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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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    • This is a fun piece published a few days ago in the The Hardball Times site about the Big O.
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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.
            Last edited by Chicoutimi CP; 08-21-2016, 08:37 PM.
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            • Originally posted by Chicoutimi CP View Post
              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.

              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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              • On this date, 22 years ago: Expos acquire Henry Rodgriguez!

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                French article: http://www.ballecourbe.ca/ephemeride...odriguez-expos

                I was a kid during this era. I remember the chocolate bars and the towering home runs.
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                • Last week, during one of the Los Angeles-Arizona NLDS games on TV, the broadcasters mentioned that Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers had led all MLB left-handed batters this year for home runs against left-handed pitchers with 12. Not bad at all. According to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index, only 92 batters in the history of baseball (https://www.baseball-reference.com/tiny/w9Tlk) have done that or better, including some very well known names at the top of the list. I would say I was nothing less than astonished by no 5, though.

                  That kind of tid bit always brings me back to the Expos. The same source shows we have a couple of guys who almost tie Bellinger’s 2017 performance for a single season (https://www.baseball-reference.com/tiny/Xwrc7). Also, the lifetime table gives us a not very surprising leader. But I wouldn’t have thought of some of the next few ones (https://www.baseball-reference.com/tiny/MIzje).

                  Have a very nice Sunday, every one.

                  Claude
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                  • Completely Useless Trivia (25)
                    ... as irrelevant as ever!!


                    Wishing the very best to everyone for 2018 and to finally break the silence that has now been prevailing for quite some time, here is some stuff I recently compiled about doubleheaders played by the Expos.

                    Number of doubleheaders involving the Expos: 254 (51 wins, 71 losses, 132 ties).
                    Number of games played in doubleheaders: 508. That would represent 8.9% of their historic game total, equivalent to a bit more than three seasons. A very large chunk was played in the first 12 years of the team.

                    Most doubleheaders in a season: 21, in 1974 (6-6-9).
                    Most doubleheaders in a month: 9, in September 1976 (1-4-4).
                    Best season: 1979, (4-1-10).
                    Worst season: 1971, (1-7-9).
                    Most frequent venue: Le Parc Jarry, 68 (9-24-35). That, in only eight seasons!
                    Most frequent venue on the road: Shea Stadium in New York, 25 (8-6-11).
                    Most frequent opponent: New York Mets, 41 (13-10-18).
                    Best doubleheader record against an opponent: Chicago Cubs, 10-4-17.
                    Worst record against an opponent: Pittsburgh Pirates, 0-15-10.


                    Most runs scored by the Expos in a doubleheader: 26, on July 6, 1973, vs Houston; and also on July 4, 1977, at Chicago Cubs.
                    Most runs allowed: 22, on July 13, 1973, at Atlanta.
                    Most combined runs by two teams: 41, on August 13, 1999; Montréal 22, at Colorado 19 (game 1 - Montreal 14, Colorado 13; game 2 - Montréal 8, Colorado 6).

                    Other doubleheader high-scoring affairs
                    Only time any team scored 10 runs in both games: Montreal, vs Houston, July 6, 1973 (game 1 – 12 runs, game 2 – 14 runs).
                    20 total runs or more by one team: 11 times (Montreal has a 3-0-4 doubleheader record in those, opponents are 3-0-1).
                    30 total runs or more, combined by both teams: 10 times (the Expos have a 3-1-6 record).

                    To finish this off, I’ll go to the other end of the spectrum with the fewest combined runs by two teams: 4, on July 5, 1975, at St. Louis (game 1 - Montreal 3, St. Louis 0; game 2 - Montreal 0, St. Louis 1). Also, the Expos were shut out in both games on two occasions and their opponents, once.

                    Sources: Retrosheet.org game logs and Washington Nationals record book web page at MLB.com, circa 2005.
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                    • On this day in Expos' history (September 8)

                      Taken from the Baseball-Reference.com Bullpen :


                      1976 - In a twinbill, the Expos' Joe Kerrigan wins a pair from the Cardinals with two innings of relief work in both games, for the first two wins of his career. Montreal wins, 7 - 5 and 8 - 7. Personal comment: On August 26, 1982, Jeff Reardon would become the only other Expos pitcher to win both games of a double-header vs Houston.

                      1981 - Citing his "lack of communication" with the players, the Expos fire manager Dick Williams and replace him with Jim Fanning, who had been an executive with the club since they joined the National League in 1969. Personal comment: things would take some time to jell. Over the first 12 games of Fanning’s first tenure as manager, the Expos would be 5-7. But from September 20th until the end of the season, they would go 11-4 (including a seven game winning streak) to take the first place for the second half of the 1981 season in the NL East and make it to the post-season.

                      1996 - Pedro Martinez yields a Gary Sheffield 5th-inning home run, which breaks the major league home run record for a season; the previous record of 4,458 was set in 1987. Personal comment : according to Baseball-Reference.com and considering that the MLB would add two teams two years later, 1996 remains the season with the most total home runs combined by less than 30 teams (4,962). On a per-game ratio, it ranks ninth best ever (but first at the time) with 1.09 home run per game. Surprisingly, 2017 is first with 1.26.

                      Lifetime Expos record on September 8th games : 18-16.
                      Best Expos record in a season through September 8 : 1979, 80-55 (second place, 1.0 game from first).
                      Worst Expos record in a season through September 8 : 1969, 43-97 (sixth place, 40.5 games from first).

                      Have a nice week end, everyone!
                      Last edited by Chicoutimi CP; 09-14-2018, 11:47 PM.
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                      • On This Day in Expos History (September 21)


                        Lots of stuff on this first day of the fall season over the years for the Expos, once again from the Baseball-Reference Bullpen:

                        1981 : Bryn Smith retires just one batter but picks up his first major league victory, as the Expos beat the Phillies 1-0 in 17 innings at the Big O. Steve Carlton fans 12 Montreal batters in 10 innings to break Bob Gibson's National League career strikeout record (Carlton now has 3,128).

                        1993 : In Montreal, the Braves swamp the red-hot Expos by a score of 18-5 as the two teams combine to use 13 pinch hitters, a record for a game involving Montreal. The Expos, winners of 19 of their last 22 games and fighting to catch the Phils, use four pinch batters; the Braves, a record nine. In the 7th, Bobby Cox decides to rest his regulars and sends a record six pinch hitters to the plate, including the first five batters, another record.

                        1997 : The Expos put a dent in Denny Neagle's possible Cy Young Award as they twice unload back-to-back homers to beat the Braves, 7-1 at Turner Field. Neagle retires the first 12 batters before giving up a single, then homers to Rondell White and Hensley Meulens. In the 6th, David Segui and White also hit consecutive homers.

                        2000 : In a 10-3 victory over the Marlins at Olympic Stadium, Expo right fielder Vladimir Guerrero establishes a franchise single-season home run record by hitting his 43rd round tripper. He will get another one before the season ends.


                        A very nice week end to everyone!!
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                        • I have this game on video .. Strangely enough 1987 was pretty decent season at 91-71.
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