In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Tony Perez is listed on the Reds roster for the duration of his career while the Red Sox declare Wade Boggs and the Rockies claim Troy Tulowitzki. I calculated revised standings for every season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition. Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills.
Expanding on my research for the book, the following series of articles will reveal the finest single-season rosters for every Major League organization based on overall rankings in OWAR and OWS along with the general managers and scouting directors that constructed the teams. “Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. The paperback edition is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace. Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs along with a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.
Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.
OWAR – Wins Above Replacement for players on “original” teams
OWS – Win Shares for players on “original” teams
OPW% – Pythagorean Won-Loss record for the “original” teams
The 1979 Montreal Expos OWAR: 53.9 OWS: 327 OPW%: .572
GM Jim Fanning acquired 88% (23/26) of the ballplayers on the 1979 Expos roster. Based on the revised standings the “Original” 1979 Expos captured the first pennant in franchise history with 93 victories while topping the National League in OWAR and OWS.
Gary “Kid” Carter paced Montreal with 28 Win Shares and 5.2 WAR. The Hall of Fame backstop slugged 22 round-trippers and commenced a run of 10 consecutive All-Star appearances. Third-sacker Larry Parrish (.307/30/82) clubbed 39 two-baggers en route to a four-place finish in the N.L. MVP balloting. Andre “The Hawk” Dawson displayed his five-tool talent, blasting 25 long balls and nabbing 35 bags. Gary Roenicke swatted 25 big-flies while platooning in left field. Warren Cromartie delivered career-highs with 181 base knocks and 46 doubles. Ellis Valentine contributed 21 jacks and Tony Scott swiped 37 bases.
Tim Raines received the proverbial “cup of coffee” in 1979 with six pinch-running appearances. “Rock” pilfered 808 bases during a career that spanned 23 seasons. He ranks eighth among left fielders according to Bill James in “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.” Teammates listed in the “NBJHBA” top 100 rankings include Carter (8th-C), Dawson (19th-RF) and Parrish (53rd-3B).
Steve Rogers (13-12, 3.00), the Expos first-round selection in the June 1971 Amateur Draft, hurled a League-leading 5 shutouts and achieved his third All-Star invitation. Dan Schatzeder posted a 10-5 mark with a 2.83 ERA. David Palmer fashioned a 2.64 ERA with a record of 10-2 in his rookie campaign. Scott Sanderson contributed 9 victories along with a 3.43 ERA. Byron McLaughlin collected 7 wins and 14 saves working in a variety of roles while portsider Shane Rawley saved 11 contests.
The “Original” 1979 Montreal Expos roster
|NAME||POS||WAR||WS||General Manager||Scouting Director|
|Gary Carter||C||5.25||28.95||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Larry Parrish||3B||4.07||27.34||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Steve Rogers||SP||3.78||16.61||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Gary Roenicke||LF||3.33||18.9||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Dan Schatzeder||SP||3.31||13.13||Jim Fanning||Danny Menendez|
|Warren Cromartie||LF||3.28||17.18||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Andre Dawson||CF||2.74||24.01||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|David Palmer||SP||2.25||11.23||Jim Fanning||Danny Menendez|
|Scott Sanderson||SP||1.89||10.21||Charlie Fox||Danny Menendez|
|Barry Foote||C||1.58||12.2||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Byron McLaughlin||SW||1.29||11.04||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Tony Scott||CF||1.21||13.93||Jim Fanning|
|Jerry White||RF||0.79||6.09||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Shane Rawley||RP||0.78||7.84||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Tony Bernazard||2B||0.6||2.56||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Bombo Rivera||LF||0.55||5.17||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Ellis Valentine||RF||0.4||14.41||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Bill Atkinson||RP||0.22||2.08||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Gerry Hannahs||SP||0.03||0.74||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Bill Gullickson||RP||0.02||0.14||Charlie Fox||Danny Menendez|
|Balor Moore||SP||0.01||5.7||Jim Fanning|
|Tim Raines||–||0||0||Charlie Fox||Danny Menendez|
|Bob James||RP||-0.21||0||Jim Fanning||Danny Menendez|
|Terry Humphrey||C||-0.22||0.21||Jim Fanning|
|Dale Murray||RP||-1.09||3.15||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
|Craig Minetto||SP||-2||0.47||Jim Fanning||Mel Didier|
The “Original” 1985 Expos OWAR: 55.8 OWS: 320 OPW%: .556
Montreal claimed the National League East division title by a five-game margin over New York while pacing the Senior Circuit in OWAR and OWS. Tim Raines stole 70 bases in 79 tries and batted .320 with 115 runs scored. Raines (35 WS) and Gary Carter (33 WS) surpassed the 30 Win Share plateau as the “Kid” blasted 32 moon-shots. Tim Wallach dialed long-distance 22 times and earned his first Gold Glove Award. Tony Bernazard supplied career-bests with a .301 BA, 169 hits, 17 home runs and 73 RBI. Andre Dawson collected his sixth consecutive Gold Glove Award and drove in 91 runs. Bob James anchored the bullpen staff with 32 saves, 8 victories and a 2.13 ERA. Shane Rawley provided 13 wins with a 3.31 ERA in 31 starts while Joe Hesketh delivered a 2.49 ERA and a record of 10-5 in his freshmen year.
The “Original” 1977 Pirates
References and Resources
James, Bill. The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York, NY.: The Free Press, 2001. Print.
James, Bill, with Jim Henzler. Win Shares. Morton Grove, Ill.: STATS, 2002. Print.
Derek Bain is a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games. He has written a number of articles for Fangraphs and Seamheads, and enjoys spending quality time with his family.