry. He will not be on future years' ballot.
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    Brian Schneider retires

    Brian Schneider, the last regular catcher of the Montreal Expos, retired from baseball Tuesday. With Montreal, his batting stat line was .252/.321/.399, 27 home runs and 141 runs batted in in 388 games. He also ranks 6th for career innings caught (2845.2) with the club and had a 45% success rate against base stealers, which is better than Gary Carter (40%). In 2003 and 2004, he even had the best caught-stealing percentage among National League catchers. Have fun with all your future projects, Brian.

    Brian Schneider's page at Baseball-Reference.com
    The news of his retirement from MLBTradeRumors.com.
    A nice article from Fangraphs.com, mentionning among other things what might have been his most memorale at-bat with the Expos.
    Something a bit unusual here.
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    Ah, my old stomping ground... Haven't been here in... well forever. Sorry to see Brian hang it up. He was among those who cared during the last few years of the Expos. Along with Brad Wilkerson, he toured the facility after the final home game to thank Expos employees for their hard work under difficult circumstances. Really a shame that he did not start the final home game (Einar Diaz, really? WTF as the kids would say...)
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    Who owns the domain http://www.montrealexpos.com ? There's nothing there.

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    Chris Jaffe writes for the hardballtimes.com web site. He’s famous for his “Anniversaries” and “Day-versaries” features. A month ago, he wrote about an old game involving the Expos that had happened 10,000 days before. Fun stuff, even if a bit long.
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    On Monday, Max Scherzer became the 29th MLB pitcher since 1916 to have a 10 win streak from the start of a season. That is quite an accomplishment and the complete list is here, thanks to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index. It is interesting to note that the first name on the list is a reliever, then at his prime, who finished his career in Montreal the first year of the franchise.

    In their 36 years history, the record by an Expos pitcher for the most consecutive wins from the start of a season is eight, by three guys. Of course, Pedro did it in 1997. The names of the two other guys are a bit surprising, one of them being a reliever who made a very strong impression during his rookie year wearing the red, white, and blue cap. So here are all 14 Montreal Expos pitchers who started a season with at least 5 straight wins before losing a decision. In fact, nine starters (including two brothers) and five relievers appear on the list. And our reliever with the 8 win streak also had another one of seven two years later, in arguably one of the greatest seasons by an Expos relief pitcher.
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    Remembering Martinez's perfect game with the Expos

    22 years and 3 days after the fact, more about El Presidente's perfect game in L.A. (Thanks to the SABR chapter of Montreal, once again.)
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    My mistake. Sorry.
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    Toronto’s Jose Bautista had assists on two 9-3 putouts over the last two days. What a rocket arm he has!!! Fangraphs published a very nice article about the subject.

    When I wrote that first post here in June 2010, I mentioned in the first sentence that there had been no 9-3 putouts for at least six years in MLB games. Turns out I was just almost right. I scanned the 2007 Retrosheet event files a bit too quickly and missed one that happened that year. So I should have written three years instead of six without such a play or only one since 2003. I apologize for that.
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    Nothing posted here for months now. So I’ll break the silence with this short one.

    Watching Tyler Naquin hit an inside-the-park walk-off home run against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night made me curious about such events happening during the Expos history. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index and to the Expos 2004 Media Guide, it did only once on August 1st, 1994, at the Big O, in a 3-2 victory over St. Louis. (Expos pitchers never surrendered an IPHR walk-off to opponent batters.) Marquis Grissom accomplished the feat in the 10th inning off the Cardinals' Rich Rodriguez. It was the team’s 22nd of 27s inside-the-park home runs. Grissom’s exploit sent the Expos on their way to a fourth straight win.

    And then, there would be only 10 more games before all our dreams of a World Series were crushed by the strike…

    You can watch the video of Grissom's shot here.
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    Nothing posted here for months now. So I’ll break the silence with this short one.

    Watching Tyler Naquin hit an inside-the-park walk-off home run against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night made me curious about such events happening during the Expos history. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index and to the Expos 2004 Media Guide, it did only once on August 1st, 1994, at the Big O, in a 3-2 victory over St. Louis. (Expos pitchers never surrendered an IPHR walk-off to opponent batters.) Marquis Grissom accomplished the feat in the 10th inning off the Cardinals' Rich Rodriguez. It was the team’s 22nd of 27s inside-the-park home runs. Grissom’s exploit sent the Expos on their way to a fourth straight win.

    You can watch the video of Grissom's shot here.
    Fun video, but was it really an inside the parker? Young made one error, if not actually two on the play.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicoutimi CP View Post
    Nothing posted here for months now. So I’ll break the silence with this short one.


    And then, there would be only 10 more games before all our dreams of a World Series were crushed by the strike…
    I'm still bitter about that.....

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