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    He made it only on his second attempt. After Tony Perez, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson, and Tim Raines, Vladimir Guerrero will become the seventh former Montreal Expo to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer. As a great deal of his statistical success as an MLB player was with the Expos and as a tribute to all his accomplishments for the franchise, here is where he ranks in the most important lifetime batting categories with the Montreal ball club (1969 to 2004 only).

    Batting average: .323 (1st)
    On base percentage: .390 (3rd)
    Slugging average: .588 (1st)
    On base plus slugging: .978 (1st)
    Games played: 1004 (6th)
    At-bats: 3763 (6th)
    Plate appearances: 4220 (5th)
    Runs scored: 641 (5th)
    Hits: 1215 (5th)
    Total bases: 2211 (5th)
    Singles: 721 (6th)
    Doubles: 226 (6th)
    Triples: 34 (3rd)
    Home runs: 234 (1st)
    Extra-base hits: 494 (4th)
    Runs batted in: 702 (4th)
    Bases on balls: 381 (5th)
    Intentional bases on balls: 130 (1st)
    Times on bases: 1646 (5th)
    At-bats per home runs: 16.1 (1st)
    At-bats per strike outs: 7.8 (10th)
    Stolen bases: 123 (7th)
    Hit by pitches : 50 (6th)
    Innings played in right field: 8,500.1 (1st)
    Outfield assists: 84 (3rd)
    Double-plays as an outfielder: 22 (1st)
    Win shares: 165 (6th)
    WAR:'s formula 33.8 (5th),'s formula 34.6 (4th)

    Unfortunately for us, Expos fans, Vlad’s accomplishments in post-season happened after he left Montreal.

    Off the field, the Dominican slugger served as an outstanding ambassador for the club. While with the Expos, he provided tickets to home games for 10 different Montreal youth groups which enabled underprivileged children to attend games. He also sponsored a youth league and collected baseball equipment for young players in the Dominican Republic. For his humanitarian efforts, he was named the Expos’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee in 2001.
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    Grand slam home run: July 1st, 2001, off Pittsburgh’s Jimmy Anderson at Olympic Stadium.
    Hit for the cycle: September 14th, 2003, against the New York Mets at the Big O (the last cycle ever completed by a player in a Montreal Expos uniform).
    Highest average in a single season for the Expos: .345, in 2000.
    Most hits in a single season for the Expos: 206, in 2000 (only Montreal-Washington franchise player with two 200-hits seasons).
    Highest slugging percentage in a single season for the Expos: .664, in 2000.
    Most home runs in a single season for the Expos: 44, in 2000.
    Most homers in a single season at home for the Expos: 25, in 2000.
    Most homers in one month for the Expos: 13, in September 2000.
    Most RBIs in a single season for the Expos: 131, in 1999.
    Most consecutive games played for the Expos, career: 276, May 20, 1998 to August 29, 1999.
    Longest hitting streak for the Expos, games: 31, July 27 to August 26, 1999.
    Most consecutive games with a home run for the Expos: 4, July 22 to July 24 (2nd game), 1998, shared with five other players.

    Vladimir also had two 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases seasons with Montréal in 2001 and 2002. He is one of only 13 players in MLB history having reached the two milestones in at least two different seasons. (As a 27-year-old for the Expos in 2002, Guerrero was one home run shy of joining the 40-40 club.)


    As an Expo, Guerrero was at the All-Star Game four times (1999-2002). He started in center field in 2002 and acted as a substitute starter in left field in 2000, when Barry Bonds was unavailable due to a thumb injury. Globally, he was 2 for 6 with one run and one strike out. Also, he was the last Expo at the home run derby competition, hitting two home runs in one round in 2000 at Turner Field in Atlanta.
    Last edited by Chicoutimi CP; 01-24-2018, 04:48 PM.
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      Finally, while playing for Nos Amours, Vladimir Guerrero was honored with these awards:

      National League Silver Slugger as outfielder: 1999, 2000, and 2002.
      National League All-Star Team by The Sporting News: 1999, 2000, and 2002 as outfielder.
      National League Player-of-the-Week (7 times): July 20-26, 1998; August 9-15, 1999 (with Dante Bichette, Colorado); September 27-October 3, 1999; April 3-9, 2000 (with Randy Johnson, Arizona); June 25-July 1, 2001; April 21-28, 2002; and August 25-31, 2003.
      National League Player-of-the-Month (5 times): July 1998, August 1999, April 2000, April 2002, and August 2003.
      Expos Player of the Year - given by the BBWAA Montreal Chapter (4 times): 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002.
      Expos Player of the Month - given by the BBWAA Montreal Chapter (11 times): June, July, and August 1998; June, August, and September 1999; April and September 2000; June 2001; April and September 2002.

      Inducted to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 24, 2017.

      And, of course, following his nomination earlier today by 92.9% of 422 voters, he will be officially inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29, 2018.

      Sources:,, Wikipedia (French and English), 2004 Montreal Expos Media Guide.
      Last edited by Chicoutimi CP; 01-24-2018, 04:42 PM.
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      • #4
        Congrats to Vladimir. Hopefully he'll be wearing an Expos cap to the Hall.


        • #5

          It makes me sad that his plaque will be when he played for the Angels.


          • #6
            Agreed... After all, his numbers were better with the Expos than with the Angels.
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