The Montreal Expos moved to Washington in 2004, but they’re still making news today.
On Wednesday, Expos legend Vladimir Guerrero was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Thank you Baseball. pic.twitter.com/u6sUvlgiNu
— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) January 24, 2018
In his second year on the ballot, Guerrero received 392 votes (92.9 per cent).
Guerrero played seven full seasons in Montreal, averaging 33 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 173 hits per season with the Expos. In 2002, he came within a home run of reaching the 40/40 mark in homers and stolen bases.
The right fielder from the Dominican Republic could do it all.
— MLB (@MLB) February 9, 2015
Guerrero moved on to the Anaheim Angels in 2003 where he would play the next six seasons, which included an AL MVP award in 2004. He finished his career with a season each in Texas and Baltimore.
This could be the end of an era, as Guerrero will likely be the last Montreal Expos player to get into the Hall of Fame (unless the Expos return to Montreal one day). A great case can be made for Larry Walker, but he doesn’t appear to have much support from voters.
Guerrero will be the seventh Expos player to get into the Hall of Fame, following Tim Raines, who was inducted last year. Only Raines, Gary Carter, and Andre Dawson have been inducted as Expos, while the other three (Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Tony Perez) went into the Hall with another team’s ball cap.
Other 2018 inductees include Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman. They’ll be officially inducted in Cooperstown, New York July 27 to 30.
Here’s the results of the vote: