It is that time of year that Major League Baseball has come almost to the end of its season. The World Series is being played. The San Francisco Giants are representing the National League and the Texas Rangers are the representatives of the American League. I noticed that a couple of former Montreal Expos players are on the rosters of the two teams. It made me think with nostalgia about the Expos and the players who played here. Seeing them also made me wonder how many former Expos players were still playing Major League Baseball.
The Montreal Expos were part of MLB from 1969 until 2004. It broke this city's collective hearts when the team was taken from us. During their 35 years we went through the ups and downs with them. There were strong teams and there were weak teams. We had our share of stars on the team from Gary Carter to Andre Dawson to Pedro Martinez to Rusty Staub. In 2010 several former Expos were still playing on MLB teams. Here is a list of the more successful former Expos still playing on MLB teams:
1) Vladimir Guerrero – Texas Rangers: Born in 1975 in the Dominican Republic, Vladi was one of the best players ever to don a Montreal Expos uniform. With the team from 1996-2003, the right fielder could hit for power and average, run, field, and possessed a cannon for an arm. After leaving the Montreal Expos he played with the Los Angeles Angels for six seasons. Now in 2010 he is the designated hitter for the Texas Rangers and is participating in his first World Series.
2) Guillermo Mota – San Francisco Giants: Born in 1973 in the Dominican Republic, Mota is a relief pitcher who has had plenty of ups and downs in his career even suspended at one point for using a banned substance. With the Expos from 1999-2001 he then went on to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, and now with the San Francisco Giants. At 6'5" and 235 pounds he is an intimidating sight on the mound.
3) Milton Bradley – Seattle Mariners: Born in 1978 in Harbor City, California, Bradley has been a wild child throughout his career. Suspended several times by the league or his club due to outbursts, Bradley is a talented outfielder who hits for above average. He played for the Expos in 2000-2001 then went on to play for the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland As, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and finally Seattle Mariners. Because of his anger issues he has never really lasted more than two seasons with any one team.
4) Orlando Cabrera – Cincinnati Reds: Born in 1974 in Columbia, Cabrera was a fan favourite during his eight seasons in Montreal. Playing shortstop for the Expos from 1997-2004, Cabrera is a good fielder and has always hit for a decent average during his 14 seasons in MLB. After the Expos he went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and finally the Cincinnati Reds.
5) Brian Schneider – Philadelphia Phillies: Born in 1976 in Jacksonville, Florida, Schneider is a catcher who is an excellent handler of pitchers. Playing for the Expos from 2000 to 2004, he then went on to play for the Washington Nationals, New York Mets and finally the Philadelphia Phillies.
6) Livan Hernandez – Washington Nationals: Born in 1975 in Cuba, Hernandez pitched for the Expos for two season in 2003 and 2004. A big power pitcher he is trying to make a comeback after some down seasons and injuries. For a pitcher he is also a decent hitter. Before the Expos he pitched for the Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants and then after the Expos he pitched for the Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, and the New York Mets. This is his second turn with the Nationals.
7) Geoff Blum – Houston Astros: Born in 1973 in Redwood City, California, Blum has been in the Major League for 12 seasons. He played for the Montreal Expos from 1999-2001. Blum went on to play for the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, and San Diego Padres. This is his second go around with the Astros. The first baseman has now become one of the premiere pinch hitters in the league.
8) Carl Pavano – Minnesota Twins: Born in 1976 in New Britain, Connecticut, Pavano has had a difficult career. Injuries have taken away much of his time in the league. With the Expos from 1998-2002 the pitcher is a very talented one, but very brittle. After the Expos he has played for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, and finally the Minnesota Twins. He rebounded this season posting a 17-11 record, one of his best years in the Majors.
9) Jamey Carroll – Los Angeles Dodgers: Born in 1974 in Evansville, Indiana, Carroll has always been a useful support player throughout his entire career. Never an everyday player, Carroll has stuck around because he is able to play several positions in the infield. Playing with the Expos from 2002-2004, Carroll has gone on to play for the Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
10) Javier Vasquez – New York Yankees: Born in 1976 in Puerto Rico, Vasquez is a starting pitcher who has always had a high number of strike outs and pitched a high number of innings each season. With the Expos from 1998-2003, he then went on to pitch for the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, and the Atlanta Braves. This is his second go around with the Yankees.