1997 Montreal Expos season

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1997 Montreal Expos
Pedro Martínez wins the Cy Young
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Claude Brochu
Manager(s) Felipe Alou
Local television The Sports Network
(Dave Van Horne, Ken Singleton)

TQS
(Michel Villeneuve, Marc Griffin)
SRC
(Claude Raymond, Rene Pothier)
RDS Network
(Denis Casavant, Rodger Brulotte)
Local radio CIQC
(Dave Van Horne, Elliott Price, Joe Cannon, Gary Carter)

CKAC (AM)
(Jacques Doucet, Rodger Brulotte,Alain Chantelois)
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The Montreal Expos played the Toronto Blue Jays in Interleague Play for the first time.

Offseason[edit]

  • October 28, 1996: Jon Habyan was released by the Montreal Expos.[1]
  • November 15, 1996: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Seattle Mariners from the Montreal Expos.[2]
  • December 17, 1996: Torey Lovullo was signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.[3]
  • January 21, 1997: Lee Smith signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.[4]
  • January 28, 1997: Yamil Benitez was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Kansas City Royals for Melvin Bunch.[5]
  • March 26, 1997: Cliff Floyd was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Florida Marlins for Dustin Hermanson and Joe Orsulak.[6]
  • March 31, 1997: Rico Rossy was signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.[7]

Regular season[edit]

In 1997, Pedro Martínez posted a 17-8 record for the Expos, and led the league in half a dozen pitching categories, including a 1.90 ERA, 305 strikeouts and 13 complete games pitched, and won the National League Cy Young Award. Pedro Martínez was also the first right-handed pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts with an ERA under 2.00 since Walter Johnson in 1912.

The 13 complete games were tied for the second-highest single-season total in all of baseball since Martínez's career began (Curt Schilling had 15 in 1998; Chuck Finley and Jack McDowell also reached 13 in a year). However, this 1997 total is by far the highest in Martínez's career, as he has only completed more than 5 games in one other season (7, in 2000).

  • May 7, 1997 - The Expos set a team record (never broken) in runs scored in one inning as they score 13 runs off of Julián Tavárez, Jim Poole, and Joe Roa of the San Francisco Giants at 3Com Park. The Expos would go on to defeat the Giants 19 to 3. The only non-pitcher on the Expos to not register a hit was Sherman Obando who went 0 for 1. An up-and-coming prospect named Vladimir Guerrero hit his first career double and was struck by his second career pitch. A crowd of 9,958 were on hand to witness it in San Francisco.

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 101 61 .623 --
Florida Marlins 92 70 .568 9
New York Mets 88 74 .543 13
Montreal Expos 78 84 .481 23
Philadelphia Phillies 68 94 .420 33

Notable transactions[edit]

  • May 20, 1997: Torey Lovullo was released by the Montreal Expos.[3]
  • July 25, 1997: Omar Daal was selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Montreal Expos.[8]
  • July 31, 1997: Jeff Juden was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Cleveland Indians for Steve Kline.[9]
  • September 25, 1997: Lee Smith was released by the Montreal Expos.[4]

Roster[edit]

1997 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Interleague Play[edit]

  • June 30 - The first interleague game between the Montreal Expos and the Toronto Blue Jays took place at SkyDome. The Expos won the game by a score of 2-1.[10]

Expos vs. Jays[edit]

June 30, SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
W: Pedro Martínez (10-3)  L: Pat Hentgen (8-5)  
Home Runs: Vladimir Guerrero (4), Carlos Delgado (15) Attendance: 37,430 Time: 2:03

Batting[edit]

Montreal Expos AB R H RBI Toronto Blue Jays AB R H RBI
Grudzielanek, ss 3 1 1 0 Nixon cf 4 0 1 0
Lansing 2b 4 0 0 0 Merced dh 4 0 0 0
Santangelo 3b 4 0 0 0 Carter lf 4 0 0 0
Segui 1b 3 0 2 1 Delgado 1b 2 1 1 1
Rodriguez lf 4 0 0 0 Sprague 3b 3 0 0 0
Orsulak lf 0 0 0 0 Green rf 3 0 0 0
Guerrero rf 4 1 2 1 Santiago c 3 0 0 0
McGuire dh 3 0 0 0 Gonzalez ss 3 0 1 0
White cf 3 0 0 0 Garcia 2b 3 0 0 0
Widger c 3 0 1 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 2 6 2 Totals 29 1 3 1

Pitching[edit]

Montreal Expos IP H R ER BB SO
Martinez W (10-3) 9.0 3 1 1 1 10
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 1 10
Toronto Blue Jays IP H R ER BB SO
Hentgen L (8-5) 9.0 6 2 2 1 3
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 1 3

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Award winners[edit]

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

  • Pedro Martínez, Pitcher, Reserve

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ottawa Lynx International League Pat Kelly
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Rick Sofield
A West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Doug Sisson
A Cape Fear Crocs South Atlantic League Phil Stephenson
Short-Season A Vermont Expos New York–Penn League Kevin Higgins
Rookie GCL Expos Gulf Coast League Luis Dorante

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Harrisburg[11]

References[edit]