Showing posts with label Montreal Expos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Montreal Expos. Show all posts

Monday, February 20, 2012

Montreal Council votes to honor Gary Carter

The Montreal City Council voted on Monday to name a street or other place in the city after Gary Carter as a memorial tribute, the Montreal Gazette reported.

“Gary Carter was so associated with the Montreal Expos. His death was like the Expos were leaving for a second time,” Richard Bergeron, leader of the Montreal political party Projet Montréal, told the newspaper. “If Montreal is still a baseball city, it’s largely thanks to Gary Carter."

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

"Le Grand Orange" Rusty Staub is inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Met star Daniel Joseph "Rusty" Staub, affectionately known as “Le Grande Orange” during his time with the Montreal Expos, will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

Staub made the All-Star team as an Expo in 1969, 1970 and 1979 and played a total of 518 games for Montreal.

“It’s very gratifying to be recognized as a special player, especially when the award is of this ilk,” Staub said in a release from the museum. “For me, it’s even more special because of my relationships with so many people in Montreal, Quebec and all over Canada. I have shared some great memories of my career during the time the Expos introduced major league baseball to Canada. My first three years in Montreal were great times. To help establish our franchise all over Canada was one of the fondest periods of my career.”

As an Expo, Staub, a native of New Orleans, had a .295 average, .402 on-base percentage and .497 slugging percentage and 284 RBI. His No. 10 jersey was the first ever retired by the Expos. Staub played for the Expos from 1969-70 and again in 1979.

Staub became a Met in the 1972 trade that sent Ken Singleton, Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen to Montreal. Staub played for the Mets from 1972-75 and 1981-85.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Will MLB’s Montreal Expos be Reborn?

Canada’s first love affair with a MLB baseball franchise took place long before the Toronto Blue Jays were born and won two World Series. Back in 1969 the Montreal Expos were the pride and joy of the nation and for many, they remained Canada’s team until packing up and heading down to Washington DC in 2004 where they were renamed the Nationals.

There’s been some talk recently north of the border about bringing Major League Baseball back to Montreal, but unfortunately it doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon. According to a new report that was released by the Conference Board of Canada, it’s unlikely the city will bid for a franchise because there’s too wide of an economic gap between teams and it results in an unlevel playing field.

Montreal has a long history when it comes to pro baseball since it’s where Jackie Robinson finally broke down its color barrier and it was the first non-American city to have a MLB team. In 1981 the Expos became the first Canadian team to reach the playoffs and they had the best record in MLB in 1994 when the season was canceled half way through it.

But a decade later the Expos were gone, mainly due to a weak Canadian dollar and low revenue. MLB bought them out and offered the franchise to Washington. However, things have changed over the last seven years and the Canadian dollar is now stronger than the U.S. greenback. The city’s metro area also has a population of about 3.8 million, which is the second largest in Canada, and according to league rules, only 2.5 million is needed to support an MLB team. Another bonus, is the city has a large corporate presence with about 100 of the nation’s largest businesses being based there.

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