1976 Topps #441 Gary Carter All-Star Rookie

OK, we roll back the clock to 1969 and the bunch of teams that all came into existence that year. One of them, the Montreal Expos, is just a memory at this point. Let’s identify the franchise’s marquis players. Washington Nationals can also be considered, but I don’t think there’s anybody from the modern era even close enough.

Here are the top Expos (or Nats) by WAR among batters:

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Gary Carter 53.4 1974 1992
2 Tim Raines 47.5 1979 2001
3 Andre Dawson 46.1 1976 1986
4 Tim Wallach 34.0 1980 1992
5 Vladimir Guerrero 32.9 1996 2003
6 Ryan Zimmerman 24.9 2005 2012
7 Larry Walker 20.1 1989 1994
8 Marquis Grissom 19.2 1989 1994
9 Rondell White 18.0 1993 2000
10 Rusty Staub 17.6 1969 1979
11 Bob Bailey 17.0 1969 1975
12 Ron Fairly 16.7 1969 1974
13 Ellis Valentine 15.9 1975 1981
14 Jose Vidro 15.3 1997 2006
15 Warren Cromartie 14.0 1974 1983
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Generated 5/19/2012.

Right off, the Expos’ three Hall of Famers (well, two HOFers and one future HOFer) seem like a lock to get on the monument.

Tim Wallach was a great player but during a low period for the franchise. Guerrero is probably going to make the Hall of Fame one day but did a fair amount of damage elsewhere. Larry Walker, too, but up his best-remembered numbers with Colorado.

Here’s the list for pitchers:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Steve Rogers 42.2 1973 1985
2 Dennis Martinez 28.4 1986 1993
3 Pedro Martinez 19.2 1994 1997
4 Javier Vazquez 17.1 1998 2003
5 Livan Hernandez 16.3 2003 2011
6 Bryn Smith 15.7 1981 1989
7 Jeff Fassero 15.2 1991 1996
8 Bill Gullickson 11.7 1979 1985
9 Tim Burke 11.3 1985 1991
10 Scott Sanderson 9.8 1978 1983
11 Pascual Perez 9.6 1987 1989
12 Dustin Hermanson 9.4 1997 2000
13 Ken Hill 9.4 1992 1994
14 Tomo Ohka 8.7 2001 2005
15 Mel Rojas 8.6 1990 1999
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Generated 5/19/2012.

Now how about that? Pedro is 3rd all time and he played for just a few season with the Expos before the Red Sox stole him. His final season with the ‘Spos in 1997 was the beginning of his incredible run. That year he led the league in ERA, complete games (13!), WHIP, H/9, and K/9. Over the next 5 years, he led the league more often than not in each of those categories, but did so with Boston.

Anyway, Dennis Martinez and Javier Vazquez both suffer from having pitched many years in other places.

Since the Expos/Nationals have never even made a World Series, there’s not much else to say.

Please pick 4:

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