Greatest Nationals (Expos) Sluggers of All-Time
The Washington Nationals have been in Washington since 2005, and before that the franchise was known as the Montreal Expos, playing in Canada from 1969 to 2004. The franchise has fielded competitive teams, but has never won a championship or even an NL pennant. What follows is a list of the team's all-time home run leaders, all of which are from the Montreal days:
Vladimir Guerrero (234)-Vladimir Guerrero is not only the leader in this franchise's history in home runs with 234, he also ranks in the Angels' all-time top 10, and has only been playing there since 2004. This guy is one of the game's greatest, somewhat unheralded, modern day sluggers. Guerrero played in Montreal from 1996 to 2003, and his best season there was 2000, when he hit .345 (career high), with 44 home runs (also a career best) and 123 runs batted in. That year, Guerrero also had 28 doubles, 11 triples and 9 stolen bases, with a .664 slugging percentage.
Andre Dawson (225)-Outfielder Andre Dawson began his career in Montreal, and played there from 1976 to 1986, before going on to win an NL MVP with the Cubs.
Dawson won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1976, and he ranks second in franchise history with 225 homers. Dawson's best season in Montreal was 1983, when he hit .299 with 32 homers, 113 RBI, 36 doubles, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases.
Gary Carter (220)-Catcher Gary Carter was a perennial all-star, and began his career with the Expos. Carter played in Montreal from 1974 to 1984 and again in 1992, and ranks third in home runs for the franchise with 220. Carter went on to win a World Series with the Mets in 1986. His best season in Montreal was 1977, when Carter batted .284 with 31 home runs and 84 RBI.
Tim Wallach (204)-Third baseman Tim Wallach played most of his career in Montreal, from 1980 to 1992, and ranks fourth all-time with 204 home runs in an Expos uniform. Wallach hit a career high 28 home runs in 1982, but his best overall season was 1987, when Wallach had career best numbers in batting average (.298) and RBI (123), with 26 home runs.
Bob Bailey (118)-Outfielder/third baseman Bob Bailey played for Montreal from their inception in 1969 to 1975, and ranks fifth all-time for the team with 118 home runs. Bailey had his best season with the Expos in 1970, when he hit .287 (career high) with 28 homers (also a career high) and 84 runs batted in.
Andres Galarraga (115)-Though he went on to have bigger seasons in Colorado, Andres Galarraga began his career in Montreal, and played there from 1985 to 1991. Galarraga ranks sixth in team history with 115 homers, and his best season with the team was 1988, when he hit .302 with 29 homers, 92 RBI and a career best 42 doubles.
Jose Vidro (115)-One thing was becoming clear in the late ‘90's, and that was that the Expos had some great evaluators of talent. Along with Vlad Guerrero, second baseman Jose Vidro formed one of the best one-two punches in baseball for a few years. Vidro played for the franchise from 1997 to 2006, including two seasons in Washington. He is tied with Galarraga for sixth place on the all-time franchise home run list with 115, and his best season with the team was 2000, when Vidro had career high numbers in batting average (.330), home runs (24), doubles (51), and RBI (97). He currently plays for the Seattle Mariners.
Rondell White (101)-Journeyman Rondell White began his career in Montreal, where he played from 1993 to 2000. White ranks eighth in franchise history with 101 home runs, and his best season in Montreal was 1997, when he batted .270 with 28 homers (career best) and 82 RBI.
Larry Parrish (100)-Third baseman Larry Parrish began his career in Montreal and played there from 1974 to 1981. He ranks ninth in team history with 100 home runs, and his best season as an Expo was 1979, when he hit .307 (career high), with 30 home runs and 82 runs batted in.
Larry Walker (99)-Outfielder Larry Walker became a star in Colorado, where he won an MVP Award in 1997. But Walker paid his dues in Montreal, playing there from 1989 to 1994, and ranks tenth in franchise history with 99 homers. Walker had his best season in Montreal in 1992, when he batted .301 with 23 homers and 93 RBI.