1997 Montreal Expos season
The 1997 Montreal Expos season was the 29th season of the franchise. They finished 78-84, 23 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 14 games back of the Florida Marlins in the Wild Card. They played the Toronto Blue Jays in Interleague play for the first time during the season.
|1997 Montreal Expos|
|Pedro Martínez wins the Cy Young|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Jim Beattie|
|Local television||The Sports Network|
(Dave Van Horne, Ken Singleton)
(Michel Villeneuve, Marc Griffin)
(Claude Raymond, Rene Pothier)
(Denis Casavant, Rodger Brulotte)
(Dave Van Horne, Elliott Price, Joe Cannon, Gary Carter)
(Jacques Doucet, Rodger Brulotte,Alain Chantelois)
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- October 28, 1996: Jon Habyan was released by the Montreal Expos.
- November 15, 1996: Dave Silvestri was selected off waivers by the Seattle Mariners from the Montreal Expos.
- December 17, 1996: Torey Lovullo was signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.
- January 21, 1997: Lee Smith signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.
- January 28, 1997: Yamil Benitez was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Kansas City Royals for Melvin Bunch.
- March 26, 1997: Cliff Floyd was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Florida Marlins for Dustin Hermanson and Joe Orsulak.
- March 31, 1997: Rico Rossy was signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos.
The Expos held spring training at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach, Florida – a facility they shared with the Atlanta Braves – for the last time in 1997. It was their 21st season at the stadium; they had conducted spring training there from 1969 to 1972 and since 1981. In the final spring training game at Municipal Stadium, held on March 26, 1997, the Expos defeated the Braves 2-0. The following season, the Expos moved their spring training activities to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
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 startersEdit
- Shane Andrews
- Jim Bullinger
- Darrin Fletcher
- Mark Grudzielanek
- Mike Lansing
- Joe Orsulak
- Henry Rodríguez
- David Segui
- Rondell White
|New York Mets||88||74||0.543||13||50–31||38–43|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1997 National League Records
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- May 20, 1997: Torey Lovullo was released by the Montreal Expos.
- July 25, 1997: Omar Daal was selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Montreal Expos.
- July 31, 1997: Jeff Juden was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Cleveland Indians for Steve Kline.
- September 25, 1997: Lee Smith was released by the Montreal Expos.
|1997 Montreal Expos|
- 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.
Expos vs. JaysEdit
June 30, SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario
|W: Pedro Martínez (10-3) L: Pat Hentgen (8-5)|
|Home Runs: Vladimir Guerrero (4), Carlos Delgado (15) Attendance: 37,430 Time: 2:03|
|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|
|Martinez W (10-3)||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|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
- Pedro Martínez, Pitcher, Reserve
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Harrisburg
- Lee Smith Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Cliff Floyd Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- "Around the NL". St. Petersburg Times. 1997-03-27. p. 5C.
- Jeff Juden Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007