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Expos Fans: Among these four - who gets your vote as Best Expos Manager?

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  • Expos Fans: Among these four - who gets your vote as Best Expos Manager?

    I'M just wondering how Expos fans rank the best managers in the franchise's history.
    Who is #1?
    I'll nominate five individuals: Gene Mauch, Dick Williams, Jim Fanning, Buck Rodgers and Felipe Alou.

    Some qualifications of the candidates:

    MAUCH: It took a special person with infinite patience (despite his reputation for having a bad temper) to assume command of an expansion team that was supplied with little talent, to shepard the Expos team through the first seven years of their existence.

    WILLIAMS: The only Hall Of Fame manager in the group - although cases could be made for Mauch and Alou. Guided the team to their first above .500 finish (1979) and then their first pennant race, in 1980, where the Expos entered the final three games of the season tied for the NL East division lead with Philadelphia, only to lose a head-to-head confrontation with the Phillies and finish one game behind.

    FANNING: An organization man who stepped in and did a decent job, twice, after the firings of Williams and Bill Virdon. In his first full year in command he led the team to a fine 86-76 third-place finish in 1982.

    RODGERS: Led the team to some respectable years in the late 1980s, including a 91-71 finish in 1987, where the Expos finished just four games behind the division-winning St. Louis Cardinals.

    ALOU: Took over the team in the early 1990s, in a rebuilding mode, and they quickly became winners. The 1994 team was a certain division winner and possible World Series team when the strike of 1994 derailed them. Alou finiahed his managerial career at age 71 with the Giants in 2006. He got his chance to manage late, when he was already in his mid-50s, but made the most of it. His final career numbers with the Expos and SF Giants were 1033-1021 with a .503 winning percentage and I believe he is still the winningest manager born in a Caribbean country (Dominican Republic).

    -Dennis Orlandini - (PHILLIES FIEND 55).
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 03-08-2012, 06:05 AM.

  • #2
    In addition to this thread, perhaps the Administration or a techno-savvy fan could post this as a poll, However, don't eliminate this thread. I'd love to read your comments and learn the reasoning of your selections.


    • #3
      That really is a strong field; my top three are Williams, Alou, and Mauch in that order.

      Williams got the team to the brink of a pennant. Alou's overall record -- despite 1994 -- is penalized because the club slashed payroll.
      Credit Dave Dombrowski for giving Felipe his chance in the majors. Many people may still not know that he'd been a successful manager in the minors and in winteer ball for quite a long time.


      • #4
        Got to go with Alou


        • #5
          Felipe has my vote too here.
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          • #6
            Mauch, hands down. Felipe and Buck tie for 2nd and Williams a close 4th.


            • #7
              I would think Alou was the best one. With Mauch and Williams as fan favorites.
              "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

              "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)


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